22
Mar
08

Let Me Put You On Game: The Jazz Edition

In my opinion, Jazz is the most impressive genre of music there is. Sometimes I’ll be listening to a jazz album and just drop my jaw at how amazing some of the solos are. The best jazz musicians were the ones who got in their zone. It was like when they found that spot where they played their best, they were untouchable. No other genre could match the improvisational skills jazz musicians had. From slow ballads to blaring sax solos, jazz musicians took you on a journey. And the interesting thing about Jazz is that everybody worked together to release great material. Good musicians teamed up…just imagine if six Hip Hop legends would collaborate on one album. So I put together a small sample of the songs that got me interested in Jazz. This isn’t an essential list, or Jazz for beginners, but I figure if these songs put me on to jazz, maybe they can do the same for you.
Let Me Put You On Game: The Jazz Edition
16 songs, 2 hours and 4 minutes DOWNLOAD/STREAMING LINKS BELOW
Because this is such a long mix (there was no way in hell I was gonna edit Jazz tracks), there is no streaming link. The download links work well though, and are ready to be added into iTunes or whatever.
1. ‘Round Midnight by Thelonious Monk: I see Monk as the Ol’ Dirty Bastard of Jazz. He played his own way, and didn’t care what anybody thought. Monk is best known for his timing, and his unique style made him a Jazz legend. The best Jazz pianist, without a doubt.
2. Jeru by Miles Davis: What can I say about Miles Davis? The coolest man of all time. Nobody has been able to accomplish what he has with just a trumpet. This piece is from Birth Of The Cool and is early, bebop Miles. One thing about Miles is that he could both take Jazz in new directions and follow it wherever it went. Whenever Jazz was shifting its styles, Miles was right there in the forefront keeping up with it.
3. Blue Train by John Coltrane: Personally, Coltrane is my favorite Jazz musician. His sax solos just blow me away, and I love almost all of his albums. A true Jazz god.
4. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat by Charles Mingus: Mingus is a weird dude. At first he was much like other Jazz musicians and composing amazing pieces of art (like this slow ballad, one of my favorites of his). But as time went on he really invented a whole new style and pushed Jazz in new directions.
5. Fables of Faubus by Charles Mingus: Mingus played bass by the way…Another great piece from Mingus Ah Um
6. Flamenco Sketches by Miles Davis: This piece is off of the undisputed best Jazz album of all time, Kind Of Blue. I’m sure you’ve heard it before (picked this piece cause everybody has heard So What & Freddie Freeloader) but really give this album a listen.
7. Will O’ The Wisp by Miles Davis: Miles was always trying out new styles. This piece is off of Sketches Of Spain and just shows Davis’ versatility.
8. My Favorite Things by John Coltrane: Let’s get into some more Coltrane…This piece probably has my favorite sax solo. Coltrane just blacked out on this one…
9. In A Sentimental Mood by Duke Ellington & John Coltrane: When two Jazz legends come together you can always expect greatness. This is probably my favorite Jazz ballad of all time.
10. Acknowledgment by John Coltrane: Now this one is my favorite Jazz piece of all time. It’s off of A Love Supreme, the first Jazz album I ever bought. I just love this joint so much…
11. Search For The New Land by Lee Morgan: The way you become a great jazz musician is be taken under other great jazz musicians wings. Lee Morgan played trumpet with Dizzy at age 18, and then went on to play with Clifford Brown, Coltrane, Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, and many other greats. Clearly, they had an effect on him.
12. Maiden Voyage by Herbie Hancock: This piece shows Herbie Hancock’s skills on the piano. It’s some of his earlier work, before he started experimenting more with the boundaries of Jazz.
13. Orbits by Miles Davis: More Miles…you get the picture though, greatest of all time.
14. Red Clay by Freddie Hubbard: Another great trumpet player. From the start of this track, Hubbard just pulls the listener in and doesn’t let go.
15. Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock: Heres some of the more experimental Hancock I was talking about. This is off of the classic album Head Hunters and really pushed Jazz into a more funky direction.
16. Actual Proof by Herbie Hancock: More Herbie…Off the album Thrust. Just listen to how talented this man is on the keys.
Download Link
.zip file, full and separate tracks
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