88 Essential Jazz Albums for your Collection
Here’s a list of great music for the New or Casual Jazz Music listener. There are thousands of outstanding jazz albums by thousands of remarkable jazz musicians – and in no way, do we consider this to be the definitive ‘Best Of’ compilation. Listen for yourself…and take a leap into the amazing legacy of Jazz music.
ARTISTDISC TITLELABELYEARiTUNES
Antonio Carlos Jobim Stone Flower Cti 1970
Ahmad Jamal Live At The Pershing Argo 1958
Art Blakey Moanin Blue Note 1958
Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section Prestige 1957
Bill Evans Waltz For Debby Riverside 1961
Billie Holiday Lady In Satin Verve 1958
Blue Mitchell Boss Horn Blue Note 1967
Bobby Hutcherson / Harold Land San Francisco Blue Note 1970
Buddy Rich The New One Pacific Jazz 1967
Cal Tjader Soul Sauce Verve 1964
Cannonball Adderly Somethin Else Prestige 1958
Cassandra Wilson Traveling Miles Blue Note 1999
Charles Earland Black Talk Prestige 1969
Charles Lloyd Forest Flower Atlantic 1967
Charlie Byrd Blues Sonata Riverside 1961
Charlie Haden In Angel City Verve 1988
Charlie Parker / Dizzy Gillespie Bird & Diz Verve 1950
Chick Corea Return To Forever Ecm 1972
Clifford Brown Clifford Brown With Strings Emarcy 1958
Count Basie April In Paris Verve 1955
Crusaders Freedom Sound Pacific Jazz 1961
Crusaders Streetlife Mca 1979
Dave Brubeck Time Out Sony 1959
Dee Dee Bridgewater Love And Peace Verve 1995
Dexter Gordon One Flight Up Blue Note 1963
Dizzy Gillespie Afro Verve 1954
Donald Byrd A New Perspective Blue Note 1963
Donald Harrison Nouveau Swing Impulse 1997
Duke Ellington Ellington At Newport Sony 1956
Duke Pearson Wahoo Blue Note 1964
Eddie Harris The Electrifying Eddie Harris Atlantic 1968
Eddie Palmieri Superimposition Fania 1971
Ella Fitzgerald / Louis Armstrong A Classy Pair Verve 1956
Eric Dolphy Out To Lunch Blue Note 1964
Erroll Garner Concert By The Sea Columbia 1955
Freddie Hubbard Red Clay Cti 1970
Freddie Hubbard Blue Spirits Blue Note 1965
Gato Barbieri Caliente A&M 1976
Gene Ammons Boss Tenor Prestige 1957
George Benson Breezin' Warner Bros. 1976
Gerald Wilson The Golden Sword Pacific Jazz 1966
Gil Evans Out Of The Cool Impulse 1961
Hank Mobley No Room For Squares Blue Note 1963
Harold Land The Peacemaker Cadet 1967
Herbie Hancock Maiden Voyage Blue Note 1965
Herbie Hancock Speak Like A Child Columbia 1968
Herbie Mann Live At The Village Gate Atlantic 1962
Horace Silver Song For My Father Blue Note 1964
Jimmy Heath On The Trail Prestige 1964
Jimmy Smith Back At The Chicken Shack Blue Note 1960
Joe Henderson Mode For Joe Blue Note 1966
John Coltrane A Love Supreme Impulse 1964
John Coltrane Giant Steps Atlantic 1960
John Coltrane / Johnny Hartman John Coltrane / Johnny Hartman Impulse 1963
Kenny Burrell Midnight Blue Blue Note 1963
Lambert/Hendricks/Ross Sing A Song Of Basie Verve 1955
Lee Morgan The Sidewinder Blue Note 1963
Les Mccann/Eddie Harris Swiss Movement Atlantic 1969
Lou Donaldson Blues Walk Prestige 1958
Manhattan Transfer Vocalese Atlantic 1985
Mccoy Tyner The Real Mccoy Blue Note 1967
Michael Brecker Two Blocks From The Edge Impulse 1988
Miles Davis Kind Of Blue Sony 1959
Miles Davis Sketches Of Spain Sony 1959
Miles Davis Miles Smiles Columbia 1966
Mongo Santamaria Skins Milestone 1965
Mose Allison Creek Bank Prestige 1958
Oliver Nelson Blues And The Abstract Truth Impulse 1961
Oscar Brown Jr. Sin And Soul Columbia 1961
Oscar Peterson Night Train Verve 1962
Pat Metheny Still Life Talking Warner Bros. 1987
Paul Desmond Desmond Blue Rca 1962
Pharaoh Sanders Karma Impulse 1969
Quincy Jones Walking In Space A&M 1969
Ray Charles Genius + Soul = Jazz Impulse 1961
Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus Prestige 1956
Stan Getz Getz/Gilberto Verve 1963
Stan Getz Sweet Rain Verve 1967
Stanley Turrentine Sugar Cti 1971
Thelonious Monk Brilliant Corners Riverside 1956
Tito Puente And His Concert Orchestra Fania 1973
Vince Guaraldi Jazz Impressions Of Black Orpheus Verve 1962
Wayne Shorter Speak No Evil Blue Note 1965
Weather Report Heavy Weather Sony 1977
Wes Montgomery Tequila Verve 1966
Willie Bobo Hell Of An Act To Follow Columbia 1978
Wynton Marsalis Black Codes From The Underground Sony 1985
Yusef Lateef Eastern Sounds Prestige 1961
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