Here's a repeat of two responses I recently gave to similar questions.
Louis Armstrong and King Oliver.
Listen to the big bands of Duke Ellington and Count Basie.
From there, find these guys:
Bill Evans (the piano player)
That's a good start...
Find some books on Jazz in the library. Ralph J. Gleason, Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler have written great books on the history of jazz. I strongly recommend them.
I cannot imagine my jazz collection without these:
John Coltrane - "Giant Steps"
Miles Davis - "Kind of Blue"
Thelonious Monk - "Thelonious In Action"
Bill Evans - "Portrait In Jazz"
Charlie Parker - "The Complete Dial Sessions"
Dexter Gordon - "Go!"
Louis Armstrong and King Oliver (find the Heritage Jazz CD)
Wynton Marsalis - "Standard Time, Vol. 1"
Pat Martino - "Think Tank"
Sonny Rollins - "Tenor Madness"
Marcus Roberts - "The Truth Is Spoken Here"
Duke Ellington "The Best of Duke Ellington" (this is a good sampler)
I can't imagine them without these, either, but you might want to listen to these after you've acquired a taste for the genre. These recordings are far more avant garde and a bit "out there."
Yet, they're all fun to hear, especially the Sun Ra set.
Cecil Taylor - "Unit Structures"
Ornette Coleman - "Free Jazz"
Eric Dolphy - "Out To Lunch"
Sun Ra - "Live At Montreux"
That should get you started.
· 9 years ago