Ricky’s Picks 125


Ahmad Jamal

Al Jarreau

Archie Shepp

Art Blakey

Art Ensemble of Chicago

Art Pepper

Art Tatum

Artie Shaw

Ben Webster

Benny Goodman   

Benny Carter           

Betty Carter

Bill Evans

Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday

Bix Beiderbecke

Bobby Hutcherson

Bobby Timmons

Branford Marsalis

Bud Powell

Cal Tjader/Stan Getz

Cannonball Adderly

Carmen McRae


My Favorite Things

Los Olvidados


Dreaming Of The Masters

Straight Life

Willow Weep For Me

Begin The Beguine


Stompin' At The Savoy

Old Fashioned Love

This Is Always

Waltz For Debby

Lover Man

God Bless The Child

In A Mist



The Nearness Of You

Sometimes I'm Happy

For All We Know

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

My Funny Valentine

   Come On In My Kitchen

   Enter, Evening


   Now's The Time


   The Water Is Wide

   Better Git It In Your Soul

   My Funny Valentine


   Crystal Silence

   Joy Spring

   Body and Soul

   Lester Leaps In

   April In Paris

   One O'Clock Jump

   Take Five

   All Blues


   Salt Peanuts



   Mood Indigo

   Sophisticated Lady

   Take The "A" Train

   Jelly, Jelly

Casandra Wilson

Cecil Taylor

CedarWalton/Eastern Rebellion

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker

Charles Lloyd

Charles Mingus

Chet Baker

Chick Corea

Chick Corea & Gary Burton

Clifford Brown & Max R

Coleman Hawkins

Count Basie and The Kansas City 7

Count Basie

Count Basie

Dave Brubeck

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Dexter Gordon

Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie

Django Rheinhardt

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington

Earl “Fatha” Hines

Eddie Palmieri

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald

Elvin Jones

Eric Dolphy

Errol Garner

Fats Waller

Freddie Hubbard

Gene Ammons

George Benson

Grant Green

Gil Evans

Glenn Miller

Grover Washington, Jr

Hank Mobley

Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock

Horace Silver

Horace Silver

Ivan "Boogaloo" Joe Jones

Jaco Pastorius

James Moody

Jell Roll Morton

Jim Hall

Jimmy Smith

  Lucumi, Macumba y Voodoo

   Someone To Watch Over Me


   Raunchy Rita

   Out To Lunch


   Ain't Misbehavin'


   Hittin' The Jug

   Ode To A Kudu

   Idle Moments

   La Nevada

   In The Mood

   Mister Magic

   Soul Station

   Maiden Voyage


   Song For My Father

   Senor Blues

   Right On


   Moody's Mood For Love

   King Porter Stomp

   Angel Eyes (live version)

   Back At The Chicken Shack

   I Loves You Porgy

   Stolen Moments

   Lonely Woman

   C Jam Blues

   San Lorenzp


   Bright Moments

   The In Crowd


   Little Jazz

   Lullaby Of Birdland

   Maple Rag

   Cool Struttin

   St. Thomas


   The Girl From Ipanema

   Cuban Fire!


   Round Midnight


   Linus and Lucy

   Speak No Evil

   Black Market



   Four On Six

   Black Cosed from The  Underground

Joe Henderson

Joe Williams

John Coltrane

John Coltrane

John Coltrane & Duke El

Johnny Hodges

Keith Jarrett

Kenny Burrell

King Porter

Lambert, Hendricks and Ross

Lee Morgan

Lester Young

Lou Donaldson

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong

McCoy Tyner

Michael Brecker                 

Miles Davis

Miles Davis

Miles Davis

Milt Jackson

Modern Jazz Quartet

Mongo Santamaria

Mose Allison

Nina Simone

Oliver Nelson

Ornette Coleman

Oscar Peterson

Pat Metheny

Pharoah Sanders

Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Ramsey Lewis

Ray Charles

Roy Eldridge

Sarah Vaughan

Scott Joplin

Sonny Clark

Sonny Rollins

Sonny Rollins

Stan Getz

Stan Kenton

Stanley Turrentine

Thelonius Monk

Thelonius Monk

Vince Guaraldi

Wayne Shorter

Weather Report

Weather Report

Wes Montgomery

Wes Montgomery

Wynton Marsalis

   Inner Urge

   Goin' To Chicago Blues

   Giant Steps


   In A Sentimental Mood

   Stride Right

   My Song

   Chitlins Con Carne

   Dippermouth Blues


   The Sidewinder

   Lester Leaps In

   Funky Mama

   West End Blues

   Potato Head Blues

   Struttin With Some Barbeque

   The Greeting


   So What


   Someday My Prince Will Come

   Bag's Groove


   Watermelon Man

   Your Mind Is On Vacation

The very nature of art makes any "best of" or "top" list, highly subjective.  

Art is great if it resonates with you.  Jazz recordings date back 95 years, and include sub genres like bebop, swing, big band, trad, third stream, smooth, fusion, avant-garde, hard bop and dixieland.  As a jazz fan and professional for close to 40 years, I've had 1000s of albums pass through my hands. My tastes are broader than most, but no one person's taste is definitive. "The 125" is a list of great jazz tracks, but not all sub genres are represented. There are artists I might have included.  None has more than 3 titles, which was difficult. Imagine choosing 3 pieces from Picasso's entire creative output!  Whether you are new to Jazz or not, these selections are all worthy of repeated listening and are the tip of the Jazz iceberg. 

Enjoy listening!      Ricky Schultz