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Top 10 Jazz Albums of the 1970s: Readers’ Picks

The first of five decades' worth of top-10 lists voted on by our readers in celebration of JazzTimes' 50th anniversary

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Top 10 Jazz Albums of the 1970s: Readers' Choice

Earlier in 2020, to celebrate our golden anniversary, we conducted five separate readers’ polls asking you to tell us your top 10 jazz albums for each of the five decades of JazzTimes‘ existence. Nearly 50,000 votes later, we have the results of all those polls, ranked by the number of votes cast per album, and we’re revealing them this week—one day for each decade (starting Monday, November 9). After that, it’s time for our critics’ Top 50 albums list for the past 50 years, which we’ll be rolling out, also by decade, next week (starting Monday, November 16). Add those lists together and you’ve got a lot of great music for a 50th birthday party.

We begin with your choices for the top 10 jazz albums of the 1970s. For the 1980s, go here; for the 1990s, go here; for the 2000s, go here; and for the 2010s, go here.

1. Miles Davis: Bitches Brew

1. Miles Davis: <i>Bitches Brew</i>
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Released March 1970 on Columbia Records. Miles Davis: trumpet; Wayne Shorter: soprano saxophone;Bennie Maupin: bass clarinet; Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea, Larry Young: electric pianos; John McLaughlin: electric guitar; Dave Holland: acoustic and electric bass; Harvey Brooks: electric bass; Jack DeJohnette, Lenny White: drums; Don Alias: percussion, drums; Juma Santos: percussion. Produced by Teo Macero.

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