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The Jazz Thread
« on: May 03, 2009, 07:58:04 PM »
Jazz is one of the greatest genres in music. From the early jazz of greats like Duke Ellington to new fusion artists like Pat Metheny, we appreciate all that is Jazz in this thread. Talk about concerts you have seen, your favorite artists, etc.


I'm more of a Jazz-fusion person myself, but I also love the more traditional jazz. I'm also not a big fan of vocal jazz.

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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2009, 08:05:28 PM »
The only Jazz I've listened to enough to like is Zappa's Jazz-Fusion era.  Although i enjoy some Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever and Weather Report.  Also Steely Dan have some cathcy toons.

Do any of the above mentioned count?



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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2009, 08:54:47 PM »
Oh they count. Mahavishnu is the epitome of fusion. And Weather Report is one of my favorite Jazz bands (especially the Jaco era)

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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2009, 08:56:33 PM »
I have Visions of the Emerald Beyond, its pretty out there.  Zappa's One Size Fits All is goldie.  Inca Roads ftw

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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2009, 10:43:08 PM »
I'm not a big fan of Mahavishnu, only because the sound of the violin and guitar on those records really grates my ears.
Come to think of it, fusion never really held my attention that well for some reason. I DO love Heavy Weather, though.

I've been scratching the surface of Miles Davis recently with his collaborations with Gil Evans. Sketches of Spain is a wonderful record.


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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2009, 10:51:03 PM »
John Coltrane's work is excellent. I listened to A Love Supreme today and it amazed me, as always  :hat
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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2009, 10:59:37 PM »
I've been trying so hard to get into A Love Supreme but I can't make it past the 1st track. Sometime soon I'm going to force myself to just listen to it.

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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2009, 11:00:34 PM »
Unrelated: Bill Evans is the fucking man. Can anyone suggest an album of his?

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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2009, 04:16:14 AM »
I nearly only play jazz at school, mainly the older jazz standards. But I never enjoy listening to them.

To be honest, there's nearly no jazz that I really enjoy listening to, except some Pat Metheny, some prog/jazz fusion, like Planet X, and some pop/jazz fusion, like Jamiroquai.
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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2009, 05:19:44 AM »
Unrelated: Bill Evans is the fucking man. Can anyone suggest an album of his?

I've got "Alone" and it's pretty good.
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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2009, 02:58:04 PM »
not as much into jazz as i used to be, but i am more into jazz-fusion stuff.

the big guns of the 70's is what does it for me.....Return to Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra, all the side projects from each band, tons of stuff.


but my all-time favorite jazz player is John Coltrane. No one comes close. I even model my lead phrasing after him, and i play guitar.

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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2009, 03:01:54 PM »
My favorite jazz artists are:

The Crusaders
Return To Forever
Weather Report
Joe Sample
Chick Corea

A lot of them have some fusion aspects in there. Great listening.

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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2009, 05:28:30 PM »
give me Jaco anyday. and i will jazz in my pants.
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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2009, 05:55:16 PM »
I wish I could do to one of my basses that Jaco did to his.

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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #15 on: February 18, 2010, 07:50:28 AM »
Bump.

Based on this thread https://www.dreamtheaterforums.org/boards/index.php?topic=7246.msg235598#msg235598 , I did end up going out and buying a bunch of jazz albums, and I'm still going through a jazz phase of sorts.

Since the thread, I've checked out:
John Coltrane - Giant Steps
Dexter Gordon - Go
Herbie Hancock - Empyrean Isles
Charles Mingus - Blues and Roots
Keith Jarrett Trio - Changeless
Keith Jarrett Quintet - The Survivor's Suite
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - Moanin'
Art Blakey Quintet - A Night at Birdland, Volume 2

I haven't listened to Birdland yet, but most of these are awesome albums. Go, Moanin' and the Survivor's Suite in particular are brilliant.

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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #16 on: February 18, 2010, 08:17:57 AM »
I'm taking a Intro to Jazz course at school right now, so thats really been exposing me to the older stuff more than I was getting into back in middle school (with the exception of Duke Ellington).  A year ago I started getting into Fusion, I've got some Return to Forever, Mahavishnu, and Weather Report.  Blue Train by Coltrane is really good too.

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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #17 on: February 18, 2010, 08:42:37 AM »
I love me some jazz! John Coltrane's Giant Steps and A Love Supreme are amazing!!

I need to get me some more Coltrane. Any other of his albums that are similar to those two?
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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2010, 08:49:08 AM »
I love me some jazz! John Coltrane's Giant Steps and A Love Supreme are amazing!!

I need to get me some more Coltrane. Any other of his albums that are similar to those two?

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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2010, 08:54:42 AM »
I love me some jazz! John Coltrane's Giant Steps and A Love Supreme are amazing!!

I need to get me some more Coltrane. Any other of his albums that are similar to those two?

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« Reply #20 on: February 18, 2010, 08:59:56 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_ywkpVJ624

My favourite jazz performance of all time. The intro is just the purest slow jazz I've ever heard.

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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2010, 09:38:59 AM »
Bump.

Based on this thread https://www.dreamtheaterforums.org/boards/index.php?topic=7246.msg235598#msg235598 , I did end up going out and buying a bunch of jazz albums, and I'm still going through a jazz phase of sorts.

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - Moanin'

I haven't listened to Birdland yet, but most of these are awesome albums. Go, Moanin' and the Survivor's Suite in particular are brilliant.
One of the few jazz albums I feel compelled to listen over and over again. It has a lot of energy and rewards repeated listens, the Drum Thunder suite is one of my favorite moments in music ever. I´m not a jazz expert by any means but another great thing about it is that it doesn´t seem too samey, as many other jazz albums do (in my opinion), maybe it has to do with the structure of the songs which is very original IMO.

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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #22 on: February 18, 2010, 09:40:15 AM »
I just want to say that the song "Blue in Green" by Miles Davis is one of the most beautiful and relaxing works I've ever listened to. If you've not heard it, do so immediately.
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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #23 on: February 18, 2010, 10:03:43 AM »
I am woefully underexposed to jazz, but I love it when I hear it, and jazz musicians are probably the best in the world.

I do love Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever, as well as Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

Has anyone ever seen the show Studio Jams that used to come on BET Jazz?  I guess it's off the air now, it used to come on Saturday mornings at 5 am.  Fantastic musicians just getting together in a studio and jamming.
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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #24 on: February 18, 2010, 02:19:37 PM »
personally i'm a big fan of kind of blue. but i also like jazz fusion. i just can't get enough of weather report and jaco pastorius.
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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #25 on: February 18, 2010, 02:23:32 PM »
My knowledge of jazz is limited to Miles Davis and John Coltrane. That will change this summer, though.
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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #26 on: February 18, 2010, 02:25:24 PM »
My knowledge of jazz is limited to Miles Davis and John Coltrane. That will change this summer, though.

Check out:

Charles Mingus
Herbie Hancock
Wes Montegomery
Sonny Rollins

Just to name a few. Their great follow ups since you like Davis/Coltrane
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« Reply #27 on: February 18, 2010, 02:28:37 PM »
Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane are my favorites, though I don't listen to it much.
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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #28 on: February 18, 2010, 02:31:42 PM »
My knowledge of jazz is limited to Miles Davis and John Coltrane. That will change this summer, though.

Check out:

Charles Mingus
Herbie Hancock
Wes Montegomery
Sonny Rollins

Just to name a few. Their great follow ups since you like Davis/Coltrane

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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #29 on: February 18, 2010, 02:55:21 PM »
I love me some jazz! John Coltrane's Giant Steps and A Love Supreme are amazing!!

I need to get me some more Coltrane. Any other of his albums that are similar to those two?

First Meditations, if you can find it, is similar to ALS.  It was the blueprint for Meditations, where the quartet expanded to a six-piece, and the free-jazz ideas start showing.
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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #30 on: February 18, 2010, 02:59:23 PM »
My knowledge of jazz is limited to Miles Davis and John Coltrane. That will change this summer, though.

Check out:

Charles Mingus
Herbie Hancock
Wes Montegomery
Sonny Rollins

Just to name a few. Their great follow ups since you like Davis/Coltrane

Expect a PM soon.

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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #31 on: February 18, 2010, 03:23:01 PM »
My knowledge of jazz is limited to Miles Davis and John Coltrane. That will change this summer, though.
This, pretty much. I love those two artists, but I really need to explore further
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« Reply #32 on: February 18, 2010, 08:10:25 PM »
My knowledge of jazz is limited to Miles Davis and John Coltrane. That will change this summer, though.

Check out:

Charles Mingus
Herbie Hancock
Wes Montegomery
Sonny Rollins

Just to name a few. Their great follow ups since you like Davis/Coltrane

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« Reply #33 on: February 18, 2010, 08:17:17 PM »
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Re: The Jazz Thread
« Reply #34 on: February 19, 2010, 02:57:33 PM »
Bump.

Based on this thread https://www.dreamtheaterforums.org/boards/index.php?topic=7246.msg235598#msg235598 , I did end up going out and buying a bunch of jazz albums, and I'm still going through a jazz phase of sorts.

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - Moanin'

I haven't listened to Birdland yet, but most of these are awesome albums. Go, Moanin' and the Survivor's Suite in particular are brilliant.
One of the few jazz albums I feel compelled to listen over and over again. It has a lot of energy and rewards repeated listens, the Drum Thunder suite is one of my favorite moments in music ever. I´m not a jazz expert by any means but another great thing about it is that it doesn´t seem too samey, as many other jazz albums do (in my opinion), maybe it has to do with the structure of the songs which is very original IMO.
I've only listened to Moanin' three or four times so far, but I've gotten the same feeling from the album, it really seems like a standout.

If you haven't heard Dexter Gordon's Go, I seriously recommend that. Like Moanin', the songs aren't samey at all, and they're very energetic and exciting. The major difference is that while on Moanin', everyone is getting the chance to shine, Go is more or less Dexter Gordon dominating the sax for six tracks and everyone else just providing the backing. But he's amazing, so it works.