Jazz 100
Twists & Turns
The Best Jazz Ever Released Digitally


Shop Amazon


Shop at Amazon USA

Shop at Amazon UK

Illusions
Arthur Blythe
1980 [Columbia]


Download unrestricted MP3s

It is somewhat surprising that the somewhat conservative Columbia label gave alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe enough latitude to create the adventurous music found on Illusions. A difficult record to categorise musically, Blythe uses two quartets... one a leaning toward jazz traditions, and the other freewheeling through the stratosphere.





Shop Amazon


Shop at Amazon USA

Shop at Amazon UK

Special Edition
Jack DeJohnette
1980 [ECM]


Download unrestricted MP3s

Drummer Jack DeJohnette's first Special Edition lineup was also the best. Featuring blazing alto Arthur Blythe and bad boy David Murray on tenor (and occasionally bass clarinet), the record floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee. The pick of the tracks are the opening two DeJohnette originals, 'Side One' in old time LP lingo.





Shop Amazon


Shop at Amazon USA

Shop at Amazon UK

Ming
David Murray Octet
1980 [Black Saint]


Download unrestricted MP3s

Highly praised by critics and selected by 'The Penguin Guide to Jazz' for its core collection, it is fair to say that Ming is the pinnacle of tenor David Murray's career as a frontman. Passionate and uncompromising, the record rollicks through five Murray originals, with the stellar octet featuring altoist Henry Threadgill in devastating form.





Shop Amazon


Shop at Amazon USA

Shop at Amazon UK

Air Mail
Air
1981 [Black Saint]


Download unrestricted MP3s

The Italian Black Saint label was well renowned for picking up the pieces of the avant-garde movement and giving them a fresh approach. While sax-man Henry Threadgill is the nominal leader here, the Steve McCall/Fred Hopkins rhythm section glued the music together into a coherent whole. An influential album for many years.





Shop Amazon


Shop at Amazon USA

Shop at Amazon UK

Social Studies
Carla Bley
1981 [Watt]


Download unrestricted MP3s

Carla Bley was at the forefront of experimental big band music, notably with her 1971 collaboration with Paul Haines 'Escalator Over the Hill'. Her music is always eccentric, and sometimes frustratingly erratic. Social Studies is one of her more cohesive efforts, as it playfully stradles the openly irreverent to the sublimely abstract.





Shop Amazon


Shop at Amazon USA

Shop at Amazon UK

The Big Gundown
John Zorn
1985 [Nonesuch]


Download unrestricted MP3s

A fun record that frequently reaches the jazz outer limits and beyond. Altoist Zorn got official approval to tackle nine movie themes by Italian Ennio Morricone. Subsequently, the resulting record sounds a little like a B-grade spaghetti western flick, although it is fair to say that Zorn's interpretations are frequently radically bizarre.





Shop Amazon


Shop at Amazon USA

Shop at Amazon UK

No Pain for Cakes
The Lounge Lizards
1987 [Antilles/Island]


Download unrestricted MP3s

Although the critics didn't know what to make of it, No Pain for Cakes is actually a very important album for its role in bringing jazz to the alternative music scene. It is almost a dead giveaway when you see a title like 'My Clown's on Fire' that what's inside is likely to be a bit out of the ordinary. John Lurie composes most of the album's tracks.





Shop Amazon


Shop at Amazon USA

Shop at Amazon UK

The Dark Tree
Horace Tapscott
1991 [Hat ART]


Download unrestricted MP3s

Sadly neglected pianist Horace Tapscott is captured live here on a date at Catalina's in Hollywood in 1989. Released in two volumes in 1991, it has since been re-issued on CD three times. The album has gained a legendary status with the top jazz critics, even earning a coveted 'crown' in the highly respected Penguin Guide to Jazz.


Search the site with...
only search Jazz 100
Best viewed in...
1. Firefox
2. Internet Explorer
3. Safari
4. Google Chrome
Shop Amazon Shop at Amazon USA Shop at Amazon UK
Shop Amazon Shop at Amazon USA Shop at Amazon UK
Help Jazz 100 survive!
Donate with Paypal