Hard to choose one of them.
But Bill Evans is greatest i think
Absolutely +1. I love everything Bill Evans, from Everybody digs to Waltz for Debby, although I'd have to say my favorite Bill Evans albums are his solo ones (like alone and alone again.)
Nice thread, but it's missing some seminal figures.....
and many others........
of the 4 Mingus is my favorite, followed by Coltrane, followed by Monk, followed by Davis..........
some more minor figures who deserve a mention amongst the 4 mentioned would be:
Oh what, and Eric Dolphy doesn't even get an honorable mention?
(Listening to his "Out To Lunch" album as I write.)
And no, other than what I've read, I can't write intelligently on the subject of Jazz.
Now listening to Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane.