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Your Favorite Jazz Records of the 1980s?

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If you were to make a list of your "desert-island discs" from the 1980s, what would they be?

The only rules:
- The music must have been recorded between January 1, 1980 and December 31, 1989.  
- Release dates don't matter; archival recordings are fine, as long as they were made in the 1980s.

List however many records you wish. One or ten or fifty.
 

To get the ball rolling, here are five that would go on my list:

- Andrew Hill - Shades (Soul Note)
- Bobby Hutcherson - Farewell Keystone (Theresa/Evidence)
- James Newton - Luella (Gramavision)
- Quest - Quest II (Storyville)
- Jack Walrath - Wholly Trinity (Muse)

 

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Off the top of my head (will add others later, I'm sure):

Billy Harper - Destiny is Yours 

Woody Shaw - Lotus Flower

Pharoah Sanders - Africa

Mingus Dynasty - Live at Montreux

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Here are a few:

The African Flower--James Newton

Rejoicing--Pat Metheny

Billy Highstreet Samba--Stan Getz

Portraits of Monk--Randy Weston

You Know the Number--Henry Threadgill

 

 

 

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13 hours ago, HutchFan said:

If you were to make a list of your "desert-island discs" from the 1980s, what would they be?

Is this the start of a new blog? Can't wait.

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10 hours ago, Rabshakeh said:

Is this the start of a new blog? Can't wait.

Yeah, probably.  ;)

I have a friend who wants to collaborate with me on an 80s jazz project.  But I'm not anywhere near ready to begin yet.

At this point, we're just kicking around ideas.  But I think something will happen eventually.

 

So what would be on YOUR 80s jazz list, Rab?

 

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19 minutes ago, soulpope said:

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Yeah, that one's great.

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Woody Shaw  ‘Lotus Flower’ (Enja)

Neil Swainson ‘49th Parallel’ (Concord)

Jackie McLean ‘Dynasty’ (Triloka)

Hilton Ruiz ‘El Camino’ (RCA Novus)

Tony Williams ‘Civilization’ (Blue Note)

Andrew Hill ‘But Not Farewell’ (Blue Note)

Dave Holland ‘Extensions’ (ECM)

Pat Metheny ‘Rejoicing’ (ECM)

Ralph Peterson ‘Introducing the Fo’Tet’ (Blue Note)

All standouts, for me.

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36 minutes ago, duaneiac said:

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Released 1990 ;-) .... fabulous platter though ....

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Stan Getz was on a roll in the 1980's.  Each of these albums is worthy of mention --

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15 minutes ago, soulpope said:

Released 1990 ;-) .... fabulous platter though ....

The only rules:
- The music must have been recorded between January 1, 1980 and December 31, 1989.  
- Release dates don't matter; archival recordings are fine, as long as they were made in the 1980s

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16 minutes ago, duaneiac said:

The only rules:
- The music must have been recorded between January 1, 1980 and December 31, 1989.  
- Release dates don't matter; archival recordings are fine, as long as they were made in the 1980s

Thnx, missed this extended rules .... thought about this release yesterday and - as you can witness via the "Jazz Listening" thread - felt motivated for a re-play :D ....

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Come on up with that blog HutchFan! ;)

Some of my selections would be:

Mal Waldron/Steve Lacy - At the Bimhuis 1982

Old and New Dreams - Playing

Harold Land - Xocia's Dance

Pharoah Sanders - Heart Is a Melody

Michel Petrucianni - Live At The Village Vanguard

Abdullah Ibrahim - Water From an Ancient Well 

Mal Waldron - Seagulls of Kristiansund

Cecil Taylor - Olu Iwa

Joe Henderson  - Mirror Mirror

Sonny Fortune - Great Friends

Mal Waldron - Crowd Scene

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This one certainly is more up my alley than the 70s was.

Just thought of a few of many:

Al Cohn: Rifftide (Timeless), No Problem (Xanadu)

relatedly, Don Joseph, One of a Kind (Uptown)

Brian Lynch: Peer Pressure (Criss Cross)

Ralph Moore: Round Trip (Reservoir)

Mulgrew Miller: Work (Landmark)

Scott Hamilton, Tenor Shoes (Concord)

20th Concord Festival All-Stars (Concord) - Ray Brown Trio  w. Gene Harris plus Sweets and Red Holloway - how can you go wrong?

Ray Brown Trio, BAM BAM BAM (Concord) - the definitive performance of Summertime by Gene Harris contained therein.

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