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61. Sonny Clark - Cool Struttin' (1958)

SonnyClarkPianist Sonny Clark was a consummate hard-bopper who made only a handful of recordings as leader. Cool Struttin' was recorded in 1958 and features Jackie McLean, Art Farmer, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones.

60. Herbie Hancock - My Point of View (1963)

Point of viewThis album followed the success of his debut, Takin´ Off. He took two risks making it: his five original compositions covered more diverse stylistic ground than his first, and he assembled a large septet for the sessions, including Donald Byrd, Hank Mobley, Tony Williams, Grant Green, Chuck Israels and Grachan Moncur III.

59. Grant Green - Matador (1964)

Green matadorGrant Green recorded so much high-quality music for Blue Note during the first half of the '60s that a number of excellent sessions went unissued at the time. Even so, it's still hard to figure out why 1964's Matador was released only in Japan in 1979, prior to a wider release. Musicians featured include pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Bob Cranshaw and drummer Elvin Jones. It is without doubt one of Green's greatest achievements.

58. Krzysztof Komeda - Astigmatic (1965)

komedaAstigmaticKrzysztof Komeda was a Polish film music composer and jazz pianist, perhaps best known for his work on film scores. Astigmatic is widely regarded as one of the most important European jazz albums.

57. Duke Ellington, Charlie Mingus and Max Roach - Money Jungle (1962)

EllingtonMoneyDuke Ellington surprised the jazz world with his historic trio session featuring Charles Mingus and Max Roach. Not content to simply rework older compositions, he wrote the majority of the music on the album specifically for the session.

56. Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell Vol. 1 (1958)

Bud PowellPowell was the Charlie Parker of the piano, and this album is amongst his most important recordings. Although he recorded some great albums on other labels, it was his Blue Note records that were his most significant and definitive. Featured musicians include Curtis Fuller, Fats Navarro, Sonny Rollins, Tommy Potter and Roy Haynes.

55. Count Basie Orchestra - The Atomic Mr Basie (1957)

Count BasieThe release of this album in late 1957 marked the beginning of a glorious new phase in Count Basie's career. Signed to Roulette Records, the newly formed label owned by Morris Levy - the New York recording entrepreneur, jukebox mogul, club owner, and quasi-underworld figure - it took Basie's core audience and a lot of other people by surprise, as a bold, forward-looking statement within the context of a big-band recording.

54. Sarah Vaughan - With Cliifford Brown (1954)

SarahVaughanWithCliffordBrownsarah vaughan sarah vaughan wiThis 1954 studio recording for the EmArcy label was later reissued as Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown to denote the involvement of one of the top trumpeters of the day. Vaughan sings nine intimate standards with a band including Brown, Herbie Mann and Paul Quinichette. This is one of the most important jazz-meets-vocal sessions ever recorded.

53. Gil Evans Ochestra - Out of the Cool (1961)

GilOut of the Cool, released in 1960, was the first recording Gil Evans issued after three straight albums with Miles Davis. Evans had learned much from Davis about improvisation, instinct and space, and on this album provided less orchestration and more from the rhythm section built around Elvin Jones, Charlie Persip, Ron Carter and Ray Crawford.

52. Ornette Coleman - Free Jazz (1960)

19-ornette-coleman-f216859This album was the longest continuous jazz recording to date. It features Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Scott LaFaro, Billy Higgins, Freddie Hubbard, Eric Dolphy, Charlie Haden and Ed Blackwell. Considering the free nature of the music, six spotlight sections feature each horn in turn, plus a bass and drum duet in which the other instruments are free to support, push, or punctuate the featured players' lines.

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