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A quartet with Tommy Flanagan: three Prestige Moodsville LPs — Good Old Broadway, No Strings, Make Someone Happy —  and an Impulse, best of the bunch, Today And Now.

Three ace early-60s Riverside LPs, with lots of cello, taking time out from the Cannonball Adderley group: The Soul Society (with Jimmy Heath and co), Chant (Melba Liston) and Down Home (Ron Carter).

Three great Pacific Jazz LPs by the hard-grooving Texan tenor (and HJ hero) alongside other West Coast legends like Carmel Jones, Bobby Hutcherson, Roy Ayers, Frank Butler, Marcus Belgrave…

Her 1961 Columbia, one of her very best LPs, with Nat Adderley, Eddie Lockjaw Davis and Mundell Lowe sitting in with her regular trio. Coupled here with a compilation of her recordings with Dave Brubeck.

Five LPs: The Jazz Harpist, Hip Harp, Dorothy Ashby, and Soft Winds.

The great tenor saxophonist’s two 1961 albums for Contemporary — with stellar West Coast sidemen like Art Pepper, Phineas Newborn, Frank Butler, Frank Rosolino — showcasing singer Helyne Stewart on the first.

Four unmissable original LPs from the Monk alumnus: three as leader — Takin’ Care Of Business, We Paid Our Dues, Yeah! — plus Dave Bailey’s classic Gettin’ Into Something. Brilliant bebop, lovely ballads… killer!

Her 1956 debut LP for Jubilee, with Hank Jones and Kenny Clarke; and two Capitol albums, Change Of Scenery (with Neal Hefti) and Have You Forgotten?

The 1960 Roulette and the 1961 Atlantic, with Don Sebesky arranging, the likes of Rolf Erickson and Jaki Byard in the band, CC on top form… and Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most.

Combining albums The Book Cooks (with Zoot Sims, Tommy Flanagan) and Cookin’ (Horace Parlan… and a deadly You Don’t Know What Love Is) with the scorching Candid LP That’s It!

Paradigmatic soul-jazz — Moanin, This Here, Dat Dere — and effervescent bebop: the 1960 and 61 Riversides with Sam Jones and Jimmy Cobb.

Brilliant 1956 recordings with Art Farmer, Gigi Gryce, JR Montrose, Mal Waldron and co doing Gil Evans, Bob Brookmeyer and co’s arrangements of Charles originals, Jimmy Giuffre, George Russell, Nature Boy…

Aged eighteen, her debut for Verve in 1956.

The two albums with the Marty Paich orchestra including Pepper and Rosolino, from 1959 and 1960. She’s great on the ballads, super-cool, with fine phrasing and swing throughout… a touch of The Divine One.

Four Jazzland albums, including The Mode. Yusef Lateef, Clifford Jordan, Grant Green, Barry Harris and crew.

Stepping out as leader with these two 1960 albums, on Jazzland and Riverside — with Jimmy Heath, Elvin Jones lining up on the latter; featuring Walter Benton and McCoy Tyner on the unmissable Spiritsville.

The great Afro-Cuban drummer in bebop settings, with guitarist Joe Puma and keyboardist Dick Hyman on both original LPs; and the relaxed tenor of Al Cohn on the first, trumpeter Ernie Royal the second.

Two original LPs by the great Cuban conga and bongo player, with Art Farmer, Hank Jones, Phil Woods and co.

Collecting three original late-fifties LPs by Montgomery brothers Buddy and Monk, and co: The Mastersounds Play Horace Silver, Ballads And Blues, and In Concert. Buddy’s vibes carry the swing, especially on Horace.

Two LPs of mid-sixties club dates — Woman Talk (with Feelin’ Good), at The Village Gate, and Live And Wailing, at The Half Note.

Great big-band Latin jazz from 1958, with alumni like Manne, Rosolino, Holman, Geller, Bob Cooper; and no scrimping on percussion. Coupled with Shorty Rogers Meets Tarzan, from the following year.

Two World Pacifics from 1959, The Swingers! and A Gasser! (featuring Annie Ross on her own). Straight songs and hip new renditions of great stuff like Little Niles, Four, Airegin, Now’s The Time.

Under the spell of Lennie Tristano — with Ted Brown, Warne Marsh, Lee Konitz and other alumni of that set. Ronnie sounds like he’s concentrating hard, but altogether this is lovely stuff.

A startling combination and a great record, with a thrilling tension between the two approaches, bringing a little extra expressiveness to Stitt’s hard bop machismo.