If you could only own 7 Jazz/blues albums. What would they be?


Miles Davis - Kind of Blue 
Duke Pearson - Right Touch
Lightnin Hopkins - Blues Hoot
Dave Holland and Pepe Habichuela -Hands
Allen Toussaint - The Bright Mississippi 
Cecile Mclorin Salvant - Woman Child
Robert Glasper - In My Element

calvinj
Miles Davis--Kind of Blue
John Coltrane--Giant Steps
Jim Hall Trio--Live
Taj Mahal--The Natural Blues
Django Reinhardt/Stephane Grappelli--any good collection
Muddy Waters--Chess Box Set
Robert Johnson--complete recordings

Tough one, maybe I'll go with.....

Danny Gatton & Buddy Emmons.  Red Neck Jazz Explosion
Grant Green.  Solid
John Mayall.  A Hard Road
Duke Ellington.  Far East Suite
Coleman Hawkins. Body and Soul
Sonny Rollins  Saxophone Collossus
James Booker.  Lost Paramount Tapes

This isn't a list of the seven best jazz and blues records in my collection.  It's an attempt to answer your question.  I'd want a nice mix of jazz and blues, guitar, piano, and sax, up tempo and slow, melodic and challenging, etc.  This could do the trick.


All first pressings: Jazz
Mile Davis - Kind of Blue
John Coltrane - Saxophone Colossus
Dave Brubeck - Take Five
Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue
Charles Mingus - Ah um
Art Blakey - Moanin'
Thelonious Monk - any riverside recording 

Blues:
Willie Dixon - I am the Blues
John Lee Hooker - It Serves You to Suffer
Taj Mahal - Giant Step/ Ole Folks at Home
King Biscuit Boy - S/T
Lightnin Hopkins - Strikes
John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers - "beano"
Alex Korner's R&B from the Marquee - Ace of clubs label - beg, borrow or steal a copy of this album! 

Paul


Marsalis & Clapton ---  Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play The Blues  CD/DVD

Les McCann & Eddie Harris  --  Swiss Movement

Howlin Wolf  -- The Chess Box

Various Artists  --  Jazz in a R&B Groove  Vol 1

Mingus -- Oh Yeah

Various Artists  --  The 100 Best Jazz Tunes of The 1950's    Box set

Aretha Franklin  --  Aretha's Blues: The Delta meets Detroit




Not that I know much about jazz ...... and got enough blues of my own.

Stan Kenton- Machito
Horace Silver-Song For My Father
Hank Mobley- Soul Station
Eric Dolphy- Out to Lunch
Sarah Vaughn + Clifford Brown
Brad Mehldau Trio-Art of the Trio
Lee Morgan- The Sidewinder
Schubert

Song For My Father was my last title out before the cut.  It's a great record IMO (better, in a vacuum, than Lost Paramount Tapes), but wasn't quite the stylistic fit for my collection.  Cool choice, tho.
Well, martykl, Rollins -Sax Colossus was my 8th, but I wanted to be honest and Mobley is my man .
And Sarah Vaughn beat out Kurt Elhling-Man In The Air because she is better looking .
Very predictive, my apologies...

Ike Quebec-Soul Samba
Chet Baker-As time goes by
Kenny Burrell-Midnight blue
Miles Davis-Kind of blue
Art Pepper-meets the rythm section
Bill Evans-At the Shelly's Manne hole
Ernest Ranglin-Below the bassline
Thinking about this will post ASAP.

Bill Evans- Sunday at the Village Vanguard
Grant Green- Idle Moments
Kenny Burrell- Midnight Blue
Mikes Davis- Kind of Blue
Dave Brubeck- Take Five
Duke Ellington- Masterpieces
Sonny Rolins- Saxaphone Collusus (someone above attributed this title to Coltrane)

some extras- 

Ornette Coleman- Shape of Things to Come
John Coltrane- Ballads
Coleman Hawkins- The Saxaphone Section
Archie Schep- Trouble in Mind
Art Blakely- Moanin'
Wynton Kelly- Smokin' at the Half Note
Art Pepper- Blues for the Fisherman
I think I have them already!

Dave Brubeck Live
Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue
Ginger Baker - Why?
Any Thelonius Monk
Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage
Herbie Hancock - The Joni Letters
Count Basie Live at Newport
Herbie Hancock- Maiden Voyage
Bill Evans- New Concepts in Jazz
Duke Ellington- Masterpieces
Miles Davis- Kind of Blue
Dave Brubeck- Time Out
Onrette Coleman- The Shape of Things to Come
Charles Mingus-  Ah Um
alexatpos,

I don't see much predictive about Ike Quebec , nobody else mentioned the sax giant with the big sound !
Schubert, I ment that names and albums I have posted are quite famous...regarding Quebec, I have all of his albums he made as a leader, and quite few where he played. Still, I consider the Soul Samba maybe the most 'beautiful' album that I have, and the story behind its creation is so touching, it 'can make a grown man cry'. The story is tragic, but the music is sheer beauty 
I like Ike so I'll look fot it .
apologies, I was the one who got confused with Rollins and Coltrane...I was struggling between Colossus and Giant Steps. 
Another suggestion for the blues category would be Mick Abrahams (founding member of Jethro Tull). I listened to his solo album and both Blodwyn Pig albums this evening, the later being bluesy with a tinge of jazz. Recommended.  

alexatpos, I just A'zoned  Ike's Soul Samba CD, wanted vinyl but $94 bucks for that !!
Schubert, few clicks lower, on Amazon, they start from 45 usd, which is still very much money for a lp. That is one reason that I buy cd's, the second is that I just cant find all the  albums that I want on lp. If you care about fidelity, look for older Blue Note editions that are not 'original recordings remastered'. Hope you will like the record, let me know what you think, after you hear it at home.
Roger, will PM you .
Hey, great responses guys.  For those who like 50's and 60's Jazz.  The Duke Pearson "Right Touch" album is a must.  The guys playing on it alone tell you how good it is.  

Combining both jazz and blues in a single list?   I can't do it; thus, here is a list of 7 of each.  While this bears some relation to lists previously posted, in my view, classic blues albums have been conspicuously underrepresented in favor of jazz:

Jazz:

(1) Bill Evans: Waltz for Debby
(2) Miles Davis: Kind of Blue
(3) Dave Brubeck: Take Five
(4) Getz / Gilberto
(5) Buena Vista Social Club
(6) Cannonball Adderley: Something Else
(7) John Coltrane: A Love Supreme

Blues:

(1) Blind Lemon Jefferson: The Complete Recordings
(2) Charley Patton: The Definitive Charley Patton
(3) Muddy Waters: Folk Singer
(4) Buddy Guy: I Was Walking Through the Woods
(5) Son House: Father of the Delta Blues
(6) Elmore James: The Sky is Crying
(7) Leadbelly: King of the 12 String Guitar


the OP stated-

"Hey, great responses guys. For those who like 50's and 60's Jazz. The Duke Pearson "Right Touch" album is a must. The guys playing on it alone tell you how good it is."

it it is a great album- 

Tough challenge. Ten would have been much easier. 

Tomas Stanko: Suspended Night
The Bad Plus: These are the Vistas
Charles Mingus: Mingus Ah Um
Bobby Hutcherson: Happenings
Weather Report: Heavy Weather
Chico Hamilton: A Different Journey
Clifford Jordan: Live at Ethel's

If we're including fusion then scratch Jim Hall live and add Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Inner Mounting Flame.  No contest there.  Sorry, Jim!
Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Collosus
Jeff Hamilton Trio: Symbiosis
Stanley Clarke: The Stanley Clarke Band
Diana Krall: Live from Paris
Norah Jones: Come Away with Me
Mahavishnu Orchestra: Inner Mounting Flame
Pat Metheny: Beyond the Missouri Sky
Excellent lists -guys. This is a very informative thread.
Fellas, this is great.  Buying a lot of great jazz and finding hidden gems