The Music of 1957

Several of the decade’s most influential artists flourished in 1957. Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins released no less than six LPs, while jazzmen Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus maintained a prolific output. Superstars such as Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley continued their hot run of success, while old vanguards like Duke Ellington and Count Basie embarked on a late-career renaissance. And, of course, several young upstarts —  Sun Ra and Ray Charles, to name a couple — were quietly shaping the sounds of tomorrow.


  • April in Paris (Count Basie)
  • Orgy in Rhythm (Art Blakey) A-
  • Coltrane (John Coltrane)
  • Cookin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet (Miles Davis) A-
  • ‘Round About Midnight (Miles Davis) A-
  • Miles Ahead (Miles Davis)
  • Such Sweet Thunder (Duke Ellington)
  • Award Winner (Stan Getz)
  • Kenton with Voices (Stan Kenton) C
  • Rendezvous with Kenton (Stan Kenton) C+
  • The Clown (Charles Mingus) A
  • East Coasting (Charles Mingus) B+
  • Trio (Charles Mingus)
  • A Modern Jazz Symposium of Music and Poetry (Charles Mingus)
  • Brilliant Corners (Thelonious Monk)
  • Thelonious Himself (Thelonious Monk)
  • Monk’s Music (Thelonious Monk) A
  • Mulligan Meets Monk (Thelonious Monk & Gerry Mulligan)
  • Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section (Art Pepper)
  • Strictly Powell (Bud Powell)
  • The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 3 (Bud Powell)
  • Saxophone Colossus (Sonny Rollins)
  • Rollins Plays for Bird (Sonny Rollins)
  • Tour de Force (Sonny Rollins)
  • Sonny Rollins Vol. 1 & 2 (Sonny Rollins)
  • Way Out West (Sonny Rollins)
  • The Sound of Sonny (Sonny Rollins)
  • The Jazz Workshop (George Russell) A
  • Jazz by Sun Ra (Sun Ra) A
  • Super Sonic Jazz (Sun Ra)

Rock and Roll

  • After School Session (Chuck Berry)
  • The “Chirping” Crickets (The Crickets)
  • Loving You (Elvis Presley)
  • Elvis’ Christmas Album (Elvis Presley)
  • Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps (Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps)


  • Dream Street (Peggy Lee)
  • Ella and Louis Again (Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong)
  • Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook (Duke Ellington)
  • Like Someone in Love (Ella Fitzgerald)
  • About the Blues (Julie London) B+
  • Make Love to Me (Julie London) B+
  • Julie (Julie London) B
  • Anita Sings the Most (Anita O’Day)
  • Close to You (Frank Sinatra) A
  • A Swingin’ Affair (Frank Sinatra)
  • Where Are You? (Frank Sinatra)
  • A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra (Frank Sinatra)
  • The Swingin’ Miss “D” (Dinah Washington)
  • Dinah Washington Sings Fats Waller (Dinah Washington)
  • Music for a First Love (Dinah Washington)

Rhythm & Blues

  • Ray Charles (Ray Charles) A
  • The Great Ray Charles (Ray Charles)
  • Singin’ the Blues (B.B. King)
  • Here’s Little Richard! (Little Richard)
  • Dedicated to You (The “5” Royals)


  • Chet Atkins at Home (Chet Atkins)
  • Hi-Fi in Focus (Chet Atkins)
  • With his Hot and Blue Guitar (Johnny Cash)
  • Patsy Cline (Patsy Cline)
  • At the Gate of Horn (Odetta)
  • Time to Dream (Les Paul) B


  • Classical Check-Up
    • Jean Barraqué
    • Dmitri Shostakovich
    • Igor Stravinsky
    • Heitor Villa-Lobos
    • Iannis Xenakis


  • Quand on n’a que l’amour (Jacques Brel)
  • Son nom est Dalida (Dalida)

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