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Released in 1952.  This album bridges Swing and Bebop.  This is one of my favorite albums.

Charlie Parker -- alto sax
Benny Carter -- alto sax
Johnny Hodges -- alto sax
Ben Webster -- tenor sax
Charlie Shavers -- trumpet
Flip Phillips -- tenor sax
Oscar Peterson -- piano
Ray Brown -- double bass
J.C. Heard -- drums
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Released in 1962.  Latin Jazz masterpiece.
 

Stan Getz – tenor saxophone
Charlie Byrd – guitar
Gene Byrd – guitar, bass
Keter Betts – double bass
Buddy Deppenschmidt – drums, percussion
Bill Reichenbach Sr. – drums, percussion
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Released in 1965.  This is definitely a Post Bop album.  A mature one at that.  Post Bop is a thing.  It's a paradigm shift from Bebop and even Hard Bop, although it can include those elements too.  It started around 1960.  It's very modal and static instead of so structured.  It reminds me of the difference between Rock and Post Rock.

Freddie Hubbard – trumpet
George Coleman – tenor saxophone
Herbie Hancock – piano
Ron Carter – double bass
Tony Williams – drums
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Released in 1963.  One of my favorite Jazz albums.  Joe Henderson on tenor sax is on fire on this album.  Just top notch.  Very mature Post Bop album with Latin Jazz touches.  I like Ronnie Matthews' tasteful and elegant piano playing.  Kenny Dorham is one of my favorite trumpet players -- technique meets feel.  He's a master musician.  Joe Henderson is kind of a protégé of Kenny Dorham.  Next level tenor sax player -- genius level.  I enjoy the Post Bop basslines from Steve Davis too.  J.C Moses is great on drums too.  This is one of those lightning in a bottle albums.
 

Kenny Dorham -- trumpet
Joe Henderson -- tenor sax
Ronnie Matthews -- piano
Steve Davis -- double bass
J.C. Moses -- drums
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Released in 1960.  Yusef Lateef is one of the best Jazz educators.
 

Curtis Fuller - trombone
Lee Morgan - (tracks 1-4), Wilbur Harden (track 5) - trumpet
Yusef Lateef - flute, tenor sax
McCoy Tyner - piano
Milt Hinton (tracks 1-4), Jimmy Garrison (track 5) - double bass
Bobby Donaldson (tracks 1-4), Clifford Jarvis (track 5) - drums
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Released in 1956.  One of my favorite albums.  Lightning in a bottle album.  Hard Bop.  Donald Byrd normally takes the first trumpet solo followed by Lee Morgan.
 

Donald Byrd - trumpet

Lee Morgan - trumpet
Hank Mobley - tenor saxophone

Horace Silver - piano

Paul Chambers - double bass

Charlie Persip - drums

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Released in 1957.  One of my favorite albums.  Hank Jones is one of my favorite piano players -- so elegant and his piano tone is amazing.  Max Roach is just next level on this album on drums.
 

Kenny Dorham - trumpet
Sonny Rollins - tenor saxophone
Hank Jones - piano
Oscar Pettiford - double bass
Max Roach - drums
Betty Glamann - harp 
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Released in 1956.  This album bridges Bebop and Hard Bop nicely.   Horace Silver's playful style reminds me of Sonny Rollins and vice versa.  They know how to bring humor into their style.   One of my favorite albums.  Hank Mobley is one of my favorite tenor saxophone players -- he's genius level in terms of both technique and feel.

Kenny Dorham - trumpet
Hank Mobley - tenor saxophone
Horace Silver - piano
Doug Watkins - double bass
Art Blakey - drums

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Released in 1955.  This album bridges Swing and Bebop nicely.  One of my favorite albums.   Lightning in a bottle album.  Billy Strayhorn is a next level piano player -- just top notch.  Vinyl serves this album in my opinion.  Nice and warm!   Johnny Hodges is a genius of feel on alto sax.   This is a group of master Jazz musicians.

Johnny Hodges - alto saxophone
Clark Terry - trumpet
Jimmy Hamilton - clarinet, tenor saxophone
Lawrence Brown - trombone
Harry Carney - baritone saxophone
Billy Strayhorn - piano
Jimmy Woode - double bass
Sonny Greer - drums
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Released in 1955.  One of the best Jazz albums of all time.  Nice bridging between Bebop and Hard Bop.  This is a great version of this album in terms of sound quality.  Lou Donaldson is on fire on this album on alto saxophone.  I can tell Clifford Brown integrated a lot of Dizzy Gillespie's trumpet style -- he's so technical and lyrical that it's just phenomenal.  This album is beyond top notch!

Clifford Brown – trumpet
Lou Donaldson – alto saxophone
Horace Silver – piano
Curley Russell – double bass
Art Blakey – drums
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Released in 1958.   One of the best Bebop albums of all time.  Stan Getz is one of my favorite tenor saxophone players -- genius level both in technique and feel.  Ray Brown is one of my favorite bassists.  Stan Getz' lyricism is amazing -- call and response interplay and melodic sense.  I love Dizzy Gillespie's mastery of Latin Jazz and that comes out in his trumpet solos.  I love Sonny Stitt's alto saxophone style.  He's often compared to Bird (Charlie Parker), but he has his own unique style.  He's a master and always interesting to listen to.   He's a technical master and is interesting to listen to for me.   I love his licks.

Dizzy Gillespie - trumpet
Sonny Stitt - alto saxophone
Stan Getz - tenor saxophone
Herb Ellis - guitar
John Lewis - piano
Ray Brown - double bass
Stan Levey - drums
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Released in 1955.  Excellent Latin Jazz album.  One of my favorite albums.

Kenny Dorham – trumpet
J.J. Johnson – trombone 
Hank Mobley – tenor saxophone
Cecil Payne – baritone saxophone
Horace Silver – piano
Oscar Pettiford (tracks 1-4 and 9), Percy Heath (tracks 5-8) – double bass
Art Blakey – drums
Carlos Valdes – conga 
Richie Goldberg – cowbell 
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Released in 1961.  I like Art Farmer's simple, bright trumpet style.  I can tell he was influenced by Miles Davis.  He's different though.   Fantastic phrasing.  This album is top notch!  

Art Farmer – trumpet
Tommy Flanagan – piano
Tommy Williams – double bass
Albert Heath – drums
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Released in 1964.  Nice bridging between Hard Bop, Post Bop, and Latin Jazz.  Joe Henderson is on fire on this album on tenor saxophone.  He's a another next level beyond genius Jazz musician.   His technique is excellent, his feel is excellent, and he has that extra special something that you can't put your finger on -- he's innovative, original, and forward looking.  He's like a paradigm shift.  If I can hear an influence it would be John Coltrane, but Joe Henderson is different than Coltrane too.

Carmell Jones – trumpet 
Joe Henderson – tenor saxophone
Horace Silver – piano
Teddy Smith – double bass
Roger Humphries – drums
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