Louis Armstrong – ‘What A Wonderful World’ Hancock was born on April 12, 1940, in Chicago, IL. gr8 list m8! Timeless. A powerfully beautiful and tender ballad named for Trane’s then-wife. Your funny. “Blue Rondo A La Turk” – Dave Brubeck. This is a phenomenally complex arrangement. Reviewed in the United States on May 30, 2020 Verified Purchase good variety of The song's refrain also appears in the song "Five Salted Peanuts" by Charlie Abbott and Bert Wheeler. Your email address will not be published. This is also Hubbard's eighteenth overall album. It is one of the best examples of modal jazz. Thanx for sharing it! Wes was one of the greatest players of all time. you made this 2 years ago and i feel cheated not finding your list before...thanks alot. Thank you for the added video clips. He is the only electric guitarist I have ever heard incorporate 15ths (double octaves)in his playing (1:49-2:50): awesome!!! Billie Holiday – ‘Strange Fruit’ I'd have put 3 views of a secret higher! Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse – ‘Body & Soul’ I'm just starting to take an interest in jazz and this list is proving to be extremely useful. Timeless great song!!! Jazz Songs Playlist - G... We recommend you to check other playlists or our favorite music charts. Love the list. Strange Fruit – By Billie Holliday Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday was released in the year 1939. An incredible list! Originally penned by Bart Howard in 1954 and also recorded by Nat ‘King’ Cole, Peggy Lee and more. “God Bless the Child” – Billie Holiday, 66. it's only a guess of mine, that they were recorded on bulb tape recorders. Ever since it was composed, Moonlight Sonata was a favorite among students of music and the audience. Instructs on the best way to put together ma collection. Where's St James Infirmary? A list of jazz songs would include songs that many players have played. Wow. “A Long Drink of the Blues” – Jackie McLean, 80. IaintdrunkImjustdrinkin on July 31, 2010: Nuce list,very diverse but that's to be expected if you truly music. I only have one thing to say. SUBSCRIBE for updates. Jazz needs all it can get. This swing songs list includes some of the most iconic songs in American popular music history, performed by equally iconic artists ranging from the Glenn Miller Band to Duke Ellington to The Andrews Sisters. Professor Longhair” – Professor Longhair, 55. For the most part, the song is built entirely on a two-chord vamp. A Classicist, Perhaps on February 02, 2011: While wondering whether Prof. Longhair is "jazz," I then found Jeff Beck and Frank Zappa on the list...and before anything by Sonny Rollins(?!) I believe that slightly eccentric creators such as Sun Ra and Pharoah Sanders are every bit as important to jazz as are Billie Holiday and Dave Brubeck. How do I get my albums on Pandora? AJ Long from Pennsylvania on March 17, 2013: Love jazz too! This is not a list that was thrown together lightly, either. It's title track is absolutely incredible. The Best Jazz Standards Ever Skip to main content.us Hello Select your address Books ... could play songs i had never played before, loved it. He created a template that a thousand jam bands would follow 40 years after the fact. John Coltrane – ‘Giant Steps’ Great list man, finaly i found a decent jazz list... You really have a nice taste. I started listening to jazz in 1962 when I was 16. Thanks for pointing me at some great stuff. Coltrane recorded "Naima" many times. tracy. Some of my favorites are "Tanya" by Dexter Gordon, "Spiritual" Coltrane, "Spring can really Hang You Up The Most" David "Fathead" Newman, "Decision" Sonny Rollins and "Compared To What" Les McCann. Thanks for the list sir. Also, more tunes by Monk--my fave jazz artist after Miles--Charlie Parker, Art Blakey, and Horace Silver. Something more urban and groovy. Good list, Illuminatus. If you made it 200 you still would disappoint some people. i am a big classic/country rock music fan and have been recently started listening to jazz music. Washington Jr. was born on December 12, 1943, in Buffalo, NY. ‘Birth Of The Cool’: How Miles Davis Started A Jazz Revolution, Fania Records: How A New York Label Took Salsa To The World, Pride Of The Opry: Charley Pride Makes Musical And Cultural History. Written by teacher Abel Meeropol, it protested American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans. Surely "In the Mood," or "Moonlight Serenade," or something should make it into the top one hundred? The song has been covered by numerous artists, including Nina Simone, UB40, Jeff Buckley, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Dee Dee Bridgewater. I’m sure there are plenty of worthwhile tracks that I failed to include. Artists like Jeff Beck and Frank Zappa, who are usually classified in the rock-n'-roll genre, have made major contributions to the genre. “Just the Two of Us” – Grover Washington, Jr. 45. Heck, how'bout Lou Reeds Walk On The Wild Side.Bad boy bass and sax, right? The lineup included Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet), Charlie Parker (alto sax), Al Haig (piano), Curley Russell (bass), and Sid Catlett (drums). Funk. so thank you for the list. “Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers” – Jeff Beck, 68. It turned me on to some new music. “When You’re in Love” – Horace Silver, 84. Your email address will not be published. Contemporary Jazz is essentially a catch-all term for the various permutations of popular, mainstream jazz of the 1980s and '90s. I agree with a lot of what you're saying (especially #1, which I was actually listening to when I started reading this). Great list! “Moon Tune” – Bob James/David Sanborn, 88. I am surprised that Ella Fitzgerald’s only mention is one of her duets with Louis Armstrong. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGt8vcGsYfk&list=OLAK5uy_k7M-0PcT5vtPSusxNDlUYOkkVOJEwZ5vM&index=8&t=0s, As a guitarist (although I did not play guitar on my tunes above), I was hoping that WES MONGOMERY’S BUMPIN’ ON SUNSET would be included. It's one of the best reviewed songs of all time. Gone way before his time, this cut is a prime example of the way Grover Washington, Jr. could create a wave and ride it all the way to the sunset. This cut molded jazz into something different. Song Artist 1. We are Jazz Fanatics! Other than that it has some of my personal favorites, so it's a pretty good list. “Potato Head Blues” – Louis Armstrong, 76. Released to celebrate the legendary crooner’s 85th birthday, Tony Bennett’s Duets II gave him his first Billboard 200 chart topped. Great Albums: Far Wes, The Wes Montgomery Trio, Associated Acts: Lionel Hampton, Montgomery Brothers, Jimmy Smith. Where is anything by Bessie Smith? An under-appreciated artist and song. For one, we wouldn’t have jazz WITHOUT the blues, not the other way around and the Great Depression was in the 1930s. And what a warm sound! This results in very poor quality compared with, say, classical music. Montgomery was born on March 6, 1923, in Indianapolis, IN. Miles at his most inventive. "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" is a jazz standard composed by Charles Mingus, and was released on his album Mingus Ah Um. This also gives a handle on how you define jazz -- I mean there's some cats around who swear Kenny G plays jazz, can you believe that? This cat like fusion and Miles and fusion and is trying to pay lip service to "the history of jazz." All of Duke Ellingtons’ other songs are good to exceptional. In 1980, Calloway famously performed his signature tune in the smash hit movie The Blues Brothers. More from one of the most incredible pieces of art ever fashioned – Kind of Blue. This is another brilliant song off of Coltrane's famous album A Love Supreme. Fail. good taste. Then think again, for if it wasn’t for jazz, we wouldn’t have the blues or the myriad of different styles of music that have rocked our world ever since. The title literally implies that is is for jam sessions which typically involve simple melodies and a lot of soloing. The chord structure for "So What" was later used by John Coltrane for his standard "Impressions.". Associated Acts: Pablo, RCA Victor, Savoy, Verve. Released in 1937, July 6 the song is one of the best jazz songs of all time which will force you to dance along with it. Great list. He swung for the fences and hit a grand-slam with this one. I've written detailed paragraphs for my top 20. Gaana is the one-stop solution for all your music needs. It was cited in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Coltrane used to play for the Davis band. The opening track on legendary trumpeter Miles’ landmark 1959 album Kind Of Blue is one of the best-known examples of modal jazz. Just some music appeals to some people. It would be hard to pick. Anyway, enough idle chatter. Go cat, go! Frank Sinatra – ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ Adderley was born on September 15, 1928, in Tampa, Florida. Veryyyy nice list! “Willow Weep for Me” – Wes Montgomery, 79. Hail to the Ming, what a madman, that cat could pump! First, I really love jazz music. The name may have been inspired by Red Skelton’s character, "Freddie the Freeloader," who is a hobo clown. I think its odd you hardly any singers,or,have very limited knowledge of jazz vocalists,ie;Mr.B(rhythm of the riff),Johnny Hartman, Eddie Jefferson- Jennine, King Pleasure,Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald,only one Cannonball Adderley?? Few partnered better than those 2. what a time consuming task to rate and describe your top 100. good job, Where's django & stephane?? It also offered a glimpse of the path that Trane was about to embark upon. This is a great top 100 list with songs I do and don’t agree with but keep doing what you’re doing this has some high quality tunes that I definitely agree with! Billie Holiday was born on April 7, 1915, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This novel and GO BOY by Roger Caron are two of the saddest novels I have ever read!! Proving there was life after Miles Davis, Cannonball hooked up with then little-known composer/keyboardist Joe Zainwaul and churned out this soulful masterpiece. How could you possibly leave out MISTY!!?? Most fans would agree ‘Trane’s classic LP is 1964’s suite-like A Love Supreme. Enough to induce a deep, fulfilling trance-like state. Of course this is all tainted by my very biased viewpoint. i appreciate it. The list is pretty good. Finding its feet during the US Great Depression in the 1920s, jazz has continued to evolve and mutate into the 21st Century and whether it’s swing, hot, cool, Bebop, gypsy, modal, free or fusion, uDiscover salutes this remarkable genre with the 15 Best Jazz Songs. Of couse,everybody compares the list with his own, so did I. I found some songs to discover, thanks it was interesting! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The album topped both the soul and jazz albums chart and peaked at number ten on the pop chart. But otherwise great list. Art Pepper wrote about an autobiography of himself by the same title. Straight Life is a soul/funk influenced jazz album recorded in 1970 by trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. I could go on. C Jam Blues is for jam sessions which require a somewhat simple melody. Her version was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1978 and it’s since been covered by the likes of Robert Wyatt, UB40 and Annie Lennox. love the list - love jazz - love people who love jazz, cannonball did not write mercy mercy mercy - guess who did from weather report. “Eternal Child” – Chick Corea’s Elektric Band, 89. Ray Charles – ‘Georgia On My Mind’ Sorry but C JAM BLUES must be the simplest song (melody) in the history of music. "Psalms" closes out one of the most important albums ever, regardless of genre, on a plateau others could never hope to scale. He set the standard for those who chose to follow. This is the only song on the album that Cannonball Adderley sits out. Montgomery plays double octaves throughout. And he influenced them all. The best swing songs are classic tunes that inspire listeners to dance the night away. The world will eat itself before there is anyone better. Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra – ‘Mood Indigo’ That term’s too technical to explain in a soundbite, but the track is simply sublime. It's a monumental piece. His influence can be found across several genres. Mingus is one of jazz's most covered composers. Stanley Jordan honored Davis by recording a version of it for his 1985 album. Smooth Jazz Lover Girl on March 06, 2012: great list! Required fields are marked *. Great Albums: I Sing the Body Electric, Mysterious Traveller, Associated Acts: Joni Mitchell, The Zawinul Syndicate. Started listening to some of these songs, instantly fell in love with My Favorite Things with John Coltrane and i'm looking to be amazed again. fdoleac from Hollis, New Hampshire on January 11, 2010: Thanks for the list. Another stone-cold classic from the best jazz album (Kind of Blue) of all time. Oh ya, and more Django & Stephane. “Rocket Number Nine Take off for the Planet Venus” – Sun Ra and his Arkestra, 32. AS CAN BILLIE HOLIDAY!!!!!! These are the best contemporary jazz albums on the 2010s. Thelonious Monk – ‘Round Midnight’ Oh well. Great list man .Kinda upset about Flamenco Sketches missing the top 10. Thirty-two-and-a-half minutes of pure, freeform bliss. Many were the imitators, yet none could touch the magic of Count Basie and His Orchestra. Below that are 80 more great tunes. This list is great thanks for making it, a really good idea would be to make this a playlist on spotify. It was stitched together one song at a time, minute by minute, hour by hour. I’d include C Jam Blues due entirely to its simplicity. I am downloading all of the songs on your list to my new iPhone...No disappointments yet on the ones I have already had a chance to listen to so far. Building Up Your Jazz Standard Vocal Skills These are just 15 of the many popular jazz and blues songs for female vocalists. Great Post but i Wonder. Seemingly part of the very human fabric, Bob Thiele and George David Weiss’ wonderful standard was first (and arguably definitively) recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1967 when it also topped the UK Top 40. The one, the only, Wes Montgomery burning up the fretboard without a pick. Chet Baker's "Time After Time".Nice list, though,overall, and that's why there are 31 flavors of ice cream. This is true gospel. Nice list. Pharoah was part of creating these new jazz sub-genres called "energy music", "the new thing", "free jazz", and "spiritual jazz." I firmly believe that artists who are not traditionally labeled as jazz artists can still create amazing jazz compositions. easyfreerecipes from Atlanta, GA on January 03, 2011: nice list, we definitely have some of the same taste. Danny Decay from Winter Park, Florida on December 10, 2009: GOOD BYE PORK PIE HAT!!!! Nice list. As a jazz musciain I have been asked to play those songs more than anything else. fyi, your bird land video says "embedding disabled by request". The original of the song is a poem written by a teacher named “Abel Meeropol” protesting American racism. KBCA in LA. Share with people learning about Jazz. Thank you! Brubeck's composition was inspired by Turkish street musicians. As this one proved the sky was the limit. This will be a big help in improving our music library. “Portrait of Tracy” – Jaco Pastorious, 49. "Take Five" is a jazz standard composed by Paul Desmond and originally recorded by the Dave Brubeck Quartet for its 1959 album Time Out. was a … From it is this transcendent, Amy Winehouse-enhanced version of the 1930 standard, also covered by legends such as Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra and Etta James. For example, from the top 10, Acknowledgement and Psalm would be out of the running, much as they are amazing and wonderful and transcendent recordings. Coming from Chicago, IL, I am a lifelong jazz enthusiast who has been collecting and writing about jazz records for several years. Do a top 1000 jazz songs and you'll still have missed quality tunes. Ever! Gillespie was born on October 21, 1917, in Cheraw, SC. Great Albums: The Sounds of Jimmy Smith, Plays Pretty Just for You. Funkiest. Ever! Miles Davis – ‘So What’ Funk songs formed the foundation for Big Gigantic, so Billboard Dance asked the Colorado duo to list their favorite 30 funk tracks of all time.