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Two ragas recorded for Prestige — with Ali Akbar-Khan, the world’s best sarod player, plus tabla and tamboura. (The first tamboura is Nodu C. Mullick, who made Shankar’s sitar.)

His first recordings, from 1941. Alan Lomax came across him running a juke joint in Mississippi. With Henry Sims on violin, Louis Ford on mandolin, and Percy Thomas on guitar.

Trads and originals recorded in 1958, JF accompanying himself on twelve-string guitar, harmonica, kazoo, cymbals and homemade six-string ‘fotdella’, played with hammers operated by the big toe of his right foot.

Terrific, swinging blues — ‘his own blend of the Texas styles of Lightnin’ Hopkins and Blind Lemon Jefferson with the West Coast jump sound of Charles Brown and Ivory Joe Hunter’ — a Chess one-off.

His blazing, Blue Note masterpieces — utterly essential, genius bebop-piano.

Blue Note trio date with Paul Chambers and Wes Landers, in 1958.

With Hank Mobley, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb, live in San Francisco in 1961.

From 1961 — 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.

‘With Bud Shank, Russ Freeman And Strings’, from 1955, Pacific Jazz. The quartet material kills it — including such signature Chet as Let’s Get Lost, Just Friends and Long Ago And Far Away.

Sparkling Jazz Workshop session from 1955, including the first issue of Haitian Fight Song.

Recorded live at the NYC Town Hall in 1958, this historic concert (organized by Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg) reviewed Cage’s work from 1934 to date. The booklet contains his own commentary.