Surprised such a thread didn’t already exist so here’s to starting one!
I’ve recently been diving into listening to the Jazz classics that I never took the time to really listen to growing up or in college, as well as some more modern stuff, and have been loving it. Berklee gave me a pretty solid education on jazz theory, and I studied some basic Jazz piano (Bill Evans mostly) with Yoko Miwa for a few years. But a lot of this technical knowledge has since faded from my brain. And I think this is why I’ve been really enjoying my first real explorations of this genre, and probably why a lot of musicians like it. Most of the time I really don’t know what’s going on- it’s so foreign and fresh, every note is a surprise. It’s helping to break down some mental barriers and ruts I’ve been in harmonically and melodically. It’s a breath of fresh air.
I would love to hear some of everyone’s favorites and/or recommendations for anchors or good places to start for a somewhat beginning listener. It’s such a deep, varied, and complex genre that it can be hard to know where to begin.
Here’s just a few things I’ve been really enjoying: