Jazz 100 Top Jazz Albums The Best Jazz Ever Released on CD
Welcome to Jazz 100, where we aim to bring you the very best jazz ever released on CD. Here you will find jazz lists based on comprehensive statistical surveys of critics, record stores, popular polls and our very own online polls. Our primary aim is to build lists that will appeal to popular sensibilities and, as such, casual listeners should find it a useful place to start when setting out to build the ultimate jazz collection (albums, collections & compilations). More seasoned jazz aficionados should also find plenty of interest.
The Top 200 Jazz Albums Originally starting out as a straight Top 100, over time the main list has evolved into a Top 200 in order to include a wider range of worthy artists. Miles Davis' classic Kind of Blue is streets ahead of the rest in top spot, with John Coltrane's A Love Supreme comfortably holding the #2 position. This list got a fresh start in mid-2013 in response to site visitor requests to add more European jazz to the poll. A few classic records that gained notoriety in the preceding decade were also added. (Updated 8 September 2013)
The New Breed Top 100 A big problem with any sort of "all-time best" list based on a statistical survey is that newer stuff tends to have little or no chance of making the cut. For this reason we also maintain a Top 100 strictly devoted to contemporary recordings released over the last ten years. In mid-2013 - in response to site visitor feedback from younger site visitors - this list was given a complete overhaul. It now includes a sizeable amount of European jazz, as well as a handful of albums that live on the jazz fringe. (Updated 2 June 2013)
Jazz 100 runs two online polls allowing site visitors an interactive way to get involved--classic jazz and new breed. Visitors have the option of nominating CDs for inclusion in the polls. Results are regularly used to update the main lists, making your participation vital to keeping Jazz 100 fresh and up-to-date.
Iconic DVDs Various Artists Jazz Icons Series (2006-Present) Naxos
Historically Inclined A New History of Jazz (2008) by Alyn Shipton Continuum
The vaults of European TV studios offer up ongoing boxed sets in Naxos' superb 'Jazz Icons' DVD series.
In some cases gathering dust for almost 50 years, these sensational performances have been masterfully transferred to DVD and packaged to perfection. Discs in the series are released both individually and in attractively-priced boxed sets.
While it would be hard to pass up any of the sets released so far, the best individual title in the eyes of many is the 95-minute John Coltrane entry available in the Series 2 set. With Dave Brubeck and Sarah Vaughan also featured, the second set is a great place to start exploring.
Other titles already released include discs featuring Thelonious Monk, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald… just to name a few. The superb annotated booklets accompanying each volume are packed with fascinating photos and essays not to be missed. Little wonder jazz enthusiasts the world over are finding this series simply irresistible.
Alyn Shipton's global approach to jazz history is a breath of fresh air for readers willing to open their minds.
With its internationally inclusive approach, this volume is the perfect companion to Ted Gioia's highly-regarded The History of Jazz (1997, Oxford University). As a BBC announcer and a critic for 'The Times', Shipton's accessible writing style gets his points across without the intellectual humdrum often plaguing jazz histories.
Shipton points out the importance of the recording industry to the spread of jazz far beyond the major centres of New Orleans, Chicago and New York. His discussion of the politicisation of jazz in the 1960's is vital to an understanding of contemporary jazz, regardless of where it is found. This fine volume deserves a place on any well-informed jazz bookshelf.