Buy this jazz first: Top 10 most under-valued CDs

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Somethin' Else
1.  Somethin' Else by Cannonball Adderley
The list author says:
  "Highly rated, but this record should be at the very top of the must-have list, not just Kind of Blue.  Less original, less fashionable but miles more enjoyable."
£5.31   Used & New from: £2.10
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Anniversary
2.  Anniversary by Stan Getz
The list author says:
  "The beautiful tenor sax sound of Getz at the peak of his power - older, wiser and full of brilliantly executed themes.  How can anyone think Getz's music lacks passion after this masterpiece?"
£7.33   Used & New from: £1.16
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

At the Black Hawk, Vol. 2
3.  At the Black Hawk, Vol. 2 by Shelly Manne
The list author says:
  "Probably the finest straight-ahead live jazz ever recorded.  All five band members play out of their skins together.  Feldman's playing is out of this world.   Vol 2 (of 5) is my personal pick."
£9.28   Used & New from: £4.55

Winter Moon
4.  Winter Moon by Art Pepper
The list author says:
  "The most sophisticated jazz with strings.  Its a crime that this exquisite record receives so little attention.  Pepper’s playing is both refined and exciting, and the strings sound just right."
£37.90   Used & New from: £3.95
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

The Sermon!
5.  The Sermon! by Jimmy Smith
The list author says:
  "Fantastic organ playing.  Every jazz collection, even a small one, should have a Jimmy Smith CD.   The way he drives on excellent sidemen is timeless - jazzy, funky, just plain fun."
£4.96   Used & New from: £1.98
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Know What I Mean?
6.  Know What I Mean? by Bill Evans
The list author says:
  "The great Bill Evans with Adderley.  Not nearly as well known or talked about as it should be - a classic from start to finish.  (And so is "Alone" by Evans)."
£7.99   Used & New from: £4.98

Jazz at Oberlin
7.  Jazz at Oberlin by Dave Brubeck Quartet
The list author says:
  "Its no longer so fashonable to pan Brubeck.  This is wonderful, innovative live music from early in his career, with Desmond also on top form, pre-Take Five."
Used & New from: £5.27
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The Washington Concerts
8.  The Washington Concerts by Charlie Parker
The list author says:
  "Ever wondered why Parker was considered a genius?  This live recording will help you understand more than any other.  The way Parker flies around the band's key changes is amazing - every listen."
£8.21   Used & New from: £3.48
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Complete Smokin at Half Note
9.  Complete Smokin at Half Note by Wes Montgomery
The list author says:
  "Hugely respected by guitar players, but still not on everyone's radar screen.  The pinnacle of all guitar music - not just jazz guitar.  Wynton Kelly is right up there with Montgomery"
Used & New from: £44.34

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Soul Station
10.  Soul Station by Hank Mobley
The list author says:
  "Stella reviews from critics and buyers.  But it deserves even more iconic status; it has a quality and clarity of playing at least as good if not better than anything else."
£6.13   Used & New from: £2.82
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Cool Struttin'
11.  Cool Struttin' by Sonny Clark
The list author says:
  "OK, #11, so I can't count.  Great cover art - and exceptional hard bop music (sorry Art Blakey, you're already on #10).  Clark's start to his solo on the title track is one of jazz's magic moments"
£8.04   Used & New from: £2.94
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