Classic Jazz Albums

Whilst the main focus of the Jazz Views site is to bring you the newest cutting edge jazz from around the world, we have a growing review archive of classic jazz albums which shine a light on some of the best release of yesteryear…

Gil Evans Orchestra – Out Of The Cool

Gil Evans Orchestra – Out Of The Cool

The elegant, dark, stark, ambiguous terrain that Gil Evans created and explored is unique. Impulse IMP 11862 Gil Evans (piano, arranger, conductor); Johnny Coles, Phil Sunkel (trumpets); Keg Johnson, Jimmy Knepper (trombones); Tony Studd (bass trombone); Bill Barber...

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Michael Gibbs

Michael Gibbs

`A new voice had entered UK jazz.’ Decca Deram 844907-2 Collective Personnel: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar – Chris Spedding; Bass Guitar – Brian Odges*, Jack Bruce; Bass Trombone – Ken Goldy*, Maurice Gee, Ray Premru; Cello – Alan Ford, Fred...

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Duke Ellington – The Queen’s Suite

Duke Ellington – The Queen’s Suite

Music that is unique because it concentrates on the ensemble. PABLO OJCCD-446-2 Duke Ellington (piano); Clark Terry, Cat Anderson, Shorty Baker, Ray Nance (trumpets); Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, John Sanders (trombones); Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope, Jimmy...

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John McLaughlin – Extrapolation

John McLaughlin – Extrapolation

Extrapolation is one of the finest jazz records ever made in Europe Polydor 8415982 John McLaughlin (guitar electric and acoustic); John Surman  (baritone and soprano saxophones); Brian Odgers (bass); Tony Oxley (drums) Extrapolation (3:59) / 2. It’s Funny (4:17) / 3....

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Charles Mingus – Antibes 1960

Charles Mingus – Antibes 1960

essential, enthralling, blistering, electric, unparalleled intensity, fiery. Atlantic Records Charles Mingus (bass, piano); Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, bass clarinet); Ted Curson (trumpet); Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone); Danie Richmond (drums); Bud Powell (piano)...

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Art Tatum – 20th Century Piano Genius

Art Tatum – 20th Century Piano Genius

Tatum should be viewed as a highly experimental artist. Verve (2 CDs) 531 763-2 Art Tatum (piano) Recorded April 16, 1950 & July 3, 1955 Art Tatum is not the easiest pianist to listen to.  His playing is complex, sometimes over-elaborated.  Lewis Porter one time...

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Miles Davis – The Lost Septet

Miles Davis – The Lost Septet

Sleepy Night Records SNRCD020 (double album) Miles Davis (tpt), Gary Bartz (alt,sop) Keith Jarrett (elp, org), Michael Henderson (elb), Ndugu Chancler (drs), Don Alias (perc), Mtume (perc) This recording is from a concert at The Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna on November...

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Weather Report – Live In London

Weather Report – Live In London

Angel Air Records SJPCD622 Joe Zawinul (keys), Wayne Shorter (tnr, sop), Victor Bailey (bs), Mino Cinelu (perc), Jose Rossy (perc), Omar Hakim (drs) Alongside the Miles Davis bands of the "Silent Way" and "Bitches Brew" era, Weather Report were the kings of the highly...

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Miles Davis – Water Babies

Miles Davis – Water Babies

CBS 81741 Released November 1976 Recorded June 1967 and November 1968 Side A, Water Babies 5m 06s, Capricorn 8m 26s Sweet Pea 7m 59s Side B, Two Faced 18m 00s Dual Mr Tillman Anthony 13m 20s Personnel Side A, Miles Davis (tpt), Wayne Shorter (tnr), Herbie Hancock...

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Sonny Clark – Cool Struttin’

Sonny Clark – Cool Struttin’

Blue Note Records 7243 4 95327 2 4 Original Album Recording January 5th 1958 Art Farmer (trumpet), Jackie McClean (alto saxophone), Sonny Clark (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums). Cool Struttin' 9m 19s, Blue Minor 10m 15s, Sippin' At Bells 8m 13s,...

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Miles Davis Septet – Live in Poland 1983

Miles Davis Septet – Live in Poland 1983

Domino Records 891235 Miles Davis, trumpet and keyboards on all tracks, plus: CD 1 [1-7] Bill Evans (ts, ss, fl); John Scofield (g), Robert Irving III (keyb); Darryl Jones (b); Al Foster (d); Mino Cinelu (per). Congress Hall, Warsaw, Poland, 23 October 1983. CD 2...

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Buddy Rich – Birdland

Buddy Rich – Birdland

Lightyear/Lobitos Creek Ranch 5365646223 Saxophones – Alan Gauvin, Bill Blount, Frank Basile, Chck Wilson, Steve Marcus, Bobby Mintzer, Turk Mauro, Jim Pritchard, Gary Pribek Trumpets - Dave Stahl, Dean Pratt, Ross Konikoff, Jon Marshall, Waymon Reed, Dave Kennedy...

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Keith Jarrett – Standards, Vol. 1

Keith Jarrett – Standards, Vol. 1

ECM 674 3202 Keith Jarrett (piano); Gary Peacock (double bass); Jack DeJohnette (drums) Recorded January 1983 This is the first in a series of albums that quickly be known as the Standards Trio. There is little doubt that this trio was the successor to the classic...

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Eric Dolphy – Out To Lunch

Eric Dolphy – Out To Lunch

Blue Note Records CDP 0777 7 46524 2 1 Recorded And Released 1964 Eric Dolphy (alt,flt,bs clt), Freddie Hubbard (tpt), Bobby Hutcherson (vbs), Richard Davis (bs), Tony Williams (drs) Hat And Beard 8:24, Something Sweet Something Tender 6:02, Gazzelloni 7:22. Out To...

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Thelonious Monk – Straight No Chaser

Thelonious Monk – Straight No Chaser

Columbia Legacy 64886 Recorded November 1966 / January 1967 Thelonious Monk (piano), Charlie Rouse (tenor), Larry Gales (bass), Ben Riley (drums) 1) Locomotive 6m 43s, 2) I Didn't Know About You (take 4) 6m 52s, 3) Straight No Chaser 11m 28s, 4) Japanese Folk Song...

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