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Entry-level Jazz Guide

Hello, In this list I will list albums that I consider "the best" when getting rinto jazz music, but this albums not only serve as great introductions rbecause jazz music, unlike most other music genres, its best music is rusually the most popular, and many of the albums listed are considered rmasterpieces on their own right.
1Miles Davis
Kind Of Blue

The most popular and well known jazz album ever, Miles practically reinvented the modern day techniques of composing, improvising and conducting jazz music by concentrating on melodies/harmonies that are based around modal scales as opposed to chord progressions on this album, Kind of Blue, even when it is incredibly complex in its delivery, it remains as one of the easiest-listening jazz albums in nature, the definitive introduction into jazz music.
2Charles Mingus
Mingus Ah Um

The album in which Mingus achieves what could be defined as "perfect free bebop ", one of the catchiest Jazz albums and also a major highlight in Charles Discography.
3John Coltrane
Blue Train

One of the finest examples of incorporating blues, gospel & subtle progressions into a jazz albums, this would later be called "Hard Bop" an extension of bebop or bop music, this is Coltrane's most accessible moment as opposed to the avant-garde and modal scales of A love Supreme, an album that is "too free" and doesn't serves as a good introduction.
4Pharoah Sanders

This is the culmination and beginning of not only one, but two prolific jazz musician careers epitome, Sun Ra and Pharoah Sanders; Karma however, is Pharoah best moment at the time, this is jazz music adding elements of psychedelia and ending up as one of the best songs ever created. Very recommended if you're akin to Coltrane's OM.
5Miles Davis
Bitches Brew

Arguably the best jazz-fusion record ever, there is nothing else to be said; don't recommended if you haven't listened to the ones above as this one includes elements from numbers: 1 (modal), 3 and 4; and its very long songs are almost inaccessible pieces for non-experienced listeners.
6Sonny Rollins
Saxophone Colossus

Indeed, a saxophone colossus.
7Thelonious Monk
Brilliant Corners

Not an essential record per se' but it is a great listen if you enjoyed Mingus and want to hear a more or less avant-garde approach, Sonny is part of the ensemble in this one.
8Mahavishnu Orchestra
Birds of Fire

After listening to Bitches Brew you might like to check this out, this might be a bit more accessible if you listen to progressive rock by the way.
9Charles Mingus
The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady

Arguably the best avant jazz album ever made and one of the most important albums in the history of music, consider listening after checking Mingus Ah Um.
10Dexter Gordon

One of the most shadowed jazz albums, a masterpiece and a must listen after you check the essential releases. (1-5) I know there are many other jazz albums that could have been in the list, however; this is a great guide & introduction.
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