BEST little know Jazz Album that you ever heard?

DUKE PEARSON THE RIGHT TOUCH 1969. I have it in my top 5 all time!


This thread would be a great advertisement for why you should have a streamer !!!  Enjoying the Bobo Stenson now, long weekend to listen to all the other great recommendations.  Then I’ll probably order a few on CD…

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By the looks of the responses so far, it seems as if the majority of my collection would be "little known jazz albums".

For me, jazz is a growing, living, evolving art form, and I am always seeking out musicians making new music. I don’t look at it like a museum piece.

Of course, I love the older stuff (my interest in jazz starts with post bop and modal jazz), but there is so much great stuff from the very recent past, and from all the decades since the 60’s, too. Not to mention, contemporary jazz musicians have chops as good as anyone from the past.

Here’s just a very few (I could list many more) contemporary musicians, that are little known, but creating something new:

Michael Formenak (bass) - Small Places (2012)

Craig Taborn (keyboards) - Daylight Ghosts (2016)

Steve Coleman and the Five Elements (sax) - The Sonic Language Of Myth (1999)

Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance - Synovial Joints (2015)

Nat Birchal (sax) - Sacred Dimension (2011)

Mary Halvoron (guitar) - Amarylis (2022)

Ingrid Laubrock (sax) - Last Quiet Place (2023)

Avishai Cohen (trumpet) - Big Vicious (2020)

Alex Machacek (guitar) - Improvision (2007)

Rob Mazurek and Exploding Star Orchestra (trumpet) - Lightening Dreamers (2023)