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Gotta be some jazz fans out there in SF land, right? I'm just starting to get more into the genre. I really like piano and samba stuff and really stay away from electronic-y stuff. Anyone else out there? Hoping we can share favorites, youtube clips, recommendations, club spots et cetera.

I'm still trying to figure out which sub-genre the songs I like fit into so I can explore more artists.
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Conne was enamored of this musical style a few years ago....
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I love jazz and have a basic knowledge, but I couldn't tell you about current events. Torme, Fitzgerald, Davis, Brubeck, Coltrane, Monk, can't get enough of 'em. I also like what some call smooth jazz. Who are you listening to?
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Right now I'm listening to a lot of Vince Guaraldi..who..oddly enough was the guy who wrote a lot of the Peanuts music before he died lol icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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Right now I'm listening to a lot of Vince Guaraldi..who..oddly enough was the guy who wrote a lot of the Peanuts music before he died lol icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

I know it well, have the Christmas album. Along those lines, you should Pandora a fellow by the name of Johnny Costa.
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I know it well, have the Christmas album. Along those lines, you should Pandora a fellow by the name of Johnny Costa.

Johnny Costa is really great

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0eLfDebUlY

post #7 of 14
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I'll have to check him out.

I generally prefer jazz with just a piano, a bass and a drum kit...maybe a guitar. I really like piano based stuff. What sub-genre would that likely fall into?
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Some of that Peanuts music is amazing.

 

I'm a big fan of Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk and earlier Miles Davis, as mentioned by previous posters. I also love Kenny Burrell, Jimmy Smith and Stanley Turrentine. They produced some great albums in their own right and some great stuff together. Well worth checking out.

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Probably the best show I've seen in the last few years was the Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko - here he is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94dkiKOa6kk

I've found "The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings" very helpful for recommendations. YMMV of course depending on whether your tastes line up with the authors'.

Some favorite piano recordings:

"Upon Reflection", Hank and Elvin Jones' tribute to their brother Thad
John Lewis, "Evolution" (solo) and "Evolution II" (with guitar/bass/drums)
Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage", a quintet with most of Miles Davis' group at the time
Bill Evans' complete Village Vanguard set, a bargain at $20
Brad Mehldau's "Art of the Trio" sets
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I'm going to try and post a video a day as much as I can to keep this thing alive
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I'll have to check him out.
I generally prefer jazz with just a piano, a bass and a drum kit...maybe a guitar. I really like piano based stuff. What sub-genre would that likely fall into?

Check out some stuff by Eldar Djangirov. Might be right up your alley.

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Some other jazz artists I think are great that haven't been mentioned yet (these are a bit more current): Dana Hall, Takuya Kuroda, Ahmad Jamal, Bobby Watson, Alaadeen.
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I'll have to check him out.
I generally prefer jazz with just a piano, a bass and a drum kit...maybe a guitar. I really like piano based stuff. What sub-genre would that likely fall into?

I caught Brad Mehldau Trio in Ravenna Jazz open air old fortress last night. Phenomenally gifted. Did some classics, some Beatles' covers, and own stuff.
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Conne was enamored of this musical style a few years ago....

Still am!
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I'll have to check him out.
I generally prefer jazz with just a piano, a bass and a drum kit...maybe a guitar. I really like piano based stuff. What sub-genre would that likely fall into?

Called the piano trio. Some great stuff:

-Oscar Peterson
-Red Garland
-Sonny Clark
-Bill Evans (this is more complex stuff, Evans had a penchant for emotionally charged music)
-Horace Silver (one of the best composers in jazz history; his stuff is witty, humorous)

If you want guitar thrown in there, go with anything Grant Green did. Incredible guitarist, composer, band leader.
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