Monday, April 30, is International Jazz Day, proclaimed by UNESCO goodwill ambassador Herbie Hancock. There will be streaming concerts and much more on jazzday.com. It seems like an apt time for a solid historical overview of jazz. Over the years, people have asked me, 'I've just started listening to jazz, what should I get?' and 'What jazz albums do you think everyone should have in their collection?' Here are my top recommendations to provide a broad foundation for understanding jazz through classic performances that have stood the test of time."
Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane are prominently featured, of course, but Holtje features more recent albums as well, writing, Unlike Ken Burns, I don't believe...that one cannot include recent music on a list like this. In fact, I think that a list without some current artists is cowardly and less useful."
Follow the link for the complete article, sure to inspire—as such articles always do—conversations about what does and doesn't belong on the list.