At the suggestion of my friend Bill Gallagher, I am compiling this afternoon’s list of Desert Island Discs — named for the famous BBC radio program — and invite readers to do likewise.
The rules? There are always rules, although readers may wish to be less stringent with themselves. One item by any musician: no ostentatious duplications, although overlaps are inevitable. Box sets (a generous self-indulgence) are of course allowed and encouraged. Half of the list may be devoted to the Dearly Departed; the remainder must include a majority of living artists. Alphabetical order, so as not to imply a ranking by virtue.
Here goes (as of a snowy February 3, 2009) — done off the top of my head, without visits to the CD stacks! Try it yourself and send in your lists, which I am sure will be revealing.
Louis Armstrong 1935-49 Decca releases (Ambassador)
Bob Barnard / John Sheridan: The Nearness of Two (Nif Nuf)
BED, Four + One (Blue Swing)
The Blue Note Jazzmen (Blue Note)
Melissa Collard, Old-Fashioned Love (Melismatic)
The Vic Dickenson Showcase (Vanguard)
Eddie Condon Town Hall Concerts (Jazzology)
Billie Holiday: Lady Day (Sony)
Jon-Erik Kellso, Blue Roof Blues (Arbors)
Barbara Rosene, It Was Only A Sun Shower (Stomp Off)
Mark Shane: Riffles (Amber Lake)
I lament that I didn’t invent an Honorable Mention category — but there’s always next week, next month . . . . Then I can sneak in Dan Block, Basie at the Famous Door, the Fargo dance date, Tony Fruscella, Bix, Buck, Bobby . . . . the mind it simply reels! And if you’re going to write in, taking me to task for leaving out Bent Persson, Ben Webster (with or without strings), Fats Waller, Jack Teagarden, Hal Smith, Red Allen, Marc Caparone, Dawn Lambeth, Dave Frishberg, Bennie Moten in 1932, Goodman, Jess Stacy, Teddy Wilson, Mel Powell, Ehud Asherie . . . . I know, I know, I know. It’s only a game, mind you.
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