Top Jazz Albums of All Time

Here is another list that I am working on: Top Jazz Albums of All Time. This is just a rough draft, or sketch if you will, of some mainstream favourites. Some albums should probably not be on the list, whereas some of them should definitely be featured here.

I have mostly added albums that can be found through Spotify, and excluded any obscure gems that have not been featured in popular lists. Thus, all jazz albums that have been recorded under water, in a far away cavern with unique echo effects, or in a remote Alaskan cabin with mathematically arranged microphones have not been added to the list. This is where I reach out to all jazz cats of SC; the drummers, the beatmakers, the connoisseurs, as well as the sample heads, in order to comment the list. In my defence, this is by no means neither a complete, nor a finished list.

Top Jazz Albums of All Time List

Al Di Meola - Elegant Gypsy
Albert Ayler - Complete Live At Slug's Saloon
Albert Ayler - Spiritual Unity
Alice Coltrane & Pharoah Sandrs - Journey In Satchidananda
Allan Holdsworth - The Sixteen Men Of Tain
Andrew Hill - Compulsion
Andrew Hill - Point Of Departure
Arnett Cobb - Party Time / More Party Time / Movin' Right Along
Art Blakey - A Night In Tunisia
Art Blakey - Moanin'
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Mosaic
Art Pepper - Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section
Art Tatum - Piano Starts Here
Avenue Blue - Avenue feat. Jeff Golub
The Bad Plus - Suspicious Activity?
Béla Fleck & The Flecktones - Left Of Cool
Ben Webster - King Of The Tenors
Benny Goodman - Live At Carnegie Hall-1938
Bill Bruford With Ralph Towner And Ralph Gomez - If Summer Had It's Ghosts
Bill Connors - Return
Bill Evans - Everybody Digs Bill Evans
Bill Evans - Starfish & The Moon
Bill Evans - Undercurrent
Bill Evans - You Must Believe In Spring
Bill Evans Trio - Sunday At The Village Vanguard
Bill Frisell - Blues Dream
Billie Holiday - Lady In Satin
Billy Bauer - Billy Bauer - Plectrist
Billy Cobham - Spectrum
Booker Ervin - The Freedom Book
Branford Marsalis - Trio Jeepy
Bruford - Feels Good To Me
Bruford - One Of A Kind
Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell
Cannonball Adderley - Somethin' Else
Cecil Taylor - Unit Structures
Charles Mingus - The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady
Charles Mingus - Blues & Roots
Charles Mingus - The Clown
Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um
Charlie Christian - Solo Flight
Charlie Haden Quartet West - Haunted Heart
Charlie Parker - Best Of The Complete Savoy & Dial Studio Recordings
Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie - Bird And Diz
Charlie Parker - Charlie Parker With Strings
Chet Baker - Chet
Chick Corea - Now He Sings, Now He Sobs
Chick Corea - Return To Forever
Chich Corea Elektric Band - The Chick Corea Elektric Band
Clifford Brown & Max Roach - Clifford Brown And Max Roach
Clifford Brown & Max Roach Quintet - Study In Brown
Coleman Hawkins - Body & Soul
Coleman Hawkins - The Hawk Flies High
Coleman Hawkins - Night Hawk
Count Basie - The Complete Atomic Basie
Count Basie - The Complete Decca Recordings
The Dave Brubeck Quintet - Time Out
Dave Holland Quartet - Conference Of The Birds
Dave Holland Quintet - Prime Directive
David Axelrod - Song Of Innocence
David Sanborn - Hearsay
Dexter Gordon - Go!
Dizzy Gillespie - Afro
Duke Ellington - And His Mother Called Him Bill
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane - Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
Duke Ellington - Ellington At Newport 1956
Duke Ellington - Such Sweet Thunder
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Ella & Louis
Eric Dolphy - Out There
Eric Dolphy - Out To Lunch
Errol Garner - Concert By The Sea
Etta Jones - Don't Go To Strangers
Freddie Hubbard - Hub-Tones
Freddie Hubbard - Open Sesame
Gato Barbieri - Caliente!
George Benson - Breezin'
George Russell - Ezz-thetics
Gerry Mulligan - The Original Quartet With Chet Baker
The Gil Evans Orchestra - Out Of The Cool
Grant Green - Green Street
Grant Green - Idle Moments
Grant Green - Matador
Groover Washington Jr. - Mister Magic
Hal Gaylor & Walter Norris - The Trio
Hank Mobley - No Room For Squares
Hank Mobley - Soul Station
Hank Mobley - Workout
Hellen Merrill & Clifford Brown - Hellen Merrill With Clifford Brown & Gil Evans
Herb Ellis - Ellis In Wonderland
Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter - 1+1
Herbie Hancock - Empyrean Isles
Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters
Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage
Herbie Hancock - Takin' Off
Horace Silver - Blowin' The Blues Away
Horace Silver - Song For My Father
Ike Quebec - Blue And Sentimental
Jackie McLean - Swing, Swang, Swingin'
Jean-Luc Ponty - Aurora
Jean-Luc Ponty - Enigmatic Ocean
Jimmy Smith - Back At The Chicken Shack
Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery - Bumpin' On Sunset (Jazz Club)
Joe Henderson - Inner Urge
Joe Henderson - Page One
Joe Pass - For Django
Joe Pass - Virtuoso
Joe Zawinul & Lewis Hahn - Zawinul
John Abercrombie - Characters
John Abercrombie & Dave Holland - Gateway
John Abercrombie & Dave Holland - Gateway 2
John Abercrombie & Jan Hammer - Timeless
John Coltrane - Ascension
John Coltrane - Blue Train
John Coltrane - Giant Steps
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
John Coltrane - My Favourite Things
John McLaughlin - Electric Guitarist
John McLaughlin - Extrapolation
John Patitucci - Sketchbook
John Scofield - A Go Go
John Scofield - Hand Jive
John Scofield - I Can See Your House From Here
John Scofield - Quiet
Johnny Griffin - A Blowin' Session
Keith Jarrett - The Köln Concert
Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue
Kenny Burnell - 'Round Midnight
Larry Coryell - Barefoot Boy
Larry Coryell - Spaces
Larry Young - Unity
Lee Morgan - The Sidewinder
Lee Ritenour - Captain Fingers
Lee Ritenour - Stolen Moments
Lenny Breau - Cabin Fever
Les McCann - Invitation To Openness
Louie Bellson And His Big Band - Louie Bellson Honors 12 Super-drummers
Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington - The Great Summit
Louis Armstrong - Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy
Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five - The Best Of The Hot 5 And Hot 7 Recordings
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds of Fire
Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Inner Mounting Flame
McCoy Tyner - The Real McCoy
Medeski & Martin & Wood - Combustication
Michael Brecker - Tales From The Hudson
Michael Brecker - Time Is Of The Essence
Mike Stern - Between The Lines
Mike Stern - Is What It Is
Mike Stern - Play
Miles Davis - Birth Of The Cool
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
Miles Davis - In A Silent Way
Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue
Miles Davis - Miles Ahead
Miles Davis - Milestones
Miles Davis - Sketches Of Spain
Milt Jackson & John Coltrane - Bags & Trane
The Modern Jazz Quartet - Django
Monica Zetterlund & Bill Evans - Waltz For Debby
Oliver Nelson - The Blues And The Abstract Truth
Oregon - Crossing
Ornette Coleman - The Shape Of Jazz To Come
Pat Martino - El Hombre
Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays - As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls
Pat Metheny - Bright Size Life
Pat Metheny Group - Letter From Home
Pat Metheny Group - Secret Story
Pat Metheny Trio - Trio 99-00
Paul Chambers - Bass On Top
Paul Desmond - Pure Desmond
Pharoah Sanders - Thembi
The Quintet - Jazz At Massey Hall
Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Rip Rig And Panic / Now Please Don't You Cry Beautiful Edith
Rahsaan Roland Kirk - We Free Kings + Triple Threat
Return To Forever - Romantic Warrior
Return To Forever - Where Have I Known You Before
The Rippingtons - Moonlighting
Sarah Vaughn - With Clifford Brown
Sonny Clark - Cool Struttin'
Sonny Rollins - A Night At The Village Vanguard
Sonny Rollins & Tommy Flanagan - Saxophone Colossus
Sonny Rollins Quartet - Tenor Madness
Stan Getz & João Gilberto - Getz/Gilberto
Stanley Clarke - Journey To Love
Stanley Clarke - School Days
Stanley Jordan - Magic Touch
Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Jazz In Silhouette
Ted Greene - Solo Guitar
Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins - Brilliant Corners
Thelonious Monk - Genuis Of Modern Music Vol. 1
Thelonious Monk - Genuis Of Modern Music Vol. 2
Thelonious Monk - Monk's Dream
Thelonious Monk - Straight, No Chaser
Thelonious Monk Quartet - At Carnegie Hall
Tom Scott & The L.A. Express - Tom Cat
Tony Williams - Lifetime: The Collection
Victor Wooten - A Show Of Hands 15
Wayne Shorter & Regina Workman - Night Dreamer
Wayne Shorter - Speak No Evil
Weather Report - Heavy Weather
Wes Montgomery - Bumpin' On Sunset (Jazz Club)
Wes Montgomery - The Incredible Jazz Guitar
Wynton marsalis - Black Codes (From The Underground)
Yusef Lateef - Eastern Sounds


Medeski & Martin & Wood - Combustication Xyxthumbs
Great album!

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