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Double Time Top 100 Historically Significant Recordings

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We get many calls from jazz listeners just like yourself asking us for recommendations on what recordings are good. Our catalog represents our top 100 historically important jazz recordings. Our new program lets you pick the recordings that you want and during the next year or so we will send them to you without having to place an order each time. It is an easy way to listen to some of the greatest jazz recordings of all time. There are no fees whatsoever. It is simply a list of what we consider to be the top 100 jazz recordings listed in order of significance.

Most of the recordings listed are from the 40's 50's & 60's Bebop era. This is due to the strong influence this particular period of music has had on our current "Modern Jazz" scene today. We have purposely left off early records due either to the tremendous amount of material recorded by the artist or the poor recording quality.

Jamey D. Aebersold

  1. Cannonball Adderley—Somethin' Else
  2. Herbie Hancock—Maiden Voyage
  3. Clifford Brown—Study In Brown
  4. John Coltrane—Blue Train
  5. Cannonball Adderley—& Coltrane
  6. Wayne Shorter—Speak No Evil
  7. Horace Silver—Song For My Father
  8. Dizzy Gillespie—Sonny Side Up
  9. Miles Davis—Kind Of Blue
  10. John Coltrane—Giant Steps
  11. J. J. Johnson—The Eminent Volume 1
  12. Eric Dolphy—Out To Lunch
  13. Oliver Nelson—Blues & The Abstract Truth
  14. Lee Morgan—The Sidewinder
  15. Hank Mobley—Soul Station
  16. Miles Davis—Milestones
  17. Wes Montgomery—Smokin At The Half Note
  18. Lee Morgan—Cornbread
  19. Larry Young—Unity
  20. Sonny Rollins—Saxophone Collossus
  21. John Coltrane—Mainstream 1958
  22. Mccoy Tyner—The Real Mccoy
  23. John Coltrane—A Love Supreme
  24. Johnny Smith—Moonlight In Vermont
  25. Paul Chambers—Chambers Music
  26. June Christy—Something Cool
  27. Dizzy Gillespie—Jazz At Massey Hall
  28. Art Blakey—A Night At Birdland Vol. 1
  29. Dizzy Gillespie—Duets
  30. Bill Evans—Undercurrent
  31. Gene Ammons—Boss Tenors
  32. Kenny Burrell—& John Coltrane
  33. Miles Davis—'Round About Midnight
  34. Erroll Garner—Concert By The Sea
  35. Miles Davis—Relaxin' With Miles
  36. Wes Montgomery—Incredible Jazz Guitar
  37. Joe Henderson—Page One
  38. Frank Rosolino—Free For All
  39. Wes Montgomery—Full House
  40. Art Farmer—Modern Art
  41. Carl Fontana—5 Star Ed
  42. Sonny Rollins—Tenor Madness
  43. Art Blakey—Moanin'
  44. Thelonious Monk—With John Coltrane
  45. Chick Corea—Now He Sings, Now He Sobs
  46. Freddie Hubbard—Open Sesame
  47. Bill Evans—Sunday At Village Vanguard
  48. Charlie Parker—Now's The Time
  49. Stan Getz—For Musician's Only
  50. Dizzy Gillespie—Groovin' High
  51. Dexter Gordon—Ballads
  52. Charlie Parker—Bird & Diz
  53. Joe Henderson—Lush Life, Strayhorn Music
  54. Freddie Hubbard—Red Clay
  55. Bill Evans—Waltz For Debby
  56. Kenny Dorham—Una Mas
  57. Lester Young—The President Plays W/The Oscar Peterson Trio
  58. Joe Henderson—In 'N Out
  59. John Coltrane—& Johnny Hartman
  60. Grant Green—Feelin' The Spirit
  61. Nancy Wilson—With Cannonball Add.
  62. Miles Davis—Cookin'
  63. Red Garland—Groovy
  64. Miles Davis—Steamin' With Miles Davis
  65. Johnny Griffin—A Blowin' Session
  66. Grant Green—Born To Be Blue
  67. John Coltrane—Ballads
  68. Johnny Hartman—I Just Dropped By To Say Hello
  69. Carl Fontana—The Great Fontana
  70. Grant Green—Idle Moments
  71. Art Blakey—Ugetsu
  72. Stanley Turrentine—Sugar
  73. Bill Evans—Intermodulation
  74. Art Blakey—A Night At Birdland Vol. 2
  75. Freddie Hubbard—Hub Tones
  76. Hank Mobley—The Turnaround!
  77. Bud Powell—The Genius Of
  78. Lee Konitz—Subconscious-Lee
  79. Stan Getz—Stan Getz & Bill Evans
  80. Milt Jackson—Bags Meets Wes
  81. Jimmy Smith—Back At The Chicken Shack
  82. Sonny Rollins—Plus Four
  83. June Christy—The Misty Miss Christy
  84. Joe Henderson—Inner Urge
  85. Duke Ellington—Money Jungle
  86. Woody Herman—Keeper Of The Flame
  87. Chet Baker—Playboys
  88. Bud Powell—The Amazing—Vol 1
  89. Oscar Peterson—Plays Count Basie
  90. Clifford Brown—Brown/Roach Inc.
  91. Stan Kenton—Duet
  92. Joe Henderson—Mode For Joe
  93. Horace Silver—Blowin' The Blues Away
  94. Clifford Brown—More Study In Brown
  95. Sonny Clark—Leapin' And Lopin'
  96. Blue Mitchell—The Thing To Do
  97. Johnny Griffin—Introducing
  98. Sonny Stitt—Constellation
  99. Slide Hampton—World Of Trombones
  100. Keith Jarrett—Standards Vol. 1


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