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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.

91. Herbie Hancock – My Point of View (1963)

Point of viewThis album followed the success of his debut, Takin´ Off. He took two risks making it: his five original compositions covered more diverse stylistic ground than his first, and he assembled a large septet for the sessions, including Donald Byrd, Hank Mobley, Tony Williams, Grant Green, Chuck Israels and Grachan Moncur III.

92.Clifford Brown & Max Roach – Study In Brown (1955)

Clifford Brown

This album is discribed as one of the best examples of a bop group and shows the huge potential of Clifford Brown who died too soon.

93. Idris Muhammad – Power of Soul (1974)

Muhammidd powerThis album is one of the reasons that Idris Muhammad is regarded as the drumming king of groove. Featuring the talents of Bob James, Grover Washington Jr, Joe Beck, Randy Brecker and Ralph MacDonald, and the knife-edge slick production of Creed Taylor, this 1974 issue is a burning piece of deep, jazzy soul and grooved-out bliss.

94. Kenny Dorham – Un Mas (1963)

Kenny Dorham Un MassKenny Dorham never really got the recognition he deserved during his lifetime, and considering the line-up of musicians playing on this album, including Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Butch Warren and Tony Williams it is amazing it wasn't more successful at the time. He produced over 30 albums, supported young musicians and yet was forgotten by the mid 1960s.

95. Walter Davis Jr – Davis Cup (1960)

Davis CupWalter Davis Jr's debut record for Blue Note as leader is a terrific hard bop session, a driving collection of six original tunes that emphasize the strengths not only of the pianist himself, but also his supporting band: Donald Byrd, Jackie McLean, Sam Jones and Art Taylor. Davis contributes an engaging, energetic performance that keeps the music grounded.

96. Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins (1962)

Duke meets ColemanThis album captures a historic meeting between two jazz giants Duke Ellington and Coleman Hawkins who, rather than resting on past achievements, both rise to the occasion. It features an all-star band of supporting musicians, including Ray Nance, Lawrence Brown, Johnny Hodges and Harry Carney.

97. Bobby Timmons – This Here is Bobby Timmons (1960)

TimmonsThis album was produced at the peak of Timmons´ powers after he made a name for himself playing with Art Blakey. Timmons produced jazz that was soulful and catchy, and this album is no exception. He performs alongside bassist Sam Jones and drummer Jimmy Cobb.

98. NEW Tubby Hayes – Mexican Greens (1968)

Tubby Hayes

99.NEW Jack De Johnette – Complex (1968)

Jack De Johnette

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