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MIKE ZWERIN'S XMAS JAZZ DISCOTHEQUE

PARIS - George Bernard Shaw, who was a music critic in London for six years, wrote: "We cannot get away from a critic's tempers, his impatiences, his soreness, his friendships, his spite, his enthusiasm (amatory and other), nay, his very politics and religion if they are touched by what he criticizes...."

So I feel obliged to tell you up-front....I'm a be-bopper. The following list is heavily bebop-loaded. I am also eclectic, however, and I believe in wide definitions. The following list overflows more boundaries than confine it.

It's a color-neutral list; I do not believe in racial quotas. I also do not believe in the infallibility of big names. Some are omitted, while others like the under-rated American Parisian trombonist Glenn Ferris, and tomorrow's star saxophonist Kenny Garrett are included.

Perhaps, you think there's too much Miles Davis? It's not my fault, blame Miles.

"Amacord Nino Rota" is an illustration of what a difference a producer can make. The concept is so universal that, although the players are not well-known, the material rings a cord deep-down in all of us. Listen to the pianist Jaki Byard play "La Strada".

There is nothing here to scare anybody. Hey! Jazz has no secrets. No mysterious rules. No hidden meaning. I don't guarantee you'll like them all (taste is a dodgy affair), but you only need a pair of ears to like jazz.

JULIAN "CANNONBALL" ADDERLY, "Somethin' Else" (Blue Note) ... with Miles Davis and Art Blakey.

***AMACORD NINO ROTA ... INTERPRETATIONS OF NINO ROTA'S MUSIC FROM THE FILMS OF FREDERICO FELLINI (Hannibal) ... Produced by Hal Willner.

LOUIS ARMSTRONG, "An Introduction to...His best Recordings, 1924-1938" (Best of Jazz).

CHET BAKER, "The Italian Sessions" (RCA).

COUNT BASIE, "Atomic Basie" (Roulette).

ART BLAKEY AND THE JAZZ MESSENGERS, "1958 - Paris, Olympia" (Fontana).

CHARLIE CHRISTIAN, Masters of Jazz collection "vol 8, 1941" (Media 7) ...with Benny Goodman.

ORNETTE COLEMAN, "Tomorrow is the Question" (Contemporary).

***JOHN COLTRANE, "A Love Supreme" (Impulse!).

JOHN COLTRANE, "Giant Steps" (Atlantic).

MILES DAVIS, "Ascenseur Pour l'Echafaud" (Polygram) ...Soundtrack for the film by Louis Malle.

MILES DAVIS, "Cookin' " (Prestige) ....with John Coltrane.

MILES DAVIS, "Jack Johnson" (Columbia) ...rock oriented.

MILES DAVIS, "Tutu" (WB).

***"DUKE ELLINGTON AND JOHN COLTRANE" (Impulse!).

DUKE ELLINGTON, "Live At The Whitney" (Impulse!) ...Piano solo, duo and trio.

***GIL EVANS, "New Bottle Old Wine" (Pacific Jazz).

GLENN FERRIS, "Face Lift" (Enja).

KENNY GARRETT, "Pursuance, The Music of John Coltrane" (WB).

STAN GETZ, "Serenity" (PolyGram - France).


JOE HENDERSON, "Inner Urge" (Blue Note).
***BILLIE HOLIDAY AND LESTER YOUNG, "Lady Day And Pres, 1937-1941" (Frémeaux et Associés) ...2 CDs.

***KEITH JARRETT STANDARDS TRIO, "Tribute" (ECM) ...2 CDs.

ABBEY LINCLON, "You Gotta Pay The Band" (Gitanes Jazz).

"SHAKTI WITH JOHN McLAUGHLIN" (Columbia) ...Indian/Jazz fusion.

CHARLES MINGUS, "Tijuana Moods" (BMG).

***"THELONIUS MONK PLAYS THE MUSIC OF DUKE ELLINGTON" (Riverside).

MODERN JAZZ QUARTET, "Dedicated To Connie" (Atlantic).

LEE MORGAN, "The Best of..." (Blue Note) ...Includes "The Sidewinder".

OLIVER NELSON, "Blues And The Abstract Truth" (Impulse!).

***CHARLIE PARKER, "Bird/The Savoy Recordings" (Savoy).

BUD POWELL, "The Amazing..." (Blue Note).

DJANGO REINHARDT, Django Swings Nuages, 1934-1941" (Nostalgie/TF1) ...3 CDs.

***SONNY ROLLINS, "The Bridge" (RCA).

ZOOT SIMMS, "For Lady Day" (Pablo).

FRANK SINATRA, "Everything Happens To Me" (Reprise).

ART TATUM, "20th Century Piano Genius" (Verve).

WEATHER REPORT, "Heavy Weather" (Columbia).

***LESTER YOUNG, "The Quintessence, 1936-1944" (Frémeaux et Associés)...2 CDs.

Mike Zwerin ***Desert Island Records


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