Here is another 10 to add to the list.
We are getting close! Just a handful of albums left to add. Remember that there is no ranking system here. Hopefully these lists will inspire you to seek some of these albums out that perhaps you haven’t heard before, or revisit an old favorite. And as always, we want your thoughts on any or all of these albums. Here, in no particular order, are albums 981 through 990.
981. Caravan – Art Blakey (OJC/Riverside, 1962) CLICK HERE TO BUY
982. Nothing Is – Sun Ra (ESP-Disk, 1966) CLICK HERE TO BUY
983. The Art of the Improvisers – Ornette Coleman (Water Music Records, 1961) CLICK HERE TO BUY
984. Blues Singers and Hot Bands on Okey: 1924-1929 – King Oliver (Frog, 1924-1929 recording dates, 2008 compilation date) CLICK HERE TO BUY
985. Portraiture – Bill Evans (Fuel 2000, 1969 recording date, 2003 release date) CLICK HERE TO BUY
986. Jazz Advance – Cecil Taylor (Blue Note, 1956) CLICK HERE TO BUY
987. God is in the House – Art Tatum (Highnote Records, Inc./High Note, 1940-1941 recording dates, 1973 release date) CLICK HERE TO BUY
988. Rip, Rig and Panic – Rahsaan Roland Kirk (Japanese Import, 1965) CLICK HERE TO BUY
989. In Stockholm 1959 – Benny Goodman (Phontastic, 1959) CLICK HERE TO BUY
990. Jazz Goes to College – Dave Brubeck (Legacy/Sony BMG, 1954) CLICK HERE TO BUY
1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (971-980)
1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (961-970)
1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (951-960)
1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (941-950)
1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (931-940)
1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (921-930)
1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (911-920)
1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (901-910)
1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die – The First 750
1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die – The First 500
You’ve got to watch this one. I’ve heard this was actually a regular bit that Red and Benny Goodman did, but I still thought it was great. Thanks to Troy Oppie for passing this along.
The Song Is Called Gotta Be this Or That
Featuring Benny Goodman On Clarinet And Vocal, Hank Jones On Piano, Red Norvo On Vibraphone, Bucky Pizzareilli On Guitar, Slam Stewart On Bass, Grady Tate On Drums, Zoot Sims and Al Klink On Saxophones, Bobby Hackett, Bernie Previn On Trumpets.
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of jazz legend Benny Goodman.
Goodman put jazz on the pop charts, commissioned classical composers like Bartok and Stravinsky to write music for him, brought the first jazz band to Carnegie Hall, and helped break the jazz color barrier.
Rather than offer my own thoughts and reviews, I want to direct you to a wonderful appreciation I heard this morning on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, done by Tom Vitale.
The audio looks back over what brought Goodman from poverty to a superstar, and Tom discusses Goodman with clarinetist Anat Cohen, who is transcribing Goodman’s solos for his centennial celebration next month at the Village Vanguard.
Click here to hear and read Tom Vitale’s appreciation. Enjoy!
KPLU’s four weekday jazz hosts, Dick Stein, Robin Lloyd, Abe Beeson, and myself, individually sat down and recorded thoughts on a variety of topics related to jazz.
With all of us coming from different backgrounds and upbringings, you will hear very different and interesting perspectives on topics ranging from what the first jazz we remember ever hearing, what music was playing when we were growing up, what how we got hooked on jazz, what live jazz performance blew our mind, what jazz musicians we think are doing great things today, and, if we could pick anyone to see play one song in concert, alive or dead, who would it be.
Enjoy the first Groove Notes Audio Blog by clicking here.
Watch Teddy Wilson, Benny Goodman, and Lionel Hampton play Moonglow, as picked by Dick Stein:
Watch Thelonious Monk play ‘Round Midnight, as picked by Abe Beeson:
Watch Michael Brecker, as picked by Kevin Kniestedt:
Watch Dizzy Gillespie play Manteca, as picked by Robin Lloyd: