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In Reply to: RE: Best Jazz CDs / recordings that play well through Maggie posted by peter3 on January 09, 2021 at 21:12:36
Piano Trio (piano, acoustic bass, drums) Maggies excel at acoustic bass reproduction, and that comes through in piano trios
Michel Camilo - Live at the Blue Note. Best sound of any jazz recording I've heard.
Bill Charlap Trio - Live at the Village Vanguard
Ray Brown Trio - Live at Scullers. The great bassist leading a great trio.
Hampton Hawes - For Real. An old fashioned 'stereo' recording with hard left and right pans, but great music well recorded.
Sonny Rollins - Way Out West. A classic, so well recorded it still sounds great.
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk. A little bass shy, but otherwise exciting.
Miles Davis - Any of the Prestige sessions that include, Workin', Steamin', Relaxin', Cookin'. The old Van Gelder sound; try for an edition that has not been re-mastered (even by Van Gelder).
Gene Harris and the Philip Morris Big Band. A must have.
Count Basie and his Atomic Band, Live at the Crescendo 1958. A multiple CD set, and the sound can vary from disc to disc, but the live ambience and the power of the Basie band is perfectly captured. Very wide dynamic range, so start with the volume low.
Duke Elington - Uptown. Mono from the early 50s, but well recorded and great music.
Difficult to recommend vocalists as personal taste become paramount, but try Diane Krall's first recording, Steppin' Out, as the instrumental backing is superb and the sound excellent, even if you don't like her singing style so much.
Jon Hendricks - Boppin' At The Blue Note, has great sound and a wide variety of jazz. Wynton Marsalis plays trumpet (and sings at one point!), and a jazz choir is on some tracks. Good fun, great atmosphere conveyed in the recording, lots of space, with performers clearly placed on stage.
Quite a list. I've ordered Diane Krall's CD, I have most of her CDs except this one. Will audition (loosely :-)) the others on YouTube. Thanks!
Thanks for the recommendations. I'll check them out.
If you like jazz saxophone. Robert Stewart's album "Nat the Cat" sounds awesome.
Love the sax. Will add this CD to my collection. Thanks.
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