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Good Jazz

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by SheepHerder7898, Jun 15, 2002.

  1. I want to buy some good jazz albums but don't know where to start. What are some good "must-have" Jazz albums. I'm open to anything, new, old, anything. I just want to experiance new music. Thanks for your time.
  2. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Get anything with Jaco on it.

    Id say the Jaco solo album is best.

    Its a must have for any bassist, and fits into the jazz category quite well.

  3. Bog-standard:

    Miles Davis, Kind of Blue
    John Coltrane, Blue Train
    One of the bazillion Charlie Parker compilations (gimme some help here, guys)...
  4. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    The Yardbird Suite Collection is pretty cool (charlie parker). Some Mingus is also needed, as well as the Duke... There are too many albums to list/think of.
  5. Jontom


    Mar 11, 2002
    New York
    John Coltrane-"Giant Steps"
    Weather Report-"Heavy Weather"
    Stanley Clarke-"School Days"
    Thelonius Monk-"The Essential T.M."
    David Sanborn-"Backstreet"
  6. istaticl


    Nov 29, 2000
    Prescott, AZ
    All of the above albums are excellent choices, and if you want something a little newer I would suggest "The Philidelphia Experiment". They are an awesome group. Their bassist is awesome also.
  7. DaveBeny


    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    Herbie Hancock - 'Headhunters'

    Miles Davis - 'Miles Smiles'

    Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - 'Moanin'

    Horace Silver - 'Song For My Father'

    John Coltrane - 'My Favourite Things'

    Weather Report - 'Heavy Weather'

    Weather Report - 'Black Market'

    Jaco Pastorius - 'Jaco Pastorius'

    The above are all well-established classics. For something more recent, I can recommend:

    Sonny Sharrock - 'Ask The Ages'

    Christian McBride - 'Sci-Fi'

    Wayne Shorter - 'Footprints Live!'
  8. Get an album with Charles Mingus, a great upright player. I just "discovered" this guy and he's amazing. Check out "Haitan fight song" for some great playing.
  9. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Duke Ellington: Black and Tan Fantasy

    Louis Armstrong: Any compilation or try
    Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald

    Stan Getz and Jaon Gilberto: Remastered or
    Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd or Stan Getz and Gerry Mulligan

    A long standing favorite of mine for years and years: Ahmad Jamal Digital Works

    Pat Metheney:A Secret Story and OffRamp (I hope I have that last name right. It is the CD with a highway sign. I think it says OffRamp. It is what I call the album anyway.)
  10. ANYTHING by:

    John Coltrane
    Charlie Parker
    Charles Mingus
    Thelonius Monk
    Chick Corea

    I got my first real John Coltrane exposure over 25 years ago when I was 19, and had been playing for 7 or 8 years. I finally discovered what real improvisation was about...

    Try picking up some of the collections available for the artists named in this thread, to find those that appeal to you the most.

    Check out the Verve and Impulse! jazz labels here

    This site also has great bio info on the artists they carry.
  11. Wynton Marsalis
    Antonio Carlos Jobim
    Dave Brubeck
    Paul Desmond
    Stan Getz
    Pat Metheny
    Quincy Jones
  12. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I'm constantly re-visting...

    Point Of Departure-Andrew Hill
    ...it's a 6-tet w/ Hill(piano), Tony Williams(drums), Richard Davis(bass), Eric Dolphy(alto), Joe Henderson(tenor), & Kenny Dorham(trumpet).

    Bassist Dave Holland also has numerous albums that are excellent...
    Prime Directive
    Points Of View
    Conference Of The Birds
    Razor's Edge

    Changes 1
    Changes 2
    Mingus At Antibes

    Any of Wayne Shorter's '60s Blue Note albums, especially-
    The All-Seeing Eye
    Adam's Apple

    Any of Herbie Hancock's '60s Blue Note albums

    Any of Miles' 1st *Great* 5-tet albums(Milestones).
    Any of Miles 2nd *Great* 5-tet albums(Smiles, ESP, Sorceror, etc)

    Ornette Coleman-
    This Is Our Music
    The Shape of Jazz To Come

    ...something a little more 'contemporary'-
    Steps-Smokin' In The Pit

    And I'll second Sonny Sharrock's Ask The Ages.

    Something maybe a little different-
    Coltrane's Interstellar Space...sax & drums only(Rashied Ali). Definitely one of my favorites!
  13. Anything by Thelonius Monk, Dizzie Gilespie, Louis Armstrong, Jaco Pastorius, Charles mingus, Miles Davis, John Coltrane
  14. PunkerTrav


    Jul 18, 2001
    Canada & USA
    John Ballantyne Trio
    Joe Henderson
    P. J. Perry
    Miles Davis
  15. No one here has mentioned Michael Brecker or Joe Pass. Two amazing musicians that no one interested in jazz should overlook. Charlie Parker is also a very good pick. Without a doubt though you should look into the miles davis quintet.
  16. Thank you all very much. It's nice to know that there are helpful out there.
  17. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    No one mentioned either Django Rheinhardt or Wes Montgomery, two jazz guitarists whose work has influenced countless other guitarists.
  18. I'd advise SheepHerder to not get into the heavy-duty stuff too soon--don't go getting Conference of the Birds if you've never heard jazz before!
  19. If you are just getting into Jazz I sugest you pick up some nice clean cut Jazz.

    Mingus- Mingus At Antibes
    Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - 'Moanin'
    Oscar Peterson Trio At the Stratford Shakesperean Festival
    Oscar Pettiford Deep Passion
  20. DaveBeny


    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    Also, I must recommend:

    Victor Bailey - 'That's Right!'

    Pete York/Brian Auger/Colin Hodgkinson - 'Steaming'