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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

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:

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