Jazz 2005: Kevin Whitehead's Top 10

For lovers of jazz music, the year 2005 brought a wealth of reissues by critical artists from Jelly Roll Morton to John Coltrane.

Detail from the cover of 'One Down, One Up,' by John Coltrane.

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The music, some of it the result of exhaustive archival and restoration work, adds new details to one of America's richest musical traditions. Whitehead's recommendations:

  • Jelly Roll Morton - Complete Library of Congress Recordings (Rounder)
  • John Coltrane - One Down, One Up: Live at the Half Note (Verve)
  • Bill Evans - Complete Village Vanguard Recordings on Riverside
  • Ray Charles - Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings 1952-1959
  • Dizzy Gillespie/Charlie Parker - Town Hall, New York City, June 22, 1945 (Uptown)
  • Various (4 CDs) - Progressions: 100 Years of Jazz Guitar (Columbia)

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Complete Library of Congress Recordings

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One Down, One Up

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The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961

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Bill Evans
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Pure Genius

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Ray Charles
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Town Hall, New York City, June 22, 1945

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Dizzy Gillespie/Charlie Parker
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Progressions: 100 Years of Jazz Guitar

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