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The Best Jazz Albums

selected by piero scaruffi | Back to the page on jazz
Discographic data by Rocco Stilo


Only original albums are included. No compilations, anthologies, etc etc. Therefore jazz musicians who lived before the age of the album (see my criteria).
(The lists for each decade are much more accurate --->)
(Die Listen fur jede Dekade sind viel akkurater --->)
(Sorry, some albums are mentioned twice. Again, use the lists by decade).
  1. Charles Mingus: The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady (Impulse!, 1963)
  2. John Coltrane: A Love Supreme (Impulse!, 1964)
  3. Albert Ayler: Spiritual Unity (ESP, 1964)
  4. Sun Ra: Atlantis (Saturn, 1967)
  5. Cecil Taylor: Unit Structures (Blue Note, 1966)
  6. Ornette Coleman: The Shape of Jazz To Come (Atlantic, 1959)
  7. Don Cherry: Mu (BYG Actuel/Get Back, 1969)
  8. Carla Bley: Escalator Over The Hill (JCOA, 1971)
  9. Anthony Braxton: Saxophone Improvisations (America, 1972)
  10. Miles Davis: Kind Of Blue (Columbia, 1959)
  11. John Coltrane: Ascension (Impulse, 1965)
  12. Art Ensemble of Chicago: Les Stances A Sophie (Nessa, 1970)
  13. Eric Dolphy: Out to Lunch (Blue Note, 1964)
  14. Lennie Tristano: Crosscurrents (Capitol, 1949)
  15. Miles Davis: Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1969)
  16. Charles Mingus Pithecanthropus Erectus (Atlantic, 1956)
  17. Albert Ayler: Vibrations (Debut, 1964)
  18. Thelonious Monk: Brilliant Corners (Riverside, 1956)
  19. Charlie Haden: Liberation Music Orchestra (Impulse!, 1969)
  20. Tim Berne: Fractured Fairy Tales (JMT, 1989)
  21. Sun Ra: The Magic City (Saturn, 1965)
  22. John Coltrane: My Favorite Things (Atlantic, 1960)
  23. Ornette Coleman: Free Jazz (Atlantic, 1960)
  24. Paul Bley: Open, To Love (ECM, 1972)
  25. Anthony Davis: Lady of the Mirrors (India Navigation, 1980)
  26. Charles Mingus: Mingus Ah Um (Columbia, 1959)
  27. Pharoah Sanders: Karma (Impulse!, 1969)
  28. Charlie Haden: Dream Keeper (Blue Note, 1990)
  29. Anthony Braxton: Alto Saxophone Improvisations (Arista, 1979)
  30. Cecil Taylor: Nefertiti (Freedom, 1962)
  31. Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus (Prestige, 1956)
  32. David Holland: Conference of the Birds (ECM, 1972)
  33. Modern Jazz Quartet: Fontessa (Atlantic, 1956)
  34. Joe McPhee: Topology (HatART, 1981)
  35. George Russell: Ezz-thetics (Riverside, 1961)
  36. Henry Threadgill: When Was That (About Time, 1982)
  37. Guillermo Gregorio: Ellipsis (Hat Art, 1997)
  38. John Coltrane: Giant Steps (Atlantic, 1959)
  39. Wayne Shorter: Speak No Evil (Blue Note, 1964)
  40. Mahavishnu Orchestra: The Inner Mounting Flame (Columbia, 1971)
  41. Weather Report: I Sing the Body Electric (Columbia, 1972)
  42. George Lewis: Solo Trombone Records (Sackville, 1976)
  43. Borbetomagus: Barbet Wire Maggot (Agaric, 1983)
  44. David Torn: Best Laid Plans (ECM, 1985)
  45. Butch Morris: Dust To Dust (New World, 1990)
  46. Dexter Gordon: Go (Blue Note, 1962)
  47. Butch Morris: Testament (New World, 1995)
  48. George Russell: Electronic Sonata For Souls Loved By Nature (Soul Note, 1980)
  49. Charles Mingus: Presents (Candid, 1960)
  50. Andrew Hill: Point of Departure (Blue Note, 1964)
  51. Leroy Jenkins: Solo Concert (India Navigation, 1977)
  52. Sam Rivers: Streams (Impulse!, 1973)
  53. Muhal Richard Abrams: Levels and Degrees of Light (Delmark, 1967)
  54. James Newton: Mystery School (India Navigation, 1979)
  55. Toshiko Akiyoshi: Desert Lady (Columbia, 1994)
  56. Paul Bley: Dual Unity (1971) (Freedom, 1973)
  57. Myra Melford: Even the Sounds Shine (HatART, 1994)
  58. Charles Mingus: Oh Yeah (Atlantic, 1961)
  59. Gato Barbieri: Latin America (Impulse!, 1973)
  60. Charles Earland: Black Talk (Prestige, 1969)
  61. Anthony Braxton: For Alto (Delmark, 1968)
  62. John McLaughlin: My Goals Beyond (Columbia, 1970)
  63. Matthew Shipp: Circular Temple (Quinton, 1990)
  64. Archie Shepp: Mama Too Tight (Impulse!, 1966)
  65. Roscoe Mitchell: Sound (Delmark, 1966)
  66. James Newton: Luella (Gramavision, 1983)
  67. Max Roach: Freedom Now Suite (Columbia, 1960)
  68. Coleman Hawkins: Body & Soul (RCA Victor, 1939)
  69. Cecil Taylor: Conquistador (Blue Note, 1966)
  70. Leo Smith: Mass on the World (Moers, 1978)
  71. Bobby Hutcherson: Dialogue (Blue Note, 1965)
  72. Julius Hemphill: Dogon AD (Freedom, 1972)
  73. Michael Formanek: Wide Open Spaces (Enja, 1990)
  74. Spontaneous Music Ensemble: Karyobin (Island, 1968)
  75. Charles Mingus: Tijuana Moods (1957) (RCA, 1962)
  76. Steve Lacy: Regeneration (Soul Note, 1982)
  77. Bobby Previte: Claude's Late Morning (Gramavision, 1988)
  78. Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (Capitol, 1949-50)
  79. Randy Weston: Blues To Africa (Freedom, 1974)
  80. Sam Rivers: Crystals (Impulse!, 1974)
  81. Dollar Brand: Sangoma (Sackville, 1973)
  82. Albert Ayler: Witches and Devils (Freedom, 1964)
  83. Maria Schneider: Evanescence (Enja, 1992)
  84. Jeanne Lee: Conspiracy (Earthform, 1974)
  85. Oregon: Distant Hills (Vanguard, 1973)
  86. McCoy Tyner: Sahara (Milestone, 1972)
  87. Steve Lacy: Scraps (Saravah, 1974)
  88. Matthew Shipp: Pastoral Composure (Thirsty Ear, 2000)
  89. Duke Ellington: The Far East Suite (RCA, 1966)
  90. Sonny Rollins: Freedom Suite (Riverside, 1958)
  91. Don Cherry: Symphony For Improvisers (Blue Note, 1966)
  92. Rova Saxophone Quartet: Cinema Rovate (Metalanguage, 1978)
  93. Marty Ehrlich: Traveller's Tale (Enja, 1989)
  94. Don Byron: Tuskegee Experiments (Elektra/Nonesuch, 1990-91)
  95. Sonny Sharrock: Ask the Ages (Axiom, 1991)
  96. Pat Metheny: As Falls Wichita So Falls Wichita (ECM, 1980)
  97. Paul Motian: Conception Vessel (ECM, 1972)
  98. Henry Threadgill: Just the Facts (About Time, 1983)
  99. Chick Corea: Inner Space (Atlantic, 1966)
  100. Paul Rutherford: Gentle Harm of the Bourgeoisie (1974) (Emanem, 1976)
  101. Terje Rypdal: Odyssey (ECM, 1975)
  102. Franz Koglmann: Cantos I-IV (1993) (hatHUT, 1995)
  103. Bill Frisell: Before We Were Born (Elektra, 1988)
  104. Ralph Towner: Diary (ECM, 1973)
  105. Lol Coxhill: Ear Of The Beholder (Dandelion, 1971)
  106. Martial Solal: Four Keys (Pausa, 1979)
  107. Guillermo Gregorio: Approximately (Hat Art, 1996)
  108. Art Pepper: No Limit (Contemporary, 1977)
  109. Lennie Tristano: The New Tristano (Atlantic, 1960)
  110. Charlie Haden: Haunted Heart (Verve, 1991)
  111. Oregon: Music Of Another Present Era (Vanguard, 1972)
  112. Charlie Haden: Etudes (Soul Note, 1987)
  113. Terje Rypdal: Eos (ECM, 1983)
  114. Don Cherry: Orient (BYG, 1971)
  115. Rova Saxophone Quartet: As Was (Metalanguage, 1981)
  116. Maria Schneider: Coming About (Enja, 1995)
  117. Rova Saxophone Quartet: Daredevils (Matalanguage, 1979)
  118. Rova Saxophone Quartet: Invisible Frames (Fore, 1981)
  119. Lennie Tristano: Wow (Capitol, 1950)
  120. Hank Roberts: Black Pastels (Polygram, 1987)
  121. Hank Roberts: Little Motor People (Polygram, 1992)
  122. James Newton: Water Mystery (Gramavision, 1985)
  123. Pat Metheny: Bright Size Life (ECM, 1975)
  124. Duke Ellington: Black Brown and Beige (RCA, 1943, as private edition; Prestige, 1977)
  125. Weather Report: Weather Report (Columbia, 1971)
  126. Don Byron: Music for Six Musicians (Elektra, 1995)
  127. Don Byron: Bug Music (Nonesuch, 1996)
  128. Herbie Hancock: Empyrean Isles (Blue Note, 1964)
  129. Roscoe Mitchell: Nonaah (Nessa, 1977)
  130. Don Cherry: Relativity Suite (JCOA, 1973)
  131. Art Ensemble of Chicago: Fanfare For The Warriors (Atlantic, 1973)
  132. Art Blakey: Moanin' (Blue Note, 1958)
  133. Coleman Hawkins: Rainbow Mist (Delmark, 1944)
  134. Marcus Roberts: Deep in the Shed (Novus, 1989)
  135. Horace Silver: The Cape Verdean Blues (Blue Note, 1965)
  136. Anthony Braxton: Five Pieces (Arista, 1975)
  137. Miles Davis: In a Silent Way (Columbia, 1969)
  138. Evan Parker: Saxophone Solos (Incus, 1975)
  139. Duke Ellington: In A Mellotone (1940) (RCA, 1957)
  140. Don Pullen: Capricorn Rising (Black Saint, 1975)
  141. Dave Brubeck: Time Out (Columbia, 1959)
  142. Wayne Horvitz: Bring Your Camera (Elektra, 1991)
  143. Kip Hanrahan: Vertical Currency (Pangea, 1985)
  144. Lennie Tristano: Manhattan Studio/ New York Improvisations (Elektra, 1956)
  145. Borbetomagus: Borbeto Jam (Cadence, 1985)
  146. Guy Klucevsek: Flying Vegetables of the Apocalypse (XI, 1991)
  147. Zeena Parkins: Something Out There (No Man’s Land, 1987)
  148. Butch Morris: Current Trends In Racism (Sound Aspects, 1986)
  149. David Torn: Cloud About Mercury (ECM, 1987)
  150. Oscar Peterson: Night Train (Verve, 1962)
  151. Steps Ahead: Modern Times (Elektra, 1984)
  152. Bobby Previte: Pushing The Envelope (Gramavision, 1987)
  153. Bill Evans: Explorations (Riverside, 1961)
  154. Bobby Previte: Dull Bang, Gushing Sound, Human Shriek (Dossier, 1987)
  155. Marty Ehrlich: Emergency Peace (New World, 1990)
  156. Roland Kirk: Rip Rig & Panic (Limelight, 1965)
  157. Jimmy Giuffre: Thesis (Verve, 1961)
  158. Marty Ehrlich: Malinke's Dance (OmniTone, 2000)
  159. Rova Saxophone Quartet: Crowd (1985) (Hat Hut, 1986)
  160. Anthony Braxton & Rova Saxophone Quartet: The Aggregate (Sound Aspects, 1989)
  161. String Trio Of New York: Rebirth of a Feeling (Black saint, 1983)
  162. Nimal: Nimal (RecRec, 1987)
  163. Jimmy Giuffre: Western Suite (Atlantic, 1958)
In random order (see the lists by decade in the right column):
  • Bobby Previte: Bump The Renaissance (Sound Aspects, 1985)
  • Bobby Previte: Empty Suits (Gramavision, 1990)
  • Bobby Previte: Weather Clear Track Fast (Enja, 1991)
  • Bobby Previte: Hue And Cry (Enja, 1993)
  • Lesli Dalaba: Trumpet Songs And Dances (1979)
  • Guillermo Gregorio: Background Music (Hat Art, 1998)
  • Guillermo Gregorio: Red Cubed (Hat Art, 1999)
  • Guillermo Gregorio: Degrees of Iconicity (Hat Art, 2000)
  • Jazz Passengers: Implement Yourself (1990)
  • John Oswald: Improvised (1978)
  • John Oswald: Plunderphonics (1989)
  • Hank Roberts: Black Pastels (1987)
  • Hank Roberts: Birds Of Prey (1990)
  • Jim Staley: Mumbo Jumbo (1986)
  • Malachi Thompson: Lift Every Voice (1992)
  • Guy Klucevsek: Citrus My Love (1995)
  • Zeena Parkins: Ursa's Door (1992)
  • Borbetomagus: Fish That Sparkling Bubble (1987)
  • Marty Ehrlich: Can You Hear A Motion (1993)
  • Marty Ehrlich: Falling Man (1989)
  • Marty Ehrlich: Just Before The Dawn (1995)
  • Marty Ehrlich: Side by Side (1991)
  • Marty Ehrlich: Pliant Plaint (1987)
  • Marty Ehrlich: Sojourn (1999)
  • Leroy Jenkins: Lifelong Ambitions (1977)
  • Oliver Lake: Heavy Spirits (1975)
  • Sun Ra: Jazz in Silhouette (1958)
  • Carla Bley: Musique Mecanique (1978)
  • Cecil Taylor: Silent Tongues (1974)
  • Keith Jarrett: Expectations (1972)
  • Bobo Stenson: Underwear (1972)
  • Jan Garbarek: Witchi-Tao-To (1973)
  • John Coltrane: Blue Train (1957)
  • Duke Ellington: Liberian Suite (1949)
  • Keith Jarrett: Facing You (1971)
  • Sam Rivers: Fuchsia Swing Song (1964)
  • Keith Jarrett: Survivors Suite (1976)
  • Joseph Jarman: Song For (1966)
  • Oliver Lake: Expandable Language (1984)
  • Bill Evans: Conversations with Myself (1963)
  • McCoy Tyner: Enlightnment (1973)
  • Miles Davis: Round About Midnight (1956)
  • John Coltrane: Meditations (1965)
  • Alice Coltrane: Ptah The El Daoud (1970)
  • Pharoah Sanders: Summon Bukmun Umyun (1970)
  • Marion Brown: Quartet (1965)
  • Gary Burton & Chick Corea: Crystal Silence (1972)
  • Terje Rypdal: Descendre (1979)
  • Terje Rypdal: Chasers (1985)
  • Matthew Shipp: Prism (1993)
  • Steve Turre: Fire and Ice (1988)
  • Matthew Shipp: Strata (1997)
  • Matthew Shipp: Expansion Power Release (1999)
  • Steve Turre: Sanctified Shells (1992)
  • Matthew Shipp: New Orbit (2001)
  • Matthew Shipp: The Flow of X (1995)
  • Matthew Shipp: Before the World (1995)
  • Matthew Shipp: Symbol Systems (1995)
  • Matthew Shipp: The Multiplication Table (1997)
  • Rova Saxophone Quartet: From the Bureau of Both (1992)
  • Rova Saxophone Quartet: Beat Kennel (1987)
  • Rova Saxophone Quartet: Long on Logic (1991)
  • Martial Solal: Nothing But Piano (1975)
  • Martial Solal: Movability (1976)
  • Rova Saxophone Quartet: This This This (1979)
  • String Trio Of New York: Area Code 212 (1980)
  • String Trio Of New York: Natural Balance (1986)
  • String Trio Of New York: Intermobility (1992)
  • Rova Saxophone Quartet: Saxophone Diplomacy (1983)
  • Steve Turre: Right There (1991)
  • Steve Turre: Rhythm Within (1995)
  • Rova Saxophone Quartet: Removal of Secrecy (1979)
  • Joshua Redman: Freedom In The Groove (1996)
  • Hank Robertson: Transparency (1985)
  • James Newton: James Newton (1982)
  • James Newton: Portraits (1982)
  • James Newton: Romance and Revolution (1986)
  • Joanne Brackeen: Aft (1977)
  • Sam Rivers: Waves (1978)
  • Greg Osby: 3D Lifestyles (1993)
  • Arthur Blythe: Metamorphosis (1977)
  • Wayne Shorter: The All Seeing Eye (1965)
  • Wayne Shorter: Odyssey of Iskra (1970)
  • John Coltrane: Interstellar Space (1967)
  • Paul Motian: Dance (1977)
  • Paul Motian: One Time Out (1987)
  • Paul Motian: Psalm (1981)
  • Archie Shepp: The Magic of Ju-Ju (1967)
  • Michael Mantler: Movies (1980)
  • Ran Blake: Film Noir (1980)
  • Sam Rivers: Contours (1965)
  • Modern Jazz Quartet: Django (1953)
  • Ornette Coleman: Skies of America (1972)
  • Don Cherry: Art Deco (1988)
  • Chick Corea: Light as a Feather (1972)
  • John Abercrombie: Timeless (1974)
  • Henry Threadgill: Rag Bush And All (1988)
  • Henry Threadgill: Easily Slip (1987)
  • Henry Threadgill: You Know the Number (1986)
  • Mulgrew Miller: Hand In Hand (1992)
  • Oliver Nelson: Blues and the Abstract Truth (1961)
  • Henry Threadgill: Carry The Day (1994)
  • David Murray: Murray's Steps (1982)
  • MUhal Richard Abrams: Rejoicing with Light (1983)
  • Leroy Jenkins: For Players Only (1975)
  • Sam Rivers: Dimensions And Extensions (1967)
  • Charles Mingus: Blues and Roots (1959)
  • Eric Dolphy: Far Cry (1960)
  • Eric Dolphy: Outward Bound (Prestige, 1960)
  • Charles Mingus: Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus (1963)
  • David Liebman: Lookout Farm (1973)
  • Geri Allen: Maroons (1992)
  • Steve Swallow: Swallow (1991)
  • Thelonious Monk: Criss Cross (1963)
  • Joe Zawinul: Zawinul (1971)
  • John Coltrane: Impressions (1961)
  • Jackie McLean: Let Freedom Ring (1962)
  • David Murray: Flowers for Albert (1976)
  • John Coltrane: Expression (1967)
  • Tim Berne: Fulton Street Maul (1986)
  • Patty Waters: Sings (1965)
  • Tim Berne: Mutant Variations (1983)
  • Tim Berne: Sanctified Dreams (1987)
  • Thelonious Monk: Misterioso (1958)
  • Tim Berne: Theoretically (1984)
  • Tim Berne: Can't Put My Finger On It (1991)
  • George Lewis: Shadowgraph (1977)
  • George Lewis: Chicago Slow Dance (1981)
  • George Lewis: Voyager (1993)
  • George Lewis: Imaginary Suite (1979)
  • Cecil Taylor: For Olim (1986)
  • Steve Lacy: Evidence (1961)
  • Leroy Jenkins: Legend of Ai Glatson (1978)
  • Steve Lacy: Momentum (1987)
  • Randy Weston: Spirits Of Our Ancestors (1991)
  • Steve Lacy: Flame (1982)
  • Charlie Haden: Always Say Goodbye (1993)
  • Steve Lacy: Stamps (1978)
  • Evan Parker: Monoceros (1978)
  • Django Reinhardt: Django Reinhardt (1935)
  • Steve Lacy: Raps (1977)
  • Weather Report: Heavy Weather (1977)
  • Myra Melford: Dance Beyond the Color (2000)
  • Stan Kenton: City of Glass (1951)
  • Weather Report: Mysterious Traveller (1974)
  • Weather Report: Black Market (1976)
  • Sonny Rollins: Way Out West (1957)
  • Ahmad Jamal: Poinciana (1955)
  • Sonny Rollins: The Bridge (1962)
  • David Holland: Extensions (1989)
  • Jeanne Lee & Ran Blake: Legendary Duets (1961)
  • Betty Carter: Album (1972)
  • Ran Blake & Jeanne Lee: The Newest Sound Around (1962)
  • David Holland: Triplicate (1988)
  • Al DiMeola: Land of The Midnight Sun (1976)
  • David Holland: Emerald Tears (1977)
  • Ken Vandermark: Big Head Eddie (1993)
  • Rob Wasserman: Solo (1983)
  • Randy Weston: Volcano Blues (1993)
  • David Holland: Jumpin' In (1983)
  • Jazz Composers Orchestra: Ode (1972)
  • David Holland: Razor's Edge (1987)
  • Myra Melford: Jump (1990)
  • David Holland: Seeds of Time (1984)
  • Herbie Hancock: Maiden Voyage (1965)
  • Pharoah Sanders: Thembi (1971)
  • Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre: Humility In The Light Of Creator (1969)
  • Archie Shepp: Fire Music (1965)
  • Roscoe Mitchell: Solo Saxophone Concerts (1974)
  • Michael Formanek: Extended Animation (1991)
  • Michael Formanek: Loose Cannon (1992)
  • Roscoe Mitchell: LRG-Maze-S II Examples (1978)
  • Franz Koglmann: L'Heure Bleue (1992)
  • Franz Koglmann: O Moon My Pin Up (1997)
  • Art Ensemble of Chicago: Tutankhamun (1969)
  • Art Ensemble of Chicago: A Jackson In Your House (1969)
  • McCoy Tyner: Extensions (1970)
  • George Russell: Jazz Workshop (1956)
  • Oregon: Oregon(1983)
  • George Russell: New York New York (1959)
  • George Russell: Listen to the Silence (1971)
  • George Russell: Jazz in the Space Age (1960)
  • George Russell: Stratus Seekers (1962)
  • George Russell: Stratusphunk (1960)
  • McCoy Tyner: Sama Layuca (1974)
  • Art Ensemble of Chicago: Nice Guys (1978)
  • Duke Ellington: Sophisticated Lady (1940)
  • Modern Jazz Quartet: The Comedy (1962)
  • Modern Jazz Quartet: Under the Jasmine Tree (1968)
  • Roland Kirk: Blacknuss (1972)
  • Herbie Hancock: Thrust (1973)
  • Don Cherry: Complete Communion (1965)
  • Don Cherry: Blue Lake (1971)
  • Herbie Hancock: Headhunters (1973)
  • Herbie Hancock: Speak Like A Child (1968)
  • Roland Kirk: The Inflated Tear (1967)
  • Roland Kirk: Left And Right (1969)
  • Leo Smith: Reflectativity (1974)
  • Roscoe Mitchell: Old Quartet (1967)
  • David Murray: Ballads for Bass Clarinet (1991)
  • David Murray: The Hill (1986)
  • Joe Lovano: Worlds (1989)
  • David Murray: Hope Scope (1987)
  • Chico Freeman: Peaceful Heart Gentle Spirit (1978)
  • David Murray: Home (1981)
  • Geri Allen: Twylight (1989)
  • John Scofield: Grace Under Pressure (1991)
  • David Murray: Body And Soul (1993)
  • David Murray: Ming (1980)
  • Mal Waldron: The Quest (1961)
  • Mal Waldron: Up Popped the Devil (1973)
  • Randy Weston: Jazz A La Bohemia (1956)
  • Randy Weston: Tanjah (1973)
  • Randy Weston: Carnival (1974)
  • Andrew Hill: Black Fire (1963)
  • Andrew Hill: Eternal Spirit (1989)
  • McCoy Tyner: Inception (1962)
  • McCoy Tyner: Trident (1975)
  • McCoy Tyner: Supertrio (1977)
  • Max Roach: Deeds Not Words (1958)
  • Max Roach: Percussion Bitter Sweet (1961)
  • Joe Lovano: Universal Language (1992)
  • Max Roach: Pictures In A Frame (1979)
  • Cedar Walton: Eastern Rebellion (1975)
  • Cedar Walton: Breakthrough (1972)
  • Max Roach: Plus Four (1956)
  • Max Roach: To the Max (1991)
  • Freddie Hubbard: Red Clay (1970)
  • Max Roach & Anthony Braxton: One in Two (1979)
  • Horace Silver: Song For My Father (Blue Note, 1964)
  • Max Roach & Anthony Braxton: Birth And Rebirth (1978)
  • Clifford Brown & Max Roach: Daahoud (1955)
  • Billy Cobham: Spectrum (1973)
  • Mahavishnu Orchestra: Birds of Fire (1972)
  • John McLaughlin: Love Devotion And Surrender (1972)
  • Andrew Cyrille: Metamusician's Stomp (1978)
  • John McLaughlin: Extrapolation (1969)
  • Jackie McLean: One Step Beyond (1963)
  • Dollar Brand: African Marketplace (1979)
  • Ernie Watts: Unity (1994)
  • Eberhard Weber: Colours of Chloe (1973)
  • Dollar Brand: Ekaya (1983)
  • Jackie McLean: Destination Out (1963)
  • Oregon: Winter Light (1974)
  • Jackie McLean: Demon's Dance (1967)
  • John Zorn: Cobra (1986)
  • Jackie McLean: Bluesnik (1961)
  • Gil Evans: Out of the Cool (1960)
  • Joachim Kuhn: Distance (1984)
  • Steve Kuhn: Ecstasy (1974)
  • Jackie McLean: Dynasty (1988)
  • Albert Mangelsdorff: Tromboneliness (1976)
  • Steve Coleman: Black Science (1991)
  • Jackie McLean: Rites of Passage (1991)
  • Jaco Pastorius: Jaco Pastorius (1976)
  • Tony Williams: Life Time (1964)
  • Joe Lovano: From the Soul (1991)
  • Tony Williams: Emergency (1969)
  • Joe Zawinul: The Rise And Fall Of The Third Stream (1967)
  • Ran Blake: That Certain Feeling (1990)
  • Art Ensemble of Chicago: Message to our Folks (1969)
  • Jay Clayton: All Out (1980)
  • Robert Dick: Venturi Shadows (1991)
  • Christy Doran: Phoenix (1989)
  • Christy Doran: What a Band (1991)
  • Bobby Watson: Inventor (1990)
  • Christy Doran: Corporate Art (1992)
  • Christy Doran: Red Twist and Tuned Arrow (1986)
  • Dave Douglas: Parallel Worlds (1993)
  • Aydin Esen: Anadolu (1992)
  • Marty Fogel: Many Bobbing Heads (1989)
  • Globe Unity: Pearls (1977)
  • Art Ensemble of Chicago: People in Sorrow (1969)
  • Peter Broetzmann: For Adolph Sax (1967)
  • Paul Rutherford: Gentle Harm of the Bourgeoisie (1974)
  • Derek Bailey: Solo Guitar (1971)
  • Spyrogyra: Carnival (1980)
  • John Surman: Westering Home (1972)
  • Art Pepper: Meets the Rhythm Section (1957)
  • John Surman: Upon Reflection (1979)
  • Phil Woods: Rights Of Swing (1960)
  • John Surman: Private City (1987)
  • John Surman: Brass Project (1992)
  • Gunther Hampel: Jubilation (1983)
  • Misha Mengelberg: Change of Season (1984)
  • Spyrogyra: Incognito (1982)
  • Mike Westbrook: Metropolis (1972)
  • Wayne Shorter: Soothsayer (1965)
  • Wayne Shorter: Etcetera (1965)
  • Stan Getz: Focus (1961)
  • Kevin Eubanks: Turning Point (1992)
  • Stan Getz: Quartets (1950)
  • Wynton Marsalis: Black Codes (1985)
  • Kevin Eubanks: Spirit Talk (1993)
  • Joe McPhee: Nation Time (1970)
  • Wayne Shorter: Juju (1964)
  • Jack DeJohnette: Special Edition (1979)
  • Jack DeJohnette: Album Album (1984)
  • Wayne Shorter: Adams' Apple (1966)
  • Wayne Shorter: Schizophrenia (1967)
  • Horace Silver Six Pieces of Silver (1956)
  • Betty Carter: Dropping Things (1990)
  • Horace Silver: Finger Poppin' (1959)
  • Freddie Hubbard: Hub-Tones (1962)
  • Horace Silver: Blowin; the Blues Away (1959)
  • Horace Silver: Horace-Scope (1960)
  • Al DiMeola: Splendido Hotel (1979)
  • Al DiMeola: World Sinfonia (1990)
  • Oscar Peterson: Canadian Suite (1964)
  • Oscar Peterson: Nigerian Marketplace (1981)
  • Horace Silver: The Jody Grind (1966)
  • Joe McPhee: Visitation (1983)
  • Joe McPhee: Oleo (1982)
  • Horace Silver: Serenade to a Soul Sister (1968)
  • Sonny Sharrock: Guitar (1986)
  • Sonny Sharrock: Seize the Rainbow (1987)
  • Dexter Gordon: Bouncing' with Dex (1975)
  • Collin Walcott: Cloud Dance (1975)
  • Evan Parker: Drawn Inward (1999)
  • Collin Walcott: Grazing Dreams (1977)
  • Dexter Gordon: Biting the Apple (1976)
  • Bobby Hutcherson: Components (1965)
  • Chad Wackerman: Forty Reasons (1991)
  • Bobby Hutcherson: Happenings (1966)
  • Miles Davis: Pangaea (1975)
  • Ken Vandermark: Solid Action (1994)
  • Medeski Martin and Wood: Friday Afternoon In The Universe (1995)
  • Kevin Eubanks: Guitarist (1982)
  • Pat Metheny: American Garage (1979)
  • Air: Air Raid (1976)
  • Pat Metheny: 1980-1981 (1980)
  • Pat Metheny: Rejoicing (1983)
  • Jay Jay Johnson: Four Trombones (1953)
  • Jay Jay Johnson: Blue Trombone (1957)
  • Jay Jay Johnson: First Place (1957)
  • Pat Metheny: Group (1978)
  • World Saxophone Quartet: WSQ (1980)
  • John Klemmer: Nexus For Duo And Trio (1979)
  • Pat Metheny: Watercolors (1977)
  • Pat Metheny: Song X (1985)
  • Pat Metheny: Question Answer (1989)
  • Ralph Peterson: Triangular (1989)
  • Ralph Towner: Matchbook (1974)
  • Ralph Towner: Solstice (1974)
  • Ralph Towner: Solo Concert (1979)
  • Oscar Peterson: Trio Plus One (1964)
  • Larry Young: Unity (1965)
  • Larry Young: Into Somethin' (1964)
  • Larry Young: Of Love And Peace (1966)
  • Dave Douglas: In Our Lifetime (1995)
  • Dave Douglas: Five (1995)
  • Oscar Peterson: 1951 (1951)
  • Oscar Peterson: At Zardi's (1955)
  • Mike Gibbs: Only Chrome Waterfall (1974)
  • Neil Ardley: Kaleidoscope of Rainbows (1977)
  • Neil Ardley: Symphony of Amaranths (1972)
  • Geri Allen: Printmakers (1984)
  • Geri Allen: Nurturer (1990)
  • Nucleus: Belladonna (1972)
  • Keith Tippett: Septober Energy (1971)
  • Freddie Hubbard: Straight Life (1970)
  • Maybe Monday: Saturn's Finger (1999)
  • Freddie Hubbard: First Light (1971)
  • Yusef Lateef: Three Faces (1960)
  • Kenny Wheeler: Gnu High (1975)
  • Yusef Lateef: Eastern Sounds (1961)
  • Tony Scott: Music For Zen Meditation (1964)
  • Paul Horn: Inside The Taj Mahal (1968)
  • Freddie Hubbard: Breaking Point (1964)
  • Freddie Hubbard: Artistry (1962)
  • Lee Konitz: Subconscious-Lee (1949)
  • Joanne Brackeen: Where Legends Dwell (1991)
  • Mary Lou Williams: Zodiac Suite (1945)
  • Joanne Brackeen: Tring A Ling (1977)
  • Freddie Hubbard: Stardust (1988)
  • Freddie Hubbard: Temptation (1991)
  • David Ware: Flight Of I (1991)
  • Charles Earland: Leaving This Planet (1973)
  • Charles Earland: Third Degree Burn (1989)
  • David Ware: Passage To Music (1988)
  • Prince Lasha: The Cry (1962)
  • Last Exit: Last Exit (1986)
  • Mulgrew Miller: Time And Again (1991)
  • Reggie Workman: Synthesis (1986)
  • Mulgrew Miller: With Our Own Eyes (1993)
  • Mulgrew Miller: Wingspan (1987)
  • Mulgrew Miller: Countdown (1988)
  • John Scofield: Time on my Hands (1989)
  • John Scofield: Flat Out (1988)
  • John Scofield: Blue Matter (1986)
  • John Scofield: What We Do (1992)
  • John Scofield: Hand Jive (1993)
  • John Scofield: Groove Elation (1995)
  • World Saxophone Quartet: Revue (1980)
  • World Saxophone Quartet: Steppin' With (1978)
  • World Saxophone Quartet: Revue (1980)
  • World Saxophone Quartet: Prophet (1980)
  • Julius Hemphill: Fat Man And the Hard Blues (1991)
  • Julius Hemphill: Coon Bid'ness (1975)
  • Julius Hemphill: Flat Out Jump Suite (1980)
  • Marion Brown: Afternoon of a Georgia Faun (1970)
  • Julius Hemphill: Blue Boye (1977)
  • Julius Hemphill: Roi Boye and the Gotham Minstrels (1977)
  • Julius Hemphill: Raw Materials and Residuals (1977)
  • Steve Coleman: On the Edge Of Tomorrow (1986)
  • Steve Coleman: Strata Institute Cypher Sintax (1986)
  • Steve Coleman: Rhythm People (1990)
  • Steve Coleman: Def Trance Beat (1994)
  • Dewey Redman: Look for the Black Star (1966)
  • Dewey Redman: The Struggle Continues (1982)
  • Dewey Redman: Living on the Edge (1989)
  • Revolutionary Ensemble: The People's Republic (1975)
  • Joshua Redman: Moodswing (1994)
  • Steve Coleman: Tao of Mad Phat (1993)
  • Air: Air Time (1977)
  • Air: Open Air Suit (1978)
  • Air: 80 Degrees Below (1982)
  • Ronald Shannon Jackson: Barbeque Dog (1983)
  • Ronald Shannon Jackson: Eye on You (1980)
  • Ronald Shannon Jackson: Mandance (1982)
  • Ronald Shannon Jackson: Nasty (1981)
  • Ronald Shannon Jackson: Pulse (1984)
  • Don Pullen: Breakthrough (1986)
  • Don Pullen: Evidence of Things Unseen (1983)
  • Don Pullen: Sixth Sense (1985)
  • Don Pullen: Healing Force (1976)
  • Don Pullen: Tomorrow's Promises (1977)
  • Don Pullen: Kele Mou Bana (1991)
  • Denny Zeitlin: Carnival (1964)
  • Don Pullen: Random Thoughts (1990)
  • Don Pullen: New Beginnings (1988)
  • Don Pullen: Solo Piano Album (1975)
  • Don Pullen: Song Everlasting (1989)
  • Ray Anderson: Blues Bred (1989)
  • Ray Anderson: What Because (1990)
  • Ray Anderson: Every One of Us (1992)
  • John Zorn: Naked City (1989)
  • John Zorn: Spillane (1987)
  • John Zorn: Locus Solus (1984)
  • Lee Konitz: Duets (1967)
  • Miles Davis: Miles Ahead (1957)
  • Ben Webster: King Of The Tenors (1953)
  • Peter Erskine: Peter Erskine (1982)
  • Ernie Watts: Quartet (1987)
  • Ernie Watts: Reaching Up (1993)
  • Eberhard Weber: Fluid Rustle (1979)
  • Eberhard Weber: Pendulum (1993)
  • Eberhard Weber: Yellow Fields (1975)
  • Peter Erskine: Aurora (1988)
  • Peter Erskine: Sweet Soul (1991)
  • Ben Webster: Tenor Giants (1957)
  • Ben Webster: Meet You At The Fair (1964)
  • Grant Green: Idle Moments (1963)
  • Joey Baron: Raised Pleasure Dot (1993)
  • Kenny Barron: Scratch (1985)
  • Kenny Barron: Wanton Spirit (1994)
  • Steve Beresford: Double indemnity (1980)
  • Billy Bang: Rainbow Gladiator (1981)
  • Ran Blake: Breakthru (1975)
  • Michael Brecker: Michael Brecker (1987)
  • Peter Broetzmann: Machine Gun (1968)
  • Benny Carter: Further Definitions (1961)
  • Benny Carter: Central City Sketches (1987)
  • Kenny Wheeler: Deer Wan (1977)
  • Bill Frisell: Is That You (1990)
  • Bill Frisell: Go West (1995)
  • Bill Frisell: This Land (1992)
  • Ben Webster: Soulville (1957)
  • Kenny Wheeler: Around 6 (1979)
  • Kenny Wheeler: Double Double You (1983)
  • Kenny Wheeler: Flutter By Butterfly (1987)
  • Kenny Wheeler: Music for Large and Small Ensemble (1990)
  • Kenny Wheeler: Widow in the Window (1990)
  • Bill Frisell: Lookout for Hope (1988)
  • Bill Frisell: Where in the World (1991)
  • Archie Shepp: Kwanza (1969)
  • John Carter: Dauwhe (1982)
  • John Carter: Castles of Ghana (1985)
  • Phil Woods: All Bird's Children (1990)
  • Reggie Workman: Cerebral Caverns (1995)
  • Phil Woods: Bouquet (1987)
  • Phil Woods: Evolution (1988)
  • John Carter: Dance of Love Ghosts (1986)
  • John Carter: Fields (1988)
  • John Carter: Shadows on a Wall (1989)
  • Ganelin Trio: Concerto Grosso (1978)
  • Ganelin Trio: Jerusalem February Cantible (1989)
  • Kenny G: Duotones (1986)
  • David Friesen: Star Dance (1976)
  • David Friesen: Waterfall Rainbow (1977)
  • Jan Garbarek: Belonging (1974)
  • Jan Garbarek: Dansere (1975)
  • Jan Garbarek: Luminescence (1974)
  • Jan Garbarek: Esoteric Circle (1969)
  • Erroll Garner: Concert by the Sea (1955)
  • Kenny Garrett: African Exchange Student (1990)
  • Kenny Garrett: Triology (1995)
  • Egberto Gismondi: Danca Das Cabecas (1976)
  • Egberto Gismondi: Danca Das Escravos (1979)
  • Ben Webster: Meet You At The Fair (1964)
  • Ben Webster: Stormy Weather (1965)
  • Egberto Gismondi: Infancia (1990)
  • Egberto Gismondi: Solo (1978)
  • Vinny Golia: Spirits In Fellowship (1977)
  • Marcus Roberts: As Serenity Approaches (1991)
  • Marcus Roberts: Truth is Spoken Here (1988)
  • Danny Gottlieb: Aquamarine (1987)
  • Danny Gottlieb: Brooklyn Blues (1990)
  • Milford Graves: Percussion Ensemble (1965)
  • Bunky Green: Healing the Pain (1989)
  • Bunky Green: Places We've Never Been (1979)
  • Don Grolnick: Nighttown (1992)
  • Don Grolnick: Weaver of Dreams (1989)
  • Trilok Gurtu: Living Magic (1991)
  • Trilok Gurtu: Usfret (1988)
  • Jim Hall: Alone Together (1972)
  • Jim Hall: Dialogues (1995)
  • Chico Hamilton: Gongs East (1958)
  • Chico Hamilton: Man from Two Worlds (1962)
  • Steve Tibbetts: YR (1980)
  • Patrick O'Hearn: Ancient Dreams (1985)
  • Michael Shrieve: In Suspect Terrain (1986)
  • Michael Shrieve: Big Picture (1989)
  • Michael Shrieve: Stiletto (1989)
  • Mark Nauseef: Wun Wun (1985)
  • Tony Coe: Tournee Du Chat (1982)
  • Denny Zeitlin: Cathexis (1964)
  • Denny Zeitlin: Zeitgeist (1966)
  • Lol Coxhill: Welfare State (1975)
  • Lol Coxhill: Instant Replay (1982)
  • David Moss: Terrain (1981)
  • Henry Kaiser: Aloha (1981)
  • Henry Kaiser: Invite The Spirit (1984)
  • Keith Tippett: Dedicated To You But You Weren't Listening (1970)
  • Keith Tippett: A Loose Kite In A Gentle Wind (1984)
  • Keith Tippett: Mujician (1981)
  • Keith Tippett: Colours Fulfilled (1997)
  • Keith Tippett: The Journey (1990)
  • Henry Kaiser: Devil In The Drain (1987)
  • Henry Kaiser: Crazy-backwards Alphabet (1987)
  • Eric Kloss: To Hear Is To See (1969)
  • Henry Kaiser: Re-Marrying For Money (1989)
  • Sergey Kuryokhin: Some Combination of Fingers and Passion (1992)
  • Ernie Krivda: Jazz Ensemble (1977)
  • Sergey Kuryokhin: Popular Science (1989)
  • Ned Rothenberg Trespass (1986)
  • Scott Hamilton: Radio City (1990)
  • Scott Hamilton: Groovin' High (1991)
  • Scott Hamilton: Tenorshoes (1979)
  • Art Pepper: Plus Eleven (1959)
  • Elements: Elements (1982)
  • Elements: Illumination (1987)
  • Elements: Spirit River (1990)
  • Art Pepper: Gettin' Together (1960)
  • Kazumi Watanabe: Spice Of Life (1986)
  • Art Pepper: Straight Life (1979)
  • Art Pepper: Winter Moon (1980)
  • Steve Khan: Evidence (1980)
  • Steve Khan: Eyewitness (1981)
  • Franklin Kiermyer: Solomon's Daughter (1994)
  • John Klemmer: Constant Throb (1971)
  • John Klemmer: Waterfalls (1972)
  • Eric Kloss: Consciousness (1970)
  • Eric Kloss: One Two Three (1972)
  • Diana Krall: Only Trust Your Heart (1994)
  • Ernie Krivda: The Alchemist (1978)
  • Joachim Kuhn: Springfever (1976)
  • Joachim Kuhn: I'm Not Dreaming (1983)
  • Joachim Kuhn: Dynamics (1992)
  • Steve Kuhn: Trance (1974)
  • Szakcsi: Straight Ahead (1993)
  • Steve Kuhn: Mobility (1977)
  • Steve Kuhn: Non-Fiction (1978)
  • Steve Kuhn: Playground (1979)
  • Andy Laverne: Liquid Silver (1984)
  • Prince Lasha: Inside Story (1965)
  • Prince Lasha: Firebirds (1967)
  • Last Exit: The Noise Of Trouble (1987)
  • Art Lande: Desert Marauders (1977)
  • Art Lande: Rubisa Patrol (1976)
  • Hubert Laws: Afro Classic (1970)
  • John Lewis: Grand Encounter (1956)
  • John Lewis: Piano (1957)
  • Gunther Schuller [John Lewis]: Jazz Abstractions (1960)
  • David Liebman: The Loneliness Of A Long-Distance Runner (1985)
  • David Liebman: Open Sky (1972)
  • David Liebman: Pendulum (1978)
  • David Liebman: The Tree (1990)
  • Frederic Hand: Heart's Song (1981)
  • Roy Hargrove: Diamond In The Rough (1989)
  • Roy Hargrove: Family (1995)
  • Tom Harrell: Moon Alley (1985)
  • Tom Harrell: Sail Away (1989)
  • Tom Harrell: Form (1990)
  • Tom Harrell: Upswing (1993)
  • Craig Harris: Blackout in the Square Root of Soul (1987)
  • Donald Harrison: Crystal Stair (1988)
  • Donald Harrison: Black Pearl (1988)
  • Wendell Harrison: Rush & Hustle (1994)
  • Louis Hayes: The Real Thing (1977)
  • Jimmy Heath: The Thumper (1959)
  • Mark Helias: Attack the Future (1990)
  • Mark Helias: Loopin' the Cool (1994)
  • Mark Helias: The Current Set (1987)
  • Mark Helias: Split Image (1984)
  • Gerry Hemingway: Special Detail (1990)
  • Gerry Hemingway: Down To The Wire (1991)
  • Gerry Hemingway: Marmalade King (1995)
  • Gerry Hemingway: Slamadam (1995)
  • Gerry Hemingway: Demon Chaser (1993)
  • Fred Hersh: Forward motion (1991)
  • Fred Hersh: Dancing In The Dark (1992)
  • Fred Hersh: Heartsongs (1989)
  • Fred Hersh: Horizons (1984)
  • Fred Hersh: Sarabande (1986)
  • Fred Hersh: Passion Flower (1995)
  • Charlie Hunter: Trio (1993)
  • Charlie Hunter: Bing Bing Bing (1995)
  • Chico Freeman: The Outside Within (1978)
  • Chico Freeman: No Time Left (1979)
  • Chico Freeman: Spirit Sensitive (1979)
  • Sonny Stitt: Tune Up (1972)
  • Sonny Stitt: Constellation (1972)
  • Art Farmer: Meet the Jazztet (1960)
  • Steps Ahead: Steps Ahead (1983)
  • Steps Ahead: Step By Step (1980)
  • Steps Ahead: Paradox (1982)
  • Art Farmer: Farmer's Market (1956)
  • Art Farmer: Blame it on my Youth (1988)
  • Turtle Island String Quartet: Turtle Island Quartet (1988)
  • Montreaux: Sign Language (1987)
  • Montreaux: Let Them Say (1989)
  • Joseph Jarman: Magic Triangle (1979)
  • Oliver Lake: Life Dance Of Is (1978)
  • Milt Jackson: Bags And Trane (1959)
  • Milt Jackson: Soul Brothers (1957)
  • Illinois Jacquet: Flies Again (1959)
  • Marc Johnson: Bass Desires (1985)
  • Elvin Jones: Illumination (1963)
  • Quincy Jones: This Is How I Feel About Jazz (1956)
  • Sam Jones: Soul Society (1960)
  • Duke Jordan: Flight To Jordan (1960)
  • Sheila Jordan: Sheila (1977)
  • Sheila Jordan: Portrait (1962)
  • Stanley Jordan: Magic Touch (1985)
  • Stanley Jordan: Touch Sensitive (1982)
  • Steve Douglas: Rainbow Suite (1981)
  • Stan Kenton: Presents (1950)
  • Stan Kenton: Cuban Fire (1956)
  • Jeff Beal: Liberation (1988)
  • Jeff Beal: Three Graces (1993)
  • Abbey Lincoln: Straight Ahead (1961)
  • John Lindberg: Dodging Bullets (1992)
  • Jeff Linsky: Solo (1992)
  • Amina Claudine Myers: Song For Mother Earth (1979)
  • Toots Thielemans: Man Bites Harmonica (1958)
  • Blue Mitchell: Big Six (1958)
  • Hank Mobley: Quintet (1957)
  • Hank Mobley: Peckin' Time (1958)
  • Hank Mobley: Workout (1961)
  • Hank Mobley: Soul Station (1960)
  • Ralph Moore: Rejuvinate (1988)
  • Airto Moreira: Free (1972)
  • Frank Morgan: Frank Morgan (1955)
  • Lee Morgan: Sidewinder (1963)
  • Lee Morgan: Search For The new Land (1964)
  • James Williams: Magical Trio 1 (1987)
  • James Williams: Alter Ego (1984)
  • James Williams: Progress Report (1985)
  • Lee Morgan: The Gigolo (1965)
  • Lee Morgan: Cornbread (1965)
  • Lee Morgan: Delightfulee (1966)
  • Microscopic Septet: Let's Flip (1984)
  • Microscopic Septet: Take the Z Train (1983)
  • Microscopic Septet: Beauty Based on Science (1988)
  • Don Moye: Sun Percussion (1975)
  • Don Moye: Black Paladins (1981)
  • Gerry Mulligan: What Is There To Say (1959)
  • Charles Lloyd: Dream Weaver (1966)
  • Frank Lowe: Fresh (1975)
  • Frank Lowe: The Flam (1975)
  • Carmen Lundy: Self Portrait (1994)
  • Chuck Mangione: Quartet (1972)
  • Manhattan Transfer: Manhattan Transfer (1975)
  • Manhattan Transfer: Vocalese (1985)
  • Herbie Mann: Flute Souffle (1957)
  • Herbie Mann: Flute Brass Vibes And Percussion (1960)
  • Branford Marsalis: The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born (1991)
  • Branford Marsalis: Scenes In The City (1983)
  • Wynton Marsalis: Wynton Marsalis (1981)
  • Wynton Marsalis: Think Of One (1983)
  • Wynton Marsalis: J Mood (1985)
  • Roland Kirk: Prepare Thyself To Deal With A Miracle (1973)
  • Roland Kirk: Rahsaan Rahsaan (1970)
  • Wynton Marsalis: Blue Interlude (1991)
  • Wynton Marsalis: In This House On This Morning (1993)
  • Wynton Marsalis: Citi Movement (1992)
  • Pat Martino: Consciousness (1974)
  • Lyle Mays: Lyle Mays (1985)
  • Lyle Mays: Fictionary (1992)
  • Paul McCandless: Navigator (1981)
  • Bobby McFerrin: The Voice (1984)
  • Chris McGregor: And the Brotherhood of Breath (1970)
  • Oliver Nelson: Takin' Care of Business (1960)
  • Oliver Nelson: Black Brown And Beautiful (1970)
  • Oliver Nelson: Swiss Suite (1971)
  • Oliver Nelson: Afro-American Sketches (1961)
  • Charles Tolliver: Paper Man (1968)
  • Centipede: Septober Energy (1971)
  • Charles Tolliver: The Ringer (1969)
  • Charles Tolliver: Impact (1975)
  • Hamiet Bluiett: Endangered Species (1976)
  • Andrew Cyrille: Nuba (1979)
  • Flora Purim: Butterfly Dreams (1973)
  • Duke Pearson: Wahoo (1964)
  • Errol Parker: Doodles (1979)
  • Errol Parker: Tentet (1982)
  • Joe Pass: For Django (1964)
  • John Patitucci: Heart Of The Bass (1991)
  • Roger Neumann: Introducing Rather Large Band (1983)
  • Roger Neumann: Instant Heat (1993)
  • Phineas Newborn: Piano Artistry (1956)
  • David Newman & James Clay: The Sound Of the Wide Open Spaces (1960)
  • Eddie Palmieri: Mozambique (1965)
  • Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen: Dancing On The Tables (1979)
  • Ivo Perelman: Ivo (1990)
  • Ivo Perelman: Children of Ibeji (1991)
  • Ivo Perelman: Man of the Forest (1994)
  • Marvin Peterson: The Angels of Atlanta (1981)
  • Courtney Pine: Journey to the Urge Within (1986)
  • Courtney Pine: Modern Day Jazz Stories (1996)
  • Courtney Pine: Underground (1997)
  • Courtney Pine: To The Eyes Of Creation (1992)
  • Paul Plimley: When Silence Pulls (1992)
  • Dewey Redman: Look for the Black Star (1966)
  • Dewey Redman: The Ear of the Behearer (1974)
  • Leni Stern: Closer To The Light (1989)
  • Dewey Redman: The Struggle Continues (1982)
  • Dewey Redman: Living on the Edge (1989)
  • Revolutionary Ensemble: The People's Republic (1975)
  • Joshua Redman: Wish (1993)
  • Joshua Redman: Moodswing (1994)
  • Hilton Ruiz: Crosscurrents (1984)
  • Hilton Ruiz: El Camino (1988)
  • Hal Russell: NGR Ensemble (1981)
  • Hal Russell: Conserving NGR (1984)
  • Shadowfax: Shadowdance (1983)
  • Shadowfax: Shadowfax (1982)
  • Hal Russell: Bells (1992)
  • Paul Plimley: Noir (1993)
  • Bobby Shew: Breakfast Wine (1983)
  • No Safety: This Lost Leg (1989)
  • David Sanborn: Another Hand (1991)
  • David Sanborn: VOyeaur (1980)
  • David Sanborn: Straight From The Heart (1984)
  • Arturo Sandoval: Tumbaito (1986)
  • Arturo Sandoval: Straight Ahead (1988)
  • Arturo Sandoval: Danzon (1993)
  • Arturo Sandoval: The Latin Train (1995)
  • Mongo Santamaria: Yambu (1958)
  • Cal Tjader: Soul Sauce (1964)
  • Mongo Santamaria: Mongo (1959)
  • Saheb Sarbib: Aisha (1981)
  • Alex Schlippenbach: Globe Unity (1966)
  • Rob Schneiderman: Radio Waves (1991)
  • Stanley Turrentine: Soul Shoutin' (1963)
  • Stanley Turrentine: Sugar (1970)
  • Shirley Scott: Blue Flames (1964)
  • Chad Wackerman: Scream (2000)
  • Chad Wackerman: The View (1993)
  • Miroslav Vitous: Moutain in the Clouds (1969)
  • James Ulmer: Tales of Cpt Black (1978)
  • James Ulmer: Are You Glad To Be In America (1980)
  • James Ulmer: Black Rock (1982)
  • Michael Urbaniak: Urbaniak (1977)
  • Warren Vache: Polished Brass (1979)
  • Warren Vache: Midtown Jazz (1982)
  • Tom Varner: Quartet (1980)
  • Edward Vesala: Ode to the Death of Jazz (1989)
  • Abdul Wadud: By Myself (1977)
  • Lakshiminarayana Subramaniam: Spanish Wave (1983)
  • Ira Sullivan: Blue Stroll (1959)
  • Ralph Sutton: Ralph Sutton (1950)
  • Neil Swainson: 49th Parallel (1987)
  • Steve Swallow: Carla (1987)
  • Cal Tjader: Latin Concert (1958)
  • Lucky Thompson: Tricotism (1956)
  • Lew Tabackin: Dual Nature (1976)
  • Jamaaladeen Tacuma: Show Stopper (1983)
  • Horace Tapscott: West Coast Hot (1969)
  • Art Taylor: Wailers (1957)
  • Billy Taylor: And Four Flutes (1959)
  • John Tchicai: Real (1977)
  • Clark Terry: In Orbit (1958)
  • Clark Terry: Color Changes (1960)
  • Gary Thomas: Code Violations (1988)
  • Leon Thomas: Spirits Known and Unknown (1969)
  • Bob Wasserman: Solo (1983)
  • Jack Walrath: Revenge of the Fat People (1979)
  • Jack Walrath: Master of Suspense (1986)
  • Jack Walrath: Neohippus (1988)
  • Bill Watrous: Manhattan Wildlife Refuge (1974)
  • Bobby Watson: Jewel (1983)
  • Bobby Watson: Love Remains (1986)
  • Bobby Watson: The Year Of the Rabbit (1987)
  • Bobby Watson: No Question About It (1988)
  • Bobby Watson: Gumbo (1983)
  • Leon Thomas: Blues and the Soulful Truth (1972)
  • Charles Tyler: First Album (1966)
  • Steve Swallow: Swallow (1991)
  • Andrew Hill: Dusk (2000)
  • Dave Holland: Prime Detective (2000)
  • Splattercell: OAH (2000)
  • Steve Turre: In The Spur of the Moment (2000)
  • David Murray: Octect Plays (2000)
  • Bill Frisell: Ghost Town (2000)
  • Marty Ehrlich: Malinke's Dance (2000)
  • Marty Ehrlich: The Long View (2002)
  • 33.3: Plays Music (2000)
  • David Ware: Surrendered (2000)
  • John Butcher: Fixations (2001)
  • Jason Moran: Black Stars (2001)
  • Bob Belden: Black Dahlia (2001)
  • Sven Ake Johansson: Six Little Pieces for Quintet (2001)
  • Dave Holland: Not For Nothing (2001)
  • Repeat: Select Dialect (2001)
  • Roy Campbell: Ethnic Stew (2001)
  • Henry Threadgill: Everybody's Mouth's A Book (2001)
  • Sonny Sharrock: Monkey-Pockie-Boo (2001)
  • Brad Mehldau: Art of the Trio: Progression (2001)
  • Triangles: Triangles (2001)
  • Pillow: Three Henries (2001)
  • Larry Young: Into Somethin' (1964)
  • Larry Young: Unity (1965)
  • Larry Young: Of Love And Peace (1966)
  • Yellowjackets: Four Corners (1987)
  • Yellowjackets: Politics (1988)
  • Yellowjackets: Spin (1989)
  • Yellowjackets: Green House (1990)
  • Yellowjackets: Like A River (1992)
  • Yellowjackets: Run For Your Life (1993)
  • Earthworks: Earthworks (1987)
  • Frank Wright: Trio (1965)
  • Frank Wright: Your Prayer (1967)
  • Yosuke Yamashita: Chiasma (1975)
  • Yosuke Yamashita: Banslikana (1976)
  • Yosuke Yamashita: Kurdish Dance (1993)
  • Yosuke Yamashita: Sakura (1990)
  • Sebastian Whittaker: The Creators (1992)
  • Sebastian Whittaker: Searchin' For The Truth (1991)
  • Bob Wilber: Jazz Band (1949)
  • Jessica Williams: Next Step (1993)
  • Jessica Williams: Momentum (1994)
  • Kai Winding: Solo (1963)
  • Paul Winter: Common Ground (1978)
  • Paul Winter: Road (1971)
  • Paul Winter: Icarus (1971)
  • Paul Winter: Missa Gaia (1982)
  • Paul Winter: Canyon (1985)
  • Rickey Woodard: California Cooking (1991)
  • Jimmy Woods: Awakening (1962)
  • George Shearing: Spell (1955)
  • Sonny Simmons: Music From The Spheres (1966)
  • Leni Stern: Clairvoyant (1985)
  • Leni Stern: Secrets (1988)
  • Sonny Simmons: Backwoods Suite (1982)
  • Sonny Simmons: Ancient Ritual (1992)
  • Enrico Rava: The Pilgrim and the Stars (1975)
  • Paul Plimley: Everything in Stage (1995)
  • Zoot Sims: Tonite's Music Today (1956)
  • Lonnie Liston Smith: Expansions (1974)
  • Mike Stern: Jigsaw (1989)
  • Paul Plimley: Sensology (1998)
  • Bill Pierce: William The Conqueror (1985)
  • Jean-Luc Ponty: Experience (1969)
  • Tito Puente: Top Percussion (1957)
  • Dudu Pukwana: Diamond Express (1975)
  • Bill Pierce: Equilateral (1988)
  • Jean-Luc Ponty: Sonata Erotica (1975)
  • Jean-Luc Ponty: Cosmic Messenger (1978)
  • Charles Noyes: Free Mammals (1980)
  • Maceo Parker: Roots Rivisited (1990)
  • Harvie Swartz: Underneath It All (1980)
  • Gabor Szabo: Gypsy (1965)
  • Maceo Parker: Life on Planet Groove (1992)
  • Marilyn Crispell: Spirit Music (1981)
  • Andre Previn: My Fair Lady (1964)
  • James Spaulding: Brilliant Corners (1988)
  • James Spaulding: Gotstabe A Better Way (1988)
  • Tommy Flanagan: Jazz Poet (1989)
  • Philip Catherine: I Remember You (1990)
  • Grover Washington: Mister Magic (1975)
  • Tim Weisberg: Tim Weisberg (1971)
  • Grover Washington: Winelight (1980)
  • Grover Washington: Inner City Blues (1971)
  • Tete Montoliu: Music for Perla (1974)
  • Frank Sinatra: Songs for Young Lovers (1955)
  • Maynard Ferguson: Chameleon (1974)
  • Mel Torme`: Touch (1956)
  • Cassandra Wilson: Blue Skies (1988)
  • Sarah Vaughan: Sarah Vaughan (1954)
A History of Jazz Music
A History of Blues Music
Year by year:
By instrument:
Masters of Jazz

History of Jazz


Most significant works of music 1950-1990
(Just a teaser: i don't guarantee consistency with the genre-based rankings)
  1. Shostakovic: Symphony No 15 (1971) [classical]
  2. Karlheinz Stockhausen: Gesang der Junglinge (1956) [classical]
  3. Charles Mingus: The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady (1963) [jazz]
  4. Boulez: Repons (1980) [classical]
  5. Carter: Symphony of Three Orchestras (1977) [classical]
  6. Ligeti: Double concerto (1972) [classical]
  7. Captain Beefheart: Trout Mask Replica (1969) [rock]
  8. Lutoslawski: Sinfonia 3 (1983) [classical]
  9. John Coltrane: A Love Supreme (1964) [jazz]
  10. Part: Tabula rasa (1977) [classical]
  11. Robert Wyatt: Rock Bottom (1974) [rock]
  12. Gerhard: Concerto for Orchestra (1965) [classical]
  13. Faust (1971) [rock]
  14. Penderecki: Hiroshima Threnody (1960) [classical]
  15. Terry Riley: Rainbow in Curved Air (1968) [electronica]
  16. Jon Hassell: Dream Theory In Malaya (1981) [electronica]
  17. Meredith Monk: Dolmen Music (1981) [classical]
  18. John Fahey: Fare Forward Voyagers (1971) [folk]
  19. Albert Ayler: Witches and Devils (1964) [jazz]
  20. Velvet Underground & Nico (1967) [rock]
  21. Sun Ra: Atlantis (1967) [jazz]
  22. Balakauskas: Ostrobothnian Symphony (1989) [classical]
  23. Cecil Taylor: Unit Structures (1966) [jazz]
  24. Klaus Schulze: Irrlicht (1972) [electronica]
  25. Schnittke: Concerto Grosso 5 (1991) [classical]
  26. Feldman: Rothko Chapel (1971) [classical]
  27. Miles Davis: Kind Of Blue (1959) [jazz]
  28. Partch: Revelation (1960) [classical]
  29. Tubin: Symphony 8 (196x) [classical]
  30. Don Cherry: Mu (1969) [jazz]
  31. Ljubica: Byzantine Concerto (1959) [classical]
  32. Reich: Drumming (1971) [classical]
  33. Carla Bley: Escalator Over The Hill (1971) [jazz]
  34. Art Ensemble of Chicago: Les Stances A Sophie (1970) [jazz]
  35. Maxwell Davies: Vesalii Icones (1969) [classical]
  36. Harrison: La koro-sutro (1972) [classical]
  37. Xenakis: Orient Occident (1960) [classical]
  38. Steve Roach: Dreamtime Return (1988) [electronica]
  39. Tippett: Mask of Time (1982) [classical]
See The Best of Classical Music
and
The Best of Rock Music

Most significant works of music, 1990s

  1. Rock music
  2. Jazz music
  3. New-age music
  4. Classical music

A few notes on my criteria (all of them politically incorrect):
  • Not represented here (because they lived before the age of "albums"): Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Stan Getz, Fats Waller, Scott Joplin, Louis Armostrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Charlie Parker, Stephane Grappelli, Earl Hines, Woody Herman, Jelly Roll Morton, Tommy Dorsey, Johnny Hodges, Count Basie, Chet Baker, Charlie Christian, Art Tatum, Lester Young, Benny Goodman, Fletcher Henderson, King Oliver, Bix Beiderbecke, Kid Ory, Glenn Miller, Bud Powell, Artie Shaw, Jack Teagarden, Joe Venuti, early Duke Ellington, early Coleman Hawkins
  • No anthologies/compilations.
  • The date of a recording is generally the date... of the recording (not the date the album was commercially introduced by a music label). If an album was made in 1954 but not sold until 1993, the date of the recording is 1954.
  • Personally, I get rather bored listening to the 100th version of a "standard". Therefore I tend to reward original compositions over covers. A well-played album of covers is... a well-played album of covers. An album of great compositions is... a masterpiece by that composer. (Incidentally, most jazz "standards" are not much better than pop songs, and often they actually "are" pop songs, something that, personally, I don't find very interesting).
  • Ditto for live albums. Live albums are usually... bad albums. The improvised format rarely yields good music. A studio album has been made (hopefully) by selecting the best takes of a piece. The odds that a live version is as good as a studio version are rather slim. Which is exactly what I keep finding in live albums: bad versions of studio cuts.
  • I am not too interested in the instrumental technique. I am more interested in emotion than in technique. Traditionally, jazz has been associated with technique (an odd mis-interpretation of the original spirit of Afro-american music by white intellectuals). I do not enjoy listening to music for the sake of a brilliant solo. That solo has to deliver emotion. If it is technically breathtaking but does not deliver any emotion, that musician is not very interesting to me. There is a difference, in my opinion, between a juggler and an artist. If the playing is barely passable, but it delivers a lot of emotion, that musician is a genius.
  • I listed very few albums of the 1990s because I still need to do some research. It takes many years to find out about "obscure" recordings which are not necessarily less significant than the famous ones.
  • This list is a meant as a sort of "history of jazz", not as a "recommended discography". For example, it does not include anthologies/compilations. If I had to recommend a discography, in many cases I would recommend an anthology over three/four of the original albums. Jazz musicians tend to record too many albums on the fly, rather than stop, think, rehearse and then record. This results in very poor quality compared with, say, classical music.
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