Jazz Recommendations

This the jazz music I’ve listened to and really liked over the years. I put it together because some of my friends have reached out occasionally asking me where to begin and what/whom to listen to.


Kind of Blue – Miles Davis (1959)
Portrait in Jazz – Bill Evans Trio (1960)
Sunday at the Village Vanguard – Bill Evans Trio (1961)
Waltz for Debby – Bill Evans Trio (1962)
Monk’s Dream – Thelonious Monk (1963)
The Columbia Years: ’62–’68 – Thelonious Monk (2001)
Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane – Thelonious Monk (1961)
Blue Train – John Coltrane (1957)
Soultrane – John Coltrane (1958)
My Favorite Things – John Coltrane (1961)
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane – Duke Ellington & John Coltrane (1963)
The Cats – Tommy Flanagan (1957)
Scenery – Ryo Fukui (1976)
Time Out – Dave Brubeck Quartet (1959)
Mingus Ah Um – Charles Mingus (1959)
The Inner Mounting Flame – Mahavishnu Orchestra (1971)
Thieves and Poets – John McLaughlin (2003)
Maiden Voyage – Herbie Hancock (1965)
Somethin’ Else – Cannonball Adderley (1958)


These songs intentionally do not include my favorites from the above albums.

Moanin’ – Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers
Moanin’ – Mingus Big Band
Greensleeves – The John Coltrane Quartet
Portrait of Tracy – Jaco Pastorius
Django – John McLaughlin & Jeff Beck
La Baleine – John McLaughlin
Desire And the Comforter – John McLaughlin with The One Truth Band
Infant Eyes – Wayne Shorter

P. S.:

  • The albums/songs are in no particular order.
  • I will try and keep it up-to-date as and when I like more albums.
  • I have left out jazz vocalists on purpose. I will add them later as a separate section.