So, basically, a little while ago I Tweeted and posted on Facebook the following question:
“What ONE CD would you recommend for someone who likes classical music and thinks they might like #Jazz if they found the right way in?”
Pleasantly surprised by the number of responses, and borderline astounded by the variety of directions from whence the recommendations came, I thought I should capture them for posterity and as a guide for others. The recommendations were (in order of me finding them to cut and paste)…
- If a 2CD counts, then combined albums for which Wynton Marsalis got Grammies for a jazz & classical disc IN THE SAME YEAR!
- Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. And The Koln Concert by Keith Jarrett
- (Kind of Blue got another supporting vote)
- Miles Davis Cool, or John Coltrane Blue Train
- Spaces in Between by John Surman
- Fats Waller Ain’t Misbehavin’. He was classically trained and you can hear it in some of the piano solo pieces
- Gil Evans. New Bottle, Old Wine; Miles Ahead; Porgy & Bess; or Out of the Cool. All great records! And I’m sure others will have suggested A Love Supreme
- Wynton Marsalis
- Courtney Pine
- The Mahavishnu Orchestra
I also discovered a couple of absolute bargain box sets on Amazon which cover many of these recommendations
Having been largely unaffected by Jazz in my life to date, but realising I will need to be au fait by the time I’m 50, I am enjoying exploring this new (and it would seem highly elastically-defined) genre.
For what it’s worth, and for the ones I’ve heard, I think the best recommendation, in the spirit of the question asked – ie the transition from Classical to Jazz, is John Surman’s Spaces in Between.