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9. Lee Morgan
The Sidewinder / Blue Note, 1964
Trumpeter Lee Morgan was a master soloist and crafty composer who bridged the gap between '60s hard bop and commercial trends like boogaloo and soul-jazz. Morgan's wonderfully brash solos are still like a warm slap on the face--his tone pure, his technique unassailable. But there are so many great Lee Morgan albums: Cornbread, Caramba, Sonic Boom, Candy, The Rumproller--how do you choose just one? The Sidewinder is perhaps Morgan's ultimate expression of funky, popping grooves and superior jazz structures played by an immaculate crew of Billy Higgins, Bob Cranshaw, Barry Harris and Joe Henderson. Shot dead by his common-law wife at 33, Lee Morgan remains one of jazz's most profound figures.
10. Hall and Oates
Abandoned Luncheonette / Atlantic, 1973
While Hall and Oates are probably best recalled for their white-guy smoothed-out R&B '80s hits ("I Can't Go for That" and "Private Eyes" come to mind), their early records evoke a more golden and pure sound, rife with Philly soul references and easy melodies. Recorded with the Rascals' Arif Mardin, H&O's 1973 classic Abandoned Luncheonette never scored very high on the charts (it topped at 33) but contains some of their finest offerings, including "She's Gone" and "When the Morning Comes." Blue-eyed soul never sounded so good.
11. The Roots
Phrenology / MCA, 2002
Things Fall Apart or Phrenology? Our experts were divided. Ultimately, Phrenology is simply more ambitious--and the risks pay off. Y-100's Dan Fein calls this his No. 1 Philly album ever. "I've listened to it hundreds of times, and I still get the need to put it back in the CD player. It transcends rock, jazz, hip-hop--you name it. It's well-crafted and spontaneously street-level at the same time. Black Thought is a verbal ambassador for Philly." Guest spots include Nelly Furtado, Jill Scott (see No. 28), Talib Kweli, Cody ChesnuTT and Musiq, and the breadth of those artists parallels the thematic range--musically and lyrically--of the album as a whole. A challenging, complex work, Phrenology is an easy pick for our top 25.
12. Stan Getz
Captain Marvel / Epic, 1972
Possessing one of the most beautiful tenor sounds ever, Stan Getz is best known for his role in popularizing bossa nova on Jazz Samba and Getz/Gilberto, a collaboration with Antonio Carlos Jobim and Jo�o Gilberto. But for sheer playing prowess, Getz was never more exciting than on Captain Marvel. Backed by the dream cast of Chick Corea, Tony Williams, Airto and
Stanley Clarke (see No. 69), Getz contains their fire but never suppresses it, channeling their youthful power to serve his melodic magic. Whether blowing beautifully over Corea's "La Fiesta" or navigating the brisk changes of "Five Hundred Miles High," Getz shapes the music like a sculptor who sees the end result in his mind's eye.
13. Teddy Pendergrass
TP / The Right Stuff, 1980
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