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We get many calls from jazz listeners just like yourself asking us for recommendations on what recordings are good. Our catalog represents our top 100 historically important jazz recordings. Our new program lets you pick the recordings that you want and during the next year or so we will send them to you without having to place an order each time. It is an easy way to listen to some of the greatest jazz recordings of all time. There are no fees whatsoever. It is simply a list of what we consider to be the top 100 jazz recordings listed in order of significance.
Most of the recordings listed are from the 40's 50's & 60's Bebop era. This is due to the strong influence this particular period of music has had on our current "Modern Jazz" scene today. We have purposely left off early records due either to the tremendous amount of material recorded by the artist or the poor recording quality.
I love jazz because of its ability to evoke such tremendous emotion... primarily joy!
I was first exposed to jazz by my grandparents.
The first jazz record I bought was Jim Beard's Song of the Sun or maybe Steely Dan's Aja.
My advice to new listeners: remain varied in your listening habits, and of course keep listening, keep listening, keep listening!
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