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Jazz Essentials
McCoy Tyner - The Real McCoy
McCoy Tyner - The Real McCoyWith almost the same personnel as Joe Hendersonís extraordinary 'Inner Urge ' album, McCoy Tynerís 'The Real McCoy' ranks with the great pianistís very best work as a leader.

Charles Mingus - Blues & Roots
Not only is it one of the best albums by a Jazz immortal, but itís one of the most downright enjoyable and infectious records youíll ever hear. This rollicking excursion finds Mingus at top form.

Billie Holidayís Greatest Hits
A beautiful CD recorded between 1933-41, when her voice was at its purest and most optimistic.

Yardbird Suite: The Ultimate Charlie Parker Collection
Recorded between 1945 and 1952 when Bird was at his most spectacular, this CD includes almost every heavyweight of Bebop. Absolutely essential.

Ella Fitzgerald - Best of the Songbooks
Gives a great overview of the excellent 'Songbooks' series recorded by the First Lady of Song backed by the orchestras of Duke Ellington, Billy May, Paul Weston and Nelson Riddle.

Clifford Brown & Max Roach
A great way to get familiar with both the amazing Brownie and this exceptional group featuring Max Roach and tenorman Harold Land.

Louis Armstrong - The Hot Fives & Hot Sevens, Vol. 2
Viewed by most experts as THE seminal Jazz recording, Louis Armstrongís series of 'Hot Five and Hot Seven' recordings between 1926 and 1929 changed the face of Jazz and popular music forever.

Eric Dolphy - Out To Lunch
Recorded in 1964, 'Out To Lunch' is a magnificent record by a phenomenal artist who left us well before he reached his peak.

Cannonball Adderley - Somethiní Else
Recorded in early 1958, only months after Cannonball became a member of the legendary Miles Davis Sextet, 'Somethin' Else' includes the trumpeter as a sideman.

Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage
Recorded in 1965, shortly after he joined Miles Davisí great "free-bop" quintet, Herbie Hancock's 'Maiden Voyage' is a classic.

Art Blakey - Moanin'
This 1958 date is one of the earliest examples of the funky hard bop style that helped make Blue Note Records so popular, and it also marks the beginning of the incredible trumpeter Lee Morgan's long...

Horace Silver - Song for My Father
Calling on Caribbean, Brazilian, Middle Eastern and Indian traditions, Horace Silver's 1964 classic 'Song For My Father' is his most popular among the many fine recordings he made during his long...

Wayne Shorter - Speak No Evil
Recorded in 1964, shortly after he joined Miles Davisí legendary "free-bop" quintet, 'Speak No Evil' established the great tenorman as an important composer and leader.

Duke Ellington - The Great Paris Concert
A 1963 recording that easily ranks with the greatest of the Orchestraís recorded performances. A wonderful set that vividly recreates the Ellington concert splendor.

John Coltrane - Blue Train
An excellent representation of Coltraneís emerging brilliance as saxophonist and composer and the first real sign of the profound impact the incredible saxophonist would have on the future of Jazz.

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
One of the best recordings ever made. Incredibly deep and filled with overwhelming knowledge and spirituality - words cannot possibly convey the true magnificence of 'A Love Supreme.'

Ornette Coleman - Free Jazz
A great classic and an amazing foray into collective improvisation that is consistently inventive and swinging.. The Plymouth Rock of the free Jazz movement by one of its founding fathers.

Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
Considered by many to be the greatest Jazz record, and probably in the top five of every serious fan of modern Jazz -- 'Kind of Blue' changed the face of Jazz forever.

Thelonious Monk - Monkís Music
Thelonious Monkís unique compositions are a source of inspiration for many compositional efforts - his spectacular septet perform some of his best-known pieces.

Lee Morgan - The Sidewinder
This record, which includes a title track that was #1 on the R&B charts, made Lee Morgan one of his eraís most popular musicians and a highly influential figure in the new Jazz movement.

Erroll Garner - Concert By The Sea
This live recording from September 1955 features one of the most distinctive pianists ever to touch a keyboard in a program of originals and standards with his trio.

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