JAZZ IS LIKE HEROIN TO ME ! ! ! ~~~~ ILM POST-1945 JAZZ ALBUMS POLL - THE RESULTS COUNTDOWN (now counting top 25!)

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THANKS to all who voted. 39 ballots is more than double what I expected so thank you very very much for taking the time to fill out a ballot,it's much appreciated, and I hope you enjoy the results.

A HUGE thanks to seandalai for doing all the work and making this poll happen. Without him it would not be possible so please direct all your thanks to him!

As I'm doing a top 250 roll-out I thought I'd start today,I like to give the lesser known albums 15 minutes of ILM fame. For those who are only interested in the top 150 join us on Monday if you like, but I sure hope you hang around and check out some good albums.

I'm sure the results will be controversial as albums I was sure would be top 50 missed out on the 250, and albums I don't know got in, but it wouldn't be an ILM poll without some controversy, just play nice, ok? :)
It will certainly maintain the suspense all the way.

And now, Howard will present you with the Spirit Of Jazz to give you the results..
http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/mightyboosh/images/series1/ep7/ep7_4.jpg

250 - 250    Thelonious Monk - Criss Cross    359 points   4 votes  
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51si8FzN5UL._SL500_AA300_.jpg
http://open.spotify.com/album/0QTVbs5gj4pbv3Je4fJ3VI
 

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Saturday, 27 August 2011 15:22 (eight years ago) link

I don't have this one. Crap, I'm gonna be buying way too much jazz in coming weeks aren't I.

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 27 August 2011 15:30 (eight years ago) link

Ha, I was thinking something similar.

Don't ask for the steening, ask for the HOOS (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 27 August 2011 15:32 (eight years ago) link

Nice way to start. Made my list. Title track is gargantuan. I love the way Monk plays these melodic little trills and ends them with an unexpected but still somehow tastefully chosen PLONK.

Spectrist, Saturday, 27 August 2011 15:35 (eight years ago) link

I don't have it either. Will be playing that spotify.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Saturday, 27 August 2011 15:51 (eight years ago) link

top 250? my goodness

will try to read along

zvookster, Saturday, 27 August 2011 15:53 (eight years ago) link

249    Herbie Hancock - Blow-Up    364 Points,   3 Votes
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_GGohtV3oH8A/Sn2jyJrhKCI/AAAAAAAAAZQ/8H3SBeWYuo0/s320/blowup.jpg
http://open.spotify.com/album/3PeSy6F5JfIi7cjpqmEdKr

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Saturday, 27 August 2011 15:54 (eight years ago) link

this is one of the herbies i don't have.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Saturday, 27 August 2011 16:01 (eight years ago) link

yeah i don't have it either.
re: monk, it's funny -- when i first started getting into jazz people told me to avoid monk's 60s columbia records. but they're great! for the most part anyway. and the recordings themselves are wonderful, much better production values than his 50s stuff.

tylerw, Saturday, 27 August 2011 16:10 (eight years ago) link

criss cross too low!

i missed the voting thread or I would have voted sorry yall

ive never heard blow up

D-40, Saturday, 27 August 2011 16:13 (eight years ago) link

was hoping you would vote deej, hope you hang around for the results.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Saturday, 27 August 2011 16:20 (eight years ago) link

next one up is one I thought might be top 100

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Saturday, 27 August 2011 16:20 (eight years ago) link

248    Gil Evans - out of the cool    365 Points, 3 Voters
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/417PS2X5SHL._SL500_AA300_.jpg
http://open.spotify.com/album/1aCRy8c7fwUsNpZM5jxqQU

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Saturday, 27 August 2011 16:22 (eight years ago) link

250!?! Damn.

I'll check back around top 50 or so.

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 27 August 2011 16:26 (eight years ago) link

how predictable. Dont you just hate people who only like the canon?

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Saturday, 27 August 2011 16:33 (eight years ago) link

Anyway i hope everyone else enjoys checking out the rest of the albums.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Saturday, 27 August 2011 16:35 (eight years ago) link

har har. Don't think you want to go there again.

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 27 August 2011 16:36 (eight years ago) link

i wondered why you did

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Saturday, 27 August 2011 16:36 (eight years ago) link

I shoulda known better. Some things won't change.

Have fun, I'll check it out later.

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 27 August 2011 16:39 (eight years ago) link

i hope you do. The countdown and comments are the best thing. Don't get the just want to know the results thing but hey-ho. Each to their own.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Saturday, 27 August 2011 16:41 (eight years ago) link

Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street 367 Points, 3 Votes
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41J3TY1ESJL._SL500_AA300_.jpg
http://open.spotify.com/album/1JtqZokXUT3yXYPsAQFXso

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Saturday, 27 August 2011 16:42 (eight years ago) link

thats #247 btw

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Saturday, 27 August 2011 16:42 (eight years ago) link

so low!!!! that record is incredible, best Clifford Brown??

D-40, Saturday, 27 August 2011 16:44 (eight years ago) link

xxp Didn't vote for that or any Gil Evans, only know him from his work w miles, Checking it out now, it great though only a few tracks from the album are available on spottify in the us. "Where Flamingos Fly" is incredible beautiful and haunting. david Lynch vibes

dsb, Saturday, 27 August 2011 16:45 (eight years ago) link

Clifford Brown's trumpet tone was so huge

D-40, Saturday, 27 August 2011 16:48 (eight years ago) link

hey everyone feel free to predict what will be top 10 or 20 if you like. See if anyone can get close.
What all do you hope makes it?

deej what would your #1 have been?

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Saturday, 27 August 2011 16:52 (eight years ago) link

(just dont post your ballots)

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Saturday, 27 August 2011 16:53 (eight years ago) link

kind of blue if i'm feeling lazy. I'd have to think about what else but that's such an easy / true choice

D-40, Saturday, 27 August 2011 16:56 (eight years ago) link

it was tough deciding. I'd probably have a different #1 each day if you asked me over 10 days.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Saturday, 27 August 2011 16:59 (eight years ago) link

246    Charles Mingus - Blues And Roots    369 Points, 4 Votes
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/7a/Bluroots_mingus.jpg
http://open.spotify.com/album/6YTb5avpSPK5ig5jBFxM8L

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Saturday, 27 August 2011 17:08 (eight years ago) link

great album, would prob pick the clifford brown & monk records ahead of it though

D-40, Saturday, 27 August 2011 17:10 (eight years ago) link

This album is not available in the United States
:(
I don't know that album too well, never owned it, probably need to correct that, mainly voted for it on the basis of "Moanin'". Speaking of which, onetime we had a little thread about it
TS Moanin' vs. Moanin'

Don't ask for the steening, ask for the HOOS (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 27 August 2011 17:16 (eight years ago) link

Actually heard a great version of that song three Mondays ago from the Mingus Big Band at the Jazz Standard which is a regular gig that I highly recommend to any one reading this thread who is in the city on a Monday night. Boris K quoted the signature "Moanin'" lick on his bass in another song, can't remember which, but it was the first or second tune and then near the end of the set Conrad H said "OK, we are going to call an audible now" at which point Lauren S started the song on its proper instrument, the bari sax.

Don't ask for the steening, ask for the HOOS (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 27 August 2011 17:28 (eight years ago) link

might be worth doing a search on spotify if albums I link aren't available, as sometimes there will be a version available to the US we don't get due to licensing.
xps

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Saturday, 27 August 2011 17:28 (eight years ago) link

OK, I'll try that, thanks.

Don't ask for the steening, ask for the HOOS (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 27 August 2011 17:30 (eight years ago) link

Right now listening to Max Roach & Clifford Brown anyway, had something else on them but never heard this album. Amazing.

Don't ask for the steening, ask for the HOOS (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 27 August 2011 17:32 (eight years ago) link

thats their best together imo

D-40, Saturday, 27 August 2011 17:33 (eight years ago) link

245 Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity Arkestra - Strange Strings    373 Points, 4 Votes
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_CZ-XNOup4P0/SwIImow1TCI/AAAAAAAAAVI/d9k22slb8O0/s1600/02.jpg
http://open.spotify.com/album/0mhRXVlIDo03GqnNCEBDjf

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Saturday, 27 August 2011 17:38 (eight years ago) link

I did say some really good albums were in the lower reaches. Some really good ones didn't even make the cut!

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Saturday, 27 August 2011 17:38 (eight years ago) link

And I mean GOOD albums. Albums I thought might be top 100.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Saturday, 27 August 2011 17:42 (eight years ago) link

Wow, so far two of mine have made it (Basin St. and Strange Strings).

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 27 August 2011 17:46 (eight years ago) link

Bet you're glad it's a top 250!

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Saturday, 27 August 2011 17:54 (eight years ago) link

Strange Strings is spectacular, though it's almost closer to Harry Partch than it is to "Jazz".

The only thing I know about the Blow-Up soundtrack is that it's the source of the main sample in "Groove is in the Heart".

dubplates and monster munch (seandalai), Saturday, 27 August 2011 18:05 (eight years ago) link

243 Sonny Sharrock - Guitar 376 Points, 2 Votes
http://jazzbluesclub.com/uploads/posts/thumbs/1275211459_sonny.jpg
http://open.spotify.com/album/4aj1w1pMSVv3O2q7yZrEjt

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Saturday, 27 August 2011 18:18 (eight years ago) link

Lotta great shit down at the bottom - I love 60s Monk on Columbia.

that's not funny. (unperson), Saturday, 27 August 2011 18:23 (eight years ago) link

That is why I did the top 250. Just because it's not in the top 50 doesn't mean it's no good. Hopefully others will check this good stuff out, I know I will be checking out the stuff I don't know.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Saturday, 27 August 2011 18:27 (eight years ago) link

oops that's a tie with
TIE
243    Milford Graves - Babi    376 Points, 2 Voters 

http://www.recordmania.net/media/covers/WJF44104.jpg

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Saturday, 27 August 2011 18:40 (eight years ago) link

Always meant to check Milford Graves out, shame it's not on Spotify.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Saturday, 27 August 2011 18:54 (eight years ago) link

I believe Guitar was my #7.

little mushroom person (abanana), Saturday, 27 August 2011 18:58 (eight years ago) link

next one up I was sure would be top 100

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Saturday, 27 August 2011 19:02 (eight years ago) link

his compilations get shrifted. even something like "never no lament" gets talked about more than listened to!

Never No Lament is only a compilation because the LP record wouldn't exist for another six or seven years at the time these recordings were made.

How are you measuring how much it gets listened to vs. talked about? The 78s on this set were big sellers in their day; their profound brilliance and innovation aside, they were listened to (and, significantly, danced to) constantly by millions, perhaps hundreds of millions, of people.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 9 October 2015 19:52 (four years ago) link

otm

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Saturday, 10 October 2015 05:38 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-34827355

Miles Davis, the trumpeter whose lyrical playing and ever-changing style made him a touchstone of 20th Century music, has been voted the greatest jazz artist of all time.

The musician beat the likes of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday - all of whom made the top 10.

Votes were cast by listeners of BBC Radio and Jazz FM, and revealed on pop-up radio station BBC Music Jazz.

Jazz FM presenter Helen Mayhew called Davis "the epitome of cool".

"Miles was at the forefront of key developments in the sound of jazz through each decade of his long career.

"He's also responsible for recording the biggest-selling and most universally loved jazz album of them all, the 1959 album Kind of Blue."

The full top 10 - derived from a shortlist of 50 - was:

Miles Davis
Louis Armstrong
Duke Ellington
John Coltrane
Ella Fitzgerald
Charlie Parker
Billie Holiday
Thelonious Monk (8=)
Bill Evans (8=)
Oscar Peterson

Describing the top 10 as "the best of the best," Radio 3's Geoffrey Smith said the first three positions were all occupied by "immortals" of jazz music.

He described them as "Duke, the orchestral master; Louis, the father of us all; and Miles, the essence of the ever-changing contemporary spirit."

Raised in St Louis, Missouri, Davis pioneered several styles of jazz - including cool jazz, hard-bop, modal jazz, jazz-rock, jazz-funk and the use of electronics.

"To be and stay a great musician. you've got to always be open to what's new, what's happening at the moment," he wrote in his autobiography.

"You have to be able to absorb it if you're going to continue to grow and communicate your music."

The first jazz musician to incorporate the rhythms of rock and roll, he became an inspiration for generations.

Among his best-selling albums were the experimental, improvised double set Bitches' Brew and the meticulous, introspective Birth of the Cool, a compilation that charted his development of the cool jazz sound.

Cosmic Slop, Sunday, 15 November 2015 18:26 (four years ago) link

three years pass...

fun times with deej itt

Friedrich B. Neechy (Oor Neechy), Monday, 18 February 2019 23:34 (one year ago) link

i stand by my posts itt!

also btw isn't this the anniversary of ILX's number one jazz album!

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 00:05 (one year ago) link

Count Basie doesn't get enough hipster kisses

brimstead, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 01:36 (one year ago) link

sarahel this thread

Friedrich B. Neechy (Oor Neechy), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 12:01 (one year ago) link

Alex OTM that the lack of Jarrett is a shocker - Vienna Concert is top 50 minimum.

Bill Evans - Sunday at the Village Vanguard is toooooooo low.

Your dad's Carlos Boozer and you keep him alive (fionnland), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 12:21 (one year ago) link

btw deej didn't vote so that is what antagonized a lot of people itt.

I was quite thankful for his presence as it kickstarted the convo and a lot of great music got discovered by people reading the thread due to him

Friedrich B. Neechy (Oor Neechy), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 12:23 (one year ago) link

I once played a Keith Jarrett trio record for my dad and he said "he's just playing warmups out of the Hanon book." Today that's kind of how I feel about Jarrett.

Forgot about this thread even though I was all over it.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 15:23 (one year ago) link

perfectly timed bump-- i just started playing drums and i'm looking for more jazz to listen to beyond the rockist canon.
say what you will about jarrett but i will not tolerate any ill will towards dejohnette

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 19:07 (one year ago) link

no ill will here toward dejohnette

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 19:43 (one year ago) link

not a Jarrett marcher myself tbh, find him truly abhorrent to listen to and a massively pumped up technician or something. And will stan for any '58 - '63 top vintage hard bop over most spiritual jazz, but in a controversy free manner where I don't actually post anything in response to responders and still like lots of what is classified spiritual jazz as well tbf.

calzino, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 19:50 (one year ago) link

it's hard to picture coltrane allowing a release with a title and cover as on the nose as this

https://img.discogs.com/U5ZOt_NtU3-_8dgQzA4q5fB0gyM=/fit-in/600x600/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-873261-1332868754.jpeg.jpg

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 20:09 (one year ago) link

not a Jarrett marcher myself tbh, find him truly abhorrent to listen to and a massively pumped up technician or something.

Yeah, I think the main reason I enjoyed those trio records in retrospect was the interplay btw peacock and dejohnette. And the solo records are a new agey snooze. The most I ever enjoyed him was on electric miles records, and I heard he didn't like playing on them. Maybe someone needed to make him uncomfortable.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 20:10 (one year ago) link

How did the Individualism of Gil Evans only come 323rd?! Sheesh.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 21:07 (one year ago) link

xp ha! I guess I had never seen that cover, only know Om from that compiled "works" release.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 21:14 (one year ago) link

Many many xps: this Blue Camel album is fantastic. The only other work of his I know is Journey to the Centre of an Egg from 2006(?), which is also excellent.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 21:16 (one year ago) link

deej do you consider Kamasi Washington to be "spiritual hat jazz"? I haven't given him enough time but I get a bit of that vibe.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 16:41 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

i expect deej will think that. He wouldn't be wrong tbf

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Sunday, 20 October 2019 16:26 (nine months ago) link

four months pass...

Reposting this for the benefit of TT and LJ.

Recap 250-1

250 Thelonious Monk - Criss Cross (1963) 359 4
249 Herbie Hancock - Blow-Up (1966) 364 3
248 gil evans - out of the cool (1960) 365 3
247 Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street (1956) 367 3
246 Charles Mingus - Blues And Roots (1959) 369 4
245 Sun Ra - Strange Strings (1966) 373 4
243(tie)Sonny Sharrock - Guitar (1986) 376 2
243(tie)243 Milford Graves - Babi (1977) 376 2
242 Art Ensemble Of Chicago - Message To Our Folks (1969) 377 3
240(tie)Peter Brötzmann - Nipples (1969) 377 4
240(tie)Elvin Jones - Dear John C. (1965) 377 4
239 Roland Kirk - Natural Black Inventions: Root Strata (1971) 380 2
238 Sun Ra - Other Planes of There (1966) 381 3
237 John Coltrane - Live at Birdland (1963) 384 4
236 Herbie Hancock - Thrust (1974) 386 3
235 Les McCann & Eddie Harris - Swiss Movement (1969) 387 3
234 Derek Bailey - Ballads (2002) 387 5
233 Max Roach - We Insist! Freedom Now Suite (1960) 394 4
232 Roland Kirk - Blacknuss 398 (1972) 4
231 Sun Ra - The Nubians Of Plutonia (1966) 402
230 Bill Evans & Jim Hall - Undercurrent (1963) 412 4
229 Bobby Hutcherson - San Francisco (1970) 413 3
228 Miles Davis - Miles Davis Quartet (1954) 415 4
227 Marion Brown Quartet - Marion Brown Quartet (19670 415 5
226 Miles Davis - Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants (1954-56) 417 4
225 Grant Green - Street Of Dreams (1964) 422 4
224 Wes Montgomery - The Incredible Jazz Guitar (1960) 431 4
223 Archie Shepp - Yasmina, a black woman (1969) 432 4
222 Eric Dolphy - Iron Man (1963) 436 4
221 Ornette Coleman - Ornette! (1961) 436 5
220 Bill Evans - Portrait In Jazz (1959) 440 3
219 McCoy Tyner - Song of the New World (1973) 453 Points, 4 votes
218 Baby Face Willette - Stop And Listen (1961) 457 (Points) 5 votes
217 Pharoah Sanders - Summun Bukmun Umyun (1970) 458 Points, 5 votes
216 Sun Ra - Lanquidity (1978) 460 Points, 3 votes
215 Albert Ayler - Love Cry (1967) 461 Points, 6 votes
214 Antonio Carlos Jobim - Stone Flower (1970) 465 Points, 3 votes
213 Nina Simone - At Town Hall (1959) 470 Points, 4 votes
212 Bobbi Humphrey - Blacks and Blues (1974) 473 Points, 6 Votes
211 Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Han Bennink - Topography of the Lungs (1970) 474 Points, 3 Votes
210 John Coltrane/ Don Cherry - The Avant Garde (1960) 476 Points, 5 votes
209 Jimmy Smith - Root Down (1972) 477 Points, 4 votes
208 Albert Ayler - New grass (1969) 478 Points, 4 votes
207 Pharoah Sanders - Izipho Zam (1969) 478 Points, 5 Votes
206 Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane (1957) 479 Points, 3 votes
205 Dizzy Gillespie - At Newport (1957) 501 Points, 4 votes
204 Wayne Shorter - The Allseeing Eye (1965) 501 Points, 6 votes
203 Alice Coltrane - Eternity (1976) 502 Points, 4 votes
202 Cecil Taylor - Nefertiti (1962) 505 Points, 4 votes
201 Jon Hassell/Brian Eno - Fourth World Vol. 1: Possible Musics (1990) 507 Points, 5 Votes

200 John Coltrane - Ballads (1962) 510 Points, 5 Votes
199 Sarah Vaughan - Sarah Vaughan ( "Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown") (1954) 512 Points,4 Votes
198 Sonny Rollins - The Cutting Edge (1974) 512 Points, 6 Votes
197 Jimmy Smith - The Sermon (1958) 513 points, 4 Votes
196 John Coltrane - Coltrane Plays The Blues (1962) 513 Points 5 votes
195 Art Pepper - Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section (1957) 515 Points, 5 votes
194 Freddie Hubbard - Hub-Tones (1962) 519 Points, 5 votes
193 Eddie Henderson - Sunburst (1975) 519 Points, 7 votes
192 Freddie Hubbard - Ready For Freddie (1961) 521 Points, 4 Votes
191 Don Wilkerson - Elder Don (1962) 523 points, 5 votes
190 Blue Mitchell - The Thing To Do (1964) 525 Points, 5 votes
TIE
188 John Coltrane - Traneing In (1958) 526 Points, 4 votes
188 John Coltrane - Lush Life (1958) 526 Points, 4 votes
187 Lou Donaldson - Blues Walk (1958) 528 points, 3 votes
186 Andrew Hill - Compulsion (1965) 529 Points, 6 votes
185 Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers - A Night In Tunisia (1957) 530 Points, 5 votes
184 Archie Shepp - On This Night (1966) 530 Points, 6 votes
183 Jackie McLean - New And Old Gospel (1967) 534 Points, 6 votes
TIE
181 Alice Coltrane - World Galaxy (1972) 535 Points, 5 votes
181 Albert Ayler - Bells (1965) 535 Points, 5 votes
180 Jackie McLean - Let Freedom Ring (1962) 537 Points, 7 votes
179 Miles Davis - My Funny Valentine (1965) 539 Points, 5 votes
178 Wayne Shorter - Super Nova (1969) 540 Points, 5 votes
177 Tony Williams - Lifetime (1964) 542 Points, 7 votes
176 Archie Shepp - Attica Blues (1972) 545 Points, 6 votes
175 Curtis Fuller - the opener (1957) 548 Points, 4 votes, One #1 vote
174 Cannonball Adderley - Somethin' Else (1958) 548 Points, 5 votes
173 Donald Byrd - places and spaces (1975) 550 Points, 5 votes
172 Charles Mingus - The Clown (1957) 550 Points, 7 votes
TIE
170 Count Basie - The Atomic Mr Basie (1957) 553 Points, 5 votes
170 Miles Davis - Seven Steps To Heaven (1963) 553 Points, 5 votes
169 Sun Ra - Atlantis (1967) 554 Points, 7 votes
168 Noah Howard - The Black Ark 558 6 votes
167 Lee Morgan - Live At The Lighthouse (1970) 561 Points, 4 votes
166 Pharoah Sanders - Journey to the One 561 Points, 5 votes
165 Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue (1963) 563 Points 5 votes
164 Miles Davis - Walkin' (1954) 563 Points 6 votes
163 Grant Green - Solid (1964) 564 Points, 6 votes
162 Andrew Hill - Judgment! (1964) 578 Points, 5 votes
161 Eric Dolphy - Out There (1960) 580 Points, 6 votes
160 Herbie Mann - Memphis underground (1969) 586 Points, 5 votes
Tie
158 Dorothy Ashby - Afro Harping (1968) 592 Points, 6 votes
158 Yusef Lateef - Eastern Sounds (1961) 592 Points, 6 votes
157 Miles Davis - Dark Magus (1974) 595 Points, 6 votes
156 Cannonball Adderley - Mercy Mercy Mercy! (1966) 597 Points, 4 votes One #1
155 Miles Davis - Pangaea (1975) 598 Points, 6 votes
154 Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Inner Mounting Flame (1971) 600 points, 7 votes
153 Hank Mobley - Workout (1961) 604 Points, 6 votes
152 stan getz and joao gilberto - getz/gilberto (1964) 607 Points, 5 votes
151 Charlie Parker - Jazz at Massey Hall (1953) 612 Points, 7 votes

TIE
149 Billy Cobham - Spectrum (1973 618 Points, 6 votes
149 Thelonious Monk - A Genius Of Modern Music (1947?) 618 points, 6 votes
148 j.j. johnson - proof positive (1964) 619 Points, 7 votes
147 Miles Davis - Workin' (1959) 620 Points, 7 votes
TIE
145 Art Blakey - Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk (1958) 621 Points, 5 votes
145 Herbie Hancock - Mr. Hands (1980) 621 Points, 5 votes
144 Grant Green - Matador (1964) 624 Points, 6 votes
143 Freddie Hubbard - Sing Me A Song of Songmy (1971) 625 Points, 6 votes
142 Joe Henderson - In 'N Out (1964) 629 Points, 6 votes
141 Don Cherry - Brown Rice (1975) 633 Points, 6 votes
140 Charles Mingus - New Tijuana Moods (1957) 635 points, 5
139 Herbie Hancock - Man-child 635 Points, 7 votes
138 Pharoah Sanders - Jewels of Thought (1969) 637 Points, 6 votes
137 Big John Patton - Let 'Em Roll (1965) 646 Points, 7 votes
136 Sonny Rollins - Way Out West (1957) 656 Points, 6 votes
135 Sun Ra - The Heliocentric Worlds Of Vol 2 (1966) 659 Points, 8 votes
134 Grant Green - Live At The Lighthouse (1972) 662 Points, 7 votes
133 Miles Davis - Sorcerer (1967) 667 Points, 6 votes
132 Theolonious Monk Quartet and John Coltrane - At Carnegie Hall (1957) 673 Points
131 Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay (1970) 674 Points, 8 votes
130 Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) 684 (points) 7 votes
129 John Coltrane - Kulu Se Mama (1965) 687 Points, 7 votes
128 Bobby Hutcherson - Components (1965) 693 Points, 6 votes
127 Thelonious Monk - Monk's Music (1957) 694 Points 8 votes
126 Archie Shepp - Mama Too Tight 695 Points, 7 votes
125 Miles Davis - Filles de Kilimanjaro (1968) 698 Points, 8 votes
124 Miles Davis - Porgy And Bess (1958) 702 Points, 6 votes
123 Miles Davis - Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (1957) 703 Points, 9 votes
122 Archie Shepp - The Magic of Ju-Ju (1967) 714 Points 8 votes
121 Big John Patton - Along Came John (1963) 718 Points, 7 votes
120 Sun Ra - Nothing Is (1966) 723 Points, 7 votes
119 Sonny Clark - Leapin' And Lopin' (1961) 728 Points, 7 votes
118 Miles Davis - Milestones (1958) 731 Points, 8 votes
117 Kenny Dorham - Matador (1962) 737 Points, 7 votes
TIE
115 Charles Mingus - Oh Yeah (1962) 739 points, 6 votes
115 Bobby Hutcherson - Stick Up (1966) 739 Points 6 votes
114 John Coltrane - First Meditations (1965) 747 7 votes
113 Miles Davis - Miles Ahead (1957) 751 Points, 9 votes
112 Wayne Shorter - Schizophrenia (1967) 760 Points, 7 votes
111 Jackie McLean - One Step Beyond (1963) 761 Points, 8 votes
110 Lou Donaldson - Good Gracious (1963) 764 Points, 7 Votes
109 McCoy Tyner - Expansions (1968) 771 Points, 7 votes
108 Miles Davis - Miles in The Sky (1968) 778 Points 7 Votes
107 Donald Byrd - Blackbyrd (1973) 785 Points, 8 votes
106 Bill Evans - Waltz for Debby (1961) 796 Points, 7 votes
105 Sun Ra - Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy (1963) 801 Points 8 votes
104 Don Cherry - Mu - Parts 1 & 2 (1969) 803 Points, 9 votes
103 Albert Ayler - Live in Greenwich Village (1967) 807 Points, 6 votes, One #1
102 Andrew Hill - Black Fire (1963) 812 Points 8 votes
101 Bobby Hutcherson - Dialogue (1965) 818 Points, 8 votes

100 Art Ensemble Of Chicago - les stances a sophie (1970) 828 Points, 9 votes
99 Miles Davis - E.S.P. (1965) 835 Points, 9 votes
98 Art Ensemble Of Chicago - A Jackson in Your House (1969) 846 , 8 votes
97 Grant Green - Idle Moments (1965) 846 Points 9 votes
96 Bill Evans - Sunday at the Village Vanguard (1961) 849 Points, 8 votes
95 John Coltrane - Sun Ship 859 Points, 9 votes
94 Duke Ellington - Ellington at Newport (1956) 863 Points, 7 votes
93 Sonny Sharrock - Ask The Ages (1991) 872 Points, 7 votes
92 Sonny Rollins - Tenor Madness (1956) 880 Points, 8 votes
91 Herbie Hancock - Empyrean Isles (1964) 890 Points, 11 votes
90 Miles Davis - Birth Of The Cool (recorded 1949-50) 898 Points, 9 votes
89 Ornette Coleman - Tomorrow Is The Question! (1959) 904 10 votes
88 Miles Davis - Nefertiti (1968) 912 Points, 8 votes
87 John Coltrane - Crescent (1964) 920 Points, 8 votes
86 Freddie Hubbard - Open Sesame (1960) 929 Points,9 votes
85 Miles Davis - Bags' Groove (1957) 930 Points 8 votes
84 Pharoah Sanders - Tauhid (1966) 932 Points, 10 votes
83 Sun Ra - Angels & Demons At Play (1960) 940 Points, 10 votes
82 John Coltrane - Stellar Regions (1967) 942 Points, 9 votes One #1
81 Thelonious Monk - Monk's Dream (1962) 949 Points, 10 votes
80 Miles Davis - Miles Smiles (1967) 951 Points, 9 votes
79 Alice Coltrane - Universal Consciousness (1971) 964 Points, 7 votes, TWO #1's
78 John Coltrane - Coltrane (Impulse) (1962) 965 Points 10 votes
77 Miles Davis - Cookin' With The Miles Davis Quintet (1957) 966 Points, 10 votes
76 David Holland Quartet - Conference of the Birds (1972) 974 Points, 8 votes
75 Herbie Hancock - Takin' Off (1962) 976 Points, 8 votes
74 Anthony Braxton - for alto (1968) 986 Points, 8 votes
73 Sonny Sharrock - Black Woman (1969) 997 points, 10 votes
72 Archie Shepp - The Way Ahead (1969) 1003 Points, 9 votes
71 Pharoah Sanders - Thembi (1971) 1007 Points, 9 votes
70 Pharoah Sanders - Black Unity (1971) 1007 Points, 11 votes
69 Oliver Nelson - The Blues and the Abstract Truth (1961) 1035 Points, 9 votes
68 Lonnie Liston Smith and the Cosmic Echoes - Astral Traveling (1973) 1048 Points, 11 votes
67 Hank Mobley - Roll Call (1960) 1049 (Points) 10 votes, ONE #1
66 John Coltrane - Meditations (1965) 1069 Points, 9 votes, ONE #1
65 Cecil Taylor - Conquistador (1966) 1071 Points, 10 votes, ONE # 1
64 Ornette Coleman - Change of the Century (1960) 1083 points, 10 votes
63 Charlie Haden - Liberation Music Orchestra(1969) 1091 Points, 10 votes
62 Duke Ellington feat (Charlie Mingus & Max Roach) - Money Jungle (1962) 1095 Points, 10 votes
61 Sun Ra - The Heliocentric Worlds Of Vol 1 (1965) 1096 Points, 10 votes
60 Hank Mobley - Straight No Filter (1966) 1099 Points, 10 votes
59 Duke Ellington - Far East Suite (1967) 1125 Points, 9 votes
58 Donald Byrd - off to the races (1958) 1132 Points, 11 votes
57 Charles Mingus - Let My Children Hear Music (1972) 1135 Points, 10 votes
56 Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers - Moanin' (1958) 1151 Points, 10 votes
55 Wayne Shorter - JuJu (1964) 1194 Points, 12 votes
54 Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage (1965) 1200 Points, 12 votes
53 Thelonious Monk - Straight No Chaser (1967) 1201 Points, 12 votes
52 Wayne Shorter - Speak No Evil (1964) 1207 Points, 11 votes
51 Lonnie Liston Smith - Expansions (1974) 1216 Points, 10 votes
50 John Coltrane - Olé Coltrane (1961) 1225 Points, 11 votes

49 Horace Silver - Song for My Father (1964) 1228 Points, 12 votes
48 Miles Davis - Steamin' with the Miles Davis Quintet ( 1961) 1251 Points, 10 votes
47 John Coltrane - Africa/Brass (1961) 1262 Points, 13 votes
46 Ornette Coleman - This Is Our Music (1961) 1343 Points, 12 votes
45 Miles Davis - Get Up With It (1974) 1350 Points, 12 votes
44 Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out (1959) 1378 Points, 9 votes
43 Miles Davis - Agharta (1975) 1393 Points, 12 votes
42 Alice Coltrane - Ptah The El Daoud (1970) 1447 Points, 13 votes
41 John Coltrane - interstellar Space (1967) 1461 Points, 15 votes
40 Donald Byrd - A New Perspective (1963) 1481 Points, 12 votes
39 Miles Davis - Sketches Of Spain (1960) 1493 Points, 12 votes
38 Ornette Coleman - Free Jazz (1960) 1520 Points, 13 votes
37 Charles Mingus - Pithecanthropus Erectus (1956) 1528 Points, 12 votes
36 Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus (1956) 1538 Points, 13 votes, One #1
35 Miles Davis - A Tribute To Jack Johnson (1970) 1616 Points, 14 votes
34 Andrew Hill - Point of Departure (1964) 1626 Points, 14 votes
33 Charles Mingus - Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus (1963) 1658 Points, 15 votes
32 Peter Brötzmann - Machine Gun (1968) 1714 Points, 12 votes, One #1
31 Lee Morgan - Search For The New Land (1964) 1836 Points, 12 votes
30 Archie Shepp - Fire Music (1965) 1896 Points, 13 votes, one #1
29 Herbie Hancock - Crossings (1971) 1898 Points, 14 votes One #1
28 Joe Henderson - Page One (1963) 1902 Points, 12 votes
27 Miles Davis - On the Corner (1972) 1957 Points, 14 votes, One #1
26 Sun Ra - Space is The Place (Impulse) 1982 Points, 17 votes
25 Cecil Taylor - Unit Structures (1966) 1983 Points 15 votes
24 Lee Morgan - The Sidewinder (1963) 2096 Points, 16 votes
23 Jackie McLean - Destination Out (1963) 2118 Points, 14 votes
22 Miles Davis - Round About Midnight (1956) 2165 Points, 15 votes
21 Thelonious Monk - Brilliant Corners (1957) 2220 Points, 15 votes
20 Albert Ayler - Spiritual Unity (1964) 2239 Points 17 votes

19 Alice Coltrane - Journey In Satchidananda (1971) 2466 Points, 17 votes, One #1
18 Miles Davis - Bitches Brew (1970) 2554 Points, 17 votes TWO #1's
17 Sonny Clark - Cool Struttin' (1958) 2602 Points, 17 votes, One #1
16 John Coltrane - My Favourite Things (1961) 2651 Points, 21 votes
15 John Coltrane - A Love Supreme (1964) 2701 Points, 20 votes
14 Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um (1959) 2708 Points, 22 votes
13 John Coltrane - Blue Train (1957) 2710 Points, 20 votes
12 Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters (1973) 2716 Points, 20 votes
11 Hank Mobley - Soul Station (1960) 2737 Points, 17 votes, One #1

10 Herbie Hancock - Mwandishi (1970) 2774 Points, 20 votes, One #1
9 Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue (1959) 2785 Points, 21 votes
8 Herbie Hancock - Sextant (1973) 2859 Points, 19 vote One #1
7 John Coltrane - Ascension (1966) 2912 Points, 22 votes, One #1
6 Pharoah Sanders - Karma (1969) 2996 Points, 21 votes
5 Ornette Coleman - The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959) 3011 Points, 22 votes
4 Eric Dolphy - Out To Lunch (1964) 3080 Points, 22 votes
3 John Coltrane - Giant Steps (1959) 3134 Points, 23 votes TWO #1's
2 Charles Mingus - The Black Saint And Sinner Lady (1963) 3321 Points, 22 One #1

1 Miles Davis - In A Silent Way (1969) 3379 Points, 23 votes, 3 #1's

Oor Neechy, Sunday, 23 February 2020 21:29 (five months ago) link

I should see if any more of these have been added to spotify since then

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 23 February 2020 22:28 (five months ago) link

Has there? I forget what was on and what wasnt.

I must own a fair few of these by now

Oor Neechy, Sunday, 23 February 2020 23:41 (five months ago) link

186/250 on CD and the rest digitally.

Oor Neechy, Sunday, 23 February 2020 23:48 (five months ago) link

Ah Um

ncxkd, Sunday, 23 February 2020 23:52 (five months ago) link

I liked the follow up Um Yeah

Oor Neechy, Monday, 24 February 2020 00:52 (five months ago) link

Amazing that Kind Of Blue got beaten out by so many others. I like Out To Lunch, but you know?

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Monday, 24 February 2020 10:03 (five months ago) link

Kind Of Blue isn't even in my own top 10 Miles.

I also prefer A Love Supreme to Kind Of Blue and that was only #15 in this poll.

How many of these albums do you know, dog latin?

Oor Neechy, Monday, 24 February 2020 11:09 (five months ago) link

i know the whole top ten save for the Herbie Hancock ones which I've never quite managed to get the hang of, plus most of the top twenty.

I think it's cos KoB is so canon, and for so many other albums to place above it, well that's pure ILM isn't it?
Years ago when I first was getting into jazz I dismissed KoB as 'kinda safe', a bit mellow and not as bombastic and out there as the stuff that was really turning my head, but it's now the jazz album I reach to by default and discover something new about each time I hear it.

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Monday, 2 March 2020 16:47 (five months ago) link

Amazing that Kind Of Blue got beaten out by so many others

yeah, amazing and wrong

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 2 March 2020 20:04 (five months ago) link

It’s probably my favorite jazz album. I mean, come on.

brimstead, Monday, 2 March 2020 20:05 (five months ago) link

i will never ever ever get tired of kind of blue or stop hearing new things in it

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 2 March 2020 20:06 (five months ago) link

I also love how I can put it on and listen to it all the way through, which is more than I can say for a lot of classic jazz albums. it's short, interesting, melodic and lays off the skronkiness that I have to be in the mood for. Out To Lunch is a really exciting listen but I really have to be in the mood to bear through the whole thing. surprised Ah Um didn't place a lot higher either.

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Monday, 2 March 2020 20:35 (five months ago) link

this is an excellent list of albums but very ILMish (that's one reason it seems excellent to me; jazz threads have influenced my listening for a long time) ... it's interesting to think about what kinds of jazz may have been under-represented or showed up infrequently or TOO LOW

off the top of my head:

-- early artists like Armstrong, Bechet, Ellington, Django, etc. (probably because their most innovative work was pre-LP-era)
-- swing / big bands (similar reasons)
-- cool / West Coast
-- European jazz, specifically ECM albums
-- pretty much anything post-1970s

I'm not complaining, just wondering what someone might miss if they were trying to learn about jazz from this list

Brad C., Monday, 2 March 2020 21:00 (five months ago) link

I'm sure if you asked deej nicely he would happily tell you, lol

Oor Neechy, Monday, 2 March 2020 21:11 (five months ago) link

deej was right 2020

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 2 March 2020 21:12 (five months ago) link

Brad C, I dont actually know the answer to your question (It was I who ran the poll btw) but I think a lot of voters, including myself, came from a rock background (even though I started listening to jazz 25+ years ago) and also probably via the canon , which is definitely weighted towards the classic Blue Note era.

I also knew pretty much fuck all about jazz post 1980 I have to say whereas the ilm jazzbos did and possibly they just got outnumbered?

As for the traditional greats mentioned they simply existed before the album era so unfortunately they would get ignored so we decided to make it post 1945 albums poll.

However Tuomas did say at the tome he would do a pre-war jazz tracks poll but it never happened but he did say last year he was still up for it so maybe he can do it this year?

Oor Neechy, Tuesday, 3 March 2020 00:25 (five months ago) link

my question is kind of silly because it wasn't the purpose of the poll to represent all phases of jazz history, just to pick favorite jazz albums, and the results were fantastic; I don't see any albums in the list I wouldn't enjoy hearing again

I'd be glad to see a pre-war jazz tracks poll, but I'd have a tough time compiling a ballot that wasn't just the usual suspects ... I doubt there are enough moldy figs lurking on ILM to really do this era justice

Brad C., Tuesday, 3 March 2020 04:30 (five months ago) link

The entire top 20 came out between 1957 and 1973, so there's a fairly specific idea of jazz dominating the list. I'd love a post-1990 poll.

(Not to gainsay any of that top 20. It's a great list.)

Has anybody mentioned - or seen - the recently PBS Miles David documentary?

Something Super Stupid Cupid (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 05:02 (five months ago) link

I saw it. I didn't like it. Some of the early stuff was interesting, but it basically fast-forwarded from 1969 to his death, and (a major crime in my book) the 1973-75 band that made Dark Magus, Agharta and Pangaea was completely omitted. Also, the idea to have some actor read passages from Davis's autobiography in a really corny laryngitis voice should have been dumped at the first concept meeting.

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 12:34 (five months ago) link

Yeah, over the weekend. Pretty meh. Too much territory to cover in 110 minutes so it's just shallow, shallow. And PBS bleeps the cusswords. -- xp

Miami weisse (WmC), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 12:35 (five months ago) link

I wish they'd done it in two parts like HBO's Sinatra documentary - two hours to cover 1945-1968, and two hours for 1969-1991.

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 12:51 (five months ago) link

four months pass...

Big ol' bunch of bullshit.

Stanley Crouch, Friday, 31 July 2020 16:01 (one week ago) link

lol hi stanley

it's hard to picture coltrane allowing a release with a title and cover as on the nose as this

1. what does this mean
2. "om" was a posthumous release

budo jeru, Friday, 31 July 2020 16:07 (one week ago) link

(many xps to man alive)

budo jeru, Friday, 31 July 2020 16:07 (one week ago) link

this bit from a Shirley Collins interview reminded me of this thread:

When I read your autobiography, you said that you didn’t like jazz when Ashley Hutchings played it for you. I have to ask what about it you dislike, if you’re okay with that.

Well it just makes me fidget. I just feel so fidgety. I don’t like the way people look when they’re listening to jazz. I don’t like the way people look when they’re playing jazz. I don’t like the sound of it. I don’t like the tunelessness and the tonelessness, I can’t hear it. It just doesn’t make any impression on me at all, except to irritate me. And they wear silly hats. I know I wrote that in the book, because it’s true, I just don’t like it. I like boogie-woogie, I like Jimmy Yancey, and I love the blues, but then they go and spoil it by playing jazz (laughs). Nobody’s perfect.

I can’t help it, you know? I’m sure a lot of people feel the same way about folk music, maybe it drives them nuts as well.

rob, Friday, 31 July 2020 17:12 (one week ago) link


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