25 JUN 08 JEFFREY SPECTOR
Top 10 lists are ubiquitous in popular culture, and music makes no exception. Rather than bombard you with a massive post full of album descriptions, however, we've split our list in two. So without further ado, here is part one of the Top 10 Collectible Titles in Jazz or (or Top 10 Deep Catalog Jazz Titles Worth a Second Look), in no particular order.
Sonny Stitt -- Stitt's Bitts: This Prestige 3-disc box set highlights the best of the cult saxophonist's be-bop years (1949-1952) proves definitively that Stitt was no mere Bird disciple, rather a singular Jazz instrumentalist that is long past due for reevaluation. With liner notes by legendary comic book author Harvey Pekar ("American Splendor"), Stitt's Bitts is the document on one of the less-obvious pillars of the Jazz saxophone.
Miles Davis -- Collector's Items (2-fer edition): The title more or less says it all. Collector's Items was first introduced in 1956 (with material dating back to 1951) and features a legendary '53 session where Davis united the tenor saxes of Charlie Parker and Sonny Rollins. This 2-fer incarnation (originally introduced as a 2-LP set in the early-'70s) includes material from the Prestige title Conception and the Debut classic Blue Moods.
John Coltrane -- The Prestige Recordings: 16 CDs representing 21/2 years of 'Trane's prodigious Prestige output. 125 tracks, 1100 minutes, representing 25 sessions. Only serious collectors need apply.
Joey DeFrancesco Featuring Joe Doggs -- Falling In Love Again: The list takes a left turn here with this one-of-a-kind 2003 Concord Jazz session that unites the Reigning King of Hammond B-3 and Joe Doggs, a vocalist who in some circles is referred often as a "Goodfella." Listen up and listen good.
Django Reinhardt with The Quintet of the Hot Club of France -- First Recordings!: You may recall Woody Allen's late career triumph Sweet & Lowdown as an homage to Django. Here, you'll (re)discover the real thing on this collection of his earliest sides. It features the incomparable Stephane Grappelli on violin. So hot and cool, you may need ice cubes for your espresso.
Coming in a few weeks, part two of the list.
Miles Davis, from Collectors' Items ...
Pennies From Heaven
Joey DeFrancesco Featuring Joe Doggs ...
Django Reinhardt, from Quintet Of The ...
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