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Hard Bop: 10 Essential Albums

Hard bop emerged in the 1950s, spearheaded by the likes of Horace Silver, Clifford Brown, Art Blakey, Jackie McLean and Sonny Rollins, who between them made some outstanding albums that still resonate loudly today

Modal Jazz: 10 Essential Albums

The urge to move away from the over-familiar chord progressions of bop led Charles Mingus and Miles Davis to develop new approaches to harmonic movement, and the recording of some of the greatest albums in the history of music

The 100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World

Not just another “greatest jazz albums” list of favourite recordings and biggest sellers but a fully annotated look at the albums that actually changed jazz, changed lives and brought the music kicking and screaming into the 21st century

Jazz Albums That Shook The World: The 1970s

Our decade-by-decade exploration of The 100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World continues with the 1970s, a decade in which new musical revolutions seemed to transpire with every release. This is an ideal introduction to the best albums of the decade,...

Jazz Albums That Shook The World: The 1960s

The quantity and diversity of great jazz albums recorded in the 1960s means that any list of great albums that claims to be in any way 'definitive' is on very shaky ground. Nonetheless, the albums highlighted below are benchmarks in the history of...

Jazz Albums That Shook The World: The 1950s

If you are discovering jazz for the first time then you've just found the perfect place to start. And if you are a true aficionado then this list is sure to remind you of some albums that you will rush to rediscover. The 1950s saw the release of some...

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