“Portrait in Jazz” is the first studio album released by the famous Bill Evans Trio consisting of Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian.
“The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery” forever changed the way that the electric guitar is played.
“Mel Tormé” Swings Shubert Alley” is the singer’s finest album, a jazzy collection of Broadway tunes that still holds up today.
Released at the tail end of his legendary Capitol years, “Nice ‘n’ Easy” is the last great Frank Sinatra album.
Although “His Hand in Mine” isn’t one of Elvis Presley’s best albums, it is most certainly Elvis Presley’s best Gospel album.
One of the most anticipated albums of all time when it was released in 1960, “Elvis Is Back!” is also Presley’s most musically ambitious work.
“Thelonious Monk at the Blackhawk” is another fine live performance from one of the greatest pianists who ever lived.
On “Me and My Shadows,” Cliff Richard and his stellar backing band give us some of that old time (British) rock & roll.
“Ray Charles in Person” is the rare live album that features impeccable sound quality. It feels like you’re right there in the audience.
“Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus” is the jazz musician’s first headlong exploration into the avant-garde.
Even though “albums” didn’t necessarily exist in the 1920s, here are my picks for the greatest recordings you should own from the decade.
“Blues & Roots” finds Charles Mingus exploring the sounds of his childhood: gospel, spirituals and, of course, the blues.