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1. McCoy Tyner: The Real McCoy

2. Larry Young: Unity

3. John Coltrane: Crescent, and The Gentle Side of John Coltrane + (anything with Coltrane)

4. Jerry Gonzalez: Rumba Para Monk + anything by Jerry

5. Thelonius Monk: Underground + anything by Monk

Honorable mention:

Wynton Marsalis: Live at the Village Vanguard
Chucho Valdes: Lucumi, and Bele Bele En La Habana
Stan Getz and Kenny Barron: People Time
Art Blakey: All “Jazz Messengers” recordings with Wayne Shorter and Lee Morgan
Anything by: Miles Davis
Anything by: Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, or Billie Holiday
Anything by: Poncho Sanchez, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmierii or Cal Tjader (the Concord years)