i'm kind of like sid, i'm sure my list changes every day but at the moment it's (in no particular order)....

1. badlands - peter erskine

superb, spacious and evocative trio album with alan pasqua on the keys.  erskine considers this to be some of the best music he's ever made....

2.  sweet soul - peter erskine

another erskine album but a completely different line up.  kenny werner on piano.  i've written about this album before so have a look at the old messages in this room to find out more.

3.  feeling the spirit - grant green

a whole album of spirituals played impeccably.  a young herbie hancock on piano is in superb form and grooves as only he can whilst playing solos that perfectly complement grant green's direct approach.  for me, this is some of herbie's greatest playing on record.

4.  good morning suzie soho - esbjorn svennson trio (est)

creative and original, est are one of the most exciting groups in modern jazz.  this is my favourite of their albums and is full of great original tunes.  highly recommended.

5.  songs in the key of life - stevie wonder

for my money, one of the greatest pop records ever made.  stevie wonder is one of the few pop musicians who i can listen to and enjoy as much as jazz. the man is  a genius. 'nuff said.

so how can i have a top five with no miles, no coltrane, no louis, no jarrett?  hmmm, maybe i should have made it a top five hundred.... ;-)
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