Monday, May 21, 2012

Top 10 Jazz Albums for People who don't Know Sh** about Jazz

LA Weekly [posted] a list of albums they think would get non-jazz fans to get into the genre.

In my opinion, 10 albums is not enough for such a broad style of music; you have atleast 10 mainstream styles of jazz... each having it's own masters and followers.

That being said, they did not mention the most influential of albums such as "Kind of Blue" by Miles Davis (instead they mentioned "A Tribute to Jack Johnson"... I mean come on!) and NO mention of Charlie Parker or John Coltrane's solo albums (that alone is a crime). I also would have preferred Art Blakey's "Moanin'" over "Free for All". Nice to see Jaco Pastorius though!

Let the debate begin:
10) Sarah Vaughan
Live at Mr. Kelly's (1957)

9) Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers
Free For All (1964)

8) Ray Bryant
Alone with the Blues (1958)

7) Ambrose Akinmusire
When the Heart Emerges Glistening (2009)

6) Jaco Pastorius
Jaco Pastorius (1976)

5) Duke Ellington/Charles Mingus/Max Roach
Money Jungle (1963)

4) Miles Davis
A Tribute to Jack Johnson (1971)

3) Thelonious Monk/John Coltrane
Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane (1957)

2) Wes Montgomery w/ Wynton Kelly trio
Smokin' at the Half Note (1965)

1) Dizzy Gillespie
At Newport (1957)

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