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.
Released August 1976 on Epic Records. Jaco Pastorius: electric bass; Randy Brecker, Ron Tooley: trumpets; Peter Gordon: French horn; Peter Graves: bass trombone; Wayne Shorter: soprano saxophone; David Sanborn: alto saxophone; Michael Brecker: tenor saxophone; Howard Johnson: baritone saxophone; Hubert Laws: flutes; Herbie Hancock: electric and acoustic pianos, clavinet; Alex Darqui: electric piano; Narada Michael Walden, Lenny White, Bobby Economou: drums; Othello Molineaux, Leroy Williams: steel drums; Don Alias: percussion; Sam Moore, Dave Prater: vocals; Michael Gibbs: string arrangements. Produced by Bobby Colomby.