|Long Shot's Top 15 Albums of 1955|
Officially going to be caught up after this list, so you won't have to worry about me saturating the site with 4 lists in 3 days again anytime soon. Anyways, you'll notice if you're paying any attention to the singles charts of the era that rockabilly and early rock-'n' roll is on the rise, but that sort of music hasn't really translated well to the LP format yet. It will be another year before Elvis and his disciples begin making any sort of impact on these rankings. Until then, keep on jazzin', everybody.
In The Wee Small Hours
Perhaps the only album in existence that makes you want to kill yourself while also ensuring that you'll be lulled to sleep before you can do anything about it.
Track pick: "I Get Along Without You Very Well"
A couple of these songs are too kitschy even for a die-hard Christmas fan like me, but most of the time, this record is just spewing out holiday staple after holiday staple.
Track pick: "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"
|3||Clifford Brown and Max Roach|
Brown and Roach Incorporated
Much of the same greatness that drove the self-titled effort is present here, if perhaps in a slightly less fresh form. Brown and Roach are still kings of their respective crafts, but you knew that already.
Track pick: "Sweet Clifford"
Dorham takes the normal Art Blakey ensemble and works them through a swath of Latin-flavored arrangements that are executed as well as you'd expect from a Blakey ensemble.
Track pick: "Afrodisia"
Checking back in with Garner, he's still got it in spades, and once again piano-based jazz is searching for a player not named Monk who can capture this type of excellence.
Track pick: "You Are My Sunshine"
Julie Is Her Name
One of the better white female crooners of her day, and perhaps one of the better female crooners in general.
Track pick: "Cry Me a River"
|7||The Four Freshmen|
Four Freshmen and 5 Trombones
I hear a young chap named Brian Wilson took extreme inspiration from these fellows back in the day. Wonder what he's up to these days.
Track pick: "Angel Eyes"
Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington
Pretty much as safely enjoyable as one would anticipate.
Track pick: "Caravan"
Another white female crooner who can sing pretty damn well.
Track pick: "Don't Explain"
|10||Gene Krupa And Buddy Rich|
Krupa And Rich
Two of the best drummers in jazz face off in a battle royale, where only one emerges as the superior player. (Hint: it's Rich.)
Track pick: "Bernie's Tune"
|11||Jay Jay Johnson Sextet|
The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Vol. 2
Track pick: "Too Marvelous for Words"
Track pick: "Muy"
|13||Stan Getz and Lionel Hampton|
Hamp and Getz
Track pick: "Cherokee"
Track pick: "Nature Boy"
|15||Charles Mingus and John LaPorta|
Jazzical Moods, Vol. 1
Track pick: "What Is This Thing Called Love"