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May 24, 2012 5:10 AM

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Jazz is one of the only genres I've never really had a chance to listen to properly and I'm thinking that maybe I should try. But as with every noob I know nothing of the genre and have no idea where to start. I think the closest I've come to Jazz is Jack Johnson's more "jazzy" singles.

So is it possible for someone to link me some "good" or "popular" modern day jazz and some of the best classic jazz by famous artists? It would really help me out.

Thanks in advance :)
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May 24, 2012 5:15 AM

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As a slow introduction into it for someone who isn't used to it, Cowboy Bebop has a great Jazz-inspired soundtrack which could help you.
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NicoleB said:
As a slow introduction into it for someone who isn't used to it, Cowboy Bebop has a great Jazz-inspired soundtrack which could help you.


Nearly finished and loving it! It's part of the reason why I want to get into the genre!
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May 24, 2012 5:27 AM

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If you're a fan of rock music, you could start with jazz fusion and move from there.
All these examples are albums

Try Frank Zappa's "Hot Rats"
Miles Davis "Bitches Brew"
The Mahavishnu Orchestra's "Birds of Fire"

General "must hear" classics:
Miles Davis - "Kind of Blue"
John Coltrane - "A Love Supreme"
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers "Moanin'"
Dave Brubeck Quartet "Time Out"
Charles Mingus "Black Saint and the Sinner Lady"

For vocal jazz:
Billie Holiday "Lady Sings the Blues"
Frank Sinatra "In the Wee Small Hours"
Chet Baker "Chet Baker Sings"

and any of Ella Fitzgerald's songbook collections.

You might wanna stay away from the free and avant-garde jazz for a time being. You can check some of those out if you find you like the more accessible stuff.
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Cab Calloway - Minnie the Moocher
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rC6JUA8cjoY
Classic jazz song.

Soundtrack from Taxi Driver:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmwalzuYtmY
Fantastic jazz music from a classic movie. Really beautiful and relaxing.

Pink Panther Theme:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH0oqlYsUrg
Awesome jazz track,

Well mate, good luck to you. Jazz is awesome :)
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May 24, 2012 8:40 AM

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I like Charlie "Bird" Parker. Classic stuff.
 
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May 24, 2012 9:08 AM

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From Lupin III Yuji Ohno check their other stuff it's pretty good.


Don't know any particular bands but Brazilian jazz was pretty good too.
 
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Try the Baccano! opening. Loving it
 
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May 24, 2012 9:30 AM

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The two that instantly come to mind for me have already been said: Baccano and Cowboy Bebop. I'm sure there are many more out there though :) post a couple that you find, I would definitely be interested.


EDIT: Didn't realize this wasn't exclusively anime, but the music genre in general. I was born in New Orleans, and if you wanted to hear jazz, all you needed to do was walk out on the street. :P

A lot of the suggestions previously made are veryy good though. Good places to start.
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May 24, 2012 9:35 AM

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No, Jazz Fusion!


 
May 24, 2012 10:11 AM

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One of my favorites, here you go mate. ;) (Modern)



"Un"Modern favorite:



And a lovely bonus:

 
May 24, 2012 10:13 AM

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How the hell could I have forgotten!

Beautiful Jazz Fusion from my favorite Jazz band:



Enjoy the music.
 
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May 24, 2012 4:50 PM
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I recommend Eumir Deodato's version of 'Also Sprach Zarathustra'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5Rn7S2zLWE

As well as Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk and all that Beatnik stuff.

Oh, and Bossa Nova too. Some good stuff by Quincy Jones out there, and some Japanese stuff too.

I rather like this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOWgNBuvDkw
 
May 24, 2012 5:25 PM

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If you're in-to beats and such, Jazz-Hop, I can recommend
Jazz Liberatorz

Kero One

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May 24, 2012 6:25 PM

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Well aside from all the good classics ppl have already posted, you might want to check bossa nova which is one of my favorite branches from jazz:

To name a few bossa artists, next a little more classic

Modern/fusion jazz

I also love Jazz/hip-hop and well it's been said but try Nujabes (RIP) and Sinitus Tempo, they are great artists.
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Song: Just The Two Of Us By Grover Washington Jr. / Bill Withers

Grover Washington Jr (Saxophone)
Bill Withers (Vocal)


Featuring Zack Sanders (Vocal)
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May 24, 2012 10:35 PM

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Wes Montgomery - Jazz Guitar Hero:



More Bossa Nova:
João Gilberto - Sampa
 
May 25, 2012 12:31 AM

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Wow didn't expect so many replies!! Thanks a lot guys, I really appreciate it.
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May 25, 2012 11:50 AM

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Pretty entry level, but I really like it.
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May 25, 2012 12:25 PM

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deadleeserious said:
If you're a fan of rock music, you could start with jazz fusion and move from there.
All these examples are albums

Try Frank Zappa's "Hot Rats"
Miles Davis "Bitches Brew"
The Mahavishnu Orchestra's "Birds of Fire"

General "must hear" classics:
Miles Davis - "Kind of Blue"
John Coltrane - "A Love Supreme"
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers "Moanin'"
Dave Brubeck Quartet "Time Out"
Charles Mingus "Black Saint and the Sinner Lady"

For vocal jazz:
Billie Holiday "Lady Sings the Blues"
Frank Sinatra "In the Wee Small Hours"
Chet Baker "Chet Baker Sings"

and any of Ella Fitzgerald's songbook collections.

You might wanna stay away from the free and avant-garde jazz for a time being. You can check some of those out if you find you like the more accessible stuff.


Some excellent suggestions here. Especially John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Billie Holiday are not only legends, but also well suited for 'beginners'. You can listen to their records 100 times and discover something new about them every time.

Other than the artists already named, I'll chip in a few additional names. I'm not gonna comment much, just check them out when you have the opportunity and see if you like them (all classic stuff. Roy Ayers has also a lot of Funk and Soul in his songs):

Bill Evans
Charlie Parker
Dizzy Gillespie
Thelonius Monk
Roy Ayers
Eric Dolphy
Freddie Hubbard
Oliver Nelson

And if you're feeling daring, you might want to ignore deadleeserious' legitimate warnings and eavesdrop on this weird Free Jazz thing ;)
e.g. Albert Ayler, Sun Ra
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May 26, 2012 7:36 PM

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For some great fusion players (all pretty contemporary [as in still making music since '80's etc])

Dennis Chambers
Victor Wooten
Bireli Lagrene
Greg Howe
***Guthrie Govan!!!*** Modern and more on the rock side of jazz (that's fusion for ya lol) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0HPoyrVy8k

2)
As for the classics, many people already nailed it (particularly deadleeserious):

Miles Davis (Kind of Blue album!)
Thelonious Monk
Chick Corea
Ray Brown Trio
David Benoit
Bill Evans
John Coltrane
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

3)
And if you want a latin/spanish flavor to your jazz (which is f'in amazing dude) check out:

Santana (obv)
Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Johannes Linstead

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Finally... a couple of groups I discovered and liked:

James Taylor Quartet
Gregg Bissonette
Tribal Tech
Niacin

Lol that's a lot of rec's but I hope someone finds it useful as I tried to split the recs into sections.

****P.S. If you really want an anime that incorporates jazz into it's soundtrack be sure to check out:

Baccano!
Cowboy Bebop
Darker than Black
Sakamichi no Apollon (currently airing and DEFINITELY a GREAT intro to jazz classics!!)
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Hegemony said:


-fuckload of Jazz recs-


I am impressed
 
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Slurpentine said:
Hegemony said:


-fuckload of Jazz recs-


I am impressed


Haha, yeah! I'm very thankful! A lot of these are very good!
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Scruff said:
Slurpentine said:
Hegemony said:


-fuckload of Jazz recs-


I am impressed


Haha, yeah! I'm very thankful! A lot of these are very good!


I'm sad I was too late to recommend you anything; literally all of my favorites are here
 
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Lite Steely Jazz Rock I warn you!
 
May 31, 2012 7:55 AM

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I'm rather new myself, but I recommend the opening for Baccano!, the opening and ending for Gad-Guard, and just Sakamichi no Apollon in general.
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I was just listening to some beats and I remembered this thread so I'm gonna post a bit for the ppl who are interested ^^

Us3

Nujabes

Sinitus Tempo

Kondor

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Jun 1, 2012 3:59 AM

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I dont care for jazz but I love breakcore with jazz influences

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-lY9qY8vuo (one of my fave songs)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wjAZZIqjOs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kUaYPAdxqU

sadly Venetian Snares doesnt have much songs like these
 
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