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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

The first time I heard [Bitches Brew] I thought it was the most nauseating chaos. I felt sick listening to it. Then gradually I recognized something incredibly brutal about it, and something incredibly beautiful…You’re never quite sure where you are in it. It seems to be swimming around you. It has that sound of a huge empty space, like a cathedral. It wasn’t jazz and it didn’t sound like rock'n'roll. It was building something up and watching it fall apart, that’s the beauty of it.

Thom Yorke, Radiohead

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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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It is one of those cultural markers that influenced the look of album covers precisely because of its casual down-home spontaneity and sensibility. Most album covers were carefully staged and controlled, to terrific effect on the Blue Note jazz album covers, and to not-so great-effect on the perfectly posed and clean-cut pop and folk albums. Whoever was responsible for choosing that particular photograph for The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan really had an eye for a new look.“ -Suze Rotolo

Bob Dylan and Suze Rotolo photographed by Don Hunstein for The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan || New York City, February 1963