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Influential Jazz Artists?

Discussion in 'Blues & Jazz' started by Magic, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. hawk11

    hawk11 Senior Member

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    Miles Davis
    John Coltrane
    Charlie Parker
    Coleman Hawkins
    Stan Getz
    Roland Kirk
    Wynton Marsalis
     
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    Adding Billy Cobham to my list. :grinthumb
     
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    There are alot of great artists mentioned in the thread but in my very biased opinion no artist has done more to impact the history of jazz as Miles Davis did.

    Albums like Birth Of The Cool, Kind Of Blue, E.S.P., Filles de Kilimanjaro, Bitches Brew, A Tribute To Jack Johnson, On The Corner, were not just influential, the music from those albums changed jazz and totally expanded its boundaries and pushed jazz on to new directions.

    For any artist to change music once is a great achievement.

    Miles changed music 3 to four times during his career.

    I don't think that can be said of any other artist in the history of jazz.
     
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    I think it's best if I stick to the ones that had an influence on my own tastes in jazz:

    Dave Brubeck (the first jazz artist I listened to)
    Thelonious Monk
    Herbie Hancock
    Charles Mingus
    Paul Desmond
    John Coltrane
    The Duke

    And as far as jazz drummers go, I'd put the late great Joe Morello up against Rich and Krupa any day.
     
  5. FunkyDrummer345

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    I'll probably add to this later...

    Allan Holdsworth
    Sonny Rollins
    Art Blakey
    Max Roach
    Hiromi Uehara
    Coleman Hawkins
    John Coltrane
    Miles Davis
    Thelonious Monk
    Charlie Parker
    Wes Montgomery
     
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    Sonny Stitt
    Ben Webster
    Count Basie
    Duke Ellington
    Bill Evans
    Charles Mingus
    Wayne Shorter
    Art Tatum
    Dizzy Gillespie
     
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    Ornette Coleman
    Tony Williams
    Paul Motian
    Pat Metheny
    Michael Brecker
    Jaco Pastorius
    Gary Burton
    J J Johnson
    Cecil Taylor
    Jean Luc Ponty
     
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    Aktivator aka Hightea

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    Plenty others
    Stan Getz
    McCoy Tyner
    Joe Pass
    Chick Corea
    Stanley Clarke
    Tony Williams
    Miles Davis
    Jaco Pastorius
    Jean Luc Ponty
    L. Shanker
    John Coltrane
    Charlie Parker
    Pat Metheny
    John McLaughlin
    Allan Holdsworth
    Tal Farlow
    John Abercrombie
    Ron Carter
    Thelonius Monk
    Jack DeJohnette
     
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    I've read many great and really fundamentals jazz artists.
    I add Bud Powell, co-founder of Bebop and Stan Kenton, bandleader, composer and arranger.
     

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