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21. Wayne Shorter - Speak No Evil (1965)

Speak No Evil-Wayne ShorterAlways looking at innovation, this album has a collection of highly original and unusual compositions, with Herbie Hancock and Ron Carter playing leading roles. The swing is gentle but pronounced and full of Shorter's singular lyricism as a player and composer.

20. Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters (1973)

herbie-hancocks-famous-head-hunters-rediscovered-on-the-vinyl-factorys-roots-branchesHead Hunters was a pivotal point in Herbie Hancock's career, bringing him into the vanguard of jazz fusion. Hancock had pushed avant-garde boundaries on earlier albums, and with his band the Headhunters he developed a deeply funky album with all the sensibilities of jazz. Although he experienced the usual scorn from the purists he produced an album that sounded fresh and vibrant. Featured musicians include Bennie Maupin, Paul Jackson, Bill Summers and Harvey Mason.

19. Miles Davis - Miles Smiles (1967)

miles-davis-quintet-miles-smilesWith this album the second Miles Davis Quintet really began to hit their stride, delving deeper into the more adventurous, exploratory side of their signature sound. This is music that demands attention, never taking predictable paths or easy choices. It's a great triumph that shows adventurousness within the music that is warm and accessible.

18. Bill Evans Trio - Waltz for Debby (1962)

Bill Evans Trio - Waltz for DebbyThis album features Evans, Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian and is one of the few live recordings included in the 100. Recorded at the Village Vanguard in 1961, shortly before Scott LaFaro's death, Waltz for Debby is the second album issued from that historic session. Of the many recordings Evans issued, this is one of the very best.

17. Frank Sinatra - Songs for Swingin' Lovers (1956)

23-franksinatra song21685fThis album captures Sinatra at his very best. Arranged by Nelson Riddle, it consists of reinterpreted pop standards of the time. It is considered to be one of the greatest vocal albums of all time, and the first album to reach number one in the UK following the start of the charts in 1956.

16. Thelonious Monk - Brilliant Corners (1956)

6--monk brilliant-cornersThe most important musicians are those who successfully create their own original world of music with its own rules, logic and surprises. Thelonious Monk is one of those people. This was Monk's third album for Riverside and what sets it apart from his previous work is the originality of the material. There's an inescapable freshness and vitality in every track on the album, helped partly by the support Monk receives from Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Oscar Pettiford and Ernie Henry.

15. John Coltrane - Blue Train (1957)

John Coltrane - Blue Train - blue note 91721 album coverThis was Coltrane´s only recording for Blue Note as lead. He not only addresses the tunes at hand, but also simultaneously reinvents himself as a multifaceted interpreter of both hard bop as well as sensitive balladry - touching upon all forms in between. Blue Train can easily be considered among the most important and influential albums not only of John Coltrane's career, but of the entire genre of jazz music as well.

14. Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage (1965)

29-herbie-hancock-ma216866This album finds Herbie Hancock at a creative peak. In fact, some would say it's arguably his finest record of the '60s, reaching a perfect balance between accessible, lyrical jazz and chance-taking hard bop. Herbie Hancock is joined by Freddie Hubbard, George Coleman, Ron Carter and Tony Williams. The quintet plays a selection of five Hancock originals, many of which are simply superb showcases for the group's provocative, unpredictable solos, tonal textures and harmonies.

13. Ornette Coleman - The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959)

Ornette-Coleman-The-shape-of-jazz-to-comeThis album was a watershed in the genesis of avant-garde jazz, profoundly steering its future course and throwing down a gauntlet that some still haven't come to grips with. The record shattered traditional concepts of harmony in jazz, getting rid of not only the piano player, but the whole idea of concretely outlined chord changes. The pieces here follow almost no predetermined harmonic structure, which allowed Coleman and partner Don Cherry an unprecedented freedom to take the melodies of their solo lines wherever they felt like going in the moment, regardless of what the piece's tonal centre had seemed to be.

12. Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto - Getz and Gilberto (1963)

stan-getz-joc3a3o-gilberto-feat-antc3b4nio-carlos-jobim-getz-gilberto-1964One of the biggest-selling jazz albums of all time, and Bossa nova's finest moment. Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto were among the greatest innovators of Bossa nova. The results were magic. Bossa nova is a permanent part of the jazz landscape, not just for its unassailable beauty, but it also contains one of the biggest smash hit singles in jazz history: "The Girl from Ipanema", featuring Gilberto's wife Astrud on vocals.

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