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34. 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.

35. Grant Green - Idle Moments (1963)

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

36. 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 joined by Joe Henderson on tenor sax, Ron Carter on bass and Elvin Jones on drums.

37. The 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.

38. NEW Alice Coltrane – Eternity (1975)

Alice Coltrane Eternity

39. Gill Evans Orchestra - Out of the Cool (1961)

Gill EvansOut of the Cool 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.

40. Count Basie Orchestra - Atomic 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.

41. 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.

42. Art Pepper - Meets the Rhythm Section (1957)

Art PepperIt was astonishing this album ever got made, considering the catalogue of problems he faced. He had never met the other musicians before the recording, his instruments were in a bad state of disrepair and he was suffering from a drug problem. In spite of all this, the album is considered a milestone in Pepper's career.

43. NEW Cecil Taylor – The World of Cecil Taylor (1960)

Cecil Tayor World

44. Jackie McLean – Let Freedom Ring (1962)

Jackie McLean FreedomJackie McLean was one of the first hard bop veterans to find a new voice in the burning intensity of jazz's emerging avant-garde. Let Freedom Ring was the landmark masterpiece where he put everything together and ushered in the era of the modernists at Blue Note. Supported by pianist Walter Davis, McLean's statement of purpose dominates the proceedings, with the busy, free-flowing dialogues of bassist Herbie Lewis and drummer Billy Higgins pushing him to even greater heights.

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