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Old 11-06-2015, 12:23 AM   #1
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Where to start listening to jazz...

I'm a death metal guy, but i love classical and early prog, the band im in uses a lot of jazz ideas as well. I used to listen to jazz on the radio (i cant now that i moved) and i loved listening to it, but i dont know any artists, wheres a good place to get started jazz guys and gals?
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Old 11-07-2015, 08:09 PM   #2
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miles davis--album-Kind Of Blue...with bill evans on piano
herbie hancock-maiden voyage
chic corea-return to forever
john Coltrane-giant steps
john McLaughlin-mahavishnu orchastra
George benson-breezin
Kenny burrell-midnight blue and his work with jimmy smith-very hot stuff
jimmy smith--ALL his albums..he has a lot of em
john scofield-any of his albums

paul butterfield blues band-with mike bloomfield-the first album..while not "jazz" bloomfields work is very jazz tinged...track "mellow down easy" wow!
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Old 11-08-2015, 07:01 AM   #3
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If you want a more old fashioned approach: Duke Ellington. Probably one of the most important jazz musicians. My personal favourite is Such Sweet Thunder. Charlie Parker is one of the godfathers. Count Basie could get a group to swing like no one else. Thelonious monk sounds like nothing else before or since. Horace silver if you want some latin influence and exciting hard bop.
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Old 11-12-2015, 01:18 PM   #4
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art farmer
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the three arts are some of my favorites
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Old 12-01-2015, 04:33 PM   #5
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Yeah, jazz is such a very large genre.

Depends on what style you prefer.

Some very good recs so far.

Wolflen's are more in the Jazz Rock style, though not all of them.

beer bear's are more, what I would call mainstream. More Orchestra style with Duke and Count, then some improvisational cats like Thelonious and Charlie Parker (both of whom are superb).

Based on your "death metal" preference, I would think most of Wolflen's are more up your ally, but would still highly rec every person mentioned by beer bear.

I would add some others:

Wes Montgomery - Jazz Guitarist. Shredding behind a wall of mellow laid back jazz arrangements.

Al DiMeola - Another great Jazz guitarist, though much more modern than Wes.

King Crimson's first album is very jazz influenced.

Wigwam - A finnish Jazz Rock band.

The beginning of Jazz Rock Fusion IMO is Miles Davis "In a Silent Way" but I feel like he really nailed it on "A Tribute to Jack Johnson". Bitches Brew is worth checking out also.

In addition to the above, a few of my favorite individual performers are:

Jaco Pastorius (w/Weather Report, w/Pat Metheny and his solo stuff are all great)
John Patitucci
Jean Luc Ponty
Sonny Rollins
Joe Pass

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Old 12-18-2015, 02:12 AM   #6
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If you're interested in jazz guitarists, here are some legendary names...mainly from the bebop, post-bop eras (40s-60s)

Charlie Christian
Grant Green
Wes Montgomery
Kenny Burrell
George Benson
Joe Pass
Tal Farlow
Ted Greene
Jim Hall
Pat Martino
Pat Metheny
Django Reinhardt

Outside of guitarists, there's too many to name. Miles, Coltrane, and certainly, Charlie Parker.

If you want to know the single track that turned me onto jazz in the first place, it was Autumn Leaves from Cannonball Adderley's album Somethin' Else. Love his sax solo.

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Old 12-18-2015, 02:13 AM   #7
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Oh yeah, almost forgot, Jimmy Bruno can tear it up too!
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Old 01-05-2016, 09:17 AM   #8
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where to begin...

miles davis probably
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Old 01-13-2016, 09:02 PM   #9
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Steely Dan- not straight jazz but the best jazz-rock fusion out there. I recommend either Katy Lied or Aja
Paul Desmond Take Ten- Best cool jazz album of all time no question
Mahavishnu Orchestra- Inner Mounting Flame
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Old 01-26-2016, 02:20 AM   #10
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Miles Davis, Old Satchmo (Satchelmouth) (Louis Armstrong), John Coltrane, Billie Holiday...these are the ones I can name off the top of my head
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Old 01-26-2016, 03:20 PM   #11
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Jazz is a multi-faceted art form. It's as broad, far-reaching and diverse as any other manifestation of music and art. Whether you are looking for your own niche or willing to embrace the consensus, there will be something for you. Personally, I'd start from the beginning and find your favourite strand - or until you find some mad free Jazz!...Suggested listening: A bit o' Charlie Parker!
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Old 01-26-2016, 05:24 PM   #12
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These guys are all listing top tier stuff, but if you're looking for a good intro band to start you off and get your feet wet, Snarky Puppy is excellent. Otherwise, to add to the great list these guys have laid out, I'd say The Complete Pacific Jazz recordings of Gerald Wilson, Milestones by Miles Davis, Headhunters by Herbie Hancock, any Wayne Shorter releases, anything with Charlie Parker, and anything with Ramsey Lewis. Try Canvas by Robert Glasper and The Epic by Kamasi Washington, too. Maybe Mulitverse by Bobby Sanabria Big Band and Song for My Father by Horace Silver. Jazz is a beautiful genre of music. I'm glad you're interested in it!
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Old 01-26-2016, 05:36 PM   #13
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Herbie Hancock, now that is a familiar name.
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Old 01-29-2016, 01:39 AM   #14
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Have no idea why that isn't reported too much yet
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Old 01-31-2016, 05:19 PM   #15
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I suppose you are a Guitarist? Django Reinhardt is a marvellous way to start loving Gipsy Jazz! And of course... Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, etc...

You need to know which 'style' you love! Be-bop, swing, bop, cool, free jazz (lol), bossa, samba... ? After you'll find exactly what you want
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Old 01-31-2016, 08:46 PM   #16
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Except I generally go for a generality with certain genres: for example, if I enjoy one form of Jazz or Blues, I'll enjoy all of them :3 and I do. I just don't list specifics because of the generality thing, which isn't so bad
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