There are thousands of great jazz recordings out there, and it’s a musical genre that we hear all around us — in movies, on TV, in restaurants and shops, and in the work of popular artists from Kanye West to Bruce Springsteen.

But if you don’t know your Holiday from your Hawkins, or your Miles from your Monk, the choice can seem overwhelming.

So where should a fledgling hepcat start? Right here, because we've gathered 10 of the most legendary and enduring tracks, from big band to bebop.

All you need to get swinging is click "open gallery" above.

Editor's note: sourced from allmusic.com.

posted by Jennifer Van Evra on Oct 17, 2013