Court and Spark is the sixth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. Released in January 1974, the album saw Mitchell infusing her folk-rock style, which she developed throughout her previous five albums, with jazz inflections. A very accessible and commercially appealing album, Court and Spark was Mitchell's commercial and popular triumph—it was not only praised by critics but was also received very warmly by the public, becoming her most successful album. It reached No. 2 in the United States and No. 1 in Canada and eventually received a Double Platinum certification by the RIAA, the highest during Mitchell's career. It was voted the best album of the year for 1974 in The Village Voice Jazz & Pop Critics Poll.. In 2003 it was listed at No. 111 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1973 was the first year since she started recording that Mitchell did not release a new album. Her previous offering, For the Roses, was released in November 1972 to critical and commercial success, and Mitchell decided to spend the whole next year writing and recording a new album that revealed her growing interest in new sounds—particularly jazz.