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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