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Initial post: 3 Jun 2011 16:31:47 BDT
zargb5 says:
Just out of sheer boredom one evening i decided to look at the top 100 jazz albums in the amazon chart. Not much evidence of jazz in there to be frank. Anyone else even bother to look at it? i know i won't again. Who is it actually meant for?

Posted on 3 Jun 2011 18:31:02 BDT
R. K. Hunter says:
Hi zargb5 here is the list i found on and apart from a few people like Brad Mehldau and The Bad Plus who i would not bother with as i find both a waste of time space and money. if you had this list you would have a pretty good set of Jazz albums, anything with a star i own and would miss if not in my collection + ones I would like to get some time soon.
The Shape Of Jazz To Come (US Re... by Ornette Coleman $4.99 *
2. A Love Supreme by John Coltrane $8.05 *
3. Bird And Diz by Dizzy Gillespie $9.49 *
4. Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis $9.99 *
5. Ella and Louis by Ella Fitzgerald $9.49*
6. Getz/Gilberto by João Gilberto $8.99+
7. Concert By The Sea by Erroll Garner $8.99 *
8. The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady by Charles Mingus $9.49 *
9. Speak No Evil by Wayne Shorter $8.93
10. Straight, No Chaser by Thelonious Monk $9.99*
11. The Köln Concert by Keith Jarrett $9.49+
12. Moanin' (The Rudy Van Gelder Edi... by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers $9.24 *
13. Chet Baker Sings by Chet Baker $9.49 *
14. Blue Train (Rudy Van Gelder Edit... by John Coltrane $6.88*
15. Out To Lunch (The Rudy Van Gelde... by Eric Dolphy $8.95 *
16. Piano Starts Here by Art Tatum $9.99 *
17. Go! (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) by Dexter Gordon $7.94*
18. Count Basie At Newport by Count Basie $9.49*
19. Journey In Satchidananda by Alice Coltrane $7.99
20. Time Out by The Dave Brubeck Quartet $6.99*
21. Everybody Digs Bill Evans [Keepn... by Bill Evans $8.86*
22. Duke Ellington & John Coltrane by Duke Ellington $6.93*
23. Naked City by John Zorn $9.99
24. Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy by Louis Armstrong & His All Stars $9.99*
25. At Carnegie Hall by Thelonious Monk Quartet With Joh... $7.99*
26. Clifford Brown And Max Roach by Max Roach $9.49*
27. Afro by Dizzy Gillespie $6.99+
28. Sketches Of Spain by Miles Davis $9.99*
29. Karma by Pharoah Sanders $9.49
30. Straight Ahead by Abbey Lincoln $6.93*
31. Charlie Parker With Strings: Com... by Charlie Parker $9.49*
32. Somethin' Else (Rudy Van Gelder ... by Cannonball Adderley $8.91*
33. Lady In Satin by Billie Holiday $9.99*
34. Body & Soul by Coleman Hawkins $9.99*
35. A Night in Tunisia (The Rudy Van... by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers $7.93*
36. Afternoon In Paris by Stéphane Grappelli $8.99
37. Compulsion by Andrew Hill $7.96+
38. Monk'S Dream by Thelonious Monk Quartet $9.99*
39. Suspicious Activity? by The Bad Plus
40. Bitches Brew by Miles Davis $14.99*
41. Takin' Off (Rudy Van Gelder Edit... by Herbie Hancock $9.49
42. The Famous Carnegie Hall Jazz Co... by Benny Goodman $13.26*
43. Oscar Peterson Trio At The Strat... by The Oscar Peterson Trio $9.49*
44. The Sidewinder (The Rudy Van Gel... by Lee Morgan $9.49*
45. The Great Summit - The Master Tapes by Duke Ellington & Louis Armstrong $5.99*
46. Gershwin Plays Rhapsody In Blue by George Gershwin+
47. Idle Moments by Grant Green $9.49*
48. Secrets Of The Sun by Sun Ra $8.99+
49. Mythologies by Patricia Barber $9.49
50. Charles Mingus Presents Charles ... by Charles Mingus $7.99*
51. Such Sweet Thunder by Duke Ellington*
52. The Great American Songbook by Carmen McRae $10.69
53. Once Upon A Summertime by Blossom Dearie $9.12+
54. Unit Structures by Cecil Taylor $6.99+
55. Hamp & Getz by Lionel Hampton $6.99*
56. Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley by Nancy Wilson And Cannonball Adde... $9.49
57. Song Of Innocence by David Axelrod $6.93
58. Heavy Weather by Weather Report $9.99
59. Slug's Saloon (disc 1) by Albert Ayler $8.99+
60. Trio Jeepy by Branford Marsalis $8.99
61. We Free Kings by Roland Kirk $8.99+
62. Travelin' Light by Shirley Horn $9.49
63. A Night At The Village Vanguard ... by Sonny Rollins $9.49*
64. Live In Paris by Diana Krall $9.49
65. Clifford Brown With Strings by Clifford Brown $9.49*
66. Bags & Trane (US Release) by Milt Jackson & John Coltrane $7.92*
67. Midnight Blue (The Rudy Van Geld... by Kenny Burrell $8.91+
68. Don't Go To Strangers by Etta Jones $7.65
69. Ellis In Wonderland by Herb Ellis $7.92*
70. Jazz Impressions Of Black Orpheus by Vince Guaraldi Trio $7.92+
71. Blue Rose by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra R... $8.99*
72. Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section by Art Pepper $8.99*
73. Helen Merill by Helen Merrill $6.93*
74. The Blues and the Abstract Truth by Oliver Nelson $5.99*
75. School Days by Stanley Clarke $5.99
76. Elegiac Cycle by Brad Mehldau $9.99
77. Wish by Joshua Redman
78. Artist In Residence by Jason Moran $9.49
79. Ahmad's Blues by Ahmad Jamal $9.49
80. Sax Pax For A Sax by Moondog $8.99
81. Black Codes (From The Underground) by Wynton Marsalis $6.93
82. The Right Touch by Duke Pearson $6.93+
83. The Astrud Gilberto Album by Astrud Gilberto $8.86+
84. Return To Forever by Chick Corea $9.49
85. Blues Dream by Bill Frisell
86. One Night Stand - The Town Hall ... by Sarah Vaughn & Lester Young $9.49+
87. Whipped Cream & Other Delights by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass $9.99
88. Full Force by Art Ensemble Of Chicago $9.49*
89. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones by Bela Fleck & The Flecktones $9.99
90. Mood Indigo by Jimmy Scott $9.49
91. Elis & Tom by Elis Regina $9.49
92. Offramp by Pat Metheny Group $9.49
93. Stan Getz And The Oscar Peterson... by Stan Getz $9.49*
94. Husky by Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet $8.99
95. Come Play With Me by Cuong Vu $8.99
96. Five Compositions (quartet) - 1986 by Anthony Braxton $4.45+
97. Careless Love by Madeleine Peyroux $9.99
98. Jaco Pastorius by Jaco Pastorius $8.99
99. M'Boom by Max Roach $8.99+
100. In My Element by Robert Glasper $9.49

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jun 2011 01:18:55 BDT
Ajarn Col says:
I've never seen this jazz chart to offer an opinion. Where is it to be found ?


I note that you'd like to get Gershwin Plays Rhapsody In Blue at some time in the near future. I'm not sure if our tastes entirely correspond , but I found the below an outstanding performance of "Rhapsody".

Posted on 4 Jun 2011 05:54:13 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Jun 2011 05:56:54 BDT
Carradale says:
That's a pretty good list RK.

Here's a similar one which I found useful when I started in seriously on jazz several years ago. It's an ongoing poll .

Artist Title Year
1 Miles Davis Kind of Blue 1959
2 John Coltrane A Love Supreme 1964
3 Charles Mingus Mingus Ah Um 1959
4 The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out 1959
5 Cannonball Adderley Somethin' Else 1958
6 Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus 1956
7 John Coltrane Giant Steps 1959
8 Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers Moanin' 1958
9 Herbie Hancock Maiden Voyage 1965
10 Thelonious Monk Brilliant Corners 1956
11 Bill Evans Trio Waltz for Debby 1961
12 Keith Jarrett The Koln Concert 1975
13 Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto Getz/Gilberto 1963
14 Eric Dolphy Out to Lunch! 1964
15 John Coltrane Blue Train 1957
16 Louis Armstrong Hot Fives & Sevens 1928
17 Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come 1959
18 Lee Morgan The Sidewinder 1963
19 Wayne Shorter Speak No Evil 1964
20 Miles Davis Bitches Brew 1969
21 Charlie Parker The Savoy & Dial Studio Sessions 1948
22 The Horace Silver Quintet Song for My Father 1964
23 Oliver Nelson The Blues & the Abstract Truth 1961
24 Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Ellington At Newport [2CD] 1956
25 Charles Mingus Black Saint & the Sinner Lady 1963
26 Bill Evans Trio Sunday at the Village Vanguard 1961
27 Wes Montgomery Incredible Jazz Guitar 1960
28 Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong Ella & Louis 1956
29 John Coltrane My Favorite Things 1960
30 Dexter Gordon Go! 1962
31 Weather Report Heavy Weather 1977
32 Chet Baker The Best of Chet Baker Sings 1956
33 The Oscar Peterson Trio Night Train 1962
34 Herbie Hancock Head Hunters 1973
35 Billie Holiday Lady Day [2CD] 1944
36 Miles Davis In a Silent Way 1969
37 Kenny Burrell Midnight Blue 1963
38 Hank Mobley Soul Station 1960
39 Clifford Brown & Max Roach Study in Brown 1955
40 McCoy Tyner The Real McCoy 1967
41 Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section 1957
42 Count Basie Orchestra The Complete Atomic Basie 1957
43 Thelonious Monk w/ John Coltrane At Carnegie Hall 1957
44 Miles Davis Birth of the Cool 1950
45 The Quintet (w/ Charlie Parker) Jazz At Massey Hall 1952
46 Mahavishnu Orchestra The Inner Mounting Flame 1971
47 Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert [2CD] 1938
48 Lester Young With the Oscar Peterson Trio 1952
49 Grant Green Idle Moments 1963
50 Andrew Hill Point of Departure 1964
51 Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Blanton-Webster Recordings 1942
52 Modern Jazz Quartet Django 1955
53 Miles Davis Sketches Of Spain 1960
54 Chick Corea Return to Forever 1972
55 Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie Bird and Diz 1950
56 Coleman Hawkins Body & Soul [RCA] 1956
57 Pat Metheny Bright Size Life 1975
58 Sonny Clark Cool Struttin' 1958
59 Clifford Brown & Max Roach Clifford Brown & Max Roach 1954
60 Erroll Garner Concert by the Sea 1955
61 Albert Ayler Trio Spiritual Unity 1964
62 Django Reinhardt Best of Django Reinhardt 1940
63 Ornette Coleman Free Jazz 1960
64 Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius 1976
65 Sarah Vaughan w/ Clifford Brown Sarah Vaughan w/ Clifford Brown 1954
66 Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd Jazz Samba 1962
67 Larry Young Unity 1965
68 Jimmy Smith The Sermon 1958
69 Ben Webster Soulville 1958
70 Frank Sinatra Sinatra At the Sands 1966
71 Joe Henderson Page One 1963
72 Bud Powell The Amazing Bud Powell (Vol 1) 1951
73 Art Blakey Quintet A Night at Birdland Vol. 1 1954
74 John Abercrombie Timeless 1974
75 The Gil Evans Orchestra Out of the Cool 1960
76 Thelonious Monk The Best of the Blue Note Years 1952
77 Ella Fitzgerald The Best of the Song Books 1964
78 The Gerry Mulligan Quartet The Best of... with Chet Baker 1953
79 Count Basie Orchestra April in Paris 1956
80 Brad Mehldau The Art of the Trio - Volume Three 1998
81 Joe Pass Virtuoso 1973
82 Dexter Gordon Our Man in Paris 1963
83 Sidney Bechet Legendary Sidney Bechet 1941
84 Freddie Hubbard Open Sesame 1960
85 Miles Davis Round About Midnight 1956
86 Sonny Rollins Tenor Madness 1956
87 Fats Waller The Very Best Of Fats Waller 1940
88 Gillespie, Rollins & Stitt Sonny Side Up 1957
89 Louis Armstrong Plays W C Handy 1954
90 Diana Krall All For You 1995
91 Bix Beiderbecke At the Jazz Band Ball [ASV] 1928
92 John Scofield A Go Go 1997
93 Ahmad Jamal At the Pershing/But Not For Me 1958
94 Duke Ellington w/ Mingus & Roach Money Jungle 1962
95 Dave Holland Quartet Conference of the Birds 1972
96 Bill Evans Trio Portrait In Jazz 1959
97 Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny Beyond the Missouri Sky 1996
98 Cecil Taylor Unit Structures 1966
99 Wynton Marsalis Black Codes 1985
100 Charles Mingus Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus 1963

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jun 2011 05:56:09 BDT
Carradale says:
Yes where is the chart you mention zargb5?

Posted on 4 Jun 2011 12:41:34 BDT
Lez Lee says:
Can only find Top 10 at :

Top is Hugh Laurie!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jun 2011 13:01:47 BDT
R. K. Hunter says:
Hi Lez Lez, Eric Idle needed here "Say No More".

Posted on 4 Jun 2011 13:19:26 BDT
Ajarn Col says:
I found Hugh Laurie's album a pretty mediocre attempt at blues despite it's general popularity and being mislead by either Jez Nelson , or was it the Guardian jazz critic (?) waxing lyrical about a live performance on Jazz on 3 recently.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jun 2011 13:46:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Jun 2011 13:47:42 BDT
Carradale says:
It is surely the dog standing on its hind legs thing coming into play in some form here? That an actor/ comedian can have another skill clouding the judgement?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jun 2011 13:49:48 BDT
Carradale says:
I meant that of critics and fans. Not your judgement, AC!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jun 2011 13:51:31 BDT
R. K. Hunter says:
Hi Ajarn Col, there was a doc about him on ITV 3/4 Sunday's ago , I saw the extracts and thought better of it, do not think I missed much.

Posted on 5 Jun 2011 00:47:07 BDT
zargb5 says:
I think it was jazz mp3 download chart. Or maybe it was really late and i misinterpreted something.

Posted on 5 Jun 2011 23:11:38 BDT
Unbelievable that the "Top 100" (!) contain NOTHING by Tubby Hayes, Joe Harriot, Michael Garrick, Nucleus, Stan Tracey, Tim Whitehead, Tim Garland, Gwilym Simcock, etc etc. Brits play GREAT JAZZ.

G.P Cornwall

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jun 2011 07:58:21 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Jun 2011 07:50:18 BDT
Carradale says:
Yes some great stuff on your lisr. GP. Have still not found the chart but if it is a top 100 of downloads by UK buyers then that is a bit sad but not surprising. So many people dismiss jazz which is not from the US. And I think the British Trad revival of the 50s turned younger generations off the genre for a while

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jun 2011 22:36:18 BDT
Saw an half hour docu on his "blues" album and 'blues with a feelin' it 'aint. Whyis it that successful actors always seem to think they must be equally good as musicians and vice versa,

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jun 2011 22:47:22 BDT
R. K. Hunter says:
Hi Peter Anderson, Ego I suppose or a manager with an eye for an easy buck and way to dupe people.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2012 11:56:05 GMT
Bazzieman says:
Hi Carradale- very helpful list. But your link no longer works.

Posted on 13 Jan 2012 16:40:37 GMT
Mark Porter says:
Well guys, I submit (with due humility) my own personal list for your consideration:-

Archie Shepp "Four for Trane"
Don Cherry "Symphony for improvisors"
Albert Ayler "Spirits / Witches&Devils"
Pharoah Sanders "Pharoah"
Charles Mingus "Mingus Dynasty"
Sun Ra "Heliocentric worlds of Sun Ra vol II"
Sun Ra "Futuristic sounds of Sun Ra"
New York Art Quartet "New York Art Quartet"
Ornette Coleman "Ornette!" (sic!)
John Coltrane "Coltrane plays the blues"

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2012 19:42:58 GMT
M. Adams says:
What strikes me about these lists, is not only that there is no British jazz, but nothing from outside the USA at all. It's a matter of opinion and taste and all that, but REALLY? Nothing? Not even Django Reinhardt? Nothing from the whole of the old world since jazz began than Diana Krall and Bela Fleck? I don't understand.

Posted on 15 Jan 2012 09:53:43 GMT
Mark Porter says:
Is Ms Krall not American either???

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2012 12:49:36 GMT
Ajarn Col says:
Diana Krall is indeed North American by birth - but of the Canadian variety.

Posted on 15 Jan 2012 15:22:23 GMT
Mark Porter says:
Ah a canuck okay - thanks AC for the clarification.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2012 22:08:57 GMT
Paul G. says:
Harriott was Jamaican and none of the Brits you mentioned has made an album worthy of a top 100 placing IMHO.It's all subjective anyway.I've always thought 'A Love Supreme' over rated and when did Miles Davis really play jazz, but who cares? Like what you like - listen to everything you can and make your own minds up.
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