Please reccomend me some jazz that is gentle to my rock sensibilities

Discussion in 'Jazz, Acoustic, Classical & Fingerstyle' started by 777, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. Holy Katana

    Holy Katana Wait, what?

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    I agree with that, but only for their later stuff. Their first few albums were full of improvisation, and were anything but pop. I'd say that they started going in their poppy direction with Black Market, although they'd had plenty of tunes earlier on that were mostly arranged, with solo sections over a short, repeating set of changes, or a one- or two-chord vamp. Even then, though, the solos tended to be several minutes long.

    Since a lot of other guys have been mentioned, I'm going to try to recommend some people who haven't been:

    Bill Frisell
    Gary Burton
    David Fiuczynski
    Kurt Rosenwinkel
    Brad Mehldau
     
  2. rodia

    rodia SS.org Regular

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    Davis, Coltrane, Parker or Mingus are all great, but I'd say John Zorn's projects are more appropiate for someone from a rock/metal environment. What is more, Marc Ribot gets usually involved into his bands, who is a GREAT guitarist, of jazz background, but he simply owns most blues, jazz or rock guitarists out there. He provided lots of magnificent guitar work for Tom Waits' albums too.

    John Zorn's Naked City - already mentioned
    Electric Masada - some of their work might be hard to grasp at first, but it'll turn out to be pure gold




    +Medeski, Martin & Wood
     
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    There are alot of people you may dig.. Holdsworth was mentioned of course, but there is a cool album with Holdsworth on it... it's by a band called Gong. The album is called "A Wingful of Eyes". Awesome stuff... Also, The Mahavishnu stuff IS badass.. You may also want to check out Shakti, Mclaughlins' Indian music group.... Also, Larry Coryell is pretty badass.. Check out his album, Spaces. John Scofield is someone I really dig... A few great albums are: Still Warm, Time On My Hands, A-Go-Go (with Medeski Martin and Wood) and En Route. (different vibes). On a more fusiony tip, you will love Wayne Krantz and Oz Noy.. Both of these guys are beasts and groove like a mofo. Also, check out Scott Henderson... With Tribal Tech or on his own... He is just the mack daddy of mutant blues/jazz/fusion phrasing... super tasty and contemporary...

    Also, you might like MY stuff... By all means let me know if you do...

    www.myspace.com/dannyhayounakaprofessorparkinson

    I play all the instruments on every track, bascially...

    Some is more jazzy, some more metal, some fusiony and some, well.. beyond categorization....

    Hope you dig.
     
  4. ellengtrgrl

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    This is pushing the envelope jazzwise, but The Dixie Dregs, and Jean Luc Ponty, are always pretty cool. Oh, and don't forget James Blood Ulmer, and the late Sonny Sharrock.
     
  5. yingmin

    yingmin Parker ├╝ber alles

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    Some Japanese jazz groups like P'ez, Soil & "PIMP" Session, Jill-decoy Association, etc, will probably be easy for you to dig.









     
  6. InCasinoOut

    InCasinoOut syncopAZN

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    Im surprised nobody's mentioned Return to Forever even though a few have mentioned Al Di Meola. RtF is probably the easiest way to get into fusion for metalheads.



    edit: Al has some pretty ridiculous runs in this song. I was really bummed they didn't play this when I went to see them last year with my parents.

    Also, on the subject of Al Di Meola, this is one of my favorites of his solo work. Fusion in harmonic minor!

     
  7. AvantGuardian

    AvantGuardian Orange Vigilante

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    I definitely second the above RTF recommendation. I was just rocking out to Romantic Warrior (with a title like that, how could it not rock?) this weekend.

    Also, the Yellowjackets are great. Russ Ferrante and Jimmy Haslip are amazing players. Their first couple of albums had Robben Ford on guitar, but they went on without him after that (and got a sax player).
     
  8. Neal

    Neal Down-pick or die

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    Bill Frisell was mentioned earlier but I gotta say his new album "Disfarmer" is amazing.
    Also Kurt Rosenwinkel was mentioned. Check out the album "The Next Step." Very good.
    Another guy I highly recommend is Adam Rogers.
     
  9. Maestro

    Maestro SS.org Regular

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    I had the same problem with I started college as a music major. I was a jazz guitar major at first but couldn't get into it coming from a prog rock/metal background. I listened to so many different jazz guitarrists but after two semesters I decided to try classical guitar. I've been enjoying it a lot more. I feel like it is a lot closer to the kind of music I had been listening to.

    For some reason I just couldn't get into jazz, at least not jazz guitar. I can enjoy a big band playing jazz, but for some reason the guitar thing didn't connect with me. It might have had something to do with my teacher, but who knows.

    So hmmm, I can't recommend much in terms of jazz. I like Al di Meola, but that more fusion that pure jazz. Good luck on your journey to connect with jazz, I hope you have better luck than I did. :)
     
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    ive been into it since i originally heard it, but its definitlely grown on me since i started this thread...im even considering starting a jazz/tech death band
     

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