The concept behind this week’s mixtape should be self-explanatory. This is a set of some of the best jazz music I’ve ever heard. The trouble with jazz, as most fans would agree, is that it’s really not something that should be experienced at home. Jazz is a living, breathing art and really should be heard live. That said, it’s a damn good thing that these recordings exist.
I’ve tried with this mixtape to be inclusive of different eras and different styles. Although I tend to gravitate toward hard bop from the ’50s and ’60s, I realize that every age has music of great value. I’ve also tried to include some lesser-known artists alongside the legends. Whether you’re a long-time jazz fan or you’ve been curious about jazz but intimidated by its sheer scope, I hope you’ll find at least one song here to enjoy.