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    Posted: 18 Jan 2016 at 2:09pm
Dear all,

We all know and love the great works by Miles, Trane, Duke, Getz, Chet, Ben Webster, and so many other jazz greats. However, lately I've become interested in albums that these and other great jazzmen, like Dexter Gordon, Lockjaw Davis, Coleman Hawkins, etc., cut late in their careers and that are also very enjoyable. Sometimes one finds true hidden, underrated gems among these.

So my question is the following: What are your favorite albums by your favorite jazz musicians late in their careers?

I will start with Art Farmer's Manhattan, cut in 1981 in a quintet setting for the European label Soul Note.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jan 2016 at 2:17pm
I recently reviewed this album by Monk, recorded in 1969 when everyone thought he washed up and ready for the mental institution, this was a great comeback for him.
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js,

I don't have and wasn't even aware of the existence of this Monk album. Based on your excellent review, the album sounds really interesting, and I guess I'll have to order it soon! Thanks! Smile
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One of the biggest comebacks in jazz history, Ellington at Newport in 56. Here is the album, and a review.
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Ellington's live recording at Newport in 1956 is a great choice, js. And while we're on the subject of Duke, I would also add the excellent And His Mother Called Him Bill, which is one of my favorites.

I've been listening to quite a bit of Archie Shepp lately, and as far as late-career albums go, I love the ones he cut in Europe with Horace Parlan for SteepleChase, Goin' Home and Trouble in Mind. His live date from 1985 on Soul Note, California Meeting, isn't bad either—and it's plenty bluesy!

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Speaking about Archie Shepp, I would call "Goin' Home" and "Trouble In Mind" his mid-career releases.

He really has lot of great late-career albums, like his newest to time "I Hear The Sound" (on his own Archie Ball label in France)

http://www.jazzmusicarchives.com/album/archie-shepp/archie-shepp-attica-blues-orchestra-live-i-hear-the-sound%28live%29

We are under snow here right from New Year night with first year's week being very cold (night time temperatures were -13F and less, I got my car's fuel system frozen for a 10 days Ouch). It's a bit warmer now but still snows almost every day and the night time temperatures are around 5F,no significant changes according to weather forecast. OK, we are North LOL
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We should be getting a big pile of snow on Friday. Big smile
A rare occurrence for here, and a big holiday for teachers.
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Originally posted by snobb snobb wrote:

Speaking about Archie Shepp, I would call "Goin' Home" and "Trouble In Mind" his mid-career releases.

Yes, I agree with this, snobb. I included those two albums in his late career because they were made in Europe after his well-known work in the '60s in the U.S. But you are right that in the case of Shepp, they qualify as mid-career efforts!

Quite a bit of snow here in Martin, TN, and classes are canceled until 10:00 a.m. at the university where I teach.
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No snow in the Memphis area, just plenty of near freezing rain, and no holiday. Ouch
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Dexter Gordon's Homecoming album from 76 is pretty late in his career and in my opinion, pretty remarkable
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