Yusef Lateef & Doug Watkins
Another legendary Lateef session cut in 1960 for the New Jazz imprint. The co-leader -- bassist Doug Watkins -- died tragically in a car accident in 1962 at the age of 27. However, prior to his early demise, he recorded dozens of wonderful sessions with some of the greatest jazzmen of his time, among them Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and the Horace Silver Quintet. Imagination! marked his second and final album as a leader, and features Watkins on cello instead of bass. The use of cello -- and oboe on some numbers -- makes the date stand out a bit from the usual hard bop sessions of the period and straight-ahead jazz fans will want to get this.