Re: A good Jazz CD?
Jazz, like Rock and other music has a lot of "flavors" to it. You can think in terms of decades
to start with...jazz of the 20's, 30's, 40's etc. Many people I know that do not play instruments love what is called Bop or Hard Bop. Jazz Drummer Art Blakey and The Messengers recorded many albums of this music. I would look for the 1960's jazz messengers as a starting point.
A single favorite jazz album that I always recommend to those wanting to hear jazz for the
first time is (already mentioned in the replies) is Miles Davis "Kind of Blue".
Once you get into listening to jazz, you could find the decades you like to start or find
the drummers whose groups you like. Some of the small group jazz drummers are Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Tony Williams, Elvin Jones to get you started.