Jazz music is uniquely American and here we honor some of the classic and avant garde jazz musicians.
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Grover Washington Jr.
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Breezin' This best selling light Jazz album is wonderful. From Breezin' to This Masquerade, Benson delivers some of his finest work. He is an original who has been imitated by many.
Weekend in L.A. - George Benson This live recording includes his hit On Broadway.
Time Out - The Dave Brubeck Quartet This 1959 recording has been remastered. Including the fabulous Take Five, this was an experiment using unusual time signatures and is one of the all time classic jazz albums. Paul Desmond's sax and Brubeck's keyboards are a super combination.
Change - Chick Corea Just Out!
Converge - Chick Corea Another new one! Fresh experimental jazz tunes including the title tune Converge, like alien jazz landscapes and the frenetic Sundance.
Light as a Feather - Chick Corea and Return to Forever With Flora Purim on vocals.
Legendary saxophonist and composer. John pushed
the boundaries of jazz far beyond the limits that existed in the early
60s. These works testify to his genius.
Winter Nights - A collection of Christmas music from this great Jazz guitarist. Songs include "Scarborough Fair", "Greensleeves" and other standards. However this captivating album includes lots of interesting percussion and a Ukranian playing the Bandura.
Head Hunters - Funky party jazz music! Get up and dance!
Another Place - This is Hiroshima at their best! Asian influenced Jazz with Taiko drums and Koto transport you to "another place". Far better than their later, hard rockin' music.
The Lost Trident Sessions Mahavishnu Orchestra and John McLaughlin. This just released CD features the 1973 London sessions with keyboardist Jan Hammer, drummer Billy Cobham and violinist Jerry Goodman.
Apocalypse - John McLaughlin. This work was produced by George Martin (of the Beatles). Excellent performances, inlcuding Jean Luc Ponty on violin. This work is more melodic and listenable than much of McLaughlin's other work.
The Very Best of The Manhattan Transfer Tight jazz harmony is what The Manhattan Transfer is about. Their upbeat, pop tunes have spawned many hits, most of which are included here, like "Birdland", "Soul Food to Go", "Boy From New York City" and "Tuxedo Junction".
Kind of Blue - Miles Davis A Milestone in modern jazz. This album showcases not only Davis, but also John Coltrane, Bill Evans, and Cannonball Adderly. this work explored and further defined what a small jazz band can do.
Sketches of Spain - Miles Davis With Bill Evans and a full orchestra Miles struts his stuff.
Barefoot on the Beach - Michael Franks NEW!
Blue Pacific - Michael Franks We think it's his best! Woman in the Waves, Speak to Me, Chez Nous are all infectious tunes. Franks' romantic jazz poetry is enhanced by the interesting tight arrangements.
The Best of Michael Franks. Includes Popscicle Toes, Your Secret's Safe With Me, The Art of Love.
The Koln Concert
The Feeling's Back - Chuck Mangione - NEW!
Works - Pat Metheny Metheny at his mellowist. Excellent pieces. Good for meditating or making love.
As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls - Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays.
Got The Magic - New!
Aja - Probably Steely Dan's best album, this one is mostly smooth jazz. All the cuts are great including Aja, Josie and Peg. Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's excellent melodies and intricate structure is backed up by the likes of Wayne Shorter (on Aja). A must in any modern jazz collection.
Prime Cuts 1987-99 Columbia Years This new release is scheduled to come out in December 1999. Grover's smooth soulful jazz is great for those romantic evenings. Also check out Winelight, one of his best works which includes "Just the Two of Us", and "In The Name of Love"
Heavy Weather - Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter and Jaco Pastorius scored big with this breakthrough ensemble piece.