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Thelonious Monk Misterioso
Live at the Five Spot, August 1958.



Roy Haynes Cracklin'
With Larry Ridley, Ronnie Mathews and the one and only Booker Ervin, in 1963; featuring the modal classic Dorian. Killer.





Charles Mingus The Jazz Experiments Of Charles Mingus
From 1954, with the under-rated John LaPorta on clarinet and alto saxophone.





Derek Bailey Improvisation
A 1975 studio recording by the Italian label Cramps. Fourteen answers to the question 'What is improvisation?': eight on electric guitar, five six-string acoustic guitar, and one on a 19-string acoustic guitar.



Sun Ra The Mystery Of Being
1978 sessions originally released by Horo, as New Steps and Other Voices, Other Blues. Michael Ray, Luqman Ali, and John Gilmore notably on song; Ra switching between upright piano and Crumar Multiman synth.



Art Blakey Art Blakey And His Jazz Messengers
From 1961 ó with Wayne Shorter, Jymie Merritt, Lee Morgan and Bobby Timmons. Kicks off with a composition by Curtis Fuller, guesting here on his way into the Messengers lineup proper.



Chet Baker Sings And Plays
'With Bud Shank, Russ Freeman And Strings', from 1955, Pacific Jazz. The quartet material kills it ó including such signature Chet as Letís Get Lost, Just Friends and Long Ago And Far Away.



Gerry Mulligan, Paul Desmond Quartet
Their first together, from August 1957 ó a chilled blend of standards, and original compositions like Desmondís Blues In Time, and Mulliganís hit Line For Lyons.



Lavern Baker La Vern
Her 1956 Atlantic debut, key to the splitting of jazz singing into rhythm and blues and soul. Lavern was Memphis Minnie's niece. Her stage-name in her teens was 'Miss Sharecropper'.



Lavern Baker La Vern Baker
Rocking and rolling. Classy, tough.



Charles Mingus The Quintet Plus Max Roach
Sparkling Jazz Workshop session from 1955, including the first issue of Haitian Fight Song.