So I've only recently started getting into jazz, and it seems I'm going slow because it's hard to jump into an entire genre without knowing much about it. I trust the people on AK to lead me in the right direction, so I'm not just blowing money, (vinyl), and getting stuff I won't much care for. I feel there are levels in which immersion becomes more comfortable. I wouldn't suggest to someone just getting into metal to start with Nasum or Gadget. I've got some interests as a starting point. Obviously, Herbie Hancocks "Head Hunters" is a nice listen. I got it on a whim in digital format, and only later found out how insanely popular it's been for many years. I jumped to "Kind of Blue" and, while enjoyable, seemed to lack some of the kick that "fusion" had for me. I've heard good things about Coltrane, Mingus, Davis, etc. But I think starting out I might like my jazz to be spiked with a little funk or soul. The wild clarinet spasms are just a little too intense for me at this time. Same with the tracks that wander WAY far away into the ether before coming back into line. So, any suggestion for a neophyte? I'm thinking the aforementioned Headhunters, Bitches Brew, and maybe Birth of the Cool? It's what Amazon is suggesting anyway.