At the outset, jazz was dance music, performed by swinging big bands. Soon the dance elements faded into the background and improvisation became the key element of the music. As the genre evolved, the music split into a number of different styles - from the speedy, hard-hitting rhythms of be-bop and the laid-back, mellow harmonies of cool jazz to the jittery, atonal forays of free jazz and the earthy grooves of soul jazz.
Our selection covers all of these styles, from Glen Miller and Louis Armstrong to Herbie Hancock and Bill Frisell, Billie Holiday to Diana Krall and of course other staple names such as Brubeck, Coltrane, Davis, Getz, Simone, Fitzgerald, Baker, just naming a few of the greats. We carry the original CDs and also wherever possible the Remastered Editions and Legacy Editions.
Here's our pick of Jazz albums we reckon you should do yourself a favour and listen to. You'll find them all instore today - or if we're temporarily out of stock, we are happy to order any item for you.
1. Bitches Brew - Miles Davis 2. Take Five - Dave Brubeck 3. Winelight - Grover Washington Jnr 4. Baltimore - Nina Simone 5. All For You - Diana Krall 6. Plays W.C. Handy - Louis Armstrong 7. Sings - Chet Baker 8. A Love Supreme - John Coltrane 9. Ellington At Newport - Duke Ellington 10. Ella And Basie - Ella Fitzgerald 11. Have A Little Faith - Bill Frisell 12. Getz/Gilberto - Stan Getz And Astruid Gilberto 13. Sings - Billie Holiday 14. Tourist - St Germain 15. Monks Dream - Thelonious Monk 16. Solo Guitar - Earl Klugh 17. Ellington Songbooks - Sarah Vaughan 18. The Tatum Touch Live - Art Tatum 19. Mingus Ah Um - Charlie Mingus 20. Head Hunters - Herbie Hancock