Wynton Marsalis and Kieth Jarrett.
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Last year I assisted my brother in a similar task for his retail business. He has received very positive feedback from his patrons:
Below are some of what he has in his collection:
CBS Sampler no boundaries
Chesky Records collection series 1
Columbia Records on the jazz tip volumes 1, 2, & 4; audio file 96
Concord Jazz stretch records sampler 97
CTI windows collection 1 & 2
DMP Sampler carved in stone; cat tracks, at taste of DMP; 20-Bit Digital Jazz
Fahrenheit Sampler the first four seasons; 96 taste test; jazz sampler 98
GRP all star big band; all star big band live; live in session; super live; 10th anniversary collection
Heads Up Records collections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; africa straight ahead
Higher Octave Music collections 1 & 2; evolution; world fusion
Instinct Records new voices 4; love boss a style; this is smooth jazz 5, africa
JVC Sampler world class music
MCA Sampler fall 97; spring into summer 88 and 89
Slimstyle Records swing this baby
Swingtime big band artist
Verve Sampler cool city sounds; pure jazz;
Warner Bros. best of smooth jazz 1, 2, 3, & 4
Most of the above can be found at used stores or online at places like www.half.com as we did.
Also, go to www.jazziz.com and review their monthly samplers. We ended up with quite a few of those too.
Go luck with the restaurant,
No. I think they intended it to be music. Coltrane for one didn't care where he played. He was known to spend hours playing after the concert had long been finished. Jazz isn't background music. It's music, whether you're criticaly listening to it or just having it in the background. There are places where you go to listen to music and there are places where you go to have live jazz in the background. That's the listener's choice. Of course most musicians would prefer a crowd that really wants to listen. But you think many of these jazz greats cared whether they played in a prestigious club or out in the streets? At least in the beginning, most of these guys just love to play. And that's what it's all about. It's about expressing yourself through the instrument or music whether you're happy or sad. And if you can communicate your feelings to someone else, then that's even better.
Jazz is such a wide genre now that one really shouldn't classify as one thing and not the other and restrict it.
Kind of Blue is such a frequently played album that it is good for all kind of moods. It doesn't stop being a reference for students, good music for the casual listener, and an album worth listening to for professional musicians.