I'm an avid listener and collector of jazz and classical music, but mostly
jazz. My taste in music varies from year to year, bouncing between
straight ahead, improvisational, ethnic... whatever, really, and then back
I tend to hear something I like, then explore the music around it. For
example, early in my listening days I picked up the CD Miles Davis and
the Giants of Modern Jazz, with Monk, Milt, and the gang. Exploring the
musicians just on that record led me back to Bird, the stride relationship
between Monk and Ellington, and forward through Miles' associations to
That's the great thing about jazz. It's endlessly inventive, and it has clear
historical threads that make it infinitely interesting.
Plus, it really swings!
- Duke Ellington: Meets Coleman Hawkins
- Thelonius Monk: Monk's Music
- Sonny Rollins:Way Out West
- ....but really, it would be a huge big box of CDs.