Jazz, for a beginner.

It's only cool if no one's heard of it.

Moderators: SecondTalon, Moderators General, Prelates

User avatar
paora42
Posts: 73
Joined: Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:58 pm UTC

Jazz, for a beginner.

Postby paora42 » Thu Apr 02, 2009 12:56 am UTC

I'd like to expand my musical tastes a bit.

What do you suggest?

User avatar
Rachel!
Posts: 209
Joined: Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:10 am UTC
Location: under your chair!

Re: Jazz, for a beginner.

Postby Rachel! » Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:13 am UTC

I really liked Miles Davis back when I was in jazz band in high school, but it's very trumpet heavy. Count Basie is bamf. And of course, Coltrane has sax appeal.

User avatar
Julien
Posts: 159
Joined: Sun Nov 09, 2008 12:31 pm UTC
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Contact:

Re: Jazz, for a beginner.

Postby Julien » Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:53 am UTC

Jazz is an enormous universe, you might be more precise so we can help you. Depending on your taste you could listen to a lot of artists.

Let's say, as mentionned above, that Miles Davies and John Coltrane are really excellent. If you are in this mood, go further with Herbie Hancock, CHick Corea, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett... If not, ask again and I'll give you tips, but these are my favourites anyway.
Do not conquer. Do not fight back. Do not give up.
(One cookie for each person who recognizes the guy on my avatar. And no, it's not me. Clue : he's not a former american president.)

User avatar
paora42
Posts: 73
Joined: Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:58 pm UTC

Re: Jazz, for a beginner.

Postby paora42 » Fri Apr 03, 2009 1:51 pm UTC

Julien wrote:Jazz is an enormous universe, you might be more precise so we can help you. Depending on your taste you could listen to a lot of artists.

<cut>


I was just asking for jumping-off points.

Like, what would you consider "classics" and such...

Things you would believe that it would be shameful for me to die without listening to.

User avatar
Julien
Posts: 159
Joined: Sun Nov 09, 2008 12:31 pm UTC
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Contact:

Re: Jazz, for a beginner.

Postby Julien » Fri Apr 03, 2009 1:57 pm UTC

Well, then you should read what I wrote below your <cut>, 'cause that's definitely something you need to hear before you die.

EDIT - I'm so nice that I'll even tell you which LP you should listen to :

Miles Davies : 'Kind of Blue', and 'Porgie & Bess'
CHick Corea : 'The Mad Hatter'
Herbie Hancock : 'Fat Albert Rotunda'
Bill Evans : 'Village vanguard'
John Coltrane : 'Blue Train'
Keith Jarrett : 'Köln Concert'

I would add a different kind of jazz but still wonderful, Duke Ellington : 'Anatomy of a Murder'

Enjoy !
Do not conquer. Do not fight back. Do not give up.
(One cookie for each person who recognizes the guy on my avatar. And no, it's not me. Clue : he's not a former american president.)

User avatar
paora42
Posts: 73
Joined: Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:58 pm UTC

Re: Jazz, for a beginner.

Postby paora42 » Fri Apr 03, 2009 2:01 pm UTC

Julien wrote:Well, then you should read what I wrote below your <cut>, 'cause that's definitely something you need to hear before you die.

EDIT - I'm so nice that I'll even tell you which LP you should listen to :

Miles Davies : 'Kind of Blue', and 'Porgie & Bess'
CHick Corea : 'The Mad Hatter'
Herbie Hancock : 'Fat Albert Rotunda'
Bill Evans : 'Village vanguard'
John Coltrane : 'Blue Train'
Keith Jarrett : 'Köln Concert'

I would add a different kind of jazz but still wonderful, Duke Ellington : 'Anatomy of a Murder'

Enjoy !


Thanks! This is exactly what I'm looking for. Thanks friend!

User avatar
Julien
Posts: 159
Joined: Sun Nov 09, 2008 12:31 pm UTC
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Contact:

Re: Jazz, for a beginner.

Postby Julien » Fri Apr 03, 2009 6:32 pm UTC

You're welcome :) give a feedback when youre done with these LPs and I might give you some other advices.
Do not conquer. Do not fight back. Do not give up.
(One cookie for each person who recognizes the guy on my avatar. And no, it's not me. Clue : he's not a former american president.)

User avatar
Izawwlgood
WINNING
Posts: 18686
Joined: Mon Nov 19, 2007 3:55 pm UTC
Location: There may be lovelier lovelies...

Re: Jazz, for a beginner.

Postby Izawwlgood » Fri Apr 03, 2009 6:56 pm UTC

Derek Dukes. Duke Ellington. Ella Fitzgerald. Thelonious Monk.

More, uh, swing-50's zazz, but I really get a kick out of the Squirrel Nut Zippers.
... with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet.

User avatar
cmd
Posts: 136
Joined: Thu Nov 20, 2008 5:05 pm UTC

Re: Jazz, for a beginner.

Postby cmd » Sat Apr 04, 2009 12:57 am UTC

The song that really got me into swing was Sing Sing Sing.

I'm not a jazz expert, but I would also look into listening to some Bossa Nova if you can(i.e. Garota de Impanema, Wave, Desafinado, etc.)

User avatar
b.i.o
Green is the loneliest number
Posts: 2519
Joined: Fri Jul 27, 2007 4:38 pm UTC
Location: Hong Kong

Re: Jazz, for a beginner.

Postby b.i.o » Sat Apr 04, 2009 8:57 am UTC

A couple more:
Oliver Nelson: The Blues and the Abstract Truth
Freddie Hubbard: Breaking Point

bbq
Posts: 186
Joined: Sat Dec 27, 2008 5:00 pm UTC

Re: Jazz, for a beginner.

Postby bbq » Tue Apr 07, 2009 3:24 pm UTC

Can I have some advice on where to start with listening to jazz piano?
niinn.ininniinniininiini.n.iii...ininiiinnninnin.inn.niniininnnn.

Mere Accumulation Of Observational Evidence Does Not Constitute 'Proof'.

User avatar
Zachh
Posts: 31
Joined: Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:58 pm UTC
Contact:

Re: Jazz, for a beginner.

Postby Zachh » Wed Apr 08, 2009 2:49 am UTC

If you'd like to get your mind blown onto the wall behind you listen to a man named Joe Zawinul. My father has been listening to him for the better part of his life and I've grown to love him. He is classified as a Jazz musician but he seems to transcend many genres, if I was to describe him I'd have to say Jazz - Fusion with a little bit of techno, rhythm and blues and heavy African overtones.

He originally played with a band called The Weather Report but later on branched out to solo work. His most notable album was called Dialects but recently his latest album ( and sadly his last) entitled 75 is absolutely mind blowing, some of the most original and creative stuff you'll ever hear.
void applythefunny(){
if (isrReading) {
currentJoke--;
} else {
System.err.println("Thats the joke!");
}
}

User avatar
seladore
Posts: 586
Joined: Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:17 pm UTC
Location: Tumbolia

Re: Jazz, for a beginner.

Postby seladore » Wed Apr 08, 2009 7:05 am UTC

bbq wrote:Can I have some advice on where to start with listening to jazz piano?


Keith Jarrett is a good one, though many people (myself included) find him rather dense and, at times, hard to listen to.

Brad Mehldau is amazing, great pianist with a great band. He mixes his own compositions with jazz interpretations of modern songs - he often 'does' Radiohead, which is awesome. Sounds gimmicky, but I promise it's not.

|Erasmus|
Branson
Posts: 2643
Joined: Tue Oct 30, 2007 7:53 am UTC
Location: Sydney, Australia
Contact:

Re: Jazz, for a beginner.

Postby |Erasmus| » Wed Apr 08, 2009 7:23 am UTC

bbq wrote:Can I have some advice on where to start with listening to jazz piano?

As mentioned, Chick Corea does a bit of jazz piano. Hiromi Uehara does, too. I think she's pretty awesome.

Both are jazz fusion, and have some decently piano-heavy stuff.

User avatar
Huginn
Posts: 5
Joined: Fri Apr 03, 2009 11:19 am UTC

Re: Jazz, for a beginner.

Postby Huginn » Wed Apr 08, 2009 11:21 am UTC

Jelly Roll Morton was one of the original jazz artists, and he played piano.

User avatar
Felstaff
Occam's Taser
Posts: 5181
Joined: Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:10 pm UTC
Location: ¢ ₪ ¿ ¶ § ∴ ® © ™ ؟ ¡ ‽ æ Þ ° ₰ ₤ ಡಢ

Re: Jazz, for a beginner.

Postby Felstaff » Wed Apr 08, 2009 6:04 pm UTC

Dave Brubeck. Anyone worth their jazzy salt who's done a popular cover of Take Five should probably be listened to, as well.

For amazing jazz guitarists, try George Benson, or this nifty little version of Summertime with Gill Scott. There's plenty of other ethnic subgenres, like Latin Jazz (fused with mambo/bossa nova and the like), Afro-Cuban jazz etc., so listen out for various non-African-American musicians like Tito Puente. Some jazz stalwarts to listen out for: Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker & Duke Ellington.

And who said jazz has to be upbeat?
Away, you scullion! you rampallion! You fustilarian! I'll tickle your catastrophe.

User avatar
Julien
Posts: 159
Joined: Sun Nov 09, 2008 12:31 pm UTC
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Contact:

Re: Jazz, for a beginner.

Postby Julien » Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:18 pm UTC

I second some previous messages : Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett are amongst the best jazz piano players. Let's add Herbie Hancock and Bill Evans.

And yes, Zawinul & Weather Report are also amidst the jazz music I think one should hear before dying.
Do not conquer. Do not fight back. Do not give up.
(One cookie for each person who recognizes the guy on my avatar. And no, it's not me. Clue : he's not a former american president.)

User avatar
aaron
Posts: 663
Joined: Sat Oct 27, 2007 2:43 am UTC

Re: Jazz, for a beginner.

Postby aaron » Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:52 am UTC

for jazz guitar, nothing and i mean NOTHING beats this record

Image

amazing guitarists. and probably one of the most important records of my life. i'm going to listen to it RIGHT NOW.

User avatar
Midnight
Posts: 2170
Joined: Mon Dec 10, 2007 3:53 am UTC
Location: Twixt hither and thither. Ergo, Jupiter.

Re: Jazz, for a beginner.

Postby Midnight » Tue Apr 14, 2009 6:49 pm UTC

thelonius monk, duke ellington, and count basie must be on that list of jazz pianists, or the jazz gods (miles davis' first great quintet) will cry.
uhhhh fuck.

MisterCheif
Posts: 253
Joined: Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:24 am UTC

Re: Jazz, for a beginner.

Postby MisterCheif » Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:33 pm UTC

If you want to hear some big band stuff, I'd recommend Jimmy Dorsey songs (especially Beebe) if you like Sax, and Tommy Dorsey, for brass.
I can haz people?
lulzfish wrote:Exactly. Playing God is a good, old-fashioned American tradition. And you wouldn't want to ruin tradition. Unless you hate America. And that would make you a Communist.

User avatar
thatguy
Posts: 849
Joined: Fri Oct 12, 2007 1:25 am UTC
Location: MPLS
Contact:

Re: Jazz, for a beginner.

Postby thatguy » Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:26 am UTC

One of my favorite records is Herbie Hancock's Head Hunters. It's technically jazz fusion, but it's a really fun listen.

Chai Kovsky wrote:Thatguy, you are my Big Damn Hero!
Thank you! You win the day!

User avatar
Simius
Posts: 89
Joined: Tue Nov 06, 2007 2:17 pm UTC
Location: Vancouver

Re: Jazz, for a beginner.

Postby Simius » Sun Apr 19, 2009 11:45 am UTC

Also take a look at this thread. It has lots of good recommendations.

Spectacular
Posts: 3
Joined: Mon May 03, 2010 9:34 am UTC

Re: Jazz, for a beginner.

Postby Spectacular » Mon May 03, 2010 12:10 pm UTC

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme

Do not leave without hearing this first


Return to “Music”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 8 guests