Listen to one of the American genres with some quintessential albums

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LAUREN PETTIT

There’s more to this genre than elevator music.

It is said that jazz is the United States’ only original art form. It is a music born from struggle and full of complexity, nuance and expression.

However, it can be hard to start listening, as there are thousands of artists and albums out there and many are not necessarily super accessible. So, for your convenience, here are 10 of, in my opinion, the best jazz albums ever recorded for those unfamiliar with the genre. They are a great jumping-off point for anyone who wants to start listening to America’s music. 

You can find all of these albums on Spotify or any streaming service you might use.

Miles Davis – “Kind of Blue”

This might be the quintessential jazz album. Every track on this record is great, from the simplicity of “So What” to the beautiful ballad “Blue in Green.” Miles is arguably at his best here, backed up by some of the finest musicians of the era. This one’s definitely worth your time. 

Dave Brubeck Quartet – “Time Out”

Another classic album. The album’s most famous track is “Take Five,” but the other tracks are equally good, if not better. I think “Blue Rondo a la Turk” is the strongest on this album, showcasing the quartet as they seemingly switch from 9/8 time to 4/4 swing and back again.
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