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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 W.C. Handy (1954)

Armstrong handyBy the 1950s 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. The album starts with a nine-minute version of the classic Handy song "St. Louis Blues".

99. Keith Jarrett – Treasure Island (1974)

keith-jarrett-treasure-islandThis album was recorded on the Impulse label and features Jarrett on piano and soprano saxophone, Dewey Redman on tenor sax, Charlie Haden on bass, and Paul Motian on drums. The first track we'll play was described as "a folkish melody with some stellar African undertones".

98. Weather Report – Weather Report (1971)

Weather-Report-This-Is-Jazz-10When this album was released it was described as avant-garde jazz with electric instruments, and considered 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. The album also features Miroslav Vitous on bass, Airto Moreira on percussion and Alphonse Mouzon on drums.

97. Bobby Hutcherson - Dialogue (1965)

Hutcherson DialogueThis masterpiece of avant-garde jazz boasts an all-star line-up of Freddie Hubbard, Sam Rivers, Andrew Hill, Richard Davis and Joe Chambers. It is bursting with ideas that still sound fresh today.

96. Modern Jazz Quartet – Third Stream Music (1960)

ModernazzQuartetThirdStreamThe Modern Jazz Quartet were a technical outfit who made every note count. This album was influenced by pianist John Lewis who wanted a coalition of jazz and classical music to develop a third way.

95. Bobby Timmons – This Here is Bobby Timmons (1960)

TimmonsThis album was produced at the peak of Timmons´ powers after he made a name for himself playing with Art Blakey. Timmons produced jazz that was soulful and catchy, and this album is no exception. He performs alongside bassist Sam Jones and drummer Jimmy Cobb.

94. Jimmy Smith – Back at The Chicken Shack (1960)

jimmy-smith-back-at-the-chicken-shackSmith 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)

Shorter JujuThis album was Shorter's first great showcase of his talents, bringing together a strong line-up of Elvin Jones, Reggie Workman and McCoy Tyner. Although he was criticised for being a Coltrane clone he produced a very listenable album.

92. Bobbi Humphrey - Blacks and Blues (1974)

BobbiHumphreyBlacksAndBluesBobbi Humphrey scored her biggest hit with her third album Blacks and Blues on Blue Note records. Produced by Larry and Fonce Mizell, this album was part of the second coming for West Coast jazz in the 1970s. A charming album, which shows off Humphrey's talents beautifully.

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