Favourite Instrument Listening on the HiFi.

Im no expert, and can't hear the differences between the many sections of a full blown Orchestra. Apart from strings, winds and drums etc.  Although I can hear differences between recordings that have used a Telecaster, Rickenbaker, Gibson .. And can go one to sometimes hear the 808, 303 and DX7 differences.

Have got a few recordings with more unusual instruments that are more native to specific parts of the world.  I like the sound of the Saz. Like the drone sound of a Sitar mixed with the picked pinched sound of a Banjo !  

A few have mentioned a liking for large pedal organs.

Lap steel. Harpsichord. Dreadnout. Recorders. Alto Saxophone. ???

I would like to widen my listening range. Would like some interest in what others can recommend of a favourite instrument they like to hear and the recordings that does the best job.

Cheers.

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For novelty value, try and track down some recordings of Jerry Murad's Harmonicats. Try Monti "Czardas". I never knew a "mouth organ" could go so low. 

Dearly beloved chooses percussion, there are of course Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa and many others but for variety, virtuosity and FUN, seek out The Hut People. You will have to buy the CDs to get the full list oc what it played.

orgue hammond, guitar, drums and fender rhodes, bass and soprano sax, voice...difficult to choose.

Musicians:  doctor lonnie smith: hammond organ.  /. jack dejohnette: drums.  /. wayne shorter: soprano sax. herbie hancock: fender rhodes, piano.   john scofield: guitar...  and a lot of choices for bass( avishai cohen, paul jackson, ...)  and voices( joni mitchell, aretha, liv warfield, al jarreau....).    

Mandolin (multiple versions) - give a listen to Sam Bush (bluegrass)

You will also hear banjo, guitar, dobro, harmonica, bass, cello, mandocello

A look through the jazz/classical section will also have several duets, trios, quartet, quintet that will be playing various horns, strings, bass, piano which may gives great clarity to a instrument sound.

Adam Zielinski posted:

Piano - Leszek Mozdzer (great contemporary Polish classical / jazz pianist).

i like very much his album with lars danielsson and forget the other guy...but his solos albums are so boring and not creative, i feel. A very good pianist but poor composer, just my opinion...

French Rooster posted:
Adam Zielinski posted:

Piano - Leszek Mozdzer (great contemporary Polish classical / jazz pianist).

i like very much his album with lars danielsson and forget the other guy...but his solos albums are so boring and not creative, i feel. A very good pianist but poor composer, just my opinion...

Mozdzer, Danielsson, Fresco 'Between Us And the Light' + 'The Time'

Actually I also prefer him when he plays with other musicians. My favourite is Danielsson's 'Tarantella'.

Adam Zielinski posted:
French Rooster posted:
Adam Zielinski posted:

Piano - Leszek Mozdzer (great contemporary Polish classical / jazz pianist).

i like very much his album with lars danielsson and forget the other guy...but his solos albums are so boring and not creative, i feel. A very good pianist but poor composer, just my opinion...

Mozdzer, Danielsson, Fresco 'Between Us And the Light' + 'The Time'

Actually I also prefer him when he plays with other musicians. My favourite is Danielsson's 'Tarantella'.

yes, i have this album, very good. When he plays with other he is more interesting.  Another very fine pianist , polish, Marcin Wasilewski, plays with Manu Katche on two albums, and the recording quality is top too...

I discovered also a polish jazz group: the new trio:  i love it!

TOBYJUG posted:

ARDBEG10Y.  Where is that, Westminster Abbey??  What recordings do you have that features this impressive instrument?

Haarlem, The Netherlands.

I don't have much recordings, but you can find it on Great European Organs, volume 12 - old fashioned interpretation of music or get the far better recording of Mendelssohs organ sonata's by Jos van der Kooy. Both are on Spotify.

When I was student, this was the instrument where I had lessons therefore it is a bit 'painful' to hear it on my Naim setup. Far, far away from the real deal. The instrument is massive. Pushing one key transforms the church and fills it with sound. Playing the instrument is like driving the best sports car. You feel you own limitations.

I never got why organs are doomed, and e.g. Stradivarius violins are appreciated. The cultural value of an organ like this is much higher - i.m.o of course, but its a quite defendable statement.

I used the image just as a pars pro toto. I know much more wonderful instruments.

And guitar and drums sounds very good on my Ovators ...

 

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