Salt Lake City, UT – This is intended to be a listing of artists and recordings deemed to be essential in building a basic jazz library. Some of the recordings are simply a best of recording, so as to introduce a collector to an overall composite of the artist's work, not necessarily the most historic recording. Numbers don't determine importance of one recording over the other.
Miles Davis Kind of Blue Columbia Dave Brubeck Time Out Columbia Count Basie April in Paris Verve Bill Evans Portrait of Jazz Fantasy Stan Getz/Joao Getz and Giberto Verve Duke Ellington Blues in Orbit Columbia Oscar Peterson The Lost Tapes Verve Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Blues Pablo Sarah Vaughn The Best of Pablo Nat King Cole After Midnight Capitol Stan Kenton Retrosepctive-4 Capitol Erroll Garner Magician & Gersh. TelArcive Hi-Lo's Columbia Years Koch Mose Allison Allison Wonder Atlantic Louis Armstrong Decca Highlight Decca Ben Webster Jaz Round Midnight Verve John Coltrane Gentle Side of... Impulse Clifford Brown/Max And Max Roach EmArcy Billie Holiday Billie Songbook Verve Benny Goodman Slipped Disc 1945 Columbia George Shearing Best of 1960-69 CapitolCD Modern Jazz Quartet Dedicated to Connie Atlantic Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band Verve Gill Evans/Miles Davis Porgy & Bess Columbia Lester Young Blue Lester Savoy Johnny Hartman With Coltrane MCA/Impulse Nancy Wilson Swingin's Mutual Capitol Herbie Mann Evolution of Mann Atlantic Woody Herman Thundering Herds Columbia Shirley Horn Here's to Life Verve Lionel Hampton Reunion Newport RCA/BlueBird Art Blkey Best of Messengers BlueNote Art Tatum Best of Tatum Pablo Coleman Hawkins In a Mello Tone Prestige Ella & Duke Ellington Ella & Duke Verve Maynard Ferguson Chris Connor 2s Capitol Keith Jarrett Trio Standards Live ECM Red Garland Trio Groovy Prestige Art Pepper No Limit Contemporary Milt Jackson Reverence & Compass Qwest Charlie Parker Bird-Origin Recs Verve Chet Baker Chet Riverside Dizzy & Bird Jazz at Massey Hall Fantasy Thelonious Monk Best of BlueNote Bud Powell Best of BlueNote Horace Silver Song for Father BlueNote Wes Montgomery Plays the Blues Verve Joe Pass Appassionato Pablo Basie & Williams Swings/Sings Verve Sonny Rollins Best of BlueNote Capitol Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong Verve
This listing could easily have numbered in the hundreds, but this grouping gives an enthusiast a basic introduction into some of the important movers and shakers of the jazz scene.