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91. Donald Byrd – Black Byrd (1973)

blackbyrdWhen this album was released he was branded a cheat and a traitor to his hard bop roots. Nowadays the album is recognised as ground-breaking.

90. Charles Mingus - Blues & Roots (1959)

Charles-Mingus-Blue-and-Roots-ristampa-vinile-lp2This album is about the black experience, particularly the blues, gospel, and old-time New Orleans jazz. With a stellar 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.

89. Ella Fitzgerald sings the Cole Porter Song Book (1956)

Ella PorterDuring the 1950s Ella produced a string of American songbook albums that many copied but few could better. This is one of the best vocal performances and interpretations you'll find anywhere.

88. Herbie Hancock - Empyrean Isles (1964)

herbie hancock empyrean islesThis 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.

87. Larry Young - Unity (1965)

LarryYoungUnityThis album provides a wonderful combination of rhythm and melody. Although this was only his second album, Young brings together a great crowd of musicians including Elvin Jones, Woody Shaw and Joe Henderson.

86. The Charles Lloyd Quartet – Dream Weaver (1966)

Charles-Lloyd-Dream-Weaver-445601This 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 the tour of America and Europe. This third album for Atlantic is a real team effort and cemented Lloyd as a top performer and studio player.

85. Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd - Jazz Samba (1962)

Stan-Getz-Byrd Jazz-Samba-471681This album was the first Bossa nova album recorded by American musicians. Byrd's bubbling syncopations combine perfectly with Getz's warm and melodic inventiveness.

84. Lonnie Smith – Think (1968)

Smith ThinkSmith is a master of the Hammond B3 and on this - his second release - he brings together a stellar group of Lee Morgan, David Newman, Melvin Sparks and Marion Booker Jr to produce a perfect mix of funky soul and forward-thinking jazz.

83. Joe Henderson - Page One (1963)

HendersonPageOneThis album was his debut for Blue Note and is full of Bossa Nova influenced numbers. The group, which also includes Kenny Dorham, McCoy Tyner, Butch Warren and Pete La Roca, produces a hip alternative to the easy listening Brazilian trend that was becoming increasingly popular.

82. Charles Mingus - Pithecanthropus Erectus (1956)

charles-mingus-1954-pithecanthropus-erectus-2383This was Mingus' breakthrough album. You can hear how he is developing as a musician, arranger and composer and how he challenges the musicians around him - including Jackie McLean and Mal Waldron - to strive to do better. 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.

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