From the first talkie to modern films such as ‘Whiplash’, jazz and the movies have had a fruitful relationship. Here are 25 of the best jazz soundtracks.
Launching his own label, in 1961, with ‘The Second Time Around’, Frank Sinatra entered the new decade as one of the most powerful stars on the planet.
A creative and commercial peak, MC Hammer’s ‘Please Hammer Don't Hurt ’Em’ included ‘U Can’t Touch This’ and introduced the world to “Hammer time”.
Capturing the joyful essence of what it feels like to love and be loved, the best jazz songs are timeless expressions of the deepest emotions.
With their fourth album, ‘A Humdrum Star’, GoGo Penguin deliver proof that they’re working at the forefront of today’s jazz trios.
On ‘Live In Europe’, Melody Gardot proves herself to a commanding performer who can commune intimately with our hearts and souls.
Praised by label president Don Was for having “cracked the Blue Note code”, Joe Harley’s ‘Tone Poet’ vinyl remasters are essential listening.
Smooth jazz is often unfairly maligned, but there’s a lot to love in its accessible, mellow soundscapes and flowing melodies.
A highly person album that set her on a new creative path, ‘Control’ found Janet Jackson making leaps towards dominating the pop world.
Dynamic, masterful and at times transcendent, ‘In Concert At The Royal Festival Hall’ found Frank Sinatra on top form in one of his favourite cities.
The ever versatile Bobby Darin turned his hand to country music on 1963’s ‘You’re The Reason I’m Living’, and put his own unique spin on the style.
A standout album in a remarkable career, ‘Is That All There Is?’ dared to be different, revealing a new versatility to Peggy Lee’s singing.
With ‘Face To Face’, Blue Note organist “Baby Face” Willette brought a distinctive sound and a new dynamism to jazz before disappearing into obscurity.
The French composer and jazz pianist Michel Legrand will be remembered for ‘The Windmills Of Your Mind’, but there is much more to discover.
The debut album by a prolific musician, ‘Grant’s First Stand’ is a significant work that set out the Blue Note musician’s highly personal manifesto.