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41. Hank Mobley - Soul Station (1960)

MobleyAn album that is often overlooked, but recorded when Mobley was at the peak of his powers. Featuring a superstar quartet including Art Blakey, Paul Chambers and Wynton Kelly, it captures a clean and uncomplicated sound. The solidness of the Mobley technique means that he can handle material that is occasionally rhythmically intricate, while still maintaining the kind of easy roundness and warmth displayed by the best players of the bop era.

40. Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue (1963)

midnight-blueThis album is one of guitarist Kenny Burrell's best-known sessions for Blue Note. Burrell is joined by Stanley Turrentine, Major Holley, Bill English and Ray Barretto. It's the perfect "late night, neon light flashing outside of the window, cigarette smoke swirling up into nothing" record. "My goal is to play with good tone, good phrasing and to swing," says Burrell. "I strive for honesty in playing what I feel."

39. Andrew Hill - Point of Departure (1964)

46-andrew-hill-point21687dThis was Hill's fifth album, and one of the great jazz albums. It features Eric Dolphy, Joe Henderson, Richard Davis, Tony Williams and Kenny Dorham.

38. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong - Ella & Louis (1956)

Ella and LoisBy the mid 1950s both Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong were enjoying great popularity. Ella recorded this album while recording her hugely popular American songbook series, while Armstrong was appearing in films and making records with other musicians. The Ella & Louis album was the first of three recordings they made accompanied by the Oscar Peterson Quartet.

37. Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain (1960)

sketches of spainThis album has been described as the most luxuriant and stridently romantic recording Davis ever made. Here he teams up with Gil Evans, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb and Elvin Jones. Davis' control over his instrument is singular, and Evans' conducting is flawless.

36. Wes Montgomery - The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery (1960)

wes-montgomeryincredible-jazz-guitarThis was his fourth album. Most of its tracks are considered to be the best examples of Wes Montgomery's two distinguishing techniques: "thumb picking" and the use of octaves. Accompanied by Tommy Flanagan and brothers Percy and Albert Heath, this recording shows Montgomery's amazing talents.

35. Albert Ayler - Spiritual Unity (1964)

Ayler SpiritualThis album pushed Ayler to the forefront of jazz's avant-garde. It was really the first example of Ayler's music that matched him with a group of truly sympathetic musicians, including Gary Peacock and Sunny Murray. To paraphrase one of Ayler's most famous quotes, this music was about feelings, not notes, and on Spiritual Unity that philosophy finds its most concise, concentrated expression.

34. Dexter Gordon - Go (1962)

Go album coverWith a stellar quartet including Sonny Clark, Billy Higgins and Butch Warren, everything seems to come together on this album. Dexter had many high points in his five decade-long career, but this was certainly the peak of it all.

33. Thelonious Monk Quartet - Monk's Dream (1962)

Monks Dream by TheloniousThis album features Monk on piano, Charlie Rouse on tenor sax, John Ore on bass and Frankie Dunlop on drums. It was his first recording for Columbia, and scholars and enthusiasts alike heralded this combo as the best Monk had been involved with for several years. Although he would perform and record supported by various other musicians, the tight - almost telepathic - dimensions that these four shared has rarely been equalled in any genre.

32. Freddie Hubbard - Open Sesame (1960)

open sesame CD largeFreddie Hubbard's first recording as leader, Open Sesame features the 22-year-old trumpeter in a quintet with tenor saxophonist Tina Brooks, up-and-coming pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Clifford Jarvis. This set shows that even at this early stage, Hubbard had the potential to be one of the greats.

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