The Roxy set is pretty much essential if you're a fan, even if you don't consider the original album one of his best (I don't), as these versions pretty much obliterate the originals
Prince Lasha & Sonny Simmons - Firebirds and The Cry
Been looking for these for awhile and finally found both on CD while Xmas shopping. Best albums I've heard in awhile, so if you're a jazz fan, particularly a fan of Eric Dolphy (both Lasha & Simmons played on his "Iron Man" and "Conversations" albums and share his sensibility and choice of instruments) and Bobby Hutcherson (who delivers maybe his best performance, one that rivals his work on "Out To Lunch", on "Firebirds"), I highly recommend you seek these out. It's a shame these 2 talents aren't more well known, particularly these 2 albums- they should be in every jazz collection.
V/A - The World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria (Part 1)
Of all the V/A comps I've been digging lately, this impressed me the most. I know almost nothing about African music aside from some of Fela Kuti's more popular albums. But this stuff is different than anything else I've heard. Funky, relatively accessible and trippy though maybe not as trippy as the "psychedelia" tag might imply. If you're into African music at all, check this out.
Elvin Jones / Jimmy Garrison Sextet Featuring McCoy Tyner - Illumination!
Another great album featuring both Lasha and Simmons and informed by their exotic sensibility (they both compose 1 cut each). And you get Tyner and Jones (this is actually the first Jones album I've picked up) so you can't really go wrong
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - Mecca and the Soul Brother
Have warmed up to this a bit but still prefer the follow up. Not sure why this gets all the love (came first/more groundbreaking?)- the later album is clearly superior in every way.
Tim Maia - Racional vol. 1
Pretty cool and you don't even need to know the weird cultlike inspiration to enjoy it. Thanks, Sam
Stanley Turrentine - Up at Minton's
Early Stanley + Grant Green = blue flames