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Old 21st January 2007
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Classic/Ultimate Jazz(/R&B) CDs

I am interested in getting into a little more Jazz and R&B in my listening. I am hoping some of you might have some suggestions for really great classics a newb could enjoy. What I mean is universally great stuff that defined the genres and is really a pleasure to listen to.

I've played some jazz sax/drums in high school and a little keys here or there since, but I'd really like to go a bit deeper with it all.

So far, for Jazz, Miles Davis's Kind of Blue is on my list. For R&B, I've got D'Angelo's Voodoo.

Others? No records with sampled drums if possible please.

Thanks for your experience/expertise.

Old 21st January 2007
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a couple of early jazz/rock fusion classics...

Weather Report - Heavy Weather
Stanley Clark - Journey to Love
Jeff Beck - Wired, & Blow by Blow
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds of Fire
Old 21st January 2007
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Miles Davis - My Funny Valentine and Four and More (Crucial), Workin, Relaxin
John Coltrane - Giant Steps, Coltrane's Sound (Crucial) -- some people would say A Love Supreme, but I recommend leaving that till a bit later
Cannonball & Coltrane - Quintet in Chicago (Crucial)
Wayne Shorter - Speak No Evil (Crucial)
Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, and Sonny Stitt - Sonny Side Up
Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage
Joe Henderson - Inner Urge
Erroll Garner - Concert by the Sea
Oscar Peterson - We Get Requests, Night Train
The Oscar Peterson Trio with Sonny Stitt (this CD is incredible, but very hard to find... I only foudn it on amazon)
Wes Montgomery - Full House
Hank Mobely - Soul Station (one of the most relaxing albums I've ever heard)
Bill Evans - Sunday at the Village Vanguard
After this, if you want to start getting into more modern jazz:

Chick Corea - Now he Sings, Now he Sobs (critical), Remembering Bud Powell
Corea/Burton/Metheny - Like Minds
Keith Jarrett - Still Live, Tribute
Kenny Garrett - Songbook
Wynton Marsalis - Black Codes from the Underground
Brad Mehldau - Art of the Trio, vol. 4
Chris Potter - Lift: Live at the Village Vanguard
Pat Metheny - Trio Live/The Way Up
Branford Marsalis - Reqieum
Brian Blade's Fellowship - both cds

For some stuff that's modern yet still has the easy-listening vibe of earlier music, check out Benny Green and Mulgrew Miller.

If you get into fusion, everything mention above is great, plus Return To Forever - Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy, Jaco Pastorius' self-titled album, Pat Metheny - Bright Size Life, and in newer years the Yellowjackets' work (almost all of it).

There really are a LOT of classics... But I tried to put together a shorter list of some universal faves.

R&B is a huge category, what kind/era of R&B are you talking about?
Old 21st January 2007
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Here's a CD wirh classic Jazz/R&B flavor and excellent playing, singing, recording and mixing...

"The Benoit/Freeman Project" David Benoit & Russ Freeman.

Old 21st January 2007
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way too many to list, but this weekend it was bobby caldwell-cat in the hat.
Old 21st January 2007
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Ya it's an open ended question. Feel free to give me an open ended answer. Just looking for undeniable greats/classics - any era is fine.
Old 24th January 2007
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I suggest anything released on the Black Jazz label or Three Blind Mice label.
Old 24th January 2007
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Duke Pearson

Check out Duke Pearson he's got a record called Wahoo that is off the chains..
Old 25th January 2007
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Duke Ellington - Live at Newport 1956
Old 25th January 2007
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Originally Posted by audiovisceral View Post
What I mean is universally great stuff that defined the genres and is really a pleasure to listen to.
My 2cents: Thelonious Monk. My personal favorite is Brilliant Corners, but I think that any of his releases are a must for students of the style.

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