Jazz and Improvised Music on CD
The most important first step is to LISTEN to jazz - on CD or live at
Here is a list of seminal jazz or other improvised performances on CD from all
over the world who have touched our hearts or changed our lives.
Island String Quartet album (so named, from Windham Hill
Saxophonist Lester Young’s the Complete Small Group Sessions, especially Volume 3 (Blue Moon).
· Violinist "Symphony" Sid
Page, "I Scare Myself" on Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks’ Striking it Rich.
Trumpeter Miles Davis on Kind Of Blue, Miles Davis’ Quintet, My Funny Valentine live in New York 1963. (with Four and More)
Saxophonist Johnny Hodgeson “small group
Trumpeter Lee Morgan's Sidewinder.
Pianist Art Blakey's version of Moanin'
Rock Group The Allman Brothers Live at the Fillmore East
Violinist Sugarcane Harris' violin solo on Frank Zappa's Burnt Weenie Sandwich.
Electic Guitarist Jimi Hendrix Electric Ladyland
PFM , Photos
Stuff Smith sessions ca. 1936, including Ise a'Muggin'
Violinist Stéphane Grappelli and guitarist
Django Reinhardt in the mid-30s
Violinist Stephane Grappelli, "It Don't Mean
A Thing" on the album, Stephane Grapelli.Grappelli and Eddie South's version of
the Bach Dm concerto for two violins, around 1936, with Django's amazing accompaniment. To Django
Violinist Jean-Luc Ponty's recording Sunday Walk. The LP is no longer available but many of the tracks
are reissued on Compact Jazz: Jean-Luc Ponty & Stephane Grappelli MPS 835 320-2.
H L P ( Humair Louis Ponty) in
their interpretations of standards
Violinist Stuff Smith, Stuff Smith and his Onyx Club Boys (Classics 706). This CD and
the rest of the french label's recordings (including more Stuff, E. South and early Grappelli) are easily available on the
Svend Asmussen - Musical Miracle Vol. 1 (Phontastic PHONT CD 9306)
Violinist Zgibniew Seifert's Passion (Capitol, ST-11923) this LP is hard to find.
Philippe Catherine, Christian Escoudé, Didier
Lockwood Trio (jms/(cream) records
· Saxophonist Sonny Rollins,
Saxophone Collosus, Way Out West, and
· Pianist Herbie Hancock
is a brilliant soloist and accompanist.
· Saxophonist George Coleman
The Bassist Oscar Pettiford
· The Cellist Akua Dixon
From cellist Renata Bratt, violinist Randy Sabien, cellist Jeffry Mcfarland-Johnson,
cellist Chase Morrison, violinist Nicole Yarling, violinist Andy Arleo, violinist Mark Chung, violinist Martin Norgaard, cellist
Matt Brubeck and violinist Daniel John Martin.