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Discussion in 'Tab & Music Forum' started by tschucha, Jun 20, 2017.
Best is subjective, but this is a great jazz guitar album.
Kind of Blue
You could binge Ken Burns' 20 hour Jazz documentary and get an idea of how wide ranging the genre is.
Before "rock-n-roll" came to dominate popular music Jazz was a big deal.
Note that just like rock, Jazz has many various styles that evolved over the 20th century that are quite different.
Kind of Blue is, I believe, the best selling Jazz album overall and as good a place to start as any.
I dare say Django Reinhart was the Hendrix of the early- to mid-20th century. He brought the guitar to the forefront of the big band and his style is unique, flamboyant, and in your face, yet tasteful and based in classical interpretation. For me, he is the pinnacle of jazz guitar. Give him a shot and see what you think.
Of course, you don't have to like jazz, it isn't compulsory.
I didn't even realize that Ken Burns had done this series of documentaries. He's by far and away the best documentary maker of our times. "The Dust Bowl" is probably the best documentary series I've ever seen. I hadn't realized this Jazz documentary even existed but it should be a fine way to start.
Kind of Blue seems to get the most pops for best album to start with but there are a slew of others. I hope I can get into it. After watching a 20 hour documentary on the subject I should know more than most folks. Gonna be an interesting summer!
I am surprised at how much of the material mentioned on this thread can be watched, heard or downloaded from YouTube.
Yeah - I'm planning on giving it a fair chance though. There are some very interesting and what appear to be not super difficult chord phrasings that jazz guitarists use to lay down a melodic background to the music. Completely different from traditional lead guitar or rhythm guitar as I learned it. Definitely some room to grow there. It's different. I couldn't get into it when I was young, I'm going to try to give it a fair shot now. At the very worst I'll expand my knowledge. At best I'll find something that moves my soul. And who knows maybe it will influence how I play the guitar. We all should keep learning new stuff. If you stop you die.
Cause after all:
Gotta keep on movin'
Gotta keep on groovin'
Understand both sides of the sky
-- JM Hendrix
Jazz, hell ... popular music, would be nothing, I mean zip...without Louis Armstrong. He's the big daddy...Pops.
Lots of great posts! This is what hit me like Hendrix when I was a kid. From here I back tracked to Miles and Coltrane ... and on and on.,
Already mentioned multiple times, Mikes Davis, Kind of Blue. I'm not a fan of jazz, but I get this one out at least once a year.
I'll stick to songs:
Since I Fell
Deed I do
Darn That Dream
Little Red Top
How High The Moon
Straight No Chaser
And never go to a jazz jam without having (These Are A Few Of My) Favorite Things in your back pocket
Here's a list of tunes to learn. My friend Ken laid this on me, and basically said "Learn these tunes, along with some Steely Dan tunes, and you'll be able to play anything. Everything you need to know is in these tunes." As I went down the list, each tune got easier. It was like "Oh yeah! I know that..."
Rhythm Changes (Oleo, Anthropology, Eternal Triangle)
Blues (Straight No Chaser, Bags Groove)
Minor Blues (Equinox, Mr. PC)
Footprints (6/8 "blues" with extended turnaround)
A-Train / Ipanema
All of Me
Black Orpheus / Sugar
Recorda Me / Yes & No
Green Dolphin St. (C & Eb)
How High the Moon
Impressions / So What (modal)
Maiden Voyage (more "complex" modal)
Song For My Father
Night & Day
All the Things You Are
Blue & Green
Caravan (Long alt. 1 chord w/ bridge)
Scrapple From the Apple (Honeysuckle Rose)
Killer Joe (Dom. 7th vamp w/ bridge)
What Is This Thing Called Love
Confirmation / Cherokee
Stella By Starlight
I guess start'n 'em out gently is for lightweights
Good selection though...that list will easily get most anyone through a casual.
Check out the John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck stations on Pandora. Those will help.
Neither one of those records "hit me in the face".
Seeing the Beatles on Sullivan in '64 blew my young ass away.
The Jazz record that made me perk up and listen was HR is a Dirty Guitar Player. Howard made it more accessible by keep the songs short, like a collection of singles. After that I would wade in slowly with other guitar based jazz, like Green, Burrell, and Kessel.
The Ventures led me here:
Jazz for me was not a hit in the face, more of an investigation. Or a treasure hunt.
Pat Metheny is my favorite, he's got some gems.
Anything on the ‘blue note’ record label would be good.
Glad someone listed Take Five by Brubeck. Ramsey Lewis is a great piano player too.
I like George Benson and Earl Klugh a lot too, very listenable.
How about this for a smack upside the head? Guitar as a solo instrument was few and far between until this guy: