Collector’s Corner

Five More Fantastic Collectibles

21 JUL 08 JEFFREY SPECTOR

A few weeks ago, we told you about five great albums worth collecting. They made up half of a list of 10 selections. Here is part two of that list, the Top 10 Collectible Titles in Jazz, in no particular order.

Louis Armstrong & King Oliver - Louis Armstrong & King Oliver: This is another entry from The Way-Back Machine 'O Jazz, featuring recordings made in 1923 and 1924. This Milestone CD chronicles Armstrong's fabled apprenticeship with the New Orleans bandleader. Essential listening for those interested in hearing an entire musical genre being formulated.

Stan Getz and Cal Tjader - Stan Getz with Cal Tjader: This 1958 Original Jazz Classics pairing of two giants in their respective sub-genres provides a glimpse of where Getz would eventually go into the land of bossa-nova. Also on that date were Vince Guaraldi, Scott LaFaro, Eddie Duran and Billy Higgins, dig?

Duke Ellington - The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse: A late career triumph originally released in 1971 from one of the architects of jazz blending world and rock influences while maintaining the trademark "Ellington" sound throughout. A musical journey worth taking again.

James Clay and David "Fathead" Newman - The Sound of Wide Open Spaces: Fathead's tenor sax was the secret ingredient in Ray Charles' recipe for Soul. On this 1960 date, producer Orrin Keepnews paired Newman with fellow tenor Clay for this rare session away from the Charles band. Essential "Fathead" isn't a term heard too often but here it definitely applies.

Charles Mingus - The Complete Debut Recordings: Much ado has been made about Mingus' tenure with Atlantic and Columbia, but his early years on Fantasy's Debut label (1951-1958) are ripe for re-evaluation. This mammoth 12 disc box more than makes the case. The passions of the man begin here.