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Albums to own for a guy interested in jazz and funk?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Sgroh87, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. Sgroh87


    Dec 4, 2012
    DFW, Texas
    I've been playing bass for about six months after six months of guitar and a couple years of saxophone. I have a pretty decent grasp of theory (at least I like to think I do), but I know that I need to listen more.

    The problem is that there are so many great artists that have tons of work out there, and its hard to know where to start. Ron Carter, Paul Chambers, Oscar Pettiford, Christian McBride, and all the flashy players like Stanley Clarke, Wooten, and Marcus Miller... It can be overwhelming!

    So I turn to you guys to ask the question: If you were to pick any specific album(s) that a serious student should purchase for study and analysis, what would you choose? I have about $65 of iTunes credit left over from Christmas, so give me some music to listen to! I'm mostly into funk/soul (Stax and Motown) or jazz (though I'm not a fusion fan, more like Kind of Blue or Something Else), but I am willing to listen to pretty much anything.
  2. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
  3. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    Dave Brubeck - Time Out
  4. jefkritz


    Oct 20, 2007
    iowa city, IA
    miles davis - on the corner
    john scofield - a go go
  5. The albums that Miles Davis recorded for Prestige are a good introduction to Paul Chambers - Cookin, Relaxin', Workin', and Steamin' are great examples of the first classic quintet, as are the first few albums on Columbia that feature the same group. "The Complete 1964 Concert" is a good introduction to Ron Carter's work with Miles' second classic quintet, with Herbie on piano and Tony Williams on drums.

    For Ray Brown, any of the Oscar Peterson trio albums are classics, but "We Get Requests," "Night Train," and "The Trio" are my favorites.
  6. bass12

    bass12 And Grace, too Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Just a few suggestions
    - Chic
    - Me'shell Ndegéocello (her first two albums especially)
    - Pleasure
    - The Crusaders
    - Don Blackman (his self-titled album from 1982)
    - Donny Hathaway (the live album ending with "Everything Is Everything - every bass player should check out Willie Weeks' solo at the end of that track)
  7. Sgroh87


    Dec 4, 2012
    DFW, Texas
    It's interesting: I posted this question here and on another bass forum, and a lot of the answers are listing albums or artists that I would not have thought of as major players or seminal works in the genre. I guess that goes to show that not everyone thinks or learns in the same way, eh?
  8. derg

    derg Supporting Member

    May 26, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    +1 for this!!!
  9. rootbill


    Jan 23, 2013
    Quincy Jones "Walking In Space" or
    Jean Luc Ponty "Cosmic Messinger" might get you going,they did for me.
  10. wrench45us


    Aug 26, 2011
    some recent T Monk releases (I'm sorry I don't have the names -- they're at home) are live recordings from late in Monk's career.

    for the bassist what's of special interest is the common format where the bassist takes a chorus playing the walking line and then takes a chorus taking a solo. This was late in Monk's career so it may have been a pickup bassist, but that format is an exceptional education for those with interest.
  11. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    Anything Larry Graham has done - Sly & The Family Stone, Graham Central Station.
  12. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    I think you're talking about the recordings LIVE at the IT CLUB, that's Monk's working band - Charlie Rouse, Larry Gales and Ben Riley. It's 64, so not so late in Monk's career...
  13. Tampabass

    Tampabass Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2006
    I know you are, but what am I?
    for contemporary jazz-funk: Medeski Martin & Wood, Soulive, Lettuce, Karl Denson, Robert Walters, Dirty Loops, John Scofield's "Bump" or his stuff with MMW (as mentioned, "A Go Go" plus "Out Louder" and "In Case the World Changes Its Mind"), Astral Project, and, on the rock side of jazz-funk, Galactic.
  14. The guy opening my door to (classic) jazz has been Oscar Peterson. Check him out, his DB-players are always the best!
  15. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Stanley Clark, George Duke and Quincy Jones
  16. For a wide variety of jazz, funk and fusion check out somehowjazz.com.
  17. Could be considered fusion but if you want some serious jazz-funk check out Herbie Hancock - "Headhunters" and or "Thrust".

    Paul Jackson on bass.