1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (501-520)

Here is another 20 to add to the list.

Remember that there is no ranking system here, and if you don’t see your favorite jazz album yet, it doesn’t mean it won’t show up.

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. And as always, we want your thoughts on any or all of these albums. Either way, let’s get started with this week, and in no particular order, albums 501 through 520.

501. Jazz Alive: A Night at the Blue Note – Zoot Sims/Al Cohn/Phil Woods (Blue Note, 1959)

502. The Story of Maryam – Paul Motian (Soul Note (Italy), 1984)

503. Ezz-Thetics – George Russell (JVC Victor, 1961)

504. The Illinois Concert – Eric Dolphy (Blue Note, 1963)

505. Percussion Bitter Sweet – Max Roach (Impulse!, 1961)

506. Picture of Heath – Jimmy Heath (Xanadu Records, 1975)

507. Mr. Billy Higgins – Billy Higgins (Evidence, 1984)

508. Anthropology – Don Byas (Jazz Colours, 1963)

509. Those Who Were – Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (Polygram, 1997)

510. A Blowin’ Session – Johnny Griffin (Blue Note, 1957)

511. Someday My Prince Will Come – Wynton Kelly (Vee-Jay, 1961)

512. Night Dreamer – Wayne Shorter (Blue Note, 1964)

513. Enlightenment – McCoy Tyner (Milestone Records, 1973)

514. Count Basie Swings – Joe Williams Sings – Count Basie with Joe Williams (Polygram, 1956)

515. Twogether – Bucky and John Pizzarelli (Victrola, 2001)

516. Bill Henderson with the Oscar Peterson Trio – Bill Henderson/Oscar Peterson (Verve, 1963)

517. Don’t Get Sassy – Ray Brown (Telarc Distribution, 1994)

518. The Fabulous Thad Jones – Thad Jones (Debut/OJC, 1958)

519. Going Wess – Frank Wess (Town Crier Recordings, 1993)

520. Testifyin’! Live at the Village Vanguard – Benny Green (Blue Note, 1992)

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die – The First 500

4 Replies to “1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (501-520)”

  1. great list with many albums I haven’t heard of, but on 700 references only 10 by European musicians and a handful of South American, Japanese or African…come on!
    well…that could be an idea for the next 1000 records list.


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