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  posted on 6/3/2019 at 12:53 PM
I’m new to jazz. I know Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” from all the hype it gets, but what else should I explore? What songs, albums, and artists would a fellow Allmans fan like? Thanks in advance for your help.
 
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  posted on 6/3/2019 at 01:16 PM
John Coltrane! You're already there with Kind of Blue, so maybe im stating the obvious. Great place to start is "A Love Supreme", stay pre-1965 until you are done with your astronaut training.
 

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  posted on 6/3/2019 at 01:51 PM
There are so many variations of jazz, it's hard to pick out an "A" list.

I've always enjoyed fusion so a logical choice might be Spyro Gyra. Also Some of the early Jeff Lorber tunes were pretty neat.

If you like a bit more abstract, there's Pharoah Sanders.

Pleasant on the ears - Lonnie Liston Smith.

 

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  posted on 6/3/2019 at 03:12 PM
Jack Teagarden. Jack Teagarden was the most influential trombone player ever. Several good videos on You Tube.

You Tube for Harry James with Buddy Rich on drums.

Harry James have been one of the greatest trumpet players in the world as Buddy Rich on several occasions stated he (Buddy) had played with greatest musicians in the world.

Another video I recently discovered is The Bobcats with Bob Havens and Yank Lawson. Havens is a master on trombone and Yank was one of the best trumpet players in history.

 

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  posted on 6/3/2019 at 03:49 PM
Herbie Hancock's Maiden Voyage is a great place to start. Butch talked about the brothers listening to that one back in the day. It's straight ahead with a few little twists, but moreover is timeless - like it could have come out of any period in history and still sound as if it just got released.




 

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  posted on 6/3/2019 at 04:19 PM
in addition to what's mentioned;

Charlie Parker - practically invented be-bop along with Dizzy Gillespie. Essential listening
ETA Kind of Bird was dedicated to him

Thelonious Monk - can't really describe him, very interesting harmonies. His compositions are among the most covered in jazz. I even heard a Monk Tease at an acoustic Hot Tuna concert

Wes Montgomery - one of my favorite jazz guitar players. Duane's solo on Liz Reed from Stony Brook 1970 (bootleg recording) borrows from Wes

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  posted on 6/3/2019 at 05:25 PM
I'd say keep working on the Miles catalogue. His different line-ups had wildly different sounds, each worth checking out.

Herbie Hancock's solo stuff is indeed very cool, from his non-electric stuff from the early 1960s to his very electric material from the late 60s early 70s. That Headhunters album is a big one.

I love Billy Cobham's "Spectrum" album. Great fusion, basically the thing that spurred Jeff Beck into his fusion period.

 

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  posted on 6/3/2019 at 05:41 PM
Weather Report!
 

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  posted on 6/3/2019 at 05:57 PM
I'm dipping my toes into different Jazz music pools these days as well.

I like the Duke, Count Basie, The Quintet Live at Massey Hall is an amazing recording, Charlie Parker, Coltrane, so much out there.

The Ken Burns Jazz Doc. is a great resource.

 

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  posted on 6/3/2019 at 05:59 PM
Pat Methany Group
First album and American Garage

 

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  posted on 6/3/2019 at 06:17 PM
Ahhh jazz...has become a near obsession for me. I’m my 38th year...easily my favorite genre, particularly since The Brothers are no more. Anyway...so tough to say. Jazz has SO MANY faces...but if ur starting out, steer clear of the avant-garde (which I like). Some great recommendations so far but A Love Supreme may overwhelm?, idk... Trane is Gold-standard stuff so I’d say maybe start w ‘SoulTrane’, ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Giant Steps.’ This is Derek Trucks’ soul stuff... that said...when you’re ready; ALove Supreme IS one of the greatest works of art of all time. We’re looking for accessibility...stay away from Pharoah, for now. I know you’ve heard of Bitches Brew...stay away. It’s a masterpiece, but get to know ‘Someday my Prince will Come’, Seven Steps to Heaven and Nefertiti first. When you’re ready for electric guitar Miles...get ‘Jack Johnson’. John McLaughlin is absolutely brilliant on this album and it’s far more accessible than ‘ Bitches Brew’ or even In A Silent Way. As far as absolute perfection and the definition of “ESSENTIAL”...Cannonball Adderlly: Something Else” is absolutely mind-blowing. Since ur an ABB guy....seek out Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt, Grant Green, Joe Pass and Jim Hall.
 

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  posted on 6/3/2019 at 07:12 PM
If you have iTunes Radio, check out Jazz Radio Pure. It's commercial free and it plays great stuff all over the board.

Anything Jimmy "Hammond Organ" Smith or Wes Montgomery (guitar) for starters. There's even album or two of them collaborating.

I really started enjoying jazz about 10 years ago. Great to listen to while surfing the net. Cheers!

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  posted on 6/3/2019 at 10:21 PM
django and grapelli
larry young
joe pass
art tatum
chet baker

 

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  posted on 6/4/2019 at 03:36 AM
Late Live Chet Baker
Mulligan Baker live at Carniegie Hall with John Schofield on guitar
Jaco Pastorious/Weather Report
Miles Davis Bitches Brew/Sketches of Spain
Head Hunters

 

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  posted on 6/4/2019 at 07:34 AM
If you like piano trios (piano, bass, drums) then
Bill Evans - The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961
Keith Jarrett - At The Blue Note, The Complete Recordings

Bill Evans plays piano on all of Kind of Blue except "Freddie Freeloader" and wrote the liner notes to the original LP. One of the best bands ever - Miles, Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley & Bill Evans.

For Miles' mid-late '60s quintet (Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter), I recommend "The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965".

 
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  posted on 6/4/2019 at 09:19 AM
Don't forget the Swing Era, Benny Goodman is a good listen, His Big Band, Trio, Quartet, and Sextet feature great musicians and great performances. His Live at Carnegie Hall album is a classic and is considered one of the most important performances in jazz .
 

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  posted on 6/4/2019 at 10:18 AM
Lots of excellent suggestions, here are a couple more .
Stanley Turrentine ‘’ Sugar ‘’
Freddie Hubbard “ Ready For Freddie “
Both these legends have plenty of great music but these are two I really enjoy . Speaking of jazz , when the wife and I were in NYC for an ABB run we caught Johnny Griffin ( The Little Giant ) doing a rare show at the Blue Note , what a thrill that was .

 

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  posted on 6/4/2019 at 11:27 AM
Others not mentioned-

Art Blakey (drummer) led groups (he is considered the mentor of a huge number of jazz greats)
Lee Morgan (trumpet)
Wynton Marsalis (trumpet)
John Schofield (modern guitarist who sat in with ABB)
Branford Marsalis (sax)

Pat Metheny and Jimmy Smith were two entry level guys for me

And just a note on Pharoah Sanders. He has some very listenable items in his 90's catalogue including Crescent with Love and Welcome to Love.

 

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  posted on 6/4/2019 at 11:31 AM
If you're looking for something on the funky side with Duane, try Herbie Mann's Push Push.
 

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  posted on 6/4/2019 at 12:23 PM
Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section
Bill Evans Trio But Beautiful
Bill Evans Waltz for Debby
Cannonball Adderly Somethin' Else
The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out
Oscar Peterson Trio On The Town
Dexter Gordon Go!

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  posted on 6/4/2019 at 12:29 PM
There is a relatively new release called "Final Tour" from the last tour of when John Coltrane was in Miles Davis' group.

i am not a huge jazz-head, but i cannot stop listening to the release. it is awesome, and you can really feel the tension.

I won't try to review it, the articles by the pros you can find easily enough on the internet, just google "final tour." But, i highly recommend it. There is a one-record LP out, but if you have full Spotify, there is maybe a 4-CD set on Spotify that is really worth the listen.

 

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  posted on 6/5/2019 at 04:04 AM
Jazz is such a wide ranging genre that I'm always reluctant to make recommendations to anyone.

For example, looking at the above posts, a newcomer could end up sampling Pat Metheny or Pharaoh Sanders!

As thetoweringfool suggests, Sanders is for your passing-out parade and not your induction day.

My advice would be to start off by listening to jazz on radio or Spotify. If you hear something you like, maybe check out some bargain discs or samplers.

Most of the greats started off with someone else's big band. Investigate who they went on to play with. It's like a vine which spreads out from the original source - one style or artist leads to another.





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  posted on 6/5/2019 at 09:47 AM
Some excellent advice on here! I was lucky enough to see many of these folks in concert: Dexter Gordon, Brandford, Miles, etc.
All great!
I just wanted to put another plug in for Grant Green. His guitar work is beautiful and his albums are such a pleasure to listen to.

 

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  posted on 6/5/2019 at 12:24 PM
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There is a relatively new release called "Final Tour" from the last tour of when John Coltrane was in Miles Davis' group.


Thanks for the recommend - just ordered this, looks excellent.

 

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  posted on 6/5/2019 at 01:09 PM
This is all fantastic information. A big thanks to everyone who posted. I can’t wait to dive into it. Now the plan is to try out these new tunes on my new Sony noise cancellation headphones. This will be a fun “project”.
 
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