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

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Date: 23-Aug-2001 14:20:17
From: JJR
Buy the newbie the Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz. It's a 5 CD set and great written/printed information.


Date: 24-Aug-2001 14:00:22
From: Piece o Pie
drug them


Date: 25-Aug-2001 18:02:35
From: Angie
I agree with the Smithsonian Collection comment. My folks had the record version around the house when I was a teenager and I'd browse or they'd casually play it. After awhile I'd actually sit down and listen to it cut by cut and then I'd turn my friends onto it. I recently went out and bought the CD version which has remastered sound—amazingly cleaned up early jazz cuts—the ticks and popples are gone! Anyway, from King Oliver and Louis Armstrong to John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman—the best cuts of the best jazz musicians. This was my introduction and my early jazz education—it's held up well over the years, very well.


Date: 04-Sep-2001 03:23:47
From: Adam ( Graag1@hotmail.com )
I've been interested in Jazz a long time now, but only very recently began to persue my interest. I listen to Jazz FM before sixth from quite a lot, but never ventured into the world of jazz, and never thought of buying a jazz cd. Having gotten interested in the Beats (Ginsberg, Kerouc et al) I decided to get myself into jazz. Thanks to this site I decided to start with Kind of Blue, which I am now completely in love with (2 weeks later). My very loose plan is to go for some Parker, Coltrane, Monk and Mingus, but I am quite lost as to where to start. I have a good feeling about Charlie Parker, and Coltrane, so I am going to go for Blue Train next, but I am utterly confused as to where to go with Charlie Parker. Just pick up a greatest hits? Also, any other recommendations from that era? I'm also desparately trying to find somewhere to go for live jazz in Sydney, I posted in the live topic, but I literally can't wait to see jazz performed live.

Thanks to everyone who posted above, I've trawled through most of it recently and it has given me the little push I needed to start persuing jazz seriously.


Date: 22-Sep-2001 12:25:13
From: Aldo
Parker generally put together very good bands. So, you can't go too wrong no matter what. But the recordings with the young Miles Davis are uneven because Davis is uneven. The Parker with strings stuff is OK if you like that sort of thing. In any case, Parker nearly always plays great no matter the circumstances. Anything with Dizzy Gillespie will be excellent—also anything with Hank Jones on piano will be excellent. Parker does well in compilations and best of anthologies, especially on recent ones in which the sound has been improved. No big risks here, it's all interesting, even the when Davis can't keep up and the strings are awful.

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