My personal top Tone Poet records


This has been an excellent series in presentation, pressing and remastering thus far. There are some weaker titles in the series, but with Spotify I’ve been able to listen to the albums before buying to make sure I don’t have LPs that will just sit on the shelves gathering dust (I'm not a completist or collector).

So here goes my top 5 picks, let us know yours !

1) Chick Corea : Now He Sings Now He Sobs. This pressing has allowed me to take my time and get into the album a bit more than previously heard reissues on CD that were dry and opaque. One of the top trio albums of all time, made all the more important with Mr. Corea’s recent passing.

2) Bobby Hutcherson : Oblique. Wow, this one sounds lush and fresh, as if the tapes were recorded last week. I can throw that one on as nice background music when cooking dinner (not pejorative) or listen to it more intently. It has no horns which to me is a refreshing change from Blue Note’s usual fare.

3) Herbie Hancock : The Prisoner. Underrated is the word. It sounds like it’s floating on air, the sound stage is beautifully laid out. Love hearing the lesser known players featured here. This is a continuation of what Herbie was playing on Maiden Voyage and Speak Like A Child. Some purists have scorned the 4 or 5 bars of Fender Rhodes on the album as if Herbie was preparing to sell out. Don't listen to these guys, jazz didn't end in 1968 !

4) Chet Baker : Chet Baker Sings. The only Chet album that gets regular spins in my collection. The sound is lush  and just right for this type of music. Universally praised, so I don’t need to expand.

5) Sam Rivers : Contours. Strong material and playing, mostly excellent sound. Joe Chambers on drums is perfect all the way through. Nice bridge between post bop and avant guard, a gem in the TP series.

Most will say, what about Etcetera ? It sounds absolutely awesome, but after years of having heard this on CD, it’s not something that gets frequent visits on the TT. I love Wayne Shorter’s inventiveness, writing, but there are other recordings that I would have reissued first, namely Schizophrenia.

Future Tone Poets that I would love to see : Speak Like A Child, Schizophrenia and Fuscia Swing Song.




juleman
I only have a handful. The ones I have are excellent. I concur on Oblique...very nice. That one does jump out of the speakers, and in a good way. I also picked up Duke Pearson: The Phantom, which has Bobby Hucherson playing on it. I have to give it another listen, but I can say it's not quite what Oblique is sonically. That's not a slight on the Pearson as much as the Hucherson LP being such a sonic treat. Have to give a shout out to Introducing Kenny Burrell... Another winner. To round out my first five, I have Wayne Shorter: ETC, and Tina Brooks: The Waiting Game. I quite like the former, and have yet to unwrap the latter. 
Introducing KB is close to a buy, I've returned to it on occasion on Spotify.  Tina Brooks is often mentioned, need to give it more than a casual listen.  Oblique and The Prisoner do give me tingling sensation in the toes, the surest indicator of a great album, lol. 
Any thoughts on Hank Mobley's Poppin'?

Mobley's Soul Station on XRCD is superb.
Haven't heard XRCD but have Music Matters Soul Station 33 rpm and it is very very good, the drums sound incredible. 
Yep- Soul Station is one of the handful of MM's I have and agree. I will look in to The Prisoner...thanks. Many of these are OOP, but will apparently come back. That happened with ETC, or I likely wouldn't have my copy. 
Yes the Chet Baker LP has been out of print and well-praised, triggering demand and significant price increases on Discogs.  Apparently, they will repress, but haven't seen any proof per se, so very happy to have a copy.