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Phillip Strange Quiet : Solo piano recitals of standards and originals with a Euro-Classic feel. Mr. Strange blends grandiosity with keen improvisation yet rarely loses sight of the melody while employing an elegant touch. Beautifully recorded! * * * ½
David Friesen Two For The Show The great bassist performs a series of sprightly and thoroughly sonorous duets with saxophonist Michael Brecker, guitarist John Scofield, trumpeter Clark Terry and others. Engaging, entertaining and played from the heart! Listen to Friesen harmonize and go note for note with his featured guests yet also provide melody, lofty rhythms and comp as though he were sitting beyond a keyboard. * * * *
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.