Miles Davis Love For Sale. http://youtu.be/UmWMNi6vATY
This is the Kind Of Blue group. The whole track is brilliant but I'm especially taken by the way the band transitions from one soloist to the next. Each guy picks up where the other left off. The playing from the rhythm section and the subtle changes in the support they give each soloist are the mark of one of the great bands of all-time. The hand-off from Cannonball to Coltrane from 5:05 - 5:15 is great, Coltrane to Evans at 7:35 - 7:50 maybe even better, but they're all great. Sublime music from a band that had a degree of empathy between members that I'd kill to experience some day.
Thelonious Monk Bemsha Swing (3:26 - 3:33) http://youtu.be/NBzh-8SKB2U
The first few notes of Clark Terry's trumpet solo. Old meets new (at the time) and Terry's more traditional phrasing somehow perfectly fits Monk's more idiosyncratic approach.
Larry Young Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (0:33 - 0:38) http://youtu.be/rgB-o0gy1k4
The transition from brushes to sticks by Elvin. I love, love, love this. Things just hang for a second, there's a pause and the anticipation of the great improvisations and the build in dynamics to come. The sticks come in and the tune really starts rolling. Elvin was such a f****** master of setting the tone for the band.
Oliver Nelson Stolen Moments (1:18 - 1:28) http://youtu.be/I777BcgQL9o
The band plays the head for the last time and Roy Haynes hits an accent and Freddie Hubbard is off. Drama.
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Free For All (2:26 - 2:55) http://youtu.be/HbogvQzDpxM
As far as I'm concerned, the greatest tenor sax solo of all time, but this is my favorite excerpt from Wayne Shorter's masterpiece. You can hear the band shouting at around the 2:50 mark. They do that a lot throughout the course of this song. Just a magical take with energy levels off the charts.