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Long Shot's Top 50 Albums of 1961

In which John Coltrane runs roughshod over everybody else because the dude released 8 albums this year, which hardly seems fair. We also see the emergence of Eric Dolphy as a progressive figure in jazz music, and the folk revival is gaining momentum with artists such as Joan Baez and Judy Collins, but it's still anxiously awaiting the arrival on the scene of one Mr. Robert Zimmerman.
1John Coltrane
My Favorite Things


4.7

Track pick: "My Favorite Things"
2John Coltrane
Africa/Brass


4.6

Track pick: "Africa"
3Bill Evans
Explorations


4.5

Track pick: "Haunted Heart"
4Joan Baez
Joan Baez, Vol. 2


4.4

Track pick: "Lily of the West"
5Ornette Coleman
Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation


4.3

Track pick: "Free Jazz, Pt. 1"
6John Coltrane
Olé Coltrane


4.2

Track pick: "Olé"
7Nina Simone
Forbidden Fruit


4.1

Track pick: "Just Say I Love Him"
8Eric Dolphy
At the Five Spot, Vol. 1


4.1

Track pick: "Fire Waltz"
9Art Blakey
A Night in Tunisia


4.0

Track pick: "So Tired"
10Booker Little
Out Front


3.9

Track pick: "Man of Words"
11Bill Evans
Sunday at the Village Vanguard


3.9

Track pick: "Gloria's Step"
12Judy Collins
A Maid of Constant Sorrow


3.9

Track pick: "Tim Evans"
13Eric Dolphy
Out There


3.9

Track pick: "Out There"
14Gil Evans
Out Of The Cool


3.8

Track pick: "La Nevada"
15Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane


3.8

Track pick: "Trinkle, Tinkle"
16Ornette Coleman
This Is Our Music


3.8

Track pick: "Blues Connotation"
17Lee Morgan
Leeway


3.8

Track pick: "The Lion and the Wolf"
18Miles Davis
Steamin' With the Miles Davis Quintet


3.7

Track pick: "Something I Dreamed Last Night"
19Grant Green
Green Street


3.7

Track pick: "'Round About Midnight"
20Oliver Nelson
The Blues and the Abstract Truth


3.7

Track pick: "Stolen Moments"
21Hank Mobley
Roll Call


3.7

Track pick: "My Groove Your Move"
22John Coltrane
Lush Life


3.7

Track pick: "Lush Life"
23Charles Mingus
Presents Charles Mingus


3.6

Track pick: "Original Faubus Fables"
24Frank Sinatra
Sinatra's Swingin' Session


3.6

Track pick: "It All Depends on You"
25Nina Simone
Nina Simone at the Village Gate


3.6

Track pick: "He Was Too Good to Me"
26Kenny Drew
Undercurrent


3.6

Track pick: "Undercurrent"
27Lee Konitz
Motion


3.5

Track pick: "All of Me"
28Ray Charles
Genius+Soul=Jazz


3.5

Track pick: "I've Got News for You"
29George Russell
Ezz-thetics


3.5

Track pick: "'Round Midnight"
30The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Time Further Out


3.5

Track pick: "Blue Shadows in the Street"
31Grant Green
Grant's First Stand


3.5

Track pick: "Lullaby of the Leaves"
32Reverend Gary Davis
Harlem Street Singer


3.5

Track pick: "I Belong to the Band"
33Max Roach
Percussion Bitter Sweet


3.5

Track pick: "Garvey's Ghost"
34John Coltrane
Coltrane Jazz


3.4

Track pick: "Fifth House"
35Buddy Rich
Blues / Caravan


3.4

Track pick: "Caravan"
36Charles Mingus
Pre-Bird


3.4

Track pick: "Eclipse"
37Mal Waldron
The Quest


3.4

Track pick: "Warm Canto"
38Miles Davis
Someday My Prince Will Come


3.4

Track pick: "Someday, My Prince Will Come"
39Kenny Dorham
Whistle Stop


3.4

Track pick: "Whistle Stop"
40Cecil Taylor
The World Of Cecil Taylor


3.4

Track pick: "Air"
41Freddie Hubbard
Hub Cap


3.3

Track pick: "Cry Me Not"
42Dexter Gordon
Doin' Allright


3.3

Track pick: "I Was Doing All Right"
43Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
Hi...We're the Miracles


3.3

Track pick: "Shop Around"
44Oliver Nelson and Eric Dolphy
Straight Ahead


3.3

Track pick: "Ralph's New Blues"
45Max Roach
We Insist! – Freedom Now


3.3

Track pick: "Freedom Day"
46Sam Cooke
My Kind of Blues


3.3

Track pick: "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"
47Tony Bennett
Tony Sings For Two


3.3

Track pick: "Where or When"
48Milt Jackson & John Coltrane
Bags & Trane


3.2

Track pick: "Bags & Trane"
49Aretha Franklin
Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo


3.2

Track pick: "Won't Be Long"
50The Shadows
The Shadows


3.2

Track pick: "Nivram"
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