12 Jazz Albums That Made A Lasting Impression On Me:

Bret Zvacek, the Director of Jazz Studies at the Crane School of Music, asked me and several other jazz educators to: “List 12 (jazz) albums in no particular order that made a lasting impression on you, but only 1 per band.”

Here’s my list:

  1. Fred Hersch – Forward Motion
  2. Jerry Bergonzi – Standard Gonz
  3. Michael Cain – CircaMel Lewis and Bob Brookmeyer
  4. Maria Schneider – Evanescence
  5. John Coltrane – A Love Supreme
  6. Jim McNeely – Group Therapy
  7. Azimuth – How It Was Then… Never Again
  8. Miles Davis – Four and More
  9. Kenny Wheeler – Gnu High
  10. Mel Lewis/Bob Brookmeyer – Live at the the Village Vanguard
  11. Herbie Hancock – Empyrean Isles
  12. McCoy Tyner – The Real McCoy