Originally Posted by Dannyboy1
I don't even know how to go about finding good music. Where do you find your instrumental stuff?
My taste is pretty eccentric, and I'm often called a music snob, so I wouldn't bet on anyone else liking what I like. I started off listening to progressive rock and jazz as a teenager, and I would find more and more of it easily because the players would move to or be associated with other bands, and I would just follow all the tendrils of the musicians I liked.
I started off as a kid with Jean-Luc Ponty, Aaron Copland, Dixie Dregs, Genesis, Al Dimeola, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Prokofiev, Frank Zappa, that whole crowd.
Lately I've been listening to Medeski Martin & Wood, John Scofield, The Bad Plus, gypsy music, Pat Metheny Group, and of course the best of the best as far as I'm concerned, the late and wonderful Michael Brecker. Anything by Michael Brecker is a great place to start, because he only he has the best musicians play on his albums, and when you hear someone you like on there, you can be sure to have a great tendril to follow.