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Jazz Primer

What's the best way to introduce someone to Jazz?

By Published: December 9, 2004
Some Great albums that I find inspiring and accesible are: 1. Cannonball Adderly "Live In Japan" (zawinul on keys) 2. Bela Fleck and The Flectones "Three Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" 3. John Scofield "A Go-Go" 4. George Benson "The Other Side of Abbey Road" 5. Oscar Peterson "West Side Story" 6. Manhattan Transfer "Birdland" —2cd 7. Dave Grusin "Two For the Road" 8. DiMeola, McLaughlin, DeLucia "A Friday Night In San Fransisco"—perhaps the most remarkable live music ever 9. Weather Report "Heavy Weather" 10.Joni Mitchell "Shadows and Light" (Metheny, Pastorius, Mays, Brecker, Alias playing backup) 11.Victor Wooten "A Show of Hands"

I believe each of these albums to be infinitely more accessible than Kind of Blue.


Date: 26-Nov-1999 19:21:30
From: Angela ( angelagoodluck@aol.com )
I really think that if you have a good sense of harmony, and appreciate good quality music, it is impossible to dont like it. Since I have a musician in my family (my mother uses to play "cello" in an experimental orchestra)I grew up listening to very "high level" music. So, there s no way to dont like it!!! I surely recommend for the begginers (as I am!) performers like:

Diana Krall; Charlie Parker; Chick Corea; And, most of all (the best to me, as I love big bands), is Count Basie Orchestra, particullary the newest arrangements.

If there s someone interested in talk about the great musicians from the Count Basie Band, please do so!!




Date: 01-Feb-2000 10:48:25
From: sherry
I am 53 and even though I grew up in the rock'n roll era, I don't have anything Elvis, etc. I know the tunes but give me artistes like Sonny Rollins, Dave Brubeck, Jonah Jones, Jimmy Smith, George Shearing, Louis Armstrong; singers like Ella, Billie, Al Hibbler, Nat Cole, the list goes on. I do like Boz Scaggs, Al Jarreau, to name a few, but nothing beats Miles Davis 'Summertime' or Brubeck's 'Shortenin' Bread.' Diane Krall would be a good way of introducing jazz. She is very talented. Only someone with a mindblock could resist her!


Date: 01-Feb-2000 10:52:30
From: sherry
I am 53 and even though I grew up in the rock'n roll era, I don't have anything Elvis, etc. I know the tunes but give me artistes like Sonny Rollins, Dave Brubeck, Jonah Jones, Jimmy Smith, George Shearing, Louis Armstrong; singers like Ella, Billie, Al Hibbler, Nat Cole, the list goes on. I do like Boz Scaggs, Al Jarreau, to name a few, but nothing beats Miles Davis 'Summertime' or Brubeck's 'Shortenin' Bread.' Diane Krall would be a good way of introducing jazz. She is very talented. Only someone with a mindblock could resist her!


Date: 15-Feb-2000 12:25:48
From: Mick
Although I first got into jazz through 'Kind of Blue' and 'A Love Supreme,' and would still recommend them to any newcomer, the album that most enthused my non jazz listening housemates over the past year was 'Ole Coltrane.' And thinking about it for a second this little discussed album, Cotranes last on Atlantic, is probably perfect as an introduction for listeners with a modern sensibility. The two basses on the title track and its trancey mesemeric feel make those who have grown up with the deep repetitive beats of house and techno feel instantly at home. Match that alongside two gorgeous ballads, 'Aisha' and 'To Her Ladyship' featuring beautiful playing from 'Trane, Freddie Hubbard and McCoy Tyner, add to the mix the unusual cover art and oblique liner notes and you have a record which could capture the imagination of any genuinely musical person. Of course there will always be those who simply cannot hear whats happening, but better not to waste time and energy on the congenital philistine.


Date: 23-Mar-2000 19:41:26
From: DUKE ELLINGTON ( DUKEEDWARDJAZZKEDDENDYELLINGTON.COM )
I THINK THAT JAZZ IS A GREAT KIND OF MUSIC AND I JUST GOT THIS COMPUTER EVEN THOUGH IT IS 1945 I HAVE JUST EARNED ENOUGH MONEY TO BYE IT!! I THINK THAT JAZZ COULD BE EXPRESED IN MANY WAYS AND IF YOU ALL REALLY WANT TO KNOW I DID GROW UP IN A GREAT HOME WITH A LOVEING MOTHER AND JAZZ IS AN AWSOME KIND OF MUSIC BUT THINK THAT THEY SHOULD HAVE SITES THAT THAT YOU CAN LISTEN TO MY MUSIC AND STRAYHORN FOR EVERYONES INFO IS A VERY NICE PERSON MANY PEOPLE SAY HE IS BAD BUT HES NOT. I DONT THINK THAT JAZZ IS A VERY BAD KIND OF MUSIC BUT IT IS VERY HARD TO PLAY THATS WHY ME AMD MY BAND MAKEUP OUR OWN MUSIC WELL I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT THE REASON I PLAY JAZZ IS BECAUSE I LIKE TO PLAY IT AND IT SOUNDS REALLY NICE


Date: 26-Mar-2000 19:50:27
From: Mark Stevens ( mstevens10@hotmail.com )
I got hooked on jazz listening to my older brothers albums he left behind when he got drafted in 1967. Although I was only a kid i got hooked. Mile Davis and Cannonball Adderly were his favorites and they became mine. After I joined the military in 1977, I added others to the collection: Tom Scott, Billy Cobham, and Hiroshima. Today I listen to Keiko Matsui and Joe Sample. I think jazz is such beatiful music that everyone given the chance would fall in love with it.


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