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71. Cecil Taylor - Unit Structures (1966)

Taylor UnitTaylor's high-energy stream fits in well with the free jazz of the period, but he was actually leading the way rather than being part of a movement. This septet outing with Eddie Gale, Jimmy Lyons, Ken McIntyre, Henry Grimes and others is quite stunning. In fact, it could be safely argued that no jazz music of the era approached the ferocity and intensity of Cecil Taylor's work.

70. Yusef Lateef - Eastern Sounds (1961)

Yusef LatiffThis album - Lateef´s most enduring and wonderful recording - celebrated the music of the east long before it was fashionable. The quartet featured the inimitable Lex Humphries on drums, Ernie Farrow on double bass and rabaab, Barry Harris on piano, with Lateef playing just about everything else.

69. Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk (1958)

Blakey and MonkThis album contains examples of Blakey and Monk at the respective peak of their powers. It contains insightful interpretations of nearly half a dozen inspired performances by this incarnation of the Blakey-led Jazz Messengers. This combo features Art Blakey, Johnny Griffin, Bill Hardman and Jimmy DeBrest.

68. Kenny Dorham – Una Mas (1963)

Kenny Dorham Un MassKenny Dorham never really got the recognition he deserved during his lifetime, and considering the line-up of musicians playing on this album, including Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Butch Warren and Tony Williams it is amazing it wasn't more successful at the time. He produced over 30 albums, supported young musicians and yet was forgotten by the mid 1960s.

67. Art Pepper meets the Rhythm Section (1957)

Art PepperIt was astonishing this album ever got made, considering the catalogue of problems he faced. He had never met the other musicians before the recording, his instruments were in a bad state of disrepair and he was suffering from a drug problem. In spite of all this, the album is considered a milestone in Pepper's career.

66. Idris Muhammad – Power of Soul (1974)

Muhammidd powerThis album is one of the reasons that Idris Muhammad is regarded as the drumming king of groove. Featuring the talents of Bob James, Grover Washington Jr, Joe Beck, Randy Brecker and Ralph MacDonald, and the knife-edge slick production of Creed Taylor, this 1974 issue is a burning piece of deep, jazzy soul and grooved-out bliss.

65. Pharoah Sanders – Thembi (1970)

pharoah thembiRecorded with two different groups of musicians in Los Angeles and New York, Thembi was a departure from previous styles and sounds with shorter tracks, often with a lighter and breezier feel. Musicians included Michael White, Cecil McBee, Clifford Jarvis, James Jordan and Lonnie Liston Smith, who played a Fender Rhodes electric piano for the first time.

64. Sun Ra and His Arkestra - Jazz In Silhouette (1958)

Sun Ra SilhouetteThe album was recorded in March 1959 and released a couple of months later. It is considered to be one of Sun Ra's best from his Chicago period before veering off into his full-fledged explorations into the avant-garde. This album simply inspires, no matter what perspective you adopt: rhythm, melody, ensemble or mood.

63. Freddie Hubbard – Here to Stay (1962)

Hubbard stayThis album has certainly had a sad history. Recorded in 1962, it was left in the Blue note vaults for 14 years, and then reissued in a double-vinyl set with Hub Cap, a coupling that doesn't reveal either session in the best light. Then a decade later, it was finally released as a single album. Here to Stay is perhaps one of Hubbard's finest ever, and is surely misunderstood as well as undervalued.

62. Clifford Brown and Max Roach - Study in Brown (1955)

Clifford BrownThis album features the 1955 version of the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet, plus musicians Harold Land, Richie Powell and George Morrow. One of the premier early hard bop units, this band had unlimited potential.

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