The list author says: "Pretty much every blue note album in the 50's and 60's during Alfred Lion's watch is a classic. I can't think of one I don't like. I hope to collect them all some day. This list represents my favorites ranked in order. I tried to weight by how much I like to listen to them rather than historical importance. One album I would have included but couldn't find, was Lou Donaldson's Midnight Sun featuring Horace Parlan."
"This is my favorite of many great Art Blakey recordings. Every song is catchy and clever. The band of Cedar Walton, Jymie Merrit, Curtis Fuller, with Morgan and Hubbard switching off on successive albums is my favorite Messenger lineup. This CD features Hubbard."
"This tune cleverly weaves catchy soul jazz, Brazilian touches, and tropicalia. I love everything Horace did, but this is my favorite. J.J. Johnson's trombone on half of the tracks really adds something special."
"Features Philly Joe Jones on drums and Paul Chambers on bass. Kenny Drew and Hank Mobley round out a stellar band. The songs are inspired by Southwestern motifs and are my favorite Dorham compositions. Jones and Chambers are the best bass/drummer combo ever."
"This is a close second to Mosaic as my favorite Blakey album. This 1965 release features Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Cedar Walton, and Reggie Workman, all in their prime. Another set of classic catchy songs."
"It's hard to believe this album wasn't released when it was recorded. It is my favorite Freddie Hubbard CD. Features a trio of classic pianists (Harold Mabern, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner). It is a mix of soul jazz, post bop, and the avante garde."
"Jackie McLean, trombonist Grachan Moncur, and Bobby Hutcherson teamed up for several great albums. This is some of the most accessible avante garde jazz ever recorded. The vibes, McLean's nasal tone, and the brooding trombone of Moncur are surreal."
"Joe Henderson and Kenny Dorham were a magical combo. Perhaps even more special than Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Blue Bossa is one of my favorite all time tunes. Recorda me and Out of the Night are classics too."
"Alfred Lion took Coltrane's classic quarter and subbed Wayne Shorter for Coltrane to dramatic effect here. Shorter's song writing combined with a killer band yielded awesome results. McCoy Tyner is just a monster on this album."
"Grant Green blended spiritual classics with soul jazz for dramatic effect here. These are insanely catchy tunes. Go Down Moses, Motherless Child, and Joshua Fit De Battle Ob Jericho will stick in your head for weeks."
"This is insanely catchy soul jazz featuring the dynamic duo of Mitchell on trumpet and Junior Cook on sax. After Mitchell and Cook left Horace Silver they went on to create many great CDs together, this being the best."
""Us Three" was the rhythm section of Parlan on piano, Tucker on bass and Harewood on drums. This unit was the backbone of many great Turrentine and other soul jazz CDs. Features the first version of the classic Wadin'. The rap group US3 took their name from this trio."
"My favorite Lee Morgan CD. The title track is one of the catchiest blue note songs ever. The album also features his most classic ballad Ceora. Features Billy Higgins, Herbie Hancock and Jackie McLean."
"It's a shame that this baritone sax player died young due to drugs. Leo was a great player and a great songwriter. This CD reminds me a bit of Illinois Jacket, but with better recording quality and supporting cast."
"This is basically a trio album with a conga player thrown in. The material was improvised on the spot. This is probably the only time bassist Paul Chambers played so free. This CD features unique songs, great improv and percussion."
"This is one of the last great blue note classics. Horace's catchy pop infused, jazz tunes with subtle jungle/tropicallia influences got more an more sophisticated during each album in the 60's. This CD represents the height of Horace's push in this direction."
"If I had to pick one album to define what post bop is, this is the one I'd pick. George Coleman never played better than he did as Hancock's sideman here. The album has an overall theme and brings everything together and every song flows together."
"This album features a very rare appearance by Miles Davis as a sideman. Perhaps the best versions ever of two standards, Autumn Leaves and Love For Sale are on this album. The title track features classic call and answer between Davis and Cannonball Adderley. One For Dadio is a classic too."
"This is the most critically acclaimed Horace Silver album. I don't think it quite reaches the heights of Cape Verdean Blues, or Serenade for a soul sister, but it is darn good. Steely Dan stole the melody of the title track for "Rikki Don't Lose that Number"."
"Lee Morgan's solo on the title track is one of the best solos ever and the title track, written by Bobby Timmons, is one of the best jazz tunes ever. The CD features Benny Golson who is one of the best songwriters ever. His classic "Along Came Betty" is also featured on the album."
"While most people would say "Back at the Chicken Shack" is Smith's best, I prefer Prayer Meeting. The title track is super catchy, and the slowed down, unconventional version of "When the Saints Go Marching In" is just awesome."
"Within about 20 seconds of hearing the opening notes of "Yes I Can, No you Can't" I knew I had to purchase every Lee Morgan CD. Lee Morgan just slaps you in the face with how bad a** he is with that tune."