If you’ve read our article on why it’s not too late to start collecting vinyl records, then you’ve probably started looking for a place to start. There are a near-infinite number of available choices depending on your personal taste in music.
So what kind of music should you start with? Well, any experienced vinyl collector will point you towards jazz. Jazz isn’t only timeless but it also sounds great on vinyl. Starting your collection with the best jazz records available helps when it comes to building the foundations of your burgeoning collection.
If you want to start off on the right foot, then we’ve got a couple of recommendations that you might be interested in. For those of you who want to know more about this, read on as we list down our picks of the most essential jazz records that you have to own on vinyl.
Chet Baker Sings by Chet Baker
This record is perfect for people who want to dip their toes into jazz. While he’s known as a trumpet player, Chet Bakers Sings is the artist’s debut as a singer. Now, this doesn’t mean that he’s completely hung up the trumpet for this record but this will be as accessible as you can get when it comes to appreciating jazz. Let Baker’s effortless cool soothe your ears with classic tracks such as “My Funny Valentine” and “There Will Be Another You”.
A Love Supreme by John Coltrane
John Coltrane is one name that’s commonly attached to jazz music. This shouldn’t be surprising as the man was and is one of the most influential forces that has helped make jazz what it is today. If you don’t believe in the perfect record, we suggest you give Coltrane’s A Love Supreme a chance as it is a masterclass in what jazz music is supposed to be. While this may be a little harder to get into for people who are new to the genre, it hardly takes an expert to appreciate what many consider to be Coltrane’s opus.
Kind of Blue by Miles Davis
It would be a crime to not mention Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue in a discussion on essential jazz records. While Davis alone would be enough for any jazz enthusiast, Davis’ band for this record features two of the most accomplished jazz musicians in the history of the genre: John Coltrane and Julian “Cannonball” Adderley. While we can go on and on about each track on this record, it’s really important to listen to all the songs and take this record as a whole as it really shines when you appreciate how cohesive each song as Davis has built a full-blown musical experience within the record’s five tracks.
The Epic by Kamasi Washington
If you’re looking for a good example of where jazz is nowadays, look no further than Kamsi Washington’s The Epic. This mammoth record features 13 musicians and 17 tracks spread across three different pieces of vinyl. Washington is a modern master of jazz that is pushing the boundaries of what the genre is. Through his work, Washington gives listeners a glimpse into just how far jazz can still go all while exemplifying what makes jazz great in the first place.
We’d like to remind you that this list shouldn’t be taken too seriously. While these recommendations are great examples of what the best of jazz has to offer, you should be the one that ultimately decides what goes into your collection. With that being said, we hope this list proves to be useful when it comes to helping you kick off your vinyl collecting journey.
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