See, if you put a musician in a place where he has to do something different from what he does all the time, then he can do that - but he’s got to think differently in order to do it. He’s got to play above what he knows - far above it. I’ve always told the musicians in my band to play what they know and then play above that. Because then anything can happen, and that’s where great art and music happens.
According to Wikipedia, this is a list of notable performances in the Hard Bop subgenre of Jazz. I’ve listened to and/or owned almost all of these at some point in my life, and I never realized that they could be grouped together like this.
If you’re curious about Jazz in the 50s and 60s, you could pick any record off this list and find out if you’re into it … but I’d recommend Blue Train or Maiden Voyage if you asked me to narrow it down to just two.