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

We have reached the half-way point of our list of 1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die, and many of you have emailed asking for a complete list of all of the albums on one page. While I will continue to add 20 new albums each week, here is a complete list of the first 500 albums.

Remember, there is no ranking system here, and they are in no particular order.

1. standard time vol. 1Standard Time Volume 1 – Wynton Marsalis (Columbia, 1986)

2. moaninMoanin’ – Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (Blue Note, 1958)

3. live in parisLive in Paris – Diana Krall (Verve, 2002)

4. heavy weatherHeavy Weather – Weather Report (Columbia/Legacy, 1977)

5. prime timePrime Time – Count Basie and His Orchestra (Pablo, 1977)

6. big swing faceBig Swing Face – Buddy Rich (Pacific Jazz, 1967)

7. the danish radio big band plays thad jonesThe Danish Radio Big Band Plays Thad Jones – Danish Radio Big Band (Marco Polo, 1997)

8. kind of blueKind of Blue – Miles Davis (Columbia/Legacy, 1959)

9. live in timeLive in Time – The Mingus Big Band (Dreyfus, 1996)

10. ready for freddieReady for Freddie – Freddie Hubbard (Blue Note, 1961)

11. i'm with the bandI’m with the Band – Tierney Sutton (Telarc, 2005)

12. re-imaginationRe-Imagination – Eldar (Sony, 2007)

13. light as a featherLight as a Feather – Chick Corea and Return to Forever (Polydor, 1972)

14. in pursuit of the 27th manIn Pursuit of the 27th Man – Horace Silver (Blue Note, 1970)

15. ella and louisElla and Louis – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong (Verve, 1956)

16. to a finland stationTo a Finland Station – Dizzy Gillespie and Arturo Sandoval (Fantasy/OJC, 1982)

17. my favorite thingsMy Favorite Things – John Coltrane (Atlantic, 1960)

18. the new boogalooThe New Boogaloo – Marcus Printup (Nagel-Heyer, 2002)

19. don't try this at homeDon’t Try This at Home – Michael Brecker (Impulse!, 1988)

20. maiden voyageMaiden Voyage – Herbie Hancock (Blue Note, 1965)

21. consummationConsummation – Thad Jones-Mel Lewis (Blue Note, 1970)

22. dr. john plays mac rebennackDr. John Plays Mac Rebennack – Dr. John (Clean Cuts, 1981)

23. earfoodEarfood – Roy Hargrove (Universal Jazz, 2008)

24. saxophone colossusSaxophone Colossus – Sonny Rollins (Prestige/OJC, 1956)

25. time outTime Out – The Dave Brubeck Quartet (Columbia/Legacy, 1959)

26. an evening with herbie hancock and chick corea in concertAn Evening with Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea: In Concert – Herbie Hancock/Chick Corea (Columbia, 1992, 1978 recording)

27. mingusMingus – Joni Mitchell (Asylum, 1979)

28. lady sings the bluesLady Sings the Blues – Billie Holiday (Verve, 1956)

29. ellington at newportEllington at Newport – Duke Ellington (Columbia, 1956)

30. sketches of spainSketches of Spain – Miles Davis (Columbia, 1959)

31. freedom in the grooveFreedom in the Groove – Joshua Redman (Warner Bros., 1996)

32. water from an ancient wellWater From an Ancient Well – Abdullah Ibrahim (Tiptoe, 1985)

33. live at carnegie hallLive at Carnegie Hall (1938) – Benny Goodman (Columbia, 1938)

34. mercy, mercy, mercyMercy, Mercy, Mercy Live at “The Club” – Cannonball Adderley Quintet (EMI, 1966)

35. big trainBig Train – Wynton Marsalis (Columbia, 1999)

36. gettin' to itGettin’ To It – Christian McBride (Verve, 1994)

37. the inflated tearThe Inflated Tear – Rahsaan Roland Kirk (Atlantic, 1967)

38. john coltrane and johnny hartmanJohn Coltrane and Johnny Hartman – John Coltrane with Johnny Hartman (Impulse!, 1963)

39. flowFlow – Terrance Blanchard (Blue Note, 2005)

40. the gene harris trio plus oneThe Gene Harris Trio Plus One – Gene Harris (Concord Jazz, 1985)

41. my songMy Song – Keith Jarrett Quartet (ECM, 1977)

42. piano in the foregroundPiano in the Foreground – Duke Ellington (Columbia, 1961)

43. the new standardThe New Standard – Herbie Hancock (Verve, 1995)

44. beyond the missouri skyBeyond the Missouri Sky – Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny (Verve, 1996)

45. after hoursAfter Hours – Sarah Vaughan (Blue Note, 1961)

46. royal garden bluesRoyal Garden Blues – Branford Marsalis (Columbia, 1986)

47. new orleans nightsNew Orleans Nights – Louis Armstrong (Decca, 1957)

48. the pied piperThe Pied Piper (compilation) – Bunny Berigan (Bluebird/RCA 1935-40 recording dates)

49. one more trip to birdlandOne More Trip to Birdland – Maynard Ferguson (Concord Jazz, 1996)

50. the italian sessionsThe Italian Sessions – Chet Baker (Bluebird/RCA, 1962)

51. fiddler on the roofFiddler on the Roof – Cannonball Adderley (Capitol, 1964)

52. mack the knife ella in berlinMack the Knife: Ella in Berlin – Ella Fitzgerald (Verve, 1960)

53. the tony bennett bill evans albumThe Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album – Tony Bennett/Bill Evans (Fantasy, 1975)

54. jazz sambaJazz Samba – Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd (Verve, 1962)

55. oscar peterson trio plus oneOscar Peterson Trio Plus One – Oscar Peterson/Clark Terry (PSM, 1964)

56. lucky to be meLucky To Be Me – Taylor Eigsti (Concord, 2006)

57. cornbreadCornbread – Lee Morgan (Blue Note, 1965)

58. swiss movementSwiss Movement – Les McCann/Eddie Harris (Atlantic, 1969)

59. hamp and getzHamp and Getz – Lionel Hampton/Stan Getz (Verve, 1955)

60. the birthday concertThe Birthday Concert – Jaco Pastorius (Warner Bros., 1981)

61. adams appleAdam’s Apple – Wayne Shorter (Blue Note, 1966)

62. giant stepsGiant Steps – John Coltrane (Atlantic, 1959)

63. blues and rootsBlues and Roots – Charles Mingus (Rhino, 1959)

64. trumpet evolutionTrumpet Evolution – Arturo Sandoval (Crescent Moon, 2003)

65. basie big bandBasie Big Band – Count Basie (Pablo, 1975)

66. brecker brosBrecker Bros. – Brecker Bros. (Arista, 1975)

67. billie holiday singsBillie Holiday Sings – Billie Holiday (Columbia, 1950)

68. fine and mellow live at birdland westFine and Mellow: Live at Birdland West – Carmen McRae (Concord Jazz, 1987)

69. nuf saidNuf Said – Kai Winding and J.J. Johnson (Bethlehem, 1955)

70. go!Go! – Dexter Gordon (Blue Note, 1962)

71. steve turreSteve Turre – Steve Turre (Verve, 1996)

72. once more with feelingOnce More…With Feeling! – Doc Severinsen and The Tonight Show Band (Amherst, 1991)

73. spectrumSpectrum – Bob Mintzer (DMP, 1988)

74. in privateIn Private (compilation) – Art Tatum (Jazz Chronicles, 2007, recording dates 1949-50)

75. Straight LifeStraight Life – Freddie Hubbard (Columbia, 1970)

76. at the hickory houseAt The Hickory House – Marian McPartland (Capitol, 1954)

77. good night and good luckGood Night and Good Luck (soundtrack) – Dianne Reeves (Concord, 2005)

78. at newportAt Newport – Dizzy Gillespie (Verve, 1957)

79. the essential glenn millerThe Essential Glenn Miller (compilation) – Glenn Miller (Bluebird/RCA, 1939-1944 recording dates)

80. and then, there's this!…And Then, There’s This! – Jessica Williams (Timeless, 1990)

81. the shape of jazz to comeThe Shape of Jazz to Come – Ornette Coleman (Atlantic, 1959)

82. straight no chaserStraight, No Chaser – Thelonious Monk (Columbia/Legacy, 1966)

83. karmaKarma – Pharoah Sanders (Impulse!, 1969)

84. jazz impressions of black orpheusJazz Impressions of Black Orpheus – Vince Guaraldi (Fantasy/OJC, 1962)

85. love storiesLove Stories – Russell Gunn (Highnote, 2008)

86. happy peopleHappy People – Kenny Garrett (Warner Bros., 2002)

87. school daysSchool Days – Stanley Clarke (Epic, 1976)

88. full forceFull Force – Art Ensemble of Chicago (ECM, 1980)

89. metamorphosenMetamorphosen – Branford Marsalis Quartet (Marsalis Music, 2009)

90. mother motherMother _____!, Mother_____! – Clark Terry with Zoot Sims (Pablo, 1979)

91. louis armstrong plays w.c. handyLouis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy – Louis Armstrong (Columbia/Legacy, 1956)

92. payton's placePayton’s Place – Nicholas Payton (Verve, 1997)

93. friends old and newFriends Old and New – John Hicks (Novus, 1992)

94. far wesFar Wes – Wes Montgomery (Pacific Jazz, 1958)

95. eternal journeyEternal Journey – Sean Jones (Mack Avenue, 2004)

96. special editionSpecial Edition – Jack DeJohnette (ECM, 1979)

97. We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now SuiteWe Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite – Max Roach (Candid, 1960)

98. out thereOut There – Eric Dolphy (New Jazz/OJC, 1960)

99. pure imaginationPure Imagination – Eric Reed (Impulse!, 1997)

100. diane schuur and the count basie orchestraDiane Schuur and the Count Basie Orchestra – Diane Schuur (GRP, 1987)

101. blackstone legacyBlackstone Legacy – Woody Shaw (Contemporary, 1970)

102. pithecanthropus erectusPithecanthropus Erectus – Charles Mingus (Atlantic, 1956)

103. expansionsExpansions – McCoy Tyner (Blue Note, 1969)

104. PilgrimagePilgrimage – Michael Brecker (Heads Up, 2007)

105. san franciscoSan Francisco – Bobby Hutcherson & Harold Land (Blue Note, 1970)

106. freeFree – Benny Golson (Argo, 1962)

107. catching talesCatching Tales – Jamie Cullum (Verve, 2005)

108. Me and the bluesMe and the Blues – Joe Williams (RCA, 1964)

109. Ben and SweetsBen and Sweets – Ben Webster with Harry Edison (Columbia, 1962)

110. out of the afternoonOut of the Afternoon – Roy Haynes (Impulse!, 1962)

111. sarah vaughan with clifford brownSarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown – Sarah Vaughan and Clifford Brown (Verve, 1964)

112. trio 99 00Trio 99>00 – Pat Metheny (Warner Bros., 1999)

113. A Love SupremeA Love Supreme – John Coltrane (Impulse!, 1964)

114. my spanish heartMy Spanish Heart – Chick Corea (Polydor, 1976)

115. three suitesThree Suites – Duke Ellington (Columbia, 1960)

116. Stripling Now!Stripling Now! – Byron Stripling (Nagel-Heyer, 1999)

117. PeacemealPeacemeal – Lee Konitz (Milestone, 1969)

118. listen here!Listen Here! – Gene Harris (Concord Jazz, 1989)

119. mercy, mercy (buddy rich)Mercy, Mercy – Buddy Rich (World Pacific, 1968)

120. thelonious monk with john coltraneThelonious Monk with John Coltrane – Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane (Riverside/OJC, 1957)

121. Live at the north sea jazz festivalLive at the North Sea Jazz Festival – Freddie Hubbard (Pablo, 1980)

122. routes to django liveRoutes to Django: Live – Bireli Lagrene (Antilles, 1980)

123. PlacesPlaces – Brad Mehldau (Warner Bros., 2000)

124. songs from the analog playgroundSongs From the Analog Playground – Charlie Hunter Quartet (Blue Note, 2001)

125. nina simone at town hallNina Simone at Town Hall – Nina Simone (Colpix, 1959)

126. Sci-fiSci-Fi – Christian McBride (Verve, 2000)

127. empyrean islesEmpyrean Isles – Herbie Hancock (Blue Note, 1964)

128. the return of the 5000 lb manThe Return of the 5000 Lb. Man – Rahsaan Roland Kirk (Warner Bros., 1975)

129. worrisome heartWorrisome Heart – Melody Gardot (Melody Gardot, 2006)

130. diz n bird at carnegie hallDiz ‘N Bird at Carnegie Hall – Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie (Blue Note, 1947 recording date)

131. night trainNight Train – Oscar Peterson (Verve, 1962)

132. live in swing city swingin with the dukeLive in Swing City: Swingin with the Duke – Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (Sony, 1999)

133. on the kornerOn the Korner – Zoot Sims (Pablo, 1983)

134. the magnificent thad jonesThe Magnificent Thad Jones – Thad Jones (Blue Note, 1956)

135. GRP all star big bandGRP All-Star Big Band – GRP All-Star Big Band (GRP, 1992)

136. pure imagination (richie cole)Pure Imagination – Richie Cole (Concord Jazz, 1986)

137. roy eldridge in parisRoy Eldridge in Paris – Roy Eldridge (Vogue, 1950)

138. the peacocksThe Peacocks – Stan Getz & Jimmy Rowles (Koch Jazz, 1975)

139. the beginning and the endThe Beginning and the End – Clifford Brown (Columbia/Legacy, 1952)

140. bouncing with bud (delmark)Bouncing with Bud [Delmark] – Bud Powell (Delmark, 1962)

141. infinityInfinity – McCoy Tyner (Impulse!, 1995)

142. jaco pastoriousJaco Pastorious – Jaco Pastorious (Epic/Legacy, 1976)

143. new concepts of artistry in rhythmNew Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm – Stan Kenton (Capitol, 1952)

144. coast to coastCoast to Coast – Red Holloway (Milestone, 2003)

145. speak no evilSpeak No Evil – Wayne Shorter (Blue Note, 1964)

146. dear louisDear Louis – Nicholas Payton (Verve, 2001)

147. papa gatoPapa Gato – Poncho Sanchez (Concord Picante, 1986)

148. JATP in TokyoJ.A.T.P. in Tokyo – Jazz at the Philharmonic (Pablo, 1953)

149. further definitionsFurther Definitions – Benny Carter and His Orchestra (GRP/Impulse!, 1961)

150. blowin' countryBlowin’ Country – Bud Shank (World Pacific, 1956)

151. into somethingInto Something – Yusef Lateef (Prestige/OJC, 1961)

152. in europeIn Europe – Elvin Jones (Enja, 1991)

153. great friendsGreat Friends – Sonny Fortune (Black & Blue, 1986 recording)

154. the blues and the abstract truthThe Blues and the Abstract Truth – Oliver Nelson (Impulse!, 1961)

155. musique du boisMusique Du Bois – Phil Woods (32 Jazz, 1974)

156. back eastBack East – Joshua Redman (Nonesuch, 2007)

157. the lady who swings the bandThe Lady Who Swings the Band – The Dutch Jazz Orchestra (Challenge, 2006)

158. with the tenors of our timeWith the Tenors of Our Time – Roy Hargrove (Verve, 1994)

159. mode for joeMode for Joe – Joe Henderson (Blue Note, 1966)

160. don ellis at filmoreDon Ellis at Filmore – Don Ellis (Columbia, 1970)

161. tuesday wonderlandTuesday Wonderland – Esbjorn Svensson Trio (Act, 2006)

162. bitches brewBitches Brew – Miles Davis (Columbia/Legacy, 1969)

163. native dancerNative Dancer – Wayne Shorter (Columbia/Legacy, 1974)

164. A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina)A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina) – Terence Blanchard (Angel, 2007)

165. paris blues 1962Paris Blues, 1962 – Horace Silver (Pablo, 1962)

166. freedom riderThe Freedom Rider – Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers (Blue Note, 1961)

167. as time goes byAs Time Goes By – Lionel Hampton (Sonet, 1978)

168. nostalgiaNostalgia – Fats Navarro (Savoy, 1947)

169. our man in parisOur Man in Paris – Dexter Gordon (Blue Note, 1963)

170. bottoms upBottoms Up – Illinois Jacquet (Prestige/OJC, 1968)

171. from the plantation to the penitentiaryFrom the Plantation to the Penitentiary – Wynton Marsalis (Blue Note, 2007)

172. Blue TrainBlue Train – John Coltrane (Blue Note, 1957)

173. drum songsDrum Songs – Philly Joe Jones (Galaxy, 1978)

174. eastern rebellion, vol 1Eastern Rebellion, Vol. 1 – Cedar Walton (Timeless, 1975)

175. b.g. in hi-fiB.G. in Hi-Fi – Benny Goodman (Blue Note, 1954)

176. little girl blueLittle Girl Blue – Nina Simone (Bethlehem, 1957)

177. puente in lovePuente in Love – Tito Puente (Tico, 1959)

178. chasing shadowsChasing Shadows – Pearl Django (Modern Hot, 2005)

179. lullabies of birdlandLullabies of Birdland – Ella Fitzgerald (Decca, 1954)

180. crystal silenceCrystal Silence – Gary Burton and Chick Corea (ECM, 1972)

181. portrait in jazzPortrait in Jazz – Bill Evans (Riverside/OJC, 1959)

182. misterioso (paul motian)Misterioso – Paul Motian (Soul Note, 1986)

183. have a little faithHave a Little Faith – Bill Frisell (Elektra/Nonesuch, 1992)

184. Bug MusicBug Music – Don Byron (Nonesuch, 1996)

185. the seattle concertThe Seattle Concert – Duke Ellington (RCA, 1952)

186. Funk Dumplin'sFunk Dumplin’s – Clark Terry (Matrix, 1978)

187. public eyePublic Eye – Roy Hargrove (Novus, 1990)

188. jam miamiJam Miami: A Celebration of Latin Jazz – Various Artists (Concord Jazz, 2000)

189. Clifford Brown & Max RoachClifford Brown & Max Roach – Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet (Emarcy, 1954)

190. the great american songbook (carmen mcrae)The Great American Songbook – Carmen McRae (Atlantic, 1972)

191. the search withinThe Search Within – Sean Jones (Mack Avenue, 2009)

192. I got rhythm (teddy wilson)I Got Rhythm – Teddy Wilson (Verve, 1956)

193. Spontaneous explorationsSpontaneous Explorations – Earl Hines (Contact, 1964)

194. head huntersHead Hunters – Herbie Hancock (Columbia/Legacy 1973)

195. the essential bessie smithThe Essential Bessie Smith – Bessie Smith (Columbia/Legacy, 1997 release date, 1923-1933 recording dates)

196. coleman hawkins encounters ben websterColeman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster – Coleman Hawkins with Ben Webster (Verve, 1957)

197. in concert (martin taylor)In Concert – Martin Taylor (Milestone, 2000 release date, 1988 recording date)

198. easy to love (gambarini)Easy To Love – Roberta Gambarini (Now Forward Inc., 2006)

199. kaleidoscopeKaleidoscope – Sonny Stitt (Prestige/OJC 1950)

200. Junior's BluesJunior’s Blues – Junior Mance (Riverside, 1962)

201. bass hit!Bass Hit! – Ray Brown (Verve, 1956)

202. This is how i feel about jazzThis is How I Feel About Jazz – Quincy Jones (Paramount, 1956)

203. rights of swingRights of Swing – Phil Woods (Candid, 1960)

204. the openerThe Opener – Curtis Fuller (Blue Note, 1957)

205. thinking of homeThinking of Home – Hank Mobley (Blue Note, 1970)

206. rosewoodRosewood – Woody Shaw (Columbia/Legacy, 1977)

207. Page onePage One – Joe Henderson (Blue Note, 1963)

208. whistle stopWhistle Stop – Kenny Dorham (Blue Note, 1961)

209. one in two, two in oneOne in Two, Two in One – Max Roach with Anthony Braxton (hatHUT, 1979)

210. VirtueVirtue – Eldar (Masterworks Jazz, 2009)

211. gumbo nouveauGumbo Nouveau – Nicholas Payton (Verve, 1995)

212. song for my fatherSong for My Father – Horace Silver (Blue Note, 1964)

213. some skunk funk (live)Some Skunk Funk (live) – Randy Brecker/Michael Brecker (BHM, 2005)

214. that's what i say john scofield plays the music of ray charlesThat’s What I Say: John Scofield Plays the Music of Ray Charles – John Scofield (Verve, 2005)

215. dinah jamsDinah Jams – Dinah Washington (Polygram, 1954)

216. the one and onlyThe One and Only – Maynard Ferguson (Maynard Ferguson Trust, 2007)

217. enchanceEnchance – Billy Hart (A&M, 1977)

218. ray sings, basie swingsRay Sings, Basie Swings – Ray Charles/Count Basie Orchestra (Concord, 2006)

219. monk's dreamMonk’s Dream – Thelonious Monk (Columbia, 1962)

220. alto madnessAlto Madness – Richie Cole (Muse, 1977)

221. swing 47Swing 47 – Django Reinhardt (Indigo, Recorded 1947, 1999 compilation release date)

222. journey to the oneJourney to the One – Pharoah Sanders (Evidence, 1980)

223. house of the rising sunHouse of the Rising Sun – Idres Muhammad (Kudu, 1976)

224. never make your move too soonNever Make Your Move Too Soon – Ernestine Anderson (Concord Jazz, 1980)

225. The oscar peterson trio at zardi'sThe Oscar Peterson Trio at Zardi’s – Oscar Peterson (Pablo, 1955)

226. the incredible kai winding trombonesThe Incredible Kai Winding Trombones – Kai Winding (Universal, 1960)

227. conversations with myselfConversations with Myself – Bill Evans (Verve, 1963)

228. porgy and bessPorgy and Bess – Miles Davis/Gil Evans (Columbia/Legacy, 1958)

229. somethin' elseSomethin’ Else – Cannonball Adderley (Blue Note, 1958)

230. the eminent jay jay johnsonThe Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Vol. 1 – J.J. Johnson (Blue Note, 1953)

231. jazz giant (benny carter)Jazz Giant – Benny Carter (Contemporary/OJC, 1958)

232. free jazz (a collective improvisation)Free Jazz (A Collective Improvisation) – Ornette Coleman (Rhino, 1960)

233. out to lunch!Out to Lunch! – Eric Dolphy (Blue Note, 1964)

234. quartet westQuartet West – Charlie Haden Quartet West (Polygram, 1986)

235. The Struggle ContinuesThe Struggle Continues – Dewey Redman (ECM, 1982)

236. bird the complete charlie parker on verveBird: The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve (10-CD box set) – Charlie Parker (Verve, 1946-1954 recording dates, box set released 1990)

237. Everybody KnowsEverybody Knows – Johnny Hodges (GRP/Impulse!, 1964)

238. 1939-19411939-1941 – Pete Johnson (Classics, 1939-41 recording dates, 1996 compilation release date)

239. billy's bestBilly’s Best! – Billy Eckstine (Mercury, 1958)

240. hot house (arturo sandoval)Hot House – Arturo Sandoval (N2K, 1998)

241. after midnight (with bonus tracks)After Midnight (with Bonus Tracks) – Nat King Cole & His Trio (Capitol, 1956 recording dates, 2001 release date)

242. sweets at the haigSweets at the Haig – Harry “Sweets” Edison (Import, 1953)

243. this one's for basieThis One’s For Basie – Buddy Rich and His Orchestra (Verve, 1956)

244. Frank Rosolino QuintetFrank Rosolino Quintet – Frank Rosolino (VSOP, 1957)

245. a boy names charlie brownA Boy Named Charlie Brown – Vince Guaraldi (Fantasy, 1964)

246. with the oscar peterson trio (lester young)With the Oscar Peterson Trio – Lester Young and The Oscar Peterson Trio (Verve, 1952)

247. some like it hotSome Like it Hot – Barney Kessel (Contemporary/OJC, 1959)

248. Live in tokyo (brad mehldau)Live in Tokyo – Brad Mehldau (Nonesuch, 2004)

249. facing youFacing You – Keith Jarrett (ECM, 1971)

250. balladsBallads – John Coltrane (Impulse, 1962)

251. the swingin' miss DThe Swingin’ Miss “D” – Dinah Washington (Emarcy, 1956)

252. swell and superSwell & Super – Charlie Barnett and His Orchestra (Drive Archive, 1949)

253. Top PercussionTop Percussion – Tito Puente (BMG, 1957)

254. All the Sad Young MenAll the Sad Young Men – Anita O’Day (Polygram, 1961)

255. perceptionsPerceptions – Dizzy Gillespie (Verve, 1961)

256. Big BagsBig Bags – Milt Jackson (Riverside/OJC, 1962)

257. Big Band Bossa Nova – Stan Getz (Verve, 1962)

258. jazz (tony bennett)Jazz – Tony Bennett (Columbia, 1954-67 recording dates, 1987 release date)

259. the hi-de-ho manThe Hi-De-Ho Man – Cab Calloway (Sony, 1935-47 recording dates)

260. crazy people musicCrazy People Music – Branford Marsalis (Columbia, 1990)

261. jacknifeJacknife – Jackie McLean (Blue Note, 1966)

262. tetragonTetragon – Joe Henderson (Milestone/OJC, 1968)

263. the song is youThe Song is You – Stan Getz (Laserlight, 1969)

264. super novaSuper Nova – Wayne Shorter (Blue Note, 1969)

265. Joe Farrell QuartetJoe Farrell Quartet – Joe Farrell Quartet (CTI, 1970)

266. live at the lighthouse (lee morgan)Live at the Lighthouse – Lee Morgan (Blue Note, 1970)

267. first lightFirst Light – Freddie Hubbard (CTI, 1971)

268. next albumNext Album – Sonny Rollins (Milestone/OJC, 1972)

269. on the cornerOn The Corner – Miles Davis (Columbia/Legacy, 1972)

270. power to the peoplePower to the People – Joe Henderson (Universe, 1969)

271. The Out of townersThe Out-of-Towners – Keith Jarrett Trio (ECM, 2004)

272. nearness of you the ballad bookNearness of You: The Ballad Book – Michael Brecker (Verve, 2001)

273. number two expressNumber Two Express – Christian McBride (Polygram, 1995)

274. reaching upReaching Up – Ernie Watts (Samson Music, 1993)

275. Song XSong X – Pat Metheny & Ornette Coleman (Geffen, 1985)

276. word of mouthWord of Mouth – Jaco Pastorius (Warner Bros. 1981)

277. 13th House13th House – McCoy Tyner (Original Jazz Classics, 1981)

278. Lenox Avenue BreakdownLenox Avenue Breakdown – Arthur Blythe (Koch Jazz, 1978)

279. tranceTrance – Steve Kuhn (ECM, 1974)

280. round tripRound Trip – Sadao Watanabe (Vanguard, 1974)

281. after hours with miss dAfter Hours with Miss D – Dinah Washington (1954)

282. Ellington uptownEllington Uptown – Duke Ellington (Sony, 1953)

283. Jam SessionJam Session – Clifford Brown (Emarcy, 1954)

284. blue roseBlue Rose – Rosemary Clooney (Columbia, 1956)

285. Brilliant CornersBrilliant Corners – Thelonious Monk (Riverside/OJC, 1957)

286. Cherokee (charlie barnet)Cherokee – Charlie Barnet (Bluebird, 1958)

287. Mingus RevisitedMingus Revisited – Charles Mingus (Emarcy, 1960)

288. Q Live in Paris Circa 1960Q Live in Paris Circa 1960 -Quincy Jones (Warner Bros., 1960)

289. Really Big!Really Big! – Jimmy Heath (Riverside/OJC, 1960)

290. Genius plus soul equals jazzGenius + Soul = Jazz – Ray Charles (DCC, 1960)

291. The Centaur and the PhoenixThe Centaur and the Phoenix – Yusef Lateef (Riverside/OJC, 1961)

292. Smooth as the windSmooth as the Wind – Blue Mitchell (Original Jazz Classics, 1961)

293. Down HomeDown Home – Sam Jones (Original Jazz Classics, 1962)

294. Letter from HomeLetter from Home – Eddie Jefferson (Riverside/OJC, 1962)

295. Hobo flatsHobo Flats – Jimmy Smith (Verve, 1963)

296. live at newport (mccoy tyner)Live at Newport – McCoy Tyner (Impulse!, 1963)

297. you better know it!!!You Better Know it!!! – Lionel Hampton (Japanese Import, 1964)

298. JoyrideJoyride – Stanley Turrentine (Blue Note, 1965)

299. the further adventures of jimmy and wesThe Further Adventures of Jimmy and Wes – Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery (Verve, 1966)

300. every day i have the blues (jimmy rushing)Every Day I have the Blues – Jimmy Rushing (Impulse!, 1967)

301. red clayRed Clay – Freddie Hubbard (CBS, 1970)

302. The Jody GrindThe Jody Grind – Horace Silver (Blue Note, 1966)

303. where were youWhere Were You? – Joey DeFrancesco (Columbia, 1990)

304. contrastsContrasts – Bucky & John Pizzarelli (Arbors, 1999)

305. sunday at the village vanguardSunday at the Village Vanguard – Bill Evans (Riverside/OJC, 1961)

306. Red AloneRed Alone – Red Garland (Original Jazz Classics, 1960)

307. hot fives vol 1Hot Fives, Vol. 1 (compilation) – Louis Armstrong (1925-26 recording dates, 1988 release date)

308. off the record the complete 1923 jazz band recordingsOff the Record: The Complete 1923 Jazz Band Recordings (compilation) – King Oliver (1923 recording tates, 2007 release date)

309. I rememberI Remember – Dianne Reeves (Blue Note, 1992)

310. Mood ChangesMood Changes – Grace Kelly (Pazz, 2008)

311. back at the chicken shackBack at the Chicken Shack – Jimmy Smith (Blue Note, 1960)

312. I can't help itI Can’t Help It – Betty Carter (GRP, 1961)

313. Benny Golson's New York SceneBenny Golson’s New York Scene – Benny Golson (1957)

314. anita sings the mostAnita Sings the Most – Anita O’ Day (Verve, 1957)

315. Krupa & RichKrupa and Rich – Gene Krupa (Verve, 1955)

316. just you just me, live in 1959Just You Just Me, Live in 1959 – Roy Eldridge and Coleman Hawkins (Stash, 1959)

317. yes, the bluesYes, The Blues – Clark Terry (Pablo, OJC, 1981)

318. seven steps to heaven (ray brown)Seven Steps to Heaven – Ray Brown (Telarc, 1995)

319. april in parisApril in Paris – Count Basie (Verve, 1956)

320. ReunionReunion – Paquito D’ Rivera with Arturo Sandoval (Messidor, 1990)

321. Atlantis – Sun Ra (Evidence, 1969)

322. Western Suite – Jimmy Giuffre (WEA, 1958)

323. Explorations – Bill Evans (Riverside/OJC, 1961)

324. Modern Times – Steps Ahead (Elektra, 1984)

325. Fanfare For the Warriors -The Art Ensemble of Chicago (Koch Jazz, 1973)

326. Black, Brown, and Beige – Mahalia Jackson/Duke Ellington Orchestra (Columbia/Legacy, 1958)

327. Carnegie Hall Concert – Toshiko Akiyoshi with Lew Tabackin (Columbia, 1991)

328. Shaking Free – Nnenna Freelon (Concord Jazz, 1996)

329. Concert By the Sea – Erroll Garner (Columbia, 1955)

330. Epitaph – Charles Mingus (Columbia, 1990)

331. Journey in Satchidananda – Alice Coltrane (Impulse!, 1971)

332. Naked City – John Zorn (Elektra/Nonesuch, 1989)

333. Straight Ahead – Abbey Lincoln (Candid, 1961)

334. Ellis in Wonderland – Herb Ellis (Verve, 1956)

335. Sir Elf – Sir Roland Hanna (Choice, 1974)

336. Black Codes (From the Underground) – Wynton Marsalis (Columbia, 1985)

337. Brother Red – Red Holloway (Prestige Recordings, 1964)

338. Wish – Joshua Redman (Warner Bros., 1993)

339. Don’t Go to Strangers – Etta Jones (Original Jazz Classics, 1960)

340. Afro – Dizzy Gillespie (Norgran, 1955)

341. A Charlie Brown Christmas – Vince Guaraldi (Fantasy, 1965)

342. Crescent City Christmas Card – Wynton Marsalis (Sony Music Distribution, 1990)

343. Django Bells – The Gypsy Hombres (Memphis International, 2002)

344. Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas – Ella Fitzgerald (Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, 1960)

345. Jingle Bell Jazz (Compilation) – Various Artists (Columbia, 1990)

346. Smashed For The Holidays – Jacqui Naylor (Ruby Records, 2007)

347. Sound of Christmas – Ramsey Lewis (Chess, 1961)

348. Christmas Jazz Jam – Wynton Marsalis (Somerset Entertainment, 2009)

349. Have Yourself a Soulful Little Christmas – Kenny Burrell (Verve, 1966)

350. 20th Century Masters – The Christmas Collection: The Best of Louis Armstrong – Louis Armstrong (Hip-O Records, 2003)

351. Christmas Time is Here – Dianne Reeves (Blue Note Records, 2004)

352. Christmas ‘64 – Jimmy Smith (Verve, 1964)

353. A Merry Christmas! – Stan Kenton (Capitol Jazz, 1963)

354. The Spirit of Christmas – Ray Charles (Rhino, 1985)

355. Christmas Songs with the Ray Brown Trio – Ray Brown (Telarc Distribution, 1999)

356. Jazz For Joy (Compilation) – Various Artists (Polygram, 1996)

357. A Swingin’ Christmas – Tony Bennett with the Count Basie Big Band (RPM, 2008)

358. Christmas with Jimmy McGriff – Jimmy McGriff (Collectible Records, 1964)

359. Christmas Songs – Diana Krall (Verve, 2005)

360. Merry Christmas From Doc Severinsen and The Tonight Show Orchestra – Doc Severinsen (Amherst Records, 1991)

361. This Bud’s For You – Bud Shank (32 Jazz, 1984)

362. What If? – Kenny Barron (Enja, 1986)

363. No Room for Argument – Wallace Roney (Concord Jazz, 2000)

364. The Adventures of Astral Pirates – Lenny White (Elektra, 1978)

365. Blues for Myself – Cedar Walton (RED Distribution, 1986)

366. On the Trail – Jimmy Heath (Riverside/OJC, 1964)

367. Midnight Blue – Kenny Burrell (Blue Note, 1963)

368. Let it Go – Stanley Turrentine (Impulse!, 1966)

369. I’ve Got a Woman – Jimmy McGriff (Collectables Records, 1962)

370. Agharta – Miles Davis (Columbia, 1975)

371. Jumpin’ In – Dave Holland (ECM Records, 1983)

372. Keep Swingin’ – Julian Priester (Riverside/OJC, 1960)

373. J.J. Inc. – J.J. Johnson (Columbia/Legacy, 1960)

374. Blowing In From Chicago – Clifford Jordan and John Gilmore (Blue Note, 1957)

375. Live at Montreux and Northsea – Art Blakey (Absord, 1980)

376. The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born – Branford Marsalis (Columbia, 1991)

377. Coltrane Plays the Blues – John Coltrane (Rhino, 1960)

378. Brussels Fair ‘58 – Sidney Bechet (Lone Hill Jazz, 1958)

379. The Color Five – Jacqui Naylor (Ruby Star Records, 2006)

380. Soul on Soul – Dave Douglas (RCA Victor, 2000)

381. Abyss – Jacques Schwarz-Bart (ObliqSound, 2008)

382. Mode for Mabes – Eric Alexander (Delmark, 1998)

383. Blues-ette – Curtis Fuller (Savoy, 1959)

384. Meet the Jazztet – Art Farmer with Benny Golson (MCA/Chess, 1960)

385. Sama Layuca – McCoy Tyner (Fantasy/OJC, 1974)

386. Cuban Carnival – Tito Puente (RCA Records, 1956)

387. Full House – Wes Montgomery (Riverside/OJC, 1962)

388. Stan Getz and J.J. Johnson at the Opera House – (1957 recording date, 1960 release date)

389. Oscar Peterson Plays the Cole Porter Songbook – Oscar Peterson (Polygram, 1959)

390. Porgy and Bess – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong (Verve, 1958)

391. Mercernary – Dr. John (Blue Note, 2006)

392. You Are There – Roberta Gambarini and Hank Jones (Emarcy, 2007)

393. Think! – Lonnie Smith (Blue Note, 1968)

394. Gil Evans & Ten – Gil Evans (Prestige/OJC, 1957)

395. Live at the Montreal Jazz Festival 1985 – Ahmad Jamal (Atlantic, 1985)

396. Welcome to Love – Pharoah Sanders (Evidence, 1991)

397. Ride, Red, Ride in Hi-Fi – Henry “Red” Allen (RCA Records, 1957)

398. 1937-1938 – Bunny Berigan (Melodie Jazz Classics, 1937-1938 recording dates)

399. Wandering Moon – Terrance Blanchard (Columbia, 2000)

400. Let My Children Hear Music – Charles Mingus (Columbia, 1972)

401. Lonely Woman – Modern Jazz Quartet (Atlantic, 1962)

402. Somethin’s Cookin’ – Junior Cook (Muse, 1981)

403. Here and Now – Geoff Keezer (Blue Note, 1991)

404. Present Tense – Bobby Watson (Columbia, 1992)

405. Cross-Currents – Bill Evans (Fantasy/OJC, 1977)

406. Red Garland at the Prelude – Red Garland (Universal Distribution, 1959)

407. The Koln Concert – Keith Jarrett (ECM Records, 1975)

408. Music in Motion – Jason Marsalis (Basin Street Records, 2000)

409. Crazy! Baby – Jimmy Smith (Blue Note, 1960)

410. Ella and Louis Again – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong (Verve, 1957)

411. Long Road Home – Lynne Arriale (TCB Records, 1997)

412. African Sketchbook – Abdullah Ibrahim (then Dollar Brand) (Enja, 1969)

413. Dinah Washington Sings Bessie Smith – Dinah Washington (Emarcy, 1958)

414. Bumpin’ – Wes Montgomery (Verve, 1965)

415. What is There to Say? – Gerry Mulligan (Sony Music Distribution, 1959)

416. Jazz Giants ‘58 – Stan Getz (Verve, 1958)

417. Deep Passion – Oscar Pettiford (MCA Records, 1957)

418. Red Door: Remember Zoot Sims – Scott Hamilton and Bucky Pizzarelli (Concord Jazz, 1998)

419. Triple Treat, Vol. 1 – Monty Alexander (Concord Jazz, 1983)

420. Lady in Satin – Billie Holliday (Columbia, 1958)

421. The Cats – Tommy Flanagan with John Coltrane and Kenny Burrell (New Jazz/OJC, 1957)

422. The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol. 2 (1936, compilation) – Billie Holiday (Columbia, 1987)

423. Money Jungle – Duke Ellington (Blue Note, 1962)

424. Stan Getz with Cal Tjader – Stan Getz (Fantasy/OJC, 1958)

425. It’s All in the Game – Eric Alexander (Highnote, 2006)

426. Iron Man – Eric Dolphy (Westwind, 1963)

427. Fat Albert Rotunda – Herbie Hancock (WEA, 1968)

428. Barefoot Boy – Larry Coryell (One Way, 1971)

429. Eye of the Beholder – Chick Corea (GRP Records, 1988)

430. Of Kindred Souls – Roy Hargrove (Novus, 1993)

431. The Paris Concert, Edition One – Bill Evans (Blue Note, 1979)

432. Red Earth – Dee Dee Bridgewater (Emarcy/URGD, 2007)

433. Lester Leaps In – Count Basie (Epic, 1936-40 recording dates, 1955 release date)

434. Stormy Monday – Lou Rawls (Blue Note, 1962)

435. Soul Sauce: Memories of Cal Tjader – Poncho Sanchez (Concord, 1995)

436. On Fire – Michel Camilo (Epic, 1989)

437. Serenade to a Soul Sister – Horace Silver (Blue Note, 1968)

438. Screamin’ the Blues – Oliver Nelson (Original Jazz Classics, 1960)

439. Wynton Marsalis – Wynton Marsalis (Columbia, 1981)

440. Kind of Brown – Christian McBride (Mack Avenue, 2009)

441. Search For the New Land – Lee Morgan (Toshiba EMI, 1964)

442. Chile Con Soul – Poncho Sanchez (Concord Picante, 1989)

443. Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington – Aretha Franklin (Edsel, 1964)

444. Cannonball & Coltrane – Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane (Emarcy, 1959)

445. The Hawk Flies High – Coleman Hawkins (Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, 1957)

446. Gunn Fu – Russell Gunn (High Note, 1997)

447. Reach – Jacky Terrasson (Parlophone Records, 1996)

448. Cyrus Chestnut – Cyrus Chestnut (Atlantic, 1998)

449. The Best of Slim Gaillard: Laughin’ in Rhythm – Slim Gaillard (Verve, 1994)

450. Sweet Home Cookin’ – Karrin Allyson (Concord, 1994)

451. The Thelonious Monk Orchrstra at Town Hall – Thelonious Monk (Original Jazz Classics, 1959)

452. So What? – Monty Alexander (Black & Blue, 1979)

453. To Bird With Love – Eddie Daniels (GRP Records, 1987)

454. Midnight Special – Jimmy Smith (Blue Note, 1960)

455. Jazz at Massey Hall – The Quintet (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, Max Roach) (Original Jazz Classics, 1953)

456. After the Morning – John Hicks (Unidisc, 1979)

457. Twentysomething – Jamie Cullum (Verve, 2004)

458. The Happy Blues – Gene Ammons (Prestige/OJC, 1956)

459. One More Once – Michel Camilo (Columbia, 1995)

460. 100 Years of Django – Frank Vignola (Azica Records, 2009)

461. Pete Fountain’s New Orleans – Pete Fountain (MCA Records, 1957)

462. Piano in E – Solo Piano – Ellis Marsalis (Rounder, 1986)

463. New Orleans, Vol. 1 – Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Columbia, 1977)

464. Strange Fruit – Irvin Mayfield and The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (Basin Street Records, 2005)

465. The Library of Congress Recordings (compilation) – Jelly Roll Morton (Rounder, 1938 recording dates, 2007 compilation release date)

466. Al Hirt’s Jazz Band Ball – Al Hirt (1956)

467. Mysterious Shorter – Nicholas Payton (Chesky, 2006)

468. Louis Armstrong and King Oliver (compilation) – Louis Armstrong and King Oliver (Milestone Records, 1923-24 recording dates, 1977 release date)

469. Oh, My Nola – Harry Connick, Jr. (Columbia, 2007)

470. Bounce – Terence Blanchard (Blue Note, 2003)

471. Live at Newport – Mahalia Jackson (Columbia, 1958)

472. Trio Jeepy – Branford Marsalis (Columbia, 1988)

473. The Fabulous Sidney Bechet – Sidney Bechet (Blue Note, 1958)

474. In Binghamton, N.Y., Vol. 2 – De De and Billie Pierce (American Recordings, 1962)

475. The Legendary Kid – Kid Ory (Good Time Jazz, 1956)

476. Duke Elegant – Dr. John (Blue Note, 2000)

477. Funeral For a Friend – Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Ropeadope Records, 2004)

478. Live at Blues Alley – Wynton Marsalis (Columbia, 1987)

479. The Bright Mississippi – Allen Toussaint (Nonesuch Records, 2009)

480. Jump, Jive, and Wail: The Essential Louis Prima (compilation) – Louis Prima (Capitol/EMI Records, 2007)

481. The Jazz Giants ‘56 – Lester Young (Verve, 1956)

482. At the Concertgebouw – Oscar Peterson (Polygram, 1957)

483. Idle Moments – Grant Green (Blue Note, 1963)

484. Free Wheelin’: The Music of Lee Morgan – Claudio Roditi (Reservoir (City Hall), 1994)

485. Brooklyn Brothers – Cecil Payne & Duke Jordan (Xanadu Records, 1973)

486. Celebration – Hadley Caliman (P-Vine Records, 1977)

487. Power of Three – Michel Petrucciani (Blue Note, 1986)

488. The In Sound – Eddie Harris (Atlantic, 1965)

489. With Billie in Mind – Teddy Wilson (Chiaroscuro, 1972)

490. Who’s Smoking?! – Paquito D’ Rivera (Candid, 1992)

491. Live From Concord to London – Ernestine Anderson (Concord, 1977)

492. Wahoo! – Duke Pearson (Blue Note, 1964)

493. Joe Henderson in Japan – Joe Henderson (Riverside/OJC, 1971)

494. Curtain Call – Jaco Pastorius (Another Hit Record, 1986)

495. Peter Erskine – Peter Erskine (Contemporary/OJC, 1982)

496. Dialects – Joe Zawinul (Sony Music Distribution, 1986)

497. Friends Seen and Unseen – Charlie Hunter (Ropeadope Records, 2004)

498. Straight Ahead – Arturo Sandoval (Jazz House Music, 1988)

499. Brass Attitude – Maynard Ferguson (Concord Jazz, 1998)

500. Pike’s Groove – Dave Pike (Criss Cross, 1986)

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  6. Wayne Tucker

    I enjoy the list, but no Art Pepper in the first 500? I hope he shows up several times in the remaining listings, as he was, and is, one of THE outstanding saxists in jazz history. Start with “Living Legend” and “Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section” and go from there. His complete Galaxy recordings boxed set is absolutely one of the greatest landmarks/compilations of improvised music ever. Give it all a listen, and you will see.

    1. John Lim

      that’s a collection that i think i would die for…i thot u left out Sonny Rollin’s “A Night at the Village Vanguard” though… in the next 500 perhaps?

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