Kind of Blue

This was the first Jazz CD I ever owned.  I currently have over 200 Jazz CDs and Kind of Blue is still #1 on my list.

What are your favs?


I'm not a big Jazz fan but,Coltrane's  A Love Supreme is one of my faves.

Big jazz fan here!

Not a big KoB fan, though. I like Sketches of Spain, Silent Way and Bitches Brew much more.

Here’s a few more. Note, that my tastes in jazz (and music in general) is toward more progressive forms. So, YMMV.

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme

Pharaoh Sanders - Black Unity, Karma

Alice Coltrane - Ptah, the El Daoud, Journey in Satchidananda

Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage

McCoy Tyner - Sahara, Asanta, Extensions

Mahavishnu Orchestra - Inner Mounting Flame, Birds of Fire, Lost Trident Sessions

Allan Holdsworth - Metal Fatigue, Road Games, I.O.U.

Return to Forever - Romantic Warrior, Hymn of the Seventh Gallery

Art Ensemble of Chicago - Nice Guys, People of Sorrow, Full Force

Oregon - Out of the Woods

Steve Coleman and the Five Elements - The Sonic Language of Myth, Genesis & the Opening of the Way

Mary Halvorson - Amarylis, Belladonna, Cloudward, Code Girl

Bruford - One of a Kind



‘Kind of Blue” came out in 1959, the same year as two other albums I like at least as much—“Time Out” by Dave Brubeck, and ‘Shape of Jazz to Come” by Ornette Coleman.  There are MANY great jazz albums to collect.  Many sound really good on vinyl.  

Ouch… my ears…Holdsworth… after seeing Return to Forever and Kind of Blue I was not expecting that.

I find the jazz recordings of the late ‘50’s and ‘60’s sound SO much better than the rock albums in later years, eg, Led Zeppelin, the Stones, etc. Wonder why that is? Better recording engineers in the jazz genre? 

Funny. I was a newbie a very long long time ago. I was shopping for classical music LPs at Twist & Shout here in Denver. I was talking to someone and mentioned I was unsure if I can enjoy jazz or not. Luckily, this guy was the co-owner of the shop, I think. He smiled and took me to the counter and gave me one CD and said, "Take this home. It is on the house. If you can enjoy this CD, then Jazz is for you. If you cannot, then safely move on to something else." Guess what was the CD? Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. That was it and rest was history. I still have that CD which was a gift from a music enthusiast.

Many greats back then ,reading  about them man6 had drug habits I was shocked even in the 50s . Many greats Live at the vanguard , I even go back to Glen Miller and enjoy ,people forget drinking was not considered a drug ,but being part of society. Greats like Mingus , Blakely, Chet Baker ,Sonny Rollins , they all contributed something .

I assumed back then Drugs was off limits I guess I was mistaken, the 60s much more so with a variety of mind benders ,which helped in creativity !!

How about Mike Olfield Tubular bells  1&2  is this considered Jazz ? 
this was considered a classic for its time ,what category is that in ?

Cannonball Adderley: Something Else (Same personnel as KOB sans Coletrane) 

Oliver Nelson: The Blues & Abstract Truth, Screaming the Blues

Joe Henderson: Mode for Joe

Walter Booker: Bookiie's Cookbook 


I like the album Something Else with Miles Davis and Cannonball Adderley. Anything that came out of Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey at that time sounds great. +1 on Ben Webster as well.

The Rudy Van Gelder remasters on Blue Note were an indication to me that digital had hope. These are all great! I’ve now crossed almost entirely to the Dark Side…

When I wan t to shock people with how good old recordings sound, I almost always pull out jazz examples.  Almost any late 50's or 60's "six-eye" Columbia sounds great (my demonstration go to is Ellington's "Blues in Orbit" which is late 50's stereo and better than most current stereo recordings for quality; the subsequent reissues, even is SACD do not sound as good).  Another demonstration choice is Sonny Rollins' "Saxophone Colossus" (a GREAT recording for music and sound quality and it is on available in mono).  

Old, original release Blue Notes are way too expensive for me to own, but, I have heard them and I like them fore than the premium reissues, although those are still quite good and worth having).

Several years ago when I was playing saxophone tracks for a jazz gig, in the studio, the engineer put on a few Blue Note tracks. In the studio they were amazing and still my benchmark for how I would like my listening room to sounds like.

I'm into Japanese jazz artists and mainly into jazz-rock and fusion.

Masayoshi Takanaka


Masuro Imada



So agree with recording quality of late 1950's ... Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section is sublime!!   

The one jazz artist I find myself going back to more than any other is Kenny Drew.  Especially his recordings on the Steeplechase label, which itself is a goldmine of brilliant jazz recordings.


How about Mike Olfield Tubular bells 1&2 is this considered Jazz ?
this was considered a classic for its time ,what category is that in ?

No, no, no!

Not even close to jazz.

It is firmly in the prog-rock genre, or progressive music genre. which is such a broad genre of music, with some of the widest variation in any musical genre I know of.

While several subgenres of prog are highly influenced by jazz, and may even be as much jazz as prog, Mike Oldfield is certainly not.

For example: the Zeuhl subgenre of prog, started by a drummer, Christian Vander, who idolized John Coltane. And that core of jazz tends to run through many bands that are in this subgenre. Or, the so called Canterbury scene of prog, has much in common with jazz fusion.

 I don't much like 'jazz', but I do like Miles Davis's early 70's stuff, as it doesn't sound to me like 'jazz' and it's really interesting music to me. Much of it reminds me of Grateful Dead space jams (and I've seen Branford Marsalis and Ornette Coleman jam with the GD a few times in Oakland). I got that Vinyl Me Please box set of 'Miles Davis - The Electric Years', and that is perfect for me. Herbie Hancock's 'Crossings' is like that too; doesn't sound like 'jazz', just 'music'. 

Some great examples, I had forgotten about, thanks for that.

I have been enjoying of late, Tord Gustaven Trio-The Other Side and Chet Baker-Chet.


 I don't much like 'jazz', but I do like Miles Davis's early 70's stuff, as it doesn't sound to me like 'jazz' and it's really interesting music to me. Much of it reminds me of Grateful Dead space jams (and I've seen Branford Marsalis and Ornette Coleman jam with the GD a few times in Oakland). I got that Vinyl Me Please box set of 'Miles Davis - The Electric Years', and that is perfect for me. Herbie Hancock's 'Crossings' is like that too; doesn't sound like 'jazz', just 'music'. 

I am gathering that the reason why you are saying you don't consider early 70's Miles and "Crossings" jazz, is because they don't sound like all those 50's post bop jazz recordings, that seem to have become the mainstream music listener's entire idea of what jazz sounds like. 

Jazz is not a "style" of music that has a certain sound. It is a way of thinking about music, using sophisticated musical vocabulary, spontaneous composition ability, amazing levels of musicianship, musical communication with musicians while playing, etc. 

Make no mistake, those early 70's Miles recordings and "Crossings", are most definitely jazz. The musicians are all using jazz techniques, the vocabulary of jazz, jazz improv, etc.

There are subgenres of jazz, that sound even less like the jazz most people think of when they think of the "way jazz sounds", than those 70's Miles recordings or Crossings. 

Chamber-jazz, M-Base, avant-garde, fusion, jazz noir, just to name a few.


@simonmoon This, “No, no, no!”  business, this “(Tubular Bells) is firmly in the prog-rock genre, or progressive music genre” business, is all a bit much.  
Tubular Bells sounds like Steve Reich, Phillip Glass, Terry Riley, etc., stuff typically referred to as “contemporary classical,” “minimalist,” etc.  
When we get into the ‘60s and up to today, the whole thing of “avant-garde,” “classical,” and “jazz” gets pretty well intertwined to where I think we can just avoid this “No, no, no!” genre-mongering ideation.  
If someone thinks something sounds like jazz, so what?
It’s music.  
We can listen to music on it’s own terms without bending over backwards to pigeonhole something with generic, over-simplified label-mongering, “genre”-mongering (i.e. ‘No, no, no! Tubular Bells is firmly in the prog-rock genre, or progressive music genre.”). 
How is it constructive to do that? Is it helpful for either the artist or the listener to have someone from the peanut gallery “telling” everyone what a piece of music “is” via a generic label of “genre?”  
If you poured your heart, mind, body and soul, blood, sweat and tears into creating something, would you appreciate it being summarily reduced to some generic label?  
Or would you rather your creation was taken on it’s own terms for the thing it is?

Walt Dickerson an underscored musical genius with Sun Ra as sideman... Sun Ra did not accept often to stay a sideman save with a genius...😊 ... But Sun Ra do it again as full  partner this time  with Dickerson in "Visions" album a less easy album to appreciate but my favorite...


Interesting article critic from amazon which i concur with :

Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2005
Of all the music presented by master vibraphonist Walt
Dickerson, 1965’s sadly rare IMPRESSIONS OF A PATCH OF
BLUE tends to be the album which many Dickerson
enthusiasts swear by the most. Small wonder. Its
chamber dynamics, multiharmonic precision, compelling
swing and iridescently free balladry mark this Jazz
variation of Jerry Goldsmith film themes as an
unforgettable tone poem to gentle fascinate the
cautious ear, and boldly stir the adventurous soul.

Here, Dickerson showcases his artistry in the midst
of kindred spirits who’ve been dismissed or taken
for granted for far too long. In particular, catch
the probing delicacy of the one-and-only Sun Ra on
piano and harpsichord. Chromatically jabbing with
focused glee, swirling the changes with nimble
poise, the Myth Realist strikes home with memorable
charm, class, and delight.
Bassist Bob Cunningham is steady on the tempo while
elusively dancing about the beat. Likewise for
drummer Roger Blank, boiling with rhythm, simmered
and stirred to a tempestuous tee. With the vibraphonist,
these men form a quartet for the ages.

For decades, Walt Dickerson has been recognized as
one of the most dynamic innovators in all of Music.
The measure of his instrumental orignality places
Dickerson on a par with the likes of Louis Armstrong,
Thelonious Monk, and John Coltrane; all of whom have
singularly redefiened the voice of their respective
instruments, and have richly nurtured the overall
conception of Music as a whole.
Time and again, albums such as PEACE (Steeplechase),
TO MY QUEEN (OJC/Prestige/New Jazz), and LIFE RAYS
(Soul Note) have showcased the malleteer’s seamless
ability to merge the straight-ahead, the avant-grade,
and the soulfully down-home into resurgent rhapsodies
of epic, highly motivational, incredibly unique Jazz.

Let there be no doubt that Walt Dickerson is a
hallmark of excellence which distinguishes the
legacy of African American musical achievement.
are more than momentary curios to titillate
merchantile hobbyists.
Exciting and inspiring, such work resounds with
deep passion, sharp pertinence, and resilient
life in the Here and Now; touching all who
listen, and dare to hear.

Despite the odds.
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This one is certainly one of the great tune of Jazz masterfully played as if someone was speaking to you seated near you at midnight ...

No drugs could kill this melodic genius...



If you poured your heart, mind, body and soul, blood, sweat and tears into creating something, would you appreciate it being summarily reduced to some generic label?
Or would you rather your creation was taken on it’s own terms for the thing it is?

I did not bother myself with labels anymore...

Music is done by musicians ... Labels are only useful to use on a wall to class the cd or vinyl by countries and era ....

For sure if we write a book about jazz for example, labels will appeal decisions about what we must put in the book at which place or not...

i dont write book about jazz then... labels means little for me ... 😁

When i was young "labels" mattered much for me because i excluded most labels genres 😁... I was "snob" i guess...

But after 40 years i begun to listen out of my innate taste (choral music before Bach mostly ) even jazz, eastern music and all eras in classical...

I discovered that my innate taste was limiting me , that music is done by musicians. it is not a written matter not a labelling matter. it was about each individual musician uniqueness gesture playing...

i am less snob now than i was once ... Less ignorant too ...😊

In my next life i would want to be a musician ... 😊

Probably poor ...

These are in no particular order:

Miles Davis - Kind of Blue, In A Silent Way, The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions, Nefertiti, Filles De Kilimanjaro

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme, The Complete Africa Brass Sessions, Coltrane’s Sound, Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings

Herbie Hancock - Empyrean Isles

Sun Ra - Angels and Demons at Play, The Nubians of Plutonia

Cassandra Wilson - Blue Light Til Dawn

Don Cherry - Brown Rice

Alice Coltrane - Journey in Satchidananda

Wayne Shorter - Juju

Stan Getz / Charlie Byrd - Jazz Samba


Kind of Blue


Miles Davis

Julian Cannonball Adderly

Paul Chambers

James Cobb

John Coltrane

Bill Evans

Wynton Kelly

Nuff Said.

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@simonmoon - Miles did not like the term 'jazz', at least for this; as he said, it's 'music'. 

The greatest jazz recording of all time for me i listened to it through outdoor speakers from a little watch and jewellry store in 1964 ...

This one jazzman played it  :



Miles Davis:  Kind of Blue, Miles Smiles, A Tribute to Jack Johnson

John Coltrane:  Giant Steps, assorted tracks from LP's

Mahavishnu Orchestra:  The Inner Mounting Flame, Birds of Fire

Oz Noy:  Live in Asia

Jim Hall Trio:  Live!

Bill Evans Trio:  Complete Riverside Recordings

Gary Burton and Chick Corea:  Crystal Silence

Appreciate everyone’s recommendations!

@mahgister Always enjoy you sharing your experiences and music suggestions!

@tostadosunidos Crystal Silence is a classic!

I will add the French jazz pianist Claude Bolling as one of my favorite musicians.

I like "Kind of Blue" but I do have a  few Jazz Albums that I like better,  including:

Olu Dara, In the World: From Natchez to New York

Julius Hemphill - Dogon A.D.

Abdullah Ibrahim - Yarona

Johnny Dyani - Angolian Cry

Macy Grey - Stripped

The Olu Dara recording just makes me smile.


Duke Ellington:  A Drum Is A Woman
Max Roach:    Freedom Now Suite
Count Basie:  too many to choose from
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers:  Reflections in Blue
Supersax Plays Bird
Dave Pell:  Prez Conference
Blossom Dearie:  Give Him the Ohh-La-La
Catherine Russell:  Bring It Back
Clark Terry & Max Roach:  Friendship
Clifford Brown & Max Roach
John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
Dexter Gordon:  Doin' Alright
Woody Shaw: Rosewood
Ella & Louis
Fats Navarro: Nostalgia
Woody Herman 1958
Sinatra at the Sands (with the Count Basie band)
Freddie Hubbard:  Hub-Tones
Horace Silver:  Song For My Father
Gal Costa:  Aquele Frevo Axe
Julie London:  About The Blues
Peggy Lee:  Come Rain or Come Shine
Real Vocal String Quartet:  Four Little Sisters

Like most of what is posted here.  For reference I prefer music from instruments that don't plug into the wall, that you can actually hear the lyrics and that one does not jump up and down to listen to.  That said, guitar is a favorite and Joe Pass wasn't mentioned. Great talent like Jim Hall.

This is an incredibly tough question, given that jazz varies so much.  KOB is obviously a classic, of course, as is Take Five.  But my go-to morning coffee recording is Bill Evans Live at the Village Vanguard -- a masterpiece.  I am also a vibraphone nut, so I love Gary Burton, MJQ, and Lionel Hampton.  Wes Montgomery for guitar, and sax . . . Lester Young (especially his 50's recordings, which are maybe not his peak, but are very well-recorded), Ben Webster, Stan Getz, just too many to name here.  

But for all you Jazz aficionados, if you haven't listened to The Sound of Jazz, which is a soundtrack for a TV show that is available on YouTube and is available as a Blu-Ray CD, you absolutely must.  That is an all-star cast, including Billie Holiday and Lester Young.  It is EPIC, both as just audio and to actually watch the show and see them play!  The soundtrack is slightly different from the show, as it was recorded a day earlier, but both are stupendous!

I'm surprised how few mentions of Joe Henderson there are.  He's always been a favourite of mine.  State Of The Tenor is a must have for any jazz fan.  And the  subtle treatment he adds to Idle Moments by Grant Green.  


Kind of Blue

Somethin' Else - Cannonball Adderley (in my mind a Miles album-I keep it with his records)

Coltrane - Ballads, Plays the Blues, Giant Steps

Sonny - Way Out West, 4

Stan Getz  - Stan meets Chet, Getz Giberto, Jazz Samba

Milt Jackson - Bags meets Wes (Montgomery), Django (MJQ)

Wayne Shorter - See No Evil

Jimmy Smith-Wes Montgomery - The Dynamic Duo

Pat Martino - El Hombre

Pick an early Paul Desmond (Time out - even though Dave Brubeck leads)

Tina Brooks - True Blue, The Waiting Game

Dexter Gordon - Go

Miles - Round About Midnight or any from his first Quintet (Relaxin', Cookin', Workin', Steamin')

Pat Metheny Group (Self titled), Offramp (except the first song)

These are ones I am psyched when they come up next to play in the rotation....





I don't know much about jazz, so these recommendations are especially helpful.  My wife and I are looking forward to listening to everything listed above.  Thanks very much.

Bill Evans Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby. You can’t not love it. I’m guaranteeing Bill Evans.

What a good place you’re in. You heard something good and you want more of it. Late ’50s early 60’s Jazz recordings, this my friend, is a bottomless pit of good stuff.

Especially in the ‘45-‘75 chronological range, there is an enormous amount.
Duke Ellington, Art Tatum, Mary Lou Williams, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, Archie Shepp, Donald Byrd, Andrew Hill, Pharoah Sanders, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Hank Mobley, Eric Dolphy, Art Blakely, Roland Kirk, Sonny Sharrock, Don Cherry, Albert Ayler, Sadao Watanabe.

I like all kinds,of musical Jazz,just hate that one note ,crazy play whatever you can makes no scents.