Absolutely Essential CD’s

Kind Of Blue ; Miles Davis The album that will transform non-jazz fans.

Dave Brubeck; Time Out

Bill Evans; Complete Village Vanguard 1961 Boxed Set. Recorded Live. Needs to be heard!!

Herbie Hancock; Maiden Voyage

Art Blakey; A Night at Birdland Vol 1

Cannonball Adderley; Somethin Else

Kenny Burrell; Midnight Blue

Bobby Hutcherson; Dialogue

Charles Mingus; Ah Um

Charlie Parker; Yardbird Suite Boxed Set

Dizzy Gillespie; Sonny Side Up

John Coltrane; Giant Steps

Shelly Manne & His Men at the Blackhawk Vol. 1-5 a most incredible LIVE set.

Louis Armstrong, Hot Fives & Sevens One of the better compilations.

Thelonious Monk, The Complete Riverside Recordings W/ John Coltrane

Ray Brown, Some Of My Best Friends Are… a series of albums and all are classics.

Lee Morgans, Sidewinder

Hank Mobley, Soul Station

Harold Land, West Coast Blues

Gil Melle, Patterns In Jazz

Freddie Hubbard, Red Clay

Eric Dolphy, Out To Lunch

Don Friedman, A Day In The City

Curtis Counce, Carls Blues

Sarah Vaughan W/ Clifford Brown

Ahmad Jamal, Cross Country Tour 2 CD

John Coltrane, Fearless Leader Boxed Set

John Coltrane, Interplay Boxed Set

John Coltrane, Side Steps Boxed Set

Art Pepper, Meets The Rhythm Section

Bud Powell, Paris Sessions

Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Live At Mintons

Django Reinhardt, Djangology

Hampton Hawes, Complete Sessions 2 CD

Harold Land, Harold In The Land Of Jazz

Helen Merrell With Clifford Brown

Howard Rumsey’s Sunday Jazz A La Lighthouse

The Jimmy Giuffre 3

Jimmy Raney & Kenny Burrell 2 Guitars

  1. leeklein
    April 20, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    interesting site. jazz is like an abstract painting!

    lee klein

  2. Ephriam Turner
    December 17, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Don’t know how I got here, but I like and am looking to drill down into it. I like the fact that I have your twelve essentials.

  3. Tony
    January 20, 2010 at 4:38 am

    Very nice blog dave!
    Cool essential list too.

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