52 Jazz Albums

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.

July 1, 2019ExtrapolationJohn McLaughlin
July 8, 2019Naked CityJohn Zorn
July 15, 2019TristanoLennie Tristano
July 22, 2019Shaw ‘NuffDizzy Gillespie
July 29, 2019The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun RaSun Ra
August 5, 2019The BridgeSonny Rollins
August 12, 2019Point of DepartureAndrew Hill
August 19, 2019ImpressionsJohn Coltrane
August 26, 2019WorkshopGeorge Russell The Jazz
September 2, 2019Sketches Of SpainMiles Davis
September 9, 2019FocusStan Getz
September 16, 2019Return To ForeverChick Corea
September 23, 2019At JATPBillie Holiday
September 30, 2019Emergency!Tony Williams Lifetime
October 7, 2019Somethin’ ElseCannonball Adderley
October 14, 2019The Black Saint And The Sinner LadyCharles Mingus
October 21, 2019Sings The Cole Porter SongbookElla Fitzgerald
October 28, 2019Ellington At NewportDuke Ellington
November 4, 2019The Thundering HerdsWoody Herman
November 11, 2019Afric PepperbirdJan Garbarek
November 18, 2019A New Sound, A New StarJimmy Smith
November 25, 2019Bright Size LifePat Metheny
December 2, 2019Getz/GilbertoStan Getz/Joao Gilberto
December 9, 2019Maiden VoyageHerbie Hancock
December 16, 2019Moanin’Art Blakey
December 23, 2019At The Café MontmartreCecil Taylor
December 30, 2019The Genius of Bud PowellBud Powell
January 6, 2020FontessaModern Jazz Quartet
January 13, 2020The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery
January 20, 2020Songs For Swingin’ LoversFrank Sinatra
January 27, 2020Volume 1Jelly Roll Morton
February 3, 2020But Not For MeAhmad Jamal
February 10, 2020Heavy WeatherWeather Report
February 17, 2020Free JazzOrnette Coleman
February 24, 2020Time OutDave Brubeck
March 2, 2020Head HuntersHerbie Hancock
March 9, 2020Spiritual UnityAlbert Ayler
March 16, 2020Inner Mounting FlameMahavishnu Orchestra
March 23, 2020The Blanton-Webster BandDuke Ellington
March 30, 2020Complete Hot Fives and SevensLouis Armstrong
April 6, 2020Out to LunchEric Dolphy
April 13, 2020Giant StepsJohn Coltrane
April 20, 2020The Köln ConcertKeith Jarrett
April 27, 2020Bitches BrewMiles Davis
May 4, 2020Bird: The Complete Original Master TakesCharlie Parker
May 11, 2020Mingus Ah UmCharles Mingus
May 18, 2020Brilliant CornersThelonious Monk
May 25, 2020Saxophone ColossusSonny Rollins
June 1, 2020Sunday At The Village VanguardBill Evans Trio
June 8, 2020The Shape of Jazz To ComeOrnette Coleman
June 15, 2020A Love SupremeJohn Coltrane
June 22, 2020Kind of BlueMiles Davis
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