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81. NEW Anthony Braxton – For Alto (1968)


82. NEW Wynton Kelly – Kelly Great (1959)

Kelly Great 1959

83. Ahmad Jamal – The Essence (Pt 1) (1995)

Ahmad JamalRecorded in Paris and New York, this album provides an absorbing collection of standards and Jamal compositions, some of which move through several contrasting sections. Musicians featured include James Cammack, Jamil Nasser, Manolo Badrena and George Coleman. These sessions were so fruitful that Verve Records were able to serve up a tasty second helping a year later.

84. NEW Charles Lloyd – Voice in the Night (1999)

Charles Lloyd

85. 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.

86. NEW Joe Zawinul – Zawinul (1970)

Zawinul album

87. 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.

88. Paul Chambers – Whims of Chambers (1956)

whims of chambersOf the seven songs on this Blue Note recording, four contain solos by John Coltrane and appear on other albums. The album also features Donald Byrd on trumpet, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Horace Silver on piano and Philly Joe Jones on drums.

89. 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.

90. Grant Green – Matador (1964)

Green matadorGrant 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 released only in Japan in 1979, prior to a wider release. Musicians featured include pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Bob Cranshaw and drummer Elvin Jones. It is without doubt one of Green's greatest achievements.

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