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i've been listenting to loads of Miles Davis recently, mainly stuff up to and including In A Silent Way.

one i keep returning to is a double album package comprising Cookin' and Relaxin' (1956)

the line up consists of Miles - Trumpet, Coltrane - Sax, Red Garland - Piano, Paul Chambers - Bass and Philly Joe Jones - Drums. a classic quintet.

this is as chilled as Miles gets and it's all sumptous from the piano intro of My Funny Valentine onwards. fans of Kind of Blue may enjoy this earlier work's laid back and melodic approach. full of warmth and feeling, well worth investigating.

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two of four albums recorded during this period with the same quintet, if you like them check out the other two, Workin' and Steamin'. i think you can actually get a box set of all four these days, enjoy :)

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Cannonball Adderleys "Somethin' Else" The first track Autumn Leaves is my favorite Jazz track of all time. The band includes Miles Davis and Art Blakey which leads me on to -

Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers " Moanin' " worth it for both versions of the title track Moanin'

Herbie Hancock "Maiden Voyage"

Chet Baker" White Blues" or "Chet baker Sings"

Dave Brubeck Quartet "Time Out" especialy for Strange Meadow Lark

The good thing is that you can pick up most of the great jazz albums really cheap from places like HMV etc Mmmm Nice.

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i do prefer The Jazz Messengers with Horace Silver on board.

Which Albums is he on then? A Night At Birdland? Moanin' is the only album by Art I have. Also I once saw a CD with an even longer version of Moanin' than usual, it was about 13 or 14 minutes long, does anyone know what album this is on?

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Horace Silver - Cape Verdean Blues or Tokyo Blues or Live at the Village Gate

Tubby Hayes - Down in the village- I missed a copy of this on ebay for 22 quid. Its worth 250+. ARRGGH

Yusef Lateef - Eastern sounds. Tunes after tunes after tune on that.

And dont forget kids - Frank Foster - Basie is our Boss(with the track Samba Blues)

Stanley Turrentine - The Spoiler - not a great album but has La Fiesta on it - which is a killer.

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Are The Cinematic Orchestra jazz? I'm not sure. Maybe. They're ace, anyway.

You should check out some Sun-Ra, his stuff reminds me abit of Cinematic Jazz Orchestra.

Oh and of course the Art Ensemble Of Chicago who's vocalist was on Cinematic's last LP.

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Tubby Hayes - Down in the village- I missed a copy of this on ebay for 22 quid. Its worth 250+. ARRGGH

If it was very recent, e-mail the seller, and say you'll pay him/her £50 for it. And that they can just tell the winning bidder that they've lost it or something. :)

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I think you might want to toddle into the field of Charlie Parker soon Andy. The Yardbird and Miles have done some excellent stuff, notably Night In Tunisia, probably my favourite jazz track ever.

Right now I'm getting into a lot of Roy Ayers. 'Sunshine Intro' is seminal stuff, but that and most of his early work is restrained to the likes of rare vinyl. It's a shame that I prefer what I heard of his and WW Beats' earlier stuff, than later work with the upbeat backing vocalists. Whilst good, just doesn't sound like the strength I can feel from the early, raw stuff. He was on Giles Peterson a few weeks back, top stuff it was too.

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Sunship - Sunship (on Acid Jazz)

Pardon me for asking, but is this the John Coltrane song/album? (If not, well... anyway, 'Trane's Sunship, the album itself, is superb, and definitely underrated. Perhaps it was because it was released posthumously, but I'm truly amazed by that album.)

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Its a single track. It may be based on the orignal album but i've not heard that.

Sunship is Ceri Evans who now does rather bland urban music, but like so many artists, his real playing skills were highlighted during the pre-rave/early house years when Acid Jazz was mixing with Funk.

Its a very uplifting track, but it has semi-live drum playing.

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(un)Surprisingly, no-one has mentioned Jamie Cullum :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

Twat.

There is nothing wrong with large amounts of Jamie Cullums albums. Anything that is taking that kind of music into the album charts rather than Michelle-I'm-a-Fat-hooer deserves credit. His first album was well crafted, and certainly enjoyable.

The same goes for Michael Buble.

I'm sure both would be the first to admit they aren't Miles Davis. But they don't need to be. Both are talented and make enjoyable music. Not ground breaking, not awful. Enjoyable.

I recommend people who haven't heard Jamie Cullum have a listen. Some songs are great, some aren't. Most are in between.

To recommend one song, go for Spiderman - Michael Buble. I think that makes the point they are trying to make perfectly.

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