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Jazz: Essential Jazz Albums

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Jazz Albums Everyone Should Know

 

Album

Cover

Original Release Date

Artist

Jazz Style

Maag Library

Bird & Diz

Bird & Diz cover 1952 Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie Bebop  

Bitches Brew

Bitches Brew cover 1970 Miles Davis Jazz Fusion / Avant-Garde CD 2082

The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady

The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady cover 1963 Charles Mingus Avant-Garde  

Blue Interlude

Blue Interlude cover 1992 Wynton Marsalis Neo-Bop  

Concert by the Sea

Concert by the Sea cover 1955 Erroll Garner Piano LP jazz
M-176

The Creators of Jazz

The Creators of Jazz cover 2001 The Original Dixieland Jazz Band Dixieland  

Ella & Louis

Ella & Louis cover 1956 Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong Vocal  

European Concert

European Concert cover 1962 Modern Jazz Quartet Bop / Mainstream  

The Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra

The Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra cover 1961 Sun Ra Bop  

Getz/Gilberto

Getz/Gilberto cover 1963 Stan Getz Bossa Nova LP jazz-487
 

Horace Silver & The Jazz Messengers

Horace Silver & the Jazz Messengers cover 1955 Horace Silver Hard Bop LP jazz-149

Idle Moments

Idle Moments cover 1964 Grant Green Hard Bop  

Kind of Blue

Kind of Blue cover 1959 Miles Davis Modal CD 2083
LP jazz-5.1

The Köln Concert

The Köln Concert cover 1975 Keith Jarrett Piano  

Live at Blues Alley

Live at Blues Alley cover 1987 Wynton Marsalis Post Bop / Neo-Bop  

A Love Supreme

A Love Supreme cover 1964 John Coltrane Post Bop / Modal CD 2333
LP jazz-340

Mingus Ah Um

Mingus Ah Um cover 1959 Charles Mingus Post-Bop CD 0608

A Night at Birdland

A Night at Birdland cover 1954 Art Blakey Hard Bop CD 1607
LP jazz-001

Open Sesame

Open Sesame cover 1960 Freddie Hubbard Hard Bop  

Sax Pax for a Sax

Sax Pax for a Sax cover 1997 Moondog Avant-Garde  

The Shape of Jazz to Come

The Shape of Jazz to Come cover 1959 Ornette Coleman Avant-Garde CD 2430

Somethin' Else

Somethin' Else cover 1958 Cannonball Adderley Hard Bop / Bebop CD 1514

Subconscious-Lee

Subconscious-Lee cover 1950 Lee Konitz Cool Jazz / Bop CD 2942

Sunday at the Village Vanguard

Sunday at the Village Vanguard cover 1961 Bill Evans Modal / Post Bop CD 2412

Takin' Off

Takin' Off cover 1962 Herbie Hancock Hard Bop / Modal LP jazz-99

Time Out

Time Out cover 1959 Dave Brubeck Cool Jazz CD 2316
LP jazz-42

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