#1
Hey guys. I'm really new to the world of jazz, but the stuff I've heard I like a great deal. I'm interested in getting more into jazz, but I really have no idea where to start.

I really enjoy swing music, but I don't know where to start getting more swing music and more standards into my library. I also really like Django Reinhardt's music, especially his more swing oriented work. Additionally, I like Jean-Luc Ponty and Stephanie Grapelli. Finally, I'm pretty interested in learning more about jazz fusion. I like the style that Cynic has (I know they're more metal, but they seem to be my bridge from metal to fusion). I also like Alan Holdsworth and Shawn Lane's styles a lot.

Given those likes, can you guys think of some essential albums or recordings to look into? I'm pretty open minded, but I'd like to start with some stuff that is more familiar to me, so I'd prefer to stick to those general parameters for now. Thoughts?
#2
weather report
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ae0nwSv6cTU -- pretty essential album
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiMcYpiwETI -- i had to play this tune on bass. it's a bitch. still can't really play it all that well at tempo.

jaco pastorius
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWh8HzCxtOg

mahavishnu orchestra
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZO50qj0_1A

spiro gyra
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GME_drjWtqE

gypsy swing feels a little different than american swing. i dunno. might just be me.

count basie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYLbrZAko7E -- that kansas city stuff is about as swinging as it gets

benny goodman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OteJW-nraLw -- benny is a bamf.

louis armstrong
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFzxo-XI8As
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