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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