Jazz Album Recommendations Master-list
Updated: May 7, 2021
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Bands that are big.
Duke Ellington at Newport - Duke Ellington Youtube / Spotify
Sinatra and Basie - Frank Sinatra, Count Basie Youtube / Spotify
Reserved solos over structures which tend to be open to more harmonic interpretation. Notably developed on the west coast of North America.
Prioritises harmonic complexity, fast tempos, and virtuosic playing.
Came after bebop. More effort put into composition, influenced by other popular music from the African diaspora at the time such as rhythm and blues. Existed and grew parallel to cool jazz.
Study In Brown - Clifford Brown and Max Roach Youtube / Spotify
Emphasising constant forward momentum with rhythmically identifiable patterns from Cuba, Brazil, and other Latin American countries.
Irakere Live at Ronnie Scott's Birmingham - Irakere Youtube / Spotify
Getz / Gilberto - João Gilberto, Stan Getz Youtube / Spotify
Cannonball's Bossa Nova - Cannonball Adderley Youtube / Spotify
Pre-bebop, with the basis of improvisation usually being the melody instead of the underlying chords.
Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven - Louis Armstrong Youtube / Spotify
The Port of Harlem Jazzmen (Complete Recordings) Spotify
A fusion of jazz and rock, featuring heavy experimentation with electronic instruments.
Ambiguously defined, somewhere between hard-bop and avant-garde jazz. Less structured than the former but not quite as limitless as the latter.
Nearly no harmonic structure. Completely free improvisation based on active musical communication between musicians. Can be a challenging listen.
The Shape of Jazz to Come - Ornette Coleman Youtube / Spotify
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