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Jazz songs I should know about?

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

  1. Guitarhacker

    Guitarhacker Strat-Talker

    Apr 19, 2013
    Best is subjective, but this is a great jazz guitar album.


  2. Guitarhacker

    Guitarhacker Strat-Talker

    Apr 19, 2013

  3. Tone Guru

    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 13, 2011
    Music City TN
    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.

  4. dueducs

    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

    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.


  5. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    Of course, you don't have to like jazz, it isn't compulsory.
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  6. tschucha

    tschucha Strat-Talker

    Aug 13, 2014

    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.

    Thanks all!

  7. tschucha

    tschucha Strat-Talker

    Aug 13, 2014

    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
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  8. fezz parka

    fezz parka Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2011
    Jazz, hell ... popular music, would be nothing, I mean zip...without Louis Armstrong. He's the big daddy...Pops. :D

  9. Electgumbo

    Electgumbo Lost Planet Airman Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 26, 2010
    Scott La.
    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.,

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  10. ChaplainMike

    ChaplainMike Strat-Talker

    May 30, 2017
    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.

  11. rolandson

    rolandson Most Honored Senior Member

    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

    Have fun!
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  12. fezz parka

    fezz parka Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2011

    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
    • Yardbird Suite
    • Minority
    • Four
    • All of Me
    • Autumn Leaves
    • Black Orpheus / Sugar
    • Blue Bossa
    • Recorda Me / Yes & No
    • Green Dolphin St. (C & Eb)
    • How High the Moon
    • Impressions / So What (modal)
    • Maiden Voyage (more "complex" modal)
    • Funny Valentine
    • Solar
    • Wave
    • 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

  13. rolandson

    rolandson Most Honored Senior Member

    Good lord...:eek:
    I guess start'n 'em out gently is for lightweights:D

    Good selection though...that list will easily get most anyone through a casual.

  14. Dare1

    Dare1 Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 16, 2011
    Check out the John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck stations on Pandora. Those will help.

  15. fezz parka

    fezz parka Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2011
    Neither one of those records "hit me in the face". :D

    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. :D
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  16. Guitarhacker

    Guitarhacker Strat-Talker

    Apr 19, 2013
    Pat Metheny is my favorite, he's got some gems.

    Last edited: Nov 26, 2017
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  17. stratobiker

    stratobiker Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 16, 2011
    Anything on the ‘blue note’ record label would be good.

  18. stratman in va

    stratman in va Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 27, 2012
    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.

  19. fezz parka

    fezz parka Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2011
    How about this for a smack upside the head? Guitar as a solo instrument was few and far between until this guy: