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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2009 2:22:58 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 8, 2009 2:55:19 PM PST
Spartacus says:
Nobody gets flack for their choices from me. I plan to listen to a lot of these, especially ones I haven't heard before. If I knew I didn't particularly like something, I am still unlikely to say so.

Susan,

"derision"?

I've seen that list on the Net. I wouldn't add to my list just to reach a number or stop adding because I had. Broaden horizons-yes!

Dan

Posted on Feb 8, 2009 3:30:34 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 8, 2009 11:16:09 PM PST
Nitya says:
So maybe I went a little overboard here but:

Alex Gunia & Peace - 9866
Allan Holdsworth - Road Games
Alice Coltrane - Journey in Satchidananda
Alice Coltrane - 1969 Huntington Ashram Monastary
Arild Andersen - Electra
Arild Andersen - Green Shading into Blue
Arild Andersen - Shimri
Arve Henriksen -Cartography
Arve Henriksen - Chiaroscuro
Arve Henriksen - Strojn
Audun Kleive - Bitt
Avishai Cohen - As is
Barre Phillips - Three Day Moon
Ben Neill - Automotive
Bill Laswell - Charged
Bill Laswell - Radioaxiom A Dub Transmission
Bill Laswell - Shin e - Lightyears
Bill Laswell - SOMMA
Bugge Wesseltoft - Film ing
Bugge Wesseltoft - New Conceptions of Jazz
Chick Corea - Return to Forever
Chick Corea - Crystal Silence
Chick Corea - Light as a Feather
Chick Corea - Piano Improvisions I & II
Core (The) - Office Essentials
Dennis Gonzalez - Welcome to Us
Dennis Gonzalez - Forever the Falling of Stars
Dhafer Yousef - Digital Prophecy
Dhafer Yousef - Divine Shadows
Dhafer Yousef - Electric Sufi
Eberhard Weber - The Colours of Chloe
Eberhard Weber - Chorus
Eberhard Weber - Endless Days
Eberhard Weber - Later That Evening
Eberhard Weber - Little Movements
Eberhard Weber - Silent Feet
Eberhard Weber - The Following Morining
Eberhard Weber - Yellow Fields
Eivind Aarset - Connected
Eivind Aarset - Electronique Noir
Eivind Aarset - Light Extracts
Eivind Aarset - Sonic Codex
Eivind Aarset - Totally (as Ab und Zu)
Eivind Aarset - Spark of Life (as Ab und Zu)
Esbjörn Svensson Trio - From Gagarin's Point of View
Esbjörn Svensson Trio - Seven Day of Falling
Esbjörn Svensson Trio - Somewhere else Before
Esbjörn Svensson Trio - Leucocyte
Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay
George Benson - Beyond the Blue Horizon
Havard Wiik Trio - The Arcades Project
Herbie Hancock - Complete Blue Note Sessions
Herbie Hancock - Music from Blow Up
Humcrush - Humcrush
Humcrush - Hornswoggle
Ingebrigt Haker Flaten Quintet - The Year of the Boar
Jaga Jazzist - A Living Room Hush
Jaga Jazzist - The Stix
Jaga Jazzist - What We Must
Jan Garbarek - Afric pepperbird
Jan Garbarek - I Took up the Ruins
Jan Garbarek - In Praise of Dreams
Jan Garbarek - Legend of the Seven Dream
Jan Garbarek - Madar
Jan Garbarek - Making Music
Jan Garbarek - Ragas and Sagas
Jan Garbarek - Rites
Jan Garbarek - Twelve Moons
Jan Garbarek - Visible World
Joe Farrell - Joe Farrell Quartet
John Coltrane - Ole
John Coltrane - Giant Steps
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
John Coltrane - Live at Birdland
John Coltrane - Live At The Village Vanguard
John Coltrane - Afro Blue Impressions
John Mclaughlin - Extrapolation
John Mclaughlin - Devotion
John Mclaughlin - My Goals Beyond
John Mclaughlin - Floating Point
John Mclaughlin - Adventures in Radio Land
John Mclaughlin - Shakti
Jon Hassell - Vernal Equinox
Jon Hassell - Earthquake Island
Jon Hassell - Possible Musics - Fourth World Volume 1
Jon Hassell - Dream Theory in Malaya - Fourth World Volume 2
Jon Hassell - Aka Darbari Java - Magic Realism Volume 1
Jon Hassell - Power Spot
Jon Hassell - The Surgeon Of The Nightsky Restores Dead Things By The Power Of Sound
Jon Hassell - Flash of the Spirit
Jon Hassell - City: Works of Fiction
Jon Hassell - Dressing for Pleasure
Jon Hassell - The Vertical Collection
Jon Hassell - Fascinoma
Jon Hassell - Hollow Bamboo
Jon Hassell - Maarifa Street - Magic Realism Volume 2
Jon Hassell - Last night the moon came dropping it's clothes in the street
Ken Nordine - A Transparent Mask
Ken Nordine - The Best of Word Jazz
Kenny Burrell - God Bless the Child
Ketil Bjørnstad - Before the Light
Ketil Bjørnstad - Floating
Ketil Bjørnstad - Grace
Ketil Bjørnstad - Life in Leipzig
Ketil Bjørnstad - New Life
Ketil Bjørnstad - Seafarer's Song
Ketil Bjørnstad - The Nest
Ketil Bjørnstad - The Sea II
Ketil Bjørnstad - Water Stories
Krzysztof Komeda - Astigmatic
Lars Danielsson - European Voices
Lars Danielsson - Libera Me
Lars Danielsson - Melange Bleu
Louis Sclavis - Napoli's Walls
Marcus Stockhausen - Aparis
Marcus Stockhausen - Despite the Firefightewrs Efforts
Marcus Stockhausen - Electric treasures
Marcus Stockhausen - Joyosa
Marcus Stockhausen - Karta
Marilyn Mazur - All the Birds
Marilyn Mazur - Circular Chant
Marilyn Mazur - Daylight Stories
Marilyn Mazur - Elixir
Marilyn Mazur - Futire Song
Marilyn Mazur - Pulse Unit
Marilyn Mazur - Small Labyrinths
Mark Isham - Miles remembered
Mark Isham - Vapor Drawings
Miles Davis - Amandla
Miles Davis - Aura
Miles Davis - Filles De Kilimanjaro
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
Miles Davis - Milestones
Miles Davis - In a Silent Way
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
Miles Davis - On the Corner
Miles Davis - Jack Johnson
Miles Davis - Tutu
Michel Benita - Drastic
Mungolian Jet Set - Beauty Came to Us in Stone
Nik Bärtsch - Holon
Nik Bärtsch - Randori
Nik Bärtsch - Rea
Nik Bärtsch - Stoa
Nik Bärtsch - Hishiryo
Nik Bärtsch - Aer
Nik Bärtsch - Ritual Groove Music
Nils Petter Molvær - An American Compilation
Nils Petter Molvær - Edy
Nils Petter Molvær - ER
Nils Petter Molvær - Khmer
Nils Petter Molvær - Np3
Nils Petter Molvær - Recoloured
Nils Petter Molvær - Re-Vision
Nils Petter Molvær - Solid Ether
Nils Petter Molvær - Streamer
Nils Petter Molvær - Live at Rockefeller 2005 (limited edition)
Nils Petter Molvær - The Hot Rod EP
Palle Mikkelborg - The Garden is Woman
Paolo Fresu - Kosmopolites
Paul Haslinger - Sleeper cell
Paul Haslinger - Future Primitive
Paul Haslinger - Score
Paul Haslinger - World Without Rules
Pat Metheny - As falls Wichita So Falls Wichita Falls
Paul McCandless - Shapeshifter
Rainer Brüninghaus - Continuum
Rainer Brüninghaus - Freighweht
Rainer Brüninghaus -Shadows and Smiles
Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd - After the Night Falls
Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd - Before The Day Breaks
Salvatore Bonafede & Enrico Rava - Journey To Donnafugata
Sha's Banryu - Chessboxing
Sidsel Endresen - So I Write
Sidsel Endresen - Undertow
Sidsel Endresen - Exile
Simeon harris - The Assessment
Splashgirl - Door's, Key's
Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians (ECM)
Supersilent - 4
Supersilent - 6
Terje Isungset - Iceman Is
Terje Rypdal - Blue
Terje Rypdal - Chaser
Terje Rypdal - Descendre
Terje Rypdal - If Mountains Could Sing
Terje Rypdal - Odyssey
Terje Rypdal - Skywards
Terje Rypdal - Waves
Thomas Strønen - Parish
Thomas Strønen - Pohlitz
Tony Williams Lifetime - The Collection
Tony Williams Lifetime - Trio of Doom
Tony Williams Lifetime - Turn it Over
Tony Williams Lifetime - The Stockholm Sessions
Trilok Gurtu - Living Magic
Trilok Gurtu - Remembrance
Trygve Seim - Yeraz
Tuniq - Tuniq
Vassilis Tsabropoulos - Melos
Wibutee - Eight Domestic challenges
Wibutee - Newborn Thing
Wibutee - Playmachine
Wibutee - Sweet Mental
Wolfert Brederode - Currents
Yukihiro Fukutomi - Love Each Other
Yukihiro Fukutomi - Timeless
Zen Zadravec - Coming of Age

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2009 3:36:31 PM PST
Nitya, When my grandfather first came from Sweden to the US they went to a small town outside of a small town in Northern Mich. It was all Swedes,Norwegians, Danes Finns etc. My grandfather wore a dress to school in the early grades. Your list looks like the Swedetown phonebook...james

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2009 3:49:16 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 8, 2009 3:50:48 PM PST
Dan,

Just for your information, I counted 21 albums on your list that are in our collection, and five that made my list as well.

As I suspected, many people posting on this thread have favorite artists, and virtually everything that artist recorded will be on their desert island list. I do agree with Leo Scanlon that a limited number focuses the thinking, but 10-20 may be too few. I do like Leo's list very much.

I personally find more value in a list posted by Thomas or Leo or yourself that seems to be representative of your collection as a whole rather than 15-20 recordings by the same artist.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2009 3:49:21 PM PST
To All, We seem to be at least an average literate group. I know that you can all spell better than I(me). Has anyone noticed that John Updyke died about a week ago? Does anybody care? I do...james

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2009 3:51:50 PM PST
Susan, What if we were to limit it to 1 cd per artist? james

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2009 4:37:11 PM PST
James,

I'm not trying to propose any limits, and I know one CD per artist is too few for me. Dan and I each selected as many as half a dozen for some artists. I was just saying that if I'm unfamiliar with an artist and may want to give him or her a try, 15 albums is not very helpful. But then, that may not be the purpose of the thread. I just wonder if I were actually on a desert island with 101 (or 85 or 25) albums I'd really want 1/4 of them to be by the same artist. Maybe I would.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2009 4:41:05 PM PST
Susan, I would want 1/2 to be by Monk and Coltrane. Thats a reflection of my nearsightedness...james

Posted on Feb 8, 2009 4:57:11 PM PST
Nitya says:
James E. Vigiletti says: What if we were to limit it to 1 cd per artist?
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I tried that; at the beginning of my list there is only one Allan Holdsworth. Then i decided what the heck if I'm on a desert island I don't want to get sick of playing Khmer by Molvær over and over. My list is the reason I have gotta go to Norway every year for my music fix. Next Saturday I am going to Vancouver to see Jon Hassell & Maarifa Street which is a very international group.

Jon Hassell: trumpet, keyboard
Peter Freeman: bass, loops, MacBook
Jan Bang: live sampling, electronics (best button pusher in the world)
Kheir Eddine M'Kacich: violin
Dino J. A. Deane: electronics

On the guest list and know all the band members except Dino. Staying in same hotel so hope to hang out after show.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2009 6:06:03 PM PST
Spartacus says:
Nitya,

I'm curious. With a very long list the most striking thing is that you don't include more than a half dozen entries considered classic jazz. How did you escape the mainstream to that extent?

Dan

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2009 6:10:52 PM PST
Spartacus says:
Susan,

The lists that have the kind of distribution ours have were probably built up slowly over time so that everything we heard had a chance for inclusion. I suspect others are making lists in response to this thread and as a result only including their favorite musicians who are consequently over-represented.

Dan

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2009 6:40:56 PM PST
Bryce Jerlow says:
Susan,
RE: I just wonder if I were actually on a desert island with 101 (or 85 or 25) albums I'd really want 1/4 of them to be by the same artist. Maybe I would.
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Excellent logic, and, sadly enough, one I did not think of.

Bryce

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2009 6:55:11 PM PST
Bryce Jerlow says:
James,
RE: I know that you can all spell better than I(me).

JEV, how could you? You, as at least of average literacy and command of the English language, change from the proper "!" to 'ME" only because of misusage by way, way too many. Do not perpetuate this toward accepted verbiage. How could you?

Bryce

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2009 7:16:25 PM PST
Bryce Jerlow says:
Nitya:
RE: Next Saturday I am going to Vancouver to see Jon Hassell & Maarifa Street which is a very international group.
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I will be seeing them, plus Sam Most, on "Fri the 13" at Royce Hall at UCLA. I have seen Sam before, but never Jon.

Bryce - hoping neither the music nor the "date" will not give me a fright!!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2009 8:25:59 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 8, 2009 8:41:15 PM PST
Spartacus says:
I wonder how much it would reduce people's lists if they set the requirements I did. That is, for me, it is not good enough to have three great tracks on an album with two that are merely OK out of five. Based, of course, on my own personal judgement, an album like that wouldn't make my list. I don't think there ever was a musician who could turn out ten or fifteen albums like that. On my list only two players got as high as six. Miles Davis only had five and John Coltrane a mere one and a half!. Did Dave Brubeck really make 14 albums that were that good and John Hassell 15?

Dan

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2009 8:30:24 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 8, 2009 8:32:50 PM PST
Nitya says:
Daniel M. Bresnahan says: How did you escape the mainstream
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Too much to take to the island because all my classic's are on LP. I was just taking what I listen to regularly. I do go back about 42 years on that list. In answer to your second question the albums I listed are one's where I like ALL the songs. I have not heard ANYTHING by Molvær I would not listen to again and again.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2009 8:36:00 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 8, 2009 8:37:00 PM PST
Nitya says:
J. B. Jerlow says: I will be seeing them, plus Sam Most, on "Fri the 13" at Royce Hall at UCLA
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Here's the band:

Jon Hassell: trumpet, keyboard
Peter Freeman: bass, loops, MacBook
Jan Bang: live sampling, electronics (best button pusher in the world)
Kheir Eddine M'Kacich: violin
Dino J. A. Deane: electronics

Dhafer Yousef opens in Vancouver for JH.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2009 8:37:37 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 8, 2009 8:39:24 PM PST
Spartacus says:
Nitya,

And Coltrane didn't make a single album you'd want to take with you? (Just asking....)

Dan

Posted on Feb 8, 2009 8:49:24 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 8, 2009 9:04:08 PM PST
Nitya says:
And Coltrane didn't make a single album you'd want to take with you? (Just asking....)
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Ouch! I am hereby updating my list.
21:03 list updated

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2009 11:56:10 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 9, 2009 12:01:58 AM PST
Joe Marquez says:
I always thought that "Desert Island" records, or anything else labeled as such for that matter, would be two or three items, perhaps six at the most. The lists herein are great and I'm checking out many of the albums for inclusion in my wish list. So, regardless of quantity, I may as well list favorite CD's that I need to hear often:

Stan Kenton - Adventures in Blues
Stan Kenton - Kenton in Hi Fi
Stan Kenton - Standards in Silhouette
Stan Kenton - Cuban Fire
Stan Kenton - A Retrospective
Stan Kenton - Street of Dreams
Art Pepper - Winter Moon
Art Pepper - Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section
Art Pepper - Art Pepper + Eleven
Art Pepper - The Discovery Sessions
Art Pepper - The Return of Art Pepper
Art Pepper - Laurie's Choice
Duke Ellington - At The Alhambra
Duke Ellington - Meets Coleman Hawkins
Dave Brubeck - Jazz Goes to College
Dave Brubeck - Time Out
Chet Baker - Chet
Chet Baker - Young Chet
June Christy - The Best of June Christy
June Christy - Do-Re-Mi (Christy-Cooper)
Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um
Leroy Vinnegar - Walkin' the Basses
Four Freshmen - Capitol Collectors Series
Rosemary Clooney - With Love
Billie Holiday - Ken Burns Jazz
Billie Holiday - Lady in Satin
Shorty Rogers - The Five
Shorty Rogers - Short Stops
Charlie Rouse - Unsung Hero
Clifford Brown - Overnight in Paris
Stan Getz - The Lyrical Stan Getz
Stan Getz - People Time
Terry Gibbs - Dreamband/One More Time, Vol. 6
Gerry Mulligan - Best of Gerry Mulligan Quartet
Gerry Mulligan - Dragonfly
Gerry Mulligan - At The Village Vanguard
Gerry Mulligan - What is There to Say?
Erroll Garner - Concert By The Sea
Jim Widner - Yesterdays & Today
Jim Widner - Rides Again
Zoot Sims - Rare Dawn Sessions
Bud Powell - Tea for Two
Art Farmer - On the Road
Teddy Charles - Evolution
Conte Candoli - Live at Birdland Neuburg
George Shearing - The Best of Shearing
Count Basie - Jazz `Round Midnight
Bill Evans - Quintessence
Mel Torme - Velvet & Brass
Kamuca/Holman - West Coast Jazz in Hi Fi
Charlie Parker - Bird
Lester Young - w/Oscar Peterson Trio

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2009 12:48:49 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 9, 2009 12:50:30 AM PST
Spartacus says:
Nitya,

Should I try a few more names? Or would you care to take a second look at other people's lists?

Dan

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2009 12:57:13 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 9, 2009 12:57:59 AM PST
Bryce Jerlow says:
Dan, As DS Parsons once said to me 'Don't you ever go to bed?' Bryce

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2009 3:09:05 AM PST
Spartacus says:
Bryce,

Depends on who I'm with.

Dan

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2009 5:49:54 AM PST
DAn, You are amazing. Are you packing for a trip for recreating the Dewey Decimal System? James

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2009 5:51:45 AM PST
Nitya, You guys are going to sink that island..james
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