As with my 70s list, this isn't meant to be a definitive best of, just a fun place to start or pick up new suggestions. Again great stuff had to be cut, so unfortunately no Geri Allen, Chico Freeman, Anthony Braxton, Lester Bowie, John Zorn, the World Saxophone Quartet, or Max Roach with his percussion ensemble M'Boom or his regular quartet, or double quartet with the addition of the Uptown String Quartet, with Odean Pope and Cecil Bridgewater. Some wild big band records from Cecil Taylor, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Bob Moses were lost as well. Also dropped were the excellent Pat Metheny & Ornette Coleman collaboration Song X, Sonny Rollin's highly recommended G-Man, and any of Miles Davis' 80s albums because he was included on the 70s list.
Album Album - Jack DeJohnette (1984 ECM)
Bass Desires - Marc Johnson (1985 ECM)
Claude's Late Morning - Bobby Previte (1988 Gramavision)
Dauwhe - John Carter Octet (1982 Black Saint)
Eye On You - Ronald Shannon Jackson (1980 About Time)