Jazz Mount Rushmore

1. Kind of Blue

2. Chet Baker Sings

3. Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown

4. Billie Holiday Love Songs

And You?


Duke Ellington

John Coltrane

Miles Davis

Charles Mingus

Then you leave out Parker, Powell, and 10+ more.

How would you then decide your favorite record from each one?



Listen to acman3!


”Money Jungle”

”Far East Suite”

“At Newport 1956”

I actually have Money Jungle...haven't listened to it for years...may have to dig it  up again.

For me Sonny Rollins over Coltraine.

And Thelonius Monk over Mingus.

But yes on Miles and Duke.

I'd love to have Dizzy Gillespie in there too and I have huge soft spots for both Oscar Peterson and Cannonball Adderly.

And let's not forget Art Blakey either.

Too many to list, but the Clifford Brown/Max Roach records are up there. 


First, maybe we should establish what is the definition of "Jazz".

When you think "Jazz", what/who comes to mind?  For me, I do not always think of the old classic musicians mentioned above.  Miles on occasion maybe.

hoo, boy. when talkin about jazz with folks who like it but arent knowledgeable, i explain. in rock, you have the the top two ATG guitar players, duanne allman and jimi hendrix. in late 50s-early70s jazz, you have at least 20 of those guys. 

theres no mount rushmore big enough for all the faces itd need to be a mount rushmore of jazz. 

Yes to Clifford Brown and Max Roach or course Art Pepper and Bill Evans. Also Kenny Burrell, Freddy Hubbard, Gene Ammons, Chick Corea, Stan Getz, Horace Silver, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock to name a few.

Closest I ever get to jazz is Tony Bennett.  So, for me it would be a flat mountainside.  I know, I should just refrain from giving an opinion.  


Nothing wrong with giving an opinion. Musical taste is, by definition, highly subjective. 

Perhaps you'd like either of the duo recordings Tony Bennet did with Bill Evans. Perhaps not. I'm a big Jazz fan but there are definitely Jazz artists and sub-genres I don't enjoy.



These opinions are mostly biased toward bebop and later. After jazz mostly lost its way.  No one even mentioned Armstrong or Goodman. 

I don't listen to much Jazz but Bill Frissels discography, plus albums with collaborators, offers almost everything in Jazz and possibly everything in the musical universe. 😆

I'm a sucker for Coltrane's "Ballads." That's a large club of listeners.

Still stuck on Larry Coryell's "Barefoot Boy," but that is because there are many life associations and memories agglomerated around it, and it was a breakthrough of sorts when it first came out. And look who was playing with him and who produced it and recorded it.

so many, but the OP started with specific lps, so in that spirit, not already mentioned:

Grant Green, Idle Moments

Miles Davis, Round About Midnight

Jim Hall, Concierto

Ben Webster, Meets Oscar Peterson, or, Soulville

Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster

Bill Evans, Waltz for Debbie, Live at VV

Johnny Hartman/Coltrane

….and so many others, so i’m a himalayas guy obviously.


Hank Mobley, Soul Station



Wynton Kelly Trio/Wes Montgomery, Smokin’ at the Halfnote







Coltrane: "A Love Supreme" 

Davis: "In A Silent Way" 

Monk: "Big Band And Quartet In Concert."

Rollins: "Way Out West"

I currently house five Ellington titles. I'll share them for what it's worth:

1) Vol 1 Studio Sessions Chicago 1956

2) Duke Meets Coleman Hawkins

3) Duke Meets John Coltrane

4) Live At Newport

5) Blues In Orbit

This is my quintet that would be playing at the Mt. Rushmore jazz club.

Lee Morgan

Dexter Gordon

Philly Joe


Ray Brown

Bags to make it a sextet

Hubert Laws to make it a septet

It's starting to sound like that pottery army that got discovered in China..... ;)

There's been a bevy of greats that have all 'had a grip' at times, places, 'n gigs.

Too young and cashless to invest, but not to be able to enjoy at the time...

I'll save the list of names, tho'.... *S* 👍

It is such an overwhelming question that it tends to strike most people into near muteness, but it is a good question anyway.