The Best Albums of 1961


1. Robert JohnsonKing of the Delta Blues Singers


2. Bill EvansSunday at the Village Vanguard


3. Bill EvansWaltz for Debby


4. Oliver NelsonThe Blues and the Abstract Truth


5. John ColtraneOlé Coltrane


6. Max RoachWe Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite


7. Patsy ClineShowcase


8. Ornette ColemanFree Jazz


9. Stan GetzFocus


10. Bobby BlandTwo Steps From the Blues


11. John ColtraneAfrica/Brass


12. João GilbertoJoão Gilberto


13. Eric DolphyAt the Five Spot


14. Nina SimoneNina Simone at Newport


15. George RussellEzz-thetics


16. Grant GreenGrantstand


17. Hank MobleyRoll Call


18. Cecil TaylorThe World of Cecil Taylor


19. Lee KonitzMotion


20. Charles MingusPresents Charles Mingus


21. Milt Jackson & John ColtraneBags & Trane


22. Ella FitzgeraldClap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!


23. Miles DavisSteamin’ With the Miles Davis Quintet


24. Ray CharlesThe Genius Sings the Blues


25. Freddie HubbardReady for Freddie

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