I want to be challenged musically and culturally. That was just one of many cool things about getting into punk rock way back when. It it really wasn't all that different from the feeling I got when I was learning to surf. It was "What's this all about? Let's try this." And so on. So, I listen to jazz. Yeah. I don't know shit about it. But that's what I'm getting at. I don't want to listen to stuff I already know about, not all the time anyway. I like getting put in front of something that I don't find objectionable, but still don't fully understand. Jazz works for that.
Today, or what remains of it, is International Jazz Day. In 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization designated April 30 as the day "to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe." I'll buy. Here's some random links to jazz stuff. Three links to lengthy informative posts with ten songs each by John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Art Blakey. And another link to "A Beginners Guide to Free Jazz" with another thirteen songs.
~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~Listen:
Sun Ra - Angels and Demons at Play mp3 at Destination: Out
Sonny Rollins - I'm an Old Cow Hand (From the Rio Grande) mp3 at Time Goes By
The Ornette Coleman Trio - European Echoes mp3 at Art Decade
Ten By John Coltrane at Rubber City Review
Ten With Art Blakey at Rubber City Review
Ten By Miles Davis at Rubber City Review
A Beginners Guide to Free Jazz at Destination Out