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1959 was a pivotal year in jazz. Jazz musicians had begun to look beyond the mainstream, and to search out new ways of improvising.

Bandleaders took bold steps towards finding their own individual sound. And in 1959 it all seemed to come together, with the release of some of the most pivotal albums in jazz history.

Nick Tipping takes you through nine essential albums from 1959, from Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue to Dave Brubeck’s Time Out, Charles Mingus’ Mingus Ah Um and John Coltrane’s Giant Steps.

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