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  1. #1
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    Oct 2006
    Belgium (Antwerp)

    Music TOP 100 Jazz Albums

    Update: view the final list on the blog: Top 100 Jazz Albums

    Remember how we made a "Top 100" of jazz guitar albums a while ago?
    (TOP 100 Jazz Guitar Albums | TOP 10 Jazz Guitarists).

    I want to do the same for non-guitar jazz albums. Please post the jazz
    albums that you think need to be included the Top 100 list.
    Remember, no albums that have a guitarist as leader.

    Don't take this too serious please, it's just a list with a lot of
    great records that we can show to jazz beginners as recommended

    Here's my list:

    *Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
    *John Coltrane - Giant Steps
    *Joshua Redman - Wish
    *Michael Brecker - Tales from the Hudson
    *Thelonious Monk - Straight No Chaser
    *Charlie Parker - Yardbird Suite: The Ultimate Collection
    *The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out
    *Chet Baker - Chet Baker Sings
    *Keith Jarrett - The Köln Concert
    *João Gilberto - Getz/Gilberto

  2. #2
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    Apr 2009
    anchorage, alaska
    okay, i'll play:

    stan getz---serenity
    manhattan transfer---vocalese
    herbie hancock---maiden voyage
    wayne shorter---speak no evil
    curtis counce---landslide
    count basie---complete atomic basie
    zoot sims---if i'm lucky
    horace silver---horacescope
    bill evans---intuition
    adderley brothers---summer of '55

    (uhhh...joao is a guitarist...)

  3. #3
    I'll chime in:

    Bill Evans - Everybody Digs Bill Evans
    Bill Evans - Portrait in Jazz
    Bill Evans - Waltz for Debby
    John Coltrane - My Favorite Things
    John Coltrane - Giant Steps
    Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus
    Freddie Hubbard - Hub-Tones
    Freddie Hubbard - Straight Life
    Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters
    Stan Getz/Gilberto/Jobim - Getz/Gilberto

  4. #4
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    Aug 2009
    John Coltrane:A Love Supreme
    Roland Kirk: Rip, Rig and Panic
    Louis Armstrong: I don't know what's currently available, but I have a 2 LP set of hot five and seven recordings that belongs in any jazz collection.
    Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
    Miles Davis: Bitches Brew
    Charlie Parker: Complete Savoy Sessions
    Ornette Coleman: Change of the Century
    Johnny Hodges: Three Shades of Blue
    Again, I don't know current available titles, but Duke Ellington and Count Basie belong in there somewhere.

  5. #5
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    Apr 2009
    Rainbow Village, USA
    Here's a couple off the top of my head:

    Cannonball Adderley - Them Dirty Blues
    Larry Young - Unity
    Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay
    Joe Henderson - Page One
    Count Basie - Straight Ahead
    Hank Mobley - Another Workout
    J.J. Johnson - Trombone Master
    Charles Mingus - Ah Um
    Miles Davis - Milestones
    Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
    Charles Lloyd - Forest Flower (Live At Monterey)
    John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
    Lee Morgan - The Sidewinder
    Lee Morgan - Cornbread
    Lester Young - Lester Young Trio

  6. #6
    1 Oliver Nelson--Sound Pieces
    2 John Coltrane---A Love Supreme

  7. #7

    Newbie! My Favorite 10 Jazz Albums

    Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
    Charlie Mingus - Tijuana Moods
    Billie Holiday - Body and Soul
    Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage
    John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
    Roy Hargrove - Habana
    Herbie Mann - Memphis Underground
    Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - Flight of the Cosmic Hippo
    Weather Report - Heavy Weather
    Les McCann Trio - Swiss Movement

    List seems to be in a state of flux, albums keep moving in and out, will need to stop at some point and submit.

  8. #8

    a couple more

    Clifford Brown - Clifford Brown and Max Roach
    Ella Fitzgerald - almost anything
    Swingle Swingers - Jean-Sebastien BACH
    Thelonius Monk

  9. #9
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    Dec 2009
    eastern Washington

    non-guitar jazz albums

    Pretty much anything by Weather Report, in particular:
    Weather Report - Heavy Weather

    Herbie Hancock - Dis Is Da Drum

    Ben Allison & Medicine Wheel - Nuclear Tiger

    Stephane Grappelli - Sunday in Paris

  10. #10
    Brad Mehldau - The Art of Trio
    Joshua Redman - Elastic
    Megashira - At Last
    Shirley Scott - Oasis
    Sonny Rollins - Rollin Round Midnight

  11. #11
    Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
    John Coltrane - Giant Steps
    John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
    Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus
    Ornette Coleman - Shape of Jazz to Come

    My collection consists of greatest hits-type records for the following 3 artists but I feel strongly that they need to be represented.

    Louis Armstrong
    Count Basie
    Duke Ellington

  12. #12

    Wes Montgomery Not my whole list.

    3 Joe Sample--Invitation
    4 Chick Corea Quartet---Time Warp
    5 Sun Ra---Sun Song
    6 Oliver Nelson/Eric Dolphy---Blues And The Abstract Truth
    7 Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane
    8 John Coltrane--Ballads
    9 Coltrane Plays the blues
    10 Charles Lloyd--Voice In The Night sorry ( John Abrecrombie) Great!!
    11 Grover Washington Jr.---Breath Of Heaven

  13. #13

    My picks

    Sonny Rollins- The Bridge
    Herbie Hancock- Manchild
    Max Roach, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus Trio-Money Jungle
    Thelonius Monk- Alone In San Francisco
    Red Garland, Ron Carter & Philly Joe Jones- Crossings

    to name a few special favorites. Great list so far.

    Randal Robledo
    Austin TX

  14. #14

    Best Jazz Albums

    In no particular order:
    The Italian Sessions - Chet Baker
    Ballads and Blues - Milt Jackson
    Live at Basin Street - Clifford Brown and Max Roach
    Like a Lover - Gene Harris Trio
    Jazz Giant - Benny Carter
    My Fair Lady - Shelly Manne
    Sweets - Harry "Sweets" Edison
    West Coast Jazz - Stan Getz
    Sidewinder - Lee Morgan

  15. #15
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    TOP 100 Jazz Album

    1Jazz at Massey Hall 2 Blue Trane 3 Ornithology 4 Djanglology 5 Somethin' Else(Adderley) 6 Somethin' else(Coleman) 7 Getz au Go go 8 Complete Savoy recordings (Lesster Young) 9 Coleman Hawkins with Red Garland Trio 10 Out of the afternoon( Roy Haynes Quartet) .....and more........

  16. #16

    Top 100 albums

    My fave jazz albums (not primarily guitar)
    Herbie Mann- Standing Ovation at Newport

    Jimmy Smith- The Cat with Lalo Schifrin
    (OK, Kenny Burrell is in there too!)

    The Other Side of Dudley Moore (UK - maybe different US title)
    -The Dudley Moore Trio

    Yusef Lateef - Eastern Sounds

    Francois Rabbath _ The Sound of a Bass

    Roland Kirk - I talk With the Spirits

    Don Ellis- Electric Bath and Live in 3 2/3 4 Time

  17. #17
    Bill Evans - The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961
    Jazz Samba - Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd
    Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
    Miles Davis & Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings
    Benny Goodman - Live at Carnegie Hall
    Charlie Parker - Complete Savoy Sessions
    Charlie Parker with Strings
    John Coltrane - Blue Train
    Louis Armstrong - Complete Hot Fives and Hot Sevens
    Billie Holiday - The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia (1933-1944)
    The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Songbooks
    Duke Ellington - The Complete RCA Victor Recordings

  18. #18
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    Nov 2009
    [quote=dakotayellowred;57626]1Jazz at Massey Hall 2 Blue Trane 3 Ornithology 4 Djanglology 5 Somethin' Else(Adderley) 6 Somethin' else(Coleman) 7 Getz au Go go 8 Complete Savoy recordings (Lesster Young) 9 Coleman Hawkins with Red Garland Trio 10 Out of the afternoon( Roy Haynes Quartet) .....and more.......

  19. #19
    There are jazz albums not led by guitarists? Who woulda known?

    Stan Getz/Gilberto/Jobim - Getz/Gilberto
    Milestones-- Miles
    Duke Ellington -- Duke Ellington
    Billie's Best -- Billie Holiday
    Time Out -- Brubeck
    Time Further Out -- Brubeck
    Straight Ahead -- Count Basie

  20. Eric Dolphy - Out To Lunch
    Ornette - Live at the Golden Circle
    Thelonious Monk - and John Coltrane
    Stan Getz-Live At Storyville
    Parker - Complete Savoy & Dial Sessions
    Rollins - Night at Vanguard
    Larry Young - Unity
    Coltrane - My Fav Things
    Miles - Relaxin
    Clifford Brown - Memorial Album

  21. #21
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    Dec 2009
    CA, east bay

    some top picks

    Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
    Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain
    Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
    Branford Marsalis - Trio Jeepy
    Joe Henderson - Double Rainbow
    Al DiMeola - Orange and Blue
    Herbie Hancock - The River
    The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out
    João Gilberto - Getz/Gilberto
    Roy Hargrove - With the Tenors of Our Time

  22. #22
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    Dec 2009
    Santa Cruz,CA

    Un-Guitar Jazz Albums

    John Coltrane Quartet: Live at the Village Vanguard
    Oliver Nelson: The Blues and the Abstract Truth
    Bud Powell Trio; Bouncing with Bud Powell
    Jimmy Smith: The Difinitive
    Hank Mobley: Dippin'
    Bill Evans: Everybody digs...
    Dexter Gordon: Our Man In Paris
    Eric Dolphy Quintet: Outward Bound
    Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: A NIght In Tunisia
    Milt Jackson: Late Night Jazz
    ...I could go on forever.

  23. #23
    In no particular order>

    Big Phat Band (Gordon Goodwin)- Swingin for the fences
    Voice (south african jazz, this is amazing no 4\4) - Quintet Legacy
    Earth Works (Bill Bruford)- The sound of surprise
    We get requests (Oscar Peterson trio)

  24. #24

    top 100 jazz albums

    Dave Brubeck Time out
    Miles Davis In a Silent Way
    Anything by Weather report up to and including Mr Gone but more so Mysterious Traveller
    Jean Luc Ponty Upon the Wings of Music
    Oscar Peterson Trio Live and at it's best

  25. #25
    I'll duplicate some other's suggestions, no doubt. With all of the repackaging of older sides, I cannot be sure of which of specific album to choose in some cases...

    Kind of Blue - Miles (not just the best jazz album - the best album period)
    Saxophone Colossus - Sonny Rollins
    Shape of Jazz To Come - Ornette Coleman
    Any compilation of the Hot Club of France, or anything by Django
    A Love Supreme - Coltrane
    Bird's Savoy Recordings
    Monk's Blue Note Recordings
    At least two Duke Ellington Recordings (one early, one later & possibly one of the Carnegie Hall concerts)
    Mingus-Ah-Uhm (at least)
    Everybody Digs Bill Evans
    Something by Jelly Roll Morton (I don't know the reissues so well)
    " Fats Waller
    At least two by Louis Armstrong from different periods
    One of the solo & one of the small group sides by Art Tatum
    Benny Goodman's Carnegie Hall Concert
    Something by Coleman Hawkins (again, I'm not sure about the reissues)
    One Lester Young with Count Basie
    One Lester Young small group setting
    Les Stance a Sophie - Art Ensemble of Chicago (this is my favorite, but take your pick)
    The Koln Concert - Keith Jarrett
    Smack Up - Art Pepper (or Art Pepper meets the Rhythm Section)
    Ella Fitzgerald - The Duke Ellington Songbook
    Stan Getz - (I'm baffled here; pick one!)
    The Complete Blue Note Recordings - Herbie Nichols
    The Book Cooks - Booker Ervin
    Conference of the Birds - Dave Holland et. all (I like so many of Holland's recordings, it's hard to choose)
    In The Tradition - Vols I & II - Anthony Braxton (also Birth & Rebirth w/ Max Roach)
    Clifford Brown & Max Roach
    Sonny Side Up - Dizzy et. al
    Cool Struttin' - Sonny Clark
    John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
    Escalator Over the Hill - Carla Bley
    Places We've Been - Bunky Green (an amazing, amazing sax player & musician)
    King Pleasure Sings (not really a greatest, but a pleasure for sure)
    Out There - Eric Dolphy
    Further Definitions - Benny Carter

    ...there's so many more - 100 seems like too small a number!
    Last edited by pallopenna; 12-01-2009 at 08:11 PM.

  26. #26
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    Jan 2009
    Yongin, Korea

    My Best Non-Guitar Jazz Albums

    Count Basie - Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings
    Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto - Getz/Gilberto
    Bill Evans - Interplay
    Eva Cassidy - Live at Blues Alley
    Diana Krall - Live in Paris
    Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus
    Bill Evans - Time Remembered
    Bill Evans - Waltz for Debby
    Antonio Carlos Jobim - Wave

    (Sorted by album title )

  27. #27
    i'll just add a few that comes to my mind

    power of three (Michel Pretruccianni, Jim Hal, Wayne Shorter)
    play (Chick Corea , Bobby McFerrin)
    school days (Stanley Clarke)


  28. #28

    Best jazzalbums

    1. "Belonging" with Jarret, Garbarek etc.
    2. Any album by Billie Holiday
    3. "Plastic sun" - Svein Finneruds trio

  29. #29
    Kind of Blue - Miles Davis
    Mingus Ah Um - Charles Mingus
    Saxophone Colossus - Sonny Rollins
    Oliver Nelson - Blues and the Absract Truth
    Song for my Father - Horace Silver
    Caravan - Art Blakey Jazz Messengers
    Time Out - Dave Brubeck
    Alegria - Wayne Shorter
    Mysterious Traveler - Weather Report
    Out to Lunch - Eric Dolphy
    Straight No Chaser - Thelonius Monk
    Swiss Movement - Les McCann and Eddie Harris
    Last edited by mary803; 01-07-2010 at 08:25 AM. Reason: typo

  30. #30
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    May 2009
    Sandy ego

    Wes Montgomery Favorites

    Favorite albums? No Guitar?? .. well...

    Relaxin' - Miles Davis

    Solitaire - Errol Garner

    Chet Baker sings - Chet Baker

    Shelly Mann at the Blackhawk - Shelly Mann

    Criss Cross - Thelonious Monk

    Thelonious Monk at the IT club - Thelonious Monk

    Red In Bluesville - Red Garland

    Cannonball Takes Charge - Cannonball Adderley

    Man From Two Worlds - Chico Hamilton

    A Different Journey - Chico Hamilton

    A Fickle Sonance - Jackie McLean

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