Albums By The Year: 1963

Welcome back to this special retrospective music-posting feature. The gimmick is simple — each week, you post a list (ranked or unranked) of your favourite 25 (or however many) albums of a given year. We are now moving backwards through the early days of the LP era.


Cannonball Adderley: Nippon Soul

John Barry: From Russia With Love

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers : Buhaina’s Delight

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers : Caravan

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers : Ugetsu

The Beatles: Please, Please Me; With The Beatles

Elmer Bernstein: The Great Escape *

Kenny Burrell: Midnight Blue

Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane: Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane *

Clarke-Boland Big Band: Handle With Care

John Coltrane: Ballads *

John Coltrane: Impressions *

John Coltrane: Stardust *

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman: John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman *

Miles Davis: Miles & Monk at Newport;

Miles Davis: Seven Steps to Heaven

Miles Davis & Gil Evans: Quiet Nights

Duke Ellington: My People

Duke Ellington and John Coltrane: Duke Ellington & John Coltrane

Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Max Roach: Money Jungle

Booker Ervin: Exultation!

Bill Evans: At Shelly’s Manne-Hole

Bill Evans: Conversations with Myself

Curtis Fuller: Curtis Fuller with Red Garland *

Paul Gonsalves: Tell It The Way It Is

Joe Harriott: Movement

Andrew Hill: Black Fire

Sheila Jordan: Portrait of Sheila

Koerner, Ray & Glover: Blues, Rags and Hollers

Julie London: The End of the World

Jackie McLean: Let Freedom Ring

Charles Mingus: The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady

Lee Morgan: The Sidewinder

Thelonious Monk: Monk’s Dream; Monk in Tokyo

Gerry Mulligan: Night Life

Archie Shepp: The House I Live In; New York Contemporary Five

Various Artists: A Christmas Gift to You from Phil Spector

Nancy Wilson: Yesterday’s Loves Songs; Today’s Blues

Honorable Mentions : Eric Dolphy: Iron Man (released 1968); Duke Ellington: The Great Paris Concert (released 1973); Joe Henderson: Our Thing (released 1964); Sun Ra: Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy (released 1967)

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