I realize this thread is pretty much one giant recomendations list to begin with, but would anyone care to recommend some tunes to a relative newbie of the jazz genre?
I know I love the classics (Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Dave Brubeck [R.I.P]), but beyond that, the most jazz I've listened to has been from the Cowboy Bebop soundtracks (good stuff if you haven't heard of it)
I love the classics as well, but I'm also a big supporter of current jazz artists - modern jazz is putting out some really innovative and engaging music. That being said, checkout the following - I tried to pick some albums that are more straight-ahead jazz:
Eric Reed - The Baddest Monk
Christian McBride & Inside Straight - Kind of Brown
Donald Harrison Jr - Indian Blues
The Ninety Miles Project (Cuban influenced jazz)
Gregory Porter - Be Good