The Ten Best Live Jazz Recordings (1953-65)

C. Michael Bailey By

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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!).


At The Village Vanguard
Bill Evans


At The Village Vanguard
John Coltrane


At The Plugged Nickel
Miles Davis


At Antibes
Charles Mingus


At Newport 1956
Duke Ellington


At The Village Vanguard
Sonny Rollins


At Birdland
John Coltrane


At The Half Note
Wes Montgomery


Concert By The Sea
Erroll Garner


At Massey Hall
The Quintet

#11... The Best of the Rest

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