Albums as an education.

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by gruffpuppy, Mar 10, 2003.

  1. What are some disks that can be like a day in school.

    If I had to choose one I would go with "Whats going on" By Marvin Gaye. Jamerson really helps to make this disk perfection.
  2. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    "Money Jungle" - Duke Ellington
    "Kind of Blue" - Miles Davis
    "She" - Harry Connick, Jr.
    "Under the Pink" - Tori Amos
    "Graceland" - Paul Simon
  3. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    john coltrane - blue train and giant steps

    miles davis - miles smiles

    meshell ndegeocello - plantation lullabyes (man i really can't spell worth a crap)

    stevie wonder - songs in the key of life

    wynton marsalis - live at blues alley

    jaco - jaco

    los blues - i think it was the only album they released - self titled

    woody shaw - love dance
  4. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I second "What's Going On", and also "Heavy Weather".
  5. Lovebown


    Jan 6, 2001
    Oliver Nelson- Blues and the abstract truth
    Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colusus
    Dave Holland - Conference of the birds


  6. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    I think pretty much any album has something you can learn from it.
  7. Davehenning


    Aug 9, 2001
    Los Angeles
    James Jamerson-Standing in the Shadows of Motown By Allan Slutsky book+discs

    I learned a great deal from that.
  8. Can not argue with that, but to me there are some disks like Whats going on that just blow me away with the amount of "feel".
  9. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I agree with all those already mentioned...I mean, c'mon, how can you go wrong with stuff like Jaco & What's Goin' On?

    That said, back in '75/'76, these 3 AWB records got me headed in the 'right' direction- ;)
    "White Album"
    Cut The Cake
    Soul Searching

    From the same time frame-
    ...I should also add Steely Dan's Royal Scam & Aja.
    And Tom Scott's Tom Cat & New York Connection...and
  10. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    All good suggestions.

    I'm gonna say:

    Kinda Blue
    Thrust (Herbie Hancock)
    Songs In The Key Of Life
    Sgt Pepper
    Abbey Road
    The Royal Scam
  11. You rock.
  12. Frank Zappa- "weasels ripped my flesh"
    when i hear "toads of the short forest", i dunno man, something happens. and it's cool.
  13. DaveBeny


    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    I agree with all of the above suggestions, but would add:

    Joni Mitchell: 'Hejira'

    Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: 'Moanin''

    John Coltrane: 'A Love Supreme'

    These have taught me as much about "feeling" music as they have about bass-playing.
  14. Lovebown


    Jan 6, 2001
    Mmmmm.. thanks ?!

  15. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    I also think much can be learned from Earth, Wind and Fire and Blood, Sweat and Tears. Each of those groups have "Best of..." collections.

    Jazz does teach alot, but jazz CDs are not the only teachers. Depending on what style of music you want to play, choose the "masters" from that genre.
  16. How about these:

    Joe Jackson - "Look Sharp"
    Elvis Costello - "Armed Forces"
    Beatles - "Rubber Soul"

    Great bass-lines - when i was learning, these helped me decide what way I would like to set-up my lines.
  17. Magazine - Secondhand Daylight.

    Certainly for me, that disc has tought me so much, about the construction of lines, especially against relativly simple guitar parts.

    And I agree with all of HHHolmes suggestions too.
  18. Love - Forever Changes.

    Ive been obsessed with that album for about the past 6 months
  19. I learned a lot about fingerstyle funk playing from the Jamiroquai albums with Stuart Zender playing bass.
  20. Fugazi-13 songs

    yes, I know its a later reproduction of their first 2 albums, but its rediculously insightful.