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Some of this Herbie Hancock and Alice Coltrane stuff is TOUGH
Anybody managed to crack it and *gulp* enjoy jazz?
Miles Davis is the greatest musician ever...
although my favourite stuff is from the 70s when he listened to Stockhausen and Hendrix and made heroin krautrock.
but if you have bit torrent you can find his whole discography easy enough.
cherrypick it though, or it's 2 and a half gigs.
"Get Up With It" is my favourite.
Miles davis... listen to Kind of Blue. Amaaaaaaaaazing.
i don't really understand why people regard it as a more difficult genre. i find vocalists like ella fitzgerald, nina simone, chet baker and billie holiday astounding.
and there's a healthy contemporary jazz scene in london at the moment which is thowing up some really interesting acts like acoustic ladyland. their drummer seb rochford is one hell of a talented guy.
I almost bought an album of theirs the other day. I'm guessing I should have bought it?
by acoustic ladyland and that will implode any remaining prejudices you may have about jazz being inaccesible.
is a bit like jumping in at the deep end, but Jazz harp is always going to be a little weird.
I think the Miles stuff i-deserve is referring to are the Pangea and Agharta live albums. Incredibly dense weird live stuff from the same concert in Japan, but it's incredibly rewarding after repeated listens.
I think the best entry point for Jazz, or at least where I started, is Keith Jarret's solo or trio stuff (check out the Kolhn concert) or early Coltrane, before he hooked up with Alice and got into dissonance.
those and Dark Magus and Get Up With It.
"Rated X" is one of the best things i ever heard.
Ornette Coleman's 'Broken Shadows' and Miles Davis 'Bitches Brew' are two of my absolute favourite records, ever. I have loads of Charlie Parker and stuff hanging around, and this great piano album by a guy who's name I have temporarily forgotten. I love this stuff. Ever since reading "On The Road" inspired me to explore it a bit.
such as A Monastic Trio, Ptah the El Daoud, and Journey In Satchidanda are some of the greatest records ever made.
I think my love of this stuff is related to another thread I've seen on here recently - if you "get" it straight away, chances are you'll be bored of it quite quickly...
Jazz is great. I listen to way more jazz these days than "rock" / "indie" / whatever. Take the plunge, if you like music at all in any real sense it's got to be worth it. And most of it is not that "difficult" either.
Like i-deserve says, Miles Davis is the greatest genius of them all. He's one of the only people in pop history to be a master of whatever he turned his hand to. We all know and love "Kind of Blue" but I think I probably enjoy some of his later stuff even more - really frenzied stuff like "Bitches Brew" and "On the Corner" as well as the eerie, mysterious stuff like "In a Silent Way". Then there's the stuff he did with Gil Evans, e.g. "Setches of Spain", to bring out the orchestral side. Given the vast nature of his back catalogue it's surprising how little of it is less than great.
For the record, my favourite jazz album of all time is Charles Mingus' "The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady". Buy it and love it.
i.e. what i play when i have loads of stuff to do in a short space of time, as every track starts slowly and gets faster and faster until no-one can cope any more, and it all collapses.
Black Saint is the best.
there's a record called 'Roundtable' that, from what I've heard is the dogs nuts.
check out this clip
Also got a record by Kenny Graham and his Satellites, called moondog and suncat suites...facking awesome