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Teddy Wilson was the definitive pianist of the swing era, an artist who appeared on many great recordings from the 1930s through to the 1970s. This week Matt focuses on Wilson's ebullient recordings made after the American recording ban was lifted in 1944.
A snapshot of Cecil Taylor on the cusp of breaking free from all conventions, The World of Cecil Taylor is the sound those very conventions being stress tested in the jazz lab, with a young Archie Shepp doing his best to keep up.
Erroll Garner's Concert by the Sea is a hardy perennial that became one of the best selling jazz albums of all time. An expanded edition was issued in 2015, finally allowing us to savour in full that magical September evening in 1955 at the Sunset School, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.
One of the tenor players most enduring sessions, Inner Urge has lost none of its freshness over the past 50 years.
One of the great saxophonists of the sixties, Archie Shepp made some of the most exciting and politicised recordings of the era, in a series of albums that documented the civil rights struggle.
With his second album, Everybody Digs Bill Evans, the pianist re-invented the role of his instrument in jazz. Over 60 years later it remains as fresh as when it was first released, and is the ideal first step into Evans's discography.
Talk about behemoths - this week I pull out The Köln Concert, Keith Jarrett's game-changing solo album. Over forty years later it hasn't lost any of its power.
Volunteered Slavery presented Roland Kirk at his most inclusive, exuding a lust for life that burns to this day.
Matt explores the origins behind the Count Basie Band's 1957 comeback album The Atomic Mr. Basie, a big band tour de force with state of the art compositions by Neal Hefti... the man who would go on to write the Batman theme!
Charlie Parker's game changing sessions heralded the arrival of bebop and remained unsurpassed to this day... in Matt's opinion anyway. Read the full article to find out why.
Stan Getz's Focus gets a reappraisal, that rare thing, a jazz with strings album that challenges, thanks to Eddie Sauter's sophisticated arrangements.
Thelonious Monk roughed up some of his best known tunes on these exciting and spiky trio sessions, recorded during a troubled period in the pianists life, just before he would break through with some of his definitive albums.
One of the pinnacles of hard-bop, Milestones showcases some of the finest musicians at work in the fifties - John Coltrane, Julian `Cannonball' Adderley, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Jo Jones, as well as Miles Davis's first steps into modal jazz.
In 1959 Sonny Rollins decided he needed a break in order to grow as a musician and left the New York music scene. After two years of practising every day on the Williamsburg Bridge, accompanied only by the cry of seagulls and trains rolling by, he returned with this terrific album.
A conference of the finest players on the free music scene in the early seventies, Matt argues that Dave Holland's Conference of the Birds is one of the great seventies jazz albums.
Let us journey back to the Newport Jazz Festival in 1956, to witness a demoralised Ellington Band find its mojo in realtime, thanks to a storming Paul Gonsalves solo that runs for 27 choruses, and caused a mini-riot.
Matt winds down to urbane warriors Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan's Two of a Mind.
Matt revisits one of the true landmarks of modern jazz, Eric Dolphy's Out to Lunch.