The 100 Jazz Albums That Shook the World

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Kind of Blue

1
1959
Miles Davis

A Love Supreme

2
1964
John Coltrane

The Shape of Jazz To Come

3
1959
Ornette Coleman

Sunday At The Village Vanguard

4
1961
Bill Evans Trio

Saxophone Colossus

5
1956
Sonny Rollins

Brilliant Corners

6
1956
Thelonious Monk

Mingus Ah Um

7
1959
Charles Mingus

Bird: The Complete Original Master Takes. The Savoy Recordings

8
1948
Charlie Parker

Bitches Brew

9
1969
Miles Davis

The Köln Concert

10
1975
Keith Jarrett

Giant Steps

11
1959
John Coltrane

Out to Lunch

12
1964
Eric Dolphy

Complete Hot Fives and Sevens

13
1930
Louis Armstrong

The Blanton-Webster Band

14
1942
Duke Ellington

Inner Mounting Flame

15
1971
Mahavishnu Orchestra

Spiritual Unity

16
1964
Albert Ayler Trio

Head Hunters

17
1972
Herbie Hancock

Time Out

18
1959
Dave Brubeck

Free Jazz

19
1960
Ornette Coleman

Heavy Weather

20
1976
Weather Report

At The Pershing: But Not For Me

21
1958
Ahmad Jamal

Volume 1

22
1928
Jelly Roll Morton

Songs For Swingin’ Lovers

23
1956
Frank Sinatra

The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery

24
1960
Wes Montgomery

Fontessa

25
1956
Modern Jazz Quartet

The Genius of Bud Powell

26
1952
Bud Powell

At The Café Montmartre

27
1962
Cecil Taylor

Moanin’

28
1958
Art Blakey

Maiden Voyage

29
1965
Herbie Hancock

Getz / Gilberto

30
1965
Stan Getz / Joao Gilberto

Bright Size Life

31
1976
Pat Metheny

A New Sound, A New Star

32
1956
Jimmy Smith

Afric Pepperbird

33
1970
Jan Garbarek

The Thundering Herds

34
1947
Woody Herman

Ellington At Newport

35
1956
Duke Ellington

Sings The Cole Porter Songbook

36
1956
Ella Fitzgerald

The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady

37
1963
Charles Mingus

Somethin’ Else

38
1959
Cannonball Adderley

Emergency!

39
1969
Tony Williams Lifetime

At JATP

40
1946
Billie Holiday

Return To Forever

41
1971
Chick Corea

Focus

42
1961
Stan Getz

Sketches Of Spain

43
1960
Miles Davis

The Jazz Workshop

44
1956
George Russell

Impressions

45
1963
John Coltrane

Point of Departure

46
1964
Andrew Hill

The Bridge

47
1962
Sonny Rollins

The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra Volume 1

48
1965
Sun Ra

Shaw ’Nuff

49
1946
Dizzy Gillespie

Tristano

50
1955
Lennie Tristano

Naked City

51
1989
John Zorn

Extrapolation

52
1969
John McLaughlin

Karma

53
1969
Pharoah Sanders

Lester Young / Buddy Rich Trio

54
1946
Lester Young

Ascension

55
1965
John Coltrane

A Jackson in Your House

56
1969
Art Ensemble of Chicago

Song For My Father

57
1964
Horace Silver

Clifford Brown and Max Roach

58
1954
Clifford Brown / Max Roach Quintet

Body And Soul

59
1956
Coleman Hawkins

Machine Gun

60
1969
Peter Brötzmann Octet

Birth of the Cool

61
1950
Miles Davis

The Atomic Mr Basie

62
1957
Count Basie

Four For Trane

63
1964
Archie Shepp

Art Of The Trio Vol.3

64
1998
Brad Mehldau

Gerry Mulligan Quartet

65
1952
Gerry Mulligan

The Individualism of Gil Evans

66
1964
Gil Evans

Live At Monterey Jazz Festival

67
1965
John Handy

From Gagarin’s Point Of View

68
1999
Esbjörn Svensson Trio

Jazz Suite Inspired By Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood

69
1965
Stan Tracey

African Marketplace

70
1980
Dollar Brand

Speak No Evil

71
1964
Wayne Shorter

The Genius Of Modern Music, Vol. 1

72
1947
Thelonious Monk

Rip, Rig & Panic

73
1965
Roland Kirk

The New Standard

74
1996
Herbie Hancock

Night Train

75
1962
Oscar Peterson

Dream Weaver

76
1965
Charles Lloyd

The Genius of Art Tatum No.1

77
1953
Art Tatum

The Audience With Betty Carter

78
1979
Betty Carter

The Blues And The Abstract Truth

79
1961
Oliver Nelson

Tales Of The Algonquin

80
1971
John Surman

The Colours of Chloë

81
1973
Eberhard Weber

The Tao Of Mad Phat: Fringe Zones

82
1993
Steve Coleman And Five Elements

Love Scenes

83
1997
Diana Krall

For Alto

84
1969
Anthony Braxton

Astigmatic

85
1965
Krzysztof Komeda

Steps Ahead

86
1983
Steps Ahead

Rétrospective 1934-53

87
1953
Django Reinhardt

Indo-Jazz Suite

88
1965
Joe Harriott-John Mayer Double Quintet

Let Freedom Ring

89
1962
Jackie McLean

Liberation Music Orchestra

90
1969
Charlie Haden

Music Improvisation Company

91
1970
Music Improvisation Company

Sarah Vaughan

92
1954
Sarah Vaughan

Jazz På Svenska

93
1964
Jan Johanssen

Blue Light ’Til Dawn

94
1993
Cassandra Wilson

Soul Of Things

97
2001
Tomasz Stanko

Combustication

96
1998
Medeski, Martin and Wood

Black Codes From The Underground

95
1985
Wynton Marsalis

Journey To The Urge Within

98
1986
Courtney Pine

These Are The Vistas

99
2005
The Bad Plus

Held On The Tips of Fingers

100
2005
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