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Guide to Life: Start a Jazz Collection

For a genre that's been around about 100 years, jazz has an insanely dense catalog of great music ranging from big-band swing to fusion to bebop to dixieland. There's no better way to learn than diving in -- it'll become quickly apparent what moves you. The following ten albums should get you started.

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Perfect Jazz & Blues Collections

There used to be a time, when America’s greatest sonic ambassadors performed under their real names — save the occasional outlier like Muddy Waters — and literally invented new genres of sound known today as Jazz and Blues. It’s easy to forget that today, under the constant aural bludgeoning of Will.I.Am, Lady Gaga, and LMFAO....

A Lesson on Improvisation

Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology

Miles Davis and John Coltrane are those guys with the Blue albums. Cannoball Adderly — now wasn’t he a famous dare devil? If this sounds like your internal monologue on the subject of Jazz, then we strongly suggest reading Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology ($100). Like the college course you should have picked over econ, minus...

Upgrade Your Jazz Music With These Essentials

Top 10 Essential Jazz Albums

Actually, if you want to argue semantics, maybe we should call this a cooperative list of individual Top 5s. We leave that choice up to you. Either way, what follows is a list of 10 albums selected by Gear Patrol crew members Jason Heaton and Eric Yang as essential albums in your current or about-to-be-started...