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81. Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie - Bird and Diz (1950)

Bird and DizNot an album as such, but a collection of 78s released on album format and similar to the famous sessions recorded on Savoy and Dial. These recordings also feature Thelonious Monk, albeit somewhat buried in the mix. However, despite its faults it is still an outstanding album.

80. McCoy Tyner – Time for Tyner (1968)

Tyner timeOn the original sleeve notes, Ed Williams 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 by Bobby Hutcherson, Herbie Lewis and Freddie Waits.

79. Billy Cobham - Spectrum (1973)

Cobham SpectrumDrummer Billy Cobham was fresh from his success with the Mahavishnu Orchestra when he recorded this debut album, still regarded as his best. Most of the selections showcase Cobham in a quartet with Jan Hammer, Tommy Bolin and Lee Sklar.

78. Max Roach - We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite (1960)

Roach Freedom NowThis album was a pivotal work in the early 1960s 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 centenary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The album consists of five pieces themed around the Emancipation Proclamation and the growing African independence movements of the 1950s.

77. Duke Ellington meets Coleman Hawkins (1962)

Duke meets ColemanThis album captures a historic meeting between two jazz giants Duke Ellington and Coleman Hawkins who, rather than resting on past achievements, both rise to the occasion. It features an all-star band of supporting musicians, including Ray Nance, Lawrence Brown, Johnny Hodges and Harry Carney. 

76. Dorothy Ashby – Afro-Harping (1968)

Ashby AfroAlthough 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 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)

Davis CupWalter Davis Jr's debut record for Blue Note as leader 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)

Rollins BridgeThis album was recorded following a three-year sabbatical. Accompanied by Jim Hall on guitar, Bob Cranshaw on bass and Ben Riley on drums, Rollins explores four standards and two fiery originals. The interplay between Rollins and Hall stands out, making this set a near-classic.

73. Jackie McLean – Let Freedom Ring (1962)

Jackie McLean FreedomJackie McLean 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)

Jobim waveThis was the third of Jobim´s album to be released in 1967. It is his most successful and 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 where they left off with this stunningly seductive record.

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