Top Albums of 1961





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres
1
487
Bill Evans Sunday at the Village Vanguard Cool Jazz
2
547
Ornette Coleman Free Jazz Free Jazz
3
634
Oliver Nelson The Blues and the Abstract Truth Hard Bop
4
648
Bobby Bland Two Steps from the Blues Rhythm & Blues
5
675
John Coltrane My Favorite Things Modal Jazz, Post-Bop
6
1093
Max Roach We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite Avant-Garde Jazz
7
1131
Gil Evans Out of the Cool Big Band, Cool Jazz
8
1139
Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane Hard Bop
9
1395
Judy Garland Judy at Carnegie Hall Standards
10
1672
The Shadows The Shadows Surf Rock
11
1786
Stan Getz Focus Avant-Garde Jazz, Cool Jazz
12
1846
Miles Davis Steamin' with the Miles Davis Quintet Hard Bop
13
1927
Ornette Coleman This Is Our Music Avant-Garde Jazz
14
1995
Jimmy Giuffre 3 Thesis/1961 Cool Jazz, Third Stream
15
2115
The Original Soundtrack West Side Story Film Soundtrack, Show Tunes
16
2118
George Russell Ezz-Thetics Avant-Garde Jazz, Modal Jazz
17
2215
Jimmy Giuffre 3 Fusion/1961 Cool Jazz, Third Stream
18
2239
Eric Dolphy At the Five Spot, Vol. 1 Avant-Garde Jazz, Post-Bop
19
2336
Ray Charles Genius + Soul = Jazz Rhythm & Blues, Soul Jazz
20
2580
John Coltrane Africa/Brass Hard Bop, Modal Jazz, Post-Bop
21
2632
Jimmy Reed Jimmy Reed at Carnegie Hall Chicago Blues
22
2641
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers A Night in Tunisia Hard Bop
23
2749
John Coltrane Olé Coltrane Modal Jazz
24
2988
Booker Little Out Front Hard Bop

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Bill Evans Explorations Cool Jazz
Freddie King Let's Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddie King Electric Texas Blues
Cecil Taylor The World of Cecil Taylor/Air Free Jazz
Lee Konitz Motion Cool Jazz
Milt Jackson and John Coltrane Bags & Trane Bebop, Cool Jazz
Miles Davis In Person Friday Night at the Black Hawk, San Francisco Vol. 1 Hard Bop
Miles Davis In Person Saturday Night at the Black Hawk, San Francisco Vol. 2 Jazz
Phineas Newborn Jr. A World of Piano! Hard Bop
John Coltrane Coltrane Jazz Hard Bop
Eddie Jefferson The Jazz Singer Vocal Jazz
Abbey Lincoln Straight Ahead Vocal Jazz
Henry Mancini Breakfast at Tiffany's Film Score, Lounge
Freddie Hubbard Ready for Freddie Hard Bop
J. J. Johnson & Kai Winding The Great Kai & J. J. Jazz
Art Blakey Mosaic Hard Bop
Ray Charles and Betty Carter Ray Charles and Betty Carter Standards, Vocal Jazz
Sarah Vaughan After Hours Vocal Jazz
Mark Murphy Rah Vocal Jazz
Dizzy Gillespie Carnegie Hall Concert Jazz
Shelly Manne and His Men At the Manne-Hole, Vol. 1 Jazz
Ike Quebec Blue and Sentimental Hard Bop
Charles Mingus Pre-Bird/Mingus Revisited Third Stream
Freddie Hubbard Goin' Up Hard Bop
Helen Humes Swingin' with Humes Jazz
Jackie McLean Bluesnik Hard Bop
Stan Kenton Kenton's West Side Story Big Band
Joan Baez Joan Baez, Vol. 2 Folk Revival
Dexter Gordon Doin' Allright Hard Bop
Miles Davis Someday My Prince Will Come Modal Jazz
Grant Green Green Street Hard Bop
Yusef Lateef Eastern Sounds Hard Bop