I've just recently gotten into jazz, and am looking for some help on what to get next. I've been looking at some old threads here, as well as on other sites, and have already picked up a few CDs: John Coltrane - Giant Steps Ella Fitzgerald - The Best of the Song Books Charles Mingus - Ah Um Art Tatum - 20th Century Piano Genius The Best of Ken Burns Jazz I got ideas after reading other threads and sampling albums at cdnow. I guess like most newcomers to jazz, at this point I am more into vocal jazz and the more melodic stuff. For instance, I have listened to Giant Steps a few times, but still haven't quite gotten it yet (I am definitely going to keep at it, though). On the other hand, I have become really into Ella Fitzgerald. I would like to pick up one of her Song Books, but I want to know what you all think of them (I am leaning toward Cole Porter). I also want to hear some good classic jazz - what are some of the essential albums of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, etc.? What other artists do you think I would like? Any suggestions would be very helpful - the amount of jazz out there is overwhelming! Just tell me if you need more info, and thanks for any help!