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Thread Starter 

Hey guys I'm looking to expand my music horizons a bit. I listen to a ton of different styles of music but don't have much jazz. I do have some Miles Davis and Medeski Martin & Wood that I really enjoy.


Anyway I'm looking for some suggestions that I just shouldn't be missing. Especially soulful female artists. Thanks!!



post #2 of 41

Here's several artists/albums that I enjoy:


Joshua Redman Quartet - Moodswing

Joe Lovano - Folk Art

Bill Evans Trio - Waltz for Debby

Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden - Jasmine

Duke Ellington - ...And His Mother Called Him Bill

Hiromi - Spiral

Jim Hall Trio feat. Tom Harrell - These Rooms

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman - John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

Kiyoshi Kitagawa - Prayer

Nguyen Le Trio - Bakida

The Bad Plus - Never Stop

post #3 of 41
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply. That should get me started.

post #4 of 41

Don't forget Chameleon and Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock (who is incidentally my absolute favorite pianist of all time)

post #5 of 41
Thread Starter 

Lovin'  The Bad Plus. Wow what a great trio!

post #6 of 41
Originally Posted by Kenaikingmt View Post

Lovin'  The Bad Plus. Wow what a great trio!


Indeed. beerchug.gif

post #7 of 41

John Coltrane - Blue Train   an old warhorse but still excellent

Miles Davis - Miles Smiles, Nefertiti

Sonny Clarke - Cool Struttin'

Art Blaeky - Indestructible

post #8 of 41

Start with:


sonny rollins - saxophone colossus

duke ellington - The great Paris concert

Keith Jarrett - Koln Concert

ornette coleman - The shape of jazz to come

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme


Go from there.

post #9 of 41
Here are 25 jazz albums that I feel combine both great tunes, performances and recordings.

Branford Marsalis, Trio Jeepy
Bucky Pizzarelli, Swing Live
C.I. Williams, When Alto Was King
Cannonball Aderley, Somethin' Else
Christy Baron, I Thought About You
Dave Brubeck Quartet, Time Out
Clifford Jordan Quartet, Live at Ethell's
Dee Dee Bridgewater, Live in Paris
Diana Krall, Live in Paris
Earl "Fatha" Hines, Honor Thy Fatha
Howard Alden, I Remember Django
Joe Lovano Quartets, Live at The Village Vanguard
John Pizzarelli, Live at Birdland
Kazumi Watanabe, Jazz Impressions
Lee Morgan, The Sidewinder
Martin Taylor, Artistry
Miles Davis, Kind of Blue
Miles Davis, Relaxin' With the Miles Davis Quintet
Norris Turney, Big Sweet and Blue
Patricia Barber, Nightclub
Ray Brown Trio, Soular Energy
Sonny Rollins, The Bridge
Tierney Sutton, Something Cool
Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio, Misty
Wes Montgomery, Smokin' at the Half Note
post #10 of 41

If I can make some suggestions--check out anything from BADBADNOTGOOD if you are looking to get into jazz and like hip hop. I've actually got a couple of people into jazz that way.... Besides that, don't neglect trying out the following:


Bohren & Der Club of Gore: Black Earth

Alice Coltrane: Journey in Satchidananda

John Coltrane: A Love Supreme

Eric Dolphy: Out to Lunch

Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto: Getz/Gilberto

Fela Kuti: Zombie (if you want to give afrobeat a try while you're at it)

Yusef Lateef: Eastern Sounds

Charles Mingus: The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (for my money the best jazz album of all time)

Naked City: Naked City (if you're feeling adventurous and don't mind some metal and punk in your jazz)

Sonny Sharrock: Ask the Ages

Nina Simone: Pastel Blues (great old vocal jazz plus some blues)

Colin Stetson: New History Warfare Vol. 2 (solo sax--like you've never heard solo sax before)

Talk Talk: Laughing Stock (jazzy post-rock)

Frank Zappa: Hot Rats (best jazz rock album ever?)

Zu: Carboniferous (jazz + metal)

post #11 of 41

I recently bought a couple Sophie Milman albums. Mmm, she has such a sweet and sexy voice.

post #12 of 41
Originally Posted by Origin89 View Post

I recently bought a couple Sophie Milman albums. Mmm, she has such a sweet and sexy voice.

Oh ya, baby!
She's even better live!
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Originally Posted by metalsonata View Post





Why didn't I think of that?

post #14 of 41

More jazz essentials that you should check out:














post #15 of 41
Thread Starter 

Awesome thanks! Picked up anther bad plus album and some Diana Krall. Need to make list for next time :)

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