10 Best Jazz Album Of The 90’s

The 10 best jazz albums of the '90s features a wide variety of sounds. There are jazz singers, instrumentalists, old school and relatively new performers. All of these albums will make you fondly recall a good musical decade. These may not be classic jazz days, but that doesn't mean classic jazz is not still being created.

  1. Lester Bowie — "Funky T, Cool T" —  Bowie is a prime example of a jazz musician — in this case, a jazz trumpeter — who makes both entertaining and artistic music. This five-track album is both funky and cool. It is, perhaps, the best jazz album released in the '90s.
  2. Charlie Haden and Hank Jones– "Steal Away" — A great bassist and a great piano joined together here to give gospel music a jazzy feel.  But it's not all gospel music. There's also a touching version of "Danny Boy".
  3. Abbey Lincoln — "The World is Falling Down" —  Charlie Haden also contributes to this fine jazz singers excellent album. There's a great version of "How High The Moon" included on this stellar '90s CD.
  4. Cassandra Wilson — "New Moon Daughter" —  Bet you can't name another jazz singer that's covered both The Monkees and U2 on the same album. Yet Cassandra does just that here. Here version of U2's "Love is Blindness" gives Bono a run for his money.
  5. John Lewis — "Evolution" — This cool pianist, best known for his work with the Modern Jazz Quartet, brings his tasteful jazz approach to "Sweet Georgia Brown", which is usually much more loose than this. His is a special brand of jazz, which still stood out from the back — even by the '90s.
  6. Stan Getz and Kenny Barron — "People Time" — Sadly, this is Stan Getz's last recording. But it's a fine one. This is a two-CD duet album featuring saxophonist Getz, and pianist Kenny Barron.
  7. Tommy Flanagan — "Sunset and the Mocking Bird" — Pianist Tommy Flanagan recorded this on his 67th birthday. The title cut is a Duke Ellington composition, but everything is simply wonderful on this '90s release.
  8. Dee Dee Bridgewater — "Live at Yoshi’s" — Dee Dee Bridgewater's singing of  "What A Little Moonlight Can Do" is just one highlight on this '90s Bay Area live recording. Where are the great new jazz singers? Well, one can be found right here.
  9. Dewey Redman, Cecil Taylor, Elvin Jones — "Momentum Space" — Tenor saxophonist Dewey Redmen makes a little musical magic, along with pianist Cecil Taylor and Elvin Jones on this '90s album. All three share in the writing credits for what can safely be called a jazz power trio. 
  10. James Carter — "Jurassic Classics" — One of the best contemporary saxophonists, James Carter, has a go at a few wonderful jazz standards. These recording prove what a fine player he is. It also shows how well these compositions stand up.
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