PART 1: Blues

Can anyone give me some links to some really good blues songs (including loads of guitar ofc!).
I'm usually a real hard rock and metal guy but I also like Eric Clapton and such.
now since I'm not familiar with that many blues artists, I would really like to get to know more. Uptempo songs are prefered but some slow songs that are REALLY good would be nice too!

PART 2: Jazz

What's up with jazz? . what is so great about Jazz that so many people love it??
now I'm definatly not bashing jazz. I'm just a guy who loves to listen to music and when someone can give me some suggestions that lead me to new music to love, it would be great!
Blues: Check out Joe Bonamassa, especially his earlier stuff. Albums: A New Day Yesterday, Blues Deluxe, Had to Cry Today. Guaranteed to get you into the blues.
Matt Schofield... perfect mix of blues and jazz, probably one of the best guitarists in the world today. Look for the "Heads, Tails and Aces" album
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I'm also mainly into metal and I was pretty strictly listening to metal until I heard the song "Have You Heard" by Pat Metheny That is a guitar masterpiece and the best jazz song ever made
Also try listening to some Richard Cheese, he's making these awesome Lounge Jazz versions of popular songs, a few bands to mention that he has covered are system of a down, guns'n'roses, slipknot etc. And of course "Just a Gigolo" by david lee roth is awesome
Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jaco Pastorius, and the Trio of Doom led me from my rock roots to fusion, and then I looked up some Miles Davis songs they covered. That progression was the quickest way into jazz for me.
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Albert King, Freddie King, Rory Gallagher, Muddy Waters, more obviously SRV and Hendrix, there are so many guitarists alone to pick from!


...well with Jazz it's hard to pinpoint some musicians, the reason I love it is probably completely different to another person's reasoning. I'm a big fan of bop and fusion, which may be a bit out there compared to people who like straight jazz like Duke Ellington and the likes.

To dip your feet into the pool that is Jazz I'd recommend some stuff by
Wes Montgomery:
John Coltrane:
Wayne Shorter:
Miles Davis:
Dave Brubeck:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwNrmYRiX_o (you WILL have heard this tune before)

Explore from this sort of ground those sort of "household names" were what I started with when I got into Jazz, now I'm into all sorts.

If you want stuff that's a bit more 'modern' sounding, check out stuff like
Avishai Cohen:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTfrZ8YX5-0 (badass tune!)
Pat Metheny (already been mentioned)
Joshua Redman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5jNRDELc6U (a bit long)

I probably shouldn't go on, this is a lot to take in!

Of course if you want to stay a bit closer to home to try to get into Jazzier stuff take a look at
Guthrie Govan:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pRAD-m3GBA (A kinda "fusion-y" arrangement of a Prince tune)
Jeff Beck:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ej3BdMpgZw (Playing a Charles Mingus tune)
Frank Gambale:

A lot of the stuff I've listed would probably be considered more Fusion than Jazz, but fusion is always a good stepping-stone into Jazz as often it is considered (in the case of people like Guthrie Govan's music) a combination of rock and jazz.

Anywho, I'm by no means an authority on Jazz, just a fan, so my list my not be suitable in other fans' eyes. So keep your ears open and listen to as much as possible.
wow guys!, thanks for all the help. just checked out joe bonemassa and he is pretty good!!

will check the others too!
For some hot Jazz guitar work: Check out Django Reinhardt!

I was not very fond of Jazz either until I stumbled across him.
You might check out the blues and jazz video thread for a few other good tunes.
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The Black Keys are one of the best bands out there right now, theyre blues but not really blues purists. They're really freakin good.
As far as jazz, I'd look into wayne shorter, kurt rosenwinkel (Punkninja, for recommending josh redman), and the recent tour of chick corea and john mclaughlin's Five Peace Band. Those and the Wes Montgomery album A Day in the Life were huge in getting me into jazz.
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what a legend, you will like blues after listening to the below......

BALL AND CHAIN. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK0jQH0E69g
who knows what tommoro may bring http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MId4FMjAiRw
oh pretty woman. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6oDdgrbmeE
the phophet http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGdC4GBkcbM
there's a hole http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pziuI3NTT9k
(seriously listen to this!!!)
Muddy Waters
Howlin' Wolf
Jimmy Rogers
Little Walter
Sonny Boy Williamson
Without a good harmonic knowledge, one cannot expect to become a great jazz soloist ~ Horace Silver

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