Κυριακή, 19 Σεπτεμβρίου 2010

The 100 great jazz songs of all time



1. “So What” – Miles Davis
Miles. Trane. Cannonball. Evans. Chambers. Cobb. The greatest lineup in jazz history. ‘Nuff said.

2. “My Favorite Things” – John Coltrane
This interpretation of the Rodgers/Hammerstein classic tune turned on a whole new audience to the brilliance of John Coltrane. It also offered a glimpse of the path that Trane was about to embark upon.

3. “Take Five” – Dave Brubeck
The first jazz instrumental to sell a million copies. A song everyone, jazz fans or not, have heard. Timeless.

4. “Acknowledgement” – John Coltrane
Trane’s spiritual awakening and the start of his ultimate quest. One of the most powerful, transcendent songs ever. This is true gospel.

5. “Birdland” – Weather Report
An excellent introduction to the late Jaco Pastorious. This tune pushed Weather Report to the forefront of the fusion movement and into the mainstream.

6. “Freddie Freeloader” – Miles Davis
Another stone-cold classic from the best jazz album (Kind of Blue) of all time. Never to be duplicated, this is jazz at its highest form.

7. “Psalm” – John Coltrane
Closes out one of the most important albums ever, regardless of genre, on a plateau others could never hope to scale. Monumental.

8. “Strange Fruit” – Billie Holiday
One of the most chilling and haunting, yet utterly compelling, songs of all time. Lady Day poured her heart, soul and every fabric of her being into this cut.

9. “Salt Peanuts” – Dizzy Gillespie
If there were a Mount Rushmore of jazz, Dizz would be carved in stone. And this tune would be playing in the background. Go cat, go!

10. “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” – Cannonball Adderley
Proving their was life after Miles Davis, Cannonball hooked up with then little-known composer/keyboardist Joe Zainwaul and churned out this soulful masterpiece. Who says jazz ain’t got no soul?

11. “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” – Charles Mingus
One of the cornerstone songs of jazz from one of its most covered composers. Mingus could do it all. And he influenced them all.

12. “Chameleon” – Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters
Funk. Funky. Funkiest. This cut molded jazz into something different. Something more urban and more groovy.

13. “Straight Life” – Freddy Hubbard
After the triumph that was Red Clay, Hubbard proved that he had plenty more left in his trick bag on this 17-minute cut. He swung for the fences and hit a grand-slam with this one.

14. “The Creator has a Master Plan” – Pharaoh Sanders
Thirty-two and a half minutes of pure, free form bliss. Enough to induce a deep, fulfilling trance-like state. An under-appreciated artist and song.

15. “Blue in Green” – Miles Davis
More from one of the most incredible pieces of art ever fashioned – Kind of Blue. Miles at his most inventive.

16. “One O’Clock Jump” – Count Basie
Superb joint from one of the masters of swing. Many were the imitators, yet none could touch the magic of Count Basie and his Orchestra. Then or now.

17. “Bumpin’ on Sunset” – Wes Montgomery
The one, the only, Wes Montgomery burning up the fretboard without a pick. Set the standard for those who chose to follow.

18. Naima” – John Coltrane
A powerfully-beautiful and tender ballad, named for Trane’s then wife. This is where Coltrane started to come into his own, composition-wise. As this one proved, the sky was the limit.

19. “Back at the Chicken Shack” – Jimmy Smith
A slice of sweaty, Hammond B-3 heaven from the best of the bunch. Created a template that a thousand jambands would follow 40 years after the fact.

20. “Mister Magic” – Grover Washington, Jr.
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. Smooth jazz that was anything but smooth.


21. “Giant Steps” – John Coltrane
22. “In a Silent Way” – Miles Davis
23. “Dolphin Dance” – Herbie Hancock
24. “In N’ Out” – Joe Henderson
25. “Resolution” – John Coltrane
26. “Alone Together” – Grant Green
27. “St. Louis Blues” – W.C. Handy
28. “Rocket Number Nine Take off for the Planet Venus” – Sun Ra and his Arkestra
29. “Tipitina” – Professor Longhair
30. “Breakfast Feud” – Charlie Christian
31. “Naguine” – Django Reinhardt
32. “It Might as Well be Spring” – Sarah Vaughan
33. “Captain Fingers” – Lee Ritenour
34. “Science Funktion” – Donald Byrd
35. “Blue Rondo A La Turk” – Dave Brubeck
36. “A Remark You Made” – Weather Report
37. “Black Satin” – Miles Davis
38. “Just the Two of Us” – Grover Washington, Jr.
39. “Minnie the Moocher” – Cab Calloway
40. “Aerial Boundaries” – Michael Hedges
41. “Red Clay” – Freddie Hubbard
42. “Round Midnight” – Thelonious Monk
43. “Bright Size Life” – Pat Metheny
44. “Maiden Voyage” – Herbie Hancock
45. “Portrait of Tracy” – Jaco Pastorious
46. “Mood Indigo” – Duke Ellington
47. “Body & Soul” – Coleman Hawkins
48. “Moanin’” – Art Blakey
49. “Straight, No Chaser” – Thelonious Monk
50. “Right Off” – Miles Davis


51. “Jelly Roll Blues” – Jelly Roll Morton
52. “Stratus” – Billy Cobham
53. “(They call me) Dr. Professor Longhair” – Professor Longhair
54. “Sun Goddess” – Ramsey Lewis
55. “Miles Beyond” – Mahavishnu Orchestra
56. “Fables of Faubus” – Charles Mingus
57. “Room 335” – Larry Carlton
58. “Epistrophy” – Thelonious Monk
59. “The Girl From Ipanema” – Getz/Gilberto
60. “Lonely Woman” – Ornette Coleman
61. “The Perfect Man” – Sun Ra and his Arkestra
62. “Hello, Dolly” – Louis Armstrong
63. “Chasin’ the Bird” – Charlie Parker
64. “Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy” – Return to Forever
65. “God Bless the Child” – Billie Holiday
66. “Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers” – Jeff Beck
67. “Tea for Two” – Art Tatum
68. “Volunteered Slavery” – Rahsaan Roland Kirk
69. “Pharoah’s Dance” – Miles Davis
70. “A Night in Tunisia” – Sonny Rollins
71. “Pursuance” – John Coltrane
72. “Satin Doll” – Duke Ellington
73. “Speak no Evil” – Wayne Shorter
74. “Chitlins Con Carne” – Kenny Burrell
75. “Potato Head Blues” – Louis Armstrong


76. “My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now” – Dirty Dozen Brass Band
77. “Cover Girl” – Larry Coryell
78. “Willow Weep for Me” – Wes Montgomery
79. “A Long Drink of the Blues” – Jackie McLean
80. “Three Views of a Secret” – Jaco Pastorious
81. “Places and Spaces” – Donald Byrd
82. “When you’re in Love” – Horace Silver
83. “Lazy River” – Pete Fountain
84. “Tones for Elvin Jones” – John McLaughlin
85. “Icarus” – Winter Consort
86. “Bemsha Swing” – Thelonious Monk
87. “Moon Tune” – Bob James/David Sanborn
88. “Eternal Child” – Chick Corea’s Elektric Band
89. “Out of the Night” – Brian Melvin Trio
90. “School Days” – Stanley Clarke
91. “Five Hundred Miles High” – Stan Getz
92. “Hog Callin’ Blues” – Charles Mingus
93. “My Funny Valentine” – Gerry Mulligan/Chet Baker
94. “Race with Devil on Spanish Highway” – Al DiMeola
95. “Moritat” – Sonny Rollins
96. “Son of Mr. Green Genes” – Frank Zappa
97. “Big Chief” – Professor Longhair
98. “Anonymous Skulls” – Medeski, Martin & Wood
99. “The Hong Kong Incident” – Jing Chi
100. “Hamp’s Hump” - Galactic