#1
Hey, I used the search button and couldn't find anything on really great jazz albums so I think it would be cool to make one. I will start out with Kinda Blues by Miles Davis.
#2
That is a great start. Any of the albums that Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery did together are a necessity. Pick up Headhunters by Herbie Hancock.
#3
A bit more contemporary, anything by Brad Mehldau is really good. I'm also quite partial to Charlie Parker
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#5
I've recently picked up 'Brain' by Hiromi Uehara.
Great stuff. Jazz purists might not like it though.
#6
A Love Supreme
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#7
Midnight Blue by Kenny Burrell
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#8
Somethin' Else-Cannonball Adderley
Blue Train-John Coltrane
My Favorite Things-John Coltrane
The Incredible Jazz Guitar-Wes Montgomery
Smokin' at the Half Note-Wes Montgomery
Song for my Father-Horace Silver
Moanin'-Art Blakey

A Short List
#9
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Take five.

You mean Time Out by Dave Brubeck

Others:
Heavy Weather-Weather Report
Giant Steps-John Coltrane
Mingus Ah Um- Charles Mingus
#10
Sunday At The Village Vanguard - Bill Evans Evans Trio
Sketches of Spain - Miles Davis
Bags Meets Wes! - Milt Jackson and Wes Montgomery
#11
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Kinda Blues by Miles Davis.


Kind of Blue

Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Collosus
Joe Pass - Virtuoso
Louis Armstrong - The Hot Fives & Sevens
Oscar Peterson Trio - Night Train
Thelonious Monk - With John Coltrane
Charlie Parker - Complete Savoy and Dial Sessions
Django Reinhardt - Quintette du Hot Club de France
Duke Ellington - With John Coltrane
Stan Getz - For Musicians Only
#12
Pat metheny-Still life
John Coltrane- A Love Supreme
Weather Report- I Sing the Body Electric
Chick Corea- Inner Space
The Jaco Pastorius Anthology
#15
eric dolphy - out to lunch
thelonious monk - brilliant corners
coltrane - my favorite things
coleman - the shape of jazz to come
miles - birth of the cool
bird and diz
mingus - the black saint and the sinner lady
sonny rollins - saxophone colossus


in addition to the great ones above. obviously this is different if you want guitar jazz, but most of the greatest figures of jazz are not guitarists.
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#16
My jazz collection is relatively small, but these are the ones I really like from what I've got:

Cannonball Adderley, "Somethin' Else" (Blue Note)
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, "Moanin'" (Blue Note)
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, "Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers" (Impulse)
Miles Davis, "Sketches of Spain" (Columbia)
Dexter Gordon, "Dexter Calling" (Blue Note)
Dexter Gordon, "Go!" (Blue Note)
Dexter Gordon, "A Swingin' Affair" (Blue Note)
Hank Mobley, "Soul Station" (Blue Note)
Hank Mobley, "Workout" (Blue Note)
Sonny Rollins, "Saxophone Colossus" (Prestige)
Horace Silver, "Song For My Father" (Blue Note)
The Lester Young-Teddy Wilson Quartet, "Pres and Teddy" (Verve)
#17
"Moonlight In Vermont" by Johnny Smith
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#18
Quote by kmbuchamushroom
You mean Time Out by Dave Brubeck

Others:
Heavy Weather-Weather Report
Giant Steps-John Coltrane
Mingus Ah Um- Charles Mingus


lol i thought this thread was about essential SONGS... but yeh time out is an essential album...
#21
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You mean Time Out by Dave Brubeck


Thank you, I was looking for the name of that album but couldn't remember it.

Herbie Hancock - Headhunters
Soulive - Next
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
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#22
Downloaded Some Herbie, i realy like it .. Any other Jazz Essentials i should look up?
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#23
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I've recently picked up 'Brain' by Hiromi Uehara.
Great stuff. Jazz purists might not like it though.

I thought myself to be one, then I listened to Hiromi and fell in love right on the spot.
I'm a huge fan of her ever since.
#24
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Miles Davis - Bitches Brew


I just picked that up, been looking forward to having it for a while.

Any Billie Holliday essentials?
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#25
Lady Day's records are mostly assembled as best of pacakges these days, considering she recorded hundreds of short vinyls. If you were to pick-up The Essential Billie Holiday package, you would probably be satisfied. If you wanted more go for the Complete Commodore recordings or the like.
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#26
Alright, I'll check them out. That woman had fantastic pipes!
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#27
An interesting tidbit that I learned recently was that she actually had quite the limited range. However, she had an amazing sense for phrasing and how to inject drama into a song. A legend she was for sure.
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#28
Yeah, I haven't heard her really do much with her voice yet, it just sounds great, very natural. Btw, did she write all of her own music and lyrics?
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#29
As was common for the time, she did not write much of here own music. She usually sung standards and pieces by other song writers, adding her own flair to the songs as was the practice.
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#30
Yeah, I thought so. What about lyrics? They seemed to personal and 'characterful' to be written by someone else.
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#31
I haven't read the rest of the thread so most of these are probably already mentioned, but here are some of my favorites:

Miles Davis - Bitches Brew (is my current favorite), Kind Of Blue
John Coltrane - Giant Steps, A Love Supreme
Keith Jarrett - The Koln Concert
Dave Brubeck - Time Out
Dave Holland - Conference Of The Birds
Freddie Hubbard - Straight Life
McCoy Tyner - Atlantis
Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus
Thelonius Monk - Brilliant Corners
Eric Dolphy - Out To Lunch
#32
Miles Davis-Kinda Blue, This album brought back jazz
Miles Davis-Bitches Brew, pretty much made Jazz Fusion
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#33
Emily Remler - Retrospective Vol. 1 "standards" - this is such a good album, definitely worth a listen.
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#34
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Emily Remler - Retrospective Vol. 1 "standards" - this is such a good album, definitely worth a listen.


Ahh, another Emily Remler fan!

Personally, by far my favorite Remler records are East To Wes and This Is Me
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#35
Eh, this is more of a modern essential album. Widow in the Window by Kenny Wheeler. This album is just a gem of beautiful music. The guitarist on the album is John Abercrombie, so you know you're in store for something great. If you want to learn about composing jazz then study this album.

Also, I don't know if anyone else mentioned it. But the live album of Trane and Monk at Carnegie Hall that just came out last year is amazing.
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