30 Apr

Take a look back at the greatest year in jazz

1959. What some call the greatest year in jazz. 60 years later, take a look back at what made it great:
Five seminal albums, each influencing music in a singular way, impacting jazz in such a way that we are still seeing their influence in jazz today. Take a listen below!:

  • Miles Davis Kind of Blue modal jazz
  • John Coltrane Giant Steps modern/chromatic jazz (3-tonic system)
  • The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out odd-meter rhythm
  • Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come free jazz
  • Charles Mingus Mingus Ah Um modern/free jazz

Miles Davis, “Kind of Blue”


John Coltrane, “Giant Steps”


The Dave Brubeck Quartet, “Time Out”


Ornette Coleman, “The Shape of Jazz to Come”


Charles Mingus, “Mingus Ah Um”


Want to learn more about jazz history? Register for our tuition-free Jazz History 101 class via NYJA® Online for more curated listening through jazz eras.


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