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

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Jazz 2005: Kevin Whitehead's Top 10

Jazz 2005: Kevin Whitehead's Top 10

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