In 1917, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band became the first jazz group to make a recording. Since that faithful moment in history thousands of recordings have been made by some of the most creative and dynamic artists in jazz, all of whom have been enthusiastically accepted by the public. Many of these phonograph records have now become certified classic examples of artistic impressions. As jazz is America's most original art form, so are numerous albums that have been recorded by any number of these monumental influences. One of Jus' Jazz's primary goals is to educate the listening public about the relevance of jazz as an art form and inform jazz aficionados about the music's value as an entertainment outlet. From the Archives takes a look back at some of the most influential figures in jazz. Connoisseurs of this unique style of music will become apprised of some of the finest jazz recordings in existence. Beginners wishing to understand the contributions made by the great masters can also benefit from these listings. Although this list is by no means complete or conclusive, these albums have been chosen to highlight relevant innovators whose intuitive creative spirit has definitely come from within. In my mind, these individuals can be considered geniuses in their own right, while making jazz an endearing and timeless art form.
Kind of Blue Miles Davis A Love Supreme John Coltrane Time Out Dave Brubeck A Day in the Life Wes Montgomery Song For My Father Horace Silver Out To Lunch Eric Dolphy Take Five Carmen McRae Phenix Cannonball Adderley Speak No Evil Wayne Shorter Heavy Weather Weather Report Sidewinder Lee Morgan Study In Brown Clifford Brown Maiden Voyage Herbie Hancock Spectrum Billy Cobham Percussion Bitter Sweet Max Roach The Real McCoy McCoy Tyner Idle Moments Grant Green Romantic Warrior Return To Forever Moanin’ Art Blakey Night Hawk Coleman Hawkins Mister Magic Grover Washington, Jr. Sarah Sings Soulfully Sarah Vaughan Blues & Roots Charles Mingus Invitation To Openess Les McCann Caliente Gato Barbieri Breezin’ George Benson Money Jungle Duke Ellington Out Of The Cool Gil Evans Thembi Pharoah Sanders Eastern Sounds Yusef Lateef Configuration Sam Rivers Party Time Arnett Cobb Captain Fingers Lee Ritenour April in Paris Count Basie Orchestra Lady Day Billie Holiday We Free Kings Rahsaan Roland Kirk Fontessa Modern Jazz Quartet Memorial Clifford Brown Jazz Giant Benny Carter Byrd At The Gate Charlie Byrd Quiet Kenny Kenny Dorham Great Times Duke Ellington Touch John Klemmer Black Byrd Donald Byrd Waltz For Debby Bill Evans Ella À Nice Ella Fitzgerald High Pressure Red Garland Abby Is Blue Abby Lincoln Brilliant Corners Theolonious Monk Bird At St. Nick’s Charlie Parker
Mulligan Meets Monk Gerry Mulligan Intensity Charlie Pepper The Good Life Oscar Peterson Trio Butterfly Dreams Flora Purim Soulville Ben Webster Sugar Stanley Turrentine Sonny Side Up Dizzy Gillespie Cool Imagination Paul Desmond Oblique Bobby Hutcherson Boss Horn Blue Mitchell I Wanna Be Loved Dinah Washington Letter From Home Pat Metheny Timeless John Abercrombie Jazz In Silhouette Sun Ra Blue & Sentimental Ike Quebec Concert By The Sea Erroll Garner Plays W.C. Handy Louis Armstrong Giant Steps John Coltrane Unit Structures Cecil Taylor Renaissance Lonnie Liston Smith Bumpin’ Wes Montgomery Little Girl Blue Nina Simone New York Jazz Sonny Stitt Gula Matari Quincy Jones Mosaic Art Blakey Mingus Ah Um Charles Mingus Straight Ahead Oliver Nelson Nice ‘N’ Easy Frank Sinatra Second Movement Eddie Harris Bitches Brew Miles Davis Another Git Together Art Farmer Chain Reaction The Crusaders Live At Newport Herbie Mann Thrust Herbie Hancock Airmail Special Billy Eckstine Hub Tones Freddie Hubbard Great Day James Moody Zawinul Joe Zawinul Soul Sauce Cal Tjader Monk’s Dream Thelonious Monk Somethin’ Else Cannonball Adderley Sax Colossus Sonny Rollins Solo Flight Charlie Christian Jammin’ With Lester Lester Young Moment of Truth Gerald Wilson Life Time Tony Williams El Corazón Don Cherry Invitation Jaco Pastorius At Storyville Gerry Mulligan The Sermon Jimmy Smith
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