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Recently a listener asked fellow requesters to think of the ten essential jazz records. This week Alyn Shipton distils the lists that have come in to the programme to present the first suggestions of records that listeners would not want to be without.

1 hour

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Sat 3 Oct 2015 16:00

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  • Henry “Red” Allen

    Dinah Lou

    Performer: Albert Nicholas. Performer: Cecil Scott. Performer: Horace Henderson. Performer: Lawrence Lucie. Performer: Elmer James. Performer: Kaiser Marshall. Performer: Henry “Red” Allen.
    • 1933 - 1935.
    • Classics.
    • 20.
  • Louis Armstrong

    Potato Head Blues

    Performer: Johnny Dodds. Performer: John Thomas. Performer: Lil Armstrong. Performer: Johnny St. Cyr. Performer: Pete Briggs. Performer: Baby Dodds. Performer: Louis Armstrong.
    • The Okeh, Columbia and RCA Victor Recordings.
    • Sony Legacy.
    • 12.
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Cotton Tail

    Performer: Wallace Jones. Performer: Cootie Williams and His Orchestra. Performer: Rex Stewart. Performer: Joe Nanton. Performer: Lawrence Brown. Performer: Juan Tizol. Performer: Barney Bigard. Performer: Johnny Hodges. Performer: Otto Hardwick. Performer: Ben Webster. Performer: Harry Carney. Performer: Fred Guy. Performer: Jimmy Blanton. Performer: Sonny Greer. Performer: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra.
    • Highlights from the Duke Ellington Centennial Collection.
    • RCA.
    • 20.
  • Clarence Williams & Bessie Smith

    Tain't Nobodys Business

    • 7.
  • Dizzy Gillespie


    Performer: Dave Burns. Performer: Willie Cook. Performer: Elmon Wright. Performer: Andy Durea. Performer: Sam Hurt. Performer: Jesse Tarrant. Performer: John Brown. Performer: Ernie Henry. Performer: Joe Gayles. Performer: Budd Johnson. Performer: Cecil Payne. Performer: James Forman. Performer: Al McKibbon. Performer: Teddy Stewart. Performer: Joe Harris. Performer: Louis 'Sabu' Martinez. Performer: Dizzy Gillespie.
    • 1946-1949.
    • RCA Jazz Tribune.
    • 15.
  • Booker Ervin

    All The Things You Are

    Performer: Tommy Flanagan. Performer: Richard Davis. Performer: Alan Dawson. Performer: Dizzy Gillespie.
    • The Song Book.
    • Prestige.
    • 3.
  • Coleman Hawkins

    Crazy Rhythm

    Performer: Benny Carter. Performer: André Ekyan. Performer: Alix Combelle. Performer: Stéphane Grappelli. Performer: Django Reinhardt. Performer: Eugène d’Hellemes. Performer: Tommy Benford. Performer: Coleman Hawkins and His All-Star Jam Band.
    • Django Reinhardt: Americans in Paris Part 1.
    • Naxos.
    • 8.
  • Willis Jackson

    Lady Be Good

    Performer: Freddie Roach. Performer: Bill Jennings. Performer: Wendell Marshall. Performer: Frank Shea. Performer: Ray Barretto. Performer: Willis Jackson.
    • Thunderbird.
    • Prestige.
    • 2.
  • Matt Waters

    The Night Watchman

    Performer: Steve Kaldestad. Performer: Martin Shaw. Performer: Leyton Greening. Performer: Malcolm Creese. Performer: Steve Brown. Performer: Matt Waters.
    • People Will Talk.
    • AudioB.
    • 2.
  • Keith Ingham, Jeff Green, Jimmy Richardson, Bobby Worth & Tommy Whittle


    • Grace Notes.
    • Spotlite.
    • 3.
  • Maynard Ferguson

    Jazz Barries

    Performer: Don Ellis. Performer: Rick Keifer. Performer: Jimmy Ford. Performer: Joe Farrell. Performer: Frank Hittner. Performer: Jaki Byard.
    • Newport Suite.
    • Roulette.
    • 1.
  • Miles Davis Quintet

    'Round Midnight

    • Miles Davis/John Coltrane The Complete Coumbia.
    • Columbia.
    • 9.
  • King Pleasure

    Jumpin' With Symphony Sid

    Performer: Ed Lewis. Performer: Charlie Ferguson. Performer: Ed Swanston. Performer: Peck Morrison. Performer: Herb Lovelle. Performer: King Pleasure.
    • The Source.
    • Prestige.
    • 4.


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