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Jazz songs I should know about?

Discussion in 'Tab & Music Forum' started by tschucha, Jun 20, 2017.

  1. tschucha

    tschucha Strat-Talker

    Aug 13, 2014
    Alright fellow strat lovers. An unusual request. I've lived over six long decades and have never listen to a complete jazz album. I grew up with Hendrix and Clapton and learned to love the blues later on. But jazz? Never really gave it a chance. I understand music more thoroughly now and I want to give jazz a try.

    So - what's the very best Jazz album of all time. Don't care about which artists or instruments are on the album I want to hear something that will really move me.

    I trust you guys. Give me the best Jazz album of all time.
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  2. bluejazzoid

    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 14, 2009
    Southeast USA
    There is no best jazz album of all time... but a fine listening start would be Miles Davis' Kind of Blue.
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  3. tschucha

    tschucha Strat-Talker

    Aug 13, 2014
    Perhaps you are right that there is no 'best' jazz album.

    What I'm looking for is something that gives you the kind of hit in the face like you got when you first heard Are You Experienced or heard SRV tear into Texas Flood.
  4. bluejazzoid

    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 14, 2009
    Southeast USA
    Seriously, what you're asking is akin to trying to predict what flavor ice cream you will like best! I suggest you try as many flavors of jazz as possible... then keep coming back for more of what you really like.
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  5. conehead

    conehead Strat-Talker

    Apr 12, 2017
    way out there
    I unquestioningly buy anything with Tiny Grimes or Bill Jennings on guitar.
    Here are a couple of my favorites:

    Tiny Webb is another favorite of mine:

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  6. lonegroover

    lonegroover Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 5, 2016
    Scofield and McLaughlin were my jazz gateway drugs, have a listen to Sco's Still Warm. Or listen to a few versions of Goodbye, Porkpie Hat.

    Here's a belting version

  7. fezz parka

    fezz parka Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2011

    From a blues background, start with Grant Green and Kenny Burrell.
  8. fezz parka

    fezz parka Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2011
  9. gjohnson441496

    gjohnson441496 Strat-Talker

    Jun 6, 2017
    IMO, it would be best for you to start with Miles Davis. I hated jazz until about three years ago. Then, one day, I heard Miles Davis and became quite intrigued. I realized he played the trumpet in a comparative sense to the way Jimi Hendrix played guitar. So, I splurged and bought Miles Davis Quintet 1965 - 68 box set (6 cd's). I took a day off and became immersed in the music. Jazz music is beautiful, wonderful, complex, and intricate.

    Another side of jazz is electric. You may want to try John McLaughlin's Birds Of Fire. That'll take you on a real trip.
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  10. tschucha

    tschucha Strat-Talker

    Aug 13, 2014
    BINGO - That sentence is the winner. I wanna hear someone play their instrument like Jimi Hendrix played his.

    Miles Davis is the most famous name in jazz and was where I originally gonna start but I figured I ask some of the people I respect musically online before I dug in. You described what I'm looking for.
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  11. tschucha

    tschucha Strat-Talker

    Aug 13, 2014
    Of course. But if someone had never tasted ice cream - you'd probably recommend chocolate. Every journey begins with a single step. Might as well make it a memorable one. There will be many flavors to come. From reading here and elsewhere my instincts were to start with Miles Davis and it would seem that this is the right way to start. Plus I've got a few cool scoops of other flavors right here on the videos on this thread :)
  12. FormerTeleGuy

    FormerTeleGuy Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 17, 2013
    Oak Lawn, IL
    I'd dive right in: John Coltrane - A Love Supreme. It's emotional, it's fiery, it's fast, it leaves you both exhausted and exhilarated.

  13. Otisblove

    Otisblove Strat-O-Master

    May 20, 2016
    Medeski, Martin and Wood?
  14. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 1, 2009
    My house.
    This one is pretty cool.

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  15. BallisticSquid

    BallisticSquid Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 12, 2016
    I'll second Kind of Blue. Miles went through quite a number of phases with his music. You want to hear some Hendrix influenced jazz, check out *****es Brew (the forum edits the title...I'll give you a hint, it rhymes with witches). That's at the complete opposite end of the jazz spectrum in Miles' career. It is considered the album that spawned the jazz fusion era of jazz. If you find fusion jazz trips your trigger, check out Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Return to Forever.

    Coltrane later in his career was more avant garde. Some more accessible Coltrane would be Blue Train and Giant Steps.

    Time Out from Dave Brubeck has some great tunes, including the much covered Take Five. I am also a fan of Bill Evans...Sunday at the Village Vanguard always stood out for me.

    You know what all of these guys have in common? They all played with Miles Davis at some point (aside from Brubeck). It's amazing to look at how many jazzers played with Miles and went on and formed their own successful groups.

    If you want to go a bit further back, check out Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker...that's some classic bebop jazz that will blow you away!
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  16. bluejazzoid

    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 14, 2009
    Southeast USA
    I would have suggested chocolate chip myself! :)
  17. Chris S.

    Chris S. Asst. Admin Staff Member

    May 11, 2016
    Herndon VA
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    Miles Davis Kind of Blue. It's #1 on everybody's list of the best jazz albums of all time. CS
  18. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 14, 2013
    Thelonius Monk was a genius on the piano.
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  19. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 19, 2014
    Up a lazy river
    Didn't John Mayer do a jazz album?

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  20. Rasputin13

    Rasputin13 Strat-Talker

    Jun 14, 2017
    I second this. Blue Train is one of my all time favorite songs, period! Not just jazz, but all songs.