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#209850 - 09/09/05 06:29 PM Recommendations please on starting a jazz library
Michele Offline
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Registered: 10/02/03
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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?

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#209851 - 11/03/05 06:48 PM Re: Recommendations please on starting a jazz libr
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Registered: 10/15/05
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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.
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#209852 - 11/17/05 01:01 PM Re: Recommendations please on starting a jazz libr
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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
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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
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Registered: 06/15/06
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I can't imagine any jazz collection without Charles Mingus and Miles Davis, two giants way ahead of their time.

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#209855 - 06/28/06 04:24 AM Re: Recommendations please on starting a jazz library
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[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]
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Registered: 01/19/07
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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:
THELONIOUS MONK piano
REGINA CLARK jazz violin
JOSHUA REDMAN saxophone
BETTY CARTER jazz singer
CHARLIE PARKER "BIRD" saxophone

Blues:
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
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#293857 - 02/20/07 02:17 PM Re: Recommendations please on starting a jazz library [Re: Jazzy Geri]
ShoeGal818 Offline
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Registered: 02/20/07
Posts: 13
Loc: Ny
Miles Davis !

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

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