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Wow, Jonah. Many of the names on your list are completely new to me. I think I need to do some sampling because I wouldn't know one style of jazz from another. You mentioned that this wouldn't be your "favorites" list. How about giving us some of the albums on that list?
edit: I know Kind of Blue is on all these 'best of' lists, but it just leaves me cold. Good thing I can type this, because my lips would be blue if I tried saying that. That's how cold it leaves me. To each their own, as always. There's ''best of' books I've tried to read that I couldn't get into, either. And five years later, tried reading it again,and loved it. Perhaps one day I'll be struck by that blue thunderbolt of jazz, and love it.
thom, I'm listening to my fave Pat Metheny right now...it's been too long!
I'll check out your faves. Rats. The library doesn't have those.
The thing I like best about Kind of Blue is how easy it is to connect it to any other jazz album - like Metheny plaid with Chick Corea, who plaid with Miles on fusion stuff and there - back to Kind of Blue.
Pat Metheny, thank you, and Bill Frisell, I was beginning to feel like Ken Burns all over again - jazz without guitars. Just to throw out a few names from my jaundiced perspective: