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Initial post: Apr 5, 2008 5:36:32 PM PDT
T. J. Poole says:
Goddam it beavis! if this doesn't pull in the punters then I give up.
My top 5 (I'm pouring my heart out)

1) pastel Rhapsody-Jack Dejonette special edition (tin pan alley)
2) Naima-john coltrane (not sure which version, Too many good ones.)
3) After the rain-JC
4) Chelsea Bridge-David Murry version (Tenors)
5) Ballad for a doll- Jackie Mac

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2008 8:26:17 PM PDT
Naima is on my list, too, along with:
Blue in Green(you all know where from)
Star Crossed Lovers- Johnny Hodges & Duke Ellington
Some Other Time- Bill Evans/Village Vanguard

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2008 9:46:03 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2008 9:49:20 PM PDT
Warren Weise says:
"It Never Entered My Mind" - Stan Getz & J.J. Johnson at the Opera House
"I'm So Scared of Girls When They're Good Looking" - Sahib Shihab with the Clarke-Boland Big Band
"The Quintessence" - Phil Woods with the Quncy Jones Band
"I'm A Fool to Want You" - Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams Quintet
"Maybe Next Year" - Art Pepper Quintet

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2008 2:56:59 AM PDT
F. LEFEVRE says:
My Romance by the Chico Hamilton Quintet with Charlie Mariano on alto would round off your list nicely.
Frank Lefevre

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2008 4:33:47 AM PDT
Where do you Start - Susannah McCorkle
Anyone who has suffered a broken relationship will be totally moved by this.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2008 6:01:44 AM PDT
Westdale says:
Professor Jim has been receiving too much Kenny G, perhaps intravenously.

Five best ballads (on Sunday morning - tomorrow the list may be different):

GEORGIA by Brubeck on the "Gone With the Wind" album, and anybody who calls Desmond's solo "cloying" can meet me at dawn anywhere anytime - bring pistols and medical staff.
SOME OTHER TIME by Tony Bennett with Bill Evans - one of the great ballads of thepost-war era (and it was cut from the show!)
EMILY by Zoot Sims from his Johnny Mandel album. Everybody knows Zoot could swing his butt off but not enough people recognize his ballad playing.
STELLA by Miles - I still get chills when Coltrane swings in for his solo - one of the great dramatic moments in recorded jazz.
THEN I'LL BE TIRED OF YOU by Kenton - Yeah, there's almost no improvising but the section work is superb, the chords are rich, and only jazz musicians could write and perform music like this. Jazz, we should acknowledge perhaps, is a house with many rooms...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2008 6:29:52 AM PDT
Mr. P says:
Round Midnight - Sonny Rollins
Reaching 4 the Moon - Lizz Wright
Come Rain Or Come Shine - Ray Charles
Goodbye - Dianne Reeves
Misty - Ella
What Knd Of Fool Am I - Sarah Vaughn
In A Sentimental Mood - John Coltrane
Orange Moon - Erykah Badu
I Loves U Porgy - Nina Simone
First Time Ever I saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
The Sun Died -Betty Carter
Sign Of The Ages - Gil Scott-Heron
Blue In Green - Miles Davis
U Dont Know Wha Love Is - Cassandra Wilson
Christo Redentor - Donald Byrd

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2008 6:52:29 AM PDT
G. Hancock says:
Stardust-Helen Humes
Ruby My Dear-Monk
Ruby My Dear-Carmen Mcrae
Ordinary Fool-Mel Torme
Any ballad played by Bill Evans (especially Turn Out the Lights)
Any Ballad played by Art Pepper(especially duets with George Cables)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2008 7:35:56 AM PDT
stevign says:
FOUL!

That's just wrong man. I would appreciate it if you could cancel that post, as it is getting slime all over my computor screen.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2008 7:45:06 AM PDT
stevign says:
"September In the Rain" by Dinah Washington
"The Other Woman" by Nina Simone
"Comes Love" by Nora Jones
"Hour Of Parting" by James Carter

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2008 8:05:50 AM PDT
Westdale says:
stevign:
To whom are you speaking?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2008 9:52:50 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 6, 2008 10:16:30 AM PDT
1. Peggy Lee-Too many to count, but somehow her last recording for Capitol, I'll Be Seeing You, seems appropriate.
2. Sarah Vaughn-Again, just too many; Over the Rainbow, comes to mind.
3. Ben Webster-He probably has more than anyone. Start with Chelsea Bridge.
4. Gerry Mulligan, My Funny Valentine, The Concert Jazz Band
5. John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman. The whole album.
6. Stan Getz/Bill Evans. But Beautiful-The Album and the song.
7. So much more. I have 3 + days on my "Ballads and Blues" iPod playlist.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2008 10:39:15 AM PDT
Mr. P says:
Here's That Rainy Day - Freddie Hubbard
I Must Have That Man - Billie Holliday
Child with The Blues - Erykah Badu
I Got It Bad [& Tha Aint Good] - Nina Simone
Who's Minding The Store - Dianne Reeves
Gone With The Wind - Betty Carter
All Night Long - Randy Crawford
Angel Eyes - Ella
He Needs Me - Nina Simone
Sweet Bitter Love - Roberta Flack
Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out 2 Dry - Sarah Vaughn
Willow Weep For Me - Stanley Turentine
Solomon Sang - Cassandra Wilson
Lilac Wine - Nina Simone
This Bitter Earth - Dinah Wasington

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2008 12:10:42 PM PDT
"Soul Eyes" by Mal Waldron- guitarist Peter Sprague's version w/ the amazing Kenny Barron on piano, from "Message Sent on the Wind". 2. "My One and Only Love"-G. Wood/R. Mellon, Jim Nichols version, from "Jazz and Country". 3."Feelings"-Morris Albert, Eef Albers version "Blue Capricorn", Eef's debut Dutch 1978 album. (Before you freak Stevign, listen to what Eef does with this song...some of the greatest technical and expressive single note jazz guitar soloing ever!)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2008 12:44:58 PM PDT
Jay Ambler says:
John Hicks piano version "My Flame Burns Blue (Blood Count)"
Yo Yo Ma "My Funny Valentine"

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2008 12:56:51 PM PDT
stevign says:
JL:

If you click on [in reply to an earlier post] you can see I was talking to Prof. Jim.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2008 1:44:36 PM PDT
One of the most moving ballads I have ever heard was Sonny Rollins' version of "How Are Things in Glocca Morra".

Trumpet - Clifford Brown "Tenderly" and "Once In a While"

J and K "How Long Has This Been Going On?"

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2008 2:04:28 PM PDT
stevign says:
BJ:

Can you find and drop us the link to hear? I can find any.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2008 2:12:23 PM PDT
Mr. P says:
Strange Fruit - Billie Holliday, Cassandra Wilson & [especially] Nina Simone.

Game over.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2008 2:35:16 PM PDT
Hey Stevign, I can barely do email! He has a Myspace page, and there is always at least 1 live track you can hear. If you want, give me your email addy.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2008 2:48:16 PM PDT
Honey says:
Over the Rainbow - Jane Monheit.......so often here there is a debate over Eva Cassidy v Judy Garland......listen to JM's version - that's it should be sung.

KD Laing - So In Love With You

Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell

And Ella singing Miss Otis Regrets is music to melt to.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2008 4:57:05 PM PDT
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steve says:
How about 'Passion Flower' from "At Basin Street East: Duke Ellington and Orchestra [LIVE]" (Music & Arts CD 908) recorded in January, 1964? Johnny Hodges plays a wonderfully subdued, controlled and passionate solo. Much better than any earlier version I've heard. Well worth searching out, but unfortunately it isn't readily available for sale on MP3.

'Reflections in D' by Bill Evans (on 'New Conversations') which is available on MP3. Wonderful, but to me, not quite as good as....

'Little Girl Blue' by Oscar Peterson (from " Exclusively for My Friends, Vol. 4: My Favorite Instrument") is wonderfully restrained (given what pyrotechnics he is capable of) with a truly touching ending.
** A Must **

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2008 6:23:07 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 6, 2008 6:23:36 PM PDT
Mr. Porter,

i agree with you but must add James Carter's version. it is wrenching and terrifying and true.

hench

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2008 7:37:13 PM PDT
stevign says:
Guano?
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