When I was about five I heard the song Inch Worm on The Captain Kangaroo Show, and I immediately stopped playing with my dolls and laid down on the floor to listen to the song. It was so sweet and slow, with such a haunting melody. That is my first clear memory of being mesmerized by a song.
Then, while in my teens, hanging out at the local Tower Records store, I heard John Coltrane's version of the song on his album Coltrane. The song, though very different from the song of my youth, overwhelmed me and I again found myself stopping what I was doing to really listen to this powerful song.
From that time, I devoted much time and much money to find jazz albums that I enjoyed. Oh how I wished I had started out at my local library and asked the librarian for suggestions!
So, here I am, to share with you, the albums I used to start my collection. I hope you enjoy these albums, and when you're ready for more, just check out our jazz collection at the branches of the Santa Clara County Library District.
There are so many different styles of jazz music. Swing, Bebop, Fusion, West Coast, East Coast, Modern, Avant Garde, Soul Jazz, Traditional Jazz, Vocal Jazz...the list goes on even more. ~Terye
After hearing Inch Worm by Mr. Coltrane, I had to scope out this album, considered by all to be his finest album, if not the best jazz album ever. It is divine. I could listen to his saxophone playing on this....forever.
The title song, Time Waits, is absolutely beautiful. His piano playing is slow and tender. This is a great introduction to the artistry of Mr. Powell. This song is so special to me, that I used it at my wedding as I walked down the aisle. I thought the tone of the song, along with the title, was more than appropriate for a wedding that occured later in life.
My love of Bud Powell's music led me to Thelonious Monk. Critics and jazz scholars consider this to be his finest album and the best of jazz. I am drawn to the complex manner of his playing, getting lost in the different levels of rhythms
Billie Holiday was probably the first popular jazz singer that really touched her audiences in a profound way. She didn't merely sing a song, she presented a song to you as a new and different experience. Her's was a sad tale, and you can feel her sorrow and her flitting joy in her songs. A definite must have.
Ahhhhh, Bossa Nova! Listen to this album once and you'll be humming The Girl From Ipanema for days! And that's a good thing, believe me. This will show you a different side to jazz. Put this album on at your next party and have a great dance fest!
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