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Extra Credit Album Report

Extra Credit Album Report

What to do:

Select a jazz album from the list below or from your own research.  If you plan to use an album that is not on the list, please check with me via email in advance.  All significant jazz albums are available on Spotify and YouTube.

Read the album liner notes.  If you do not physically have the album, find the liner notes via google search.

Listen to the complete album without interruptions.  If you are listening from YouTube, make sure the tracks play in the correct order.  If possible, use headphones or higher quality speakers to listen.  (NO LAPTOP SPEAKERS)

After listening to the album, write a short paper describing the experience (minimum length: two-pages, double-spaced):

In your paper, address the following questions and be sure to incorporate jazz and music terms from class:

What was your overall impression of the album?

What was your favorite piece? Why was it your favorite piece?  What musical aspects of the piece did you like?  What musical aspects of the piece did you dislike?

What style of jazz did you hear? How does the jazz you heard relate to the lineage of jazz history discussed in class?

Why do you think this is a notable jazz album?

Email your paper to me at by December 13, 2019.


Jazz albums:

Ella and Louis, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong (1956)

Saxophone Colossus, Sonny Rollins (1956)

Birth of the Cool, Miles Davis Nonet (1949-50, released 1957)

Walkin’, Miles Davis All-Stars (1954, released 1957)

Mingus Ah Um, Charles Mingus (1959)

Moanin’, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (1958)

Somethin’ Else, Cannonball Adderley (1958)

John Coltrane, Blue Train (1958)

Time Out, The Dave Brubeck Quartet (1959)

Kind of Blue, Miles Davis (1959)

The Shape of Jazz to Come, Ornette Coleman (1959)

Giant Steps, John Coltrane (1960)

Out to Lunch, Eric Dolphy (1960)

Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane, Monk/Coltrane (1961)

The Blues and the Abstract Truth, Oliver Nelson (1961)

Monk’s Dream, Thelonious Monk Quartet (1963)

Getz/Gilberto, Stan Getz and João Gilberto (1963)

A Love Supreme, John Coltrane (1964)

Maiden Voyage, Herbie Hancock (1965)

Speak No Evil, Wayne Shorter (1966)

Bitches Brew, Miles Davis (1970)

Return to Forever, Chick Corea (1972)

Head Hunters, Herbie Hancock (1973)

Heavy Weather, Weather Report (1977)

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