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Old 11-12-2007, 11:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 11-12-2007, 11:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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oh I should've made a thread similar to this earlier. I'd love to delve deeper into jazz. I'll take any suggestions/recommendations also.
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Old 11-12-2007, 05:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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A good way to get into jazz is to sample fusion, which is Jazz-rock. You can appreciate the rock riffs while listening to some improvisation. Try Lenny White.
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Old 11-12-2007, 06:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew and Frank Zappa's Hot Rats are my favorite fusion albums.
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Old 11-13-2007, 09:40 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Bitches and Rats are definitely classics. However, they also do speak to a very narrow, very controversial form of jazz. You could also try albums like "Kind of Blue" -- modal workouts -- or Cannonball Adderly's "Mercy Mercy Mercy" -- sort of soul-jazz -- and a lot of Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea albums from the 70's, they covered a lot of ground (folk, flamenco, rock, free jazz, etc, etc). It's really about testing out what kind of jazz ya might like, it's got a lot to offer
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Old 11-14-2007, 02:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Chick Corea just did some work with Bela Fleck that was amazing.
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Old 11-14-2007, 02:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I like Weather Report too. It's fairly commercial as Jazz goes but Jaco Pastorius can play a mean bass!
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Old 11-15-2007, 04:50 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Old 11-15-2007, 08:28 AM   #9 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 11-15-2007, 10:09 AM   #10 (permalink)
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My favorite jazz albums:

'Miles Smiles' -Miles davis
'A Love Surpeme' -Coltrane
'Somethin' Else' -Cannonball Aderley
'Straight, No Chaser' -Monk

These are all 'Classic' jazz, and a good place to start.
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