miles davis: complete 1960 live at the free trade hall

admittedly, i dont know much about miles davis, or actually jazz in general. its a shame, cause i have tried or been meaning to get into said genre for at least a few years now, but still havent made a real effort. for those jazz aficionado’s what are 2-5 records that i should start with? i think this is actually for sale, but the cheapest i have seen it has been a hundred bucks. so, i figured what the hell?

1. four 1
2. all of you
3. walkin
4. four 2
5. all blues
6. well you needn’t
7. autumn leaves
8. so what
9. stardust
10. the theme
11. i thought about you
12. all blues
13. seven steps to heaven

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11 thoughts on “miles davis: complete 1960 live at the free trade hall

  1. Aaron Poehler says:

    Kind Of Blue is the #1 starter jazz album, without question–start there. Follow up with Bitches Brew for a more ‘rock’ edge, and if neither of those do anything for you, well…leave them in your collection and listen again in a couple of years. It took awhile for jazz to seep into my pores, but it’s inherently somewhat more challenging than most pop/rock material.

  2. sean says:

    I am not an aficionado, more of an enthusiast, but here are five to get you started:
    1. Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
    2. Louis Armstrong – hot fives/sevens compilation – make sure it has West End Blues on it, because that is the finest piece of music that the 20th Century spit out
    3. John Coltrane – Giant Steps & My Favorite Things & A Love Supreme are the canonical works, but I turn to Ole and Live at the Village Vanguard more often
    4. Charles Mingus – My favorite is Blues & Roots
    5. Thelonious Monk – probably Straight No Chaser
    Avoid compilations (except for the early Louis Armstrong stuff and other pre WW2 artists) as jazz artists started making thematic ‘albums’ before just about anybody else did. I’d also suggest that if and when you make it to Sun Ra, you just jump in with a total immersion therapy. Listen to as much as you can as often as you can. Once you get Sun Ra, at least to the extent anyone gets Sun Ra, the rest of it all falls into place

  3. Paul from the Who bootleg says:

    It’s hard to recommend jazz records to people who mostly live on rock songs. Jazz is a different idiom in so many ways, and it shares a lot with jam-band-world, maybe more than with country-rock, indie-rock, or other genres you tend to write about here. You might like jazz from before WWII more than the stuff that came after. It’s all best dug up in compilations; it predates the LP era.

    Maybe you can embrace something like Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives & Hot Sevens at first — they’re from 1926-28 or so, they typically don’t go much over 3:00 in length, they get to the point, and sometimes they have vocals. You probably heard these recordings around NOLA, and they may speak to you. Try “West End Blues.”

    In roughly the same vein, some of my favorite music ever is the small-group stuff from Benny Goodman’s bands, circa 1936-39. Goodman led a much larger group, but he did trio and quartet dates with a great drummer (Gene Krupa), an ace piano player (Teddy Wilson) and eventually a Hall of Fame vibraphone player (Lionel Hampton). It’s high-spirited and fun, and the musicians sound like they were happy to be free of the structure that the big band demanded. No vocals, but you may recognize some songs as standards.

    Ellington’s band peaked around 1940-41 as well. Get with the “Blanton-Webster” band if you can — look for a record with “Jack The Bear,” “Ko-Ko,” “Concerto for Cootie,” “All Too Soon,” stuff like that.

    After the war… well the early bop stuff (i.e. Charlie Parker) may be hard to get into at first. Miles Davis ‘Kind of Blue’ (1959) is great; I suspect you’ve heard it before, and it’s well-represented in this post. I would say that Sonny Rollins ‘Saxophone Colossus’ (1956) might be a good gateway drug from around the same time, as is Cannonball Adderley ‘Somethin’ Else’ (1958). You also might like some electric stuff: Miles ‘In A Silent Way’ (1969) might do the trick. It’s pretty spacey.

    Thelonious Monk is a singular talent. You might like his solo stuff, maybe ‘Alone in San Francisco’; it’s like you can see into his mind. And although some might disagree, I think Charles Mingus ‘Tijuana Moods’ (or ‘New Tijuana Moods’) is a good starter, although it may try your patience too. Coltrane is really all over the place; ‘Blue Train’ is probably the most accessible.

    So that’s more than 2-5, but good luck & happy hunting.

  4. Paul from the Who bootleg says:

    Well how about that. Looks like Sean & I have to get a beer sometime.

    Just to be clear, I meant that you have to rely on compilations for pre-War stuff; I agree that it’s better to go with full albums after the mid-50s or so.

  5. Dave N says:

    I agree with all of the previous posts. If you want something more recent that would be a nice continuation of rock, try The Bad Plus. Charlie Hunter is also a good choice, especially Charlie Hunter Trio and Natty Dread. Thanks for the Miles!

  6. puremagicmatador says:

    1.Duke Ellington and Ray Brown – This One’s For Blanton: Exquisite tribute to Duke’s bass player Jimmy Blanton who died at age 23 from TB. Just Duke, a terrifically underrated pianist, and Ray Brown, one of the great bassists in Jazz.
    2.Charlie Haden and Hank Jones – Steal Away:Spirituals, Hymms, and Folk Songs: I’d start going to church if they played this. Incredibly lyrical and beautiful and deep soul.
    3.Bill Evans-Everybody Digs Bill Evans: The title aptly says it all. “Peace Piece” is revelatory.
    4.Count Basie and Big Joe Turner-The Bosses: Rollicking with Basie’s tight band and the greatest blues shouter who ever lived. Rock and Roll started with Big Joe…
    5.Brad Mehldau-Anything Goes: Bill Evans is alive and well and living in this gifted pianist. Seems criminal to neglect his versions of “River Man”, “She’s Leaving Home”, “Exit Music For Film”, but if I had to own 1 (and thankfully I don’t), this would be it.
    6.Charles Mingus-Mingus Ah Um: Greatest Bassist/Composer in Jazz. ‘nough said.
    7.Chet Baker-Chet: Cool jazz like no other with the incomparable Bill Evans on piano. Bonus track search: find “Send In The Clowns” recorded live with Chet Baker and Van Morrison at Ronnie Scotts in London. Ridiculously good.
    8.Mitchell-Ruff Duo-Brazilian Trip: The best latin jazz album that no one has ever heard. Dwike Mitchell was Duke Ellington’s favorite pianist and when Billy Strayhorn died, Duke had Mitchell Ruff play his funeral. As good a jazz album as you will ever hear.
    9.Dr. Lonnie Smith-Boogaloo To Beck: Soul jazz groover covering Beck Hansen’s canon. ‘Jackass’, ‘Where It’s At’ et al., never sounded so good.
    10.Sonny Rollins-Saxophone Colossus: Great titan of tenor with the amazing Max Roach on drums and Tommy Flanagan on piano.

    There’s ten to get started. So many ommisions-please forgive me Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Smith, Dave Brubeck, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Thelonious Monk, Ray Bryant, Billy Taylor, Junior Mance, Gabor Szabo, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Billie Holiday, Hank Crawford, David Fathead Newman, Milt Jackson, John Lewis, Jimmy Heath, James Moody, Stanley Turrentine, Shirley Scott and so many others…

  7. MT says:

    cannonball adderley is really bluesy and driving. lots of fun to listen to, and really accessible to newbies…

  8. Ben says:

    Jim Hall- Concierto
    Johnny Hartman and John Coltrane

  9. john says:

    Other than #1, they’re all just my preferences:
    #1- Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. Without question the best jazz album ever created. A must.
    – Giant Steps by Coltrane.
    – Speak No Evil by Wayne Shorter
    – the Miles Davis 2nd Quintet records, especially Sorcerer
    – Verve Silver Collection by Wes Montgomery. Its a compilation but good stuff with Jimmy Smith. Also try Verve’s “Small Group Recordings”.
    – Smokin’ at the Half Note by Wynton Kelly
    – Time Out by Dave Brubeck for the California Sound.
    – Waltz for Debby by Bill Evans
    – Some of the old Thelonious Monk stuff on Riverside Records like Brilliant Corners
    – Go by Dexter Gordon
    – Now’s the Time by Charlie Parker
    -Blues and the Abstract Truth by Oliver Nelson
    -the Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto record that will segue you into a whole new area of bossa nova and Brazilian jazz mixes like Herbie and Milton Nascimento.

  10. Chris Mennel says:

    Here are some of my favorites over the years and records I always enjoy.

    Cannonball Adderley – Somethin’ Else
    It’s hard to believe that this is the almost the same band that made “Kind Of Blue”. A loose and fun record if ever there was one.

    John Coltrane – Coltrane’s Sound
    If this record only had “Equinox” on it, it would still be better than most jazz records.

    Bill Frisell – Good Dog, Happy Man
    It may be stretching it to call this jazz, but it’s still very good. Sounds like Pullman, Calexico and Bill Frisell had a baby.

    Jimmy Forrest – Night Train
    Sounds like stripper music and he’s from St. Louis. Both alright in my book.

    Ray Barbee and the Mattson 2 – Ray Barbee Meets the Mattson 2
    Just a terrific album from start to finish.

  11. leaded says:

    start with the film ’round midnight’ featureing dexter gordon

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