Penguin Guide to Jazz: 4-Star Records in 6th Edition

Note: These lists are believed to be complete. The sort order has changed slightly between editions, so we use the more recent (6th Edition).

Artist Title 5th Ed. 6th Ed.
John Abercrombie Cat'n'Mouse [ECM]   ****
Rabih Abou-Khalil The Cactus of Knowledge [Enja]   ****
Ben Allison Riding the Nuclear Tiger [Palmetto]   ****
Mose Allison The Word From Mose [Atlantic]   ****
Reid Anderson The Vastness of Space [Fresh Sound]   ****
Louis Armstrong The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings [Columbia]   ****
  The Complete RCA Victor Recordings [Bluebird]   ****
  The Great Summit - The Master Takes [Roulette]   ****
Lynne Arriale Inspiration [TCB]   ****
Derek Bailey Ore [Arival]   ****
  Ballads [Tzadik]   ****
Chet Baker Broken Wing [Emarcy]   ****
Guy Barker Soundtrack [Provocateur]   ****
Sidney Bechet Shake 'Em Up [Avid]   ****
Gordon Beck Experiments With Pops [Art of Life]   ****
Borah Bergman The River of Sounds [Boxholder]   ****
Gunnar Bergsten Play Lars Gullin [Proprius]   ****
David Berkman Communication Theory [Palmetto]   ****
Tim Berne Science Friction [Screwgun]   ****
Ran Blake Sonic Temples [GM]   ****
Paul Bley Sankt Gerold [ECM]   ****
Michael Borstlap The Sextet Live! [Challenge]   ****
Don Braden Brighter Days [High Note]   ****
Anthony Braxton For Alto [Delmark]   ****
  News From the 70s [Felmay]   ****
Peter Brötzmann Stone Water [Okkadisk]   ****
Clifford Brown Memorial Album [Blue Note]   ****
Dave Brubeck Jazz Impressions of Japan [Columbia]   ****
Dave Burrell Jelly Roll Joys [Gazell]   ****
John Butcher Fixations (14) [Emanem]   ****
Dick Cary Got Swing? [Arbors]   ****
Thomas Chapin Alive [Knitting Factory]   ****
Bill Charlap Written in the Stars [Blue Note]   ****
Don Cherry Mu: First Part, Second Part [Varese]   ****
Charlie Christian Swing to Bop [Dreyfus]   ****
June Christy Something Cool: The Complete Mono and Stereo Versions [Capitol]   ****
Alex Cline The Constant Flame [Cryptogramophone]   ****
George Colligan Agent 99 [Steeplechase]   ****
John Coltrane Giant Steps: Deluxe Edition [Rhino]   ****
  Live Trane: The European Tours [Pablo]   ****
Contraband Pale Fire [Bvhaast]   ****
Larry Coryell The Restful Mind [Universe]   ****
Johnny Costa Classic Costa [Chiaroscuro]   ****
Marilyn Crispell Selected Works: 1983-1986, Solo Duo Quartet [Leo Golden Years of New Jazz]   ****
  Amaryllis [ECM]   ****
Miles Davis The Essential Miles Davis [Columbia Legacy]   ****
Lew Del Gatto Katewalk [Naxos]   ****
Kenny Dorham 'Round About Midnight at the Café Bohemia [Blue Note]   ****
Dave Douglas Leap of Faith [Arabesque]   ****
Mark Dresser Duologues [Intrepid Ear]   ****
  Aquifer [Cryptogramophone]   ****
Paul Dunmall The Great Divide [Cuneiform Rune]   ****
Kurt Elling Live in Chicago [Blue Note]   ****
  Flirting With Twilight [Blue Note]   ****
Duke Ellington The Duke at Fargo 1940 [Storyville]   ****
  The Far East Suite [RCA Victor Gold]   ****
Orrin Evans Listen to the Band [Criss Cross]   ****
Simon H. Fell Composition No. 12.5 [Bruce's Fingers]   ****
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook [Verve]   ****
Richard Galliano Concerts / Inedits [Dreyfus]   ****
  Gallianissimo: The Best of Richard Galliano [Dreyfus]   ****
Stan Getz Recorded Fall 1961 [Verve]   ****
Dizzy Gillespie The Dizzy Gillespie Story 1939-1950 [Proper]   ****
Globe Unity Orchestra Globe Unity 67 & 70 [Atavistic Unheard Music]   ****
Wycliffe Gordon What You Dealin' With [Criss Cross]   ****
Mats Gustafsson The Thing [Crazy Wisdom]   ****
Al Haig Invitation [Spotlite]   ****
Jim Hall Concierto [CTI]   ****
Tubby Hayes The Eighth Wonder [Jasmine]   ****
Joe Henderson Our Thing [Blue Note]   ****
Woody Herman Blowin' Up a Storm! [Columbia]   ****
  Four Brothers [Dreyfus]   ****
  Woody's Winners / Jazz Hoot [Collectables]   ****
Andrew Hill Lift Every Voice [Blue Note]   ****
Billie Holiday Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia 1933-1944 [Columbia]   ****
Yuri Honing Seven [Challenge]   ****
Freddie Hubbard Open Sesame [Blue Note]   ****
Dick Hyman Forgotten Dreams [Arbors]   ****
Abdullah Ibrahim Best of Abdullah Ibrahim [Masingita]   ****
ICP Orchestra Oh, My Dog! [ICP]   ****
Italian Instabile Orchestra Litania Sibilante [Enja]   ****
Ethan Iverson The Bad Plus [Fresh Sound]   ****
Milt Jackson Wizard of the Vibes [Blue Note]   ****
Ahmad Jamal At the Pershing [Chess]   ****
  A L'Olympia [Dreyfus]   ****
Jazz at the Philharmonic Carnegie Hall 1949 [Pablo]   ****
Etta Jones Sings Lady Day [High Note]   ****
Louis Jordan Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five [JSP]   ****
Theo Jörgensmann Pagine Gialle [Hatology]   ****
Vic Juris Songbook [Steeplechase]   ****
Brian Kellock Live at Henry's [Caber Music]   ****
David Kikoski Almost Twilight [Criss Cross]   ****
Jonny King The Meltdown [Enja]   ****
Ryan Kisor Power Source [Criss Cross]   ****
Franz Koglmann Venus in Transit [Between the Lines]   ****
Peter Kowald Duos: Europa America Japan [FMP]   ****
  Was Da Ist [FMP]   ****
Stuve Kuhn The Best Things [Reservoir]   ****
Steve Lacy Hooky [Emanem]   ****
  Morning Glory [Hatology]   ****
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross The Hottest Group in Jazz [Columbia]   ****
George Lewis Endless Shout [Tzadik]   ****
John Lewis The John Lewis Piano / Jazz Piano International [Collectables]   ****
  Golden Striker / Jazz Abstractions [Collectables]   ****
  Evolution II [Atlantic]   ****
Joe Maneri The Trio Concerts [Leo]   ****
Michael Mantler Hide and Seek [ECM]   ****
Thelonious Monk The Complete Prestige Recordings [Prestige]   ****
  Live at the Five Spot: Discovery! [Blue Note] (****) ****
  The Columbia Years: 1962-1968 [Columbia]   ****
Jason Moran Black Stars [Blue Note]   ****
Jelly Roll Morton Jelly Roll Morton Vols 1-5 [JSP]   ****
Bennie Moten Band Box Shuffle 1929-1932 [Hep]   ****
Fats Navarro The Fats Navarro Story [Proper]   ****
Mike Osborne Shapes [FMR]   ****
Charlie Parker The Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings [Savoy]   ****
Evan Parker Dark Rags [Potlach]   ****
William Parker Mayor of Punkville [AUM Fidelity]   ****
  O'Neal's Porch [Aum Fidelity]   ****
Ken Peplowski The Other Portrait [Concord Concerto] (****) ****
Ivo Perelman The Ventriloquist [Leo]   ****
Enrico Pieranunzi Play Morricone [CamJazz]   ****
Eddie Prévost Material Consequences [Matchless]   ****
Sonny Rollins This Is What I Do [Milestone]   ****
Wallace Roney No Room for Argument [Stretch]   ****
George Russell Jazz in the Space Age [Chess GRP]   ****
  At the Five Spot [Verve]   ****
Luis Russell The Luis Russell Story [Retrieval]   ****
Paul Rutherford Chapter One: 1970-1972 [Emanem]   ****
David Sanchez Travesia [Sony]   ****
Alexander von Schlippenbach Swinging the Bim [FMP]   ****
Irčne Schweizer Chicago Piano Solo [Intakt]   ****
Louis Sclavis L'Affrontement des Pretendants [ECM]   ****
Trygve Seim Different Rivers [ECM]   ****
Artie Shaw Self Portrait [RCA]   ****
Silver Leaf Jazz Band New Orleans Wiggle [GHB]   ****
Wadada Leo Smith Red Sulphur Sky [Tzadik]   ****
Martial Solal Plays Ellington [Dreyfus]   ****
Bobo Stenson Serenity [ECM]   ****
Sun Ra Live From Soundscape [DIW] *** ****
John Surman Coruscating [ECM]   ****
Cecil Taylor The Willisau Concert [Intakt]   ****
Martin Taylor In Concert [Milestone]   ****
Keith Tippett Couple in Spirit II [ASC] *** ****
Warren Vaché 2gether [Nagel-Heyer]   ****
Tom Varner Second Communion [Omnitone]   ****
Vienna Art Orchestra The Minimalism of Erik Satie [Hatology]   ****
Eric Watson Full Metal Quartet [Owl]   ****
Trevor Watts Trevor Watts and the Celebration Band [Arc]   ****
Weather Report The Best of Weather Report [Columbia]   ****
Peter Wettre Meet the Locals [Resonant]   ****
Nils Wogram Odd and Awkward [Enja]   ****
World Saxophone Quartet Steppenwolf [Justin Time]   ****

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