In 1951, there was not yet a clear delineation of the old guard giving way to the new. Duke Ellington, an elder statesman of jazz, released his Masterpiece, while fresh faces like Thelonious Monk and Wynton Kelly each came out with significant works of their own.
Jazz was where most of the musical invention was happening at this time, but disparate genres such as country and classical had noteworthy progressivists of their own.
Also, Doris Day!
- The New Sounds (Miles Davis) A-
- Masterpieces by Ellington (Duke Ellington) A
- Piano Interpretations (Wynton Kelly) A
- City of Glass (Stan Kenton) A-
- Genius of Modern Music (Volume One) (Thelonious Monk) A+
- Lester Young Trio (Lester Young) A-
- Lullaby of Broadway (Doris Day) B
- On Moonlight Bay (Doris Day) B
- I’ll See You In My Dreams (Doris Day) B+
- Songs of Jimmie Rodgers (Lefty Frizzell) B+
- The New Sound, Vol. 2 (Les Paul and Mary Ford) A
- The Unquiet Grave (Andrew Rowan Summers) B+
- Hank Williams Sings (Hank Williams) A
- Classical Check-Up
- Pierre Boulez
- Benjamin Britten
- Elliott Carter
- Henri Dutilleux
- Igor Stravinsky