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. From early ragtime to international modernism, Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology a update of the milestone Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz lets you enjoy this uniquely American musical genre through its legendary innovators, including Armstrong, Ellington, Basie, Gillespie, Fitzgerald, and Marsalis.
Box Set; 6 CDs with tracks; soft cover companion book, pages. But, no Billie Holliday? Just Wrong. No Dizzy or Oscar Peterson? Wrong again. How about Phineous Newborn Jr. 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. Brubeck gave no Time Out, and the audience loves it. Here you have it, Mr. How about the Sachal Jazz Ensemble? Not sure how well known they are Stateside — they arose from the Lahore-based film industry, a group of veteran musicians who had fallen foul of conservative anti-western sentiments, interpreting western jazz standards.
But they are so much more than that. Check out their eponymous debut album They have been compared to the Buena Vista Social Club — that rare and welcome push to re-evaluate a genre and in this case to revisit some favourite jazz standards as well as listen to fresh material from an unlikely and unexpected source.
Try them. However, it opened up many possibilities I will check out. Everyone has an opinion. Just my 2 cents…. There is always some crazy nutter adding all the albums to a spotify-list with other great jazz-albums. I guess the most important person in Jazz is Louis Armstrong, because he had the most influence and made jazz as popular as it is unfortunetly was!
So where are all the great recordings? Louis plays W. Django would be great to! He is the only european artist, who belongs to top 50 of Jazz! Que hay de Chick Corea?. A futile effort to get anyone to agree with you entirely. Nice effort, but why is there no Freddy Hubbard or Donald Byrd on it.
In mho great influential artists….. Its a perfect record. The Song for My Father title track dominates that album, but Cape Verdean is a 45 minute masterpiece. Please try it all. No Gerry Mulligan? No Modern Jazz Quartet? Glad to see Erroll Garner and Stan Getz for sure. But if you are going to include Miles, especially Birth of the Cool, then it is silly to leave out John Lewis or Mulligan, who were there from the start.
Miles Davis: Kind of Blue 2. Bird and Diz: Last recording on verve 3. Duke Ellington — Hot Summer Dance 4. Dave Brubeck: Take Five 5. Billie Holiday : Stange Fruit. What, no Ella? Both superb Garner. Thank you for this list. My jazz collection of records went from ten to one hundred. Great top 50! And look at the conversations that your choices stimulated.
We can add a Django Reinhardt album or a Chick Corea LP, and we can subtract two for which we might be on the fence to keep the total at Importantly, we all thought a lot about great jazz, a lifetime love for many of us.
Of course it is just silly: nothing by David Murray! On the other hand, if it promotes interest in the music, all well and good. There are one or two other superb Monk albums not listed here. Duke Ellington has been mentioned in many comments, and I agree. I think Blue Trane is overrated and I find much of Weather Report difficult to swallow particularly in terms of the smooth production.
Art Tatum should be there, more Rollins too…. So many……. Decent list, but needs some more recent stuff. Maybe I missed it but at least one of them should be on here? This is a great list. The important thing to remember is that it is just a opinion, and not a shot at your favorite record. I bet the author even had second thought after publishing the list. Lots of great stuff mentioned, both on and off the list.
Nice try, but no cigar. Dizzy Gillespie? Ella Fitzgerald not good enough?? Conspicuously absent are: 1. Great list. Thank you. I even named one of my rescue dogs after him. Best dog ever. Yet Bitches Brew is the worst album that Miles ever put out. Self indulgent BS. And I love Miles. I would rather see one of Trains blues records on the list. One woman on the list. My dad grew up in the South, used to sneak into all-black venues to hear the early jazz artists. He would shake his head at your list.
They were also released in and are in the Top 5 according to this list. As mentioned, Joe Henderson is missing as a leader. Are there no new Records? Concert by the Sea is not Garners best. And Hutcherson is great with barron In The Vanguard. No Phineas Newborn here. I would not include reissue compliations in the list. I would stick with original issues. And as Waltz for Debbie is an original issue taken from the Sunday at Village Vanguard sessions why list both? Thanks for this list and all the others.
Suggestion: Compile a list of the greatest jazz albums of all times by relatively unknown artists. I am a senior, and compile bibliography as a avocation. And so it is with jazz. Have been a jazz buff all of my life. Many great players do not chose a public life on the road. Such a list would take years to compile, and would take the combined efforts of many jazz buffs, but could be extraordinary, and a great gift to prosperity.
What a nice post….. While I am familiar with many on this list, I cannot honestly say I have listened to them all nor can I respond to many of the comments above this.
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