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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 Freddie Hubbard, Sam Rivers, Andrew Hill, Richard Davis and Joe Chambers.

With Larry Young, Elvin Jones and Bobby Hutcherson.

With Joe Henderson, Duke Pearson, Bobby Hutcherson. The title-track is lengthily, meltingly gorgeous.

From 1963: Jimmy Smith (organ), Stanley Turrentine (tenor sax), Kenny Burrell (guitar), Donald Bailey (drums).

1964 masterwork with Freddie Hubbard, Herbie, Elvin Jones and Ron Carter, tersely melding avant, modal and bop. ‘Wild flowers and strange, dimly-seen shapes… I was thinking of things like witch burnings, too.’

Hard-blowing bop classic from 1958, when Trane was with Monk. A crack sextet rounded out by the richly soulful trombone of youngster Curtis Fuller. Next up, Giant Steps.

Another five-star, stone classic. Check his bass clarinet scorching into the Monk tribute, to start. Fire! The rhythm section — Anthony Williams and Richard Davis, Stravinsky’s favourite bassist — is stupendous.

Steeped in the new thing — especially JC — but pulsating, intent and sparking with a restless, propulsive creativity bound for Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Bitches-Brew Miles and co, in just a few years time.

Banging, key Messengers. Blakey is a polyrhythmic blaze; Shorter is vicious. Hubbard bows out of the line-up with a passionate tribute to the Congress of Racial Equality.

The Mingus sax-man with Horace Silver, Philly Joe.
Japanese vinyl pressing.

Spun out of the Open House sessions, with Jackie Mac, Ike Quebec and Blue Mitchell in the front line. Blue and white Liberty labels.

From 1972, including three killer JB’s, the funkiest of them In The Middle. Seventies issue with blue Liberty labels: the vinyl is perfect; the sleeve excellent, still wrapped, with a cut-corner top-right.