1. Alice Coltrane & Devadip Carlos Santana – Illuminations: Released, September 1974 on Columbia and is considered Free Jazz with lengthy solos on guitar, saxophone and keyboards. Notable musicians on this session include: Jack DeJohnette on drums and percussion, Dave Holland on bass. Recommended for adventurous listeners.
2. Louis Armstrong – Satch Plays Fats: Recorded, May 3, 1955 on Columbia. Notable musicians include: Trummy Young on trombone, Arvell Shaw on bass, and Velma Middleton on vocals. Highly Recommended!!!
3. Jorge Ben – Tropical: Released, 1977 on Phillips and is the fifteenth studio album by Brazilian singer Jorge Ben Jor. Tropical is composed of unreleased songs and reworking of original songs. Tropical is also the last studio album Jorge Ben Jor collaborates with Admiral Jorge V. Recommended!!
4. Thelonious Monk – The Unique Thelonious Monk: Recorded, March 17 and April 3 1956 on Riverside and is Monk’s second session for Riverside. This album was different for Monk who’s known for writing his own compositions because The Unique is a album of standards from the other writers. Personnel on this session consist of Thelonious Monk on piano, Art Blakey on drums and Oscar Pettiford on bass. Recommended!!!
5. Art Pepper – + Eleven: Recorded, March 12, March 24 and May 12 1959 on Contemporary/OJC which focuses on big band arrangements by the legendary arranger Marty Paich. Notable musicians on this session include: Russ Freeman on piano, Bud Shank on alto saxophone, and Mel Lewis on drums. Recommended!!!
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