Kicks off with the rollicking samba Soy Califa; then a ravishing, bittersweet Don’t Explain… key Dexter. Recorded the same week as Go! with Sonny Clark on top form throughout. Don’t miss Don’t Explain.
Dazzling 1968 recording (with Charles Tolliver) — zinging, reaching bebop, heaped with Cubanismo and the blues.
The great Jackie Mac’s last Blue Note — with Grachan Moncur in 1967.
Fresh from his stint for Miles, the saxophonist with Tony Williams, Ron Carter and Jaki Byard in 1964 — famously meshing the great jazz tradition and the avant-garde in his own path-breaking way.
His Blue Note debut from 1963, an all-time jazz masterpiece. With Joe Henderson in blistering form, Roy Haynes, Richard Davis.
1961 session with Pepper Adams and Herbie Hancock. Kicks off with I’m An Old Cowhand… always a winner.
With Herbie, Joe Chambers and bassist Albert Stinson in 1967 (after Happenings). Smart, swinging, affective stuff. Theme From Blow Up gets a good seeing to.
The flautist’s one BN as leader, from 1970, with Eddie Gomez, Don Alias and Sam Brown, produced by Sonny Lester, mixing funk, jazz, Latin, rock, improv… and a John Jacob Niles. Great stuff.
On the wing with Paul Chambers, and — Miles’ idea — two Latin percussionists, Willie Bobo on drums and timbales, and Osvaldo ‘Chihuahua’ Martinez, conga and bongo.
1957: Lee Morgan (trumpet), Gigi Gryce (alto sax, flute), Benny Golson (tenor sax), Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Charlie Persip (drums). LP from Doxy.
1962 — with Freddie Hubbard (trumpet, fluegelhorn), Dexter Gordon (tenor sax), Butch Warren (bass), Billy Higgins (drums). Vinyl from Kindred Spirits.
With Kenny Dorham, McCoy Tyner, Richard Davis, Elvin Jones.
Vinyl from Kindred Spirits.
With two saxophones — Frank Foster, George Coleman — and Candido, Wilbur Little, in 1970. Kindred Spirits LP.
Re-visiting My Favourite Things with Elvin Jones, Bob Cranshaw and McCoy Tyner — the Coltrane group still hot from the Crescent session. 1964 Blue Note reissued by Heavenly Sweetness, a jazz must.
With Hank Mobley, Paul Chambers, Billy Higgins, Cedar Walton.
Mid-eighties DMM Capitol pressing.