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 Classic Recordings, Weather Report, 'Heavy Weather'

by Joshua Lee

At a time when jazz fusion was beginning to fall out of favour, Weather Report's now-seminal seventh album rejuvenated the style by embracing popular music, making it one of the most commercially-successful fusion records of the time but also one of the most fun to revisit.

 Classic Recordings, Kamasi Washington, 'The Epic'

by Joshua Lee

American saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington's 2015 breakout record is a gargantuan work, and though it hasn't had the time to develop the long-enduring status of the records we usually cover, we reckon it's worthy of the title of a modern classic.

 Classic Recordings, Sonny Rollins, 'Saxophone Colossus'

by Joshua Lee

The highlight of Sonny Rollins' mid-50s sessions deservingly remains one of his most long-enduring recordings, as well as an essential listen of the hard bop era.

 Classic Recordings, The Bad Plus, 'These Are the Vistas'

by Joshua Lee

With contemporary rock covers and a similarly punkish attitude, These Are the Vistas was the record that put jazz trio The Bad Plus on the map.

 Classic Recordings, Pharoah Sanders, 'Karma'

by Joshua Lee

The saxophonist's 1969 album distilled much of the knowledge gained from his time playing with John Coltrane, furthering the sounds of avant-garde jazz to spiritual new territories.

 Classic Recordings, Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, Paco de Lucía - Friday Night in San Francisco

by Matt Groom

Matt wishes he could be transported back to The Warfield Theatre, 5 December, 1980, as he looks back on one of his favourite records, Friday Night in San Francisco, featuring three of the great guitar maestros on top of their game, making for a breath-taking live record.

 Classic Recordings, Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section

by Joshua Lee

Fighting against drug addiction and a battered saxophone, Art Pepper entered the studio in 1957 with Miles Davis's rhythm section and recorded one of the finest albums in his catalogue.

 Classic Recordings, Buena Vista Social Club

by Joshua Lee

The Cuban jazz classic turns 25 next year, with a deluxe reissue out now on World Circuit records. We take a look back at the formation and legacy of this essential album, and the people behind it.

 Classic Recordings, The Music of Donald Byrd

by Joshua Lee

We delve into the vast catalogue of the prolific trumpeter, picking out some of our favourites from his early bebop beginnings with the Jazz Messengers to later jazz-funk experiments.

 Classic Recordings, Sonny Clark - Cool Struttin'

by Joshua Lee

One of the many products of an incredibly fruitful period for Sonny Clark, Cool Struttin' is one of the best works from the pianist whose life was sadly cut short.

 Classic Recordings, Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo's Cubano-Bop

by Matt Groom

The combination of Dizzy Gillespie's bebop with Chano Pozo's Cuban rhythms made for some of the most exciting big band music ever recorded. Matt looks into the story behind these classic cuts.

 Classic Recordings, The Blues and the Abstract Truth

by Joshua Lee

One of the unsung trailblazers of 60s jazz, Oliver Nelson's The Blues and the Abstract Truth is some of his most widely-remembered work, and just so happens to feature a killer line-up including Eric Dolphy and Freddie Hubbard. We take a look back at Nelson's unique, contemporary interpretation of the blues.

 Classic Recordings, Ellington, Mingus & Roach - Money Jungle

by Matt Groom

One of the most exciting trio recordings in jazz, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach's Money Jungle is the sound of three super-sized egos thrashing out their differences in the studio.

 Classic Recordings, Oscar Peterson - Night Train

by Joshua Lee

Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson's most well-regarded album sees him showcasing his bebop chops while paying homage to his beginnings as the 'King Inside of Swing'.

 Classic Recordings, Stan Getz & João Gilberto

by Joshua Lee

American saxophonist Stan Getz and Brazilian guitarist/vocalist João Gilberto's collaborative record, Getz/Gilberto is a classic cool jazz recording that helped bring the sounds of bossa nova to an international audience.

 Classic Recordings, Chick Corea - Return to Forever

by Joshua Lee

Chick Corea's classic fusion-meets-Latin jazz album is still a gem of the 70's jazz scene. Eschewing the darker and more impenetrable sounds of his fusion contemporaries, this record from the late master pianist is a truly evergreen listen.

 Classic Recordings, Red Garland - Groovy

by Matt Groom

Red Garland was amongst many fine bebop pianists to be overshadowed by titans like Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, so it's time he got a bit of attention, as we revisit his 1957 classic Groovy.

 Classic Recordings, Pat Metheny - Bright Size Life

by Joshua Lee

Pat Metheny's debut studio recording featured a blending of ECM-style jazz, fusion and Americana sounds, proving the young guitarist was already a force to be reckoned with.

 Classic Recordings, Herbie Mann - Push Push

by Joshua Lee

Herbie Mann's embracing of funk and rock music wasn't met with the kindest words, but the funk-jazz crossover is just as deserving of a classic status as Miles Davis' similar experiments in the 1970's.

 Classic Recordings, Alice Coltrane - Ptah, the El Daoud

by Joshua Lee

An early entry in Alice Coltrane's bandleading discography, Ptah, the El Daoud, sees the renowned harpist explore the spiritual sounds from her collaboration with her late husband. However, Alice remains a voice of her own.