A poorly formated list of jazz albums one should hear, courtesy of a group of individuals with discerning tastes and ears.

May 10, 2009

A number of friends and associates answered an oft-asked question: What jazz albums should a respectable music lover who knows nothing about jazz own? These were the answers.

Don Cherry — Brown Rice
Clifford Brown — The Complete Blue Note & Pacific Jazz Recordings
Charles Mingus — Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
Art Ensemble of Chicago — Message to Our Folks

Wayne Shorter — Speak No Evil

Shirley Horn — You Won’t Forget Me

Duke Ellington – Ellington Uptown
Jackie McLean — Destination Out!
Johnny Smith — Moonlight In Vermont
Lonnie Smith — Think
Mal Waldron – The Quest with Eric Dolphy
Clifford Brown & Max Roach
Coltrane: Favorite Things or Coltrane (Impulse!)
Miles Davis: Porgy & Bess
Ornette Coleman: This Is Our Music
Alice Coltrane — Journey In Satchidananda
Albert Ayler — Live In Greenwich Village
Joe Harriott — Indo-Jazz Suite
Pharaoh Sanders — Village Of The Pharaoh’s
Cecile Taylor — Great Concerts Of
John Coltrane — A Love Supreme
Sun Ra — Lanquidity & Astro Black
Roland Kirk — Natural Black Inventions
Ornette Coleman — Free Jazz
Archie Shepp — Blase
Art Ensemble — Les Stances a Sophie
Art Farmer — Farmer’s market
Lee Morgan — Cornbread
Hank Mobley — No room for squares
Fats Navarro & Tadd Dameron: The Complete Blue Note & Capitol Records

The Blues and the Abstract Truth starring Paul Chambers, Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans, Roy Haynes & Freddie Hubbard

Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants: Bag’s Groove with Milt Jackson, Thelonious Monk, Percy Hedge, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver

Dizzy Gillespie Quintet featuring Charlie Parker: Town Hall, New York City, June 22, 1945

Art Blakey Quintet: A Night At Birdland Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, Featuring Clifford Brown

John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
The Quest – “Warm Canto”
John Coltrane Quartet, w/ McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison & Elvin Jones – Ballads
Charlie Parker Quintet – Scrapple from the Apple
Dave Brubeck – Time Out
Modern Jazz Quartet – MJQ & Friends
The New Crystal Silence by Chick Corea & Gary Burton
Pat Metheny w/ Christaian McBride & Antonio Sanchez: Day Trio
Herbie Hancock: River
Anat Cohen & the Anzic Orchestra: Noir
Sonny Rollins – Without a Song
Nat Adderly – In the Bag
Duke Ellington – The 1956 Newport Concert
Keith Jarrett – Fort Yawuh
Roy Haynes Quartet – Out of the Afternoon – with Roland Kirk, Henry
Grimes & Tommy Flanagan.
Max Roach – Percussion Bittersweet
Eric Dolphy at the Five Spot Vol. 1.
Abercrombie/Holland/DeJonette – Gateway
Archie Shepp/Horace Parlan – Goin’ Home
Enrico Rava – The Pilgrim & the Stars

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