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The Sixties
The Best Jazz Ever Released Digitally


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Work Song
Nat Adderley
1960 [Riverside/OJC]


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Cannonball Adderley's brother Nat was equally adept at popularising jazz music as his more heralded sibling. Work Song is far and away his finest set, with the terrific title track becoming the cornetist's biggest hit. Much of the soulful inspiration comes from the cello/guitar support provided by Sam Jones and Wes Montgomery. Recommended.





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Ezz-thetics
George Russell Sextet
1961 [Riverside]


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Russell's book, The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization, made him famous in the jazz world - profoundly influencing the modal ideas of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. This fine post-bop record sees the pianist-composer nudging the avant-garde. Trumpeter Don Ellis and Eric Dolphy on clarinet & alto weave some improvisational magic.





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Eastern Sounds
Yusef Lateef
1961 [Moodsville]


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Lateef continued his fascination with Asian music on this fine record. An accomplished tenor - here he also plays oboe and flute. Often unjustly regarded as a novelty act, this record shows Lateef was ahead of his time. Consisting primarily of originals, there are also stunning treatments of themes from the films Spartacus and The Robe.





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Search for the New Land
Lee Morgan
1964 [Blue Note]


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The fact that trumpeter Lee Morgan recorded this album early in 1964 before his previous album The Sidewinder hit it big on the pop charts probably explains why it avoids the formulaic repetitiveness of his later records. It is an explosion of creativity, thanks largely to the presence of Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Grant Green.





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Juju
Wayne Shorter
1964 [Blue Note]


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Often overlooked in favour of the superb Speak No Evil follow-up, this record finds saxophonist Wayne Shorter utilising half of the classic Coltrane quartet (McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones) in breathtaking fashion. Overtly more conventional than its lauded successor, the standouts here are the title track and the beautiful 'House of Jade'.





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Rip, Rig and Panic
Rahsaan Roland Kirk
1965 [EmArcy]


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Blind multi-instrumentalist and political activist Rahsaan Roland Kirk may have died somewhat prematurely, but he didn't fail to leave his indelible mark on the jazz world before he went. This single CD has two of his finest - Rip, Rig and Panic featuring Kirk's tenor being generally regarded as his best. Edith is one of RRK's more melodic outings.





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Forest Flower
Charles Lloyd
1966 [Atlantic]


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The classic Forest Flower, recorded live at Monterey in 1966, showed that it was possible to be both progressive and popular. Lloyd plays both flute and tenor, backed by unknown newcomers pianist Keith Jarrett and drummer Jack DeJohnette. A range of global influences and psychedelic sideshows make this record a joy to behold.





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Electric Bath
The Don Ellis Orchestra
1967 [Columbia]


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Jazz finally caught up to the Summer of Love with this delightfully irreverent album from trumpeter Don Ellis. His progressive big band hums with everything that purists who were taking jazz far too seriously seemed to have forgotten. 'Indian Lady' is a hoedown in 5/4 - replete with rib-tickling bogus endings. Loads of far-out fun.


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