Essential Jazz Albums?

So I've been trying to get more into Jazz recently. I downloaded "Kind of Blue" by Miles Davis along with a few songs by Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Roy Haynes, Duke Ellington, and Dizzy Gillespie. I was wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of some essential Jazz albums or at least some of your favorites.

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  • 7 years ago
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    Chet Baker Live 64 & 79

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    Thelonious Monk - Live in '66, Full Concert -Full Album

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    The Best of John Coltrane

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    ( Giant Steps & Equinox exceptional)

    John Coltrane Live in 1960, 1961, 1965 ~Full Album

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    Bill Evans Trio on Jazz 625 full

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    Find any & All on this man. Gerald Wilson Orchestra.

    Viva Tirado

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    Oliver Nelson - The Blues and the Abstract Truth (Full Album)

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    Paul Chambers Go (Full-Album)

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    The Dave Brubeck Quartet "Time Out" full album

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    Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie (full special is there but in parts)

    Her rendition of this song blew me away when I was very young.

    Blues In The Night

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    Just can't do Jazz without Lady Ella.

    Look for Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker...Lord so many more as in hundreds. Enjoy


  • 7 years ago

    Duke Ellington - At Newport (big band)

    The Quintet - Jazz at Massey Hall (bebop)

    Max Roach - Jazz in ¾ Time (bebop)

    Miles Davis - Birth of the Cool (cool jazz)

    Dave Brubeck - Time Out (cool jazz)

    Thelonious Monk - Brilliant Corners (hardbop)

    John Coltrane - Blue Train (hardbop)

    Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um (hardbop)

    Sun Ra - Space Is The Place (avant-garde)

    Eric Dolphy - Out To Lunch (avant-garde)

    Miles Davis - Bitches Brew (fusion)

    Billy Cobham - Spectrum (fusion)

    Tito Puente - Dance Mania (latin)

    Machito - Kenya (latin)

    Cachao Lopez - Master Sessions Volume I (latin)

    or any collection you can get by

    Louis Armstrong

    Cab Calloway


    Django Reinhardt

    oh yea and

    Ella Fitzgerald if you want some good vocal jazz.

    (or if you wanna hear some awesome scat singing)

  • muncy
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    I do not have a first-class capabilities of jazz but that is what i would decide on: colossal Steps - John Coltrane My favourite matters - John Coltrane Blue educate - John Coltrane A Love Supreme - John Coltrane sort Of Blue - Miles Davis Bitches Brew - Miles Davis In A Silent way - Miles Davis Black Saint And The Sinner girl - Charles Mingus Mingus Ah Um - Charles Mingus Saxophone Colossus - Sonny Rollins

  • 7 years ago

    (artist- album title)

    Return To Forever- Romantic Warrior

    Mahavishnu Orchestra- Inner Mounting Flame

    Miles Davis- Bitches Brew

    Soft Machine- Bundles

    Steve Hackett- Voyage of the Acolyte

    Stanley Clarke- School Days

    Weather Report- Heavy Weather

    Bill Bruford- One of a Kind

    Billy Cobham- Spectrum

    Gateway- Gateway

    Brand X- Unorthodox Behavior

    Have an exciting journey through jazz my friend :)

    Source(s): My Itunes and previous knowledge of jazz
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  • 7 years ago

    Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out

    Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time In

    Also, this Swedish trio is good: Esbjorn Svensson Trio

  • 7 years ago

    James Brown released an album,

    --Jazz--as its TITLE!

    On a whim upon seeing it (unbeknownst

    of its existence prior), I purchased it and

    that night listened to it 3 times in a row!

    A most pleasant surprise.

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