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A few years ago I created Separated at Blue Note, a separated-at-birth salute to some of Blue Note's top artists.
This year, back by popular demand (okay, back by my demand): Separated at Birth 2009 - a collection of random jazz musicians and their "long lost siblings".
(I want to be clear that I have the highest possible respect for the people depicted here; they are gifted musicians and I love their music. And I'm not saying they actually look like their "twins" in real life; just in these photos... maybe!)
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.