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Amazon Payment Products. English Choose a language for shopping. Just 24 at the time of its recording, Hancock was a rising star in the jazz world and was making his mark as a member of the celebrated Miles Davis Quintet along with Ron Carter and Tony Williams, who also contribute to the album. With an incendiary and inspiring performance that wowed the Newport audience, however, Ellington and his band demonstrated that they could still deliver the goods while asserting that big bands still had a place in jazz.
The original album only contained five tracks, but it was expanded to a two-hour-long CD release in A classically trained pianist, Taylor recorded his first album, Jazz Advance , in and by the time that he recorded Unit Structures the first of two albums for Blue Note ten years later, he had developed his own personalised take on free jazz. Unit Structures features four lengthy explorations in free-form sonics and finds Taylor assisted by six like-minded musicians, including trumpeter Eddie Gale, alto saxophonist Jimmy Lyons and drummer Andrew Cyrille.
Taylor and his cohorts take no prisoners with their sound collages, which, to the uninitiated, are unremittingly intense and challenging. Unit Structures remains one of the best jazz albums to come out of the avant-garde.
Together with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, Kansas City-born alto saxophonist Parker began a jazz revolution in the mids when he created a new sound that was dubbed bebop. With jaw-dropping displays of virtuosity combined with advanced harmonies and syncopated rhythms, Parker helped to alter the perception of jazz, transforming it from dance music into a serious art form.
It captures Parker at the peak of his powers before heroin addiction blighted his career. Leading a nonet that included saxophonists Lee Konitz and Gerry Mulligan, as well as drummers Max Roach and Kenny Clarke, across and Miles recorded a series of singles for Capitol that redefined modern jazz. Nobody could drum like Art Blakey.
A natural leader on the bandstand who combined both power and subtlety, he instinctively knew how to make a track swing but could also complement a soloist, employing his volcanic press rolls to create drama and offer inspiration. The infectious title cut, penned by pianist Bobby Timmons, who laces his composition with churchy inflexions, anticipates the soul jazz style that became popular in the 60s.
On trumpet is a year-old Lee Morgan. One of the best jazz albums of the era, it still sounds startlingly original today. A prodigiously gifted multi-reed player who excelled on alto saxophone and bass clarinet, Los Angeles-born Eric Dolphy was also a virtuoso flute player. Recorded in February , Out To Lunch! Joining Dolphy on the Out To Lunch!
Sadly, Dolphy died, aged 36, of a diabetes-associated coma four months after recording one of the best jazz albums from of the free jazz era. St Louis-born Nelson was a talented saxophonist who could play both the tenor and alto varieties, but who earned more fame during his relatively short career as a masterful arranger who could turn his hand to TV soundtracks and movie scores. Famed for his florid, virtuosic keyboard style, Pittsburgh-born Erroll Garner was heavily influenced by Earl Hines and Fats Waller but managed to find his own distinctive voice on the piano.
Capturing Garner in an assembly hall in Carmel, California, in , Concert By The Sea began as an unofficial recording made by a local broadcaster for US armed-forces radio.
A vivid live portrait of a piano-playing genius. Wayne Shorter has made many fine albums during his long career but this one, recorded on Christmas Eve , is extra special. Though originally from Pennsylvania, tenor sax titan Stan Getz became associated with the cool, West Coast jazz sound in the 50s. An edited version became a hit single and created a huge global audience for the seductive bossa nova sound.
It also helped to transform Astrud Gilberto into a star who then launched her own successful career. A virtuoso trumpeter from an impoverished background, Armstrong played with King Oliver and Fletcher Henderson before forming his own Hot Five Band in Earlier in the year, Trane had been fired from the Miles Davis Quintet for his heroin addiction, but by September he had quit drugs for good and began rebuilding both his life and reputation.
At the end of the 60s, the ever-restless Miles Davis sought to change his musical direction again. Eyeing new sonic horizons and showing an interest in rock and funk aesthetics, he began using electronic instruments and creating expansive grooves driven by a backbeat.
A first major milestone in this development was the epochal Bitches Brew , a sprawling double-album released in Using a large ensemble that included British guitarist John McLaughlin and three electric keyboardists Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea and Larry Young , Davis set in motion the fusion movement that dominated jazz thinking in the 70s.
Now almost half a century old, it still sounds like the music of the future. Though for health reasons he no longer plays his beloved tenor saxophone, this seminal album — which gave Rollins his nickname — reminds us of his unparalleled brilliance as an improviser.
Rollins receives sterling support from pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Doug Watkins and legendary bebop drummer Max Roach, and together the quartet created an alchemical synergy that results in pure magic. A must-own album for any serious jazz collector. Leading a quartet comprising trumpeter Don Cherry, bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Billy Higgins, Coleman shredded the bebop rulebook by jettisoning orthodox notions of what constituted melody and harmony.
In the process, he created a brave new musical language of free-form collective improvisation that shook the jazz world to its core.
The Shape Of Jazz To Come was extremely divisive at the time, but its status as one of the best jazz albums in history is secure today; it gave birth to the free jazz movement that would gain momentum as a viable musical currency in the 60s.
A Love Supreme was the first time that a musician had successfully used the language of jazz to explore deeper metaphysical concerns. He leaves the listener exhausted — the music can seem almost overwhelming due to its emotional intensity — but also blissfully contented after the final chord has sounded. Though Coltrane recorded several landmark albums both before and after A Love Supreme , this game-changing LP sealed his immortality and sits rightfully among the best jazz albums of all time.
Topping our list of the 50 best jazz albums ever is this timeless, transcendent classic from the great Miles Davis. It celebrates its 60th birthday in but still sounds as cool and hip as the day it was first recorded. The session found Miles leading an all-star sextet that included saxophonists John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley, as well as rising piano star Bill Evans.
Looking for more? Discover the best jazz guitar albums of all time. My first thought too. Not a bad list! Jarrett for ECM in ! This is more if the 50 most popular than 50 greatest. Who can really argue with the 1, Kind of Blue? But I appreciate the attempt. Like MIles he is already well represented here.
And no Charlie Parker in the top 10? Still top 50 lists involving a passion such as music will always be tough. What a masterpiece! Ella Live in Berlin. Thanks for reminding me that there is so much good jazz to still enjoy. FIFTY is simply not enough. Kind of Blue is truly great, but A Love Supreme is celestial!
Of course all of the albums on this list are great, but still it leaves two basic questions: The most recent album on this list is from Nothing relevant happened thereafter? Nothing relevant happened outside the US? I doubt…. Good point about the lack of Europeans or Canadians! No Django is the most obvious omission for me. I too was dismayed to see no Ella, particularly, and could find better Sarahs. The list is too light on Ellington, which would have given us Johnny Hodges, Ben Webster and an entire band of instrumentalists at the top of their game.
I see that Crocodile Chuck did not scrutinise the list too well if he missed No. It is a good list and of course we could all have albums we would place higher and, perhaps, not rate some of those included, but I cannot really fault it.
A list of neglected jazz gems would be good. I come across jazz all the time that I had not heard before an wonder why they are not better celebrated. Guess not Michael Kroll. Must have. Getz is the only American on the recording. All others were, I believe, Brazilian. Not to mention multiple members of the Mahavishnu Orchestra were not American, with only Goodman being American among the original members.
Some musicians on Bitches Brew were also not American. But I do agree there is a lack of recordings by other significant jazz artists from outside of the States. Same is true for Mahavishnu and even more so for Bitches Brew. Brazilians are Americans too since Brazil is also part of America.
The Continent of America that is. Many years ago a jazz critic in Chicago told me that Latin jazz was not serious jazz……. So let me share this information with you. Most people do not know the work of Laurindo Almeida, and of course we know Sergio Mendes. Some of us know. Sonny Rollins — Saxophone Colossus 7. Miles Davis — Birth of the Cool John Coltrane — Giant Steps Herbie Hancock — Maiden Voyage Duke Ellington — Ellington at Newport Thelonious Monk Genius of Modern Music vol.
But the most glaring omission — where are the women!? What, no Paul Desmond, alto sax this side of ice-berg cool. And only one jazz vocal. And that with a famed jazz player. No solo. No Dinah Washington. No Nat King Cole. Also found it strange that none of Miles albums with Gill Evans were included.
But the fun is in the discussions and very few would agree with everything, that is the glory of jazz. Oh yes, I forgot about the MJQ.
Apart from superb live recordings e. The Last Concert , Django is a must have for any serious compiler of jazz lists. Desmond played his best and is most known for while he was with Brubeck which is given quite a bit of esteem on this list.
Weather Report was good or even a great group that made a lot of nice sounds with some interesting rhythms and harmonies, but nothing they played was revolutionary the way Bitches Brew was. On that album Miles brought forth new ideas that had never heard fully heard or explored before and still kept true to foundations he laid in kind of blue and the complete birth of cool.
Bitches Brew was also much more successful the Heavy weather. Nat King Cole only played swing? With respect, a list that lacks these names is a joke. I totally agree. How could he be missing on a list of top 50??
Yes, almost no pre-war musicians except Louis and Count Basie. As great as many of these albums are, many of the artists on this list have exceeded these elsewhere. Cannonball, Blakey, Jarrett, Morgan, Monk etc etc all did works that outdid the ones listed. A more appropiate title would have been 45 Great Jazz Albums.
Jimmie Lunceford? Charlie Christian? Should I carry on..? Fortunately you could buy at any decent shop more almost all of the records of the list any day.
No Ella Fitzgerald?? Also missing: Billie Holiday, Nina Simone! You have left out many other greats. This list is totally NOT the 50 greatest!!!!! ALL of these artists had albums that whould fit into the list!!!
They all furthered the art of jazz!!!!! This would have to be inclusive yet selective and objective! I agree with most of the list, great choices! The foundation of all that followed. Important and essential pioneers among many others of early jazz. Well done — those and I wish they had simply pegged the Armstrong box set A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, for a fatter slice of the essential Louis of the 20s and 30s. I myself could not be happy living without this chunk of music in the world.
An impossible task certainly, but with the exceptions of the fusion stuff it is pretty admirable. Glad to see Brubeck near the top. Would also like to see some more adventurous material. There are several albums by Anthony Braxton that could have made the list. Not to mention A Spiritual Unity. Major oversight. Also Big Fun by Miles Davis needs to be on there. Time Out by Brubeck is way too high up the list.
Come on. Mahavishnu Orchestra not that high either. Good call on Out to Lunch by Dolphy tho, but that should actually be higher. And Iron Man should be on there as well. Happy new year! This is a damn fine list. Usually music lists have me swinging immediately out of the gate! The San Francisco Jazz Collective comes to mind.
This list is poorly ordered. These are all great albums but IMO most of them got their spots because of politics. Whoever wrote this list is was trying to keep as many people happy. It looks like they used the bracket system to decide lol.
Hank Mobley: Soul Station 42 seriously? Frank A. A good list all and all. I do think a few groundbreakers have been missed though: 1 Pat Methenys Bright Size Life, Pat, is probably the best modern Jazz composer after , and this collaberation with Jaco was certainly groundbreaking 2 Kenny Burrell and Grover Washington, one of my favorites to spin to this day.
I would have to put Love Supreme as my 1. Jelly Roll. Duke and Basie are there as is Goodman. That man could do on one guitar what it takes three ordinary professional guitarists to do. Weather Report before many many many more.. He has certainly gained a true following outside of the Jazz world. Nothing at all by Kieth Jarrett Standards Trio??
A lot of the people mentioned have all made great music, worthy of any jaz list, but they made it in the pre-album age where EPs and 78s where the medium. This list has some of the best music ever made! James henriot. The list is pretty lacking. What about the Cti label? This is a list compiled by a hifi hobbyist and not a music lover.
Are you joking? And Dizzy Gillespie? But Ole was more like what he actually played live in clubs. Well done on what is not an easy task. My gripe tho would be the non inclusion of something by the great Sun Ra and his Arkestra.
Agreed on how absurd it is to leave off the Sun Ra Arkestra! Hard to believe. Also, no Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, and only one listing for Bird though it includes multiple recordings. And what about drummer Shelly Manne, who set up one of the best jazz bands, and whose records at the Black Hawk are amongst the best jazz records ever? A fine list indeed, some contentious ommissions e. Of course there will always be omissions, but … no Oscar Peterson? OK, I said it.
I always enjoy these lists despite disagreements…. I should be consulted to provide such insight. Not to mention numerous others they have listed above him. Lester Young? Paul Desmond? Chet Baker? Well, of all the omissions, Ella Fitzgerald seems the most glaring to me. Billie and the other biggies mentioned above too. Pharoah Sanders too. Those and the old stuff from the 20s and 30s as someone else said. I wish they had simply pegged the Armstrong box set A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, for a fatter slice of the essential Louis of the 20s and 30s.
What misogynists you are. No Billie Holiday? No Ella Fitzgerald. No Sarah Vaughn? You also are bebop centric. It would not be until many years later that I started picking up any of the proper albums. I can't really imagine it now but I almost feel I would have been a more developed teenager!
Dante Fontana , Jul 22, Jarleboy , SixtiesGuy and kozy like this. Location: Franklin, TN. I would probably leave the Blue album alone, but I agree with the others that say the Red album has some notable omissions that there is definitely room for. Location: Dayton Ohio.
Overall I think they did pretty well, but like everyone else I have my own favorites. I would add two George songs to the red album and I would drop Old Brown Shoe and Octopus's Garden from the blue album and replace them with something else. I respect the idea of including a Ringo song to get him a writing credit, but I think there are probably thirty better songs to choose from for the blue set.
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