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    Default Good laid-back jazz - Suggestions Please

    For all the jazz albums I own, I've realized recently that I don't own much stuff that is laid back, I'm looking for suggestions. It's a bit difficult to describe what I'm looking for, almost lounge music I guess - just stuff that's a bit laid back and relaxing, something I can listen to in the background while I'm doing something else, or something I can almost fall asleep to.

    Anything a bit bass-heavy would also be nice. Vocals aren't a problem, but would prefer more instrumental stuff...

    And I won't limit myself to just jazz either, so any suggestions that meet the basic relaxing music criteria will work.

    I've realized that a large portion of my music collection is really upbeat, eclectic, and tenses me up a bit at time. While I like that, and that's primarily what I look for in music, I'd like some relaxing stuff to balance this out
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    Renee Olstead: Renee Olstead: Well recorded classics, female vocals. I find this album quite relaxing.

    Holly Cole: Dark Dear Heart is pretty solid as well.

    I don't know many without lyrics though.
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    Have you considered the Polk xm tuner? They have all types of jazz music and artists you will not hear on commericial radio, find someone that really does it for you and then you can buy the CD, just a thought. Me well, I have been doing the blues lately with the tuner, nothing like the blues to cheer you up strange phenom their.

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    Their is an artist/composer/arranger named Andre Previn who you might like.
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    by laid-back, do you mean: smooth jazz, be-bop, big-band, or fusion?

    Here are a couple:

    Jeff Lorber - Flipside
    Sara Gazarek - Yours (vocal)
    Joe Sample - The Best of
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    Anything by Tom Scott. Nice laid back Jazz Sax.
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    Miles Davis (early), Stan Getz, Paul Desmond. Cool stuff.
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    Thanks for the responses guys, I'll be checking all these out (at least those that I don't already have)

    Keep the suggestions coming
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    miles davis---some kind of blue....the epitome of classic ;)

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    yeah, the early Miles Davis is a good example of some of the stuff I'm looking for. 'Kind of Blue' is one of my favorite albums...ever

    I'm also looking for stuff that is a little more modern and has a better bass track to it.
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    Larry Carlton and Peter White might work. Also Paul Hardcastle maybe.

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    pat metheny, lee ritenour, george benson to name a few

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    Quote Originally Posted by reeltrouble1
    PM,

    Have you considered the Polk xm tuner? They have all types of jazz music and artists you will not hear on commericial radio, find someone that really does it for you and then you can buy the CD, just a thought..
    Agree with RT1, Watercolors on XM 71 has a really good rotation of laid back jazz compilations....definitely recommend. It is in pre-set 1 on my set up..

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    I have to agree with the sattelite route. I have Sirius, it has at least 3 decent jazz stations. Mellow, clear. Not quite reference CD quality, but a good way to chill. I do all the time, both at the house and in the truck.

    Check that out and you'll get a better idea for who you'll like...
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    XM 71 is one of my favorites.

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    I'll probably check out satellite eventually, but it's not worth my investment right now just to get an idea of what I'm looking for, especially when I'm trying to concentrate on the 2 channel system...:)
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    Bernie Williams...The journey within

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    Pick up a copy of the Concord Jazz SACD Sampler. It has some great tracks by Art Blakey, Charlie Byrd,Stan Getz, etc.

    A few others that you might enjoy...
    Just about anything by John Coltrane....Blue Train is a good start.
    The CannonBall Adderley Quintet in San Francisco (SACD)***
    The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Concord on a Summer Night (SACD)
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    Miles Davis -- Porgy and Bess (one of my top Davis albums)
    Miles Davis -- Filles De Kilimanjaro
    Miles Davis -- Blue Miles
    Stan Getz -- Reflections
    John Coltrane -- Coltrane Plays the Blues
    Bill Evans -- Ultimate Bill Evans
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    Vince Gualardi. A piano, a bass, and a set of drums. The sound of the bass should satisfy you. I can listen to the Charlie Brown Xmas album year 'round no problem.

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    mingus! mingus! mingus!

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    Foe something more modern, Saxophonic by Dave Koz

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    So many of the usual suggestions.

    Try just about anything by Gerry Mulligan. Baritone saxophone. The BIG saxophone. Removes womens clothes from 50-60 feet. He started in the 40's, and recent reports have him still dead.

    Tom Scott might as well BE dead, cause he hasn't done anything like his first two albums from the early 70's with his band "The L.A. Express". Those two were "Express", and "Tom Cat". Monster albums, Kenny G. probably spanked himself to those two when Scott played the soprano sax on them. Couple laid back songs, but for the most part just great, wild stuff. The L.A. Express backed Joni Mitchell for awhile too.

    If it's SMOOOOOOOOOOOTH jazz you really mean, you need to mean something else. That stuff is terrible.

    Try Grant Green instead of George Benson for guitar, or at least the early Benson stuff on CTI, before he got famous. Green is dead. Benson since 1975, has just been faking death.

    Joe Farrell on CTI. Dead as a doornail. "Moongerms" is a standout.

    The Modern Jazz Quartet? ANYTHING! Truly anything by that band! An offshoot would be any Milt Jackson albums, particularly "Sunflower". All dead.

    Stanley Turrentine - "Cherry" or "Sugar" on CTI records, or "Pieces of Dreams" on Fantasy records. I think "Mr. T" just may still be alive.

    Start with those and I'll give you a hundred more. Real jazz is dead.

    Just thought of two more......

    Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage" from about 1963. Ron Carter is aboard along with Tony Williams on drums. He played in the second good Miles rhythm section (along with Herbie and Ron) AT THE AGE OF 16!!! A true jazz classic if there ever was one. He does the ocean on the drums. At 16.

    "In a Silent Way" by Josef Zawinul. He was both Cannonball and Miles pianist for awhile, then started Weather Report with Wayne Shorter. He wrote "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" while with Cannonball, and "In a Silent Way" with Miles. Miles made the money off it, but Zawinul released his own album after he left, and it's a nicer recording. The album also contains a cut called Dr. Honoris Causa ( dedicated to and written about Herbie Hancock). Monster stuff. I may have already told you too much.

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    i just picked up pat metheny's : selected recordings..on ecm records...this is a best of from 75 to 84..all selected by pm and remastered...great for background listens or smoking jacket sessions

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    A couple that I'll throw out...

    Gene Ammons - Boss Tenor
    Sonny Rollins - The Bridge

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    Gene Ammons and Sonny Rollins are pretty deep for a guy who leans towards Mantovani.

    Try Arnett Cobb, Lionel Hampton's saxman. Well dead.

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    UNOPENED Montovani.....I sent all my opened Montovani to Russ.

    Arnett Cobb...on the list.

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    [Q] If it's SMOOOOOOOOOOOTH jazz you really mean, you need to mean something else. That stuff is terrible.[Q]


    Not all smooth Jazz blows...


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    The Modern Jazz Quartet? ANYTHING! Truly anything by that band! An offshoot would be any Milt Jackson albums, particularly "Sunflower". All dead.[Q]

    Outstanding choice..!!
    Milt Jackson was one of my first albums...
    My dad played the Vibes, so Milt and Cal Tjader were what I grew up on.
    Pancho Sanchez is a good choice also...

    [Q] Start with those and I'll give you a hundred more. Real jazz is dead.[Q]

    I also would like to hear what ya got..!!


    [Q] Just thought of two more......

    Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage" from about 1963. Ron Carter is aboard along with Tony Williams on drums. He played in the second good Miles rhythm section (along with Herbie and Ron) AT THE AGE OF 16!!! A true jazz classic if there ever was one. He does the ocean on the drums. At 16.[Q]

    Herbie Rocks..!!

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    I saw Milt Jackson with his own band at Carnegie Hall (before they re-modeled it and dicked up the acoustics) around 1975. Stanley Turrentine and Bobbi Humphrey (babe flutist) were the warm-up bands. This was after MJQ broke up, and before they got back together again.

    Jackson dropped one of his mallets during a solo. It didn't matter. The rest of the band didn't even look up, cause there was no break in the solo. Fantastic.

    What the man said. Buy Cal Tjader too.

    Name me one smooth jazz thing that does not come under the heading 'Music to Fall Asleep To" and please don't say Bob James or Fourplay cause I'll laugh myself into an early grave.

    Get Lee Ritenour's first two albums from the 70's, "First Choice" and "Captain Fingers" if you want to hear what he was like before he drecked out.

    On the first Tom Scott & The L.A. Express album, Larry Carlton was the axe-man. He never did anything as good as that again. On the second album "Tom Cat" the axe was Robben Ford.

    Try Ron Carter's solo albums "All Blues" and "Pastels".

    Wes Montgomery's "A Day in the Life".

    Freddie Hubbard's "Red Clay" Now THIS guy was good. His only obstruction to getting REALLY big was that everybody who THOUGHT they'd be really cool if they owned a couple Miles Davis albums, never bought anything else by a different trumpeter. Am I the only person that doesn't like the way Miles played? I like John Faddis better than I like Miles. I like Hubbard better too.

    Hubert Laws on CTI records.

    The George Duke Trio featuring Jean Luc-Ponty. There are two or three of these recorded in the late 60's live in North Beach. Don't expect the George Duke OR J-LP of the 70's and 80's. This is when they were hungry and good. BOTH would do a lot of time with Zappa and The Mother's. Near death, Zappa admitted that Ponty was one of the very few people that he actually hated.

    Honorable mention to:

    Ronnie Laws for "Pressure Sensitive"
    John Handy for "Hard Work"
    Hank Crawford
    David "Fathead" Newman
    Chet Baker when he was playing with Gerry Mulligan
    Patrick Williams for "Threshold" and the cut "Mr. Smoke" from it.
    The Freddie Hubbard/Stanley Turrentine joint ventures recorded live.
    Illinois Jacquet
    Zoot Sims
    Kenny Burrell
    Benny Carter
    Coleman Hawkins
    Dexter Gordon
    The Brecker Bros. first album titled, The Brecker Brothers

    And I just remembered something really classy about Coltrane. Miles finally cut him loose because he was so drugged up onstage, he would pick his nose and eat his own mookies IN FRONT OF THE AUDIENCE. Nice touch. "A Loogie Supreme" indeed. I think another one was called "Giant Snots", and yet another "My Favorite Strings".

    (Does anybody know if I spelled mookies correctly? is it mookies or mukies?)
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