June 14, 2024

Top-10 Favorite Jazz Recordings

I’ve been asked occasionally to name my ten favorite jazz CDs. This is not necessarily the most important recordings, but my favorites.

  1. John Coltrane – A Love Supreme
  2. Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – Buhaina’s Delight
  3. Bobby Hutcherson – In the Vanguard
  4. Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage
  5. Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra – New Life (I know I should say, “Consummation.” – cheaper too)
  6. Cannonball Adderley – Somethin’ Else
  7. Sarah Vaughan – Crazy and Mixed Up
  8. Dexter Gordon – Gettin’ Around (or Homecoming)
  9. Thelonious Monk – Live at the It Club
  10. Wayne Shorter – Speak No Evil

Classical entry – Takacs Quartet – Borodin – Smetna

Pop entry = Luther Vandross – The Best of Love OR Stevie Wonder – Natural Wonder

I know it outrageous that I didn’t include anything by Miles Davis (he’s on the Cannonball album above) or my current favorite musician, Dianne Reeves.

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