Top Big Band Albums





Rank All Time Artist Album Subgenre(s) Other Genre(s) Year
1
567
Duke Ellington Ellington at Newport 1956
2
622
Benny Goodman The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert Swing 1950
3
770
Count Basie Basie/The Atomic Mr. Basie/The Complete Atomic Basie Swing 1958
4
784
Miles Davis Porgy and Bess 1959
5
1131
Gil Evans Out of the Cool Cool Jazz 1961
6
1194
Duke Ellington Far East Suite 1967
7
1264
Carla Bley & Paul Haines Escalator Over the Hill Experimental Big Band 1971
8
1413
Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra Experimental Big Band 1970
9
1579
Count Basie April in Paris Swing 1957
10
2036
George Russell New York N.Y. 1959
11
2048
Charles Mingus Let My Children Hear Music Experimental Big Band Third Stream 1972
12
2089
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook Vocal Jazz 1957
13
2096
Count Basie Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings Swing, Vocal Jazz 1955
14
2105
Stan Kenton New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm 1953
15
2141
Gil Evans The Individualism of Gil Evans 1964
16
2177
Louis Prima The Wildest! Swing, Traditional Pop 1956
17
2181
Count Basie At Newport 1957
18
2235
Duke Ellington ...And His Mother Called Him Bill Swing 1968
19
2304
Duke Ellington Such Sweet Thunder 1957
20
2740
Sun Ra and His Astro-Infinity Arkestra Atlantis Experimental Big Band Free Jazz 1969
21
2858
Dizzy Gillespie At Newport Bebop 1958

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Duke Ellington Anatomy of a Murder Film Score 1959
Duke Ellington Indigos 1958
Sarah Vaughan In the Land of Hi-Fi Vocal Jazz 1956
George Russell Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature Experimental Big Band 1969
Duke Ellington Carnegie Hall Concerts: January 1943 Swing 1977
Don Ellis Electric Bath Experimental Big Band Third Stream 1967
Quincy Jones The Birth of a Band! 1959
Dizzy Gillespie Birks' Works 1957
Duke Ellington New Orleans Suite 1971
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook Standards, Vocal Jazz 1958
Gil Evans Plays the Music of Jimi Hendrix Experimental Big Band Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Rock 1974
Jimmy Smith and Wes Mongomery Jimmy & Wes: The Dynamic Duo Soul Jazz 1966
Duke Ellington Ellington Uptown/Hi-Fi Ellington Uptown 1953
Stan Kenton Cuban Fire! Afro-Cuban Jazz 1956
Buddy Rich Swingin' New Big Band 1966
Duke Ellington The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse: A Suite in Eight Parts 1975
Duke Ellington Newport 1958 1958
Stan Kenton Kenton in Hi-Fi 1956
Duke Ellington The Great Paris Concert 1973
Kenny Burrell Ellington Is Forever, Vol. 2 1977
Duke Ellington Carnegie Hall Concerts: December 1947 1977
Duke Ellington Carnegie Hall Concerts: January 1946 1977
Duke Ellington Jazz Party 1959
Stan Kenton Kenton's West Side Story 1961
Duke Ellington & Count Basie First Time! The Count Meets the Duke 1962
Sarah Vaughan No Count Sarah Vocal Jazz 1959
Duke Ellington Carnegie Hall Concerts: December 1944 1977
Sam Rivers Crystals Experimental Big Band Free Jazz 1974
Buddy Rich Mercy, Mercy 1968