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Long Shot's Top 50 Albums of 1959

Out with the '50s, in with the '60s, and boy, does the quality of this year's music reflect the changing tides in the cultural landscape. Note the influx of blues albums on this list, as well as the amount of times that Porgy & Bess-related material features on here (a movie adaptation released that year caused numerous jazz and R&B artists to cover tracks from the musical -- two full-length album adaptations are included here).
1Miles Davis
Kind of Blue


4.8

Track pick: "So What"
2Charles Mingus
Mingus Ah Um


4.7

Track pick: "Better Get Hit In Your Soul"
3Nina Simone
Little Girl Blue


4.6

Track pick: "Don't Smoke in Bed"
4Art Blakey
Moanin'


4.5

Track pick: "Moanin'"
5Frank Sinatra
No One Cares


4.4

Track pick: "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You"
6Marty Robbins
Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs


4.3

Track pick: "Big Iron"
7Ornette Coleman
The Shape of Jazz to Come


4.2

Track pick: "Lonely Woman"
8Horace Silver
Blowin' the Blues Away


4.1

Track pick: "Peace"
9Thelonious Monk
The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall


4.1

Track pick: "Monk's Mood"
10Nina Simone
Nina Simone at Town Hall


4.1

Track pick: "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair"
11Bill Evans
Everybody Digs Bill Evans


4.0

Track pick: "Peace Piece"
12Miles Davis
Workin' With Miles Davis and the Quintet


3.9

Track pick: "It Never Entered My Mind"
13Kimio Eto
Koto Music


3.9

Track pick: "Midiori no Asa"
14Champion Jack Dupree
Blues From the Gutter


3.9

Track pick: "Junker's Blues"
15Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster
Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster


3.9

Track pick: "Rosita"
16Abbey Lincoln
Abbey Is Blue


3.9

Track pick: "Come Sunday"
17Jacques Brel
N° 4


3.8

Track pick: "Ne me quitte pas"
18Dorothy Ashby and Frank Wess
In a Minor Groove


3.8

Track pick: "Autumn in Rome"
19Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
Porgy and Bess


3.8

Track pick: "Summertime"
20John Lee Hooker
I'm John Lee Hooker


3.8

Track pick: "Boogie Chillun'"
21Tom Lehrer
An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer


3.8

Track pick: "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park"
22Sun Ra
Jazz in Silhouette


3.8

Track pick: "Enlightenment"
23Lightnin' Hopkins
Lightnin' And The Blues


3.8

Track pick: "Life I Used to Live"
24Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt and Sonny Rollins
Sonny Side Up


3.8

Track pick: "The Eternal Triangle"
25Chico Hamilton
Gongs East!


3.7

Track pick: "Long Ago and Far Away"
26Miles Davis
Porgy and Bess


3.7

Track pick: "Prayer"
27Oscar Peterson
Plays the Cole Porter Song Book


3.7

Track pick: "Love for Sale"
28The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Time Out


3.7

Track pick: "Take Five"
29Duke Ellington
Anatomy of a Murder


3.7

Track pick: "Midnight Indigo"
30John Fahey
Blind Joe Death


3.7

Track pick: "In Christ, There Is No East or West"
31Lester Young & Teddy Wilson
Pres & Teddy


3.7

Track pick: "Love Me or Leave Me"
32Joao Gilberto
Chega De Saudade


3.7

Track pick: "Chega de saudade"
33T-Bone Walker
T-Bone Blues


3.6

Track pick: "Evenin'"
34Jimmy Smith
The Sermon


3.6

Track pick: "The Sermon"
35Horace Silver
Finger Poppin’ With the Horace Silver Quintet


3.6

Track pick: "Cookin' at the Continental"
36Frank Sinatra
Come Dance With Me!


3.6

Track pick: "The Song Is You"
37Cannonball Adderley
Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago


3.6

Track pick: "Stars Fell on Alabama"
38Thelonious Monk
5 By Monk By 5


3.5

Track pick: "I Mean You"
39Cannonball Adderley
In San Francisco


3.5

Track pick: "This Here"
40Roy Haynes, Phineas Newborn and Paul Chambers
We Three


3.5

Track pick: "Reflection"
41Duke Ellington
Back to Back


3.5

Track pick: "Wabash Blues"
42Ornette Coleman
Tomorrow Is the Question!


3.5

Track pick: "Tears Inside"
43Lightnin' Hopkins
Lightnin' Hopkins


3.5

Track pick: "Penitentiary Blues"
44Johnny Cash
The Fabulous Johnny Cash


3.5

Track pick: "Don't Bring Your Guns to Town"
45Sonny Rollins
Newk's Time


3.4

Track pick: "Asiatic Raes"
46Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry Is on Top


3.4

Track pick: "Maybellene"
47Nina Simone
The Amazing Nina Simone


3.4

Track pick: "Blue Prelude"
48Duke Ellington
Side by Side


3.4

Track pick: "Going Up"
49Lou Donaldson
Blues Walk


3.4

Track pick: "Blues Walk"
50Bo Diddley
Go Bo Diddley


3.4

Track pick: "Dearest Darling"
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