Best Live Jazz Recordings (1953-65)

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Having recently completed a survey of the Best Live Rock Albums, I have learned a couple of valuable things. One is a list of this sort should be presented in descending order starting with number 10 and descending to number 1. Second, it is better to poll a group for their opinions and develop the list from an analytical (or pseudoanalytical) evaluation of the results. This is how the Top Ten Best Live Jazz Recordings (1953-65) were selected. I polled the writership of All About Jazz, combined the results and ranked the recordings. For recordings that tied in number of votes, I arbitrarily selected the order (I had to exert editorial control somewhere!).

Live Jazz is perhaps the most natural creative state in music. Performing jazz means a musician must create a work of art on the spot, composition in real time. In this series, I hope to highlight historic events where this invention has not been merely successful, but transcendent.
















#1
At The Village Vanguard Bill Evans (1961)



#4
At Antibes Charles Mingus (1960)



#7
At Birdland John Coltrane (1963)



#10
At Massey Hall The Quintet (1953)





#2
At The Village Vanguard John Coltrane (1961)



#5
At Newport 1956 Duke Ellington (1956)



#8
At The Half Note Wes Montgomery (1965)





#3
At The Plugged Nickel Miles Davis (1965)



#6
At The Village Vanguard Sonny Rollins (1957)



#9
Concert By The Sea Erroll Garner (1955)



#11 - The Best of the Rest ...


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