Blue Note Top-20

There are really so many wonderful records released by Blue Note, that attempting to pick the best twenty of them is not just highly subjective (any “best-of” list is subjective anyway), but also highly volatile, meaning that one keeps changing his mind on what to include and what to leave out.
Nevertheless, we feel that the 20 albums listed below (in no particular order), are timeless masterpieces in any case, and do represent all the different styles of jazz that Blue Note pioneered (or at least made important contributions to): Hard Bop, Soul Jazz, Modal Jazz, Post Bop, and to a lesser extent, Free Jazz.
We at the Blue Note Organ Trio do have a clear personal preference for the Hard Bop style of jazz, however the list is intended to be representative of Blue Note’s complete output (up to 1967). These 20 albums simply belong to the collection of anyone who loves good music. If you are new to Blue Note, start here.
Sonny Clark – Cool Struttin’ (1958)
Cool Struttin'
Dexter Gordon – Go (1962)
Go (Dexter Gordon)
Hank Mobley – Soul Station (1960)
Soul Station
Hank Mobley – Roll Call (1960)
Roll Call
John Coltrane – Blue Train (1957)
John Coltrane - Blue Train
Cannonball Adderley – Somethin’ Else (1958)
Somethin' Else
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – Moanin’ (1958)
Thelonious Monk – Genius of Modern Music (1951)
Genius of Modern Music Vol.1
Art Blakey – A Night at Birdland Vol. 2 (1954)
Night at Birdland Vol. 2
Bud Powell – The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 1 (1952/1956)
The Amazing Bud Powell
Horace Silver – Blowin’ the Blues Away (1959)
Blowin' the Blues Away
Donald Byrd – At the Half Note Cafe (1960)
Donald Byrd - At the Half Note Cafe
Jimmy Smith – Back at the Chicken Shack (1960)
Back at the Chicken Shack
Joe Henderson – Page One (1963)
Joe Henderson - Page One
Blue Mitchell – The Thing to Do (1964)
Blue Mitchell - The Thing to Do
Lee Morgan – The Sidewinder (1963)
The Sidewinder
Grant Green – Matador (1964)
Eric Dolphy – Out to Lunch! (1964)
Out to Lunch!
Larry Young – Unity (1965)
Larry Young - Unity
Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage (1965)
Maiden Voyage
McCoy Tyner – The Real McCoy (1967)
McCoy Tyner - The Real McCoy