Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um
Whew. I was beginning to think that this list was going to be a little too light in the jazz loafers, but the inclusion of the great Mingus definitely butches it up a bit. Mingus Ah Um is a great place to start for jazz beginners because it somehow manages to be challenging and accessible at the same time. If you listen to this and like it, congratulations! You like jazz. If you listen to this and it doesn't do it for you, congratulations! You're officially gay married to Kenny G.