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Listen Nat King Cole: 'After Midnight,' 'Best of the Nat King Cole Trio'

August 1, 2001 – Before becoming a mega-star in the 1950s, Cole's velvety voice had wowed as part of his trio.

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The cover of Change of the Century

Listen Ornette Coleman: 'Change of the Century'

August 1, 2001 – Coleman broke from melodic conventions, creating controversy and revolutionizing the jazz art form.

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Listen John Coltrane: 'A Love Supreme'

August 1, 2001 – On the liner notes, Coltrane describes how studies of Eastern religions transformed his life.

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Listen John Coltrane: 'Ballads'

August 1, 2001 – Jazz commentator Murray Horwitz likens Coltrane's sensual 1962 album to"falling in love with music."

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Listen John Coltrane: 'Blue Train'

August 1, 2001 – Released in 1957, the record is frequently cited as one of the most important in jazz history.

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Listen John Coltrane: 'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman'

August 1, 2001 – Coltrane became one of the most renowned saxophonists in history in only seven years as a solo act.

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Listen Chick Corea: 'Return to Forever'

August 1, 2001 – 1972 is not usually considered a golden year for jazz, but it did witness the release of a classic.

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Listen The Dave Brubeck Quartet: 'Time Out'

August 1, 2001 – President Bill Clinton said one artist inspired him to take up the saxophone: Dave Brubeck.

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Listen Miles Davis: 'Kind of Blue'

August 1, 2001 – Miles Davis' Kind of Blue is frequently cited as the best-selling jazz album in history.

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Listen Miles Davis: 'Nefertiti'

August 1, 2001 – Nefertiti captures one of Miles Davis' last great bands at its height.

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Listen Miles Davis: 'Sketches of Spain'

August 1, 2001 – Jazz commentator Murray Horwitz likens Sketches of Spain to a gypsy camp on the hills of Andalucia.

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Listen Eric Dolphy: 'Out to Lunch'

August 1, 2001 – A multi-talented musician, Dolphy displays his talents on flute, alto saxophone and bass clarinet.

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Listen Duke Ellington: 'Duke Ellington & John Coltrane'

August 1, 2001 – Ellington hooked up with the John Coltrane Quartet to record an album to highlight his own songs.

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Listen Duke Ellington: 'The Duke at His Best'

August 1, 2001 – The album includes the best from the most important composer in the history of jazz.

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Listen Duke Ellington: 'Such Sweet Thunder'

August 1, 2001 – Based on the Bard's plays and sonnets, the album brings Lady Macbeth to life as a ragtime melody.

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