The Best Jazz Albums of the 1970's

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

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1970

  1. Paul Bley: Improvisie (1970)
  2. Marion Brown: Afternoon of a Georgia Faun (1970)
  3. Alice Coltrane: Ptah The El Daoud (1970)
  4. McCoy Tyner: Extensions (1970)
  5. Art Ensemble of Chicago: Les Stances A Sophie (1970)
  6. Sonny Sharrock: Monkey-Pockie-Boo (1970)
  7. Freddie Hubbard: Straight Life (1970)
  8. Art Ensemble of Chicago: With Fontella Bass (1970)
  9. Pharoah Sanders: Summon Bukmun Umyun (1970)
  10. Jan Garbarek: Afric Pepperbird (1970)
  11. Evan Parker: The Topography of the Lungs (1970)
  12. Herbie Hancock: Mwandishi (1970)
  13. Spontaneous Music Ensemble: So What Do You Think (1970)
  14. Alice Coltrane: Journey in Satchidananda (1970)
  15. Stanley Turrentine: Sugar (1970)
  16. Woody Shaw: Blackstone Legacy (1970)
  17. Freddie Hubbard: Red Clay (1970)
  18. McCoy Tyner: Asante (1970)
  19. Miles Davis: Big Fun (1970)
  20. Leon Thomas: Album (1970)
  21. Hubert Laws: Afro Classic (1970)
  22. John McLaughlin: My Goals Beyond (1970)
  23. ICP Orchestra: Groupcomposing (1970)
  24. Guenter Hampel: People Symphony (1970)
  25. Keith Tippett: Dedicated To You But You Weren't Listening (1970)
  26. Misha Mengelberg: Instant Composers Pool 005 (1970)
  27. Guenter Hampel: Ballet-Symphony (1970)
  28. Chris McGregor: And the Brotherhood of Breath (1970)
  29. Joe McPhee: Nation Time (1970)
  30. Dave Burrell: After Love (1970)

1971

  1. Carla Bley: Escalator Over The Hill (1971)
  2. Charles Mingus: Let My Children Hear Music (1971)
  3. Paul Bley: Dual Unity (1971)
  4. Art Ensemble of Chicago: Phase One (1971)
  5. Roland Kirk: Natural Black Inventions - Root Strata (1971)
  6. Mahavishnu Orchestra: The Inner Mounting Flame (1971)
  7. Weather Report: Weather Report (1971)
  8. Jean-Luc Ponty: Open Strings (1971)
  9. Pharoah Sanders: Black Unity (1971)
  10. Lol Coxhill: Ear Of The Beholder (1971)
  11. Keith Jarrett: Facing You (1971)
  12. Mike Westbrook: Metropolis (1971)
  13. Willem Breuker: Instant Composers Pool 008 (1971)
  14. Jan Garbarek: Sart (1971)
  15. Chick Corea: The Gathering (1971)
  16. Keith Tippett: Septober Energy (1971)
  17. Derek Bailey: Solo Guitar (1971)
  18. George Russell: Listen to the Silence (1971)
  19. Ornette Coleman: Science Fiction (1971)
  20. Spontaneous Music Ensemble: So What Do You Think (1971)
  21. Derek Bailey: Solo Guitar (1971)
  22. Freddie Hubbard: First Light (1971)
  23. Keith Jarrett: Expectations (1971)
  24. Chick Corea: Piano Improvisations (1971)
  25. Joe Zawinul: Zawinul (1971)
  26. Joe McPhee: Trinity (1971)
  27. Oliver Nelson: Swiss Suite (1971)
  28. Terje Rypdal: Terje Rypdal (1971)
  29. Alice Coltrane: Universal Consciousness (1971)
  30. Paul Winter: Icarus (1971)
  31. Alice Coltrane: World Galaxy (1971)
  32. Paul Winter: Road (1971)
  33. Donald Byrd: Ethiopian Knights (1971)
  34. Tim Weisberg: Tim Weisberg (1971)

1972

  1. Anthony Braxton: Saxophone Improvisations (1972)
  2. Dave Holland: Conference of the Birds (1972)
  3. McCoy Tyner: Sahara (1972)
  4. London Jazz Composers Orchestra: Ode (1972)
  5. Weather Report: I Sing the Body Electric (1972)
  6. Jean-Luc Ponty: Sonata Erotica (1972)
  7. Herbie Hancock: Crossings (1972)
  8. John Surman: Westering Home (1972)
  9. Chick Corea: Light as a Feather (1972)
  10. Guenter Hampel: Familie (1972)
  11. Chick Corea: Return To Forever (1972)
  12. Paul Motian: Conception Vessel (1972)
  13. Neil Ardley: Symphony of Amaranths (1972)
  14. David Liebman: Open Sky (1972)
  15. Ornette Coleman: Skies of America (1972)
  16. Gato Barbieri: Bolivia (1972)
  17. Eric Kloss: One Two Free (1972)
  18. Gary Burton: Crystal Silence (1972)
  19. Evan Parker: Collective Calls (1972)
  20. Guenter Hampel: Angel (1972)
  21. Albert Mangelsdorff: Trombirds (1972)
  22. Julius Hemphill: Dogon AD (1972)
  23. Randy Weston: Tanjah (1972)
  24. Guenter Hampel: Waltz For 11 Universes In A Corridor (1972)
  25. Joe Henderson: Black Is The Color (1972)
  26. Guenter Hampel: Broadway (1972),
  27. Nucleus: Belladonna (1972)
  28. Miles Davis: On The Corner (1972)
  29. Oregon: Music Of Another Present Era (1972)
  30. Paul Bley: Open To Love (1972)
  31. George Russell: Living Time (1972)
  32. McCoy Tyner: Echoes of a Friend (1972)
  33. Mahavishnu Orchestra: Birds of Fire (1972)
  34. Stanley Cowell: Illusion Suite (1972)
  35. Stanley Clarke: Children of Forever (1972)
  36. Gary Bartz: Juju Street Songs (1972)
  37. Airto Moreira: Free (1972)

1973

  1. Sam Rivers: Streams (1973)
  2. Roland Kirk: Prepare Thyself To Deal With A Miracle (1973)
  3. Dollar Brand: Sangoma (1973)
  4. Art Ensemble of Chicago: Fanfare For The Warriors (1973)
  5. Don Cherry: Relativity Suite (1973)
  6. Cecil Taylor: Spring of Two Blue J's (1973)
  7. Keith Jarrett: Solo Concerts (1973)
  8. McCoy Tyner: Enlightnment (1973)
  9. Carla Bley: Tropic Appetites (1973)
  10. Dollar Brand: African Space Program (1973)
  11. Marion Brown: Geechee Recollections (1973)
  12. Herbie Hancock: Sextant (1973)
  13. Frank Wright: Church Number Nine (1973)
  14. Gato Barbieri: Latin America (1973)
  15. Frank Lowe: Black Beings (1973)
  16. Ralph Towner: Diary (1973)
  17. Dewey Redman: The Ear of the Behearer (1973)
  18. Eberhard Weber: Colours of Chloe (1973)
  19. Roswell Rudd: Numatik Swing Band (1973)
  20. Oregon: Distant Hills (1973)
  21. Dollar Brand: African Portraits (1973)
  22. Weather Report: Sweetnighter (1973)
  23. David Liebman: Lookout Farm (1973)
  24. Oscar Peterson: Trio (1973)
  25. Cecil Taylor: Solo (1973)
  26. John Surman: Morning Glory (1973)
  27. Betty Carter: Album (1973)
  28. Mal Waldron: Up Popped the Devil (1973)
  29. Michael Mantler: No Answer (1973)
  30. Billy Cobham: Spectrum (1973)
  31. Herbie Hancock: Headhunters (1973)
  32. Spontaneous Music Ensemble: Mouthpiece (1973)
  33. Charles Earland: Leaving This Planet (1973)
  34. Flora Purim: Butterfly Dreams (1973)
  35. Herbie Hancock: Thrust (1973)
  36. Billy Cobham: Crosswinds (1973)

1974

  1. Sam Rivers: Crystals (1974)
  2. Cecil Taylor: Silent Tongues (1974)
  3. Steve Lacy: Saxophone Special (1974)
  4. Jeanne Lee: Conspiracy (1974)
  5. Leo Smith: Reflectativity (1974)
  6. Bennie Maupin: The Jewel In The Lotus (1974)
  7. Weather Report: Mysterious Traveller (1974)
  8. Randy Weston: Blues To Africa (1974)
  9. Marion Brown: Sweet Earth Flying (1974)
  10. Paul Rutherford: Gentle Harm of the Bourgeoisie (1974)
  11. Marvin Peterson: Children of the Fire (1974)
  12. John Abercrombie: Timeless (1974)
  13. Roswell Rudd: Flexible Flyer (1974)
  14. McCoy Tyner: Atlantis (1974)
  15. Globe Unity Orchestra: Hamburg '74 (1974)
  16. Cecil McBee: Mutima (1974)
  17. Mahavishnu Orchestra: Apocalypse (1974)
  18. Ralph Towner: Solstice (1974)
  19. Terje Rypdal: Whenever I Seem To Be Far Away (1974)
  20. Roscoe Mitchell: Solo Saxophone Concerts (1974)
  21. Steve Kuhn: Ecstasy (1974)
  22. Joe McPhee: Pieces Of Light (1974)
  23. Keith Jarrett: Death and the Flower (1974)
  24. Steve Kuhn: Trance (1974)
  25. Steve Lacy: Scraps (1974)
  26. David Liebman: Drum Ode (1974)
  27. Kenny Barron: Peruvian Blue (1974)
  28. Tete Montoliu: Music for Perla (1974)
  29. Bill Watrous: Manhattan Wildlife Refuge (1974)
  30. Lonnie Liston Smith: Expansions (1974)
  31. Mike Gibbs: Only Chrome Waterfall (1974)
  32. McCoy Tyner: Sama Layuca (1974)
  33. Oregon: Winter Light (1974)
  34. Billy Cobham: Total Eclipse (1974)

1975

  1. Keith Jarrett: The Koeln Concert (1975)
  2. Revolutionary Ensemble: The Psyche (1975)
  3. Miles Davis: Pangaea (1975)
  4. Evan Parker: Saxophone Solos (1975)
  5. Leroy Jenkins: For Players Only (1975)
  6. Air: Air Song (1975)
  7. Oliver Lake: Heavy Spirits (1975)
  8. Kenny Wheeler: Gnu High (1975)
  9. Om: Kirikuki (1975)
  10. Terje Rypdal: Odyssey (1975)
  11. Steve Lacy: Dreams (1975)
  12. Pat Metheny: Bright Size Life (1975)
  13. Anthony Braxton: Five Pieces (1975)
  14. Don Pullen: Solo Piano Album (1975)
  15. Dexter Gordon: Bouncing' with Dex (1975)
  16. Michael Mantler: Michael Mantler - Carla Bley (1975)
  17. Sonny Sharrock: Paradise (1975)
  18. Dudu Pukwana: Diamond Express (1975)
  19. Kenny Barron: Lucifer (1975)
  20. Frank Lowe: The Flam (1975)
  21. John Surman: S.O.S. (1975)
  22. Don Pullen: Healing Force (1975)
  23. Miles Davis: Get Up With It (1975)
  24. Julius Hemphill: Coon Bid'ness (1975)
  25. Gateway Trio: Gateway (1975)
  26. Collin Walcott: Cloud Dance (1975)
  27. Don Moye: Sun Percussion (1975)
  28. Martial Solal: Nothing But Piano (1975)
  29. Eberhard Weber: Yellow Fields (1975)
  30. Don Pullen: Five To Go (1975)
  31. Charles Tolliver: Impact (1975)
  32. Lol Coxhill: Welfare State (1975)
  33. David Liebman: Forgotten Fantasies (1975)
  34. Joe McPhee: The Willisau Concert (1975)
  35. Yosuke Yamashita: Chiasma (1975)
  36. Michael Mantler: The Hapless Child (1975)
  37. Dollar Brand: Soweto (1975)
  38. Don Pullen: Capricorn Rising (1975)
  39. Stanley Clarke: Journey to Love (1975)
  40. Enrico Rava: The Pilgrim and the Stars (1975)
  41. Manhattan Transfer: Manhattan Transfer (1975)

1976

  1. Keith Jarrett: Survivors Suite (1976)
  2. George Lewis: Solo Trombone Record (1976)
  3. Air: Air Raid (1976)
  4. David Murray: Flowers for Albert (1976)
  5. Derek Bailey: Company 1 (1976)
  6. Jan Garbarek: Dis (1976)
  7. Irene Schweizer: Wilde Senoritas (1976)
  8. Toshiko Akiyoshi: Road Time (1976)
  9. Albert Mangelsdorff: Tromboneliness (1976)
  10. Leo Smith: Song of Humanity (1976)
  11. Tony Coe: Zeitgeist (1976)
  12. Ornette Coleman: Dancing in Your Head (1976)
  13. Jaco Pastorius: Jaco Pastorius (1976)
  14. Martial Solal: Movability (1976)
  15. Hamiet Bluiett: Endangered Species (1976)
  16. Art Lande: Rubisa Patrol (1976)
  17. Chick Corea: Romantic Warrior (1976)
  18. George Adams: Suite For Swingers (1976)
  19. Jean-Luc Ponty: Imaginary Voyage (1976)
  20. David Friesen: Star Dance (1976)
  21. Dexter Gordon: Biting the Apple (1976)
  22. Joachim Kuhn: Springfever (1976)
  23. Eberhard Weber: The Following Morning (1976)
  24. Lew Tabackin: Dual Nature (1976)
  25. Chico Freeman: Morning Prayer (1976)
  26. Weather Report: Black Market (1976)
  27. Charles Tyler: Saga Out of the Outlaws (1976)
  28. Al DiMeola: Land of The Midnight Sun (1976)
  29. Woody Shaw: Little Red's Fantasy (1976)
  30. Stanley Clarke: School Days (1976)
  31. Yosuke Yamashita: Banslikana (1976)
  32. Ran Blake: Wende (1976)
  33. Guenter Christmann: Solomusiken Fuer Posaune und Kontrabasse (1976)
  34. Egberto Gismondi: Danca Das Cabecas (1976)

1977

  1. George Lewis: Chicago Slow Dance (1977)
  2. Air: Air Time (1977)
  3. George Lewis: Shadowgraph (1977)
  4. Joe McPhee: Graphics (1977)
  5. James Ulmer: Revealing (1977)
  6. Pat Metheny: Watercolors (1977)
  7. John Scofield: East Meets West (1977)
  8. Leroy Jenkins: Solo Concert (1977)
  9. Julius Hemphill: Blue Boye (1977)
  10. Michael Mantler: Movies (1977)
  11. Abdul Wadud: By Myself (1977)
  12. Roscoe Mitchell: Nonaah (1977)
  13. Joanne Brackeen: Tring A Ling (1977)
  14. Art Lande: Desert Marauders (1977)
  15. Chico Freeman: Kings of Mali (1977)
  16. Art Pepper: No Limit (1977)
  17. Arthur Blythe: Metamorphosis (1977)
  18. Collin Walcott: Grazing Dreams (1977)
  19. David Friesen: Waterfall Rainbow (1977)
  20. Dave Holland: Emerald Tears (1977)
  21. Neil Ardley: Kaleidoscope of Rainbows (1977)
  22. Chico Freeman: Chico (1977)
  23. Frank Lowe: Lowe And Behold (1977)
  24. Vinny Golia: Spirits In Fellowship (1977)
  25. Weather Report: Heavy Weather (1977)
  26. Ernie Krivda: Satanic (1977)
  27. Derek Bailey: Company 5 (1977)
  28. Chico Freeman: No Time Left (1977)
  29. Paul Motian: Dance (1977)
  30. Hamiet Bluiett: SOS (1977)
  31. Jan Garbarek: Places (1977)
  32. World Saxophone Quartet: Point Of No Return (1977)
  33. John Tchicai: Real (1977)
  34. Julius Hemphill: Raw Materials and Residuals (1977)
  35. George Russell: Vertical Form 6 (1977)
  36. Joanne Brackeen: Aft (1977)
  37. Julius Hemphill: Roi Boye and the Gotham Minstrels (1977)
  38. Kenny Wheeler: Deer Wan (1977)
  39. Irene Schweizer: Hexensabbat (1977)
  40. Leroy Jenkins: Lifelong Ambitions (1977)
  41. Globe Unity: Pearls (1977)
  42. Ralph Towner: Sound And Shadows (1977)
  43. Hamiet Bluiett: Birthright (1977)
  44. Jean-Luc Ponty: Enigmatic Ocean (1977)
  45. Muhal Richard Abrams: 1-OQA+19 (1977)
  46. Cecil McBee: Music From the Source (1977)
  47. Steve Lacy: Raps (1977)
  48. Woody Shaw: Rosewood (1977)
  49. Gateway Trio: 2 (1977)
  50. Louis Hayes: The Real Thing (1977)
  51. McCoy Tyner: Supertrio (1977)
  52. Al DiMeola: Elegant Gypsy (1977)
  53. Michael Urbaniak: Urbaniak (1977)
  54. Keith Jarrett: My Song (1977)
  55. Arthur Blythe: Bush Baby (1977)
  56. Sheila Jordan: Sheila (1977)

1978

  1. Leo Smith: Mass on the World (1978)
  2. Roscoe Mitchell: LRG-Maze-S II Examples (1978)
  3. Leroy Jenkins: Legend of Ai Glatson (1978)
  4. Rova Saxophone Quartet: Cinema Rovate (1978)
  5. Gerry Hemingway: Kwambe (1978)
  6. Sam Rivers: Waves (1978)
  7. George Lewis: Imaginary Suite (1978)
  8. Don Pullen: Warriors (1978)
  9. Guenter Hampel: Oasis (1978)
  10. Cecil Taylor: 3 Phasis (1978)
  11. John Oswald: Improvised (1978)
  12. Andrew Cyrille: Metamusician's Stomp (1978)
  13. Ralph Towner: Batik (1978)
  14. Art Ensemble of Chicago: Nice Guys (1978)
  15. Carla Bley: Musique Mecanique (1978)
  16. Air: Open Air Suit (1978)
  17. Marvin Peterson: The Light (1978)
  18. Anthony Davis: Of Blues and Dream (1978)
  19. David Liebman: Pendulum (1978)
  20. Pat Metheny: Group (1978)
  21. Ernie Krivda: The Alchemist (1978)
  22. Evan Parker: Monoceros (1978)
  23. Anthony Braxton: For Four Orchestras (1978)
  24. Ganelin Trio: Concerto Grosso (1978)
  25. Cecil Taylor: Cecil Taylor Unit (1978)
  26. James Ulmer: Tales From Captain Black (1978)
  27. Oliver Lake: Life Dance Of Is (1978)
  28. Lester Bowie: African Children (1978)
  29. World Saxophone Quartet: Steppin' With (1978)
  30. Arthur Blythe: Lenox Avenue Breakdown (1978)
  31. Paul Winter: Common Ground (1978)
  32. Kenny Barron: Innocence (1978)
  33. Fred Anderson: Another Place (1978)
  34. Guenter Hampel: Freedom Of The Universe (1978)
  35. Dewey Redman: Soundsigns (1978)
  36. Misha Mengelberg: Pech Onderweg (1978)
  37. Max Roach & Anthony Braxton: Birth And Rebirth (1978)
  38. Chico Freeman: The Outside Within (1978)
  39. Egberto Gismondi: Solo (1978)

1979

  1. Rova Saxophone Quartet: Removal of Secrecy (1979)
  2. Lesli Dalaba: Trumpet Songs And Dances (1979)
  3. Anthony Braxton: Alto Saxophone Improvisations (1979)
  4. Dollar Brand: African Marketplace (1979)
  5. Martial Solal: Four Keys (1979)
  6. Terje Rypdal: Descendre (1979)
  7. Jack DeJohnette: Special Edition (1979)
  8. Andrew Cyrille: Nuba (1979)
  9. James Newton: Mystery School (1979)
  10. Art Pepper: Straight Life (1979)
  11. Anthony Davis: Hidden Voices (1979)
  12. Errol Parker: Doodles (1979)
  13. Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen: Dancing On The Tables (1979)
  14. Amina Claudine Myers: Song For Mother Earth (1979)
  15. George Lewis: Homage to Charles Parker (1979)
  16. Paul Motian: Le Voyage (1979)
  17. Bunky Green: Places We've Never Been (1979)
  18. John Surman: Upon Reflection (1979)
  19. Joseph Jarman: Magic Triangle (1979)
  20. Max Roach & Anthony Braxton: One in Two (1979)
  21. Woody Shaw: Woody III (1979)
  22. Max Roach: Pictures In A Frame (1979)
  23. Ralph Towner: Solo Concert (1979)
  24. Kenny Wheeler: Around 6 (1979)
  25. Billy Bang: Distinction Without A Difference (1979)
  26. Cecil McBee: Alternate Spaces (1979)
  27. Fred Anderson: Dark Day (1979)
  28. Al DiMeola: Splendido Hotel (1979)
  29. String Trio Of New York: First String (1979)
  30. Pat Metheny: American Garage (1979)
  31. Billy Bang: Sweet Space (1979)
  32. Paul Lytton: The Inclined Stick (1979)
  33. Warren Vache: Polished Brass (1979)
  34. Eberhard Weber: Fluid Rustle (1979)
  35. Guenter Christmann: Weavers (1979)
  36. Egberto Gismondi: Danca Das Escravos (1979)

The best of the decade

  1. Anthony Braxton: Saxophone Improvisations (1972)
  2. Carla Bley: Escalator Over The Hill (1971)
  3. Keith Jarrett: Survivors Suite (1976)
  4. Sam Rivers: Streams (1973)
  5. Paul Bley: Improvisie (1970)
  6. Marion Brown: Afternoon of a Georgia Faun (1970)
  7. Leo Smith: Mass on the World (1978)
  8. Sam Rivers: Crystals (1974)
  9. Cecil Taylor: Silent Tongues (1974)
  10. Steve Lacy: Saxophone Special (1974)
  11. Rova Saxophone Quartet: Removal of Secrecy (1979)
  12. George Lewis: Solo Trombone Record (1976)
  13. Roland Kirk: Prepare Thyself To Deal With A Miracle (1973)
  14. George Lewis: Chicago Slow Dance (1977)
  15. Alice Coltrane: Ptah The El Daoud (1970)
  16. McCoy Tyner: Extensions (1970)
  17. Roscoe Mitchell: LRG-Maze-S II Examples (1978)
  18. Leroy Jenkins: Legend of Ai Glatson (1978)
  19. Dave Holland: Conference of the Birds (1972)
  20. Charles Mingus: Let My Children Hear Music (1971)
  21. McCoy Tyner: Sahara (1972)
  22. Art Ensemble of Chicago: Les Stances A Sophie (1970)
  23. Jeanne Lee: Conspiracy (1974)
  24. Keith Jarrett: The Koeln Concert (1975)
  25. Revolutionary Ensemble: The Psyche (1975)
  26. Miles Davis: Pangaea (1975)
  27. Evan Parker: Saxophone Solos (1975)
  28. Leroy Jenkins: For Players Only (1975)
  29. Air: Air Time (1977)
  30. Paul Bley: Dual Unity (1971)
  31. Air: Air Raid (1976)
  32. George Lewis: Shadowgraph (1977)
  33. Leo Smith: Reflectativity (1974)
  34. Art Ensemble of Chicago: Phase One (1971)
  35. Joe McPhee: Graphics (1977)
  36. Rova Saxophone Quartet: Cinema Rovate (1978)
  37. Air: Air Song (1975)
  38. Gerry Hemingway: Kwambe (1978)
  39. David Murray: Flowers for Albert (1976)
  40. Roland Kirk: Natural Black Inventions - Root Strata (1971)
  41. Oliver Lake: Heavy Spirits (1975)
  42. Weather Report: I Sing the Body Electric (1972)
  43. Kenny Wheeler: Gnu High (1975)
  44. Derek Bailey: Company 1 (1976)
  45. Jan Garbarek: Dis (1976)
  46. Jean-Luc Ponty: Sonata Erotica (1972)
  47. James Ulmer: Revealing (1977)
  48. Pat Metheny: Watercolors (1977)
  49. Sonny Sharrock: Monkey-Pockie-Boo (1970)
  50. Irene Schweizer: Wilde Senoritas (1976)
  51. London Jazz Composers Orchestra: Ode (1972)
  52. Toshiko Akiyoshi: Road Time (1976)
TM, ®, Copyright © 2002 Piero Scaruffi