List some of your favorite live Jazz recordings

Here are a few of mine, in no particular order:

Jackie McLean: Dynasty

Betty Carter: The Audience With Betty Carter

Bill Evans: Live at the Village Vanguard

Gary Bartz: There Goes the Neighborhood

Abraham Burton: The Magician

Joe Henderson: State of the Tenor

Dave Holland Octet: Pathways

Stanley Cowell Trio: Live

Cannonball Adderly: Live at the Lighthouse

Michel Petrucciani: Complete Concert in Germany

NHOP: The Unforgettable NHOP Trio Live

Woody Shaw: Live in Bremen, United, Master of the Art,

Sarah Vaughan: Live in Tokyo

John Coltrane Quartet: Live at Birdland

George Coleman: Live at Yoshi’s

Stan Getz Quartet: Live in Paris

Miles Davis QuintetFour and More, Live in Antibes, Live at 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival and My Funny Valentine.


For me, Bill Evans "Waltz for Debby" is my go to live recording.

Running a close second is the Dragon Records recording of Miles Davis Live in Stockholm 1960"

BTW there is a new remastered version of Waltz on Craft, which is supposed to be the definitive version. It will be my third copy, so I am anxious to hear it when it arrives next week. 


"Waltz for Debbie" is an old favorite of mine, as well. The Craft release is vinyl? 

Not sure why but I've never developed a taste for Coltrane's playing with Miles. I much prefer the next Miles quintet, either with George Coleman or W. Shorter on sax.  


"At the Five Spot" for more live E. Dolphy.

He also played live on occasion with Coltrane.

@stuartk  yes, the new version is on vinyl and the review I read suggested it was superior to the 45 version in the Riverside box set (which I own and love.)

Here's a link to the review:

Here’s mine. Mostly fusion and avant-garde.

Don’t get me wrong, I love most of the post-bop recordings most of you are listing, too. I just didn’t want to be redundant listing them again.

Mahavishnu Orchestra - Between Nothingness and Eternity (1973)

The Art Ensemble of Chicago - Urban Bushman (1980)

Allan Holdsworth - I.O.U. Live (1997)

Pharaoh Sanders - Live... (1982)

Anthony Braxton - Quartet Santa Cruz (1993)

Weather Report - 8:30

Jean Luc Ponty - Live (1979)

Oregon - Live at Yoshi’s (2002)

Steve Coleman and the Five Elements - Live at the Village Vanguard I and II (2018)

Cecil Taylor - Live in Bologna (1987)

Keith Jarrett - Koln Concerts

Ralph Towner - Solo Concert (1980)

Tim Berne / Science Friction - Sublime and Science Friction Live (2003)

Pekka Pohjola Heavy Jazz - Live Helsinki and Tokyo (1995)


Let me add, that none of my choices were made due to sound quality, or audiophile cred.

They were all chosen for performance and musical content. 

Some of them do happen to have great sound quality, too. But that was not a factor in choosing them. 

Take away my "audiophile card" if you must for my possible blasphemy.