20 Albums To Begin A Journey into JazzThis is for you if you want to a journey into listening to jazz more seriously, or if a friend asks you what jazz records they should listen to in order to appreciate it more fully. It's no good people starting to listen to jazz on the margins; it's like giving a ten year old, Tolstoy's 'War & Peace' to read, chances are they will not make it past the first page. There are some jazz fans that can be awfully snooty about the music they love, they almost try to turn it into a club that refuses to let in new members. So we decided to put together a list of the 20 albums to start your collection with. It includes albums like Miles Davis's, Kind of Blue, Bill Evan's, Waltz For Debby and John Coltrane's, Blue Train; all three consistently make the list of the most important jazz albums ever. We've listed them chronologically and we would love to hear what you would add to the list, and maybe even subtract!
12 Jazz Guitar Albums You Should Hear | SFJAZZJanuary 5, 2016By Rusty Aceves Grant Green The legacy of the guitar in jazz is rich and extensive, with notable artists hailing from all corners of the globe and all eras of jazz history. From jazz guitar pioneer Eddie Lang, the acoustic gypsy jazz of France’s Django Reinhardt and big band great Freddie Green to the post-bop giants Jim Hall, Grant Green and Kenny Burrell, fusion chameleons Pat Metheny and John Scofield, and genre bender Bill Frisell, guitar players have long been some of the music’s most revolutionary figures. The guitarists of today continue to shape the evolution of the art form, always expanding the music and confounding expectations. This is in no way a comprehensive list, or one represents the “best guitar albums of all time,” but rather, is intended to highlight some pivotal recordings and showcase the diverse range of jazz guitar expression, from jazz’s origins to today.