1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (21-40)

Here are the next twenty.

Try to remember that there is no ranking system here, and just because you might not see your favorite jazz album yet, 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 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 21 through 40.

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)

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (1-20)

0 Replies to “1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (21-40)”

  1. If we die right now, having followed the list to date, we won’t have heard any music made prior to 1950 (except for Benny Goodman); no Monk, Morton, Armstrong playing his best, Bird, Pres, Hawk, Machito, Bud Powell, Django, Hampton, Benny Carter (still no Betty Carter), Louis Jordan, Sarah Vaughan, Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, electric Miles, Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith, Fatha Hines, Andrew Hill, Bobby Hutcherson, Bags, Braxton, Fats Waller, James P. Johnson, Mary Lou Williams, Tatum, Charlie Christian, Art Ensemble, Muhal Richard Abrams, John Scofield, John McLaughlin, Roy Haynes, May Roach, Jo Jones, Johnny Dodds, Pat Metheny, Blood Ulmer, Herbie Mann . . . So don’t die! Some of these are sure to come!

  2. It’s fantastic that you included Benny Goodman’s Live at Carnegie Hall Album in your list. Too often Swing, Big Band and Dixieland are excluded from “Jazz”, even though the music and musicians of that era kicked off the whole Jazz phenomenon. Of course that music has a much different sound, feel, and even production value than later forms, and some first-time listeners may not understand the relevance or appreciate the artistry, but if you’re going to get into the groove, you’ve got to get into the swing. Looking forward to seeing who else from that era gets into the list.
    -Chris P, tikiloungetalk.com

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