I saw someone mention all of the resources available on the Midwest Clinic website today on Twitter. This inspired me to go perusing through the handouts from the last several years and one that caught my eye was from Jamey Aebersold's 2008 session 'Anyone Can Improvise'. Page 8 of his PDF is an exhaustive list of what he deems historically significant recordings. The key to speaking any musical language is of course fully immersing yourself in it so I was curious to see how many were new to me.
His list is filled with all of the usual suspects: Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, Wes Montgomery, Art Blakey, Chick Corea, Buddy Rich, Joe Henderson, Bill Evans. The list goes on and on and on.
I own a number but some of the names were brand new to me. I immediately opened up Spotify to see what I could find. I was able to find 92 of the 103 albums on Jamey's list were available on Spotify. Some of them were not completely available but I'd say 90% were the entire album! It is 776 tracks and the length is listed as 3 days! I made a playlist for my own reference and figured it was a valuable tool for all players and teachers so I thought I'd post it here.
Jamey Aebersold's 'Historically Significant Recordings' Playlist on Spotify
'Anyone Can Improvise' Handout from Jamey Aebersold's 2008 Midwest Clinic by that name. (PDF)*
*A full list of the albums is on page 8 of Jamey's handout.
For your reference, here is the list of albums from Jamey's list which are not currently available on Spotify:
John Coltrane - Mainstream 1958
Frank Rosolino - Free For All
Stan Getz - For Musicians Only
Lester Young - The President Play's with The Oscar Peterson Quartet
Red Garland - Groovy
Miles Davis - Steamin'
Lee Konitz - Subconcious-Lee
Milt Jackson - Bags Meets Wes
Woody Herman - Keeper of the Flame
Miles Davis - Miles Smiles
Miles Davis - Nefertiti
Johnny Griffin - Tough Tenor Favorites