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#209850 - 09/09/05 06:29 PM Recommendations please on starting a jazz library
Michele Offline

Registered: 10/02/03
Posts: 3
Loc: Milton, FL, USA
I really do enjoy some of the classic jazz and smooth jazz. I have a few CD's now. I have Dave Brubeck Time Out Take 5, John Coltrane a Love Supreme, Chuck Magione Feels so Good, one of the Charlie Brown Vince GUaraldi albums and a best of Peggy Lee.
What else should I have in my budding collection? What are some of the most important pieces in jazz history?

#209851 - 11/03/05 06:48 PM Re: Recommendations please on starting a jazz libr
MeganBoardGames Offline

Registered: 10/15/05
Posts: 722
Loc: Breaux Bridge, LA
Grab anything by the following people:

Duke Ellington
Ella Fitzgerald
Billie Holliday
Django Reinhardt
Charlie Parker
Lester Young
Louis Armstrong
Stuff Smith

It's always a nice idea to start with a good Jazz collection album or album set. Listen through, see who you like the sound of, and go from there.
Megan Romer
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#209852 - 11/17/05 01:01 PM Re: Recommendations please on starting a jazz libr
jewel Offline

Registered: 10/28/05
Posts: 4
Megan has made some excellent suggestions. I would add Gerry Mulligan (esp. with Chet Baker), and Stan Getz.
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#209853 - 11/17/05 03:56 PM Re: Recommendations please on starting a jazz libr
MeganBoardGames Offline

Registered: 10/15/05
Posts: 722
Loc: Breaux Bridge, LA
I agree, Jewel! The thing about jazz is it's so hard to pick favorites, especially from the golden years....
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#209854 - 06/17/06 05:19 PM Re: Recommendations please on starting a jazz libr
ally465 Offline

Registered: 06/15/06
Posts: 161
I can't imagine any jazz collection without Charles Mingus and Miles Davis, two giants way ahead of their time.

#209855 - 06/28/06 04:24 AM Re: Recommendations please on starting a jazz library
FrenchCultureMelissa Offline
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Registered: 06/23/06
Posts: 46
Loc: Paris, France
[color:"purple"]Yea, Billie Holiday is an absolute songbird. I love the sweet vocals accompanying jazz beats. Also a classic is Ella Fitzgerald. A newer counterpart, Madeleine Peyroux is one of personal favorites.

Also, in another vein, Herbie Hancock is a master. And of course Miles Davis. Have fun! [/color]
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#290753 - 02/04/07 09:25 PM Re: Recommendations please on starting a jazz library [Re: FrenchCultureMelissa]
Jazzy Geri Offline

Registered: 01/19/07
Posts: 17
Loc: USA
Music is like food it functions like a bowl of oatmeal on a cold winter day warms you up and starts you off on the right "foot-note"!

"jazz and blues" to me are the same just on different sides of the street....or sidewalk. Can't have one without the other, so if I were to start a collection of jazz, blues would have to be mixed in and go along for the ride. Here are some of my favorites:
REGINA CLARK jazz violin
BETTY CARTER jazz singer

B.B.KING guitar
ARETHA FRANKLIN known for "soul" but sings the "blues"
VARIOUS ARTISTS the blue note years "organ and soul"
ENJOY....Jazzy Geri
Crazy as I wanna be,
Jazzy Geri

#293857 - 02/20/07 02:17 PM Re: Recommendations please on starting a jazz library [Re: Jazzy Geri]
ShoeGal818 Offline

Registered: 02/20/07
Posts: 13
Loc: Ny
Miles Davis !

#324210 - 06/22/07 10:09 AM I agree! [Re: Michele]
rythemgrl Offline

Registered: 01/23/06
Posts: 16
Ella Fitzgerald does have the jams. SHe is like the coolest person to have in the library. I work at umgd and when I need those jazz cravings I totally would go to Ella for satisfaction. Hard core women she is.

Website: (www.myspace.com/ellafitzgerald)

#324281 - 06/22/07 03:54 PM Re: Recommendations please on starting a jazz library [Re: Michele]
JazzyFizzle Offline

Registered: 06/22/07
Posts: 2
You gotta check out "Smooth Ones" and "Late Night Rendezvous" by Rendezvous Entertainment. Its a compilation of some really famous smooth jazz albums... Its great over a summer barbeque or a glass of wine!
I'm getting into jazz myself, and this is a pretty easy listen

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