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    I thought it would be nice to establish a counterpart to a thread which already exists in the classical music section of the forum. So, obviously, this would pertain to any new jazz which you have sampled and really enjoyed. I apologize if somehere in this section such a thread already exists; I for one haven't seen it.
    Anyway, to open this I'll submit a piece by a group I have only really gotten into recently, and unfortunately, its leader was tragically and all too prematurely taken from us. I doubt the music world will ever see or enjoy his like any time soon--if ever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ij59...eature=related
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    Hmm, the newest jazz can be tough…

    I have only recently come across of such bands as Red Snapper and The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, but did happen to enjoy the latest releases of both. Neither of the two are “conventional” jazz outfits though (more like acid stuff), so much would depend on what kind of music one enjoys.

    And just to throw in a couple of more names: Zanussi Five and Free Fall. Funny enough, these couldn’t be more different from the two above, but are quite similar to each other, imho, as both are “difficult”, “dissonant”, and “atonal”. (As if I knew what that funny term stood for.)
    When I hear John Cage’s 4’33”, I reach for my earplugs.

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    @Serge, Can you post some of the groups you mentioned via you tube doing pieces you particularly like so the rest of us might get a sampling of their best works?
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    Sorry, samurai, but I can't access youtube links as my outdated software inevitably crashes.

    Also, I tend to take albums as a whole, so would probably have difficulty picking up particular pieces from those.

    As for the album names, and the first tracks on those:

    Red Snapper - Key (In Your Backs)
    The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble - From The Stairwell (All Is One)
    Zanussi Five - Ghost Dance (Body And Zeuhl)
    Free Fall - Gray Scale (Lividus)

    Hope this helps.
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    I found the name of the group The Kilmanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble intriguing and check then out of curiosiy. Here is he piece which Serge mentioned for them all is One from their third album From The Stairwell. Interesting!



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    I've been listening to Jacques Loussier quite a bit for the first time. While his take on Bach and other baroque stuff strikes me as overly novel, his Debussy and Satie interpretations are legit. He obviously understands the music and isn't just hamfisting together classical and jazz idioms.
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    For myself, being rather new to jazz, I just discovered that Ken Burns' documentary series on jazz is available for instant viewing on Netflix. I've been getting my first tastes of long-established greats like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, not to mention getting to hear the first jazz ever recorded--exciting stuff!

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    @World Violist, That is indeed a great series and a wonderful place to start for any jazz enthusiast/newbie. There are also individual cds available of the artists who are profiled. I have Dave Brubeck and Miles Davis, among others. Enjoy.
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    Nils Petter Molvaer a Norwegian trumpeter of some class. And he rocks too.

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    My latest jazz obsession is Masayuki Takayanagi. Mass Hysterism in Another Place is genius.

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    John Hollenbeck-Joys And Desires (original, progressive big band music. Very melodic and accessible)
    Ben Monder-Flux; Oceana (progressive guitar)
    Donny McCaslin-In Pursuit (post-bop tenor sax-guitar combo w/ Ben Monder)
    Bobo Stenson-Cantando (Euro-jazz piano trio w/ spacious sound, great drummer, on ECM)
    Ben Monder/Theo Bleckmann-At Night (ambient and unusual guitar/voice sound sculptures)

    Nguyen Le- Three Trios; Homescape, ELB; Dancing On The Tiger's Tail (fantastic French/Vietnamese guitarist into modern ECM-ish, and world jazz. Every album sounds different. May appeal to fans of Metheny, Terje Rypdal, Bill Frisell, John McLaughlin. Another album, Saiyuki is an east/west Shakti type trio. Wonderful stuff!)

    I've lost interest in straight/conventional jazz. If you're so inclined, check out some of this modern/contemporary stuff. This is all very accessible, melodic music. Not free jazz noise.

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    If free jazz is noise then a cathedral is a house.
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    Free jazz noise is not the same as saying all free jazz is noise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    Not free jazz noise.
    Free Jazz Noise is the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    John Hollenbeck-Joys And Desires (original, progressive big band music. Very melodic and accessible)
    Ben Monder-Flux; Oceana (progressive guitar)
    Donny McCaslin-In Pursuit (post-bop tenor sax-guitar combo w/ Ben Monder)
    Bobo Stenson-Cantando (Euro-jazz piano trio w/ spacious sound, great drummer, on ECM)
    Ben Monder/Theo Bleckmann-At Night (ambient and unusual guitar/voice sound sculptures)

    Nguyen Le- Three Trios; Homescape, ELB; Dancing On The Tiger's Tail (fantastic French/Vietnamese guitarist into modern ECM-ish, and world jazz. Every album sounds different. May appeal to fans of Metheny, Terje Rypdal, Bill Frisell, John McLaughlin. Another album, Saiyuki is an east/west Shakti type trio. Wonderful stuff!)

    I've lost interest in straight/conventional jazz. If you're so inclined, check out some of this modern/contemporary stuff. This is all very accessible, melodic music. Not free jazz noise.
    Really like Bobo, Do you know Enrico Pieranunzi?
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