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If you were introducing someone to jazz...

Discussion in 'music' started by MUTTY1, Jul 26, 2003.

  1. MUTTY1

    MUTTY1 Waste of bandwidth

    what would you play them ? [One album only]

    Since you asked , mine would be Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - Soul finger, mosaic, et all.

  2. sideshowbob

    sideshowbob 47 Lab Rat

    Well it's such a huge genre I doubt any one record exists to encompass all of it.

    So I'd play them four:

    - Louis Armstrong, Hot Fives and Sevens (a cheat, since it's a box set, but I wouldn't play them all of it, honest)

    - Duke Ellington, Newport 1956

    - Coltrane, Complete Village Vanguard Recordings (another box set cheat)

    - Peter Brotzmann, **** de Boere

    If I really had to choose just one, it'd be Armstrong. Or Brotzmann if I didn't like them.

    -- Ian
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  3. joel

    joel Painter of Dragons, Maker of Mirrors

    Ahh, the truth is out...

    Mine would be Blues and Roots by Mingus. All jazz and all life is here.
    From the roots to the future of jazz, and the whole range of recordable emotion.
    The album also swings like nothing else ever recorded (IMMHO) and you can just give yourself up and dance away.
    The new wave of folk dance :D
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  4. Kit Taylor

    Kit Taylor Well-Known Member

    Alice Coltrane's Journey in Satchindananda.

    It's a great album in its own right and it's a great transition album as it's not "pure" strain of jazz, though it introduxces jazzy concepts and sounds.
  5. AlexG

    AlexG ...

    Cannonball Adderley - Somethin' Else

    Or Miles Davis - In A Silent Way

    Or Herbie Hancock - either Empyrean Isles or Maiden Voyage

    Call me a boring old traditionalist if you like.


    PS - cue several replies saying 'you are a boring old traditionalist'.
  6. Kit Taylor

    Kit Taylor Well-Known Member

    Ooh no, Empyrean Isles is great. Again it's not so hardcore jazz, a little funky and a little classical as it is.
  7. lilolee

    lilolee pfm Member

    I find Gerry Mulligan and/or Dave Brubeck to be a good place to start. Almost all of the 'Cool' style of jazz should be considered -Stan Getz, Bill Evans etc.
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  8. sideshowbob

    sideshowbob 47 Lab Rat

    Did someone mention Alice Coltrane? <shiver>

    Kit, I suspect you sometimes wear an afghan and purple loon pants.

    -- Ian
  9. Rico

    Rico Bloody Colonials

    Yeah, I'd likely go for Somethin' Else, or Moanin'.

    A safe bet would be one of the Blue Note samplers - gives a broad taste, rather than limiting a newbie to a particular flavour of Jazz that may not strike the sympathetic chord, or awaken the "decding mechanism" in the prospective's brain.

  10. Markus S

    Markus S 41 - 29

    Somethin' Else or Kind of Blue.
  11. Jonathan Ribee

    Jonathan Ribee Unavailable at present

    The Summit / Together Again
  12. MUTTY1

    MUTTY1 Waste of bandwidth

    Yes, great life-affirming stuff. Should be subtitled ' The Joy of Jazz'

    Must admit a better choise than the Messengers.

  13. MarkW

    MarkW Full Speed & Pagan

    Tomorrow is the Question - Coleman

    If your imaginary neophyte doesn't get that - there is no hope.

  14. space cadet

    space cadet dronefed and floating

    Throw 'em in at the deep end I say...
    Echo by Dave Burrell should blow anybody's mind
  15. palacefan

    palacefan pfm Member

    I would think a single record would not work except perhaps a jazz sampler. Start with some of the older stars such as Art Tatum and Lester Young then lead onto Miles,Dizzy, Mingus, Webster Bill Evans etc perhaps try Dave Brubeck or Oscar Peterson if you want a softer side.
  16. lordmortlock

    lordmortlock pfm Member

    I’m actually that person ... hearing the occasional piece that blows me away but finding that a lot of it essentially sounds like a nervous breakdown. In hell.

    I’m listening to a lot of Pharoah Sanders, Webster Lewis, some newer stuff like Sons of Kemet.
  17. Caliente

    Caliente pfm Member

    If you want to cover the best recording of all time that covers be bop,hard bop,modern and spiritual jazz, then Moon Child by Pharoah Sanders fits the bill. Yep, it's big claim, but every note of it works for me.
  18. lordmortlock

    lordmortlock pfm Member

    It’s a beautiful thing, that’s for sure. Our little boy is called Leo, so ‘The Moon in Leo’ rings out pretty much hourly in our house, makes him laugh this head off
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  19. RickyC6

    RickyC6 Infuriate the frog-men

    Oddly enough just today I found a hard copy of sideshowbob's legendary jazz recommendation paper, as I was sorting some stuff out.
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  20. rough edges

    rough edges pfm Member

    Duke Ellington - Piano in the Foreground

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