Whether you’re getting into jazz for the first time or wanting to experience the glory of 20th century jazz masters, here are 10 recordings we think will live on into the 22nd century. Enjoy!
1. Charlie Parker ‘Yardbird Suite’
Arv Garrison on guitar. Also Miles Davis trumpet; Lucky Thompson tenor sax; Dodo Mamarosa piano; Vic McMillan bass and Roy Porter drums. Recorded in Santa Monica, CA on March 28, 1946.
2. Frank Sinatra ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’, TV special on ABC, 1956
3. Nina Simone ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me’ the best known song from her first album back in 1957, Jazz As Played in an Exclusive Side Street Club
4. Mose Allison ‘Your Mind Is On Vacation’ from a live television performance, Soundstage, Chicago – December 22, 1975
Mose Allison – vocals & piano, Jack Hannah – bass and Jerry Granelli – drums.
5. Herbie Hancock ‘Chameleon’ one of the funkiest jazz tracks every recorded, inspired by Herbie’s fanlust for the music of Sly and The Family Stone. Here is the beginning of much modern music.
6.Lenny Breau ‘Mercy, Mercy, Mercy’ from the classic 1968 album The Velvet Touch of Lenny Breau Live!, an album treasured by every fan of jazz guitar, and every jazz guitar player. Chet Atkins called Breau “the best guitar player who ever lived”.
7. Jimmy Smith ‘See See Rider’ from the guy who brought the Hammond B3 organ out of the church into the jazz clubs. Oh man, this guy is terrific! As was his band. This cut is from his 1959 album Home Cookin’, a Must Have recording.
8. Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane ‘Monk’s Mood’ First track from The Carnegie Hall Concert album. Carnegie Hall, New York, NY (11/29/1957).
Thelonious Monk (piano); John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); Ahmed Abdul-Malik (bass); Shadow Wilson (drums).
9. Billie Holiday ‘I’m A Fool to Want You’ from her 1958 album Lady in Satin, when she was approaching the end of her life. Her ravaged voice was still a glorious instrument.
10.Quincy Jones ‘Killer Joe’ with the great Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Hubert Laws on flute and the simply incredible Ray Brown on bass. From the 1969 classic album Walking in Space. Won 2 Grammy Awards – should have won 22.