>Sounds like you're a fucking expert and are vastly underrating yourself.
naaah, my favorite jazz artists are still super entry-level (John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis basically) but maybe that's just because even though they are the most well-known artists they actually deserve it? idk I just know that most average people who aren't jazz fans know who those guys are, even if they have never listened to them. they just made a biopic about Miles last year.
and like, I see the real jazz experts on /mu/ discussing it and I'm just lost. like, "who's your favorite band leader?" "who is your favorite soloist?" "who is your favorite [instrument] player?" "who would be your dream ensemble?" etc. and I'm just like uhhh "idk I just like how certain albums sound...?"
a lot of people say that jazz can be appreciated waaay more if you are a jazz musician yourself, and also that seeing jazz live is substantially better than listening to studio albums. but even the jazz artists I claim are my favorites, I haven't listened to their full discographies, because they have like 100+ albums.
not to mention the majority of jazz I've listened to is from the 50s and 60s, with very little after or before those decades. so that's why I don't think I'm an "expert".