Here is a list by David Remnick, via Jason Kottke. It is good, albeit a bit mainstream for my tastes. I’m glad to see he likes Ascension. I would add more late Miles Davis (Live at Fillmore and In a Silent Way, among others), Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz, more Cecil Taylor, the Blakey/Monk album, Solo Monk (my favorite jazz album?), and some Stan Kenton as well. I’m due to cover a reader request for contemporary jazz soon, so I’ll leave the moderns out of it for the time being.