The current list available for download has been updated to include all CDs that have been given 4 stars
in any edition of the guide up to and including the tenth edition. The current list contains 3615 entries
and many of the entries refer to multi-disc sets.
The list contains a column noting the edition in which an entry was first given
a four star rating.
Three further columns identify if an
entry is crown, core or a part of the best 1001.
There are 17 entries that are core but not four star.
For these entries the edition is left blank.
With the tenth edition, Morton (and Cook) have added 431 new
entries as a part of the 1001 Best Albums. For the list, these additions are referred to as four star discs
although this rating was not used in the tenth edition.
You can download the list as a CSV file. Right click on the link and choose 'Save Link As'.
The file can then be read into any spreadsheet software.
If you have any trouble with this file format, please contact me.
I have also added 2 .pdf files ready for immediate printing.
Please send errors and/or omissions to me at email@example.com
Thanks to all who have contacted me to date.
For a list of four star discs from The Penguin Guide To Blues Recordings, go to:
Check out my radio show Lift The Bandstand on CJSW 90.9 FM Calgary every
Wednesday at 8:30 pm Mountain Time.
The show title 'Lift The Bandstand' comes from a Steve Lacy quote:
'When I used to work with Monk, he used to say, "Let's lift the
That's magic, man, when the bandstand levitates. I didn't know how to do
it but I knew what he was talking about. Old dreams but they're still
(Steve Lacy interviewed by Brian Case for The Wire no. 1, summer 1982)
The film 'Lift The Bandstand' is documentary produced by Peter L. Bull.
The film is a portrait of the music and career of Steve Lacy, as told
to us in his own words and in performances of his music.
The one-hour film features two
performances by the Steve Lacy Sextet, a solo performance by Lacy, and
rare archival footage of such Jazz legends as Sidney Bechet, John
Coltrane, Gil Evans and Thelonious Monk - all important influences on
Lacy's music. These elements are interwoven with interviews in which the
articulate Mr Lacy makes wryly humorous observations about the ups and
downs of his career and traces his musical influences.
CJSW has an online
stream and podcasts are available, go to: CJSW Radio
In April 1990, CD review published Thomas Conrad's selection of a basic library of 49 CDs. In a later issue, Conrad added a 50th disc and made one change. Anyone beginning a Jazz collection should consult this list.
The most complete list of jazz birthdays can be found at Guy Berard's site:
This site was last updated on October 24, 2014