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91. Donald Byrd – Black Byrd (1973)

blackbyrdWhen this album was released he was branded a cheat and a tractor to his hard bop roots. Nowadays the album is now 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 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.

89. Ella Fitzgerald sings the Cole Porter Songbook (1956)

Ella PorterDuring the 1950's Ella produced a string of American Songbooks 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 good combination of rhythm and melody. Considering this was only his second album Young brings together a great crowd of musicians including Elvin Jones, Woody Shaw, and Joe Henderson to support.

86. Charles Lloyd – 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 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.

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

Stan-Getz-Byrd Jazz-Samba-471681This album was the first Bossa nova album recorded by American musicians. The combination of Byrd's bubbling syncopations and Getz's warm and melodic inventiveness is a perfect combination.

84. Dr Lonnie Smith – Think (1968)

Smith ThinkSmith is a master of the Hammond B3 and on this second release 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. 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)

charles-mingus-1954-pithecanthropus-erectus-2383This 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.

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