“Doodling” by the Jazz Messengers, incl. Horace Silver
Hard bop – a reaction to bebop with lots of gospel/blues influence. The Messengers would become a jazz proving ground for 40 years under Art Blakey’s leadership.
“I get a Kick out of You” – Clifford Brown and Max Roach
More hard bop – Brown left a huge clean-living legacy in the short time he was around and alive.
“Django” by the Modern Jazz Quartet
Composer John Lewis wrote this in tribute to Django Reinhardt, who’d just died. This was the only jazz group signed to Apple in the late 60s.
“Take 5” by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
This was recorded in 1959, at which time it was very unique and new. Paul Desmond wrote this around an odd-metered genre and it was one of the most unlikely songs to hit the top 10 ever.
Giant Steps by John Coltrane Quartet
“Sheets of sound” – the piano player is named Tommy Flanagan.
“So What” by Miles Davis
Modal playing from “Kind of Blue”, the best selling jazz record of all time, which sent quadruple platinum. He didn’t like doing multiple takes so this is the only complete take of this song ever recorded.
“Chronology” by Ornette Coleman
an example of free jazz.
“Original Faubus Fables” by Charles Mingus
Mingus was a badass bass player and composer, and Duke was a huge inspiration to him.
“Acknowledgement (From a Love Supreme)” by John Coltrane Quartet
Coltrane had some commercial success with “My Favorite Things”; this came after and was only successful because of that prior success/support base.
“Hello Dolly!” by Louis Armstrong
Actually knocked the British Invasion off the charts!
“Desafinado” by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd
This was a defining moment for Getz (and for Bossa Nova as a genre); it was the first recording to really intertwine jazz with Brazilian music.
“In a Sentimental Mood” by Duke and John Coltrane
Duke’s composition, mellow.
“ESP” by the Miles Davis Quartet
Davis was very educated on musical/temporal rules, which was why he felt he could break them.
“Spanish Key” by Miles Davis
This was a less spontaneous piece of music for Miles, with different recording techniques since he was going for something deliberate. His popularity was waning, so in reaction to that Miles recorded this and the rest of “Bitches Brew” two days after Woodstock. Critically reviled but very successful and influential.
“Birdland” by Weather Report
Electric bassist was Jaco Pastorius. Many didn’t respect fusion because it wasn’t traditional rock or jazz. This track, on the album “Heavy Weather”, was a commercial success.
“Un Ange en Danger” by MC Solar and Ron Carter
Carter lent jazz legitimacy to hip hop (which has heavy improv in common with the jazz genre) by doing this.
“Last Season” by Maria Schneider
Big band style instrumentation, with Schneider a very European-educated and acclaimed big band composer. She was GIL EVANS’ ASSISTANT IN HIS FINAL YEARS!
“Long Yellow Road” by Toshiko Akiyoshi
One of few successful female jazz instrumentalists and huge in the composing world. Her partner and husband, Lou Tobaccan, was a Tonight Show musician. She mixed jazz with Japanese influence.
??? by Bill Holman
A modern Basie Band person. His music but written with Basie and his band in mind.
“Big Dipper” by the Thad Jones and Mel Lewis Orchestra
not touring, they would just get together and play once a week but no top notch talent. Modern Big Band. Both namesakes are dead but the band carries on.