Jason sez: Like it or not, music streaming is here to stay. And while there are obvious problems with streaming services as regards paying the musicians in question, the flip side is also undeniable: We now have access to most of what’s been recorded through the history of audio recordings.
I grew up in a small town with no record store in the age before the internet. Finding jazz was a huge challenge. Now I can listen to nearly anything at any time, no matter where I am. If you’re a music fan, it’s a great time to be alive.
That said, the vast ocean of available music can be hard to navigate, so I thought I’d highlight a few Spotify playlists that bring together particular kinds of music. You can play these on your computer with a free Spotify account, or using the app, also with a free account.
Yanow’s Hardbop Essentials
Jazz writer Scott Yanow wrote a list of the albums he considers core components of the hard bop genre. I turned that list into a playlist.
The Blue Note Records Discography
Does what it says on the tin. Here’s that classic Blue Note sound. All of it.
Here’s a Spotify-curated playlist of hip hop that draws on jazz, and jazz that draws on hip hop.
The “Complete” John Coltrane
97 hours of Trane as a leader and sideman. Yes please.
ECM Records: 1001-1999
Or how about 800+ hours of music from one of the great European record labels?