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Old 01-16-2008, 02:05 AM
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Default Name some jazz quartets...guitar, sax, bass and drums?

Can anyone give me some names of guitar/sax/bass/drums jazz quartets? I'm in a band with that line up, and im just interested to hear some stuff with the instruments we have.
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Old 01-16-2008, 02:39 AM
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Can anyone give me some names of guitar/sax/bass/drums jazz quartets? I'm in a band with that line up, and im just interested to hear some stuff with the instruments we have.
I have an excellent recomendation for you. Get "Voice in the Night" by tenor player Charles Lloyd. It's an ECM release. John Abercrombie on guitar, Dave Holland on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. It's about as good as it gets.
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Old 01-16-2008, 04:10 AM
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I have an excellent recomendation for you. Get "Voice in the Night" by tenor player Charles Lloyd. It's an ECM release. John Abercrombie on guitar, Dave Holland on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. It's about as good as it gets.
Thanks man, I'll try hunt it down.
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I don't know of any quartets like that without a piano player.
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I think you'll be hard pressed to find more than a couple albums with that line-up. Just because that's the line-up you have doesn't mean you have to go listen to a bunch of it. You don't even have to be listening to sax records or quartet records. It's good to hear what other groups with similar line-ups have done, but I think the thing that most often results from that is copy-catting (tunes, styles, etc.).

I would focus more on the tunes you want to play and the vibe you want the group to have. Once you figure that out, the fun part is making it work with the instruments and people/personalities you're working with.
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Old 01-16-2008, 09:25 PM
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For a really good example of that quartet line-up get some recordings of the LA 4. The original group was Ray Brown on bass, Laurindo Almeida guitar, Bud Shank on sax/flute, and Shelly Manne on drums. Later Jeff Hamilton replaced Shelly. There may have been some other personnel changes over the years but not on the records that I have. Even if you never listened to these guys to use as a reference you will hear some outstanding playing by some of the top musicians of their time. Primo stuff. They recorded prolifically on Concord and I suspect most of their recordings would still be available.
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I forgot!!!

I think Steve Houghton released an album or two with this line-up. Steve on drums, Bob Bowman on bass, Bob Shephard on tenor, and Danny Embrey (the guitarist in my trio) on guitar.
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Not the exact instrumentation you're looking for but worth a listen is an album called Swing Live by Bucky Pizzarelli. It has Bucky on gtr. Peter Appleyard on vibes, Bernard Purdie drums, Michael Moore bass, and Allen Vache on clarinet. Great example of a small group swinging like mad. It's on Chesky records.
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A few minutes ago I just watched an old favourite video here on Drummerworld and remembered your thread.

John Abercrombie - guitar
Bob Mintzer - sax
Peter Erskine - drums
John Patitucci - bass

---- live in New York. Awesome musicians, great music, great sound.

Here`s the video (excerpt of "Run Fer Your Life"):
http://www.drummerworld.com/Videos/p...ryourlife.html

DVD is available here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002AHVRI?...P85H2XD1P1YY0&

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jazzy DVD I just watched-
Mike Stern: Concert in Paris
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thanks guys, ill look into those
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