1955 and 57: with Hank Mobley, Horace Silver, Art Blakey — and Carlos ‘Patato’ Valdes on the first four.
With the almightily beloved jazz standard. Stevie nicked the horn riff for Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing (and Steely Dan helped themselves of course… and Madlib). The great pianist in between bands in 1963-4, with Joe Henderson and Carmell Jones. Monumental hard bop; a key Blue Note.
Three unmissable Shorters: Speak No Evil, Schizophrenia (for Tom Thumb)... and this, Adam’s Apple, with Herbie Hancock, Reggie Workman and Joe Chambers in 1966. A rocking title track, a hard blues, some tasty bossa, and the first time out for Footprints.
With Joe Henderson, Duke Pearson, Bobby Hutcherson. The title-track is lengthily, meltingly gorgeous.
With Freddie Hubbard, Sam Rivers, Andrew Hill, Richard Davis and Joe Chambers.
Recorded one long hot night in July 1978. Sun Ra at the Rhodes, Disco Kid on guitar… deadly funk riffs, heady and tight. A classic.
From 1963: Jimmy Smith (organ), Stanley Turrentine (tenor sax), Kenny Burrell (guitar), Donald Bailey (drums).
A 1979 studio recording — one of Sun Ra’s best-loved, funkiest records — with John Gilmore at his greatest, and a bigger Arkestra than had just played the Moers festival. Vinyl from Kindred Spirits.