Best Relaxing Jazz Albums To Listen To


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Hi and welcome a post about jazz!

Let me get ahead of any comments like “i’m 12 and where is Charlie Parker” and say I am absolutely not an expert on jazz, far from it, and these are just some albums that I personally have enjoyed and think you will too. That’s it! Bye bye!

1.

Red Garland’s Piano by Red Garland


Prestige

My One Sentence Extremely Vague Review: Now that’s some good stuff.

Standout track: “Almost Like Being In Love”

2.

The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery by Wes Montgomery


Riverside/OJC

My One Sentence Extremely Vague Review: It’s impossible to go wrong with Wes.

Standout track: “West Coast Blues”

3.

Wave by Antônio Carlos Jobim


AM

My One Sentence Extremely Vague Review: Would you believe me if I told you this album was recorded in New Jersey?

Standout track: “Triste”

4.

Chamber Music of the New Jazz by Ahmad Jamal


Parrot

My One Sentence Extremely Vague Review: Now we’re cookin’ with gas.

Standout track: “Darn That Dream”

5.

Midnight Blue by Kenny Burrell


Blue Note

My One Sentence Extremely Vague Review: Kennnnnnnnny.

Standout track: “Chitlins Con Carne”

6.

Mother Nature’s Son by Ramsey Lewis


Cadet

My One Sentence Extremely Vague Review: The Beatles meet jazz and I am in hog heaven.

Standout track: “Cry Baby Cry”

7.

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman by John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman


Impulse

My One Sentence Extremely Vague Review: Yes.

Standout track: “They Say It’s Wonderful”

8.

Moonlight in Vermont by Johnny Smith


Roost

My One Sentence Extremely Vague Review: It’s like I’m transported right to Vermont.

Standout track: “Moonlight In Vermont”

9.

Getz/Gilberto by Stan Getz and João Gilberto


Verve

My One Sentence Extremely Vague Review: Check please!

Standout track: “Desafinado”

10.

Quiet Kenny by Kenny Dorham


New Jazz

My One Sentence Extremely Vague Review: Other Kennnnnnnny.

Standout track: “Alone Together”

11.

Bags Meets Wes by Milt Jackson and Wes Montgomery


Riverside

My One Sentence Extremely Vague Review: Two great tastes that taste great together.

Standout track: “S.K.J.”

12.

Undercurrent by Bill Evans and Jim Hall


United Artists

My One Sentence Extremely Vague Review: All Bill is chill but this one especially so.

Standout track: “My Funny Valentine”

13.

Shape of Things to Come by George Benson


AM

My One Sentence Extremely Vague Review: There’s a reason George blew up.

Standout track: “Shape Of Things To Come”

14.

Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster by Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster


Verve

My One Sentence Extremely Vague Review: And what an encounter it was.

Standout track: “Tangerine”

15.

Kelly Blue by Wynton Kelly


Riverside

My One Sentence Extremely Vague Review: It doesn’t get much cooler.

Standout track: “Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me”

16.

No Problem by Chet Baker and Duke Jordan


SteepleChase

My One Sentence Extremely Vague Review: Folks, this is auditory xanax.

Standout track: “No Problem”

17.

Somethin’ Else by Cannonball Adderley


Columbia

My One Sentence Extremely Vague Review: (Lebron James Instagram story voice) SHEESH!

Standout track: “Autumn Leaves”

18.

Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster by Gerry Mulligan and Ben Webster


Verve

My One Sentence Extremely Vague Review: Now that’s what’s up.

Standout track: “Chelsea Bridge”

19.

Idle Moments by Grant Green


Blue Note

My One Sentence Extremely Vague Review: “Idle Moments,” man… “Idle Moments.”

Standout track: “Idle Moments”, obviously.

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