WOW Jazz at the Pawnshop

Some Live perfomances that engage me both emotionalaly and sonically are in no particular order:

Miles Davis Live at the Plugged Nickel
Bill Evans Live at the Village Vanguard
The entire Keith Jarrett Blue Note series
Keith Jarrett Sun Bear Concerts
Sun Ra Live at Montreux
Sun Ra Live at the Jazz Showcase
Dave Rempis/Ballister Smash and Grab

The above emphasizes performance over sonics, as I prefer my listening.

Yet another occurred to me on the ECM label
Art Ensemble of Chicago Urban Bushmen


Certainly the Miles Davis ‘Plugged Nickel’ set.
Miles Davis ‘Cellar Door Sessions’
Dave Holland ‘Extended Play - Live at Birdland’
Mark Turner Quartet ‘Live at the Village Vanguard’
Chick Corea Trio ‘Trilogy 1’, ‘Trilogy 2’
Branford Marsalis Trio ‘Bloomington’
Anthony Braxton has released many excellent live recordings.
The Sam Rivers ‘Archive’ sets on NoBusiness are pretty excellent.
Cecil Taylor’s recorded output is mainly live.


I tend to agree with @Elk about the JatPS album being “safe” jazz - and also agree with there being nothing wrong with that at all. In fact, one album that comes to mind that is also “safe” jazz, but also happens to be one of my favorites (sorry not live so slightly off topic) is the Lee Konitz Plays With The Gerry Mulligan Quartet album. Its safe, but it also has a laid-back groove that makes me want to slip into a smoking jacket. Of course, I’d need to buy one first.


“Safe” jazz recordings are also ideal for introducing people to the genre.


In complete agreement. There are many, …


There is a bit more going on with the Mulligan/Konitz set IME. Safe is great.



$26 for the 256 and still a bargain. This album is well documented on other threads.

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As long as music doesn’t make anyone feel “unsafe”, we’re all good.

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Very true about the bargain.
When I copied the link I did not select a higher resolution option.
It looks like the default on the page is for the lowest option.

If someone goes to buy, be sure to select your resolution preference.
And check the page to see if purchasing the highest resolution also offers you the ability to download all of the lower resolutions.

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I venture off topic for this thread:
Thinking about what you said…
Until now, I never really thought of the Peanuts theme/soundtrack as something to listen to other than while watching the specials (I still wait for the Great Pumpkin).

What is also interesting is that Mr. Schulz made the effort to have music be an integral part of what can be considered as a cartoon geared for children.

Listening to the Peanuts soundtracks comes up every year beginning around Halloween, and more around Christmas.

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What is your definition of good jazz?
I can only define for myself what I like.
The degree of goosebumps plays a role in that :upside_down_face:
Interaction and fun can often be heard in the recording.

Virtuosity doesn’t always have to play a role in this.

I experienced one of the biggest deceptions at a Kronos Quartet concert.
I thought they were still tuning, but they had already started.
Musicians sitting next to me loved it!?

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To be clear, I never stated what I refer to as “safe” jazz is bad. It is only unchallenging and comfortable.

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Sorry Elk.
I didn’t mean it that way at all. :pray:
But I would like to know what you think is a nice challenging (live) recording, for example.
There is still so much material I do not know and hope to discover.


I do not always want to be challenged. :slight_smile:

For challenging, I like Ornette Coleman. I have spoken with him a couple of times as I know the lawyer who represents him (and Booker T. Jones and others).

For straight ahead I enjoy Phil Woods a great deal.

There is a lot out there.


I can appreciate the sentiment.


As with many things it basically comes down to personal preference. One’s tendency to experiment and take risk with various approaches plays into it as well.
As far as engaging music that pushes the envelop a bit, Elk’s suggestion of Ornette Coleman is a fine starting point. Ornette’s music pushed boundaries in comparison to some of the more classic approaches. Another example is Albert Ayler, and possibly Sonny Stitt. The latter is more rooted in the bebop/hardbop tradition, but worth seeking out.

Here are a few examples that you may find worth exploring:

Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come, Lonely Woman

Albert Ayler Spiritual Unity Ghosts Variation 1

Sonny Stitt Stitt Plays Bird Constellation, Confirmation, and Ko-Ko.

Phil Woods Birds of a Feather, Nica’s Dream

The Stitt and Woods are based in the Charlie Parker bebop tradition, and would be a great starting point.


Jazz at the pawnshop was recordered at this place in Stockholm Sweden (see link), still in business

Denmark used to be filled with these kind of places and that is part of the reason why Denmark is full of loudspeaker manufacturers and high end audio companies. The interest spreaded over to manufacturing of speakers in the -70s

One famous speaker brand actually hires their staff at a Jazz club in Copenhagen, managers taking recruits to meetings at jazz clubs telling them that “This is what we want to recreate”

So Jazz clubs in the Nordics have a history in high end audio and created a culture where to many brand names to mention partly have risen from

I thought if might be an interesting note in this thread


Bang & Olufsen, Tandberg, and Electrocompaniet come to mind immediately. Thanks!

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Two more live jazz albums that I easily recommend.