Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ten Jazz Albums to Hear Before You Die

Yes, that's more than ten. Sue me.
The Village Voice (an ace website by the way) has listed ten jazz albums, that, in their opinion, you must hear before you die.

Now obviously we cannot have a definitive list, especially that ten is too small for such a historical and diverse genre... but never the less some of them are spot on.

Here's the list (the full link is [here] ) : 
10. The Shape of Jazz to Come - Ornette Coleman
9. The Bridge - Sonny Rollins
8. Head Hunters - Herbie Hancock
7. Ella and Louis - Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
6. Bitches Brew - Miles Davis
5. Monk's Dream - Thelonious Monk
4. Time Out - Dave Brubeck
3. Ah Um - Charles Mingus
2. Blue Train - John Coltrane
1. Kind of Blue - Miles Davis
Miles Davis gets two mentions, and Kind of Blue is obviously number one... it's too important to be anything less. Nice to see Coltrane at number two, but I might have suggested A Love Supreme instead. Seeing two forward thinking albums like Ah Um and A Shape to Jazz to Come was great... Head Hunters and Bitches are tributes to a  more electric sound of jazz.

Well other than the Ella/Louis album (since I'm not really into vocal jazz) I don't think this is a bad list overall! 

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