Penguin Guide to Jazz: 4-Star Records in 7th Edition

Note: These lists are believed to be complete. The sort order has changed slightly between editions, so we use the more recent (7th Edition).

Artist Title 6th Ed. 7th Ed.
Juhani Aaltonen Etiquette [Love]   ****
  Mother Tongue [TUM]   ****
Jon Abercrombie Class Trip [ECM]   ****
Toshiko Akiyoshi Hiroshima; Rising From the Abyss [True Life]   ****
Amalgam Prayer for Peace [FMR]   ****
Louis Armstrong The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings Vol. 1 [Columbia]   ****
  The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings Vol. 2 [Columbia]   ****
  The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings Vol. 3 [Columbia]   ****
The Bad Plus Give [Columbia]   ****
Derek Bailey Incus Taps: Solo Guitar 101-104 [Organ of Corti]   ****
  LOCationAL [Incus]   ****
  Limescale [Incus]   ****
Jon Balke Kyanos [ECM]   ****
Chris Barber The Complete Decca Sessions 1954/55 [Lake]   ****
  The Pye Jazz Anthology [Castle]   ****
Conrad Bauer Between Heaven and Earth [Intakt]   ****
Gordon Beck Gyroscope [Art of Life]   ****
Bix Beiderbecke Bix and Tram [JSP]   ****
Tim Berne The Sublime And [Thirsty Ear]   ****
Peter Bernstein Heart's Content [Criss Cross]   ****
Paul Bley Closer [ESP/Calibre]   ****
  The Life of a Trio: Saturday [Owl]   ****
  Homage to Carla [Owl]   ****
Arthur Blythe Night Song [Clarity]   ****
Ruby Braff 2 × 2: Ruby Braff and Ellis Larkins Play Rodgers and Hart [Vanguard]   ****
Anthony Braxton Solo (Milano) 1979: Volume 1 [Leo Golden Years of New Jazz]   ****
  Ninetet (Yoshi's) 1997: Volume 1 [Leo]   ****
  Ninetet (Yoshi's) 1997: Volume 2 [Leo]   ****
  Solo (NYC) 2002 [Parallactic]   ****
John Wolf Brennan The Well-Prepared Clavier [Creative Works]   ****
  Flugel [Creative Works]   ****
David 'Bubba' Brooks Polka Dots and Moonbeams [TCB]   ****
Peter Brötzmann Never Too Late but Always Too Early [Eremite]   ****
Ray Brown The Best of the Concord years [Concord]   ****
  Some of My Best Friends Are . . . Guitarists [Telarc]   ****
Dave Brubeck Early Concepts [Proper Pairs]   ****
  Park Avenue South [Telarc]   ****
Terri Lyne Carrington Structure [ACT]   ****
Bill Charlap Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein [Blue Note]   ****
Teddy Charles The Teddy Charles Tentet [Collectables]   ****
Soesja Citroen Sings Thelonious Monk [Timeless]   ****
Nat Cole Cool Cole [Proper]   ****
John Coltrane A Love Supreme: Deluxe Edition [Impulse]   ****
  Legacy [Impulse]   ****
Eddie Condon Bixieland/Treasury of Jazz [Collectables]   ****
Chris Connor Chris Connor [Atlantic] ***(*) ****
Chick Corea The Complete 'Is' Sessions [Blue Note]   ****
  Rendezvous in New York [Stretch]   ****
Lol Coxhill Worms Organising Archdukes [Emanem]   ****
Marilyn Crispell Labyrinths [Victo]   ****
Miles Davis In Person - Friday and Saturday Night at the Blackhawk - Complete [Columbia]   ****
  The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions [Columbia]   ****
Ernest Dawkins Cape Town Shuffle [Delmark]   ****
Elton Dean Into the Nierika [Slam]   ****
Vic Dickenson Gentleman of the Trombone [Storyville]   ****
Joe Diorio To Jobim With Love [RAM]   ****
Bill Dixon Solo Works (Odyssey) [no label]   ****
  November 1981 [Soul Note]   ****
Dave Douglas Constellations [Hatology]   ****
  Freak In [Bluebird]   ****
  Strange Liberation [RCA]   ****
Hamid Drake Emancipation Proclamation: A Real Statement of Freedom [Okka Disc]   ****
Kenny Drew Trio/Quartet/Quintet: The Riverside Collection [OJC]   ****
Paul Dunmall Hour Glass [Emanem]   ****
  Rylickolum: For Your Pleasure [Creative Improvised]   ****
  Awareness Response [Emanem]   ****
Dutch Swing College Band Back in Time [Philips]   ****
Kurt Elling Man in the Air [Blue Note]   ****
Duke Ellington Never No Lament [RCA Bluebird]   ****
  Tootin' Through the Roof [Naxos]   ****
James Emery Transformations [Between the Lines]   ****
Robin Eubanks Dedication [Winter & Winter]   ****
Bill Evans The Complete Live at the Village Vanguard 1961 [Riverside]   ****
Pierre Favre European Chamber Ensemble [Intakt]   ****
Chuck Folds Hitting His Stride [Arbors]   ****
Slim Gaillard Laughing in Rhythm [Verve] ***(*) ****
Ganelin Trio Ttaango . . . In Nickelsdorf [Leo Golden Years]   ****
Jan Garbarek :rarum [ECM]   ****
Kenny Garrett Standard of Language [Warners]   ****
Terry Gibbs One More Time [Contemporary]   ****
Jimmy Giuffre The Jimmy Giuffre Clarinet [Collectables]   ****
Globe Unity Orchestra Globe Unity Orchestra 2002 [Intakt]   ****
Benny Goodman Plays Eddie Sauter [Hep]   ****
Dusko Goykovich Portrait [Enja]   ****
Georg Graewe Fantasiestücke I-XIII [Nuscope]   ****
Frank Gratkowski Kollaps [Red Toucan]   ****
Wardell Gray Wardell Gray Properbox [Properbox]   ****
Benny Green Jazz at the Bistro [Telarc]   ****
Tord Gustavsen Changing Places [ECM]   ****
Bary Guy Odyssey [Intakt]   ****
  Symmetries [Maya]   ****
Charlie Haden In Montreal [ECM] *** ****
Scott Hamilton From the Beginning [Concord]   ****
Herbie Hancock The Herbie Hancock Box [Columbia]   ****
Billy Harper Soul of an Angel [Metropolitan]   ****
Billie Holiday The Billie Holiday Collection 1 [Columbia]   ****
  The Billie Holiday Collection 2 [Columbia]   ****
  The Billie Holiday Collection 3 [Columbia]   ****
  Lady Day Swings! [Columbia]   ****
Tristan Honsinger A Camel's Kiss [ICO]   ****
Elmo Hope Sound From Rikers Island [Fresh Sound]   ****
Shirley Horn May the Music Never End [Verve]   ****
Daniel Humair Ear Mix [Sketch]   ****
Vijay Iyer Panoptic Modes [Red Giant]   ****
  Blood Sutra [Artists House]   ****
  In What Language? [PI]   ****
Jet All Star Quartet Live at Jazz En Tete 1994 [Blue Geodesics]   ****
Hank Jones The Talented Touch/Songs From Porgy and Bess [Okra-Tone]   ****
Sheila Jordan Little Song [High Note]   ****
Pandelis Karayorgis Heart & Sack [Leo Lab]   ****
Stan Kenton Easy Go [Capitol]   ****
Rahsaan Roland Kirk A Meeting of the Times [Warner Brothers]   ****
Lee Konitz Motion [Verve]   ****
  Star Eyes: Hamburg 1983 [Hatology]   ****
Ernie Krivda Plays Ernie Krivda [CIMP]   ****
Steve Lacy The Holy La [Freelance]   ****
Joelle Léandre C'Est Ça [Red Toucan]   ****
Jeanne Lee Natural Affinities [Owl]   ****
George Lewis Jazz Funeral in New Orleans [Tradition]   ****
David Liebman Drum Ode [ECM]   ****
  Voyage [Evidence]   ****
  Colors [Hatology]   ****
John Lindberg Ruminations Upon Ives & Gottschalk [Between the Lines]   ****
Booker Little Booker Little and Friend [Bethlehem/Avenue Jazz]   ****
Jimmy Lyons The Box Set [Ayler]   ****
Humphrey Lyttelton Triple Exposure [Calligraph]   ****
Laura Macdonald Awakenings [Spartacus]   ****
Junior Mance Junior's Blues [OJC]   ****
  For Dancers Only [Sackville]   ****
Joe Maneri Going to Church [Aum Fidelity]   ****
Mat Maneri Sustain [Thirsty Ear]   ****
  For Consequence [Leo]   ****
Michael Marcus Blue Reality [Soul Note]   ****
René Marie Vertigo [MaxJazz]   ****
Bill Mays Summer Sketches [Palmetto]   ****
Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre Morning Song [Delmark]   ****
John McLaughlin Montreux Concerts [Warner Music Switzerland]   ****
Jim McNeely Group Therapy [Omnitone]   ****
Marian McPartland Contrasts [Jazz Alliance]   ****
  Windows [Concord]   ****
Charles McPherson Is That It? . . . No But [Vega]   ****
Brad Mehldau Anything Goes [Warner Jazz]   ****
Rajesh Mehta Window Shopping [True Muse]   ****
Ron Miles Laughing Barrel [Sterling Circle]   ****
Modern Jazz Quartet The Complete Prestige and Pablo Recordings [Prestige]   ****
Nils Petter Molvaer Khmer [ECM]   ****
Thelonious Monk Monk in Paris: Live at the Olympia [Thelonious]   ****
  Underground [Columbia]   ****
Wes Montgomery Complete Live in Paris, 1965 [Definitive]   ****
Jason Moran Presents the Bandwagon [Blue Note]   ****
David Murray Now Is Another Time [Justin Time]   ****
New Orleans Rhythm Kings New Orleans Rhythm Kings 1922-1925 The Complete Set [Retrieval]   ****
David Newton Twelfth of the Twelfth: A Jazz Portrait of Frank Sinatra [Candid]   ****
Paal Nilssen-Love I Love It When You Snore [Smalltown Supersound]   ****
Anita O'Day Anita O'Day's Finest Hour [Verve]   ****
Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen The Bassic Trio [Steeplechase]   ****
Jeff Palmer Ease On [Audioquest]   ****
  Island Universe [Soul Note]   ****
Charlie Parker A Studio Chronicle: 1940-1948 [JSP]   ****
Evan Parker At the Unity Theatre [Psi]   ****
  The Snake Decides [Psi]   ****
  Memory/Vision [ECM]   ****
Jaco Pastorious Punk Jazz: The Jaco Pastorius Anthology [Warner Bros./Rhino]   ****
Mario Pavone Totem Blues [Knitting Factory]   ****
  Mythos [Playscape]   ****
Oscar Peterson A La Salle Pleyel [Pablo]   ****
Barre Phillips Journal Violone 9 [Emouvance]   ****
  After You've Gone [Victo]   ****
Enrico Pieranunzi Current Conditions [CAM]   ****
Jean-Michel Pilc Together: Live at Sweet Basil, Volume 1 [Challenge]   ****
  Together: Live at Sweet Basil, Volume 2 [Challenge]   ****
  Welcome Home [Dreyfus]   ****
Bud Powell Tempus Fugue-It [Proper]   ****
Enrico Rava Easy Living [ECM]   ****
Django Reinhardt Volume 2 - Paris and London: 1937-1948 [JSP]   ****
  Intégrale Django Reinhardt: Volume 1 - 1928-1934 [Frémeaux et Associés]   ****
  Volume 3: 1936-1937 [Naxos]   ****
  Volume 4: 1937 [Naxos]   ****
  Volume 2: 1938-1939 [Naxos]   ****
Herb Robertson Shades of Bud Powell [Winter & Winter]   ****
Paul Rogers Listen [Emanem]   ****
Shorty Rogers The Sweetheart of Sigmund Freud [Giant Steps]   ****
Keith Rowe Duos for Doris [Erstwhile]   ****
Terje Rypdal Lux Aeterna [ECM]   ****
Bernardo Sassetti Nocturno [Clean Feed]   ****
Irène Schweizer Ulrichsberg [Intakt]   ****
Bud Shank Silver Storm [RAW]   ****
Artie Shaw Artie Shaw 1945 [Classics]   ****
Ian Smith Daybreak [Emanem]   ****
Roger Smith Spanish Guitar [Emanem]   ****
Tommy Smith Bezique [Spartacus]   ****
Tomasz Stanko :rarum: Selected Recordings [ECM]   ****
Colin Steele The Journey Home [Caber]   ****
Bobo Stenson War Orphans [ECM]   ****
Aki Takase The Dessert [Leo]   ****
Cecil Taylor Conquistador! [Blue Note]   ****
  Nailed [FMP]   ****
John Taylor Insight [Sketch]   ****
Gianluigi Trovesi Fugace [ECM]   ****
Franie Trumbauer Frankie Trumbauer 1927-1928 [Classics]   ****
Warren Vaché Iridescence [Concord]   ****
  Mrs Vaché's Boys [Nagel Heyer]   ****
Ken Vandermark Airports for Light [Atavistic]   ****
  Crossing Division [Okkadisk]   ****
Joe Venuti Joe Venuti 1930-1933 [Classics]   ****
Miroslav Vitous Universal Syncopations [ECM]   ****
Mal Waldron Live at Dreher [Hatology]   ****
Priska Walss Intervista [Intakt]   ****
David S. Ware The Freedom Suite [Aum Fidelity]   ****
Kate Westbrook Cuff Clout [Voiceprint]   ****
Mike Westbrook Chanson Irresponsable [Enja]   ****
Randy Weston Spirit: The Power of Music [Sunnyside]   ****
Gerald Wilson New York, New Sound [Mack Avenue]   ****
Matt Wilson Smile [Palmetto]   ****
  Humidity [Palmetto]   ****
Steve Wilson Four for Time [Criss Cross]   ****
Norma Winstone Edge of Time [Disconforme]   ****
Nils Wogram Root 70 [2nd Floor]   ****
Bojan Z Transpacifik [Label Bleu]   ****
Joe Zawinul Faces and Places [ESC]   ****

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