here is my list in no order, other than John Coltrane being number 1 , for hopefully a key that will open up more doors and windows inside of you to in turn open up more doors and windows … we are all teachers , we are all students!
John Coltrane: the africa sessions is about as good as anywhere to start with his music although plays the blues is just as great. if you want to take it slow … start with the fantasy stuff that is more traditional jazz or the miles davis stuff he is on.you know you are in trouble when ascension starts sounding beautiful to you ….. im in trouble (big smile)
Hounddog Taylor: anything you can find! if you want the blues…it doesnt get any rawer or better than this PERIOD. some of the stuff on fat possum like T Model is right up there though.
The Impressions with Curtis Mayfield: i would just get a greatest hits and then go from there… its all really good! the lyrics are really great and and the music is as soulful as you can get. Also check out the people that Curtis Mayfield wrote for … like Major Lance.
Sly and the Family Stone: again i would just get greatest hits to start with and go from there.we really need more bands like this one!
Fugazi: 13 songs. really great thought provoking songs… you cant be what you were indeed!
Operation Ivy: Operation Ivy…. the kids picked the flag up and took it higher up the mountain.everyone i have played this record for, no mater what they listen to, has liked this record. i have always wondered what would have happened if they would have not
broken up so early.
Bert Jansch and John Renbourn: Bert and John is a good place to start but there is more where that came from… together and separate. i was playing acoustic before punk rock and am still playing it today. i always seemed to gravitate towards the european stuff because they tend to use more open tunings and the chords they use seem to open things up alot more… this stuff and the idea of opening things up in chords was a huge influence on me though it took me sometime to realize it.
John Martyn: lots of people say Solid Air .. I say Bless The Weather and anything before (*see 7) i saw him live in the 70s opening for Humble Pie. he walked out with just his guitar and alot of memory man type pedals and though my friends all went to the bathroom/etc… i thought it was amazing! (big smile)
Aaron Copland – Fanfare For The Common Man: really great and once again , im a sucker for those chords! if you are ever driving in amazing scenery …put this on , you will feel like you are in a PBS special. (smile)
Steve Reich – 18 Musicians: to some less enlightened people , this stuff is monotonous … i think it is amazing and uplifting and reflective all at the same time.all of his stuff is great and if you like … you should also check out Terry Riley In C.
Descendents – Milo Goes To College: so you think it started with greenday? WRONG!
Gang Of 4 – Entertainment: so you think it started with the rapture? Wrong again! really really great! record. I saw them live the night reagan was made president … they came out … looked
at the audience … shook their heads and asked what are we thinking.
Pharoah Sanders – Black Unity: the record that started me on to the less traveled road of the dreaded free jazz. one song … two sides of the lp … and it has such a bass line and rhythm that you never know (until someone points it out ) that they are not playing that anymore (smartass smile). this and the Chicago Art Ensemble opened up so many doors and windows inside of me and laid the foundation for all my next breaths.
KRS1 – Boogie Down Productions: really great insightful words .
what i havent heard yet or i dont even know about …. always always stay wide open!
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