Happy International Jazz Day!

For this International Jazz Day I decided to make a list of some of my favourite international jazz recordings. These are in no particular order (except in which I found the recordings) and can be seen as a taster of jazz across a number of styles. You can also find my equivalent New Zealand jazz list here.

1 Bobby Jasper flute w. Hank Jones piano, Paul Cahmbers bass, Kenny Clarke drums: Moonlight Becomes You


2 Frank Wess flute w. Kenny Burrell guitar; Freddie Green rhythm guitar; Eddie Jones bass; Gus Johnson drums: Monday Stroll


3 Weather Report: Birdland


4 Benny Goodman Orchestra: Sing, Sing, Sing (Live at Carnegie Hall 1938)


5 Duke Ellington Orchestra (featuring Johnny Hodges): Warm Valley



6 Kenny Garrett alto and soprano saxophone w. Vernell Brown Jr. piano; Chris Dave drums; Bobby Hutcherson vibes; Marcus Miller electric-bass; Charnett Moffett bass; Jean Norris vocals; Michael “Patches” Stewart trumpet/flugelhorn; Randy Razz guitar; Marcus Baylor drums


7 George Golla guitar and Don Burrows flute: Corcavado


8 Jazzgroove Mothership: Walkabout


9 Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society: Phobos


10 Marian McPartland piano (bass and drums unidentified): Things Ain’t What They Used to Be


11 Charles Mingus bass w. Eric Dolphy bass clarinet; Clifford Jordan tenor saxophone; Jonny Coles trumpet; Jaki Byard piano; Dannie Richmond drums: Take the ‘A’ Train


12 Art Blakey and the Jazz Messangers: Moanin’


13 Mary Lou Williams w. the Benny Carter Orchestra: Roll ‘Em


14 Dizzy Gillespie trumpet w. James Moody flute/alto saxophone, Kenny Barron piano, Christopher White bass, Rudy Collins drums: BBC Jazz 625 (full show)


15 Esperanza Spalding bass/vocals (unidentified sidemen): Jazz Ain’t Nothing But Soul


16 Miles Davis trumpet w. George Coleman tenor saxophone; Herbie Hancock piano; Ron Carter bass; Tony Williams drums: My Funny Valentine (Philharnoic Hall concert 1964)


17 Hubert Laws flute w. David Budway piano; Rob Mullins keyboards; John Leftwich bass; Ralph Penland drums: Shades of Light


18 John Coltrane tenor saxophone w. Tommy Flannigan piano; Paul Chambers bass; Art Taylor drums: Syeeda’s Song Flute


19 Ella Fitzgerald w. the Count Basie Orchestra: C-Jam Blues


20 Gerry Mulligan baritone saxophone and Chet Baker trumpet w. Henry Grimes bass and Dave Bailey drums.


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