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Jazz Albums You Should Have

Remember Electric City's Post-rock rec list? Yep, this is mine... err, but for jazz.
1John Coltrane
Blue Train

Blue Train the song alone is worth it.
2Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

Does this really need an explanation?
3Ornette Coleman
The Shape of Jazz to Come

What is this crazy stuff? IT'S FREE JAZZ BITCH
4Dave Holland
What Goes Around

Perhaps the most layered and melodic jazz album I've ever heard, Holland takes on the Big Band format for a shit load of awesome.
5Tord Gustavsen Trio
Being There

Simple, elegant, classy. Credit to my man liledman for the rec.
6Miles Davis
Sketches of Spain

Is this even jazz? A: yes and no, and so much more.
7Oscar Peterson
Night Train

Next to Glenn Gould, probably the greatest Canadian pianist ever.
8 Thelonious Monk
With John Coltrane

see Oscar Peterson, except different and equally as good.
9John Coltrane
A Love Supreme

You're not a real person until you hear this.
10Dave Holland
Conference of the Birds

The birth of avant-garde jazz.... okay maybe not the birth, but the pinnacle.
11John Abercrombie

Psychedelic dude.
12Mahavishnu Orchestra
Birds of Fire

Pyschedelic duuuuuude.
13 Ulf Wakenius
Notes From the Heart

Intensely melodic and crafted with impeccable skill. Guitar lovers take note.
14Miles Davis
In A Silent Way

droney, pretty, propulsive, dreamy, atmospheric, technical, trance, Davis.
15Lenny Breau and Dave Young
Live at Bourbon Street

But just guitar and bass is boring right? WRONG SO WRONG
16The John Scofield Band
Up All Night

shit's groovin'
17 Pat Metheny Group
First Circle

Mood music... really good mood music
18 Joe Zawinul
Brown Street

Joe Zawinul leads his big band in arrangements of classic Weather Report tunes. One of the knocks against Weather Report was how hollow it sounded it times. Not here. *this is the last recording the man did before his death
19Charles Mingus
Mingus Ah Um

Git It In Your Soul is fantastic.
20 Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington's Greatest Hits

The Duke, what else do I need to say?
21Wycliffe Gordon
Dig This!!

Traditional jazz from a great trombonist
22Mahavishnu Orchestra
Inner Mounting Flame

Rawer then Birds of Fire, but equally rewarding.
23 Nimmons N' Nine
CBC Air Checks

Seriously great, underheard Canadian big band from the 50's. With an Accordion; WHOAAAAA
24 Oscar Peterson
Canadian Suite

The other definitive studio album from Peterson, great companion to Night Train
25Chicago Underground Quartet
Chicago Underground Quartet

Modern, crazy, abrasive, traditional, electronic. Pretty great all together
26 Jaco Pastorious Big Band
The Word Is Out!

Bass bass bass bass mm-ts-ah-ts-mm-ts-ah-ts
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