Though I've been dabbling in Jazz since High School, I'm now officially down the rabbit hole as DavidA likes to say. There's two reasons it's taken me so long to really get into Jazz: 1) I had other genres I wanted to get into and I couldn't listen to everything, and 2) Jazz on CD sucks ass! (I didn't realize this until I started collecting vinyl, but the CD has really done music a disservice. In fact, I have a pet theory that one of the reasons pop music has been so terrible over the last 30 years or so is that digitally there may not be an appreciable difference to the untrained ear between say Taylor Swift and Bob Dylan, or Katy Perry and Paul Simon; whereas on wax the difference is readily apparent). I digress. So, even though I've had and enjoyed albums like Take 5 and Kind Of Blue for a while, I've only felt the need to really get into everything Jazz since I got my turntable. Duke Ellington and Mose Alison were the first musicians I really started collecting, and then the dual influence of the VMP Ben Webster release and the movie Whiplash has now got me hooked. Lately I've been obsessed with (aka spent a lot of money on) Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Hank Mobley, Wes Montgomery, and Dexter Gordon. And I think I can say that Bebop is my favorite Jazz sub-genre. I've also just discovered, by way of People Under The Stairs, the greatness of CTI Records and I've been listening to a lot of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ron Carter, George Benson, Freddie Hubbard, Hubert Laws, and Deodato. --- I thought I'd start this thread because it seems there's a lot of Jazz talk going on around these forums but no thread topic specifically dedicated to it. So feel free to bring up any Jazz topics you like. Possible discussions could be favorite artists; favorite albums; favorite sub-genres (bebop, ragtime, big band...etc); best album artwork. Jazz history, or good Jazz anecdotes. Good live Jazz spots, or great concerts you've been to. Whatever you want to talk about.