90. Charles Mingus - Blues & Roots (1959)
This album is about the black experience particularly the blues, gospel, and old-time New Orleans jazz. With a stella line-up of sax players including John Handy, Jackie McLean, Booker Ervin and Pepper Adams plus Jimmy Knepper and Willie Dennis on trombones it was bound to be a classic.
88. Herbie Hancock- Empyrean Isles (1964)
This album was his fourth release for Blue Note and another classic. Working with a trio of Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter and Tony Williams, Hancock provides an evocative balance between traditional bop, soul-injected grooves, and experimental, post-modal jazz.
86. Charles Lloyd – Dream Weaver (1966)
This album was ahead of its time, not only in the various combinations of Cecil McBee, Jack Dejohnette and Keith Jarrett , but also in the way it promoted huge sales ahead of tour of American and Europe. This third album for Atlantic is a real team effort and cemented Lloyd as a top performer and studio player.
83. Joe Henderson - Page One (1963)
This album was his debut for Blue Note and is full of Bossa Nova influenced numbers. Playing with the likes of Kenny Dorham, McCoy Tyner, Butch Warren, and Pete La Roca the group produce a hip alternative to the easy listening Brazilian trend that was becoming popular with the masses.
82. Charles Mingus - Pithecanthropus Erectus (1956)
This was Mingus's breakthrough album. You can hear how he is developing as a musician, arranger and composer and challenging the musicians around him to strive to do better. They include; Jackie McLean and Mal Waldron. This was the first album where Mingus tailored his arrangements to the personalities of his musicians, teaching the pieces by ear instead of writing everything out.