Help initiate my blues ears to some jazz

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by magnaton, Jun 5, 2018.

  1. magnaton


    Dec 12, 2013
    New York

    So I've been a long-standing lover of the blues. It's what got me into bass in the first place and something about those melodic structures resonate deep within my bones. I've typically shied away from jazz since it's harder to know what I'm listening to at times and can get a little overwhelming. But I've caught the odd jazz tune now and then that's been really interesting -- I recently stumbled across Ray Brown trio stuff which I love!

    So, I was hoping to ask you folks for some recommendations for songs/ albums/ Spotify playlists that'll expose me to some standards -- particularly stuff that someone of my listening tendencies can get into.

    Tb please help me (gently) open my mind to this new-to-me world :)
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  2. Mushroo

    Mushroo Guest

    Apr 2, 2007
    My recommendation to you is Billie Holiday. Her music is really a great bridge between the blues and jazz, in my opinion. :)
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  3. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Get yourself some Sonny Rollins. Much of his expansive catalog is blues-based stuff. Tunes like "Tenor Madness" (1956, with Coltrane) and "Sonnymoon For Two" (1957) are good examples.
  4. Billie Holiday is a great suggestion.
    Also Miles Davis’ ‘Kind of Blue’ album which is GREAT, and very accessible, and also the biggest selling jazz lp of all time. Paul Chambers is the bassist.
    Ray Brown is always tasty, as is Ron Carter. Most of their work was for other leaders.
    Check out Jaco Pastorious’ first album, not to everyone’s taste, but many people love it (as do I).
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  5. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Andrew Hill - Point Of Departure
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  6. Bioflava


    Feb 14, 2016
    Great question and there should be a ton of great responses in here soon! :)

    Here's one contribution: Anything by Les McCann and/or Eddie Harris! They are bluesey jazz musicians of the highest caliber -- check out Compared to What, Swiss Movement or any of their solo work... so good!
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  7. BlueP


    Jan 29, 2017
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  9. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
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  11. Alex Bass

    Alex Bass Roy Batty Dreams

    Apr 3, 2016
    A LOVE SUPREME A LOVE SUPREME A LOVE SUPREME infectious basslines on that whole album
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  12. BassBrass


    Jul 6, 2009
    Boston MA
    Mingus Big Band 93
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  13. Aqualung60


    Jun 19, 2013
    New Jersey
  14. MatronMother


    Jun 22, 2009
    Ornette Coleman - The Shape Of...
    Fats Waller - Handfull Of Keys
    Django Reinhardt - Classic Early Recordings
    Coleman Hawkins - The Bebop Years

    Off the top
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  15. dab12ax7ef


    Sep 25, 2011
    Charles Mingus. Ray Brown. Both are staples as bass player band leaders. I never get tired of Thelonious Monk.

    Asking for jazz recommendations is like asking for rock recommendations. There’s about 400 sub genres that you may or may not care for. So maybe some blues orientied Jazz would be a good place to start. Soon you’ll be wanting to hear all the fun chord substitutions in your favorite blues songs.
  16. Kelly robinson

    Kelly robinson

    Dec 30, 2014
    Hi -
    Personally I'd start with T Bone Walker and Charlie Christian for their jazzy approach - it's still musically in the blues world for the most part but should be a good intro . Then I'd move on to Horace Silver [ "Song for my father" in particular ] or the Modern Jazz quartet as their work is very accessible yet still definitely , jazz . For newer artists again I would stick with the more accessible folks like Tom Scott - Ronnie Laws - Herbie Mann - Jim Hall etc before dipping my toes too far into the " deeper " waters as mentioned by most above .
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  17. Kevin Teed

    Kevin Teed Guest

    Mar 8, 2013
    I'll be watching this thread. I'm a blues / classic rock lover, but "Kind of Blue" is what caught my jazz ear.
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  18. REV

    REV Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Check out some Charlie Hunter or Robben Ford ( especially the Blue Line).
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  19. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play...

    Dec 24, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    The New Mastersounds and Medeski, (Scofield), Martin & Wood are both pretty accessible jazz groups for a blues listener.
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