The 100 Jazz Albums That Shook the World

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    The list The 100 Jazz Albums That Shook the World was published in 2006 to mark the hundredth issue of the British music magazine Jazzwise.

    It features all albums selected by Jazzwise editor Jon Newey and Keith Shadwick, with advice and commentary from authors Stuart Nicholson, Brian Priestley, Duncan Heining, Kevin Le Gendre, Charles Alexander and Tom Barlow.

    The title of the list is a nod to The Wire’s previous 1998 compilation 100 Records That Set the World on Fire (While No One Was Listening).

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    RangArtist/BandAlbum TitleLabelYear
    1Miles DavisKind of BlueColumbia1959
    2John ColtraneA Love SupremeImpulse!1964
    3Ornette ColemanThe Shape of Jazz to ComeAtlantic1959
    4Bill Evans TrioSunday at the Village VanguardRiverside1961
    5Sonny RollinsSaxophone ColossusPrestige1956
    6Thelonious MonkBrilliant CornersRiverside1956
    7Charles MingusMingus Ah UmColumbia1959
    8Charlie ParkerBird: The Complete Original Master Takes. The Savoy RecordingsSavoy Jazz1945–1948
    9Miles DavisBitches BrewColumbia1969
    10Keith JarrettThe Köln ConcertECM1975
    11John ColtraneGiant StepsAtlantic1959
    12Eric DolphyOut to Lunch!Blue Note1964
    13Louis ArmstrongThe Complete Hot Fives and Hot Seven RecordingsColumbia1925–1930
    14Duke EllingtonThe Blanton-Webster BandRCA Bluebird1940–1942
    15Mahavishnu OrchestraThe Inner Mounting FlameColumbia1971
    16Albert AylerSpiritual UnityESP-Disk1964
    17Herbie HancockHead HuntersColumbia1973
    18Dave BrubeckTime OutColumbia1959
    19Ornette ColemanFree JazzAtlantic1960
    20Weather ReportHeavy WeatherColumbia1976
    21Ahmad JamalAt the Pershing: But Not for MeArgo1958
    22Jelly Roll MortonVolume 1JSP1926–1928
    23Frank SinatraSongs for Swingin’ LoversCapitol1955–1956
    24Wes MontgomeryThe Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes MontgomeryRiverside1960
    25Modern Jazz QuartetFontessaAtlantic1956
    26Bud PowellThe Genius of Bud PowellClef/Verve1951/52
    27Cecil TaylorAt the Café MontmartreDebut1962
    28Art BlakeyMoanin’Blue Note1958
    29Herbie HancockMaiden VoyageBlue Note1965
    30Stan Getz/João GilbertoGetz/GilbertoVerve1965
    31Pat MethenyBright Size LifeECM1976
    32Jimmy SmithA New Sound… A New Star…Blue Note1956
    33Jan GarbarekAfric PepperbirdECM1970
    34Woody HermanThe Thundering HerdsColumbia1945–1947
    35Duke EllingtonEllington at NewportColumbia1956
    36Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter SongbookVerve1956
    37Charles MingusThe Black Saint and the Sinner LadyImpulse!1963
    38Cannonball AdderleySomethin’ ElseBlue Note1959
    39Tony Williams LifetimeEmergency!Polydor1969
    40Billie HolidayBillie Holiday at JATPClef/Verve1945–1946
    41Chick CoreaReturn to ForeverECM1971
    42Stan GetzFocusVerve1961
    43Miles DavisSketches of SpainColumbia1960
    44George RussellThe Jazz WorkshopRCA Victor1956
    45John ColtraneImpressionsImpulse!1961–1963
    46Andrew HillPoint of DepartureBlue Note1964
    47Sonny RollinsThe BridgeRCA Victor1962
    48Sun RaThe Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Vol. 1ESP-Disk1965
    49Dizzy GillespieShaw ’NuffMusicraft1945/46
    50Lennie TristanoTristanoAtlantic1955
    51John ZornNaked CityElektra/Nonesuch1989
    52John McLaughlinExtrapolationMarmalade1969
    53Pharoah SandersKarmaImpulse!1969
    54Lester YoungLester Young/Buddy Rich TrioVerve1946
    55John ColtraneAscensionImpulse!1965
    56Art Ensemble of ChicagoA Jackson in Your HouseBYG Actuel1969
    57Horace SilverSong for My FatherBlue Note1963/64
    58Clifford Brown/Max Roach QuintetClifford Brown and Max RoachEmArcy1954
    59Coleman HawkinsBody and SoulRCA Bluebird1939–1956
    60Peter Brötzmann OctetMachine GunFMP1969
    61Miles DavisBirth of the CoolCapitol1949/50
    62Count BasieThe Atomic Mr. BasieRoulette1957
    63Archie SheppFour for TraneImpulse!1964
    64Brad MehldauArt of the Trio Vol. 3Warner1998
    65Gerry MulliganGerry Mulligan QuartetPacific Jazz1952
    66Gil EvansThe Individualism of Gil EvansVerve1963/64
    67John HandyLive at Monterey Jazz FestivalColumbia1965
    68Esbjörn Svensson TrioFrom Gagarin’s Point of ViewACT1999
    69Stan TraceyJazz Suite Inspired by Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk WoodEMI/Columbia1965
    70Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim)African MarketplaceElektra/Musician1980
    71Wayne ShorterSpeak No EvilBlue Note1964
    72Thelonious MonkGenius of Modern Music – Vol 1Blue Note1947
    73Roland KirkRip, Rig and PanicLimelight1965
    74Herbie HancockThe New StandardVerve1996
    75Oscar PetersonNight TrainVerve1962
    76Charles LloydDream WeaverAtlantic1965
    77Art TatumThe Genius of Art Tatum No. 1Clef1953
    78Betty CarterThe Audience with Betty CarterBetcar1979
    79Oliver NelsonThe Blues and the Abstract TruthImpulse!1961
    80John SurmanTales of the AlgonquinDeram1971
    81Eberhard WeberThe Colours of ChloëECM1973
    82Steve Coleman and the Five ElementsThe Tao of Mad Phat: Fringe ZonesRCA/Novus1993
    83Diana KrallLove ScenesImpulse!1997
    84Anthony BraxtonFor AltoDelmark1969
    85Krzysztof KomedaAstigmaticNagrania Muza1965
    86Steps AheadSteps AheadElektra/Musician1983
    87Django ReinhardtRétrospective 1934–53Saga1934–1953
    88Joe Harriott-John Mayer Double QuintetIndo-Jazz SuiteEMI Columbia1965
    89Jackie McLeanLet Freedom RingBlue Note1962
    90Charlie HadenLiberation Music OrchestraImpulse! Records1969
    91Music Improvisation CompanyMusic Improvisation CompanyECM1970
    92Sarah VaughanSarah Vaughan with Clifford BrownEmArcy1954
    93Jan JohanssonJazz på svenskaMegafon1962–1964
    94Cassandra WilsonBlue Light ’Til DawnBlue Note1993
    95Wynton MarsalisBlack Codes from the UndergroundColumbia1985
    96Medeski, Martin & WoodCombusticationBlue Note1998
    97Tomasz StańkoSoul of ThingsECM2001
    98Courtney PineJourney to the Urge WithinAntilles1986
    99The Bad PlusThese Are the VistasColumbia2005
    100Polar BearHeld On the Tips of FingersBabel2004–2005

    M I L E S D A V I S – Kind Of Blue – Full Album

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    So what 00:00 Freddie Freeloader 9:26 Blue In Green 19:13 All Blues 24:51 Flamenco Sketches 36:34 On Green Dolphin Street 45:46 Fran – Dance 55:40 Stella by Starlight 1:01:28 Love for Sale 1:06:14

    Kind of Blue is a studio album by American jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Miles Davis. It was recorded on March 2 and April 22, 1959, at Columbia’s 30th Street Studio in New York City, and released on August 17 of that year by Columbia Records.

    For the recording, Davis led a sextet featuring saxophonists John Coltrane and Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, pianist Bill Evans, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb, with new band pianist Wynton Kelly appearing on one track – “Freddie Freeloader” – in place of Evans.

    Influenced in part by Evans, who had joined the ensemble in 1958, Davis departed further from his early hard bop style in favor of greater experimentation with musical modes, as on his previous album Milestones (1958).

    Basing Kind of Blue entirely on modality, he gave each performer a set of scales that encompassed the parameters of their improvisation and style, and consequently more creative freedom with melodies; Coltrane later expanded on this modal approach in his own solo career.

    Kind of Blue is regarded by many critics as Davis’s masterpiece, the greatest jazz record, and one of the best albums of all time. Its impact on music, including jazz, rock, and classical genres, has led writers to also deem it one of the most influential albums ever recorded.

    The album was one of fifty recordings chosen in 2002 by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry, and in 2003 it was ranked number 12 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2019, Kind of Blue was certified 5× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of at least five million copies.


    Miles Davis – trumpet

    Julian “Cannonball” Adderley – alto saxophone except on “Blue in Green” and bonus disc track “So What”

    John Coltrane – tenor saxophone

    Bill Evans – piano except on “Freddie Freeloader” and bonus disc track “So What”

    Wynton Kelly – piano on “Freddie Freeloader” and bonus disc track “So What”

    Paul Chambers – double bass Jimmy Cobb – drums

    John Coltrane – A Love Supreme [Full Album] (1965)

    Part I – Acknowledgement 0:00 Part II – Resolution 7:42 Part III – Pursuance 15:02 Part IV – Psalm 25:44


    John Coltrane — bandleader, liner notes, vocals, soprano and tenor saxophone

    Jimmy Garrison — double bass

    Elvin Jones — drums

    McCoy Tyner — piano

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    Ornette Coleman – The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959)

    00:00 Lonely Woman (1959) 04:56 Eventually (1959) 09:14 Peace (1959) 18:11 Focus On Sanity (1959) 24:58 Congeniality (Nomad) (1959) 31:40 Chronology (Step In) (1959)


    Ornette Coleman – alto saxophone
    Don Cherry – cornet
    Charlie Haden – bass
    Billy Higgins – drums

    Bill Evans – Sunday at the Village Vanguard

    Track listing

    "Gloria's Step" (take 2) (Scott LaFaro) – 6:09
    "My Man's Gone Now" (George Gershwin) – 6:21
    "Solar" (Miles Davis) – 8:52
    "Alice in Wonderland" (take 2) (Sammy Fain) – 8:34
    "All of You" (take 2) (Cole Porter) – 8:17
    "Jade Visions" (take 2) (Scott LaFaro) – 3:44

    Bonus tracks on CD:

    "Gloria's Step" (take 3) – 6:54
    "Alice in Wonderland" (take 1) – 6:59
    "All of You" (take 3) – 8:03
    "Jade Visions" (take 1) – 4:16


    Bill Evans – piano
    Scott LaFaro – bass
    Paul Motian – drums

    Sonny Rollins – Saxophone Colossus

    Track listing
    Side one
    No. Title Writer(s) Length

    1. “St. Thomas” Sonny Rollins 6:49
    2. “You Don’t Know What Love Is” Gene de Paul, Don Raye 6:30
    3. “Strode Rode” Sonny Rollins 5:17
      Side two
      No. Title Writer(s) Length
    4. “Moritat” Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht 10:05
    5. “Blue 7” Sonny Rollins 11:17
      Personnel Sonny Rollins – tenor saxophone
      Tommy Flanagan – piano
      Doug Watkins – bass
      Max Roach – drums

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