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#21 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.89
I thought the Ray Charles was covered under Blind Black men!

Anyhow, his movie soundtrack is coming out, thats a GREAT collection to have.
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But still - he deserves mentioning by name. It's Ray Charles, man.
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#23 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.24
Just on the end of this, but don't leave out some good Gospel Blues - it's worth a listen. Ffor the origional stuff, go with Blind Willie Johnson, for later, go with Kaiser/Mansfield, Larry Howard or Gary Davis.

You'll be amazed at the depth and raw power



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#24 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.64
I'm not an "expert", but I did host a blues/jazz radio show for two years. So here's my two cents...

I'm not a big fan of Texas style blues (Johnny Winter, etc), more of a fan of delta and Chicago style blues.

The list is in no particular order:

Charles Brown
Tah Mahal
Corey Harris
Olu Dara
Cafe R&B
Screamin' Jay Hawkins
T-Bone Walker
Howlin' Wolf
Leadbelly
Otis Rush
Bo Diddly
Muddy Waters
Bukka White
BB King (live from Cook Country Jail is a MUST own)
Albert King

As far as labels go, Rounder, Alligator, Blind Pig are good places to start. Rhino also puts out a multi-volume, "Blues Masters: The Essential Blues Collection", where each volume is a cross sampling of a certain style or theme.

Jazz is tougher, because everyone pretty much likes what they like - and while there might be some cross over, it's not necessarily consistent. Personally, I prefer stuff a little more outside:

Miles Davis
Thelonius Monk
John Coltrane
Pharoah Sanders
Rhassan Roland Kirk
Yusef Lateef
Ornette Coleman
James "Blood" Ulmer

More "conservative" stuff:

Count Basie
Duke Ellington
Ella Fitzgerald
Charlie Parker
Nina Simone
Sarah Vaughn
Wes Montegomery
Modern Jazz Quartet
Joe Pass (odd for my taste, but again)
Johnny Hartman (amazing vocalist)



But that's me.

IMPULSE is a great label to start with, although it can be hit or miss. The release a bit of everything, from Diana Krall (yuck) to John Coltrane's Interstellar Space and Meditations (WAY out there).

This is where I would recommend starting - and then look at who's playing on what albums you get, and try to pick up things they've done as the "headliner". ANd in all cases, try to push your tastes a little bit. I never would have gotten into late Coltrane if I hadn't picked up Pharoah Sanders, etc...

squiz and TheCow also had some good recommendations. And the Alligator Anniversary is also a great idea.






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#25 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.36
For something new, I strongly recommend the John Legend album.



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#26 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.94
Oh, also, and very very highly recommended: Junior Kimbrough.

The definition of raw Mississippi Delta blues. Plaid most of his time in an old shack. "All Night Long" was recorded in an old converted Church and is just so full of emotion and rawness and beauty and just moving notes you can't ignore.

There's no frilly stuff here, just one man and his Blues, and you listening.

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