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Old 09-15-2023, 07:10 AM   #71 (permalink)
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Getting into jazz is an exciting journey, and there's a vast world of jazz music to explore.

1. Listen Widely: Begin by listening to a variety of jazz artists and sub-genres to get a sense of what you enjoy. Jazz is incredibly diverse, ranging from traditional to avant-garde. Some classic jazz artists to start with include:

Miles Davis: Albums like "Kind of Blue" and "Bitches Brew" showcase his versatility.
John Coltrane: Try "A Love Supreme" and "Giant Steps" for his iconic saxophone work.
Ella Fitzgerald: Explore her vocal jazz with albums like "Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book."
2. Study Jazz History: Understanding the history of jazz can deepen your appreciation. Read books, watch documentaries, or take online courses on jazz history to learn about its origins, key figures, and evolution.

3. Explore Sub-genres: Jazz has many sub-genres, including:

Fusion: Combines jazz with rock or electronic elements. Listen to bands like Weather Report or Mahavishnu Orchestra.
Smooth Jazz: Has a more contemporary, pop-oriented sound. Artists like Kenny G and Dave Koz are popular in this sub-genre.
Latin Jazz: Incorporates Latin rhythms and instruments. Explore Tito Puente and Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Ambient Jazz/Funk: While not an official sub-genre, music with a jazz influence can be found in various genres, including funk and ambient. Artists like Herbie Hancock's "Head Hunters" or Medeski, Martin & Wood blend jazz with funk elements.
4. Learn about Instruments: Familiarize yourself with jazz instruments like the saxophone, trumpet, piano, and double bass. Understanding their roles in jazz can enhance your appreciation of the music.

5. Attend Live Performances: If possible, go to jazz clubs, festivals, or concerts in your area. Experiencing jazz live can be a transformative experience.

6. Play an Instrument: If you play an instrument, consider learning some basic jazz chords or scales. It'll give you a deeper understanding of jazz music and its complexity.

7. Online Communities: Join online jazz forums or communities to connect with other jazz enthusiasts. They can provide recommendations and insights into the genre.

8. Jazz Education: Online platforms like Coursera and edX offer free jazz courses, which can help you dive deeper into the theory and history of jazz.

9. Keep an Open Mind: Jazz can be challenging at times, but don't be discouraged. Keep an open mind, and even if you don't understand everything at first, you can gradually develop a deeper appreciation.

10. Build a Jazz Playlist: Create a playlist of your favorite jazz tracks as you discover them. This way, you can revisit and expand your jazz collection over time.
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Old 09-16-2023, 12:01 AM   #72 (permalink)
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Maybe I skimmed too quickly, but I don't think anyone has mentioned BADBADNOTGOOD.
I'm horrible with sub-genres, especially when it comes to jazz, but I would describe them as a modern day jazz/fusion band?

Start with the the album "III", work your way through "Sour Soul" - either version...both are great. One is an instrumental, but the original has Ghostface Killah rapping over the music. The album "IV" is also phenomenal. Everything after those three albums didn't really catch my attention.

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