Editor’s Picks: 5 Essential Jazz Albums- Bitches Brew

I saved my favorite jazz album by my favorite jazz artist for last: Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew. Duke Ellington referred to Davis as “The Picasso of jazz”, and I wholeheartedly agree. No single artist has done more to revolutionize jazz music than Miles. He was a pioneer in the true sense of the word; an innovative genius, never content with finding and developing just one sound, always pushing the boundaries and...

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Editor’s Picks: 5 Essential Jazz Albums- Headhunters

I wouldn’t be able to talk essential jazz albums without paying any attention to my favorite subgenre: jazz fusion. There are many different types of jazz fusion, but it’s generally seen as jazz that’s been “fused” with some other guitar-based genre - most often psychedelic rock or funk music. Herbie Hancock, regarded as a key player in the jazz fusion movement, composed his landmark album Headhunters in 19...

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Editor’s Picks: 5 Essential Jazz Albums- Karma

If Charles Mingus and John Coltrane perfected two opposite ends of the jazz spectrum (immaculate structure on one, impeccable free improvisation on the other) then Pharoah Sanders unified and refined each of those aspects on his 1969 album Karma. Sanders, who was given the nickname “Pharoah” by none other than avant-garde jazz legend Sun Ra, was introduced to spiritual jazz when he started sitting in with Coltran...

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Editor's Picks: 5 Essential Jazz Albums- The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady

Charles Mingus’ 1963 masterpiece The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady is, like A Love Supreme, a groundbreaking and essential avant garde jazz album. The albums are also similar in that they both have interesting liner notes; Mingus recruited his psychotherapist, Dr. Edmund Pollack, to contribute a bit of writing on the album to be included there. Unlike Coltrane’s record, however, Mingus’ efforts were not as fo...

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Editor's Picks: 5 Essential Jazz Albums - A Love Supreme

John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme is, in my opinion, THE number one essential jazz album. Heralded by critics as an all time classic, this 1965 landmark record is one of the first truly great “spiritual jazz” records. A Love Supreme is the culmination of all of Coltrane’s creative developments up until that point; a fusion of his traditional hard bop and modal jazz sensibilities with the more avant-garde free ja...

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