August 25th, 2011, 12:28 AM #11
Can't go wrong with Wes Montgomery.
YouTube is also a great resource for checking out music prior to puchasing it; there are quite a few Montgomery clips available to audition. Dig that right hand thumb work and the signature octave lines!
"Movin' Wes" and "Caravan" are standout cuts.
Eric Johnson also recorded a tune called "East Wes" which is a tasteful stylistic nod to the master.
August 25th, 2011, 07:38 AM #12
I like me a little Vince Guaraldi, especially 'Cast your Fate to the Wind' and 'Treat Street'
August 25th, 2011, 07:44 AM #13
Money Jungle - Duke Ellington with Charles Mingus and Max Roach
August 25th, 2011, 08:07 AM #14
August 26th, 2011, 02:09 AM #15
Admittedly, this is progressive jazz, but is probably the apex of the genre; everything from quiet and introspective (title cut), to funk (Sorceress) to full-tilt up tempo (Majestic Dance, end of The Duel Between The Jester And The Tyrant) Phenomenal virtuoso performances.
From an earlier incarnation of the band. Contains the classic Chick Corea tune "Spain". If you're into classical music, you may recognize the theme in the bowed double bass intro - it's from the guitar piece "Concierto de Aranjuez" by Joaquin Rodrigo. Features Flora Purim and Joe Farrell on vocals and flute, and Corea's matchless work on the Fender Rhodes.
A terrific live collection of Metheny's early work; virtually every cut is a standout. My personal favorites are "Phase Dance" and "Farmer's Trust", where the audience is so spellbound the only other sound present in the recording is the soft chirping of birds. I've been to dozens of his shows, and there's always some part of the show where one in the audience could hear a pin drop.
The title cut is, to me, the best thing he's ever written (live - it's the #1 pin drop tune). The acoustic intro is gorgeous (note the wonderful mallet rolls on the cymbals by drummer Paul Wertico), there are great solos interspersed throughout and builds up the tension leading to the big finish. The remainder of the album is of a very high order as well. (The first track is a spoof of his days in the high school marching band; for years this was the opening song for their shows)
Hope you're having fun exploring; I check out all kinds of stuff on YouTube for the same reason.
Last edited by ChilledAgua; August 26th, 2011 at 03:10 AM.
August 26th, 2011, 08:03 AM #16
Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays 'Ozark' from "As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls" is one of my favorite 'Progressive Jazz' tunes.
Originally Posted by ChilledAgua
August 26th, 2011, 10:44 AM #17
If you like Pat Metheny I love this album.
August 26th, 2011, 05:03 PM #18
I just prefaced my post in that manner because the OP checked out some similar stuff earlier in the thread and found it didn't really move him. It's my favorite genre of all, most likely.
Originally Posted by IceDogsFan
August 26th, 2011, 07:04 PM #19
August 26th, 2011, 07:10 PM #20