A good list.
Live jazz is often where music is being invented on the spot. But as we all know, a lot of live jazz -- post-war jazz especially -- is just several hundred minutes long of reed chewing and meandering bollocks. But for the most part this list is sound, very sound: The 50 Greatest Live Jazz Albums.
These would be my own top favourites from the fifty:
- The Koln Concert - Keith Jarrett (1975)
- Benny Goodman Live at Carnegie Hall (1938)
- Satchmo at Symphony Hall - Louis Armstrong (1947)
- Stephane Grappelli at Tivoli Gardens (1979)
- Billie Holiday at Carnegie Hall (1956)
- The Drum Battle: Gene Krupa & Buddy Rich at JATP (1952)
- Bird & Pres at JATP (1946)
- Miles Davis & Thelonious Monk Live at Newport (1958/1963)
- Jazz at Massey Hall – The Quintet (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Bud Powell and Max Roach) (1953)
- Ella in Berlin – Mack The Knife (1960)
- Duke Ellington at Newport (1956)
What are yours?