Originally Posted by kstaken
I'm a huge Jazz fan. I try to listen to more newer releases than older stuff but it's good all the way back to the beginning.
Awesome!! It seems like a lot of jazz threads only focus on the 1930s-1960s. Don't get me wrong, I love the classics - Mingus, Miles, Brubeck, Rollins, Blakey, Shorter, etc....., but there is a HUGE talent pool of contemporary jazz artists making killer jazz today. Go checkout some artists, buy their CDs, and support jazz.
Anyway, here are some recommendations for anyone looking for some modern jazz:
Dave Douglas - if you like Miles, check him out - start with "Orange Afternoons"
Avashai Cohen - if you like blues influenced jazz, checkout his work with Omer Avital - start with "Free Forever" or "Live at Smalls"
Ambrose Akinmusire - in his late 20's, but already creating legacy for himself
Jason Moran - "Ten"
Gerald Clayton - "Paris: The Bond Sessions"
Eric Reed - "The Baddest Monk"
JD Allen - "Victory!"
Donald Harrison Jr - "Indian Blues"
Joshua Redman - "Spirit of the Movement - Live at the Village Vanguard"
Dafnis Prieto - Cuban born drummer, "Taking the Soul for a Walk" - checkout his website which streams his tracks: www.dafnisonmusic.com/
Clarence Penn - had done a lot of side work with Dave Douglas and has a new release coming next month, "Dali In Cobble Hill"
Antonio Sanchez - "Live in New York at Jazz Standard"
Omer Avital - see above to his works with tumpeter Cohen
Linda Oh - "Initial Here"
That's just a small smattering of current jazz players and albums that are worth checking out. Happy listening!!