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Classic Jazz Albums

Whilst the main focus of the Jazz Views site is to bring you the newest cutting edge jazz from around the world, we have a growing review archive of classic jazz albums which shine a light on some of the best release of yesteryear…

Miles Davis – The Lost Septet

Miles Davis – The Lost Septet

Sleepy Night Records SNRCD020 (double album) Miles Davis (tpt), Gary Bartz (alt,sop) Keith Jarrett (elp, org), Michael Henderson (elb), Ndugu Chancler (drs), Don Alias (perc), Mtume (perc) This recording is from a concert at The Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna on November...

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Weather Report – Live In London

Weather Report – Live In London

Angel Air Records SJPCD622 Joe Zawinul (keys), Wayne Shorter (tnr, sop), Victor Bailey (bs), Mino Cinelu (perc), Jose Rossy (perc), Omar Hakim (drs) Alongside the Miles Davis bands of the "Silent Way" and "Bitches Brew" era, Weather Report were the kings of the highly...

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Miles Davis – Water Babies

Miles Davis – Water Babies

CBS 81741 Released November 1976 Recorded June 1967 and November 1968 Side A, Water Babies 5m 06s, Capricorn 8m 26s Sweet Pea 7m 59s Side B, Two Faced 18m 00s Dual Mr Tillman Anthony 13m 20s Personnel Side A, Miles Davis (tpt), Wayne Shorter (tnr), Herbie Hancock...

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Sonny Clark – Cool Struttin’

Sonny Clark – Cool Struttin’

Blue Note Records 7243 4 95327 2 4 Original Album Recording January 5th 1958 Art Farmer (trumpet), Jackie McClean (alto saxophone), Sonny Clark (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums). Cool Struttin' 9m 19s, Blue Minor 10m 15s, Sippin' At Bells 8m 13s,...

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Miles Davis Septet – Live in Poland 1983

Miles Davis Septet – Live in Poland 1983

Domino Records 891235 Miles Davis, trumpet and keyboards on all tracks, plus: CD 1 [1-7] Bill Evans (ts, ss, fl); John Scofield (g), Robert Irving III (keyb); Darryl Jones (b); Al Foster (d); Mino Cinelu (per). Congress Hall, Warsaw, Poland, 23 October 1983. CD 2...

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Buddy Rich – Birdland

Buddy Rich – Birdland

Lightyear/Lobitos Creek Ranch 5365646223 Saxophones – Alan Gauvin, Bill Blount, Frank Basile, Chck Wilson, Steve Marcus, Bobby Mintzer, Turk Mauro, Jim Pritchard, Gary Pribek Trumpets - Dave Stahl, Dean Pratt, Ross Konikoff, Jon Marshall, Waymon Reed, Dave Kennedy...

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Keith Jarrett – Standards, Vol. 1

Keith Jarrett – Standards, Vol. 1

ECM 674 3202 Keith Jarrett (piano); Gary Peacock (double bass); Jack DeJohnette (drums) Recorded January 1983 This is the first in a series of albums that quickly be known as the Standards Trio. There is little doubt that this trio was the successor to the classic...

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Eric Dolphy – Out To Lunch

Eric Dolphy – Out To Lunch

Blue Note Records CDP 0777 7 46524 2 1 Recorded And Released 1964 Eric Dolphy (alt,flt,bs clt), Freddie Hubbard (tpt), Bobby Hutcherson (vbs), Richard Davis (bs), Tony Williams (drs) Hat And Beard 8:24, Something Sweet Something Tender 6:02, Gazzelloni 7:22. Out To...

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Thelonious Monk – Straight No Chaser

Thelonious Monk – Straight No Chaser

Columbia Legacy 64886 Recorded November 1966 / January 1967 Thelonious Monk (piano), Charlie Rouse (tenor), Larry Gales (bass), Ben Riley (drums) 1) Locomotive 6m 43s, 2) I Didn't Know About You (take 4) 6m 52s, 3) Straight No Chaser 11m 28s, 4) Japanese Folk Song...

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Stan Kenton – New Concepts Of Artistry In Rhythm

Stan Kenton – New Concepts Of Artistry In Rhythm

Konitz thought that his playing on this piece was the highlight of his Kenton work. Capitol Piano – Stan Kenton; Saxophone – Bill Holman, Bob Gioga, Lee Konitz, Richie Kamuca, Vinnie Dean; Trombone – Bill Russo, Bob Burgess, Frank Rosolino, George Roberts, Keith Moon...

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Duke Ellington – The Great Paris Concert

Duke Ellington – The Great Paris Concert

Atlantic Records SD 2-304 0698 (Double Album) Released 1973 Duke Ellington (pno), Cootie Williams, Cat Anderson & Roy Burrows (tpts) Ray Nance (cornet,vio), Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper & Chuck Connors (trom), Johnny Hodges (alt) Russell Procope alt, clt)...

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Charlie Haden – Liberation Music Orchestra

Charlie Haden – Liberation Music Orchestra

Impulse AS 9183 Perry Robinson — clarinet; Gato Barbieri — tenor saxophone, clarinet; Dewey Redman — alto saxophone, tenor saxophone; Don Cherry — cornet, flute, Indian wood & bamboo flutes (3,5); Michael Mantler — trumpet; Roswell Rudd — trombone; Bob Northern —...

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Lee Konitz – Motion

Lee Konitz – Motion

Verve UMV2563 - Recorded 29 August 1961 Lee Konitz (alto saxophone); Elvin Jones (drums); Sonny Dallas (bass)   I Remember You / All of Me / Foolin’ Myself / You’d be So Nice to Come Home To / I’ll Remember April There was considerable surprise when it was realised...

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​J.J. Johnson – Trombone Master

​J.J. Johnson – Trombone Master

Recorded 1957/1958/1960 Released 1989 J.J. Johnson (trom') on all tracks with, on Side 1, tracks 1, 2 and 4 and Side 2, tracks 1 and 4: Nat Adderley (corn'), Tommy Flanagan (pno), Wilber Little (bs), Albert Heath (drs). Side 1 track 3 and Side 2 track 2, Tommy...

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Steve Khan – Tightrope/The Blue Man/Arrows

Steve Khan – Tightrope/The Blue Man/Arrows

BGO Records BGOCD1178 Tightrope Steve Khan (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Don Grolnick (piano, Fender Rhodes, clavinet); Bob James (Fender Rhodes, synthesiser); Jeff Mironov (guitar); David Spinozza (guitar); Randy Brecker (trumpet); Michael Brecker (tenor sax);...

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