1962 was a pivotal year in jazz. The music was adapting and changing with the times, joining with other styles, switching instrumentations, and more. This showed both in the musicians of the time and the recordings that were made from the era. As we look back 50 years later and some of the masterpieces from 1962, we can’t help but highlight some amazing duos and collaborations that defined the era. Check out just a few of our favorites:

Cecil Taylor & Jimmy Lyons on “D Trad, What’s That”:

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Oscar Peterson (arrangement) & Duke Ellington (composition) [+Ray Brown, Ed Thigpen] on “Night Train”

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Miles Davis & The Gil Evans Orchestra:

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Roy Ayers & Vi Reed on “Now’s the Time” (Recorded 5/21/62 exactly):

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Duke Ellington & John Coltrane on “In A Sentimental Mood”:

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Charlie Byrd & Stan Getz on “Desafinado”:

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What are some of your favorites from 1962? Comment below!

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