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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.
Enjoy! Jamey D. Aebersold
Cannonball AdderleySomethin' Else
Herbie HancockMaiden Voyage
Clifford BrownStudy In Brown
John ColtraneBlue Train
Cannonball Adderley& Coltrane
Wayne ShorterSpeak No Evil
Horace SilverSong For My Father
Dizzy GillespieSonny Side Up
Miles DavisKind Of Blue
John ColtraneGiant Steps
J. J. JohnsonThe Eminent Volume 1
Eric DolphyOut To Lunch
Oliver NelsonBlues & The Abstract Truth
Lee MorganThe Sidewinder
Hank MobleySoul Station
Wes MontgomerySmokin At The Half Note
Sonny RollinsSaxophone Collossus
John ColtraneMainstream 1958
Mccoy TynerThe Real Mccoy
John ColtraneA Love Supreme
Johnny SmithMoonlight In Vermont
Paul ChambersChambers Music
June ChristySomething Cool
Dizzy GillespieJazz At Massey Hall
Art BlakeyA Night At Birdland Vol. 1
Gene AmmonsBoss Tenors
Kenny Burrell& John Coltrane
Miles Davis'Round About Midnight
Erroll GarnerConcert By The Sea
Miles DavisRelaxin' With Miles
Wes MontgomeryIncredible Jazz Guitar
Joe HendersonPage One
Frank RosolinoFree For All
Wes MontgomeryFull House
Art FarmerModern Art
Carl Fontana5 Star Ed
Sonny RollinsTenor Madness
Thelonious MonkWith John Coltrane
Chick CoreaNow He Sings, Now He Sobs
Freddie HubbardOpen Sesame
Bill EvansSunday At Village Vanguard
Charlie ParkerNow's The Time
Stan GetzFor Musician's Only
Dizzy GillespieGroovin' High
Charlie ParkerBird & Diz
Joe HendersonLush Life, Strayhorn Music
Freddie HubbardRed Clay
Bill EvansWaltz For Debby
Kenny DorhamUna Mas
Lester YoungThe President Plays W/The Oscar Peterson Trio
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.