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Wednesday, February 21, 2007



Good God man, what are you at? Surely you must first decide whom you are trying to catch? If it's someone who loves R & B or the like, you'd start him with Billy Banks and the Rhythm Makers. If it's someone who likes a chuckle, start him on Fats. If latin music, Oscar Aleman. If he likes cocktail piano, how about the late stride masters like Wellstood? There must be others where you'd start with Bix or Satch or The Duke, or Getz and his Bossa Nova stuff, or the MJQ, or even Dave Brubeck. Or Mingus or Felonious. If he's a desperately flawed, troubled soul, there's even Parker. I can't imagine that one size fits all. Even the great Larkin didn't like Jelly.


Er, it's a list of just ten records, not a hundred. Although, I'd say the titles I given cover just about all the tastes you mention. And I have listed Mingus and Monk anyway. The one common link between the discs, I guess, is that they all contain strong tunes.

Travis Watson

I'll join the fray and prepared to be fragged as well:

Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue (can't argue with that one)
Miles Davis - Kinda blue
Dave Brubeck - Take Five
Chico Hamilton - The Dealer
Dizzy Gillepie - Dizzy's Big 4
Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Hum
Duke Ellington - Money Jungle
John Coltrane - Giant Steps
Jimmy Smith - Back at the Chicken Shack


Nice one. "Money Jungle" is a good way of slipping in Ellington and Mingus together.

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