I've loved jazz all my life, but always listened on the radio and didn't pay particular attention to artists or albums. Now, I'd like to expand my CD collection, so I'd like some suggestions.
My personal tastes (not a dig at anyone or any style -- just what I prefer):
I like the "cerebral" jazz of the 50s and 60s, as well as mellower sounds. The artists I like include (in no particular order) Sadao Watanabe, Miles Davis, Coltrane, Brubeck, Benny Green and Michel Petrucciani.
I do NOT like swing, big band and the "white" jazz of the 40s -- the black musicians of that era were wonderful, however.
I do NOT care for fusion, new age, or spacey non-chromatic music.
I REALLY do NOT like hip hop or any of the other modern variants on rap.
I'd appreciate suggestions for artists and albums to explore.