Top 100 jazz tracks? Too tough.

Posted by: admin on February 10, 2011 @ 1:23 pm
Filed under: Culture, Listening

Lots of chatter about jazz24’s listener polled list of the Top 100 tracks of jazz. A lot of the usual chatter—list is incomplete, too focused on the old, nothing of the avant, etc. After reading Peter Hum’s Jazz Post-1980s thoughts (thanks for mentioning Dave’s Moonshine btw), I thought I’d throw my hat in the ring ever so slightly.

First, that list is a list of almost all tracks that I love. I don’t listen to much of Dave Brubeck or Benny Goodman, but that’s my taste, and certainly don’t slight that material. And I’d probably have put A Love Supreme, Part II – Resolution on the list rather than … – Acknowledgement. Regardless, here are some tracks that I personally can’t and couldn’t have lived without.

Miles Davis – Right Off
Tribute To Jack Johnson

Ellington/Mingus/Roach – Fleurette Africaine
Money Jungle

Mingus – Solo Dancer/Duet Solo Dancers
Black Saint and the Sinner Lady

Paul Bley – Ida Lupino

Dave Douglas – The Infinite
The Infinite
* had to put this on there, since it was my introduction to DD oh so long ago.

Brad Mehldau – When It Rains

Art Ensemble Of Chicago – Theme De Yoyo
Americans Swinging in Paris

Joe Harriott – The Rake
Swings High

Sun Ra – El Is A Sound Of Joy
Sound of Joy

Chris Potter – Shiva

Jochen Rückert – Satellite

Cannonball Adderly – Mercy Mercy Mercy
Mercy Mercy Mercy

Bill Frisell – When We Go
* tied with Ron Carter from Blues Dream

Alberto Pinto – Soul Insider

Ben Alison – Mantra
Third Eye

Man… I’m leaving off so many tunes that shaped my view of jazz and others from recent years that I absolutely adore. As much as I love making lists like this, this one is way to broad to have any sort of meaning.

Looking forward to reading all of your faves.


  1. A friend reminded me of another track that I’ve always loved, but seem to have misplaced.

    Shining – “Where Do You Go Christmas Eve?” from their record Sweet Shanghai Devil

    Comment by Jim Tuerk — February 11, 2011 @ 8:13 am

  2. Thanks, Jim. Awesome list.

    This reminds me of the listening parties that get instigated every year at Banff. The list (usually still on the blackboard the morning after) goes on forever and has all kinds of surprises. Pretty inspiring. And non-hierarchical.

    And no martial arts, either.

    Comment by Dave — February 11, 2011 @ 10:36 am

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