Recommended jazz albums

Recommended jazz albums

Recommended jazz albums – part 3

This is part 3 of my list of recommended jazz albums that I think you should be listening to. You can find the complete list in chapter 10 of  Learn Jazz Piano book 3.

I’m starting with another essential Bill Evans album and this time it’s live. I was fortunate enough to see him at Ronnie Scott’s in 1980.

For learning jazz pianists (and I count myself among them) there are certain piano players that I find more accessible and I’ve listed two of them below: Horace Silver and Wynton Kelly.

Anyone that knows me will not be surprised that I’ve included two Monk albums. The eccentricity of Monk often overshadows his unique approach. I feel it’s a mistake to assume that he’s playing strange and dissonant voicings just  to be different. In fact, everything he plays has a logic and purpose.

My one ‘guilty pleasure’ in this list is the inclusion of Andrew Hill.  Again, he is an acquired taste, but a true original.

I’ve not included Oscar Peterson in his own right as you can hear him supporting the great sax player Ben Webster in his 1959 album.

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Artist: Bill Evans

Instrument: piano

Title: The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings

Date: 1961

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Artist: Charles Mingus

Instrument: bass

Title: Ah Um

Date: 1959

Piano: Horace Parlan

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Artist: Ben Webster

Instrument: sax

Title: Ben Webster With The Oscar Peterson Trio

Date: 1959

Piano: Oscar Peterson

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Artist: Wynton Kelly

Instrument: piano

Title: Kelly Blue

Date: 1959

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Artist: Hank Mobley

Instrument: tenor sax

Title: Roll Call

Date: 1960

Piano: Wynton Kelly

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Artist: Art Blakey

Instrument: drums

Title: Mosaic

Date: 1961

Piano: Cedar Walton

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Artist: Horace Silver

Instrument: piano

Title: Horace Silver And The Jazz Messengers

Date: 1954

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Artist: Dexter Gordon

Instrument: tenor sax

Title: Go!

Date: 1962

Piano: Sonny Clark

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Artist: Andrew Hill

Instrument: piano

Title: Point Of Departure

Date: 1964

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Artist: Art Blakey

Instrument: drums

Title: Mosaic

Date: 1961

Piano: Cedar Walton

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Artist: Thelonious Monk

Instrument: piano

Title: It’s Monk’s Time

Date: 1964

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Artist: Thelonious Monk

Instrument: piano

Title: Monk Alone

Date: 1962 – 1968

Recommended jazz albums
Monk

Happy listening!

Paul

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