I’ve decided to start a weekly list of jazz albums, twenty at a time, that should be heard before you die.
Every week I will offer up twenty more, in no particular order and with no ranking system or common theme (other than jazz of course).
Hopefully these lists will inspire you to seek some of these albums out that perhaps you haven’t heard before, or revisit an old favorite that the list might remind you of that is collecting dust on your shelf. And as always, we want your thoughts on any or all of these albums. Either way, let’s get started with week one, and in no particular order, albums one through twenty.
1. Standard Time Volume 1 – Wynton Marsalis (Columbia, 1986)
2. Moanin’ – Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (Blue Note, 1958)
3. Live in Paris – Diana Krall (Verve, 2002)
4. Heavy Weather – Weather Report (Columbia/Legacy, 1977)
5. Prime Time – Count Basie and His Orchestra (Pablo, 1977)
6. Big Swing Face – Buddy Rich (Pacific Jazz, 1967)
7. The Danish Radio Big Band Plays Thad Jones – Danish Radio Big Band (Marco Polo, 1997)
8. Kind of Blue – Miles Davis (Columbia/Legacy, 1959)
9. Live in Time – The Mingus Big Band (Dreyfus, 1996)
10. Ready for Freddie – Freddie Hubbard (Blue Note, 1961)
11. I’m with the Band – Tierney Sutton (Telarc, 2005)
12. Re-Imagination – Eldar (Sony, 2007)
13. Light as a Feather – Chick Corea and Return to Forever (Polydor, 1972)
14. In Pursuit of the 27th Man – Horace Silver (Blue Note, 1970)
15. Ella and Louis – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong (Verve, 1956)
16. To a Finland Station – Dizzy Gillespie and Arturo Sandoval (Fantasy/OJC, 1982)
17. My Favorite Things – John Coltrane (Atlantic, 1960)
18. The New Boogaloo – Marcus Printup (Nagel-Heyer, 2002)
19. Don’t Try This at Home – Michael Brecker (Impulse!, 1988)
20. Maiden Voyage – Herbie Hancock (Blue Note, 1965)
The beginning of a very long road, but I hope you can share your thoughts, and maybe find yourself a new CD to pick up!