Re: Favorite Jazz Bands
technically my favorites aren't jazz in the traditional sense (which is somewhat boring to me) - i prefer jazz-rock fusion :-P much more dynamic
The Mahavishnu Orchestra
Jeff Beck (Blow By Blow/Wired era)
Pat Metheny Group
Return To Forever
i could list more, that's what i pulled off the top of my head :) check those out, they're all IMMENSELY high-quality artists, with timeless pieces of art under their belts.