Ben Webster meets Oscar Peterson (Verve Master Edition), great playing and amazing sound! I also second Bill Frisell Blues Dream or anything by Frisell, for that matter.
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Top five for 2001 in no particular order:
Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown, Emarcy Re-issue
Ken Vandermark: Acoustic Machine, Atavistic
Dave Holland: Not for Nothin', ECM
John Zorn: The Big Gundown (Reissue). Tzadik
Peter Brotzmann: Die Like a Dog Quartet "From Valley to Valley", Emerite.
Not your typical "audiophile" list, now is it?
Hyperion with Higgins is Lloyd's latest, and less accessible to my ears than the wonderful Water is Wide.
I perhaps need to give it some time. The mix is definitely pushed up on Higgins' drumset.
Regina Carter with Kenny Barron (Freefall) is amazing.
Didier Lockwood's Tribute to Stephane Grapelli (2000) is still a recent favorite.
Charlie Haden's well-reviewed latest is also requiring several listenings for me to get it.
Sonny Rollins' This Is What I Do doesn't move me (anyone want it for a fiver?).
Happy New Year to all!
As good as The Water is Wide is, and it is, Hyperion For Higgins refuses to take a back seat, particularly after repeated listenings. This is a fabulous CD, especially given the songs are ostensibly outtakes from the "Water" sessions. An oldie that's new to me and ranks as my best purchase for 2001 is Leroy Vinnegar "Walking The Basses". The thing smokes. Danke JT. The title escapes me, but the new Eric Reed is frighteningly good, right out of the gate. Biggest surprise of the year.
IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT (FACD 006)
A tribute to Julie Lodon, features Doreen Smith(vocal)
This from a small canadian label, probably one of my reference CD due to the quality of the recording. Excellent jazz and just a perfect soft cd that "layers" the instruments...
Highly recommended !
I third Blues dream. In fcat the new one by Bill Frisell is also equally or better: 'Bill Frisell with Dave Holland and elvin jones' . This is off the subject but Bob Dylan's new Love and theft is really good. I refused to stop inbetween. I heard Cyprus Chestnuts new at Tower listening station and that thing Rocks. Have to pick it up.
Thanks, everyone, for your excellent and wide-ranging responses. So far, I've used up BOTH my gift certificates. I got about 13 of the recommendations I received here. So far, without having listened to them all, I esp. love Charles Lloyd, someone I had never heard of before; Joey Baron (GREAT!!); John Scofield; Dave Holland; Oscar Peterson meets Ben Webster; Charlie Hayden; and David Murray. Each of these discs bears repeated listening. I'm really enjoying each one! Yesterday (Sunday) was a great day for jazz listening and I got through about 9 of the CDs I've recently purchased. Again, thanks to all who responded w/such thoughtful recommendations.