5 Albums To Get You Into JAZZ

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1) Miles Davis – Kind of Blue (1959)
2) Dave Brubeck – Time Out (1959)
3) Thelonious Monk – Brilliant Corners (1957)
4) Charles Mingus – The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (1963)
5) Ornette Coleman – The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959)


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some metal elitist says:

Kind of Blue was probably the album that got me into jazz, but there’s no doubt that it’s John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme that made me fall in love with jazz.

Focaminante says:

These are very good choices, but please also listen to Coltrane’s My Favorite Things/Blue Train/A Love Supreme, and Eric Dolphy’s Out to Lunch. If you are interested in something more recent I recommend Kamasi Washington, Peter Brötzmann, Donny McCaslin and Maria Schneider.

Eduardo Peixoto de Almeida says:

Three of these albums are from 1959 !!

Jazz Time with Jarvis X says:

These 5 Albums get you totally into Jazz. Good choices!

caisah says:

I have to meet someone who got into jazz by listening first to Ornette Coleman.

Elijah Ruby says:

So glad to see Ornette Coleman here. He is really underrated in terms of the jazz greats, people always mention miles Davis and the like (deservedly so) but never mention Coleman.

Brian Smith says:

Anything by Jimmy Smith is good too. depends what vibe you’re going for. Worth also mentioning Stanz Getz and Joao Gilberto if you like a Bossonova twist to your jazz.

George Karanadze says:

Found this channel, saw several videos + subscribed!

Jaimey McClurkin says:

Please do a Guide to Nina Simone video.

Shammo Hamid says:

Is this your first video?

Condiment Refraction says:

I think I would have included at least one fusion or what-have-you-album to kind of ease people into it. I think it’s easy for Jazz fans to forget that people who aren’t into the genre really don’t know what to do with all of the improvisation and the serpentine, circular melody lines. They want a hook! The Bad Plus were an in for me because of the rock influence. Anyway, enjoyed the video! Glad to see someone else trying to spread the good word.

John Sheppard says:

Your choices are good but, I’d definitely put Ahmad Jamal at the Pershing in there instead of Ornette Coleman, especially for anyone who wants to get into Jazz. I don’t know anyone who started off listening to Free Jazz and enjoyed it.


Could you do a video like this for Reggae? I literally have no clue where to start there

vincent tiggelman says:

Respect that you’ve managed to single out 5 albums in the first place.

sieteocho says:

You can’t really have an episode called “5 albums to get you into jazz”. It’s not possible and it’s a much wider genre than a lot of the other episodes (post punk, trip hop, ambient). No mention of dixieland, no mention of Brazilian samba / Latin jazz, no mention of vocal jazz, no mention of Ellington (although Black Saints is in a way big band jazz), no mention of soul jazz, no mention of fusion (which could or could not be called jazz). No Charlie Parker. At least if this episode was titled 5 albums to get you into bebop jazz it would be more appropriate. Alternatively you might want to consider changing the name of the channel to shallow cuts.

mrpinguimninja says:

Oliver, can you make another video about jazz just like you did with contemporary prog records? I would like to see a “top 5 albuns to get into contemporary jazz” from you.

rockloctopus says:

Besides hard bop, Miles Davis also changed the game with Cook Jazz (album The Birth of Cool), and on Kind of Blue Modal Jazz, and then a decade later with albums like Bitches Brew, Fusion.

Георгий Боковиков says:

there’s also Oscar Peterson, what a genius. if anyone wants to get into jazz, listen to his music, he was one of the first jazz-musicians as well as pianists i got to know. still remember his magnificent ‘Canadiana Suite’, it’s majestic 🙂

Trevor Barre says:

Having re-visited this, I have to say that your comments on Ornette’s breakthough album are a bit off-putting. It’s not Albert Ayler!! His folky lyricism is actually very commercial, I think. We can’t hear this album the way that people in 1959 did. Ornette’s tunes are beautiful, and its only because he broke certain musical shibboleths back in the day that he has been seen as such a bete noir in jazz history. Listening to his stuff now, it’s hard to see what all the fuss was about.

Pete Bowers says:

Just listens to The Shape of Jazz to come and it blew my mind!!!! Albert Ayler Trio’s Spiritual Unity is a pretty intense listen in the free jazz realm as well. Miles Davis’ On The Corner is a challenging but ultimately rewarding listen too.

Skylar Cook says:

Punk jazz isn’t a genre, it was a term coined by Pastorius for his tune “punk jazz” with weather report

max lundqvist says:

Solo Monk by Thelonious Monk is my favorite jazz record of all time, then it’s Charles Gayle and Henry Rollins “free jazz/street poetry”- album called “EVERYTHING” based on Henry Rollins “Eye Scream” book.

Track 09 from the Rollins/Gayle album:

here’s Ruby, My Dear, from Solo Monk:


Checked your list. I have them all. Some like SInner Lady and Kind of blue are my favourites. Suscribed.

Bubbadoobop says:

A jazz-fusion video (like Mahavishnu Orchestra or Weather Report) would be great.

Taimir Gore says:

Time Out was my intro to jazz sometime last year. Soooooooo guuuuuuuuuuuuud.

S L says:

Also: Chet Baker! Cooooool jazz baby.

Tea & Book talks says:

Another album worth listening to for Charles Mingus is “Charles Mingus presents Charles Mingus”

Just absolutely incredible

aulia dyah safitri says:

great channel! please do soul music, love this!

riley says:

are you a fan of sun ra?

Heller86 says:

My list would be:
Miles Davis – Kind of Blue, Sonny Rollins – Saxophone Colossus, Charles Mingus – Mingus Ah Um, Andrew Hill – Black Fire, Ornette Coleman – Shape of Jazz to Come (or possibly a different Free Jazz album; Archie Shepp – Four For Trane or Paul Bley – Open, to Love).

It would be cool if you were to do videos on some of the main subgenres of Jazz. If you ever do a video on avant-garde/free Jazz please don’t forget to mention Eric Dolphy, Sam Rivers, Dave Holland, Paul Bley, Archie Shepp, Sonny Sharrock, Don Cherry etc. I hope people would be aware of how diverse free Jazz is and that if they don’t like one style they might still like another.

Neel 2000 says:

I don’t get how challenging The Shape Of Jazz To Come is challenging, it really isn’t. Zs is weird shit.

Justus Bacon says:

my introduction to jazz was helge schneider, pat metheny and pretty much all jazz fusion

severi saaristo says:

Excellent choices! I love all of these albums. I’d put any BBNG album also among them. They are ofc a new band and young musicians and not legends like Miles, Coltrane, Ornette, Monk, Mingus, Henderson… but they are a band that is very easy to love and listen to and definitely a jazz band that younger people can get excited about.

Blaise Evora says:

Blue Train by Coltrane got me into jazz

minguspucha says:

Joe Henderson?

ryan curcuro says:

Oh my god thank you so much. I watched this 3 days ago and now I can’t stop listening to jazz, I’ve probably listened to 15 albums in the last 3 days and I’m absolutely in love with the genre

Nihal Shetty says:

What’s that opening theme? It’s really cool!

Pablo Villa says:

Dude, for real great content. I’m gonna make my gf see your channel to get into great music.

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