Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Opened the floodgates.

Nobody likes bad puns more than I do. Nobody. But it seems like my friends like them ALMOST as much as I do. I invited it. And they didn't disappoint. Italics are mine. Thanks everybody!!!

Man, the food jokes are just too easy. C'mon? Sliced Bread at Panini King? They practically write themselves....

OK... I'll Bite!You'll probably get good bread for that gig!

You'll get to hear my new tune - "Challah If You Love These Blues".Stop me, I'm on a roll......

I'm sure you do this gig for the love of music, and not because you "knead the dough"...doh!

All rye, already!!!

You might want to cover the Beatles tune....All You Kneed is Love

How about will there be a "press" release or should we just "grill" Vic for more information. Just remember you guys started this.

We should be discussing this at a bar with a few too many beers in us! I'd be loafing my arse off!

You better ask now - once I get to the gig and have a few drinks I'll be toasted!

Just don't do the gig half baked okay!

Yes, this is a gig Vic's been looking forward to, because he's going to make a lot of bread. Hello? Is this thing on?

I hope the gig is in a safe neighborhood. I would not want some thug to hit me in the bread basket and take my dough.

You boys are really on a roll. Frankly, I'm sick and tart of all thesebuns. I mean puns. I mean croissants.

Everybody better show up now, it'd be a pita if you didn't! Seriously, this is a very versatile band, there's muffin we can't play.

Hey Vic, Are you playing guitar piano and singing these days? If so your buns my get toasted because you are filling so many rolls.

Sorry - Can't resist! I support you and I believe this is one gig you will definately rise to the top with!

I suppose it's the yeast I can do.....

The crust of the problem is that I can't help myself. Vic will flour-ish!

Now you're just buttering me up!!

Don't get saucy with me béarnaise!

Batter up. Is there a cover charge or will it be open-faced?

I'm not good at buns, I mean puns!

Oh my god! this thread has gotten ridiculously long!....definitely can use some "shortening"...waaa waaa waaa waaaa.....

Boy you guys are really on a roll!

Will you do your love song, "I Wanna Pump-er-nickel?" ew, that's dirty...

I hope nobody takes this as sourdough grapes, but I'm disappointed to come in on the 'end' of the day of punning....Now, it may be naan of my business, but it bagels the mind to think that all that bun-fun was had while I was stuck in my office dealing with hot-cross philosophers....

I knew you'd get in on it sooner or later. You're not one to loaf...

Monday, November 19, 2007

Essential Jazz (Guitar, but not only) Recordings

Wes Montgomery
1. Smokin at the Half Note (or the CD called "Impressions: The Verve Jazz Sides")
2. Incredible Jazz Guitar
3. Full House

Jim Hall
1. Jim Hall Live!
2. Intermodulation with Bill Evans (also Undercurrents, but I like this one a little better)
3. The Bridge with Sonny Rollins

Grant Green
1. Idle Moments
2. with Stanley Turrentine - Up at Minton's

Kenny Burrell
1. Midnight Blue (his playing is really simple on this one, but it's a great place to pick up licks from)
2. Lotus Blossom (maybe my favorite guitar sound on this recording)

Joe Pass
1. Virtuoso (THE solo guitar recording, Vol. 2 and 4 are also very good)
2. The Best of: Pacific Years (great overview of early, hard-bop Joe)
(3 and 4) Also “Live at Donte’s” (great example of guitar trio) and “Tudo Bem” (almost pop-sounding Brazillian influenced recording, but he burns on it).

Tal Farlow
1.Swinging Guitar of Tal Farlow
2. with Red Norvo Trio “Modern Red Norvo”

The stuff with Norvo and Charles Mingus is amazing, and can be found on lots of Tal compilations, too.

Jimmy Raney
1. With Stan Getz, at Storyville
2. Jimmy Raney Featuring Bob Brookmeyer

Raney also did some time with Norvo, there’s a CD that has both Farlow and Raney which is great. His later stuff is also great, though a lot of my favorites (on the Xanadu label) are out of print.

Les Paul (not just the name of a guitar!)
This looks like a good compilation. Anything with “How High the Moon” and “the World is Waiting for the Sunrise”

Ed Bickert – maybe the best chord player. Refined like Raney, but could make the guitar sound like a piano.
1. With Paul Desmond, “Pure Desmond”
2. With Frank Rosolino, “Thinking About You”. I spoke with the drummer on this date Terry Clarke, he said they did a week (or two?) at a club and never played the same tune twice. Plus, they play tunes in unusual keys on this.

Lenny Breau – could play more guitar than, maybe, anyone, ever. Classical, flamenco, country, bebop. For my money the best solo guitarist ever.
1. Five O’Clock Bells / Mo’ Breau
2. Live at Bourbon Street

The story about him is that two guys were standing outside of a club he was playing at, and the first guy says “sounds like 2 great guitarists playing in there”. The second guy says “yeah, except there’s just one”.

Pat Metheny – the PMG stuff runs more towards “contemporary” sounding stuff, but he has straight ahead, avant garde, folksy CD’s too.
1. Bright Size Life (in between fusiony and straight ahead)
2. Pat Metheny Group (White Album) (more fusion)
3. Travels (fusion)
4. 80/81 (straight ahead/avant garde)
5. Trio Live (straight ahead)

John Scofield
1. Shinola
2. with Trio Beyond – “Saudades”
3. Time On My Hands

Bill Frisell (not a big fav of mine, but very influential. I tend to like him on other peoples records better than his own)
1. Live
2. with Don Byron, “Romance with the Unseen”

Jack Wilkins – SMOKIN’ HOT!!!
1. “Trio Art”
2. with Bob Brookmeyer “Live at Sandy’s Jazz Revival”

George Benson
1. George Benson Cookbook
2. In Concert – Carnegie Hall

Pat Martino
1. Live – the version of Sunny on this is definitive
2. Think Tank – gets mixed reviews, but I think it’s a classic

Hank Garland
1. Jazz Winds from a New Direction (included on the double CD “Move”)

Gene Bertoncini – my teacher
1. Body and Soul

Any good compilation with Stephane Grappelli, “Swing de Paris” is the best I’ve found

Charlie Christian
“Original Guitar Genius” is my favorite compilation

Eddie Lang
“The New York Sessions”, like the Christian and Django box sets are pretty affordable and quite complete.

Mike Stern
1. Give and Take

John McLauhglin
1. Birds of Fire (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
2. Live at Royal Festival Hall (playing nylon string triggering a synth)
3. After the Rain

Johnny Smith
1. Moonlight In Vermont

George Van Eps
1. Mellow Guitar

I’m also a big fan of Kurt Rosenwinkel, Rodney Jones and Adam Rogers among younger guys. Vic Juris and John Abercrombie are two others I should have mentioned. Joe Beck is an amazing chord player, too. Joe Diorio. Howard Roberts was also great.

*** Added later on!!! ***
Ooooh, I can't believe I forgot to mention Emily Remler!!!

That’s enough guitar players.

Miles – Kind of Blue, Birth of the Cool, Miles Smiles, Highlights from the Plugged Nickel (actually the whole box set is amazing, but pricey)

Charlie Parker – the Savoy and Dial recordings.

Coltrane – Giant Steps and A Love Supreme are the obvious choices, but I prefer Blue Train, Coltrane Jazz and Live at Birdland.

Monk – “Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall” is transcendent. I like his groups with Charlie Rouse and Ben Riley, too, so “Straight No Chaser” is a good place to start.

Sonny Rollins – already mentioned “The Bridge” with Jim Hall, “Saxophone Colossus” would have to be mentioned, along with “Night at the Village Vanguard”. There must be 20 recordings I could list here, but those are good places to start. "The Impulse Story" is a nice compilation, too.

Wayne Shorter – “Speak No Evil” is an almost perfect jazz record. I also love “Heavy Weather”-era Weather Report. Most of his Blue Note records from the 60’s are classics.

Bill Evans – The live stuff at the Vanguard with Paul Motian and Scott LaFaro are required listening. “Waltz for Debby” and “”Sunday at the Vanguard” (both are included in “Complete Vangaurd Recordings, 1961”).

Cannonball Adderley – “Somethin’ Else”

Duke Ellington – hard to narrow down, here. The “Blanton-Webster” recordings (several compilations) cover early important recordings, “Black, Brown and Beige” is an important extended work, and “Such Sweet Thunder” is a favorite later Ellington recording.

Count Basie w/Freddie Green – Freddie Green may be the most important guitarist in the history of jazz. His rhythm playing freed up the Basie band in a way that eventually made bebop possible. Never underestimate what he does. Early Basie has Lester Young (among others) but later recordings allow you to hear Freddie better. “The Complete Decca” is everything you would need from early Basie, though you can find the same things elsewhere. “Atomic Basie” is great Second Testament Basie (First Testament refers to the band with Lester Young, etc. Second Testament refers to later bands where there were more written arrangements). “Count Basie and the Kansas City 7” is a great small group recording, very easy to hear FG on this.

Lester Young – so much good Prez, the Ken Burns is a decent compilation including his “Lady Be Good” solo. Some of his classic solos are on Billie Holiday records. Actually, there’s a label called Quadromania that have great, inexpensive 4-CD sets that capture lots of great things together.

Coleman Hawkins – something with the “Body and Soul” recordings, obviously. Again, Ken Burns seems to be an ok compilation. “The Hawk Flies High” is a nice, later recording with Barry Galbraith playing great FG-style rhythm guitar.

Ornette Coleman – “The Shape of Jazz to Come”. “Love Call” is a personal favorite.

Louis Armstrong – Hot Fives and Hot Sevens. Pick a compilation, there are a bunch. This should, of course, be first on the list.

Jaco – “Jaco Pastorius”

And of course everything by Jimi Hendrix (esp. Are You Experienced, Electric Ladyland, Band of Gypsies) and Jeff Beck (esp. Blow by Blow and Wired).

I’m sure I missed a few – but that’s an awful lot.