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    Posted: 01 Oct 2012 at 7:01pm
Hi, I'd like to get a friend into jazz. I've already started with Kind of Blue and I think that a good next step might be Brubeck's Take Five and Balzar's Overnight. What do you think? Are these records accesible to non-jazz ears?

Feel free to use this thread to get recommendations and solve any problems you might have when giving jazz records to other people.

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"Kind of Blue" makes for a great first jazz record. Depending on your friend's background in music, I always thought Jimmy Smith Blue Note albums were pretty easy for people to pick up on.
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I think that KOB and Time Out are good entrances. As a personal opinion. I like Art Blakey and JM where Wayne Shorter joined. I noticed talent to have of Wayne Shorter by those albums.
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Yep, Time Out and Kind of Blue are great entries for non-jazz fans. Time Out especially for those who are intigued with time signatures (prog fans cough cough), and Kind of Blue for simply beautiful chilled, perfect jazz.

Blue Train is also a good entry, in my opinion. It contrasts with Time Out and Kind of Blue, showing jazz as a more active and powerful music. It's good for those who label jazz as mere "elevator/bar music".




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I was brought up to listen to elevator music in childhood. I remember that there was always such a music in department store and supermarket in the 70s. Jazz is broadcasted in the convenience store which I often use. I choose the beer to spend night comfortably while always listening to jazz there. Smile
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Originally posted by Kazuhiro Kazuhiro wrote:

I was brought up to listen to elevator music in childhood. I remember that there was always such a music in department store and supermarket in the 70s. Jazz is broadcasted in the convenience store which I often use. I choose the beer to spend night comfortably while always listening to jazz there. Smile

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Originally posted by Abraxas Abraxas wrote:

Originally posted by Kazuhiro Kazuhiro wrote:

I was brought up to listen to elevator music in childhood. I remember that there was always such a music in department store and supermarket in the 70s. Jazz is broadcasted in the convenience store which I often use. I choose the beer to spend night comfortably while always listening to jazz there. Smile

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yeah! Smile


I'd also like to add a vote for KOB & Time Out, they were among my first jazz albums and I started as a rock & metal fan. Also, maybe, Head Hunters, that's accessible with its funk elements
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Oh, thanks everyone!
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It's always impressed me how Kind of Blue can be a masterpiece in both the ears of musicians and non-musicians.

I believe Bossa Nova can be just as assessible as cool jazz, so I'd recommend adding Stan Getz's "Jazz Samba" or Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Wave" to that list.   
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And what about "But Beautiful" of Getz and Evans?
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