81. Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie - Bird and Diz (1950)
Not an album as such, but a collection of 78 rpm sides released on an album format and similar to the famous sessions recorded on Savoy and Dial. These recordings do feature Thelonious Monk albeit buried in the mix. However despite all it faults still an outstanding album.
80. McCoy Tyner –Time for Tyner (1968)
On the original sleeve notes by Ed Williams he describes Tyner's music as "addressing nerve ends rather than the nervous system, that is why he can appeal to our emotional responses deep within". The album allows Tyner to further explore his interest in African sounds aided and abetted McCoy Tyner, Bobby Hutcherson, Herbie Lewis and Freddie Waits.
79. Billy Cobham - Spectrum (1973)
Drummer Billy Cobham was fresh from his success with the Mahavishnu Orchestra when he recorded this debut album, which is still regarded as his best. Most of the selections showcase Cobham in a quartet Jan Hammer, Tommy Bolin and Lee Sklar.
78. Max Roach - We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite (1960)
The album was a pivotal work in the early-'60s African-American protest movement. Released on Candid Records, it contains a suite which composer Max Roach and lyricist Oscar Brown wanted to perform on stage as part of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation. The music consists of five selections concerning the Emancipation Proclamation and the growing African independence movements of the 1950s.
77. Duke Ellington meets Coleman Hawkins (1962)
This album captured an historic meeting between two jazz giants Ellington and Hawkins. It features an all-star band of supporting musicians including Ray Nance, Lawrence Brown, Johnny Hodges, and Harry Carney. Rather than resting on past achievements they both rise to the occasion.
76. Dorothy Ashby – Afro Harping (1968)
Although there are few examples of the Harp being used in Jazz, the work of Dorothy Ashby made sure it had an important place. She turned the harp into a lead instrument, and offered solos that were as tough and memorable and as good as those done by any reed, brass, or percussion player. Without doubt this album is one of the best examples of how the harp has played an important role in the history of jazz.
75. Walter Davis Jr – Davis Cup (1960)
Walter Davis, Jr.'s debut record as a leader for Blue Note is a terrific hard bop session, a driving collection of six original tunes that emphasize the strengths not only of the pianist himself, but also his supporting band: Donald Byrd, Jackie McLean, Sam Jones and Art Taylor. Davis contributes an engaging, energetic performance that keeps the music grounded.
74. Sonny Rollins – The Bridge (1962)
This album was recorded following a three year sabbatical practicing. In a piano less quartet with Jim Hall, Bob Crenshaw and Ben Riley, Rollins explores four standards plus two fiery originals. The interplay between Rollins and Hall stand out and is impressive, making this set a near-classic.
73. Jackie McLean – Let Freedom Ring (1962)
McLean he was one of the first hard bop veterans to find a new voice in the burning intensity of jazz's emerging avant-garde. Let Freedom Ring was the landmark masterpiece where he put everything together and ushered in the era of the modernists at Blue Note. Supported by pianist Walter Davis, McLean's statement of purpose dominates the proceedings, with the busy, free-flowing dialogues of bassist Herbie Lewis and drummer Billy Higgins pushing him to even greater heights.
72. Antonio Carlos Jobim - Wave (1967)
This was the third album released in 1967 on A&M Records. It is known as Jobim's most successful album and as one of the great Brazilian albums. When Creed Taylor left Verve/MGM for his own label under the auspices of A&M, he quickly signed Jobim and they picked up right where they left off with this stunningly seductive record, possibly Jobim's best.