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Nobody even mentioned Horace Silver's, A Song For My Father! That just shows you........... Should at least be in everyone's top 10.

I'd hold off on the Coltrane/Monk Carnegie Hall album for a while. Not that it isn't great, but there are way too many others you should own before diving into that IMO.

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Nobody even mentioned Horace Silver's, A Song For My Father! That just shows you........... Should at least be in everyone's top 10.

I'd hold off on the Coltrane/Monk Carnegie Hall album for a while. Not that it isn't great, but there are way too many others you should own before diving into that IMO.

I am kind of new to the Jazz game...but maybe that is a good thing for the new to jazz types. Coming from a hard rock, classic rock and punk background I thought I would never like Jazz much. I was wrong.

Since you already have a good start (Coltrane, Brubeck, Wes M.) throw these into the mix in no particular order

Horace Silver - A Song for my Father (Gary beat me to the punch)

Joe Henderson - Page One (Gets better every time I listen to it)

Duke Pearson - Wahoo! (killer)

Jimmy Smith - The Sermon (nice, very nice)

Helen Merrill - Self Titled 1954 with Clifford Brown (luscious on the klipsch horns, like Gary's offer if you don't like it I will pay for it.)

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Personally, I really dig the compilation put together by Allan. It is a very good start for beginners like me. I do like jazz, or at least a great majority of the songs Allan put to gether. But I think it would be even experienced if you could hear it live.

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For a newbie, there are some jazz recordings that'll really capture your heart. As you get into the genre, you're tastes will change and those may no longer be your top 5. These were my Top 5 traditional bop/post-bop recordings that got me started:

Cannonball Adderly - Mercy Mercy Mercy

Miles Davis - (too many, but if just one) In a Silent Way

Charles Mingus - Ah Um

Sam Rivers - New Directions (this was my avant-garde)

John Coltrane - My Favorite Things

Yeah, this could be anybody's random sample of great recordings, but my real suggestion is get yourself The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD and follow their advice. Eventually, you won't regret any of those buys.

You could do really well in the used bins... lately though I've turned to LPs and have lost interest in my CDs... which number over 150 of just jazz (contempories like Frisell and Zorn going back to The Birth of Cool), and which I would be happy to let go of for the right price. Incidently, I started listening to cassettes, which are probably a super value to get initiated. Started with the cassette clubs. That's a great call BTW, join BMG or Columbia House (again) and get yourself a quick jazz collection on the cheap.

Jazz really sounds amazing on Klipsch regardless of format. You'll love the genre twice as much because you'll really hear the horns sing. You'll love it two times more if you you use SET amplification, which seem to complement this genre perfectly.

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For me, at least one of them would have to Diana Krall, which means that it would have to be the remade Stepping Out

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Another would have to be Tom Scott (sax) CD, and a Ramsey Lewis (piano) CD

Also Norah Jones has been in heavy rotation since I got her 2 CDs, so she would probably also have to be on the list

Maybe also Dick Hymans Swing Time, unless I can call that a swing CD and do not have to include it in a jazz list

OH NO! Thats five!

OK, lets see, cant e without Diana, maybe some Getz, no, maybe some, oh forget it[H]

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Years ago one one of the BB members created a link to what for a lack of a better description was "The Klipsch BB membership recomended TOP 100 jazz albums of all time" or somthing similar to that. I think that was back on the old forum.

Does this link still exist? Who maintained it for us? Was it Allen? I wonder how it compares to the titles given in this thread!


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From a previous version of this list and suggestions from the members of this forum. I left in the names of some of the member associated with this list.

Dave Brubeck Time Out
Miles Davis Kind of Blue
Sonny Rollins Saxophone Collossus
Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto Getz & Gilberto
Cannonball Adderley Somethin' Else
Count Basie Orchestra Complete Atomic Basie
John Coltrane Giant Steps
Tito Puente Top Percussion (OK, I like Latin Jazz)
Art Blakey Moanin'
Gerry Mulligan and Ben Webster Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster - great synergy <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Allan Songer

Art Blakey & the Jazz Messegnerrs "Moanin'" Blue Note 4003
Jimmy Smith "The Sermon!" Blue Note 4011
Art Pepper "Meets the Rythym Section" Contemporary
Sonny Rollins "Saxophone Collosus" Prestige
Thelonious Monk "Brilliant Corners" Riverside
John Coltrane "A Love Supreme" Impulse
Miles Davis "Kind of BLue" Columbia
Larry Young "Unity" Blue Note 4221
Ornette Coleman "The Shape of Jazz to Come" Atlantic
Sonny Clark "Cool Struttin'" Blue Note 1588

Art Pepper "The Omega Tapes" (various reissues, most recently on the Mosaic label).
John Coltrane "Africa/Brass" Impulse
Larry Young "Into Something" Blue Note
Tina Brooks "Minor Move" Blue Note
Thelonious Monk "Monk's Mood" Columbia
Joe Henderson "Page One" Blue Note
Clifford Jordan/John Gilmore "Blowing in From Chicago" Blue Note
Helen Merrill "Helen Merrill" Emarcy
Sonny Rollins "Way Out West" Contemporary
Ornette Coleman "The Shape of Jazz to Come" Atlantic


Duke Pearson, Wahoo
Lee Morgan, Cornbread
Art Pepper, Art Pepper + 11
Grant Green, Idle Moments
Sonny Rollins, Live At The Music Inn (Teddy Edwards with Joe Castro on side 2)
John Coltrane, Blue Train
Tina Brooks, True Blue
Jimmy Smith, The Sermon
Sonny Criss, This Is Criss
Benny Golson, Groovin' With Golson

Belongings Jan Garbarek/Keith Jarrett/Palle Danielson/Jon Christensen
On Broadway, vol III Paul Motian Quintet (w/ Bill Frisell, Charlie Haden, Joe Lovano, and Lee Konitz)
Mingus Joni Mitchell (w/ Jaco Pastorius)
Organ Grinder's Swing The Incredible Jimmy Smith
Bluesnik Jackie McLean
In A Silent Way Miles Davis
Still Life (Talking) Pat Metheny Group
Dream of You Helen Merrill
Sinatra at the Sands Frank Sinatra (w/ the Basie band and Quincy Jones arr.)
The Power of Three Michel Petrucciani (w/ Jim Hall and Wayne Shorter)

Clipped and Shorn

Cannonball Adderley - Somethin' Else
Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage
Clifford Brown - Study In Brown
John Coltrane - Blue Train
Cannonball Adderley - & Coltrane
Wayne Shorter - Speak No Evil
Horace Silver - Song For My Father
Dizzy Gillespie - Sonny Side Up
Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue
John Coltrane - Giant Steps
J. J. Johnson - The Eminent Volume 1
Eric Dolphy - Out To Lunch
Oliver Nelson - Blues & The Abstract Truth
Lee Morgan - The Sidewinder
Hank Mobley - Soul Station
Miles Davis - Milestones
Wes Montgomery - Smokin At The Half Note
Lee Morgan - Cornbread
Larry Young - Unity
Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Collossus
John Coltrane - Mainstream 1958
Mccoy Tyner - The Real Mccoy
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
Johnny Smith - Moonlight In Vermont
Paul Chambers - Chambers Music
June Christy - Something Cool
Dizzy Gillespie - Jazz At Massey Hall
Art Blakey - A Night At Birdland Vol. 1
Dizzy Gillespie - Duets
Bill Evans - Undercurrent
Gene Ammons - Boss Tenors
Kenny Burrell - & John Coltrane
Miles Davis - 'Round About Midnight
Erroll Garner - Concert By The Sea
Miles Davis - Relaxin' With Miles
Wes Montgomery - Incredible Jazz Guitar
Joe Henderson - Page One
Frank Rosolino - Free For All
Wes Montgomery - Full House
Art Farmer - Modern Art
Carl Fontana - 5 Star Ed
Sonny Rollins - Tenor Madness
Art Blakey - Moanin'
Thelonious Monk - With John Coltrane
Chick Corea - Now He Sings, Now He Sobs
Freddie Hubbard - Open Sesame
Bill Evans - Sunday At Village Vanguard
Charlie Parker - Now's The Time
Stan Getz - For Musician's Only
Dizzy Gillespie - Groovin' High
Dexter Gordon - Ballads
Charlie Parker - Bird & Diz
Joe Henderson - Lush Life, Strayhorn Music
Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay
Bill Evans - Waltz For Debby
Kenny Dorham - Una Mas
Lester Young - The President Plays W/The Oscar Peterson Trio
Joe Henderson - In 'N Out
John Coltrane - & Johnny Hartman
Grant Green - Feelin' The Spirit
Nancy Wilson - With Cannonball Add.
Miles Davis - Cookin'
Red Garland - Groovy
Miles Davis - Steamin' With Miles Davis
Johnny Griffin - A Blowin' Session
Grant Green - Born To Be Blue
John Coltrane - Ballads
Johnny Hartman - I Just Dropped By To Say Hello
Carl Fontana - The Great Fontana
Grant Green - Idle Moments
Art Blakey - Ugetsu
Stanley Turrentine - Sugar
Bill Evans - Intermodulation
Art Blakey - A Night At Birdland Vol. 2
Freddie Hubbard - Hub Tones
Hank Mobley - The Turnaround!
Bud Powell - The Genius Of
Lee Konitz - Subconscious-Lee
Stan Getz - Stan Getz & Bill Evans
Milt Jackson - Bags Meets Wes
Jimmy Smith - Back At The Chicken Shack
Sonny Rollins - Plus Four
June Christy - The Misty Miss Christy
Joe Henderson - Inner Urge
Duke Ellington - Money Jungle
Woody Herman - Keeper Of The Flame
Chet Baker - Playboys
Bud Powell - The Amazing - Vol 1
Oscar Peterson - Plays Count Basie
Clifford Brown - Brown/Roach Inc.
Stan Kenton - Duet
Joe Henderson - Mode For Joe
Horace Silver - Blowin' The Blues Away
Clifford Brown - More Study In Brown
Sonny Clark - Leapin' And Lopin'
Blue Mitchell - The Thing To Do
Johnny Griffin - Introducing
Sonny Stitt - Constellation
Slide Hampton - World Of Trombones
Keith Jarrett - Standards Vol. 1

Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
John Coltrane - Ascension
John coltrane - My Favorite Things
Duke Ellington - Okeh Ellington
Miles Davis - The Birth of The Cool
Thelonius Monk - Brilliant Corners
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
Louis Armstrong - Complete "Hot Fives & Sevens"
Billie Holiday - The Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945-1959
Ornette Coleman - The Shape of Jazz To Come
John Coltrane - Giant Steps
Ella Fitzgerald - 75th Birthday Celebration
Sarah Vaughan - Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown
Albert Ayler - Spiritual Unity
Roscoe Mitchell Sextet - Sound
The Modern Jazz Quartet - Lonely Woman
Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out
John Coltrane - Blue Train
Bessie Smith - The Collection
Lester Young - With the Oscar Peterson Trio
Duke Ellington - The Blanton Webster Band
Miles Davis - *****es Brew
Charlie Parker - Yardbird Suite
Count Basie - The Complete Atomic Basie
Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um
Dizzy Gilepsie - Shaw Nuff
Art Blakey - Moanin'
Sidney Bechet - Master Takes: Victor Sessions (1932-1943)
Fletcher Henderson - A Study in Frustration/Thesaurus of Classic Jazz
Benny Goodman - Sing, Sing, Sing
Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage
Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus
Clifford Brown - The Beginning & The End
Sonny Rollins - Way Out West
Max Roach - Percussion Bitter Sweet
Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters
. Sun Ra - Atlantis
Fats Navarro & Tadd Dameron - The Complete Blue Note and Capitol Recordings
Wardell Gray - Wardell Gray Memorial, Vol. 1
Sonny Stitt - Endgame Brilliance: Constellation & Tune-Up
J.J. Johnson & Al Grey - Things Are Getting Better All the Time
Coleman Hawkins - Body and Soul
Dexter Gordon - Go!
Phil Woods - Rights of Swing
Clifford Brown/Max Roach - At <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />
Basin Street

Horace Silver - Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers
Art Farmer with Benny Golson - Meet The Jazztet
Jackie Mclean - Destination: Out!
Freddie Hubbard - Ready For Freddie
Hank Mobley - soul Station
Donald Byrd - A New Perspective
Wes Montgomery - The Incredible Jazz Guitar of...
Lee Morgan - The Sidewinder
Cannonball Adderly - Somethin' Else
Grant Green - Idle Moments
Joe Henderson - Page One
Horace Silver - Song For My Father
Bobby Timmons - This Here Is Bobby Timmons
Jimmy Smith - Back at the Chicken Shack
Gene Harris - Introducing The Three Sounds
Jack McDuff - Brother Jack McDuff Live!
Shirley Scott - Soul Shoutin'
Peggy Lee - Capitol Collectors Series, Vol. 1: The Early Years
Willis "Gator" Jackson - Legends of Acid Jazz
George Benson - Beyond the Blue Horizon
Scott Joplin - His Complete Works
Jelly Roll Morton - 1923-1924
King Oliver - Great Original Performances 1923-1930
Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band - Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band (1954)
Johnny Dodds - 1926
Artie Shaw - Big Bands
Lester Young and the Oscar Peterson Trio - S/T
Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 1
Erroll Garner - Concert by the Sea
Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars - Plays W.C. Handy
Miles Davis - Round About Midnight
Stan Getz - Sweet Rain
Miles Davis - Miles Ahead
Miles Davis - Miles Smiles
Woody Shaw - Rosewood
Sun Ra and his Arkestra - Live at Montreux
Cecil Taylor - Unit Structures
McCoy Tyner - Expansions
Eric Dolphy - Out There
John Coltrane - Live At The Village Vanguard
Bill Evans - Sunday at the Village Vanguard
Lionel Hampton - Hamp: The Legendary Decca Recordings
Charlie Christian - The Genius of the Electric Guitar
Earl Hines - Tour de Force
Bix Beiderbecke - Bixology, 1924-30
Eubie Blake - Blues and Rags (1917-1921)
Albert Ammons - The First Day
Lennie Tristano - Descent into the Maelstrom
Charles Mingus - Pithecanthropus Erectus
Joe McPhee - Topology
Don Cherry - Mu
Mose Allison - The Sage of Tippo
Butch Morris - Dust To Dust
Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue

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