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Classical and Jazz Music Suggestions?

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Gentlemen,

I am very interested in music and love all forms. However, my knowledge leans towards post-1965 artists. While I really appreciate and enjoy Jazz and Classical, these genres are a bit intimidating and broad. Would you be so kind as to recommend some albums/songs/concerts from artists you feel are 'required listening' in these genres? Actually it need not be an "essential" album or artist - if it's your own personal favorite but not widely known, that would be really cool too. Thanks!
post #2 of 68
NPR has a nice list of 100 or so jazz albums. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...toryId=4565717 I think they have the same for classical.
post #3 of 68
You definitely have to get Miles Davis, Kind of Blue. Probably the best jazz album ever. Just about anything by Coltrane. Some Oscar Petersen. Stan Getz. Paul Desmond. Take Five by Dave Brubeck (with Paul Desmond on sax).
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Mingus.
post #5 of 68
Jazz pianists: Art Tatum, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Thelonius Monk

koji
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Originally Posted by LabelKing
Mingus.
Will be especially approachable given your current tastes. Thelonius Monk also.
post #7 of 68
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Originally Posted by bachbeet
You definitely have to get Miles Davis, Kind of Blue. Probably the best jazz album ever. Just about anything by Coltrane. Some Oscar Petersen. Stan Getz. Paul Desmond. Take Five by Dave Brubeck (with Paul Desmond on sax).

Thanks for all the help, guys.

I do like Miles Davis quite a bit (Kind of Blue is amazing), as well as Thelonious Monk and Coltrane. I suppose they are the starting point of any jazz collection.

Take Five by Brubeck is one of my favorite songs.

I look forward to checking out all the suggestions.
post #8 of 68
Some Nina Simone (if she's considered jazz?) is a fine addition to any record collection, along with the ubiquitous Miles Davis/John Coltrane. The "When Hemp was Hip" album is also a great listen. Not perhaps a classic, but certainly fun and historically interesting. For classical, Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No 3 (Horowitz-Reiner 1951 Recording) is supposed to be one of the all-time greats. That's about all I know on the two genres. Will be checking out some of the other suggestions here too. (On a more modern-classic suggestion I'd highly recommend Philip Glass's Solo Piano - especially if you're into electronic music - and the Nouvelle Vague album, beautiful French jazz/lounge covers of old punk songs. And on another, even less connected note, Mezz Mezzrow's autobiography "Really The Blues" is a brillant book on the early years of Jazz.)
post #9 of 68
I always loved anything by Ella Fitzgerald and Cab Calloway.

Handel's Messiah is vundebar.

Sibelius' Valse triste is one of the most bittersweet pieces ever produced.

Im a Schubert fan too, really anything by him.
post #10 of 68
5 of each to get you started (culled from a collection approaching 4,000):

Jazz:

Brubeck Quartet, Live in Amsterdam (has Take Five at a wicked pace)

Kind of Blue

Bill Evans, Waltz for Debby or Shooting out the Stars

Sonny Stitts play the blues (it's jazz), then
Art Pepper, then Coltrane

Ella sings the Gershwin songbook (if you don't like her voice, maybe try something newer like Holly Cole, Don't Smoke in Bed)

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Classical:

Bach cello suites (Gendron on Phillips)

Copland plays Copland (Appalachian Spring, others)

Beethoven Sym 3 and 5 (John Eliot Gardiner)

Brahms Requiem (Chicago SO, Levine or Gardiner) or Mozart Requiem (Gardiner)

Beethovan named sonatas (Alfred Brendel on Vox Box or Wilhelm Kempff on DG)
post #11 of 68
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Originally Posted by Film_Noir_Buff
I always loved anything by Ella Fitzgerald and Cab Calloway.

There is a Cab Calloway song "I Love to Singa" that was featured in quite an old cartoon from probably the late 1940's. In it, a young owl leaves the nest to set off to become a singer on his own, and sings this popular song. For some reason this has stuck with me since I was about 4 or 5 years old.
post #12 of 68
Chopin: Anything Rubinstein or Horowitz Schubert (Piano music): I like Pollini, but Koji is going to kill me for saying it Mozart Operas: Anything directed by Gardiner on period instruments Beethoven symphonies: von Karajan Jon.
post #13 of 68
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Chopin: Anything Rubinstein or Horowitz

Schubert (Piano music): I like Pollini, but Koji is going to kill me for saying it

Jon.

Before he decided to get ultra-boring (around age 25), Pollini was phenomenal.

koji
post #14 of 68
Nicolo Paganini's Caprices played by Rabin.
post #15 of 68
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Before he decided to get ultra-boring (around age 25), Pollini was phenomenal.

koji

Personally, I describe it as: technically perfect, but lacking soul. At the same time I defer to your truly educated opinion as the final expert opinion on the subject.

Jon.
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