A Music guide To Jazz for the Beginning Listener

the jazz project

Usually this is the column where I reflect on what I’ve listened to over the past year and make a list of the albums that stood out. But several times recently someone has asked me how to start of collection of jazz that goes past compilations such as Starbucks’ “Jazz Impressionists.” Eight tracks of classic jazz, yes, but a good jazz album is more than a random collection of songs. There’s a cohesion that melds with the mind of the listener, creating a mood, a sense that the world is good and you are part of it.

So, whether you’re getting ready to buy music as a gift or want a collection of great jazz music for yourself, here is a list of some of the best albums ever created by master artists during the height of the modern jazz era. There are a lot of albums listed, but a good way to choose would be to visit Amazon.com or YouTube and listen to some of the tracks. Remember, music is all about what you actually hear and how it makes you feel. It’s about your enjoyment and making your own connection with your life and the music you're listening to. Please enjoy, and have a great holiday.

Somethin' Else •••••

Cannonball Adderley (saxophonist)

Bossa Nova •••••

Cannonball Adderley (saxophonist)

Kind of Blue •••••

Miles Davis (trumpeter)

Miles Davis Greatest Ballads •••••

Miles Davis (trumpeter) (Double CD)

Here's To Life •••••

Shirley Horn (vocalist), Gitanes

May The Music Never Dies •••••

Shirley Horn (vocalist)

Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown •••••

Sarah Vaughan (vocalist) & Clifford Brown (trumpeter)

Clifford Brown & Max Roach •••••

Clifford Brown (trumpet) & Max Roach (drums) Quintet

Ballads •••••

Clifford Brown & Sonny Rollins

The Koln Concert •••••

Keith Jarrett (pianist), ECM

Charlie Parker —Bird (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) •••••

Charlie Parker (saxophonist)

Executive Producer Clint Eastwood

The Other Side Of Round Midnight •••••

Dexter Gordon (saxophonist), Blue Note

Lady Day: The Best Of Billie Holiday •••••

Billie Holiday (vocalist), Columbia/Legacy

Officium •••••

Jan Garbarak (Norwegian saxophonist) and Hilliard Ensemble (Gregorian chant)

In Praise of Dreams •••••

Jan Garbarak (Norwegian saxophonist)

It's Magic •••••

Ahmad Jamal (pianist)

Buena Vista Social Club •••••

Produced by Ry Cooder

Minha Voz, Minha Vida •••••

Gal Costa (Brazilian vocalist)

Woman On Top •••••

Soundtrack to the movie Woman On Top. Brazilian jazz music.

The Bossa Nova Albums •••••

Stan Getz (saxophonist)

Cool Velvet And Strings •••••

Stan Getz (saxophonist)

Que Pasa •••••

Gato Garbieri (Argentinian saxophonist)

Last Tango In Paris •••••

Gato Barbieri (Argentinian saxophonist), Grammy Award soundtrack to the movie Last Tango In Paris (1972)

Caliente •••••

Gato Garbieri (Argentinian saxophonist). Check out one of his best known song, Carlos Santana's Europa.

My Favorite Things •••••

John Coltrane (saxophonist)

A Love Supreme •••••

John Coltrane (saxophonist)

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman •••••

John Coltrane (saxophonist) and Johnny Hartman (vocalist)

Standard Time Albums (Vol. 1-6) •••••

Wynton Marsalis (trumpeter)

Jazz Ballads 13 •••••

Roy Eldridge (trumpeter) and Dizzy Gillespie (trumpeter)

The Ammon's Story •••••

Gene Ammons (saxophonist)

Boss Tenor •••••

Gene Ammons (saxophonist)

Gentle Jug Albums •••••

Gene Ammons (saxophonist)

Best of Chet Baker Sings 1953-1956 •••••

Chet Baker (trumpeter and vocalist)

Chet Baker In Paris 1955-1956 •••••

Chet Baker (trumpeter and vocalist)

The Italian Sessions 1962 •••••

Chet Baker (trumpeter and vocalist)

Maiden Voyage •••••

Herbie Hancock (pianist)

All Blues •••••

Ron Carter (bassists)

Red Clay •••••

Freddie Hubbard (trumpeter)

A Day in the Life •••••

Wes Montgomery (guitarist)

Mr. Magic •••••

Grover Washington (saxophonist)

Take Five •••••

Dave Brubeck (pianist)

Sugar •••••

Stanley Turrentine (saxophonist)

Q's Jook Joint (Killer Joe) •••••

Quincy Jones (composer, producer, and trumpeter)

The Carmen McRae - Betty Carter Duets •••••

Carmen McRae (vocalist), Betty Carter (vocalist)

Breezin' •••••

George Benson (guitarist and vocalist)

Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66's Greatest Hits •••••

Sergio Mendes (pianist) & Brazil '66

A Boy Named Charlie Brown •••••

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Vince Guaraldi (pianist) Trio

Four Women: The Nina Simone Phillips Recordings *****

To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story

I put a spell on You

Nina Simone

Nina simone sings The blues

Nina simone (vocalist and pianist)