The Best Jazz Albums of the 1960's

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An appendix to my book "A History of Jazz Music"

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1960

  1. Ornette Coleman: Free Jazz (1960)
  2. Max Roach: Freedom Now Suite (1960)
  3. Charles Mingus: Presents (1960)
  4. Gunther Schuller [John Lewis]: Jazz Abstractions (1960)
  5. George Russell: Jazz in the Space Age (1960)
  6. Eric Dolphy: Far Cry (1960)
  7. Joe Harriott: Free Form (1960)
  8. Tina Brooks: True Blue (1960)
  9. Randy Weston: Uhuru Africa (1960)
  10. Cecil Taylor: The World of Cecil Taylor (1960)
  11. Gil Evans: Out of the Cool (1960)
  12. Lennie Tristano: The New Tristano (1960)
  13. Clark Terry: Color Changes (1960)
  14. Jimmy Giuffre: Pieces for Clarinet and Strings (1960)
  15. Hank Mobley: Soul Station (1960)
  16. Horace Silver: Horace-Scope (1960)
  17. Art Blakey: The Big Beat (1960)
  18. Modern Jazz Quartet: The Comedy (1960)
  19. Betty Carter: The Modern Sound (1960)
  20. Oliver Nelson: Takin' Care of Business (1960)
  21. Wes Montgomery: The Incredible Jazz Guitar (1960)
  22. Sam Jones: Soul Society (1960)
  23. George Russell: Stratusphunk (1960)
  24. David Newman & James Clay: The Sound Of the Wide Open Spaces (1960)
  25. Duke Jordan: Flight To Jordan (1960)
  26. Herbie Mann: Flute Brass Vibes And Percussion (1960)
  27. Jazztet: Meet the Jazztet (1960)
  28. Phil Woods: Rights Of Swing (1960)
  29. Art Pepper: Gettin' Together (1960)

1961

  1. Ornette Coleman: Ornette (1961)
  2. John Coltrane: Impressions (1961)
  3. Charles Mingus: Oh Yeah (1961)
  4. Yusef Lateef: Eastern Sounds (1961)
  5. Bill Evans: Explorations (1961)
  6. George Russell: Ezz-thetic (1961)
  7. Jimmy Giuffre: Thesis (1961)
  8. Oliver Nelson: Blues and the Abstract Truth (1961)
  9. John Coltrane: My Favorite Things (1961)
  10. Cecil Taylor: New York City R&B (1961)
  11. Hank Mobley: Workout (1961)
  12. Jackie McLean: Bluesnik (1961)
  13. Mal Waldron: The Quest (1961)
  14. Max Roach: Percussion Bitter Sweet (1961)
  15. Ran Blake & Jeanne Lee: The Newest Sound Around (1961)
  16. Stan Getz: Focus (1961)
  17. Benny Carter: Further Definitions (1961)
  18. Art Blakey: Mosaic (1961)
  19. Jimmy Giuffre: Fusion (1961)
  20. Oliver Nelson: Afro-American Sketches (1961)
  21. Wes Montgomery: So Much Guitar (1961)
  22. Abbey Lincoln: Straight Ahead (1961)

1962

  1. Charles Mingus: Epitaph (1962)
  2. Cecil Taylor: Nefertiti (1962)
  3. Jimmy Giuffre: Free Fall (1962)
  4. Joe Harriott: Abstract (1962)
  5. Jackie McLean: Let Freedom Ring (1962)
  6. Sonny Rollins: The Bridge (1962)
  7. Dexter Gordon: Go (1962)
  8. Freddie Hubbard: Artistry (1962)
  9. Jimmy Woods: Awakening (1962)
  10. George Russell: Stratus Seekers (1962)
  11. Oscar Peterson: Night Train (1962)
  12. Prince Lasha: The Cry (1962)
  13. Sheila Jordan: Portrait (1962)

1963

  1. Charles Mingus: The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady (1963)
  2. Sun Ra: Cosmic Tones For Mental Therapy (1963)
  3. Joe Harriott: Movement (1963)
  4. Andrew Hill: Black Fire (1963)
  5. Bill Evans: Conversations with Myself (1963)
  6. Thelonious Monk: Criss Cross (1963)
  7. Jackie McLean: Destination Out (1963)
  8. Stanley Turrentine: Soul Shoutin' (1963)
  9. Eric Dolphy: Iron Man (1963)
  10. Jackie McLean: One Step Beyond (1963)
  11. Joe Henderson: Page One (1963)
  12. Kai Winding: Solo (1963)
  13. Art Blakey: Ugetsu (1963)
  14. Lee Morgan: Sidewinder (1963)
  15. Donald Byrd: A New Perspective (1963)
  16. Chico Hamilton: Man from Two Worlds (1963)
  17. Grant Green: Idle Moments (1963)
  18. Kenny Burrell: Midnight Blue (1963)

1964

  1. John Coltrane: A Love Supreme (1964)
  2. Albert Ayler: Spiritual Unity (1964)
  3. Eric Dolphy: Out to Lunch (1964)
  4. Albert Ayler: New York Eye And Ear Control (1964)
  5. Albert Ayler: Witches and Devils (1964)
  6. Andrew Hill: Point of Departure (1964)
  7. Sam Rivers: Fuchsia Swing Song (1964)
  8. Wayne Shorter: Speak No Evil (1964)
  9. Herbie Hancock: Empyrean Isles (1964)
  10. New York Art Quartet: New York Art Quartet (1964)
  11. Albert Ayler: Vibrations (1964)
  12. Sun Ra: Other Planes of There (1964)
  13. Horace Silver: Song For My Father (1964)
  14. Andre Previn: My Fair Lady (1964)
  15. Denny Zeitlin: Carnival (1964)
  16. Kenny Burrell: Guitar Forms (1964)
  17. Ben Webster: Meet You At The Fair (1964)
  18. Oscar Peterson: Canadian Suite (1964)
  19. Cal Tjader: Soul Sauce (1964)
  20. Denny Zeitlin: Cathexis (1964)
  21. Randy Weston: African Cookbook (1964)
  22. Duke Pearson: Wahoo (1964)
  23. Freddie Hubbard: Breaking Point (1964)
  24. Joe Henderson: In 'n Out (1964)
  25. Tony Scott: Music For Zen Meditation (1964)
  26. Joe Henderson: Inner Urge (1964)
  27. Larry Young: Into Somethin' (1964)
  28. Lee Morgan: Search For The new Land (1964)
  29. John Coltrane: Crescent (1964)
  30. Oscar Peterson: Trio Plus One (1964)
  31. Shirley Scott: Blue Flames (1964)
  32. Wayne Shorter: Juju (1964)
  33. Tony Williams: Life Time (1964)
  34. Guenter Hampel: Heartplants (1964)
  35. Charles Lloyd: Discovery (1964)

1965

  1. John Coltrane: Ascension (1965)
  2. Sun Ra: The Magic City (1965)
  3. Marion Brown: Quartet (1965)
  4. Don Cherry: Complete Communion (1965)
  5. Sam Rivers: Contours (1965)
  6. Herbie Hancock: Maiden Voyage (1965)
  7. Roland Kirk: Rip Rig & Panic (1965)
  8. Sun Ra: Heliocentric Worlds Vol 2 (1965)
  9. John Coltrane: Meditations (1965)
  10. Milford Graves: Percussion Ensemble (1965)
  11. Patty Waters: Sings (1965)
  12. Wayne Shorter: The All Seeing Eye (1965)
  13. Frank Wright: Trio (1965)
  14. Andrew Hill: Compulsion (1965)
  15. Ornette Coleman: Chappaqua Suite (1965)
  16. Wayne Shorter: Soothsayer (1965)
  17. Bobby Hutcherson: Components (1965)
  18. New York Art Quartet: Mohawk (1965)
  19. Horace Silver: The Cape Verdean Blues (1965)
  20. Bobby Hutcherson: Dialogue (1965)
  21. Ben Webster: Stormy Weather (1965)
  22. Lee Morgan: Cornbread (1965)
  23. Prince Lasha: Inside Story (1965)
  24. Lee Morgan: The Gigolo (1965)
  25. Archie Shepp: Fire Music (1965)
  26. Roswell Rudd: Roswell Rudd (1965)
  27. Eddie Palmieri: Mozambique (1965)
  28. Gabor Szabo: Gypsy (1965)

1966

  1. Cecil Taylor: Unit Structures (1966)
  2. Roscoe Mitchell: Sound (1966)
  3. Don Cherry: Symphony For Improvisers (1966)
  4. Cecil Taylor: Conquistador (1966)
  5. Alex Schlippenbach: Globe Unity (1966)
  6. Archie Shepp: Mama Too Tight (1966)
  7. Steve Lacy: The Forest And The Zoo (1966)
  8. Joe Harriott: Indo-Jazz Suite (1966)
  9. Steve Lacy: Sortie (1966)
  10. Duke Ellington: The Far East Suite (1966)
  11. Chick Corea: Tones For Joan's Bones (1966)
  12. Sun Ra: Strange Strings (1966)
  13. Patty Waters: College Tour (1966)
  14. Joseph Jarman: Song For (1966)
  15. Guenter Hampel: Assemblage (1966)
  16. Joe Harriott: Indo-Jazz Fusions (1966)
  17. Bobby Hutcherson: Happenings (1966)
  18. Wayne Shorter: Adams' Apple (1966)
  19. Bobby Hutcherson: Stick-Up (1966)
  20. Charles Lloyd: Dream Weaver (1966)
  21. Charles Tyler: First Album (1966)
  22. Denny Zeitlin: Zeitgeist (1966)
  23. Jaki Byard: Sunshine Of My Soul (1966)
  24. Horace Silver: The Jody Grind (1966)
  25. Larry Young: Of Love And Peace (1966)
  26. Lee Morgan: Delightfulee (1966)
  27. Sonny Simmons: Music From The Spheres (1966)
  28. Dewey Redman: Look for the Black Star (1966)
  29. Sunny Murray: Sunny Murray Quintet (1966)

1967

  1. Sun Ra: Atlantis (1967)
  2. Gary Burton: A Genuine Tong Funeral (1967)
  3. Sam Rivers: Dimensions And Extensions (1967)
  4. Roscoe Mitchell: Old Quartet (1967)
  5. Bill Dixon: Intents And Purposes (1967)
  6. George Russell: Othello Ballet Suite (1967)
  7. Muhal Richard Abrams: Levels and Degrees of Light (1967)
  8. Archie Shepp: The Magic of Ju-Ju (1967)
  9. Jackie McLean: New and Old Gospel (1967)
  10. Roland Kirk: The Inflated Tear (1967)
  11. John Coltrane: Interstellar Space (1967)
  12. Frank Wright: Your Prayer (1967)
  13. Spontaneous Music Ensemble: Withdrawal (1967)
  14. Peter Broetzmann: For Adolph Sax (1967)
  15. Chick Corea: Now He Sings Now He Sobs (1967)
  16. Miles Davis: Nefertiti (1967)
  17. Jackie McLean: Demon's Dance (1967)
  18. Miles Davis: Sorcerer (1967)
  19. Gary Burton: Duster (1967)
  20. John Coltrane: Expression (1967)
  21. McCoyTyner: The Real McCoy (1967)
  22. Wayne Shorter: Schizophrenia (1967)
  23. Lee Konitz: Duets (1967)
  24. Paul Bley: Virtuosi (1967)
  25. Lester Bowie: Numbers 1 & 2 (1967)
  26. Paul Bley: Ballads (1967)

1968

  1. Michael Mantler: Jazz Composers' Orchestra (1968)
  2. Roscoe Mitchell: Congliptious (1968)
  3. Don Cherry: Eternal Rhythm (1968)
  4. Miles Davis: Filles de Kilimanjaro (1968)
  5. Peter Broetzmann: Machine Gun (1968)
  6. John Surman: John Surman (1968)
  7. Alan Silva: Luna Surface (1968)
  8. Spontaneous Music Ensemble: Karyobin (1968)
  9. Kenny Wheeler: Windmill Tilter (1968)
  10. Modern Jazz Quartet: Under the Jasmine Tree (1968)
  11. Roland Kirk: Left And Right (1968)
  12. Sun Ra: Outer Spaceways Incorporated (1968)
  13. Horace Silver: Serenade to a Soul Sister (1968)
  14. Paul Horn: Inside The Taj Mahal (1968)
  15. McCoyTyner: Expansions (1968)
  16. Gary Bartz: Another Earth (1968)
  17. Pat Martino: Baiyina (1968)
  18. Charles Tolliver: Paper Man (1968)
  19. Herbie Hancock: Speak Like A Child (1968)
  20. Miles Davis: Miles in the Sky (1968)
  21. Dave Burrell: High Won High Two (1968)

1969

  1. Anthony Braxton: For Alto (1968)
  2. Don Cherry: Mu (1969)
  3. Miles Davis: Bitches Brew (1969)
  4. Pharoah Sanders: Karma (1969)
  5. Miles Davis: In a Silent Way (1969)
  6. Art Ensemble of Chicago: People in Sorrow (1969)
  7. George Russell: Electronic Sonata For Souls Loved By Nature (1969)
  8. Art Ensemble of Chicago: Reese and the Smooth Ones (1969)
  9. Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre: Humility In The Light Of Creator (1969)
  10. Charlie Haden: Liberation Music Orchestra (1969)
  11. Dollar Brand: African Piano (1969)
  12. Guenter Hampel: The 8th of July 1969 (1969)
  13. Roland Kirk: Rahsaan Rahsaan (1969)
  14. Pharoah Sanders: Jewels Of Thought (1969)
  15. Archie Shepp: Yasmina (1969)
  16. Art Ensemble of Chicago: A Jackson In Your House (1969)
  17. Charles Tolliver: The Ringer (1969)
  18. Joe McPhee: Underground Railroad (1969)
  19. Jan Garbarek: Esoteric Circle (1969)
  20. Pharoah Sanders: Izipho Zam (1969)
  21. Art Ensemble of Chicago: Message to our Folks (1969)
  22. Sunny Murray: Homage to Africa (1969)
  23. Chick Corea: Is (1969)
  24. Dave Burrell: Echo (1969)
  25. Dewey Redman: Tarik (1969)
  26. Willem Breuker: Lunchconcert For Three Barrel-organs (1969)
  27. Joe Harriott: Hum-Dono (1969)
  28. Peter Broetzmann: Nipples (1969)
  29. Charles Earland: Black Talk (1969)
  30. Wolfgang Dauner: Fuer (1969)
  31. Eric Kloss: To Hear Is To See (1969)
  32. Leon Thomas: Spirits Known and Unknown (1969)
  33. Miroslav Vitous: Moutain in the Clouds (1969)
  34. Tony Williams: Emergency (1969)
  35. Archie Shepp: Blase' (1969)
  36. Dollar Brand: African Sketchbook (1969)
  37. John McLaughlin: Extrapolation (1969)
  38. Stanley Cowell: Blues for the Viet Cong (1969)
  39. Stanley Cowell: Brilliant Circles (1969)
  40. Wolfgang Dauner: The Oimels (1969)
  41. Horace Tapscott: West Coast Hot (1969)
  42. Liberation Music Orchestra: Song for Che (1969)

The best of the decade

  1. Charles Mingus: The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady (1963)
  2. John Coltrane: A Love Supreme (1964)
  3. Cecil Taylor: Unit Structures (1966)
  4. John Coltrane: Ascension (1965)
  5. Anthony Braxton: For Alto (1969)
  6. Albert Ayler: Spiritual Unity (1964)
  7. Michael Mantler: Jazz Composers' Orchestra (1968)
  8. Sun Ra: Atlantis (1967)
  9. Don Cherry: Mu (1969)
  10. Miles Davis: Bitches Brew (1969)
  11. Ornette Coleman: Free Jazz (1960)
  12. Charles Mingus: Epitaph (1962)
  13. Sun Ra: The Magic City (1965)
  14. Gary Burton: A Genuine Tong Funeral (1967)
  15. Eric Dolphy: Out to Lunch (1964)
  16. Roscoe Mitchell: Sound (1966)
  17. Sam Rivers: Dimensions And Extensions (1967)
  18. Pharoah Sanders: Karma (1969)
  19. Albert Ayler: New York Eye And Ear Control (1964)
  20. Miles Davis: In a Silent Way (1969)
  21. Roscoe Mitchell: Old Quartet (1967)
  22. Don Cherry: Symphony For Improvisers (1966)
  23. Max Roach: Freedom Now Suite (1960)
  24. Charlie Haden: Liberation Music Orchestra (1969)
  25. Art Ensemble of Chicago: People in Sorrow (1969)
  26. Roscoe Mitchell: Congliptious (1968)
  27. Bill Dixon: Intents And Purposes (1967)
  28. Charles Mingus: Presents (1960)
  29. Cecil Taylor: Nefertiti (1962)
  30. Sun Ra: Cosmic Tones For Mental Therapy (1963)
  31. Jimmy Giuffre: Free Fall (1962)
  32. Albert Ayler: Witches and Devils (1964)
  33. Marion Brown: Quartet (1965)
  34. Gunther Schuller [John Lewis]: Jazz Abstractions (1960)
  35. Cecil Taylor: Conquistador (1966)
  36. Joe Harriott: Movement (1963)
  37. George Russell: Electronic Sonata For Souls Loved By Nature (1969)
  38. Joe Harriott: Free Form (1960)
  39. Eric Dolphy: Far Cry (1960)
  40. Alex Schlippenbach: Globe Unity (1966)
  41. Art Ensemble of Chicago: Reese and the Smooth Ones (1969)
  42. George Russell: Jazz in the Space Age (1960)
  43. Ornette Coleman: Ornette (1961)
  44. John Coltrane: Impressions (1961)
  45. Joe Harriott: Abstract (1962)
  46. Andrew Hill: Point of Departure (1964)
  47. Sam Rivers: Fuchsia Swing Song (1964)
  48. Tina Brooks: True Blue (1960)
  49. Archie Shepp: Mama Too Tight (1966)
  50. Steve Lacy: The Forest And The Zoo (1966)
  51. Don Cherry: Complete Communion (1965)
  52. Sam Rivers: Contours (1965)
  53. George Russell: Othello Ballet Suite (1967)
  54. Muhal Richard Abrams: Levels and Degrees of Light (1967)
  55. Charles Mingus: Oh Yeah (1961)
  56. Yusef Lateef: Eastern Sounds (1961)
  57. Don Cherry: Eternal Rhythm (1968)
  58. Miles Davis: Filles de Kilimanjaro (1968)
  59. Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre: Humility In The Light Of Creator (1969)
  60. Andrew Hill: Black Fire (1963)
  61. Archie Shepp: The Magic of Ju-Ju (1967)
  62. Bill Evans: Explorations (1961)
  63. Peter Broetzmann: Machine Gun (1968)
  64. George Russell: Ezz-thetic (1961)
  65. John Surman: John Surman (1968)
  66. Randy Weston: Uhuru Africa (1960)
  67. Wayne Shorter: Speak No Evil (1964)
  68. Herbie Hancock: Empyrean Isles (1964)
  69. Jackie McLean: New and Old Gospel (1967)
TM, ®, Copyright © 2002 Piero Scaruffi