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    Posted: 15 Jan 2024 at 7:26pm
The point of posting this is to see how different the top 100 will look like by the end of the year as I plan to explore more jazz.

This is taken from a masterlist of every album I've heard ranked from best to worst.  This list has been improved on over 11 years starting from a humble 30 albums all the way up to 13,000.  It just reached the point where I had to separate the list into multiple files.  This list includes nu jazz, jazz-rock and jazz pop.  This list doesn't include jazz rap because most of the jazz rap I've heard isn't jazzy enough.  Btw, since I included jazz rock, expect some prog.

1. Miles Davis - In a Silent Way (Jazz Fusion, Modal Jazz)
2. Pharoah Sanders - Karma (Spiritual Jazz)
3. Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters (Jazz-Fusion, Jazz-Funk)
4. John Coltrane - Sun Ship (Spiritual Jazz)
5. Nina Simone - Pastel Blues (Vocal Jazz)
6. Alice Coltrane - Journey in Satchidananda (Spiritual Jazz)
7. Pharoah Sanders - Thembi (Spiritual Jazz, Free Jazz)
8. Charlies Mingus - The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (Third Stream, Avant-Garde Jazz)
9. Sun Ra - Lanquidity (Jazz-Fusion)
10. Frank Zappa - Hot Rats (Jazz-Rock, Jazz Fusion)
11. Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson - It's Your World (Jazz-Funk)
12. Steely Dan - Aja (Jazz-Rock)
13. Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (Cool Jazz, Modal Jazz)
14. McCoy Tyner - The Real McCoy (Post-Bop)
15. Soft Machine - Third (Jazz-Fusion)
16. John Coltrane - Ascension I (Free Jazz, Spiritual Jazz)
17. Nina Simone - Wild Is the Wind (Vocal Jazz)
18. John Coltrane - My Favorite Things (Modal Jazz, Post-Bop)
19. Bernard Herrmann - Taxi Driver (Cool Jazz)
20. Eric Dolphy - Out to Lunch (Avant-Garde Jazz)
21. Amon Tobin - Supermodified (Nu Jazz)
22. Keith Jarrett - The Koln Concert (ECM Style Jazz)
23. Amon Tobin - Permutation (Nu Jazz)
24. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong - Ella and Louie (Vocal Jazz)
25. Jimmy Smith - Root Down: Jimmy Smith Live! (Soul Jazz)
26. Sun Ra - Sleeping Beauty (Spiriitual Jazz, Jazz Fusion)
27. Freddie Hubbard - Straight Life (Post-Bop, Jazz-Fusion)
28. Keith Jarrett - The Survivor's Suite
29. Gil Evans - Out of the Cool (Progressive Big Band, Cool Jazz)
30. Miles Davis - 'Round About Midnight (Hard Bop, Cool Jazz)
31. Don Cherry - Brown Rice (Spiritual Jazz)
32. Art Blakey - Moanin' (Hard Bop)
33. Charles Mingus - Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus (Post-Bop)
34. Soft Machine - Volume Two (Jazz-Rock)
35. Bill Evans - Sunday at the Village Vanguard (Cool Jazz)
36. Nina Simone - I Put a Spell On You (Vocal Jazz)
37. Miles Davis - Dark Magus (Jazz-Funk, Jazz-Fusion)
38. Frank Zappa - Apostrophe (Jazz-Rock)
39. Sonny Clark - Cool Struttin' (Hard Bop)
40. George Benson - Breezin' (Smooth Jazz, Soul Jazz, Jazz Funk, Jazz Pop)
41. Eric Dolphy - Iron Man (Avant-Garde Jazz)
42. Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain (Modal Jazz, Third Stream)
43. Embryo - Steig Aus (Jazz-Rock)
44. Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Inner Mounting Flame (Jazz-Rock, Jazz Fusion)
45. John Coltrane - Ole Coltrane (Modal Jazz)
46. Duke Ellington - Ellington at Newport (Big Band)
47. John Coltrane - A Love Supreme (Spiritual Jazz)
48. Sonny Sharrock - Ask the Ages (Avant-Garde Jazz)
49. Pharoah Sanders - Black Unity (Spiritual Jazz)
50. Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um (Post-Bop)
51. Art Blakey - Mosaic (Hard Bop)
52. McCoy Tyner - Sama Layuca (Post-Bop, Avant-Garde Jazz)
53. Shibusashirazu - Shibuboshi (Experimental Big Band, Avant-Garde Jazz, Jazz Fusion)
54. Swing Out Sister - Somewhere Deep in the Night (Smooth Jazz, Jazz Pop)
55. Max Roach - It's Time (Avant-Garde Jazz)
58. Herbie Hancock - Empyrean Isles (Post-Bop)
59. Nina Simone - Little Girl Blue (Vocal Jazz, Soul Jazz)
60. Charles Mingus - Let My Children Hear Music (Third Stream, Avant-Garde Jazz, Experimental Big Band)
61. George Benson - The Other Side of Abbey Road (Smooth Jazz, Soul Jazz, Jazz Pop)
62. Jukka Eskola - Jukka Eskola (Nu Jazz, Jazz-Funk)
63. Frank Sinatra - Songs for Swingin' Lovers (Vocal Jazz)
64. Herbie hancock - Sextant (Jazz-Fusion, Avant-Garde Jazz)
65. Angelo Badalamenti - Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (Dark Jazz)
66. Kamasi Washington - The Epic (Spiritual Jazz)
67. Dave Brubeck - Time Out (Cool Jazz)
68. Duke Ellington / Charlie Mingus / Max Roach - Money Jungle (Hared Bop)
69. Art Blakey - Indestructible (Hard Bop)
70. Charles Mingus - Blues & Roots (Hard Bop)
71. Don Cherry - Eternal Rhythm (Free jazz, Spiritual Jazz
72. Art Blakey - Free for All (Hard Bop)
73. Bill Evans - Portrait in Jazz (Cool Jazz)
74. Miles Davis - Bitches Brew (Avant-Garde Jazz, Jazz Fusion)
75. Wayne Shorter - Speak No Evil (Post-Bop)
76. Wyne Shorter - Juju (Modal Jazz)
77. Herbie Hancock - Death Wish (Jazz Fusion)
78. Vince Guaraldi - A Charlie Brown Christmas (Cool Jazz)
79. Miles Davis - On the Corner (Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Funk)
80. John Coltrane - Meditations (Free Jazz, Spiritual Jazz)
81. Cecil Taylor - Love for Sale (Avant-Garde Jazz)
82. Frank Sinatra - Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely (Vocal Jazz)
83. Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds of Fire (Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Rock)
84. Naked City - Torture Garden (Avant-Garde Jazz)
85. Morphine - Cure for Pain (Jazz-Rock)
86. Sonny Criss - Sonny's Dream (Post-Bop, Progressive Big Band)
87. Wayne Shorter - Adam's Apple (Post-Bop, Hard Bop)
88. Cannonball Adderly - Something Else (Hard Bop)
89. John Coltrane - Crescent (Post-Bop)
90. Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin & Paco de Lucía - Friday Night in San Francisco (Flamenco Jazz, Latin Jazz)
91. Embryo - Embryo's Rache (Jazz-Rock)
92. Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert (Big Band, Swing)
93. Milt jackson - Wizard of the Vibes (Bebop)
94. - Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention - One Size Fits All (Jazz-Rock)
95. Hank Mobley - Soul Station (Post-Bop)
97. Duke Ellington - Duke Ellington's Far East Suite (Big Band)
98. Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention - Roxy & Elsewhere (Jazz-Rock, Jazz Fusion)
99. Earth Wind and Fire - Gratitude (Jazz-Funk)
100. Charlie Mingus - Pithecanthropus Erectus (Post-Bop)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Jan 2024 at 7:41am
Nice list, a lot of my favorites are in there too, Sun Ra, Ellington, Dolphy, Miles etc.
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