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What Are Some Great LIVE Jazz Recordings?

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Route 66   

I love turning off the lights, closing my eyes and imagining that I'm in a small venue listening to some LIVE jazz. The constant chatter and clinking glasses only add to the realism of the experience and don't bother me a bit. I so wish I could have been in some of these clubs back in the '50s and '60s when these recording were made, but alas, this is as close as I can even come. :D

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Ralf11   

Bird & Dizz, Town Hall 1945 but they are playing 5 years ahead so counts as '50s

 

Jazz at the Pawnshop has the best small club 'atmosphere' but is later and whitebread

 

Miles live at the Plugged Nickel; Live in Europe 1967

 

but recordings may not be as close as you ever come: go to NoLa down to Frenchmen St. in the Marigny and have some food at Snug Harbor on the right night; if it's the wrong night for 50s/60s it'll still be the right night

 

 

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Some of the best Coltrane recordings were live. Miles' Plugged Nickel was already mentioned above. Keith Jarret live output is awesome. Wayne Shorter live recordings from 2000s. Bill Evans' Village Vanguard, Sonny Rollins from the same venue. Joshua Redman Village Vanguard's album. Recent Village Vanguard recording of Christian McBride trio is very good as well. 

 

I am not sure avant-garde jazz recordings should be mentioned here as well, but most of significant recordings in this area were recorded live. Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, etc.

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4 minutes ago, semente said:

A few suggestions:

 

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Jarret's Standard Trio 6CDs set at the Blue Note is a summit nobody would be able to climb anytime soon...)))

 

Does anybody mentioned a recording which is quite properly named 'The Greatest Jazz Concert Ever"? Parker, Gillespie, Roach, Powell and Mingus at Massey Hall in 1953. SQ is shitty, but the quality of musicianship is incomparable. 

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semente   
Just now, AnotherSpin said:

 

 

Jarret's Standard Trio 6CDs set at the Blue Note is a summit nobody would be able to climb anytime soon...)))

 

Does anybody mentioned a recording which is quite properly named 'The Greatest Jazz Concert Ever"? Parker, Gillespie, Roach, Powell and Mingus at Massey Hall in 1953. SQ is shitty, but the quality of musicianship is incomparable. 

 

Thanks for the suggestions!

The Armstrong album I mentioned also sounds terrible but the energy coming through is amazing.

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Route 66   
57 minutes ago, Ralf11 said:

OP seems to want a small club background

 

so Newport is out...

Yes, that's what I was hoping for.

 

The more intimate the club, the better.

 

I really appreciate all of you who've had suggestions for me. 

 

 

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semente   
2 minutes ago, Route 66 said:

Yes, that's what I was hoping for.

 

The more intimate, the better.

 

I really appreciate all of you who've had suggestions for me. 

 

 

 

Can't get any more intimate than this:

 

 

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