Jazz Recommendations

Discussion in 'iPod' started by neoelectronaut, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. neoelectronaut macrumors 68030


    Dec 3, 2003
    Southeastern Louisiana
    A coworker is listening to some Jazz on his iPod in the room I'm in right now. Sounds really good. Anyone have some reccomendations for Jazz tracks on iTunes? I'm gonna pick up a $15 card or two to grab a few tracks. It's a shame, really. Most of my music is electronica/rock. I'm not sure what is good to branch out into other genres.
  2. patseguin macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2003
    Check out Chris Botti. Boney James is really great too.
  3. w00master macrumors 65816

    Jul 18, 2002
    Not trying to be rude here, but you're honestly goin' to get a billion different responses to this question. It's like asking everyone what rock/rap/electronica/etc. tracks to get.

    In any case (yeah, I'm a hypocrite), here's some names I'd look up:

    Charlie Parker
    Miles Davis (Birth of Cool, Kind of Blue)
    Ella Fitzgerald
    Nina Simone
    Duke Ellington

    Those are just some.

    A great sampler (imho) of jazz is "Ken Burns Jazz" boxset. Yeah, Jazz aficionados look down on that set, but for jazz "newbies," I personally think it's a wonderful introduction. I'm not sure though if you can get it through iTunes, but it doesn't hurt to look! :)

  4. patseguin macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2003
    Yeah, I guess it depends if you are interested in mainstream jazz or modern jazz. The one the above poster mentioned are essentials.
  5. kwajo.com macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2002
    Bay of Fundy
    Oscar Peterson, best jazz pianist ever.
  6. Tiauguinho macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2002
    The Netherlands
    I sincerely recommend Listen!


    Just download the samples on [sound]. I really enjoy Hm... It's my favorite, specially the piano solo!
  7. stevietheb macrumors 6502a


    Jan 15, 2004
    I'm not sure what iTunes has available, but these are the albums which get played most often in my iTunes:

    Dave Brubeck: Time Out
    Charles Mingus: Mingus Ah Um
    John Coltrane: Blue Train
    John Coltrane: Giant Steps
    Thelonius Monk: Misterioso
    Smokin' with the Miles Davis Quintet
  8. goodtimes5 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2004
    Bay Area
  9. iMetalG5 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2005
    what kinda jazz you like?

    I'm more into guys like:

    Christian McBride - Sci Fi
    AllanHoldsworth - Anything by him
    Al DiMeola - Anything by him
    Chad Wackerman - older stuff
    Kevin Eubanks - Spirits...

    man so many artists...
  10. lopresmb macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2005
    Dizzy Gilespie

    My favorite album on the itunes store is the "Ultimate Dizzy Gilespie" album espically tracks:

    ool - ya - koo (skat track)
    Con Alma
    Birk's Works
    Feista Mojo

    --I have a couple of other favorites, but not on the iTunes site.
  11. CubaTBird macrumors 68020

    Apr 18, 2004
    some good modern jazz

    david benoit ---> right here, right now album
    the rippingtons ---> life in the tropics lp
    spyro gyra ---> the deep end lp
    boney james ---> backbone lp
    rick braun----> shake it up lp
    bob james ---> morning, noon and night lp
    dave koz ----> saxophonic lp
    3rd force ----> driving force
    brian culbertson ---> come on up lp
    dan siegal ----> inside out lp
    gerald albright ----> kickin' it up lp
    jeff lorber ----> kickin' it lp
    steve cole ---> ny la lp
    yellowjackets ---> samurai samba lp
    richard elliot ---> chill factor lp
    michael lington---> show me lp

    and all availabe on itunes! good modern stuff here...
  12. mactastic macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003
    Hmm... too many good ones to choose, but here goes:
    Stan Getz - great baritone sax
    Miles - Trumpet master
    Coltrane - nuff said
    Bela Fleck - acoustic and electric banjo jazz
    Oscar Peterson as mentioned
    Mose Allison
    McCoy Tyner
    Bill Evans
    Dave Brubek
    Clifford Brown
    Ella Fitz and Billy Holiday for vocals
    and many others

    Depends if you like straightahead jazz, smooth jazz, bebop, modern, acid..

    I've also got some good jazzy Grisman/Garcia stuff, some Grisman/Stefan Grapelli and if you want to hear some of the craziest picking ever get your hands on Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, and Paco De Lucia's fantastic recording "Friday Night in San Francisco". It will blow your mind.
  13. Kushiro macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2005
    Genève, Suisse
    And never forget the Blues--I just saw BB King in Montreux last night, and he is incredible!
  14. neoelectronaut thread starter macrumors 68030


    Dec 3, 2003
    Southeastern Louisiana
    If I can get 50 reccomendations out of this thread, that's 50 to start from rather than picking out of thousands.

    Regardless, I don't know one type of Jazz from the other, so I'll just listen around.
  15. goodtimes5 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2004
    Bay Area
    It seems to me that people usually only dig one of the two sub-genres of jazz (smooth jazz and cool jazz) but never both. Personally, I'm more attracted to cool jazz, but I know that both are hits with the ladies. Just look at the names - smoooooth and coooool.
  16. Apmonia macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2003
    You will get so many responses to this question it will just become overwhelming. When I asked my friends this same question (all music majors and most sax) the one name that kept coming up was Miles Davis. He is probably the only one artists that (almost) everyone will agree on. Most people will gravitate towards a particular genre or instrument, but Miles Davis' Kind of Blue seems to be a staple in collections. I would suggest to start there.

  17. m-dogg macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2004
    I'll throw these out; most have already been said: miles & coltrane (of course), monk, john mclaughlin, wes montgomery, the flecktones, medeski martin & wood, charlie hunter
  18. chucknorris macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2005
    Moscow, ID (No Kremlin here!)
    Right on!

    I can't stress enough how much of an understatement that is. Back in the days of compact discs, I bought Kind of Blue used at the local Hastings, and couldn't keep the tunes out of my head for months.Within a year I had a full 64-disc cd wallet dedicated to jazz cd's. Buy Kind of Blue, and branch out from there.

    Personally, I can't stand cool/smooth jazz...but that's another story.

    My all-time favorites:

    Sonny Rollins-Saxophone Colossus (very powerful sax-easy to get into)
    Charles Mingus-Mingus Ah Um (energetic songs with some gospel influence)
    Thelonious Monk-Great Hits (normally I don't like greatest hits, but this is one is an exception, quirky and melodic songs that happen to be genius work)
    John Coltrane-Giant Steps (very tuneful and accessible)
    Jimmy Smith-Back at the Chicken Shack (extremely soulful jazz organ)
    Lee Morgan-Cornbread
    Charlie Parker-Anything, basically just listen to the guy! (one of the key figures-some say THE key figure-in jazz history, basically invented jazz as you know it today while swing became r and b which became rock 'n roll)
    Duke Ellington-Sophisticated Lady (fantastic swing music made by jazz's most prolific genius)

    Anyway, that should suffice (those albums comprised about two years worth of listening for me). I very sincerely hope you enjoy them half as much as I do. To recap, start with Kind of Blue and find your way from there.

    Happy listening!
  19. Jedda macrumors regular


    Nov 19, 2003
    Jazz Stuff

    If you are into mindbogging vocalists, check out Kurt Elling, an incredible Chicagoan.

    Also, Larry Carlton's Fourplay are really incredible smooth jazz musicians.

    Get some Wayne Shorter, and Weather Report. Fullstop. Amazing stuff.
  20. inlimbo macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2005
    Sydney, Australia
    I second those who have suggested Charles Mingus and Miles Davis. Yeah get Take five by Dave Brubeck - great song brilliant drum solo.
  21. ThatSoundAgain macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2005
    Bobby McFerrin has also done some great jazzy stuff. I recommend his albums with Chick Corea. Also "the Voice" - great version of "A-Train" on there, performed live, one man, one microphone.

    Speaking of Chick.. If you want to learn about seventies funk / fusion, you could do worse than to check out Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. Three great keyboard players and pretty much at the forefront of the synth revolution.

    Places to start:

    Chick Corea: "Light as a Feather", "My Spanish Heart"
    Herbie Hancock: "Head Hunters", "Sunlight"
    Weather Report (Zawinul's group): "Heavy Weather", "Black Market"

    Weather Report was pretty much an all star group, with Wayne Shorter on sax and Jaco Pastorius on bass (he joined after Vitous left). For some instrument-redefining bassplaying, try Pastorius' "Invitation" and "Word of Mouth".

    Whew, that was a lot. Just remember to have fun with it and most of all to give it time. Some jazz is "difficult" to listen to, and an acquired taste.
  22. Mustafa macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2003
    Shenfield, Essex, UK
    Two suggestions

    One -- use iTunes to sample some jazz tracks -- the first 30 seconds will give you some idea of what to expect.

    Two -- Try the Jazz section under the Radio button in iTunes. You'll soon be able to find some artists to investigate further. (I'd avoid anything with 'smooth' in the title -- jazz was never intended to be smooth.)
  23. JzzTrump22 macrumors 65816

    Apr 13, 2004
    New York
    Can anyone list some songs that have really good trombone solos and a good funk jam type of feel? I don't want any lyrical songs, just straight up jams. I can't find anything.
  24. CubaTBird macrumors 68020

    Apr 18, 2004
    you my friend want to do some serious jamming to Marcus Miller... excellent bass player that incorporates those instruments in his songs as well.

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