Posted by: DigitalPlato | July 21, 2009

Jazz’s Best Year

dave brubeckI was born in 1959 so this Jazz tribute is somewhat special to me although I listen to ALL music genres except modern disco. And although I prefer jazz-rock and Fusion, I listen to slow mainstream jazz if I want to calm down:

‘2009 marks the 50th anniversary of jazz’s best year jazz ever, Martin Johnson writes for the Root. 1959 saw canonical discs from genre royalty: “Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, John Coltrane’s Giant Steps, Ornette Coleman’s The Shape of Jazz to Come, Dave Brubeck’s Time Out and two by Charles Mingus,Blues and Roots and Ah-Um.” This was the era, Johnson writes, “when commercial success and artistic inspiration merged.”
“They had all come of age during the World War II era, bebop revolution of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie,” Johnson writes. “Musicians who sought to be the next wave of stylistic leaders knew the bar had been set high.” And the ‘50s had seen the tragic deaths of many earlier greats: “There was an almost communal endeavor to highlight a new generation of leaders, and these musicians fit the bill better than anyone could have imagined.”’ Harry Kimball SOURCE: The Root

Here are just 12 of my favorite Jazz and Fusion bands from the ’70’s and 80’s:

1.Dave Brubeck
3.Chick Corea- Return To Forever
4.Steely Dan- Aja
5.Earl Klugh
6.Michael Franks- Art of Tea
7.Joe Sample
9.Al DiMeola
10.Hubert Laws and siblings Debrah and Ronnie
11.Jean Luc Ponti
12.Spyro Gyra

From the 90’s:

2.Acoustic Alchemy -Arcanum



  1. I’ve never been much for traditional jazz, but some of the fusion stuff is very interesting, and your list has reminded me of some that I need to start including in my work. Thanks. 😀

    • I’m just glad you understand fusion too man 🙂

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