No Sarah Vaughn? You also are bebop centric. No Bix Beiderbecke? No Bunny Berigan? No Fats Waller, etc, etc. How can that possibly be??? Johnson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Sure great stuff. For me also Top 20 all-time classics.
And as many others before said. No Ella……. Kind of Blue will be hard to beat — ever. I know the Coltrane buffs want to disagree, but when those guys were together on Kind of Blue, it was magical. Two of my favorite quotes:. Jazz is a good barometer of freedom…In its beginnings, the United States of America spawned certain ideals of freedom and independence through which, eventually, jazz was evolved, and the music is so free that many people say it is the only unhapmpered, unhindered expression of complete freedom yet produced in this country.
Kenny Burrell — Midnight Blue? Jimmy Smith. Good list. A good list … I would include some albums that made important contributions in the evolution of Jazz …. I would place the singers — male and female in their own grouping — Stan Kenton certainly had some historic music: Kenton in Hi Fi was exceptional. Double the list and not rank them for more harmony among Jazz lovers. I just wish a Chick Corea album was in there somewhere.
Chick Corea. The greatest trio album ever. Still fresh and exciting today. Innovative and influential. The all-time best 50 list should have a wide scope for inclusion. Oh look, another top 50 list no different than any other. Thanks for mentioning some of my jazz heroes.
Thanks again! Where is Lady Day Quoting from your website — With a few exceptions every major pop singer in the US during her generation has been touched in someway by her genius. You have to have some Ray Brown on Bass guys. No way you could leave him out. Solar Energy is one that comes to mind but he has so many.
But the woeful Ayler and Dolphy are in there? I suppose subjectivity is inevitable when it comes to taste and naming the best 50 albums is impossible. Vast amounts of great stuff omitted and the phenomenal broadening of jazz in the last 30 years is nowhere to be seen. This probably is a very good guide to the ages of the compilers. Please re-think your statement. WTF is that??? No Billy Holliday? Queen Latifah?? There are some great albums and I have got a lot of them, but everybody seems to have been listening in the other direction.
Stan Tracey and George from Battersea! All great jazz musicians playing jazz in the UK. You just have to realize that there are hundreds of great jazz artists through the ages. We all like what WE like and disagree sometimes on what others are digging.
If each and every one of you compiled your top 50, it would be a beautiful and diversified list. The best part of these lists are the comments.
Gives people like me all sorts of new ideas to fill in the collection! Can never have too many great jazz albums…. I am surprised that Milestones is not on this list. Not a lot of modern stuff on this list either. Nothing from Freddie Hubbard or Woody Shaw?
Cassandranite and Love Dance are both really solid albums. Interesting list overall though. I disagree with a lot of the picks, but at least it got a bunch of jazzheads talking. Good music, not the 50 I would have chosen, but then every jazz fan is liable to have a very different list. Not sure which I would pick for the particular recording, but a couple of jazz musicians that are among my top 5 that I think need to be represented on that list are McCoy Tyner and Michael Brecker.
Great list! Generally astute list, with a few debatable entries and omissions. OP for goodness sakes. And one of my personal faves would have been in my top Jazz Samba. Probably a thankless task, unless the objective was to get some discussion going! And as for women, surely Carla Bley would qualify as well as all the great singers already mentioned? Hard to believe that nobody has complained about the omission of the great Benny Carter.
And guitar forms Kenny Burell. Wow what a great list! The fact that it has stimulated so much discussion is fantastic. It is a bit disturbing that there was nothing after and that very few post 77 albums were mentioned in the replies.
What does that say for the future? Here are some albums I like. You are absolutely right. The list and the comments thread has been a great learning curve for me. Thanks for giving a list of albums I have not come across earlier. Maybe not Top 10 in many eyes, but at least Top One of MY faves. I know my comment will offend many, but the cold hard truth is that John Coltrane played out of tune. None of his albums belong on this list, in my opinion.
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Now that is completely wrong. On any given day my top 50 might be different. Of course I have my favorites that are not listed, but this is truly a list of recordings every jazz fan should know. I knew the minute this was posted it would draw controversy. These are nice choices. The vest album for me is ALS. Ithink ,anyway, that 50 are too few. No Ella and Billie in top 50??? I play in a latin jazz band. What should be my next album?
Fantastic: better than Coltrane I thought — had lots of him, too! They were my house Gods those days. Coltrane was more like a sheep, I thought? Its a disgrace to menchen a word like that in this context with these geniouses. Cause of that, his artist name?? Dont know how he ended, but he made a mess of his music after some time? I might be wrong. Somewhere on the limmit to free form jazz? He never did; they were full of sand cause of a dog…………. Must have sacrified a lot to be able to buy them!
I quess it was a hard task to name the 50 greatest Jazz albums of all time! Should have expanded to the top !!! Great selections; however representation of female artists is blindingly small. What about Alice Coltrane?!?!? I would also add Ella and Louis. Good list though, besides those two.
A good job compiling this list as I have almost all of them. This is a great list for those who are new to jazz to start out with. Bless you all jazz lovers.
A thankless task , but a commendable effort , if one only likes Modern Jazz which I do , very much so.. And a Fletcher Henderson and 3 or 4 Traditional Jazz titles from the 20s and 30s too? How could you… Nina Simone — Black Gold deserves to be on it too. Call me crazy but…for the best selling jazz record of all time…I think it is also the most overrated. As for Monk.. Monks Dream is a top 5 for me. Finally…if you are including fusion here.
I truly think Kind of Blue is overrated. For sure this is NOT the best ever 50 Jazz albums. I would like to have seen an Oscar Peterson in there somewhere. There are certainly 50 best for each decade or sub-genre, style, composer, voice, instrument and geographic region USA and World-Wide. And, certainly older pieces carry more weight because of their influence on everything that followed. Check out YouTube. Lots of film and video of these and many other GOAT jazz artists. Great choices anyway.
I feel that it gets overlooked, being sandwiched between Live at Birdland and A Love Supreme, the latter of which I also believes deserves to top this list over Kind of Blue. Of course a nice list. For me Chick Corea is still a genius and a truly descendant of Miles Davis not the only one but…. Jaco Pastorius…. Just saying. Love Supreme I think — possibly the greatest recording of the 20th Century in any genre! James P. Is it by historical importance, best performance, best compositions, best improvisor, etc.
You could argue that one of the greatest improvisors and most important figures in the history of jazz ever, Charlie Parker, only comes on 20, is a bit strange — but again it depends on the definitions. He was all over the place. The problem with many of these albums is of course the very poor sound quality. But the artistic quality is unsurpassed.
No Sonny Clark???? Very American. What about Django Reinhardt. Thelonious Monk does not show up until number 26? Genius of Modern Music should be placed at number 6 then just back up the list from there. Great selection otherwise. Ten years from now their work may be re-considered.
To do jazz justice you should compile a list of 50 greatest albums by instrument , there are glaring omissions here. I would suggest doing it to show evolutions from beginning to present day,and yes include big bands,and vocalists. This being said ,no list is going to please everyone but my suggestion might be an interesting way to please most people. A good representative list of course ther will always be dissenters. Minor quibbles from me.
Should have been more Vocal Jazz. Sarah Vaughan the only vocalist on the list. Her album with Clifford Brown is an absolute classic but would have liked to see Billie Holiday on the list. Also Louis Armstrong hot fives and sevens should be at number one for me. A daunting task. Great list, but not at all inclusive. Should have been titled greatest instrumental group. Thanks for the memories on this list. While those on the list are great, The Crusaders have always been and always will be 1 on my list.
How could anyone not include Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall in an all time top 50 list? Still reputed to be one of the best jazz concerts ever! Red G. Paul C. And Philly J. I was Jazz Albums! I must say , hell what y want? West Coast? So callled cool or any kind later? It seems that only in the USA are outstanding jazz-performances! But I can garantee you that in Europe the most beautiful music has been made that never reached the shores of America.
Just check You Tube so you can blow your mind!! The following are influenced by thrills only as imagined by the author, and it has no significant whatsoever to the work of the artists. Weather Report! I stop at the soul station just to see Hank Mobley I went to St. On the top of the Hill is the Point of Departure for Andrew. Here comes the Head Hunter Herbie Hancock Dexter Gordon — Go Dexter Go Whenever I listen to Sarah, I have Vaughan The people were thrill at Massey Hall when we see the Quintet.
Bill Evans — Sunday school professor at the village Vanguard. Voyage with Herbie Hancock was made smoothly. The only Duke that matters to me is— Ellington All Structures designed by Cecil Taylor are well reinforced. We all know that Mr. Albert said to Ayler , no unity is better that Spiritual Unity Eric Dolphy possesses the best Table manner; see him— Out to Lunch To Abstract the Truth, you must apply the law of Oliver Nelson Erroll Garner holds the Tide at one of his Concert by the Sea It is always a pleasant day when Mr.
Louis Armstrong came to my Town. I tasted Miles Davis Bitches Brew before, it was great. When Ornette told Mr. Coleman about the Shape of Jazz to come, he meant business. It was in wonderful Copenhagen when Mr. Certainly this discography does not claim to be complete at this point.
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