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51. Lester Young With the Oscar Peterson Trio (1954)

Lester YoungLester Young made some of his greatest recordings in the 1950s, in spite of his declining health. On this wonderful collaboration with Oscar Peterson are Barney Kessel, Ray Brown and J.C. Heard. Lester Young performs definitive versions of many of the classics.

50. Vince Guaraldi - Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus (1962)

GuarialdiBrilliant jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi embraces the equally brilliant music of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Henry Mancini along with his own compositions, highlighted by his haunting classic "Cast your Fate to the Wind". With support from Monty Budwig and Colin Bailey, every performance by the trio is exquisite. 

49. Alice Coltrane - Journey in Satchidananda (1971)

alice journey coverThis remarkable album is necessary for anyone interested in the development of modal and experimental jazz. It's also remarkably accessible. The compositions here are wildly open, and droning figures built on whole tones and minor modes. And while it's true that her late husband's influence is evident in the music, she wouldn't have had it any other way.

48. Miles Davis - Birth of the Cool (1950)

Birth of the coolSo named because these three sessions - two from early 1949, one from March 1950 - are where the sound known as cool jazz was essentially born. Birth of the Cool remains one of the defining, pivotal moments in jazz. This is where the elasticity of bop was married with skilful, big-band arrangements and a relaxed, subdued mood that made it all seem easy, even at its most intricate.

47. Baby Face Willette - Face to Face (1961)

babyface WilletteThis debut album for Blue Note is often overlooked in preference for his next album Stop and Listen. However, Face to Face boasts a mighty soul-jazz line-up comprising Grant Green, Fred Jackson and Ben Dixon. Highly recommended.

46. Paul Chambers - Whims of Chambers

whims of chambersOf the seven songs on this Blue Note album, four contain solos by tenor saxophonist John Coltrane and have therefore been reissued more often. The album also features trumpeter Donald Byrd, guitarist Kenny Burrell, pianist Horace Silver, and drummer Philly Joe Jones.

45. Oscar Peterson Trio - Night Train (1962)

albumcoverOscarPeterson-NightTrainHe was known as the "Maharaja of the keyboard" and was highly regarded amongst his peers. This album was one of his most commercially successful recordings and is considered to be one of the best albums of the era. Although it consists mainly of covers it also includes six previously unavailable tracks.

44. McCoy Tyner - The Real McCoy (1967)

mccoytynerThis was his first of seven recordings for Blue Note. Having left John Coltrane's quartet in late 1965, Tyner was entering a period of adjustment. On this album, McCoy on piano is teamed with tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Elvin Jones for five of his originals.

43. Billie Holiday - Lady in Satin (1958)

Lady SatinThis was the final studio album released in her lifetime, and it's a difficult one for fans because by 1958, when it was recorded, her voice was so rasping that it was almost unbearable to listen to, but still brimming with emotion. The album consists of tracks she had never previously recorded and its mood is lightened by the arrangements of bandleader Ray Ellis.

42. Grant Green - Idle Moments (1963)

idle-momentsSome say that this album is one of his best. Idle Moments is immediately ingratiating and accessible, featuring some of Green's most stylish straight jazz playing. The album also features the cool shimmer of Bobby Hutcherson´s vibraphone playing.

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