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Bill Frisell’s Music Education: From Mickey Mouse to Miles Davis

We asked Frisell to recommend a playlist for someone looking to take a crash course in jazz. It proved a difficult assignment. Frisell explains that if you follow one person, it will lead to you all the other jazz greats. He remembers listening to a record where Ron Carter played bass. “So then I go, well I’m gonna get another jazz record. So I get a Kenny Burrell record and there’s Ron Carter’s playing bass on that one. And then I get a Miles Davis record and Ron Carter’s playing bass on that one. Then Ron plays with Miles Davis and Miles Davis played with John Coltrane and then John Coltrane played with Duke Ellington, and Duke Ellington played with Louis Armstrong.” Frisell says the world of jazz is like a forest with all the seeds coming down from a giant tree.

via Bill Frisell’s Music Education: From Mickey Mouse to Miles Davis | Big Think.

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