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Recently while playing MP3 I learnt that a few of my jazz MP3s fit rather nicely. After a while I started to remember why I kept them, Jazz is a good genre. So I was thinking to my self, why not try to find some more jazz, and of course the first thing I think of is to ask you guys

What do you consider to be "good jazz"? I particularly liked the odd Japanese jazz from Cowboy bebop, along with some old classics. Oh, and note: Non-lyrical, singing always ruins jazz.
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post #2 of 13
Bebop from the 40's through the 60's floats my boat. Try Bird Parker, Dizzie Gillespie, Theo Monk, Art Tatum, early Miles Davis, etc. to start.
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Jazz is pretty varied stuff and I don't know a lot of it, but I do like:

Phil Nimmons - at least his double album, Transformations/Invocation. It somehow found its way out of CBC and into my collection. Maybe they thought it was crap? Canadian!

Nucleus - British jazz-rock, circa 1970. Some fun stuff, featuring Karl Jenkins amongst others. Jenkins is probably best-unknown for that DeBeers diamond commercial music.

Ian Carr - more British stuff. I like Belladonna, it's sort of jazz-rock too, but more jazzy than Nucleus.

That's what I've been listening to. I probably have horrible taste, but try them anyway.
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"Oh, and note: Non-lyrical, singing always ruins jazz"





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[quote]Originally posted by SDW2001:
<strong>"Oh, and note: Non-lyrical, singing always ruins jazz"
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.....in toolboi's personal opinion, lets not start a quarrel.

cowboy bebop is such a great series.

If I were you I'd check out Medeski martin and wood....they are a modern jam band trio(bass,drums,keyboards/organ)that have a progressive jazz style. I really dig their stuff.
also check out some weather report stuff...has a sort of r&b soul funk feel but at the same time I highly recommend if you like cowboy bebop

the seatbelts(from cowboy bebop) are totally awesome though, I wish they had a larger catalouge of good stuff.
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Can't forget Coltrane Go out and get the classics first, you won't go wrong.

Not necessarily the most upbeat record I have owned, but Columbia put out a double CD of their entire collection of Thelonious Monk's solo recordings while he was at Columbia. All remastered, and sound amazing if you have a good set of speakers. You can hear him tapping his foot, humming at time. It's amazing. Again, not the most upbeat, but my most prized Monk record...
post #7 of 13
Miles Davis
Charles Mingus
Thelonious Monk

Anyhing by those three and your guaranteed a good time.
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the seatbelts(from cowboy bebop) are totally awesome though, I wish they had a larger catalouge of good stuff.


Unfortunatly I have only been able to find 6 or so good songs by them... but those songs are REALLY good.

Also it seems that my hands didnt type my first line quite the way that my brain had wanted it so...
"Recently while playing MP3 in GTA3 I learnt that a few of my jazz MP3s fit rather nicely."


So I mean very energetic jazz of course. Ill check some of those people out as soon as my PC gets back (my powerbooks charger is fried, and my PCs motherboard is blown, so Im on my SLOW old 6400 with no kazaaish software). See if I can find any one good enough to actually buy an album of.

Thanks for all the feed back. Oh, and yes, in my OPINION singing often ruins the feel of jazz.
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Isnt "good jazz" an oxymoron?
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[quote]Originally posted by scott_h_phd:
<strong>Isnt "good jazz" an oxymoron?</strong><hr></blockquote>

Actually, I thought "Scott H., Ph.D." was an oxymoron! j/k
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[quote]Originally posted by xBone:
<strong>Miles Davis
Charles Mingus
Thelonious Monk

Anyhing by those three and your guaranteed a good time.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Yeah...but upbeat? I think Duke Ellington or Count Basie set out their music to be an upbeat and exciting boppin' experience... <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />
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post #13 of 13
Don Byron's '#6' is about the best new jazz album out there in my not-so-humble. Kinda where contemporary not-to-out-there jazz is at. 'Message From Home' by Pharoah Sanders is really nice: sort of deep and surprising. 'Sex' by The Necks is what is says. One 50-minute-long track and pretty indescribable... <a href="http://www.thenecks.com" target="_blank">Here</a>. They're Australian and maybe the most interesting jazz group on the planet: honest injun.

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