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head honcho - "A Place For Jazz"

1. Bessie Smith "Complete Columbia Collection"
 - Not only the work of a master but accompanied by some of the best musicians of the era (including Benny Goodman for crying out loud).

2. Count Basie "Roulette Collection"
 - 'Nuff said.

3. Any early Irakere Album with Chucho, Paquito and Cachao
 - Afro-Cuban Jazz at its (then) finest. Or Batakumbele (folklyric Afro-Cuban improv from Puerto Rico)

4. Bill Evans Trio "Collection"
 - A master pianist and composer

5. Stan Getz & Kenny Barron "People Time"
 - Live duets from Copenhagen.

5a. Charles Mingus "Pithecanthropus Erectus"