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Tony Allen & Jeff Mills
Tomorrow Comes The Harvest

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Don Cherry
Brown Rice

Imagine having a name as cool as Don Cherry! Anyway, Eagle Eye’s dad and Neneh's stepdad wasn’t just cool by name, he played a mean jazz trumpet too. Brown Rice is a 1975 album that fuses jazz, rock, indian, African and Arabic sounds. What’s more it features Charlie Haden on wah-wah bass! Reissue LP on Blue Note.
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Tony Allen
The Source

Tony Allen, legendary drummer and innovator of Afrobeat with Fela Kuti, releases his latest in a long line of solo albums. Perhaps surprisingly for such a legend with such a long career and lengthy catalogue, The Source is Tony's first for Blue Note. The statuesque label has been through so many changes, now representing a philosophy of quality and the analogue principles of its founders. Warm jazz sounds.

Herbie Hancock
Inventions & Dimensions

Whilst the multi-talented Illinois-based creator Herbie Hancock made a name for himself with his jazz-focussed catalogue, 'Inventions & Dimensions' was his first release to be noticeably latin percussion-dominated. Over half a century later and this 6 track stands as a marquee release in the dexterous pioneer's back-catalogue.
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Art Taylor
A.T's Delight

Art Taylor is a drummer who has worked with the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Thelonius Monk but only made this one album as de facto band leader. He put together a large ensemble to play a combination of Latin influenced jazz and bebop on a mainly covers set containing interpretations of cuts by John Coltrane and Thelonius Monk. 
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Elvin Jones
Mr. Jones

If you don't know Elvin Jones then if I mentioned he was the drummer in John Coltrane's Classic Quartet then that might give you an indication of the regard he is held in in jazz quarters. Here he puts together a large band including three (count 'em) sax players on his penultimate album for Blue Note. It's a varied work touching on jazz, latin and post bop and a mixture of original tunes and interpretations. 
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Brian Blade Fellowship
Brian Blade Fellowship

You may not know Brian Blade by name but he has been the drummer for the likes of Norah Jones, Joni Mitchell and Wayne Shorter. This was his debut album from 1998 which contained seven slo-mo jazz compositions with contributions from Jeff Parker of Tortoise alongside stellar jazz musicians Melvin Butler on soprano and tenor sax and Myron Walden (alto sax) amongst others. 
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Herbie Hancock
The Prisoner

Recorded in 1969, The Prisoner was the last album that Herbie Hancock recorded for the Blue Note label. The album is a social statement on racial oppression. Flautist, Hubert Laws, Johnny Coles on flugelhorn and trombone player Garnett Brown are among the group of stellar musicians joining Hancock on this album.
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GoGo Penguin
GoGo Penguin

Manchester-based trio GoGo Penguin deliver another record of sprawling yet taut experimentalism embracing jazz, breakbeats and riffs for the legendary Blue Note label. GoGo Penguin, their sixth studio effort, sees Chris Illingworth, Rob Turner and Nick Blacka in the most inventive form of their career since their 2014 Mercury nomination. 
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Chet Baker
Chet Baker Sings

Known as a fine trumpet player, Chet Baker can also sing, as the title of his 1956 studio album, Chet Baker Sings confirms. Whilst this is an end-to-end classic album, it’s worth it just for his velvety rendition of My Funny Valentine. Musicians backing Chet are Russ Freeman, Carson Smith, Joe Mondragon, Jimmy Bond, Bob Neel, Larance Marable and Peter Lipman.
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Grant Green
Nigeria

Blue Note re-issues a long-lost gem from the hard-bop era. Recorded in 1962 but not seeing the light of day until 1980, Nigeria was a masterwork from guitar legend Grant Green, recorded with a star-studded backing band that included pianist Sonny Clark, drummer Art Blakey and bassist Sam Jones and featuring inspired covers of Cole Porter and George & Ira Gershwin. 
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Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes
What Kinda Music

Tom Misch is a singer, guitarist and violinist. Yussef Dayes is a drummer. They come together on What Kinda Music mixing electronica, avant-garde jazz and hip hop. They first met at the launch for Misch’s Geography album, but Misch had been an admirer of Dayes before that. They hit it off, realising they could push each other to become better. This is the result of all that pushing.
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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Buhaina's Delight

Buhaina's Delight is Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers classic album from 1963. The album featured Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton and Jymie Merrit completing Blakey’s band - a stellar cast that has become known as the ultimate Jazz Messengers line up. The album focused on shorter songs and featured a version of Moon River.

Lonnie Smith
Live At Club Mozambique

Originally released in 1995 on the legendary Blue Note label, Live At Club Mozambique captures jazz organist Lonnie Smith at the peak of powers during a performance in May 1970 at the Detroit club of the same name. Featuring a certain George Benson on guitar, the eight-track performance culminates in two covers (of Sly Stone and Miles Davis) and can now be heard again on this double-vinyl re-issue. 
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Jimmy Smith
Groovin’ At Smalls’ Paradise Vol.1

Groovin’ At Smalls’ Paradise Vol. 1 is a live album by Jimmy Smith recorded in 1957. Smith is a mean Hammond organ player, and as the title suggests, he really can make that thing groove. Smith is backed by his regular band mates Eddie McFadden on guitar and Donald Bailey on drums. The trio give a rich and warm take on jazz standards such as My Funny Valentine and It’s Only A Paper Moon.
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Lee Konitz
Alone Together

I guess there are classic modern jazz albums and there’s Alone Together by Alto Sax player Lee Konitz. His 1996 debut album was recently placed at number 38 in a pole of the best Blue Note albums of all time. It has won praise for its refreshing takes on jazz standards. Given the label’s back catalogue, that’s quite a feat. Konitz is accompanied by Brad Mehldau on piano and Charlie Haden on bass.
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Pete La Roca
Basra

Basra was one of only two albums drummer Pete La Roca recorded as a bandleader with Blue Note. It was recorded in 1965. Joe Henderson played tenor, Steve Kuhn played piano and Steve Swallow played bass. It features a mix of La Roca originals, Steve Swallow tunes and a couple of standards. Produced by Blue Note co-founder Alfred Lion.
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GoGo Penguin
Ocean In A Drop

As a marquee name in the modern glut of modern jazz revivalists, GoGo Penguin turn their attention to music for film in 'Ocean In A Drop' - an original live score to Godfrey Reggio’s 1982 experimental indie film, Koyaanisqatsi. An enigmatic and powerful coming together of two cult artistic forces.
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Horace Silver Quintet
Doin' The Thing: The Horace Silver Quintet At The Village Gate

Appearing as part of an apparent Blue Note live album reissue program we have Doin’ The Thing: The Horace Silver Quintet At The Village Gate. This funky, soulful classic, recorded in mid-1961, was the only live album the quintet made for Blue Note. The band featured Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Junior Cook on tenor sax, bass player, Gene Taylor  and drummer Roy Cook. All tracks featured are Horace Silver originals. 
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Art Blakey
Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World - Volume 2

Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World Volume 2 by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers was recorded and Birdland in September 1960. The band Blakey assembled was a bit special featuring Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, Bobby Timmons and Jymie Merrit. It also featured some of Birdland MC, Peewee Marquette’s stage announcements. Top notch classic jazz stuff.
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Grant Green
Alive!

Alive by American jazz guitarist Grant Green was recorded at the Cliche Lounge in Newark in 1970. Green assembled a crack team of players to get his sound across including jazz drummer Idris Muhammad. Among the tracks are the Kool & The Gang song Let The Music Take Your Mind, Herbie Hancock’s Maiden Voyage, Sookie Sookie, a track co-written by the legendary Steve Cropper and Down Here On The Ground which was co-written by king of 70s movie soundtrack, Lalo Schifrin. Features liner notes by the beautifully named Stanley Dance.
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Art Blakey
Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World - Volume 1

Here we have part one of Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World - a two part live jazz album by esteemed jazz drummer Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers. It was recorded on September 14th 1960 at New York’s famous Birdland jazz club. Volume one features versions of  tunes by Hank Mobley and Thelonius Monk. One for all you hard-bop fans out there. 
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Donald Byrd
Ethiopian Knights

Originally released in 1972 on the iconic Blue Note label, Ethiopian Knights saw celebrated American trumpeter Donald Byrd playing with other stellar musicians such as Harold Land, Bobby Hutcherson and Joe Sample. This vinyl re-issue comes with a raft of unseen photographs and brand new liner notes. 
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John Coltrane
Blue Train

Blue Train by John Coltrane was recorded in 1957. Blue Train follows the jazz sub-genre of Hard Bop. It was his second album, and surprisingly the only one he ever recorded for the legendary Blue Note label, although Coltrane was never officially signed to the label. This vinyl reissue celebrates the label’s 75th anniversary.
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Joe Henderson
In 'N Out

A re-issue of In ‘N Out, the third studio album by the immensely talented tenor jazz saxophonist Joe Henderson. Originally released in late 1964 on the legendary Blue Note label, Henderson recorded the record with an all-star ensemble including some legendary names, not least McCoy Tyner on piano. The first three tracks are Henderson originals, while the final two numbers were written by trumpeter Kenny Dorham. 
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Bobbi Humphrey
Blacks and Blues

A classic jazz-funk wedge gets reissued by Blue Note. Bobbi Humphrey is the name on the front of 1973's Blacks And Blues, and her sprightly flute playing and confident leadership gives these soulful, strutting fusion pieces the chutzpah they need to shine. However, the success of Blacks And Blues owes much to both Humphrey’s band and producers The Mizell Brothers - one half of whom (Larry Mizell) composed these numbers.
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Art Blakey
Indestructible

Legendary jazz drummer Art Blakey - a genre stalwart who worked with icons such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk - released one of his very finest records with his band the Jazz Messengers in 1966, also his final album for the Blue Note label. Indestructible now gets a vinyl re-issue, 53 years on. 
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Lou Donaldson
Alligator Bogaloo

Fusing hard bop and soul jazz and creating a seriously funky concoction, saxophonist Lou Donaldson scored a minor crossover success with the title track of his 1967 album Alligator Bogaloo, with the help of a young George Benson on guitar and a band that included Idris Muhammad on drums. This vinyl re-issue comes with new photos and liner notes. 
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Donald Byrd
Chant

Chant was the second studio album by legendary trumpet parper Donald Byrd. Recorded in 1961 it features a young Herbie Hancock on piano and as well as several originals there are takes on tunes by Duke Ellington and Duke Pearson. Strangely, the album wasn't released officially until 1979 but as if making up for lost time Blue Note have spared no expense with this 180g edition re-mastered from the original tapes and in luxury gatefold sleeve. 
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Stanley Turrentine
Hustlin'

Blue Note Records have cut so many classic LPs down the years that you can pretty much just select at random from their back catalogue and be guaranteed some great listening. Case in point - Stanley Turrentine’s Hustlin’, a superb 1964 hard-bop record that also featured the talents of Bob Cranshaw, Otis Finch and Kenny Burrell. Now reissued, this new edition of Hustlin’ comes with remastered audio.
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Gil Evans
New Bottle Old Wine

The cast list for Gil Evans’ 1958 LP New Bottle Old Wine reads like a ‘who’s who’ of first-wave jazz greats. Cannonball Adderley is the main soloist, and in support of him we find people such as Art Blakey and Johnny Coles. Then there’s Evans himself, one of the finest arrangers of his age, turning out orchestral reinterpretations of Thelonious Monk, Jelly Roll Morton and the like. We needn’t tell you that New Bottle Old Wine is a fabulous record - and we also needn’t tell you that this new Blue Note edition, mastered from the original tapes, is as fine a way to hear it as any.
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Reuben Wilson
Blue Mode

Three originals and three covers on this acclaimed jazz-funk LP from Reuben Wilson here. First cut for Blue Note back in 1969, Wilson’s third album Blue Mode goes hard on the soul-jazz and the fusion-funk. The strutting drums and stanky basslines are the sort of things that will never go out of fashion. Blue Mode's recording was engineered by Rudy Van Gelder dontcha know.
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Lonnie Smith
Think!

The second LP from ya boy Dr. Lonnie Smith gets a reissue via Blue Note. 1968's Think! is one of those oft-imitated, rarely-improved golden-age jazz tomes. Backed by a group that consisted of Lee Morgan, David ‘Fathead’ Newman and Melvin Sparks, Smith and his organ deliver a set that combines classic bop sounds with Hugh Masekela’s South African style, spiritual jazz, funk and early fusion. The result is a hot-fingered masterpiece.
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Lou Donaldson
Mr. Shing-A-Ling 

Mr. Shing-A-Ling is a 1967 album by saxophonist, Lou Donaldson, one of three he released that year. It shows Donaldson transitioning from bop-tinged soul jazz to jazz funk, opening with a mid-tempo groove workout of Bobby Gentry’s Ode To Billy Joe. The band included Blue Mitchell, Lonnie Smith and Jimmy Ponder.
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Lee Morgan
Cornbread

Trumpeter, Lee Morgan, earned his jazz chops playing with John Coltrane and Art Blakey. He was prominent in the ‘60s with classic albums such as The Sidewinder (1963) and the equally superb Cornbread (1965). For this he got together an ace band featuring Herbie Hancock, Hank Mobley, Billy Higgins, Jackie McClean and Larry Ridley. Sadly, Morgan was shot and killed by his common-law wife in 1972.
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Grant Green
Grant’s First Stand

Though Grant’s First Stand isn’t technically the first set Grant Green taped for Blue Note - that honour goes to the recordings collected as 2001’s First Session - it was definitely the first LP that the famed jazz guitarist released through the label. On this record Green’s unusual trio (drums, organ and guitar) front their own take on the contemporaneous sounds of hard bop and balladry. The result is an album that still surprises and thrills all these years later.
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Johnny Griffin
Introducing

Blue Note reissue the classic debut LP from late saxophonist Johnny Griffin. 1956’s Introducing Johnny Griffin kick-started one of the longest and most distinguished careers in jazz, but even well over a half a century later this record still ranks among the ‘Little Giant’s finest. Introducing’s opening track ‘Mil Dew’ is one of the essential hard bop texts.
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Freddie Hubbard
Open Sesame

This new edition of Freddie Hubbard’s famous 1960 debut LP fronts up the original in its full glory. Even all these years later Open Sesame remains a exercise in bespoke cool from the famous trumpeter/flugelhorn player. Along with a band that featured Tina Brooks (tenor sax), McCoy Tyner (piano), Sam Jones (bass) and Clifford Jarvis (drums), Hubbard swings through a set of originals and covers here with effortless grace. Blue Note’s latest pressing of Open Sesame features liner notes penned by the late Ira Gitler.
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Robert Glasper
Canvas

Robert Glasper is a well-respected and successful jazz et al musician, winning Grammys for the film Miles Ahead, for his Kendrick Lamar collaboration, and his solo albums. Damn. But now let's look back to his major label debut, on none other than Blue Note. Canvas was originally released in 2005, and features nine spritely groovy originals and a cover of Herbie Hancock’s ‘Riot’.
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Herbie Hancock
Takin' Off

Takin’ Off is the highly regarded debut album by Herbie Hancock. It was originally released in 1962. Hancock is joined by an impressive cast of cats: Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard, Butch Warren and Billy Higgins. It includes the track, 'Watermelon Man', which was so successful it made it into the pop charts and has since become a jazz standard. Reissue LP on Blue Note.
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Dexter Gordon
Doin' Allright

Dexter Gordon signed to Blue Note in 1961 for his debut album Doin’ Alright. It was somewhat of a renaissance for the tenor sax legend following a decade of heroin addiction and various legal issues. Freddie Hubbard, Horace Parlan,George Tucker and Al Harewood make up the quintet. Still on Blue Note.

Wayne Shorter
Etcetera

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Miles Davis
Birth of the Cool

What's left to say about Miles Davis? Birth of The Cool was originally released in 1957 and it brings together some of Davis's coolest from 1949-50. Most of the tracks were originally released on 10", 78RPM - those were the days! It's a comprehensive look at Cool Jazz and some of Davis's finest - a cool place to birth a Davis obsession or to just keep on bopping.  
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Wayne Shorter
Emanon

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R+R=NOW
Collagically Speaking

A proper all-star cast on this new Blue Note joint. Robert Glasper, Taylor McFerrin and Derrick Hodge are part of R+R=NOW, and Collagically Speaking features guest spots from the likes of Terry Crews and Yasiin Bey. The band set out to ‘reflect the times’ on this one, both politically and musically. As such we have an LP of post-genre jazz - immediate comparisons would be Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly and Kamasi Washington’s The Epic - that frequently touches on The Current State Of Affairs.
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The Nels Cline 4
Currents, Constellations

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Sonny Rollins
A Night At The Village Vanguard

A Night At The Village Vanguard was recorded over two sessions in one day in 1957. Recorded by jazz veteran Sonny Rollins, the album features Rollins on tenor sax with Donald Bailey on bass and Pete La Roca on drums for the first session and Wilbur Ware on bass and Elvin Jones on drums for the second.
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Thelonious Monk Quartet & John Coltrane
At Carnegie Hall

At Carnegie Hall shows the burgeoning talents of John Coltrane coming to the fore during his time with Thelonious Monk Quartet. Monk’s experience shows he’s got a real player in Coltrane whose solo playing displays an early version of his ‘Sheets of Sound’ improvisation style. Unearthed by accident at the Library of Congress, this is a treat for jazz fans. Double vinyl LP on Blue Note.
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GoGo Penguin
A Humdrum Star

A Humdrum Star is the second long-player from exponents of Jazz and electronica, GoGo Penguin. This is their second for Blue Note, following on from, A Man Made Object in 2016. The band were critically lauded for their set at SXSW earlier in the year and their 2014 album V2.0 was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. It's fair to say that they come highly recommended, then.
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Nels Cline
Lovers

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GoGo Penguin
Man Made Object

GoGo Penguin are part of a small, elite pantheon of British artists signed to the legendary Blue Note label, putting them in the same room as jazz royalty. As Man Made Object shows, they’ve got there by melding traditional jazz approaches with sounds from glitchy electronica: all produced acoustically, of course.
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Bobby Hutcherson
Happenings

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The Bird & The Bee
Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future

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Cecil Taylor
Conquistador!

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Herbie Hancock
Empyrean Isles

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Thelonious Monk
Genius Of Modern Music Volume One

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Herbie Hancock
Speak Like A Child

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Kenny Dorham
Afro-Cuban

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Kenny Burrell
Midnight Blue

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Joe Henderson
Mode For Joe

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Cassandra Wilson
Travelling Miles

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Donald Byrd
Black Byrd

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Dexter Gordon
Go

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The Ornette Coleman Trio
Stockholm Vol. 1

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Herbie Hancock
Maiden Voyage

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Dexter Gordon
Our Man in Paris

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Cannonball Adderley
Somethin' Else

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Larry Young
Unity

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Wayne Shorter
Speak No Evil

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Eric Dolphy
Out To Lunch

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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Free For All

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