I play and love jazz, particularly jazz saxophone.
The best way to gauge a new player is to hear their version of a standard; pretty much everyone (and I mean everyone) does a version of “Body and Soul” or “Loverman” or whatever.
As similar as “post-metal” or sludge bands can sound, a covers album is actually a great idea. There’s a clear, familiar melody to guide you, while you enjoy the massive, ambiguous riffitude….
So: if the title and cover weren’t enough of a tip-off, The One Amongst the Weed Fields is a collection of covers, and is easily the best intro to Chicago’s Atlas Moth.
Its four songs: opener “California Dreamin'” is actually goddamn cool. You can still hear the melody, but you have to reach for it. Pink Floyd’s “Fearless” is next, then Failure’s “Golden” then The Doors’ “Five to One.” The best is probably The Doors’, but any one is actually pretty fun.