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. 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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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.. Download as PDF Printable version. Verve MGV .
Embraceable You Stan Meets Chet Cal Tjader-Stan Getz Sextet Imported from Europe Recording Date October 27, - July 30, Track Listing. The Thrill Is Gone. Chet Baker. But Not for Me. Time After Time. Hoagy Carmichael. Look for the Silver Lining.
My Funny Valentine. I Fall in Love Too Easily. A little heavy on the Blue-Note-Side, though. The Chagall-goes-William H. Does anybody know the artist of the checkered covers? Album covers that are visually appealing compels the music lover to take a listen, even without listening. At least in the old days it was like that. Now you can go online and sample just about any new release, before making a purchase. Very cool! I tried to compliment your choices just now, and also point out the beauty of so many of the ECM covers, but I received a reply saying that I had already posted that same comment.
So, I looked carefully at all the comments, but fail to see the posting of my previous comment. Lovely display of very creative covers! Several years ago, I bought a brand new album with pristine cover art! Nice list, but it almost completely leaves out European Jazz labels.
Considering the time period the artwork and offset preparation for print was done by some a lot of very talented people. My personal favorite, not pictured was O. Your email address will not be published. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Search uDiscover Music. Features Latest News. Share Tweet. So, in no particular order, what are the Greatest jazz album covers? Format: UK English. Tim O'Donnell October 30, at pm. Ira Hantz October 31, at am. Erland Eikestad September 12, at pm. Recordmanmatt December 15, at am. Jerry January 10, at am. Sam Asselstine October 30, at pm. Great pieces of art, both visually and listening-wise. Toad October 30, at pm.
And Hutcherson is great with barron In LP Vanguard. Death of a Corrupt Man Long Ago And Far Chet Baker Trio With Duke Jordan - September Song (Vinyl. 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. No Freddie Hubbard on this list? Innovative and influential. Chris Johnson September 12, at am. Midnight Blue — Kenny Burrell.
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