52 Jazz Albums in 52 Weeks

My friend JP Tanner decided to listen to 52 jazz albums over the next 52 weeks. One album a week. He consulted a list and decided on the albums below.

In keeping with the Books of Titans focus on the number 52 (as in, 52 books per year), I thought I’d share the list so you could join along. I find jazz to be great background music while I read.

This was partly inspired by the great music recommendations in Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami. I also did a similar project where I listened to 52 operas in the 52 weeks of 2018.

Here’s the original list of jazz albums. We’re starting at #52 and going down to the best jazz album of all time.

Week Album Artist
July 1, 2019 Extrapolation John McLaughlin
July 8, 2019 Naked City John Zorn
July 15, 2019 Tristano Lennie Tristano
July 22, 2019 Shaw ‘Nuff Dizzy Gillespie
July 29, 2019 The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra Sun Ra
August 5, 2019 The Bridge Sonny Rollins
August 12, 2019 Point of Departure Andrew Hill
August 19, 2019 Impressions John Coltrane
August 26, 2019 Workshop George Russell The Jazz
September 2, 2019 Sketches Of Spain Miles Davis
September 9, 2019 Focus Stan Getz
September 16, 2019 Return To Forever Chick Corea
September 23, 2019 At JATP Billie Holiday
September 30, 2019 Emergency! Tony Williams Lifetime
October 7, 2019 Somethin’ Else Cannonball Adderley
October 14, 2019 The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady Charles Mingus
October 21, 2019 Sings The Cole Porter Songbook Ella Fitzgerald
October 28, 2019 Ellington At Newport Duke Ellington
November 4, 2019 The Thundering Herds Woody Herman
November 11, 2019 Afric Pepperbird Jan Garbarek
November 18, 2019 A New Sound, A New Star Jimmy Smith
November 25, 2019 Bright Size Life Pat Metheny
December 2, 2019 Getz/Gilberto Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto
December 9, 2019 Maiden Voyage Herbie Hancock
December 16, 2019 Moanin’ Art Blakey
December 23, 2019 At The Café Montmartre Cecil Taylor
December 30, 2019 The Genius of Bud Powell Bud Powell
January 6, 2020 Fontessa Modern Jazz Quartet
January 13, 2020 The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery Wes Montgomery
January 20, 2020 Songs For Swingin’ Lovers Frank Sinatra
January 27, 2020 Volume 1 Jelly Roll Morton
February 3, 2020 But Not For Me Ahmad Jamal
February 10, 2020 Heavy Weather Weather Report
February 17, 2020 Free Jazz Ornette Coleman
February 24, 2020 Time Out Dave Brubeck
March 2, 2020 Head Hunters Herbie Hancock
March 9, 2020 Spiritual Unity Albert Ayler
March 16, 2020 Inner Mounting Flame Mahavishnu Orchestra
March 23, 2020 The Blanton-Webster Band Duke Ellington
March 30, 2020 Complete Hot Fives and Sevens Louis Armstrong
April 6, 2020 Out to Lunch Eric Dolphy
April 13, 2020 Giant Steps John Coltrane
April 20, 2020 The Köln Concert Keith Jarrett
April 27, 2020 Bitches Brew Miles Davis
May 4, 2020 Bird: The Complete Original Master Takes Charlie Parker
May 11, 2020 Mingus Ah Um Charles Mingus
May 18, 2020 Brilliant Corners Thelonious Monk
May 25, 2020 Saxophone Colossus Sonny Rollins
June 1, 2020 Sunday At The Village Vanguard Bill Evans Trio
June 8, 2020 The Shape of Jazz To Come Ornette Coleman
June 15, 2020 A Love Supreme John Coltrane
June 22, 2020 Kind of Blue Miles Davis
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