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Top 5 Albums by Popular Jazz Artists

Criteria: Influence on jazz and music in general and general esteem in and outside of jazz circles.

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List Begun: 2013-02-06
Top 5 Albums by Popular Jazz Artists
Cannonball Adderley

1. Somethin' Else
2. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! Live at 'The Club'
3. The Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco
4. Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago
5. Know What I Mean? [with Bill Evans]

Louis Armstrong

1. Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy
2. Satch Plays Fats
3. Together for the First Time [with Duke Ellington]
4. Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson
5. Louis Armstrong at the Crescendo, Vol. 1

The Art Ensemble of Chicago

1. Les stances à Sophie
2. People in Sorrow
3. Nice Guys
4. Urban Bushmen
5. Fanfare for the Warriors

Albert Ayler

1. Spiritual Unity
2. Albert Ayler in Greenwich Village
3. Ghosts/Vibrations
4. Spirits Rejoice
5. Nuits de la Fondation Maeght, Vol. 1

Chet Baker

1. Chet Baker Sings
2. Blues for a Reason
3. It Could Happen to You
4. Chet
5. Chet's Choice

Count Basie

1. The Atomic Mr. Basie
2. April in Paris
3. Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings
4. At Newport
5. Count Basie and the Kansas City 7

Art Blakey

1. Moanin'
2. A Night at Birdland, Vol. 1
3. Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk
4. A Night at Birdland, Vol. 2
5. Free for All

Paul Bley

1. Open, to Love
2. Improvisie
3. Solo in Mondsee
4. Closer
5. Sankt Gerold [with Evan Parker & Barre Phillips]

Anthony Braxton

1. For Alto
2. 3 Compositions of New Jazz
3. Dortmund (Quartet) 1976
4. Willisau (Quartet) 1991
5. The Montreux/Berlin Concerts

Clifford Brown

1. Clifford Brown and Max Roach
2. At Basin Street [with Max Roach]
3. Study in Brown [with Max Roach]
4. Memorial Album
5. Brown and Roach Incorporated

Dave Brubeck

1. Time Out
2. Jazz Goes to College
3. At Carnegie Hall
4. Jazz at Oberlin
5. Time Further Out

Kenny Burrell

1. Midnight Blue
2. Ellington Is Forever, Vol. 1
3. Guitar Forms
4. A Night at the Vanguard
5. Ellington Is Forever, Vol. 2

Ornette Coleman

1. The Shape of Jazz to Come
2. Free Jazz
3. Change of the Century
4. Dancing in Your Head
5. At the Golden Circle, Volume One

John Coltrane

1. A Love Supreme
2. Giant Steps
3. Blue Train
4. My Favorite Things
5. Ascension

Chick Corea/Return to Forever

1. Return to Forever
2. Now He Sings, Now He Sobs
3. Light as a Feather
4. Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy
5. Tones for Joan's Bones

Miles Davis

1. Kind of Blue
2. Bitches Brew
3. Birth of the Cool
4. In a Silent Way
5. Sketches of Spain

Eric Dolphy

1. Out to Lunch!
2. At the Five Spot, Vol. 1
3. Far Cry
4. Out There
5. Outward Bound

Kenny Dorham

1. Afro-Cuban
2. Una mas (One More Time)
3. 'Round About Midnight at the Cafe Bohemia
4. Quiet Kenny
5. Whistle Stop

Duke Ellington

1. Ellington at Newport
2. Far East Suite
3. Money Jungle [with Charles Mingus & Max Roach]
4. Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
5. ...and His Mother Called Him Bill

Bill Evans

1. Sunday at the Village Vanguard
2. Waltz for Debby
3. Portrait in Jazz
4. Explorations
5. Everybody Digs Bill Evans

Gil Evans

1. Out of the Cool
2. The Individualism of Gil Evans
3. The Gil Evans Orchestra Plays the Music of Jimi Hendrix
4. Gil Evans & Ten
5. New Bottle Old Wine

Art Farmer

1. Blame It on My Youth
2. Meet the Jazztet [with Benny Golson]
3. Portrait of Art Farmer
4. Modern Art
5. Farmer's Market

Ella Fitzgerald

1. Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook
2. Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers and Hart Songbook
3. Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook
4. Ella and Louis [with Louis Armstrong]
5. Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook

Tommy Flanagan

1. The Cats [with John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell & Idrees Sulieman]
2. Giant Steps
3. Jazz Poet
4. Let's Play the Music of Thad Jones
5. Beyond the Blue Bird

Jan Garbarek

1. Witchi-Tai-To [with the Bobo Stenson Quartet]
2. Afric Pepperbird
3. Twelve Moons
4. Dresden: In Concert
5. Triptykon [with Arild Andersen & Edward Vesala]

Stan Getz

1. Getz/Gilberto [with João Gilberto]
2. Jazz Samba [with Charlie Byrd]
3. Focus
4. Sweet Rain
5. Captain Marvel

Dizzy Gillespie

1. Roy and Diz [with Roy Eldridge]
2. At Newport
3. Birks' Works
4. Sonny Side Up [with Sonny Stitt & Sonny Rollins]
5. Gillespiana

Jimmy Giuffre

1. Free Fall
2. Fusion
3. Thesis
4. The Jimmy Giuffre 3
5. The Easy Way

Benny Goodman

1. The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert
2. B.G. in Hi-Fi
3. Together Again!
4. The Benny Goodman Story
5. Benny Goodman Sextet Session

Dexter Gordon

1. Our Man in Paris
2. Go
3. Doin' Allright
4. Homecoming: Live at the Village Vanguard
5. A Swingin' Affair

Grant Green

1. Idle Moments
2. Matador
3. Born to Be Blue
4. Green Street
5. Feelin' the Spirit

Herbie Hancock

1. Head Hunters
2. Maiden Voyage
3. Empyrean Isles
4. Takin' Off
5. Mwandishi

Coleman Hawkins

1. Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster
2. The Hawk Flies High
3. The Genius of Coleman Hawkins
4. Today and Now
5. Hawk Eyes

Joe Henderson

1. Page One
2. Inner Urge
3. Mode for Joe
4. Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn
5. The State of the Tenor – Live at the Village Vanguard, Volume 1

Andrew Hill

1. Point of Departure
2. Black Fire
3. Judgment!
4. Dance with Death
5. Passing Ships

Earl Hines

1. Earl Hines Plays Duke Ellington
2. Tour de Force
3. Blues in Thirds
4. Spontaneous Explorations
5. Tour de Force Encore

Billie Holiday

1. Lady in Satin
2. Lady Sings the Blues
3. Songs for Distingué Lovers
4. Body and Soul
5. Billie Holiday at Jazz at the Philharmonic

Freddie Hubbard

1. Hub-Tones
2. Open Sesame
3. Red Clay
4. Ready for Freddie
5. Straight Life

Keith Jarrett

1. The Köln Concert
2. Solo Concerts: Bremen and Lausanne
3. Belonging [with Jan Garbarek]
4. My Song
5. The Survivors' Suite

J.J. Johnson

1. With Clifford Brown/The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 1
2. The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Vol. 2
3. The Great Kai & J.J. [with Kai Winding]
4. J.J. Inc.
5. Proof Positive

Stan Kenton

1. New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm
2. Kenton in Hi-Fi
3. Cuban Fire!
4. City of Glass
5. Kenton's West Side Story

Rahsaan Roland Kirk

1. Rip, Rig and Panic
2. The Inflated Tear
3. We Free Kings
4. Bright Moments
5. Blacknuss

Lee Konitz

1. Lee Konitz with Tristano, Marsh, & Bauer/Subconscious-Lee
2. The Lee Konitz Duets
3. Motion
4. Live at the Half Note
5. Konitz Meets Mulligan [with Gerry Mulligan]

Joe Lovano

1. From the Soul
2. Quartets: Live at the Village Vanguard
3. Rush Hour
4. Landmarks
5. Celebrating Sinatra

Wynton Marsalis

1. Black Codes (From the Underground)
2. Live at Blues Alley
3. Citi Movement
4. Marsalis Standard Time, Vol. 1
5. In This House, on This Morning

John McLaughlin/Mahavishnu Orchestra

1. The Inner Mounting Flame
2. Birds of Fire
3. Extrapolation
4. My Goal's Beyond
5. Devotion

Jackie McLean

1. Let Freedom Ring
2. One Step Beyond
3. Destination... Out!
4. New and Old Gospel
5. New Soil

Medeski, Martin & Wood

1. Combustication
2. Uninvisible
3. End of the World Party (Just in Case)
4. It's a Jungle in Here
5. Out Louder [with John Scofield]

Pat Metheny

1. Pat Metheny Group
2. Bright Size Life
3. Song X [with Ornette Coleman]
4. The Way Up
5. 80/81

Charles Mingus

1. Mingus Ah Um
2. The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
3. Pithecanthropus Erectus
4. Blues & Roots
5. Tijuana Moods

Hank Mobley

1. Soul Station
2. Roll Call
3. Workout
4. No Room for Squares
5. Dippin'

The Modern Jazz Quartet

1. Django
2. Fontessa
3. The Last Concert
4. European Concert
5. Dedicated to Connie

Thelonious Monk

1. Brilliant Corners
2. Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane
3. Monk's Music
4. Monk's Dream
5. Thelonious in Action: Recorded at the Five Spot Cafe, New York City

Wes Montgomery

1. The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery
2. Full House
3. Smokin' at the Half Note [with the Wynton Kelly Trio]
4. So Much Guitar!
5. Movin' Along

Lee Morgan

1. The Sidewinder
2. Search for the New Land
3. Cornbread
4. The Gigolo
5. Live at the Lighthouse [Blue Note]

Gerry Mulligan

1. Gerry Mulligan Quartet [Pacific PJLP-1]
2. Gerry Mulligan Quartet [Pacific PJLP-5]
3. Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster
4. What Is There to Say?
5. Gerry Mulligan and the Concert Jazz Band at the Village Vanguard

David Murray

1. Ming
2. Special Quartet
3. Home
4. Murray's Steps
5. Ballads

Charlie Parker

1. Jazz at Massey Hall [with Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus & Max Roach]
2. Bird and Diz [with Dizzy Gillespie]
3. Charlie Parker and the Stars of Modern Jazz! Carnegie Hall, X-Mas '49
4. One Night in Birdland/Bird & Fats [with Fats Navarro]
5. Bird & Pres Carnegie Hall 1949/1949 Jazz at the Philharmonic [with Lester Young]

Evan Parker

1. The Topography of the Lungs [with Derek Bailey & Han Bennink]
2. 50th Birthday Concert
3. Imaginary Values [with Barry Guy & Paul Lytton]
4. Saxophone Solos
5. Monoceros

Oscar Peterson

1. Night Train
2. Oscar Peterson Trio + 1: Clark Terry
3. At the Stratford Shakespearean Festival
4. The Oscar Peterson Trio at the Concertgebouw
5. The Trio [Pablo]

Art Pepper

1. Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section
2. Art Pepper + Eleven: Modern Jazz Classics
3. Smack Up
4. Straight Life
5. Winter Moon

Bud Powell

1. The Amazing Bud Powell
2. The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 2
3. The Genius of Bud Powell/Bud Powell's Moods [Mercury]
4. Jazz Giant
5. Bud! (The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 3)

Max Roach

1. We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite
2. Percussion Bitter Sweet
3. Deeds, Not Words
4. Max Roach + 4
5. One in Two, Two in One [with Anthony Braxton]
Also See: Clifford Brown

Sonny Rollins

1. Saxophone Colossus
2. A Night at the "Village Vanguard"
3. Way Out West
4. The Bridge
5. Freedom Suite

George Russell

1. Ezz-thetics
2. The Jazz Workshop
3. Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature [1968]
4. New York N.Y.
5. Jazz in the Space Age

Pharoah Sanders

1. Karma
2. Black Unity
3. Thembi
4. Deaf Dumb Blind (Summun Bukmun Umyun)
5. Journey to the One

Archie Shepp

1. Four for Trane
2. Fire Music
3. The Way Ahead
4. Mama Too Tight
5. Attica Blues

Wayne Shorter

1. Speak No Evil
2. Adam's Apple
3. Juju
4. Night Dreamer
5. Native Dancer

Horace Silver

1. Song for My Father
2. Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers
3. Blowin' the Blues Away
4. 6 Pieces of Silver
5. Finger Poppin'

Jimmy Smith

1. The Sermon!
2. Back at the Chicken Shack
3. Jimmy & Wes: The Dynamic Duo [with Wes Montgomery]
4. Bashin': The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith
5. Root Down: Jimmy Smith Live!

Sun Ra

1. Jazz in Silhouette
2. The Magic City
3. The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra
4. Atlantis
5. Space Is the Place [Blue Thumb]

Art Tatum

1. The Art Tatum-Ben Webster Quartet/The Tatum Group Masterpieces, Volume Eight
2. An Art Tatum Concert/Piano Starts Here
3. 20th Century Piano Genius
4. Tatum Carter Bellson/Three Giants/The Tatum Group Masterpieces, Volume One
5. God Is in the House

Cecil Taylor

1. Unit Structures
2. Conquistador!
3. Live at the Cafe Montmartre/Nefertiti, the Beautiful One Has Come
4. Silent Tongues
5. Looking Ahead!

McCoy Tyner

1. The Real McCoy
2. Enlightenment
3. Sahara
4. Echoes of a Friend
5. Supertrios

Sarah Vaughan

1. Sarah Vaughan [with Clifford Brown]
2. Images/Swingin' Easy
3. In the Land of Hi-Fi
4. After Hours
5. Crazy and Mixed Up

Weather Report

1. Heavy Weather
2. Black Market
3. Mysterious Traveller
4. I Sing the Body Electric
5. Weather Report [1971]

Ben Webster

1. Soulville
2. Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson
3. Ben Webster and Associates
4. See You at the Fair
5. The Consummate Artistry of Ben Webster/King of the Tenors

World Saxophone Quartet

1. Plays Duke Ellington
2. Revue
3. W.S.Q.
4. Rhythm and Blues
5. Dances and Ballads

Lester Young

1. The President Plays with the Oscar Peterson Trio
2. Pres and Teddy [with Teddy Wilson]
3. The Jazz Giants '56
4. Pres & Sweets [with Harry Edison]
5. Lester Young in Washington, D.C. 1956, Vol. 2

John Zorn

1. Naked City
2. Spillane
3. The Big Gundown
4. Torture Garden [by Naked City]
5. Live in Jerusalem 1994 [by Masada]





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