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Jazz Resources: Essential Jazz Albums

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Jazz Albums Everyone Should Know




Original Release Date


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

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 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 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