But when it comes to jazz, I know NOTHING and never have. ZIP. I've heard of Miles Davis At a thrift store yesterday I bought a cd of Peter Leitch Quartet called "Say What you Mean," brought it home and liked it. Oh no, this might turn into something But where to start? I use Pandora to learn about music that's new to me......but there's like 7 different categories just for Jazz.
A good friend of mine told me. "Follow the sidemen" So pick one or two albums from the list above and once you find a sound you like, jot down the players on that album. For instance, The Miles Davis Quintet Miles Smiles
would lead you to the phenomenal bass player Ron Carter, the incredible Herbie Hancock and the incomparable Wayne Shorter. The Turnaround
by Hank Mobley leads one to Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones, Herbie Hancock (again), Donald Byrd and Freddie Hubbard. It has worked great for me.