Jazz in Rochester at the end of 2007 . . . a little late and light
Happy New Year!!!

A few "best jazz albums of 2007" lists . . . aw come on, it's traditional!

While doing these lists at the end of the year isn't my cup of tea, that doesn't mean that I can't link to the "best of" posts by friends of Jazz@Rochester and others I've run into in my meanderings on the net over the past few days. I like these lists if only that it sets me to listening to some sounds I may never have been exposed to. Perhaps you'll find something you like here? And away we go . . . .

In my CD buying and listening this year I've been focused on the "backlist" and not so much new releases, so I don't have much to contribute. I sure did like the set of CDs released by Concord Jazz Group in conjunction with the Monterey Jazz Festival, the first set of releases mining tapes of legendary sets from that venerable festival, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. One of the marketers for the series sent me the set to listen to (THANKS!). Included in this first release by were performances at Monterey by Louis Armstrong (1958), Miles Davis (1963), Dizzy Gillespie (1965), Thelonious Monk (1964) and Sarah Vaughan (1971). While also documents of an era (and sometimes suffering from the fact that they were recorded more than 40 years ago, these recordings really capture the essence of live sets. Dizzy Gillespie's set is extra fun as he and his band mates banter between songs.

If I find more in the next week or so, I'll share them as well. Hope you had a great time hearing jazz in 2007—I know I did.

This post was originally published on JazzRochester.


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