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    One of the best years to be a fan of jazz!

    Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
    Dave Brubeck - Time Out
    Ornette Coleman - The Shape of Jazz to Come
    Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um

    And really the late 50s to early 60s produced some truly amazing music!


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    Charles Mingus recorded no less than four albums in 1959 as I recall, all top-draw. OK, two of them weren't released until the following year but it certainly proved that 1959 was a fruitful year for him especially. But I agree that 1959 does seem like a banner year for jazz - other great years for me are 1966 for pop singles and 1978 for post-punk albums.

    Jazz Portraits: Mingus in Wonderland (United Artists)
    Blues & Roots (Atlantic)
    Mingus Ah Um (Columbia)
    Mingus Dynasty (Columbia)
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    I was going by release date not recorded date. Coltrane also recorded Giant Steps in '59 but it wasn't release till '60.

    Blues & Roots is another great Mingus record!
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    Sun Ra was also getting things going then.

    1956 Jazz by Sun Ra (aka Sun Song) Sun Ra and his Arkestra Transition
    1956 Super-Sonic Jazz Le Sun Ra and his Arkestra El Saturn
    1956 Sound of Joy Sun Ra and the Arkestra Delmark Records
    1956-58 Visits Planet Earth Sun Ra and his Solar Arkestra El Saturn
    1958-59 The Nubians of Plutonia (aka The Lady with the Golden Stockings) Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra El Saturn
    1959 Jazz in Silhouette Sun Ra and his Arkestra El Saturn
    1959 Sound Sun Pleasure!! Sun Ra and his Astro Infinity Arkestra El Saturn
    1959-60 Interstellar Low Ways (aka Rocket Number Nine) Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra El Saturn
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    Miles Davis' Sketches of Spain was partly recorded in 1959, too (released in '60)
    Love that album!

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    Sun Ra - Interstellar Low Ways 1959-1960

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDs View Post
    One of the best years to be a fan of jazz!
    Yes you are bang on the 50s is when I got involved in jazz so I could be a bit biased it was in the middle of a jazz revival in the UK.

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    One thing I noticed about Sun Ra recently. He has some works that are extremely innovative and enjoyable to many which would do well being orchestrated or at least arranged by other players. He then has some other works that have a certain "kookiness" to them that have a limited audience. There are really two bodies of work going on and I think he gets overlooked because the latter works gradually push listeners away from the former.

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    Bill Evans (w/ LaFaro and Motion) - Portrait in Jazz recorded December 1959.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    Bill Evans (w/ LaFaro and Motion) - Portrait in Jazz recorded December 1959.
    I just bought the SACD version of this album a week or so ago. I got it for a really good price too!

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    Change of the Century was also recorded 1959.

    Sun Ra was incredibly versatile and innovative, with the most variable catalog in jazz. He also pioneered the spaceways for all the doowoppers who mutated - Lee Perry, George Clinton, even Frank Zappa... When it all came together it could be truly blissful.

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