Thursday, October 18, 2007

Start Snitching Needs Jazz

What's good party people?

After numerous Windows failures and hard-drive crashes I am finally making a proper attempt to rebuild my jaw-dropping, awe-inpsiring jazz collection. Ahem...

Since I know the Start Snitching crowd fucks with cabernet sauvignon and turtlenecks, I'm sure y'all can recommend the quality albums that deserves to be in any real jazz collection.

I do it all.

Bossa Nova.
Latin Jazz.
Vocal Jazz.

Just list the album names, I can acquire the actual files myself.

Any Kenny G recs and I will block your IP address.

If you name a big name like Miles, Coltrane, Monk, etc. then you need to name a specific album or three.

Obscure jems are appreciated.


  1. Everything by:
    John Coletrane and Herbie Hancock.
    yea, its that easy.

    ..."by the time this night is over"
    (an awful kenny g song, that you should probably avoide listening to at any and all costs... i'm pretty sure theres a MIT medical report linking listening to impotence.

  2. Artist: John Handy. album: Live at the Monterrey Jazz Festival (1965). This album contains two tracks (one for each side of the orignal vinyl), "If We Only Knew" and "Spanish Lady." Both come in around the 20min. range. "If..." is one of the baddest songs ever recorded and features Michael White on violin, a guitarist, and Handy's alto to give the track a breezy mystical feel. 5 stars.

  3. I am FAR from a jazz connoisseur, but I do love the music — all music actually. And I've got to help out a fellow wine lovin' Wolverine.

    I offer up a few of my must have albums from my small, but valued jazz collection:

    Keith Jarrett
    • At The Blue Note: June 4th, 1994
    • At the Deer Head Inn
    • Standards in Norway

    • Turn It Out

    I look forward to reading all the recommendations.

  4. Im a fusion jazz cat.

    Bob James - I, II, III & IV

    Grover Washington Jr. - Feels So Good

    Grover Washington Jr. - Mister Magic

    Gabor Szabo - Mizrab

    David Axelrod - Songs of Experience

    David Axelrod - Songs of Innocence

    Dorothy Ashby - Dorothy's Harp

    David Axelrod - Seriously Deep

    David Axelrod - Strange Ladies

    Roy Ayers - He's Coming

    Roy Ayers - Everybody Love's the Sunshine

    Roy Ayers - Coffy Soundtrack

    George Benson White Rabbit

    Blackbyrds - Blackbyrds

    Blackbyrds - City Life

    Blackbyrds - Flying Start

    Donald Byrd - Blackbyrd

    Donald Byrd - Step into Tomorrow

    Donald Byrd - Places and Spaces

    Billy Cobham - Spectrum

    Crusaders - 1

    Crusaders - 2nd Crusade

    Crusaders - Southern Comfort

    Deodato - Prelude

    Lou Donaldson - Hot Dog

    Lou Donaldson - Pot Belly

    Maynard Fergesun - Conquistador

    Grant Green - Alive

    John Hammond - Higher Ground

    John Hammond - Gears

    Headhunters - Survival of the Fittest

    Eddie Henderson - Heritage

    Freddie Hubbard - Sky Dive

    Bobbi Humphrey - Blacks and Blues

    Bobbi Humphrey - Satin Doll

    Ahmand Jamal - Jamalca

    Yusef Lateef - Detroit

    Ronnie Laws - Pressure Sensative

    Ramsey Lewis - Maiden Voyage, Upendo Ni Pamoja, Funky Serenity, Sun Goddess

    Lonnie Liston Smith - Expansions

    Stanley Turrentine - Cherry

    Weather Report - Mysterious Traveller

    Young Holt Unlimted - Soulful Strut, Just a Melody, Wack Wack

  5. I am not some Deadhead/Jamband freak but everything by Medeski, Martin & Wood is great as far as contemporary Jazz/Funk goes.

    Other must haves are:

    The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery

    Marc Ribot Y Los Cubanos Postizos

    Idle Moments by Grant Green

    East Coasting by Charles Mingus


    Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus

    The Miles Davis Quintet albums like Steamin', Cookin' and Workin'


    Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins

    Poinciana by Ahmad Jamal

  6. Phineas Newborn, Jr. He was an amazing jazz pianist.

  7. Just cause he's my namesake and once challenged someone to come on stage and box him: Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

  8. Bop/Hard Bop (generally)
    The Dial Masters - Charlie Parker
    Jazz at Massey Hall
    "Moanin" - Art Blakey & the JMs
    "Steamin" - Miles Davis Quintet
    "Beginning and the End" - Clifford Brown
    "Workin" - Miles Davis Quintet
    "Blue Trane" - Coltrane
    "Back at the Chicken Shack" - Jimmy Smith
    "Ready for Freddie" - Freddie Hubbard
    "Sidewinder" - Lee Morgan
    "Born to Be Blue" - Grant Green
    "Mingus Ah Um" - Charlie Mingus
    "Misterioso" - Thelonious Monk

    Stretching Out 60s/70s
    "Miles Smiles" - Miles Davis
    "Page One" - Joe Henderson
    "A Love Supreme" - Coltrane
    "Nefertiti" - Miles Davis
    "See No Evil" - Wayne Shorter
    "Jack Johnson" - Miles Davis
    "Headhunters" - Herbie Hancock
    "On the Corner" - Miles Davis
    "Maiden Voyage" - Herbie

    FREE JAZZ craziness
    "Spiritual Unity" - Albert Ayler
    "Song X" - Ornette Coleman/P Metheney
    "Meditations" - John Coltrane
    "Free Jazz" - Ornette

    Obscurities from Throughout:
    "Infinite Search" - Mirsolav Vituous
    "Face to Face" - Baby Face Willette
    "Songs of Innocence" - David Axelrod
    "Afro-Harping" - Dorothy Ashby
    "Crystals" - Sam Rivers
    "Enlightenment" - McCoy Tyner

    I've thoroughly enjoyed your blog for a while, man. Thanks for giving me the chance to give something back.

  9. Just leaving a couple that might not get mentioned elsewhere...

    Herbie Nichols gets forgot about.

    Sun Ra - see if you can find "Interstellar Low Ways".

    Charlie Hunter - oh man ...

  10. Stan Getz & Jao Giberto -"Getz/Gilberto"

    John Coltrane - "Coltrane Plays The Blues"

    Quincy Jones - "The Dude"

    Miles Davis - "Bitches Brew"

    Wally Badarou - "Echoes"

    Steely Dan - "Aja" and "A Decade Of Steely Dan"

  11. Charles Mingus:
    Blues and Roots
    The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
    Mingus Ah Um
    Let My Children Hear Music


    Monk & Sonny Rollins
    Brilliant Corners

    Sun Ra:
    Space Is The Place
    Sound Sun Pleasure
    Jazz In Sillhouette

    Wayne Shorter:
    Native Dancer
    Adam's Apple
    Speak No Evil

    Ornette Coleman:
    The Shape of Jazz to Come

    Miles Davis:
    In A Silent Way
    On The Corner
    Miles Smiles
    Jack Johnson

    Rahsaan Roland Kirk:
    Inflated Tear
    Rip, Rig, Panic

    Herbie Hancock:
    Maiden Voyage
    Fat Albert Rotunda

  12. I also wanted to suggest this German group I just heard about called "Bohren & Der Club of Gore." They used to be a metal band, but in the mid-90s they decided they were gonna start making reeeeeally dark-sounding jazz.

    Shit sounds like the soundtrack to the darkest film noir ever. Really mellow, very smooth, a little unsettling. SO good.

    "Black Earth" is their best record.

  13. God damn, y'all came through. This is what blogging is all about.

    My weekend is pretty much set now.

    If you put up something that kinda rare (eg John Handy at Monterey) please through up a link.

  14. Plus so I can go homer...Fertile Ground.

  15. ^ Just copped the Bohren & Der Club of Gore, "Black Earth". NICE! Thnx!

  16. Grover Washington Jr - Reed Seed

    Anything by Wes Montgomery.

  17. Kenny Dorham & Hank Mobley. Anything by them is usually very good.

  18. coltrane "love supreme"
    dexter gordon "clubhouse"

  19. Coltrane "Lush Life"

    a really short record, but great... look for the cut with Johnny Hartman on it for some unreal baritone

    Brubeck - any sessions compilation...
    he's pretty underrated (too much airplay on smooth jazz stations) but he's practically giving lessons on rhythm with every song

  20. Lots of great stuff has been mentioned already. But I gotta make the STRONGEST possible recommendation for a couple things that have yet to be named:

    1. Everything by AHMED ABDUL-MALIK. "Jazz Sounds of Africa" is my personal favorite.

    2. Almost everything by YUSEF LATEEF. "Live at Peps" being an excellent place to start.

    3. Chicago Underground Quartet can be a good look, as far as modern stuff.

    Also you can message me for blogs to hit up. I enjoy yours a lot, btw.

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