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|brand x - unorthodox behaviour|
billy cobham - spectrum
jaco pastorius - s/t
to me it seems like jazz fusion is a good place to start
|Some Jazz-fusion albums I have listened to, but still, I have yet to listen to some typical or classic Jazz stuff.|
|just listen to the black saint and the sinner lady it's all you'll ever need|
|Step one is don't listen to badbadnotgood cause its wack|
Step two is check out the Sputnik charts and pick up all the jazz albums off of it and see what you like. There are a lot of different styles of jazz and not every one of them will be your thing most likely
|good luck, jazz is possibly the most intimidating genre to dive into headfirst. I'd probably start by
listening to the swing, easy to dance to, easy to appreciate. Then try some cool jazz (Kind of Blue).
Check out Thelonious Monk, too (not cool jazz btw).|
|Charles Mingus - The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady|
Sun Ra - Lanquidity
|i would NOT try Thelonious for my first dive, he can be very out there and hard to grasp|
just listen to Miles Davis fusion-period
if you want more "modern" then listen to Shorter and Hancock
|i've been listening to alot of electro jazz stuff but not sure if you'd be into that... Jaga Jazzist, Hidden Orchestra, Cinematic Orchestra, Tortoise, Amon Tobin, etc.|
|John Coltrane - Blue Train|
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
Grover Washington, Jr. - Winelight
Bohren & der Club of Gore - Sunset Mission
|Given your tastes I'd start with some fusion (Pat Metheny, Al Di Meola) and then close in on some of the more traditional stuff.|
|Larry Coryell - Spaces|
Chico Hamilton - The Dealer
Miroslav Vitous - Infinite Search
Tomasz Stanko - Music For K
Krzysztof Komeda - Astigmatic
|^I recommend checking those out in that order. The last two are the least accessible.|
|Basically listen to Kind of Blue and A Love Supreme.|
|I've been using this as my "guide to jazz list" lately, so I hope it helps. I'm going to give you a taste of every subgenre (using personal favourites as examples). Jazz is a lot like rock- there's all kinds of styles and sounds out there, and I just want to get a good view of everything. Listen to each one when you get the time, and choose which one you're most interested in exploring. that way you can shoutbox me or someone more knowledgable for more recs. Here we go:|
"Locomotion" - John Coltrane, from Blue Train
Honestly, there's no better place to start in jazz than this album. This is John Coltrane's Blue Train. It's a classic, and on the hard bop vein so it's pretty accessible for everyone. Bop is arguably the easiest subgenre to get into.
"Maiden Voyage" - Herbie Hancock, from Maiden Voyage
Modal jazz. This is actually one of Herbie's best. Very relaxing, slow paced stuff.
"Jeru" - Miles Davis, from Birth Of The Cool
This is cool jazz, as you can tell by the name it has a chill/lounge sound. Miles basically explored every dimensions of jazz, so no matter what genre you're trying to get into, Miles covered it in some way. If you like cool jazz, start with the box set 'Birth Of The Cool', it's incredible.
"The Creator Has a Master Plan" - Pharaoh Sanders, from Karma
This is the 'experimental' side of jazz, birthed from the avant-garde and free scenes (though not as crazy). Karma shows the indian spirituality vibes that quite a lot of jazz musicians were going for in the late 60s. It's a pretty accessible album in the avant-garde scene, probably even more so than Coltrane's stuff I think.
"Free Jazz improvs" - Ornette Coleman, from Free Jazz
Balls to the wall Free jazz. This is just energy and spontaneity. No chord arrangements, harmonic frameworks of any kind. Each musician just kind of doing they're own thing in the jam sessions and just feeding off the energy.
|"Spain" - Return To Forever, from Light As A Feather|
This is one of the most celebrated songs in jazz, and one of many masterpieces by pianist Chick Corea. This is from the early days in Return To Forever, when they were doing a style closer to post-bop, before they evolved into a funk-oriented, progressive jazz-rock band. By the name, you can already tell that this song has a very latin kind of feel to it.
"Celebration Suite, Parts 1 and 2" - Return To Forever, from No Mystery***
This is the band's evolution into a prog rock feel. It still has some of the latin feel of their past, but there's a stronger element of funk, psychedelic rock and progressive rock here. This particular song is absolutely mind-blowing. I swear you will love it.
"Black Market" - Weather Report, from Black Market
This is, in my opinion, one of the greatest jazz-funk records ever made. And by hearing this song, you'll see why. Every instrument flows so smoothly.
"Vital Transformation" - The Mahavishnu Orchestra
This is straightforward jazz-rock. This band is one of my favourites of all time, and this song being my main choice from them. I mean, it's fucking incredible. Believe me, you've yet to hear someone beat the shit out of a drum set like Billy Cobham, and a guitarist set off some relentless solos like John McLaughlin.
"One Armed Bandit" - Jaga Jazzist, from One Armed Bandit
Nu jazz, meaning it's got some influences from electronica, rock, funk, and among others. Jaga Jazzist is one of the best bands out there. And this song is so layered that it will blow your mind.
|This is another band I'm going to try to promote here:|
The Pyramids - "Aomawa"
- They're a short-lived band from the '70s. They mixed African spirituality with avant-garde jazz, free jazz, and (to an extent) psychedelic nuances. They're not the most accessible band out there, but they are very good if given the chance.
|Thought the list title was "Introduce Me To Jizz" yikes...|
|Thanks all of you guys for your recs and especially you Pepper for your extensive posts.|
|Miles Davis - Bitches Brew|