The Fear of Making the Jump to Jazz

  • Miles Davis (that guy above, by the way) – “Kind of Blue”
  • John Coltrane – “A Love Supreme” (and so many more)
  • Duke Ellington – “Duke Ellington & John Coltrane”
  • Charles Mingus – “Mingus Ah Um”
  • The Dave Brubeck Quartet – “Time Out”
  • The Bill Evans Trio – “Portrait in Jazz”
  • Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto – “Getz/Gilberto”


Like I said, this is only a start.  As it usually goes, if you like an artist then dig into their discographies.  Some guys, like Miles Davis, had many different periods so if you don’t like where he was in the fifties then maybe you’ll like him in the seventies.  Artists from the earlier big band/swing periods, like Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, and Benny Goodman, are also fine choices to check out.  There’s also the jazz vocalists like Billie Holiday, Chet Baker, and Ella Fitzgerald that are momentous when it comes to talent and enjoyability.  Really, once jazz hooks you it can open up so many avenues for you to follow.  Trust me, I’ve gone through this myself and I’m always running into albums that I have yet to hear but absolutely need to.

If you find that your indie pop has gotten predictable or that the volume of your heavy metal needs to be turned down once in awhile, consider taking the plunge into jazz music.  You may not like it now or five years from now, but if you give jazz a chance you may find that its long term rewards are worth the effort.

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