Listed at #12 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Kind of Blue is undoubtedly the best-known jazz album ever. Featuring musicians Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, and Wynton Kelly, and produced by Teo Macero.
The track “Take Five,” written by Paul Desmond, is one of the most popular jazz songs, once reaching the top five on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart. Featuring Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Eugene Wright, and Joe Morello, and produced by Teo Macero.
Mingus Ah Um was Charles Mingus’ debut album on Columbia, after being brought to the label by producer Teo Macero.
“It simply isn’t possible to single out one Mingus album as definitive, but Mingus Ah Um comes the closest.” -Steve Huey
The Explorations recording came out of Charles Mingus’s Jazz Composers Workshop. The recordings were originally considered “too complex” and “abstract,” but are now credited with opening up “all kind of musical doors.” In 1993, Explorations was archived by the Library of Congress as part of the Charles Mingus Collection.