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04 September 2006



A little surprised, considering your big band fascination, that there isn't any Toshiko Akiyoshi listed. I actually only have two of her many records from the period, but Insights is a good one.


Toshiko's stuff has never really clicked for me. It's possible I simply haven't heard the right records. (I'm not sure if I've heard anything off of Insights.)


For Jarrett's European quartet, I would add the incredible "My Song" from 1977. One of my favorites. And for big band, don't forget Mingus's 1971 "Let My Children Hear Music" - beautiful and so creative in his large ensemble conception.


Let My Children Hear Music falls outside the original timeframe we were talking about, which began arbitrarily in 1973. But of course that is a seriously great record -- Sy Johnson's charts are unreal.

I used to listen to Keith's European quartet records all the time, but for whatever reason, outside of Belonging, I don't feel them as much as I used to.

Kevin Clark

Hi, I discovered jazz for myself in the mid 1970's and here is ashort list of what I thought was great back then and still listen to alot.

Bluiett - Endangered Species
Blythe - In the Tradition
Braxton - Fall, 1974
Corea - A R C
Freeman - Kings of Mali
Hart - Enhance
Hemphill- dogon a d, my favorite alltime
Human Arts Ensemble - Whispers of Dharma &
Under the Sun
Lowe - Fresh
Motian - le Voyage
Murray - Flowers for Albert
Wadud - By Myself
The Whole Wildflower series

Kevin Clark

How come Dogon A. D. has never come out on CD?

Maybe the same people who did last year's 10 CD box set of Ayler could do one for Hemphill and include this CD.


How come Dogon A. D. has never come out on CD?

Long story. See the comments here.

Red Colm O'Sullivan

As you say your comment section is open ("forever"), but it's actually the only place available to me (it seems just having read almost all that's been posted) to add anything to Ethan's "list project" (maybe you could forward mine to E.I.?):

I'm just amazed that no-one has made any mention of the large number of very great Tete Montoliu records made in this period ("Boston Concert", '81, solo, on SteepleChase would be a great example - but so are the amazing trio sessions with Tootie Heath - some of the best music I know), or, simillarly, no mention whatsoever of any of Martial Solal's great work in this period (I think it was his peak: both his big band writing and his piano chops: "The Solo Solal"('78) on MPS or "En Solo" on RCA are essential and have to be heard - several times - to be believed).
That brings me to my other point: the MPS record label itself hasn't been mentioned once by any poster in any context, an incredible oversight, and, quite apart from their absolutley remarkable level of production values, they also recorded almost everybody who was active in this period... I mean it, sometimes only token appearences, but MPS was some label, and really covered so much during these years (everyone from Kenny Clarke, Hampton Hawes, Slide Hampton, Getz, Konitz to Scofield, Ponty, Freddie Hubbard, Tommy Flanagan, Clare Fischer, Eddie Daniels, Tony Williams, Gordon Beck - now there's a genius of the piano - you name it, they turn up in that catalogue somewhere... It's a more valuable catalogue, certainly, to me than ECM's...). I believe Shearing made his greatest career pure jazz records, the 5 trio albums with Louis Stewart and N.H.O.P. between 1977 and '81 at this time too, and that they're bona-fide MASTERPIECES.

Also, while I'm pleased to see "Countdown" mentioned, twice I believe, and even "Trio in Transition", Mulgrew's greatest albums, undoubtedly, are "Keys To The City" and "Day To Day" (both Landmark). And Bobby Hutcherson's must be "Clolur Shemes", also Landmark, and certainly eclipsing those compromised late Blue Notes with have been listed by others.
Simillarly, was pleased to see at least one mention of the truly GREAT Art Farmer band of this period - the one with Clifford Jordan and James Williams: surely by now it should be routinely name-checked and ackowledged for its superiority and importance - there's no mention anywhere of Johnny Grifin's great, triumphant "Return" quartet of '78 and onwards (with Ronnie Mathews at his peak on these Galaxy records).
Then there are other Hank Jones records to consider beyond the "Great Jazz Trio": I'd put in "Hanky Panky" (Ron Carter & Grady Tate) and the wondrous "Ain't Misbehavin'" with Richard Davis & Roy Haynes (also Teddy Edwards, Kenny Burrell and trumpeter Bob Ojeda, with compact arrangements by Bill Holman).
The best Dexter from the period is on SteepleChase... (while I would readily acknowledge the advent of Eddie Gladden in the period immedialtley following as crucial of course).
Oh, some of the great records, too, were made by Kenny Barron: what about the band with Eddie Henderson & John Stubblefield (esp. Live At Fat Tuesdays - DAMN!!!!!!!... the best Victor Lewis on record?), or "Scratch" with Dave Holland and Daniel Humair? Quite a shocking but very rich record of angry abstracts (Not to mention anything with the sublimely mature Ben Riely of this time, whether with Bulldog or with Buster Williams).
I've also long been told (by McHenry amonst others) that Nat Adderly's "Live From Memory Lane", Atlantic, contains some of the greatest Joe Henderson in the time frame too...???).

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