60. Herbie Hancock - My Point of View (1963)
This album followed the success of his debut album. 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)
Grant 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 only released in Japan in 1979, prior to a wider release. Musicians featured include pianist McCoy Tyner, Bob Crenshaw, and drummer Elvin Jones. It is without doubt one of Green's greatest achievements.
57. Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach - Money Jungle (1962)
Duke Ellington surprised the jazz world with his historic trio session featuring Charles Mingus and Max Roach. Not in a mood to simply rework older compositions, the bulk of the LP focused on music he wrote specifically for the session.
56. Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell Vol. 1 (1958)
Powell was the Charlie Parker of the piano and this album is amongst his most important recordings. Although Powell recorded some great albums elsewhere, it was his Blue Note records that were his most significant and definitive. Musicians featured included Curtis Fuller, Fats Navarro, Sonny Rollins, Tommy Potter and Roy Haynes
55. Count Basie Orchestra - Atomic Basie (1957)
The 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)
This 1954 studio date recorded for Emarcy, 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. Gill Evans Ochestra - Out of the Cool (1961)
Out 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 with Evans providing 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)
This album was the first extended, continuous free improvised recording. It features Ornette, Don Cherry, Scott LaFaro, Billy Higgins, Freddie Hubbard, Eric Dolphy, Charlie Haden, and Ed Blackwell and considering the free nature six spotlight sections feature each horn in turn, plus a bass duet and drum duet where the other instruments are free to support, push, or punctuate the featured player's lines.