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Old 04-03-2012, 02:54 PM   #61 (permalink)
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I'm not so sure Spiritual Unity or Change of the Century would be decent starting points for those wanting to get into jazz... They're relatively experimental.

As far as accessibility is concerned, I would suggest Dave Bruebeck's Time Out and Sonny Rollins' Jazz Colossus. Both are famous jazz albums and both feature interesting and catchy instrumentation.

However... it really just depends on the listener.
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:43 PM   #62 (permalink)
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Haha, true. Now that I think about it, Spiritual Unity is slightly on the adventurous side. That's one of the first jazz records I came into contact however. I just love experimental and avant-garde and such
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Old 08-16-2016, 11:50 AM   #63 (permalink)
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I started with Miles Davis. Kind of Blue is a really easy album to listen to and enjoy.
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Old 08-16-2016, 12:19 PM   #64 (permalink)
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I started with Miles Davis. Kind of Blue is a really easy album to listen to and enjoy.
I love Kind of Blue, it's a late night in a smoke filled lounge and embodies cool, but I'm unsure if that's the best starter album. One reason is that it's very embedded in American culture to the point where it feels like you already know the album inside and out on your first serious listen. Jazz has also changed quite a bit since then and there are plenty of accessible artists that are a little more surprising and exciting (what jazz is all about imo) than Kind of Blue.

I'd show a first timer something like this and show them Kind of Blue further down the line.


http://youtu.be/xERcI8jGfe8
Endangered Blood - Plunge

Or this


http://youtu.be/1QViAZa41bk
Lounge Lizards - Voice of Chunk
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I love Kind of Blue, it's a late night in a smoke filled lounge and embodies cool, but I'm unsure if that's the best starter album. One reason is that it's very embedded in American culture to the point where it feels like you already know the album inside and out on your first serious listen. Jazz has also changed quite a bit since then and there are plenty of accessible artists that are a little more surprising and exciting (what jazz is all about imo) than Kind of Blue.
But wouldn't that make it all the more reason to be a starter album if it's something you can get into easily? Why start with something you're not into or used to? The more exciting styuff may not appease as easily if the exciting stuff that the person's not used to is his start.
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Because they're both undeniably great and accessible and funky and fun. Duh.
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I don't know about you, but I loved Kind of Blue and A Love Supreme on my first try. And unless you count Aja, those were my first two jazz albums.

But I totally agree that they are funky and fun. But I think the Lou8nge Lizards vid is a little too... avant-garde for a starter album. Still, I think one should stick with what they're used to before going in. It's like me and tomatoes. I used to hate them. But when I starterd loving them in burgers, and then other things, I ended up liking them alone. It might be a slow process, but it does work. Forgive me. I just find jumping into the struff that's new to you a little risky.
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