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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Indeed, a saxophone colossus.
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
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.
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.
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.
|Have fun... Feature this list, would be cool.. sputnikers need to stop worshiping brand new and listen to cooler stuff, like jazz.|
|2, 5, and 7 are great. I second a feature.|
|nobody cant beat liledman when it comes to jazz|
|Yeah but that is a "you need" list, this is an introduction guide; two very different types of list, I
also can list one hundred great albums though :]|
|heres an entry level jazz tip: dont listen to jazz|
|No Frank Sinatra???|
|Ah yes, I'm a jazz man myself. Miles Davis, John Coltrane, the list could go on. My apartment smells of coffee and many leather bound books.|
|Glad to see people really getting into Jazz. List is pretty good, there's good variation of bop, modal, fusion, and avant-garde. I've been meaning to do a review for 4. |
also 'Om' and 'Karma' are way to different in their concepts. Karma is more accessible, while Om is far more experimental. Id say its closer to Kulu Se Mama.
anyway good stuff you've got here, man.
|Thanks for this, tried to straight up listen to "A Love Supreme" and man it didn't make sense at all. Didn't have experience listening to a lot of the instruments so I didn't get all the 'emotion' nor appreciate any of the solos, etc.|
|I'd put a Chick album on here, but this is a really solid list.|
Also, keep listening to A Love Supreme, it will grow.
|Bitches Brew is the only one on this list that i have funnily enough. Mahavishnu orchestra sounds interesting and Kind of Blue has been on my radar for a long time now. Good list|
|Some vocal jazz like Getz/Gilberto and Sinatra is pretty great yet accessible too|