Getting into Jazz can seem a bit overwhelming with a multitude of eras, styles and offshoots of both of those, but there are a number of good entry points that can help you get your feet wet as you wade into that massive ocean of music. Any of these albums can help you get acclimated and can help steer you to your preferred style. Honestly, these are all incredible albums and each are considered classics of the genre, so you really can’t go wrong with any of them.
The one good thing to come out of the pandemic is that a lot of musicians just continued to write and record music while we were on a 15 month shutdown. 2021 has had albums coming out fast and furious so far and it shows no signs of slowing down. With that in mind, it’s time to talk about a few of the best ones so far.
My tastes generally steer far away from the mainstream, so I always find it weird to list my top releases, knowing that I’m probably operating with a vastly different list than most folks do. With that said, here’s my Top 5 of Early 2021 list.
One of the best things about the ongoing vinyl revival is that there are a ton of great records seeing quality reissues or box sets. There are quite a few really good ones out recently that deserve your attention.
Sometimes you hit the jackpot when you have a record store. Used albums come in all the time, but occasionally the motherlode walks in the door and that’s what happened recently. Along with a myriad of other titles, there are some all time classics setting on the shelves that really need a good home.
Nashville gave up on country music years ago and now just churns out twangy pop music that has more akin to boy band music than country, folk or bluegrass music. Personally, I can’t stand what is considered country music now, but there are artists out there that still do make real country music and it’s fantastic.