Must Have Jazz Albums 

In no particular order, you should OWN these albums!  Be sure to read the liner notes too!  

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1. Miles Davis - Kind of Blue

2. Charlie Parker - Complete Dial and Savoy

3. John Coltrane - Giant Steps

4. Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus

5. Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um

6. John Coltrane - A Love Supreme

7. Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage

8. Bill Evans - Live at the Village Vanguard

9. Horace Silver - Song For My Father

10. Lee Morgan - Search for the New Land

11. Duke Ellington: The Blanton Webster Band

12. Artie Shaw: Stardust (w/Jenny, B'field), 1954 Gramercy 5

13. Sonny Rollins: Worktime

14. Lester Young: Complete Aladdin Sessions

15. Basie: Complete Decca recordings

16. Billie Holiday: Columbia dates w/Teddy Wilson, Pres

17. Sonny Stitt: Plays Quincy Jones, other Roost sessions

18. Chet Baker: Quartet w/Russ Freeman, Pacific Jazz

19. Dizzy Gillespie: Almost anything between 1945 and the quintet w/James Moody (ca. 1965)

20. Clifford Brown: Anything! Max Clifford, w/Blakey, w/strings, in Paris, in Stockholm

21. Zoot Sims: the Pablo recordings

22. Phil Woods: Early Prestige dates

23. Louis Armstrong "Plays W.C. Handy"

24. Duke Ellington "Far East Suite"

25. Coleman Hawkins "Encounters Ben Webster"

26. Charlie Parker "Jazz At Massey Hall"

27. Miles Davis "Miles Smiles"

28. John Coltrane "A Love Supreme"

29. Ornette Coleman "At The Golden Circle, Vol.I"

30. Charles Mingus "Let My Children Hear Music"

31. Art Ensemble Of Chicago "Les Stances A Sophie"                          

32. Dave Douglas "Strange Liberation"

33. Miles Davis - Round About Midnight

34. Miles Davis - Milestones

35. Cannonball Adderley - Somethin' Else

36. Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage

37. Abdullah Ibrahim - Water From An Ancient Well

38. John Coltrane - Coltrane's Sound

39.  Miles Davis - Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet

40.  Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers - Moanin'

41.  Miles Davis - Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet

42.  Miles Davis - Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet

43.  Paul Motian - On Broadway Vol 1

44.  Dave Holland Quartet - Conference of the Birds

45.  Herbie Hancock - Takin' Off

46.  Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell Vol 1

47.  Sarah Vaughan - After Hours

48.  Billie Holiday - The Quintessential Vol 6

49.  Charlie Hunter - Natty Dread

50.  Bill Evans - Waltz for Debby

51.  McCoy Tyner - The Real McCoy