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Jazz cd's that are essential?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by TravellinMan, Dec 28, 2003.

  1. TravellinMan


    Jan 11, 2003
    NW Indiana
    I'm more of a r n roller, but I'm getting into jazz and would like to play Jazz gigs as well What is like the TOp 10 Essential Cd, with tunes on it that every Jazzer should know? Thanks

    Take Care
  2. http://www.jazzreview.com/

    There are more than 10, but these artist are a good start!

    Charlie Parker
    Dizzy Gillespie
    Ella Fitzgerald
    Miles Davis
    Oscar Peterson
    Count Basie

  3. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    As far as some albums, I recommend...
    Andrew Hill-Point Of Departure
    (Band: Tony Williams, Joe Henderson, Kenny Dorham, Richard Davis, Eric Dolphy, & Hill).

    Wayne Shorter-The All Seeing Eye

    John Coltrane-Ascension...not for the 'faint of heart'; you're forgiven if you don't get past the first 3-4 minutes. ;)
    Sam Rivers' Crystals & Ornette Coleman's Free Jazz are in the same ballpark.

    Charles Mingus-Changes 1 &/or Changes 2. Mingus At Antibes, also.

    Miles Davis-Miles Smiles, ESP, Filles De Kilimanjaro, Water Babies, Milestones, etc.
    If you wanna taste some Rock'd out Miles...Tribute To Jack Johnson.

    More recent stuff-
    Dave Holland Quintet-Prime Directive, Razor's Edge, Live At The Village Vanguard etc.
    Ben Allison & Medicine Wheel(didya read Ed Fuqua's interview/article abouth this band on the Talk Bass homepage?).

    Truthfully, you may want to look into Mark Gridley's Jazz Styles...this book is used in college classes. Very good in describing the various genres, sub-genres & evolution of Jazz.
    Some people gravitate towards a specific genre(e.g. Hard Bop)...try to remain more 'open-minded' than those sorta folks.
  4. this may be more than 10...

    Miles Davis - Kind of Blue, Workin', Relaxin', Cookin', Steamin', E.S.P.

    Wayne Shorter - Speak No Evil

    Wes Montgomery - Smokin at the Half note, Full House

    Art Blakey - Moanin'

    Bill Evans - Everybody Digs Bill Evans, Village Vanguard live sessions

    Thelonious Monk - Monk's Music, Live at the IT club

    there's a good start for post-bop...for bop and earlier, try Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Duke Ellington.
  5. Mud Flaps

    Mud Flaps

    Feb 3, 2003
    Norton, MA
    The first one you should buy is Kind of Blue.
  6. Start with Miles Davis' Bitch's Brew and Kind of Blue, and Mingus Ah Um.
  7. sobie18


    May 5, 2002
    Shaw AFB, SC
    Bright Size Life by Pat Metheny
  8. Miles Davis--Walkin'
    Sonny Rollins--Saxophone Collossus
    John Coltrane--Crescent
    Dizzy Gillespie---Sonny Side Up (with Sonnys Stitt and Rollins)
    Charles Mingus--Mingus Presents Mingus
    Shirley Horn--Here's to Life
    Bill Evans--Everybody Digs Bill Evans
    Thelonious Monk--Misterioso
    Charlie (Chan) Parker--Jazz at Massey Hall
    Stan Getz--Focus

    all this after having bought Miles' "Kinda Blue."
  9. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Love Supreme
    Giant Steps
  10. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    I'm gonna add Dave Brubeck's "Time Out" to this great list.


    Miles Davis - Birth of the Cool
    Money Jungle - Duke Ellington with Charles Mingus and Max Roach
  11. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Most have already been mentioned.....

    Miles Davis Kind of Blue is The Essential Jazz Album™

    Others I love:

    Weather Report Heavy Weather
    Cannonball Adderly Somethin' Else
    Chick Corea Electric Band self-titled
    Charlie Mingus Mingus Ah Um
    Dave Brubeck Take Five
    John Coltrane Blue Train or Giant Steps
    Miles Davis Cookin', Relaxin', Workin'

    If you can find a good Verve Charlie Parker compilation, you can't go wrong.
  12. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Heh, Bitches Brew has gotta be in the list, but would you really suggest anyone starts with it? :D
  13. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Why not?
    IIRC, TM is into the Aquarium Rescue Unit's early stuff...he can handle BB. ;)

    Also, what I have noticed-
    Some listeners of noiz Rock/Punk usually prefer something like Ascension over Kind Of Blue.
  14. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    You don't think the LIVE 2-cd set smokes the single studio cd?
  15. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    It could scare the unwitting listener away from Miles (or even Jazz :eek:!) completely :D
  16. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Kind Of Blue could have the same effect.
    KOB would put my ex to sleep.
    BTW, ever see Jerry Maguire? For "romantic Jazz", the babysitter recommends Miles & Coltrane in Stockholm '60.
    LMAO. ;)
  17. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Oh, and in answer to the original question, if you wanna venture into "fusion" territory, you might try the following...

    Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters
    Herbie Hancock - Thrust
    Weather Report - Black Market
    Weather Report - Heavy Weather
    Jaco Pastorius - (self-titled)
    Jaco Pastorius - Word Of Mouth

    And if you're interested in Jazz influenced pop, you might like to try (if you haven't already)...

    Steely Dan - The Royal Scam
    Steely Dan - Aja
    Steely Dan - Gaucho
    (to be honest, any Steely Dan is good, but I recommend these three in particular)
    Joni Mitchell - The Hissing Of Summer Lawns
    Joni Mitchell - Hejira
    Joni Mitchell - Don Juan's Reckless Daughter
    Joni Mitchell - Mingus
    Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
    Stevie Wonder - Songs In The Key Of Life
  18. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK

    I see why you split up with her :D
  19. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...I think she gave me das boot!
  20. TravellinMan


    Jan 11, 2003
    NW Indiana
    Just picked up; Herbie Hancock/Headhunters wooo! Heard that song "Chameleon" on Gov't Mule Live Cd the Deepest end and had to go find the original! I have Weather Report; The Jaco Years, and some Local Jazz here in Indiana here's a cat that has influenced me a lot my theory teacher Scott Pazera, www.scottpazera.com

    Thanks guys & gals for all the info!
    Take care