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Trying to figure out a way through soul jazz, in 1969, with a great band — Lee Morgan, George Coleman, Idris Muhammad and some hot Grant Green.

A cor-blimey line-up, and a masterpiece, recorded on the first day of spring in 1964. Dorham, Dolphy, Joe Henderson, Richard Davis, Tony Williams.

Mid-eighties US DMM pressing.

The deft collision of jazz and hiphop-inflected funk promised by the Blue Note debut of a Maxwell and The Roots collaborator. Dilla meets Monk; De La Soul meets Ahmad Jamal. Contributions from Bilal and Mos Def.

Mercurial bebop from 1957, his leader’s debut for the label — with Art Farmer, Curtis Fuller, Hank Mobley, Wilbur Ware and Louis Hayes. One-off is Japanese Toshiba press.

Japanese, Toshiba-EMI LP.

Scorching Jackie Mac, one of his very best, with Pete La Roca on top form too.

With Grant Green and Ben Dixon.

This is one of our favourite Blue Notes ever.

With Sonny Clark, Curtis Fuller, Donald Byrd.

With Jackie McLean.

The forward-looking line-up includes George Benson and Bennie Maupin. A couple of classic boogaloos; more searching compositions by John Hicks and Cal Massey. Original Liberty LP pressing.

Tip-top Cassandra. Great songs.

Kenny Dorham (trumpet), Joe Henderson (tenor sax), Herbie Hancock (piano), Butch Warren (bass), Anthony Williams (drums).

Amazing lineup — and a cool reworking of Watermelon Man. Anthony Williams, Chuck Israels, Grant Green, Grachan Moncur, Hank Mobley.