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Best modern jazz artists

Connemara

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By modern, I mean young/"up and coming" folks. Michael Brecker was phenomenal. Too soon gone
 

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Buckethead
 

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Jazz is dead, I am sorry to report.
 

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I don't jazz like that but I can't stop listening to Portico Quartet - Knee Deep.......

Let me know if you are interested.
 

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Almost forgot Roy Hargrove.
 

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Roy Hargrove was the first jazz album I bought, something like 12 years ago. Fantastic artist.

I'll think up a list.
 

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Have you heard his latest, Earsoft or something like that? It's great.
 

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Have you heard his latest, Earsoft or something like that? It's great.
 

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+1 to Portico Quartet.

Newest E.S.T. record is excellent. Unfortunately, Esbjörn Svensson died this year--another unfortunate and tragic loss. The record was released posthumously I believe.

In iPod order, here are some current favorites of mine:

-Benevento Russo Duo
-Brad Mehldau
-Chris Potter
-Christian Wallmrod Ensemble
-Flat Earth Societ
-Happy Apple
-Neil Cowley Trio
-Robert Glasper
-Sam Yahel Trio
-Tim Collins
-Vijay Iyer

If you like Brecker, try Chris Potter if you haven't already.
 

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Straight from Helsinki, The Five Corners Quintet and the whole Ricki Tick Records collective. Teppo Makynen is considered one of the best modern jazz drummers, and the whole band is hot. They have released two LPs, and four EPs (LPs both in CD and vinyl format, EPs only in vinyl). Mark Murphy is collaborating in both their LPs. Their sound is reminiscent of Prestige and Impulse, and they combine amazing improvisational skills with a groovy beat, just like Art Blakey meant it to be. Also check out the solo albums of Timo Lassy (sax) and Jukka Eskola (trumpet). And their live gigs are simply electrifying.

The latest album of Nicola Conte ("Rituals") is amazing. More atmospheric, and it contains a killer version of Caravan.

The Hi-Fly Orchestra from Germany are also worth a listen.
 

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Originally Posted by rsgould
+1 to Portico Quartet. Newest E.S.T. record is excellent. Unfortunately, Esbjörn Svensson died this year--another unfortunate and tragic loss. The record was released posthumously I believe.
Great suggestions both. Oh, and I almost forgot. Medenski, Martin & Wood are simply amazing. A hammond trio (hammond organ, bass and drums), they are really pushing the sound of the hammond combo. Some of their albums are more free-jazz, some funkier, all great.
 

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Speaking of jazz drummers--ain't none better right now than Brian Blade. Not sure if he counts as up-and-coming anymore though...
 

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I really like listening to Kneebody. "Low Electrical Worker" is a good place to start with them.

"Dr. Beauchef, Penguin Dentist" is a wicked song, imo.
 

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Originally Posted by rsgould
Speaking of jazz drummers--ain't none better right now than Brian Blade. Not sure if he counts as up-and-coming anymore though...

I started playing the drums after seeing/hearing Brian Blade four years back. He is unbelievable.
 

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