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Old 07-08-07, 10:12 AM
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School me on jazz...

Ok, I know I like SOME jazz, but I don't really know what artists to delve into.
Here's what I like:

* Guitar, trumpet, piano
* more simplistic song structures (verse/bridge/chorus/solo, etc), with vocals---more of an emphasis on 'the song' as opposed to the virtuosity of the players
* slower, chord-based guitar parts
* more minor key, downbeat stuff

And here's what I'm not looking for:

* long, freeform jams
* guitar parts that have lots of fast, single notes

Sorry if this is kind of vague---any suggestions?
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I loves me this album...
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Originally Posted by Vandelay_Inds
From your description, looks like jazz isn't really what you're looking for.

you may be right. No, maybe my description of what I'm looking for isn't that great, but this Billie Holiday song would be an example:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=h4ZyuULy9zs

That's what I'm talkin' about. Is that type of song and playing a particular type of jazz, or part of a subset, or movement....? What other artists were/are working in a similar vein?
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I loves me this album...
Thanks--I checked out some Jimmy Smith stuff on youtube--I may explore him a bit more.
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Try Wes Montgomery. One of the great jazz guitarists of all time, but he wasn't flashy, just very, very tasteful.
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
Try Wes Montgomery. One of the great jazz guitarists of all time, but he wasn't flashy, just very, very tasteful.
Thanks---great suggestion. One of the few jazz cds I have is one of his recordings, and I do like his playing. What a great guitar tone he had, too---warm, thick, mellow.
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Thanks---great suggestion. One of the few jazz cds I have is one of his recordings, and I do like his playing. What a great guitar tone he had, too---warm, thick, mellow.
He played with his thumb.

One day, when I retire from the rock guitar godhood , I plan to take up jazz guitar and play as much like Montgomery as possible.
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Yeah, granted, Smith is not a guitarist, but anyone interested in "jazz" should give him a listen...
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I would also suggest, anything from "The New Mastersounds", in particular:


"This Is How We Do"

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