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Jazz/blues/R &B reccomendations

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I'm trying to get into some older music. So much is forgotten today. Everybody I know seems to listen to angsty "I hate my mom/girlfriend/life" modern rock/new metal. Sometimes I just need to put on Booker T. and the MG's or something classic just to keep me in a good mood, but I keep playing the same stuff over and over. I've listened to some old, old stuff like Fats Waller, Scott Joplin, Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fuller, Rev Gary Davis, Django, etc and 50's-60's R&B a little bit... but not much more than Booker or Al Green and Coltrane..and some other stuff. I'm just trying to keep busy with listening to music. Anybody have any suggestions?
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If it's jazz you want (in no particular order) :

Thelonious Monk - Underground
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue ; *****es Brew
John Coltrane - Giant Steps
Herbie Hancock - Headhunters
Pat Metheny Group - The Way Up

Kind of Blue it's sort of a calling card for Jazz as a whole so you might as well start from there.

Alternatively, you could try some classical, but in that case i need to know what your musical sensibilities are before i suggest anything. Classical comes in many different genres and styles that are worlds apart from each other and some of them are a little too complex without some formal understanding of the music...
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