[JPL] Best jazz of the 1980s & '90s.

Larry Appelbaum jumpmonk at hotmail.com
Wed Dec 28 17:04:24 EST 2011


About five years ago a Portuguese jazz magazine asked me to name 30 of my favorite jazz recordings from the past 30 years. Here is what I sent them, in alphabetical order. If I were to come up with a revised list, some might still be on it. You'll see that it includes quite a few from the '80s and '90s, along with some extras as honorable mention:

1. Muhal Richard Abrams-BluBluBlu (Black Saint)
2. Air-Airlore (RCA)
3. Art Ensemble of Chicago-Nice Guys (ECM)
4. Alvin Batiste-Late (Columbia)
5. Pete Christlieb/Warne Marsh-Apogee (Warner)
6. Ornette Coleman-Soapsuds, Soapsuds (Caravan of Dreams)
7. Clusone 3-Soft Lights & Sweet Music (hat Art)
8. Jack DeJohnette-New Directions (ECM)
9. Sidsel Endresen/Bugge Wesseltoft-Duplex Ride (Curling Legs)
10. Jon Faddis-Remembrances (Chesky)
11. Bill Frisell-Have A Little Faith (Nonesuch)
12. Stan Getz./Kenny Barron-People Time (Verve)
13. Dexter Gordon-Sophisticated Giant (Columbia)
14. Charlie Haden/Hank Jones-Steal Away (Verve)
15. Joe Henderson-Lush Life (Verve)
16. Andrew Hill-Dusk (Palmetto)
17. Dave Holland-Triplicate (ECM)
18. Abdullah Ibrahim-Water From An Ancient Well (Enja)
19. Keith Jarrett-Radience (ECM)
20. Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall (Blue Note)
21. Paul Motian-On Broadway Vol. 2 (JMT)
22. David Murray Octet-Ming  (Black Saint)
23. Astor Piazzola-Tango Hora Zero (American Clave)
24. Don Pullen-Random Thoughts (Blue Note)
25. Jimmy Rowles/Stan Getz-The Peacocks (Columbia)
26. Henry Threadgill-You Know The Number (Novus)
27. Weather Report-Heavy Weather (Columbia)
28. World Saxophone Quartet-Revue (Black Saint)
29. Wayne Shorter-Alegria (Verve)
30. Luciana Souza-Neruda (Sunnyside)

Abbey Lincoln/Hank Jones-When There Is Love (Gitanes)
Jay Clayton/Fred Hersch-Beautiful Love (Sunnyside)
Shelia Jordan/Harvie Swartz-Old Time Feeling (Muse)
Shirley Horn-You Won’t Forget Me (Verve)
Anthony Davis-Episteme (Grammavision)
Amiri Baraka-New Music--New Poetry (India Navigation)
Cecil Taylor-In Florescence (A&M)
Fumio Itabashi-To Be (Denon)
John Carter-Roots & Folklore (Grammavision)
> Hello,
> As WEMU continues to develop it's sound with a fresher, modern appeal, I thought I would call on the collective wisdom of the JPL.  In your estimation, what were some of the "touchstone" jazz recordings of the 1980s and 1990s?  As ever, thank you for being an incredible resource for all of us involved in jazz radio.
> Best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous 2012.
> Linda
> Linda Yohn
> WEMU Music Director
> lyohn at emich.edu
> 734-487-2229
> www.wemu.org


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