Almost unbelievably - Mr. Burton took time out of his intense schedule to contribute to our Top 50 Jazz Albums of All Time poll, so we have the remarkable opportunity to see a list of some of the music that pleases and inspires a master creator and craftsman. A great list & what a treat!
"Here are ten of my favorite records, not sure if I could narrow it down to my 10 best, but I would readily recommend any of these for their lasting qualities."
1. (Anything by Miles and Gil, but let's go with) PORGY AND BESS - Miles Davis/Gil Evans "I consider the entire set of Miles and Gil records to be one of the great achievements in recorded jazz. Incredible writing and playing, and a very original concept. Those records changed the nature of large ensemble jazz for all time."
2. PORTRAITS IN JAZZ - Bill Evans Trio
3. EXPLORATIONS - Bill Evans Trio "Bill Evans influenced practically every young musician coming up in the 60s, especially the piano players, of course."
4. RELAXIN' - Miles Davis Quintet
5. NEWK'S TIME - Sonny Rollins
6. THE BRIDGE - Sonny Rollins
7. BLUES AND THE ABSTRACT TRUTH - Oliver Nelson "Oliver Nelson's signature recording was innovative, and brought together an amazing group of major players. Definitely a must-have record."
8. KIND OF BLUE - Miles Davis "Miles Davis, generally speaking, was the most influential jazz musician of the past fifty years, introducing a host of majorly talented players through his bands, and pretty much reshaping the current style of jazz every decade (BIRTH OF THE COOL'49, KIND OF BLUE '59, BITCHES BREW '69)."
9. NOW HE SINGS, NOW HE SOBS - Chick Corea
10. GETZ AND J.J. AT THE OPERA HOUSE - Stan Getz and J.J. Johnson
A thousand thanks to Gary for his insights and list, making our poll that much more awesome and fun! You can visit Gary's website here and pick up any of his latest releases wherever jazz is sold. Below are some links for your convenience. Thanks to all the many artists who contributed and help to make the jazz scene throughout Florida flourish. And thanks to YOU for visiting! - PC Jazz