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10 great Jazz albums released in 1963  

Charles Mingus - The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady

Thelonious Monk - Monks Dream

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

Joe Henderson - Page One

Miles Davis - Seven Steps To Heaven

Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue

Bill Evans - Conversations With Myself

Donald Byrd - A New Perspective

Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach - Money Jungle

John Coltrane - Impressions 10 great jazz albums

This illustration by Michael Whelan of H.P. Lovecraft’s Yog-Sothoth graced the cover of the 1990 Sepultura album, Arise.

I knew a guy at high school, a real metalhead. He was always walking around with mix tapes and talking about metal to whoever he managed to corner, lecturing them on why metal was the ultimate musical genre and everything else sucked monkey bananas. You kind of feared taking out your Discman in his presence because you just knew he’d ask what you were listening to, and that no matter what, he would tell you it sucked monkey bananas. Nirvana? Monkey bananas. Soundgarden? Monkey bananas. The Beatles? He spat on the ground.

Years later, I ran into him again. I was on my way to a friend and passed a line of people, and suddenly noticed his face among them. He didn’t see me but just kind of stared into space, like he wasn’t there. When I looked up, I saw a sign that said: Ticket sale—Mamma Mia!

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10 great Jazz albums released in 1959

Ornette Coleman - The Shape Of Jazz To Come

Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue

Chet Baker - Chet

Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um

Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers - Moanin’

Cannonball Adderley Quintet - In Chicago

The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out

George Russell - New York N.Y.

Bud Powell - The Scene Changes

The Thelonious Monk Orchestra - At Town Hall

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