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Old 03-12-2009, 01:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi people,

i'm a big rock and punk fan myself, but i'm trying to expand my horizon.

Can you guys point me towards some good jazz & blues songs & bands?
Like good stuff to start of with?

I would really appreciate it, greetz

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Old 03-20-2009, 10:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Lightbulb Cool jazz songs like:

Does anyone know of songs similar to the following:

patrice rushen - hang it up
like the heavy brass section

you tube: "cowboy bebop opening" (sorry cant post direct links yet)
Not sure who - Tank!
cool bass/driving brass section

Victor wooten - amazing grace

$160 Million Chinese Man - Oceans 11 version
just wow.
I've heard other versions of this, and the oceans one puts everything to shame.

Please/thank you
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Old 03-20-2009, 10:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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well seeing as it's a Sticky i guess i'll post here


anyone know any good Jazz fusion? only groups i really know are Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever. plus i really like the work of Charles Mingus, anything else related to or like that?
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Old 03-21-2009, 11:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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A lot of Miles Davis' latter works (the electric era) were pretty much the beginnings of jazz fusion. I've been scouring blogs and torrents for a few months looking for a few good albums and I really haven't seen much. However, I recommend:
Wather Report - Heavy Weather
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew

As for Charles Mingus, I suggest you check here.
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Old 03-25-2009, 02:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Oh yes, definitely Bitches Brew and Live Evil by Miles. Also, if you like the Weather Report, do some research on Jaco Pastorious - legendary bassist for the band. I've been listening to a couple newer jazz bands including performers Skerik, Charlie Hunter and Stanton Moore. They were originally in Garage a Trois, I think and dispersed to do their own thing. Though I'm unsure of the whereabouts of Skerik, Charlie Hunter and Stanton Moore both have their own trios. I am uneducated on the differences between acid jazz and jazz fusion, so I'm not quite sure what to label them, but Outre Mer by Garage a Trio is a great album to start off with just to get a sample of the three. Skerik is an amazing saxophonist. They guy does wonders with air. Charlie is on the guitar and Stanton is usually on the drums. Hope this gave you a little boost on your jazz mission.
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Old 03-25-2009, 02:37 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Oh yes, definitely Bitches Brew and Live Evil by Miles. Also, if you like the Weather Report, do some research on Jaco Pastorious - legendary bassist for the band. I've been listening to a couple newer jazz bands including performers Skerik, Charlie Hunter and Stanton Moore. They were originally in Garage a Trois, I think and dispersed to do their own thing. Though I'm unsure of the whereabouts of Skerik, Charlie Hunter and Stanton Moore both have their own trios. I am uneducated on the differences between acid jazz and jazz fusion, so I'm not quite sure what to label them, but Outre Mer by Garage a Trio is a great album to start off with just to get a sample of the three. Skerik is an amazing saxophonist. They guy does wonders with air. Charlie is on the guitar and Stanton is usually on the drums. Hope this gave you a little boost on your jazz mission.
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Stanton Moore's solo albums are great. MMW would be a very accessible suggestion as well. I have yet to meet anyone who has heard miles' Kinda' Blue an not liked it.

Acid Jazz=funky jazz
Jazz fusion= electric jazz or rock & jazz hybrid hence the term fusion.

the two genres do overlap quite a bit
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Thanks, SATCHMO - for the Acid Jazz and Jazz fusion definitions and the clap. And yes, I failed to mention Kinda Blue, but that's a given in the jazz world, no? The 50th Anniversary Edition was recently released and it makes me feel ****ty to see so many people take advantage of this to make a few more bucks, but hey, maybe this will reach out to some new listeners. I've not listen to much MMW, but will take the suggestion. Also, have you heard of Tin Hat Trio?
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Thanks, SATCHMO - for the Acid Jazz and Jazz fusion definitions and the clap. And yes, I failed to mention Kinda Blue, but that's a given in the jazz world, no? The 50th Anniversary Edition was recently released and it makes me feel ****ty to see so many people take advantage of this to make a few more bucks, but hey, maybe this will reach out to some new listeners. I've not listen to much MMW, but will take the suggestion. Also, have you heard of Tin Hat Trio?
ha, i just noticed- you've given me the clap.
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The 50th Anniversary Edition was recently released and it makes me feel ****ty to see so many people take advantage of this to make a few more bucks
One of my pet peeves when it comes to jazz albums is the over inclusion of alternate takes which seems to be a go to thing for anniversary re-releases. It's ok if there's 1 or 2 alternate takes, but when the last half of the album is just alternate takes of the first half, that IS just someone trying to make some extra money off of an albums reputation. I will say though that the alternate take of Flamenco Sketches on the Kinda' Blue re-release is almost like a completely different song.
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Yes, well, mainstream media does have a knack for repeatedly raping a good album with re-releases, remixes and alternate takes after they realize how much money people will spend on it. I suppose its no help when consumers buy into the bull**** anniversary specials and such. I've yet to hear the alternate take on Flamenco Sketches, but will definitely check into it now.
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