Best Jazz Artists
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most albums, songs; he invented a different kind of jazz
A true innovator. I don't know anything about Jazz, but the few albums I've heard by him blew me away
Miles really changed the game when it came to jazz music. If he wasn't around, I don't think we would've had artists like Robert Glasper and Christian Scott today. - McgillacuddyV2 Comments
he is such a freakin great saxaphonist. any jazz saxaphonist (like myself) studies him day in and day out and can only dream of being as good as him - fireinside96
No matter who is the next generation of good Jazzmen/women, no matter how many classic jazz albums have come out, no matter how many good jazz instrumentals we hear or have heard, Louis Armstrong will be to jazz as Elvis was to rock, and Michael Jacskson was to pop. He will be the king of Jazz forever - greatesttop10s
I can't believe he's not on this list! Ever heard What a wonderful World? - Alpha101
La Vie en Rose. Although it's a cover, his version is quite dreamy.V1 Comment
he is just awesome. I can't stop listening to him. Whenever I open Itunes, the first song I listen to is always one of Duke Ellington's songs.
He's the best of the best his music is inspiring and he composed and played his whole life like 50 years
Don't understand why he is not at number one?
He had the biggest voice ever "made"!V1 Comment
My new favorite jazz artist (with me being a saxaphonist Bennie's work is the key element for me). - fireinside96
Really, #9... Name any jazz musician who could solo as good as "bird"... Still can't think of one? Exactly!
Ella Fitzgerald should be right at the top of this list. No one does ballads and up-tempo numbers with the same fluency and consistency as Ella. Even fellow greats like Bing Crosby, Duke Ellington and Ira Gershwin have praised her beyond themselves
It's hard to believe that this lady is so low down on this list. I love Amy Winehouse, she had an incredible Jazz voice but to place her above Ella? Come on! - Britgirl
One of the best singers ever and a queen of jazz
I adore this woman. She's just amazing. - Britgirl
Norah Jones as 6? No offense, but this must be a joke. - classick
Amy Winehouse absolutely does not get the credit she deserves. What my generation, and even some of the older generations seem to have an extremely difficult time understanding is she LIVED the jazz lifestyle! Our greatest jazz vocalist and other jazz musicians have been through some of the same things (i.E. - Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker) The difference is, following her horrid relationship with her ex husband and her bad decision to engage in hard drugs she was "raped" for lack of better word by the ridiculous tabloids. There are no words good enough to describe how huge her talent is, as both a singer and song writer. The standards she has sang are impeccable and her own material is original, thought provoking and beyond a pleasure to listen to.
She had just something special. If you only listen to the sound if her voice (and not to the lyrics) you know what she's singing about.
And her lyrics: I haven't understood yet how a person can put so many emotions in a few words... she was a personality, there isn't another person who is as 'different' as her.
She is THE jazz musician for me, I'll never forget her! - AllRockMusicGirl
Amy was an incredible talent with a totally unique voice who was enjoyable whether drunk or sober. Too bad she said no, no, no.
Amy was something special. What she had was unexplainable. She was a true jazz singer.V1 Comment
Absolutely! One of Jazz's all-time best groups. Their first album, "Return to Forever," is a gem and one of my very favorites.
He's still got it. Don't belive me? Listen to the album Cheek To Cheek he made with Lady Gaga, who, by the way also has an incredible rich voice for Jazz. - Britgirl
Crazy and weird, yet not free chaos. Structured chaos is Mingus
The liner notes on one of his albums are from his physcologist. That tells you how good he is!
If you don't think he's the best, listen to hatian fight song. The EndV1 Comment
Maybe more on the rock side than jazz, but the styles and purely insane masturbation produced in the music makes them one of the best in all jazz rock/fusion.
Unbelievable keyboard player... The melodic lines he thinks of on the spot are inconceivable!
Benny Goodman is obviously the best. His jazz band was the first jazz band to ever play at carnegie hall.
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