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    Anyone have opinions on lesser known jazz musicians?

    Have been getting more into jazz lately, as much as one can get into the mountain of jazz that's out there within a short time-frame. I've always been something of a casual listener, but lately since I spend my days at a desk, in front of a computer, I find myself doing a lot of youtube surfing for different jazz albums and shows.

    Seems, though, that I always end up gravitating to the big names
    - Duke Ellington
    - Stan Getz
    - Thelonious Monk
    - Charlie Parker
    - Art Tatum
    - Miles Davis
    - Cannonball Adderley
    - Bill Evans

    ... to name a few.

    I wonder who else is out there, and maybe a little more obscure, that our members like?

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    Benny Golson
    Art Farmer
    Hank Mobley
    Duke Pierson
    Sonny Clark
    Zoot Sims
    George Russell
    Lee Konitz
    Lester Young
    Horace Silver
    Bud Powell
    Wynton Kelly
    Charles Mingus
    Jaki Byard
    Rahsaan Roland Kirk
    Sonny Rollins
    Charles McPherson
    Sonny Stitt
    Wes Montgomery

    that's a start...

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    Chet Baker.


    That should keep you busy for awhile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horatio Parker View Post
    Benny Golson
    Art Farmer
    Hank Mobley
    Duke Pierson
    Sonny Clark
    Zoot Sims
    George Russell
    Lee Konitz
    Lester Young
    Horace Silver
    Bud Powell
    Wynton Kelly
    Charles Mingus
    Jaki Byard
    Rahsaan Roland Kirk
    Sonny Rollins
    Charles McPherson
    Sonny Stitt
    Wes Montgomery

    that's a start...
    That'll definitely keep me busy for a while.

    Forgot about Mingus in my original list, learned of him via Joni Mitchell, he's fantastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rousseau View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Horatio Parker View Post
    Benny Golson
    Art Farmer
    Hank Mobley
    Duke Pierson
    Sonny Clark
    Zoot Sims
    George Russell
    Lee Konitz
    Lester Young
    Horace Silver
    Bud Powell
    Wynton Kelly
    Charles Mingus
    Jaki Byard
    Rahsaan Roland Kirk
    Sonny Rollins
    Charles McPherson
    Sonny Stitt
    Wes Montgomery

    that's a start...
    That'll definitely keep me busy for a while.

    Forgot about Mingus in my original list, learned of him via Joni Mitchell, he's fantastic.
    I realized Oscar Peterson isn't on either list....

    Any Blue Note from around 1967-65 or earlier is going to be good. At least, I've never heard a bad BN recording from those times.

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    You could try Art Pepper or Keith Jarrett or Wayne Shorter.

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    You should check out Wes_Montgomery. Amazing guitarist. Here's an example of some of his finest jazz work:


    (View video on YouTube)

    Fairly or unfairly, he received a lot of criticism for following a more commercial path later in his career. I see it as he was supporting his family by playing what people were paying for. He lived in Indianapolis (as do I) in a very modest house in a working class neighborhood. He was by no means a rich man. He died suddenly of a heart attack at age 45. I found out recently that he's buried in a cemetery very close to where I live. I need to get over to visit his grave. Anyway, here's an example of what he was criticised for by the jazz purists:


    (View video on YouTube)

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    Until he became famous, Wes Montgomery would often play two gigs and work a factory shift the same day.

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    Bill Frisell was considered the Jimi Hendrix of jazz guitar for a while. Since the mid 90's, he has drifted more into Americana and folk, but his early records on the ECM label, especially Live (1991) are fantastic in my opinion.

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