The French film noir may be long forgotten, but Miles Davis’ soundtrack for ‘Ascenseur Pour L’Échafaud’ remains a groundbreaking development in his exploration of modal jazz.
Recorded across two sessions, ‘The Sermon!’ finds the Hammond organ master Jimmy Smith at his finest for Blue Note, and pointing the future towards soul jazz.
With a breathtakingly diverse roster that spans jazz and classical music, ECM Records has been at the forefront of contemporary jazz for five decades.
The pinnacle of Louis Prima’s career, his 1956 album, The Wildest!, blended jazz chops with danceable grooves, and became an influence on Elvis Presley.
‘Into Somethin’’ marked a notable transformation for soul jazz organist Larry Young – a significant release that showed he was onto a new way of thinking.
Released in 1984, Solid defined the synthetic sound of 80s R&B and, with its infectious title track, marked the commercial peak for Ashford & Simpson.
Brimming with passion, Andrew Hill’s Blue Note debut, ‘Black Fire’, was a deeply personal album, indicative of a highly original musical mind.
There is no shortage of talented vocalists, but the best female jazz singers possess unique voices which hold their own against their male counterparts.
Along with ‘Born Under A Bad Sign’, his debut LP for Stax, ‘King Of The Blues Guitar’ remains a go-to for those seeking to acquaint themselves with Albert King.
The third Stax Records album by soul singer Carla Thomas, ‘Carla’ remains a potent artistic statement featuring the huge hit crossover single ‘B-A-B-Y’.
Though in the twilight of his years in 1987, when Sinatra took to the stage in Dallas he clearly remained in terrific shape, still in love with what he did.
The saxophone remains an iconic instrument in jazz, mastered by many musical geniuses. uDiscover Music celebrates the 50 best jazz saxophonists of all time.
Recorded in Venice, in 2006, ‘La Fenice’ finds Keith Jarrett unleashing a torrent of imagination, creating a masterpiece in a moment.
Recorded live at Capitol Studios, in front of family and friends, ‘Mercy, Mercy, Mercy’ transformed “the new Charlie Parker” into an unlikely 60s pop star.
Described by Wayne Shorter as being “about life, the universe and God”, ‘The All Seeing Eye’ remains one of its creator’s most ambitious albums.