Welcome to the Giants of Jazz 100. This is not the definitive list, but a culmination of being locked in a room and thinking about the ton of albums that made an impact on us. We hope you can help to shape it further. Change the order, suggest albums we should include, help us to develop a top 200?. We want your feedback, suggestions and comments. Just contact via e-mail, twitter or facebook and let us know your thoughts.
100. Louis Armstrong Plays WC Handy (1954)
By the 1950's Armstrong had established his All Star Band including trombonist Trummy Young, clarinetist Barney Bigard, pianist Billy Kyle, bassist Arvell Shaw, drummer Barrett Deems, and singer Velma Middleton. This is a nine minute version of the classic Handy song "St. Louis Blues".
99. Keith Jarrett – Treasure Island (1974)
This album was recorded on the Impulse label and features Jarrett on piano and soprano saxophone, Dewey Redman on tenor, bassist Charlie Haden, and drummer Paul Motian. The first track we'll play was described as "a folkish melody with some stellar African undertones"
98. Weather Report – Weather Report (1971)
When this album was released it was described as avant-garde jazz with electric instruments and one of the most impressive debuts by a jazz group. Formed by Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter Weather Report defined electronic jazz as a rock art form. Also features were Miroslav Vitous on bass, Airto Moreira on percussion and Alphonse Mouzon on drums.
95. Bobby Timmons – This Here is Bobby Timmons (1960)
This album was produced at the peak of his powers after making a name for himself playing with Art Blakey. Timmons produced jazz that was soulful and catchy and this album is no exception. He performs that alongside a trio consisting of bassist Sam Jones and drummer Jimmy Cobb.
94. Jimmy Smith – Back at The Chicken Shack (1960)
Smith helped popularize the Hammond B-3 electric organ and this album recorded towards his Blue Note career finds Smith at his very best. It also features Kenny Burrell on guitar, Donald Bailey on drums, and Stanley Turrentine on tenor sax.
93. Wayne Shorter - Juju (1964)
This album was Shorter's first great showcase of his talents. He brought together a strong line-up of Elvin Jones, Reggie Workman, and McCoy Tyner and although he was criticised for being a Coltrane clone produced a very listenable album.
92. Bobbi Humphrey - Blacks and Blues (1974)
Bobbi Humphrey scored her biggest hit with her third album Blacks and Blues for Blue Note. Produced by Larry and Fonce Mizell this album was part of the second coming for West Coast jazz in the 1970's. Blacks and Blues is light with a lot of charm and shows off Humphrey's talents.