New jazz fan need help selecting music

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  1. Kristian Sorensen

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    Someone gave me Miles Davis-Kind of Blue and John Coltrane Quartet-Ballads. I really love these, but can someone recommend any other cd's as I'd like to listen to some more jazz.

    Kristian
     
  2. Paul_Medenwaldt

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    I would recommend Diana Krall, she does a lot of old standard jazz songs.

    Chris Botti

    Art Blakley

    Motion Poets

    Ole' Blues Frank Sinatra

    Tony Bennett

    Thelonious Monk

    I would also encourage you to get the either the 5 disc box set of Ken Burn's Jazz or the Very Best of Ken Burn's Jazz. Those albums should open you up to a whole new genre of artists and different styles of jazz.

    Enjoy

    Paul
     
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    Kristian,
    Some of my favorites:
    McCoy Tyner New York Reunion (Chesky)
    John Coltrane: A Love Supreme (Impulse)
    Art Pepper and The Rhythm Section (XRCD)
    Art Pepper Plus Eleven (XRCD)
    Sonny Rollins: Way Out West (XRCD or APO Super Audio)
    Miles Davis Quintet: Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (APO)
    Plus...
    any Wynton Marsalis Super Audio
    any Miles Davis Super Audio or remaster works
    any Chesky jazz CD
    any Rudy Van Gelder edition of Blue Note remasters
    any XRCD or XRCD2 in the jazz area
    anything recommended so far by Mike Broadman [​IMG]
    Quality artists:
    Hank Mobley
    Joe Henderson
    Miles Davis
    John Coltrane
    Coleman Hawkins
    McCoy Tyner
    Lee
     
  5. james e m

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    I would also say check out Charles Mingus and Stan Getz too. james
     
  6. Lee Scoggins

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    Ouch. I left these two out and many others...

    Ella Fitzgerald

    Louis Armstrong

    Duke Ellington (Blues in Orbit)

    The Charles Mingus SACD of Ah Um is outstanding...

    Lee
     
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    Dave Brubek Quartet - Take 5

    This is a classic recording. Others that I like

    Wayne Shorter - Native Dancer

    Badi Assad - Echos of Brazil

    Of course the others have listed great recordings too.

    NP-Zappa , Apostrophe/overnight sensation
     
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    Do not miss Chick Corea & Return to Forever's LIGHT AS A FEATHER, or any of their albums

    Stanley Clarke SCHOOL DAYS

    Crusaders STREET LIFE

    Dave Brubeck TAKE FIVE

    For some of the newer acts:

    Kim Water's sax is great pick any of his albums

    Paul Jackson Jr. THE POWER OF THE STRING

    Marcus Miller M2 (M squared)

    Anything by Boney James

    Spyro Gyro

    Harvey Mason's GREATEST HITS

    Lee Ritenour's FEEL THE NIGHT

    That should keep you busy for awhile! Best wishes!
     
  9. Rich Tysinger

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    Here's a list of classic recordings (mostly bebop and hard bop) that many jazz fans consider landmarks and/or must-haves:
    John Coltrane: GIANT STEPS
    Miles Davis: Too many... try MILESTONES or COOKIN' next.
    Stan Getz: GETZ/GILBERTO
    Sonny Rollins: SAXOPHONE COLOSSUS (Get this IMMEDIATELY)
    Louis Armstrong: COMPLETE HOT FIVES AND SEVENS
    Count Basie: COMPLETE DECCA RECORDINGS
    Duke Ellington: BLANTON-WEBSTER BAND
    Cannonball Adderley: SOMETHIN' ELSE
    Lester Young: KANSAS CITY SESSIONS
    Lester Young: MEETS THE OSCAR PETERSON TRIO (My favorite)
    Coleman Hawkins: BODY AND SOUL (a Victor Jazz compilation)
    Dave Brubeck Quartet: TIME OUT
    Thelonious Monk: BRILLIANT CORNERS
    Charles Mingus: MINGUS AH UM
    Bill Evans Trio: SUNDAY AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD
    Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers: MOANIN'
    Lee Morgan: THE SIDEWINDER
    Wes Montgomery: INCREDIBLE JAZZ GUITAR
    Eric Dolphy: FAR CRY
    Dexter Gordon: GO
    Art Pepper: MEETS THE RHYTHM SECTION
    Ornette Coleman: THE SHAPE OF JAZZ TO COME
    Charlie Parker: THE CHARLIE PARKER STORY (or any other decent compilation.)
    There's just too many more great artists, albums, and entire genres of jazz that I've either left off or haven't heard yet. With my jazz collection at over 150 CDs, I still consider myself a jazz newbie! Have fun building your collection, Kristian.
     
  10. Yohan Pamudji

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    Excellent suggestions so far. How about some jazz vocals?

    Ella Fitzgerald: Best Of Song Book Sessions

    Sarah Vaughan: Sings George Gershwin

    Diana Krall: When I Look In Your Eyes

    And a couple of my instrumental favorites:

    Oscar Peterson: My Favorite Instrument

    Stan Getz/Kenny Barron: People Time
     
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    How about a couple of Herbie Hancock classics?: Empyrean Isles and Maiden Voyage.

    In addition to Ah Um, I am also a big fan of Charles Mingus' Let My Children Hear Music.

    If you are interested in fusion, the following are some easily digestible non-crap CDs to start with:

    Miles Davis - Tribute to Jack Johnson

    Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters

    Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Inner Mounting Flame

    If you like these, then go ahead and pick up Miles Davis's "Bitches Brew" which took me a little longer to get into, but grew on me until I realized why it is considered a classic.

    Regards,
     
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    Here are some of my personal faves from various artists. Some have already been mentioned but here goes...

    Miles Davis

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    Round about Midnight

    Birth of the Cool

    Miles Smiles

    John Coltrane

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    Giant Steps

    Lush Life

    Blue Train

    Charles Mingus

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    Mingus Ah Um

    Mingus x5

    Oh Yeah

    Thelonius Monk

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    Straight no Chaser

    Brilliant Corners

    Chet Baker (Male Vocalist/Trumpet. Personal Fave of mine.)

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    Chet Baker sings

    My Funny Valentine

    Embraceable You

    Jane Monheit (Young female vocalist. Very gifted singer.)

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    Never never land

    Come dream with me

    Various female vocalists albums

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    Ella Fitzgerald (With Louis Armstrong)

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    Ella and Louis

    Ella and louis again

    Dinah Washington

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    Dinah Jams

    Sarah Vaughn

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    Crazy and Mixed Up

    Billie Holiday

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    Love Songs

    Note:

    I know that there are various versions of some of these CD's that I listed above that vary in quality but I am not knowledgeable enough to recommend the best label/version of these CD's to purchase. Sorry.
     
  13. Kristian Sorensen

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    Thanks everybody for all your recomandations, it's much appreciated. Now I've got lots of other stuff to look into!

    Sincerely yours,

    Kristian
     
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    Last thursday night, while channel surfing, I happened upon the BET Jazz channel and watched a wonderful Dexter Gordon concert/documentary.

    Good channel.
     
  15. John Beavers

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    Here's a few of the Bop, Soul & Blues Jazz artists that I like, and an album selection.

    Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis - "Live at Mintons"

    Jimmy Smith - "dotcom Blues"

    Jack McDuff - "Jack McDuff a Friends"

    Boogaloo Joe Jones - "Legends of Acid Jazz 1 & 2"
     
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    And since this is "the home theater forum", we'd be remiss not to recommend a few DVDs!

    I highly recommend "Jazz on a Summer's Day" and "Diana Krall: Live in Paris". The former is one of the finest concert films ever made (Newport Jazz Festival '58), and the latter documents a wonderful performance with a reference quality DTS track and a gorgeous anamorphic transfer.
     
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    You have to hear; Ben Webster-Soulville album
    Gene Ammons-Boss Tenor
    If you like tenor sax, those are 2 must have's!!!!![​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Wow, that certainly is a lot of music!

    If you like piano-centric jazz, try Dave Grusin (for instance, 'The Firm' soundtrack) and Vince Guaraldi (for instance, 'Linus and Lucy' from all those Charlie Brown specials).
     
  20. Scott Oliver

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    There are a ton of great artists in the history of Jazz and also a lot of different styles. The two CD's you mentioned would be labeled as the cool jazz which the Kind of Blue album actually started.
    Instead of throwing some more names at you, I would suggest you go to your local bookstore and take a look at the Penguin Guide to Jazz in the music section of course. This thing is huge, so you might want to do a little more research before delving through it.
    Viewing the Ken Burn's Jazz Documentary would be a decent start, also do searches in www.audioasylum.com and www.audiogon.com in each of their respective music forums for jazz recommendations. This would give you a great strating point as well.
     

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