Originally Posted by Get Smart
other than the great jazz standards, check out some hammond-soul-jazz from Jimmy Smith,
especially, although it is a departure from much of his other work.
As well as all the other jazz picks in this thread, check out Maiden Voyage
by Herbie Hancock - very accessible, I think.
And, if you can find it, Cannonball and Coltrane
, featuring, of course, Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane - the Miles Davis sextet without Miles Davis. There's a version of "You're a Weaver of Dreams" on there that I really enjoy.
Re: Charles Mingus; I'd probably get Mingus Ah Um
as a starting point. The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
is a great record, so is Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus
- with the added bonus that you get to ask for a copy of Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus
at the record store - but Mingus Ah Um
is the best introduction, I think.