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The Sputnik Guide to Jazz (1940-1949)

Into the 1940s and, in the latter half of the decade, the rise of bebop: the first kind of controversial modern jazz which split musicians and the public down the middle. Spotify playlist link in the comments.
1Duke Ellington
A Portrait Of Duke Ellington

"Take the "A" Train" (1941)
Big Band, Swing
2Charlie Christian
The Genius of the Electric Guitar

"Waiting for Benny" (1941)
Swing, Jazz
3James P. Johnson
The Original James P. Johnson: 1942-1945

"Liza" (1942)
Ragtime, Stride
4Lester Young
Just You, Just Me / I Never Knew

"Just You, Just Me" (1944)
Jazz, Bebop
5Nat King Cole
Capitol Collectors Series

"I Realize Now" (1944)
Vocal Jazz
6Coleman Hawkins
Get Happy / Crazy Rhythm

"Get Happy" (1945)
7Charlie Parker
Recordings 1944-1948

"Ko Ko" (1946)
8Dizzy Gillespie
Oopapada / Ow!

"Ow!" (1947)
Bebop, Vocal Jazz
9Thelonious Monk
Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1

"Thelonious" (1948)
10Charlie Parker
The Complete Savoy and Dial Master Takes

"Scrapple from the Apple" (1948)
11Charlie Parker's All Stars
Chasing the Bird / Little Willie Leaps

"Chasin' the Bird" (1949)
12Bud Powell
The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume One

"Bouncing with Bud" (1949)
13Lennie Tristano
Wow / Crosscurrent

"Wow" (1949)
Bebop, Cool Jazz
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