The Music of 1960

Reviews for albums released in 1960 can be found below. The reviews are categorized by genre and alphabetical order.

  • Top 25 Albums of 1960


  • Kansas City Suite (Count Basie)
  • True Blue (Tina Brooks)
  • Change of the Century (Ornette Coleman)
  • Giant Steps (John Coltrane) A
  • Sketches of Spain (Miles Davis) A
  • Outward Bound (Eric Dolphy)
  • Blues in Orbit (Duke Ellington)
  • The Nutcracker Suite (Duke Ellington)
  • Piano in the Background (Duke Ellington)
  • Portrait in Jazz (Bill Evans)
  • A Portrait of Duke Ellington (Dizzy Gillespie)
  • Gillespiana (Dizzy Gillespie)
  • Open Sesame (Freddie Hubbard)
  • Blues & Roots (Charles Mingus) A
  • Mingus Dynasty (Charles Mingus) A-
  • Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus (Charles Mingus)
  • Soul Station (Hank Mobley) A-
  • European Concert (The Modern Jazz Quartet)
  • Thelonious Monk at the Blackhawk (Thelonious Monk)
  • The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery (Wes Montgomery)
  • We Insist! (Max Roach)
  • Jazz in the Space Age (George Russell)
  • Crazy! Baby (Jimmy Smith)
  • Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson (Ben Webster & Oscar Peterson)

Rock and Roll

  • Rockin’ at the Hops (Chuck Berry)
  • Bo Diddley Is a Gunslinger (Bo Diddley)
  • The Sound of Fury (Billy Fury) B+
  • Rockin’ with Wanda (Wanda Jackson)
  • Elvis Is Back! (Elvis Presley)
  • His Hand in Mine (Elvis Presley)
  • Me and My Shadows (Cliff Richard)


  • Bing & Satchmo (Bing Crosby & Louis Armstrong)
  • No Cover, No Minimum (Billy Eckstine)
  • Ella in Berlin: Mack the Knife (Ella Fitzgerald)
  • Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas (Ella Fitzgerald)
  • Let No Man Write My Epitaph (Ella Fitzgerald)
  • Nice ‘n’ Easy (Frank Sinatra)
  • Swings Shubert Alley (Mel Tormé)

Rhythm & Blues

  • In Person (Ray Charles)
  • At Last! (Etta James)
  • Otis Spann Is the Blues (Otis Spann)
  • Muddy Waters at Newport 1960 (Muddy Waters)


  • Joan Baez (Joan Baez)
  • Now, There Was a Song! (Johnny Cash)
  • Ride This Train (Johnny Cash)
  • Johnny Cash Sings Hank Williams (Johnny Cash)
  • It’s Everyly Time (The Everly Brothers)


  • Drums of Passion (Babatunde Olatunji)
  • Sabroso! (Mongo Santamaria)


  • Classical Check-Up
    • Jean Barraqué
    • Luciano Berio
    • Benjamin Britten
    • Elliott Carter
    • Henry Cowell
    • György Ligeti
    • Olivier Messiaen
    • Krzyszstof Penderecki
    • Dmitri Shostakovich
    • Karlheinz Stockhausen
    • Igor Stravinsky
    • William Walton

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