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Old 04-28-2008, 08:26 AM   #51 (permalink)
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Essential Blakey:
One Night At Birdland
At The Cafe Bohemia
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Old 05-17-2008, 11:39 PM   #52 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by guitarherowaka View Post
Hi everyone, I'm new to the board, and also very new to jazz, although it seems like a genre that's crucial to understanding a lot of 20th century music. My brother lent me the soundtrack from the Ken Burns docu but it's all over the place and hard for a newcomer to follow. What's a good place for a jazz newbie to start? I'm most interested in fusion which I know isn't actual jazz but might be a good place to begin, you think?

Other people have told me to start with Miles Davis, since he basically marked most trends in jazz after the 1940's.
If you want to check out fusion, I would highly recommend you listen to Shawn Lane. He has passed away, but he has left phenomenal pieces of music for us to remember him by.
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Old 05-27-2008, 10:15 PM   #53 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by teshadoh View Post
If you hate fusion & modern elevator jazz (like me)...

I would recommend 'Birth of Cool' from Miles Davis. Actually, I would recommend most jazz albums from the late 1940's & 1950's which was the bop & post-bop era of jazz. Also check out Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, & Dizzy Gillespie.
I assume by "modern" jazz you are referring to smooth jazz, not actual modern jazz. Because telling me that music by people such as Chris Potter, Dave Douglas, and John Scolfield is elevator music would break my heart... -- all guys that the writer of this thread should look up...
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Old 07-17-2008, 07:05 AM   #54 (permalink)
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Old 08-10-2008, 08:35 PM   #55 (permalink)
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I'm just getting into jazz, but I'm trying to avoid smooth jazz and contemporary stuff. Any suggestions?
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Old 09-25-2008, 03:54 PM   #56 (permalink)
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JUst think top heavy Metal Guys like Zack Wyld studiy jazz, so do many of the other great hard rock guitarist, because it makes them appear superhuman when playing with sound effects.
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Old 11-23-2008, 01:15 AM   #57 (permalink)
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Nice list! also like Kind of Blue by Miles
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Old 12-17-2008, 02:19 PM   #58 (permalink)
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My favorite jazz album:
Straight, No Chaser - Monk
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Old 12-19-2008, 10:29 AM   #59 (permalink)
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Great thread this - I'm absolutely clueless when it comes to jazz. All I've got in Blue Train, Herbie Hancock's last album, that album Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint did together and Zappa's Jazz From Hell. Been meaning to get into more of the stuff for quite some time though. Unfortunately there's not all that much I can do about it 'til I can get an EHD in January though (I've long since maxed-out my hard-drive's memory)
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Old 02-14-2009, 06:57 AM   #60 (permalink)
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i watched a doco on tom waites recently and didnt realize he was a jazz/blues singer as well as a few other fusions mixed in. he had a bit of theater as well and often just almost freestyed his words. sometimes he just goes off into some sort of ramble but all together he has a unique style. heart and vine is a good example. YouTube - Tom Waits - Heart Attack and Vine
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