Damn, where to start.
You know who's crazy? Rahsaan Roland Kirk. CRAZY.
Anyhow, one track that for me is just godly is "Central Park West" off the Woody Herman Big Band 50th Anniversary Tour album. The most beautiful combination of songwriting and arranging I've ever come across. Funny thing is that it took a while before it grew on me. I love me a nice thick big band sound... Mingus had a great big band. Benny Goodman though I like in trio, quartet, quintet, not so much big band.
Also, Horace Silver and the Silver-Brass Ensemble. Not so much in other groups, but particularly the album "It's Got To Be Funky". It's not exactly big band, and definitely not small group. Plus it has Andy Bey who is a very unique singer.
Let's see... Modern Jazz Quartet, "Echoes" is a great album, for totally different reasons from the above stuff. Kind of goes along with Brubeck in my mind.
The Yellowjackets, although Bob Mintzer bugs me sometimes. Best albums... "Yellowjackets", "Blue Hats", "Politics". And "Samurai Samba" is a great name. Weather Report I don't like quite as much as The Yellowjackets, although "Heavy Weather" is definitely a great album. Seriously though, Matinee Idol and Capetown are good examples of early Yellowjackets versus later Yellowjackets. Avoid recent Yellowjackets, it seems they got tired of playing good all the time, and Bob Mintzer turned into a robot.
Wynton Marsalis is the new Kenny G, sez the bebop crowd, but they just don't get it. Player haters one and all. Arturo Sandoval is another great trumpet dude, which brings up Paquito Rivera because they's both cubanos. Also cool.
Man, there's SO much quality jazz out there to listen to. Can't forget Dizzy, Miles, Coltrane, Monk, Rollins, Getz, the always great Chick Corea + Bobby McFerrin concert combo meal... Way too many to list.
One more mention to the song Soul Dance off the album "Wish" by Joshua Redman, this is an awesomely subtle example of really good blending of time in 3 and 4. I can't remember that damn classical music term... for combining triple and duple meter meter... someone help meeeee.... save me from APHASIA! I guess this post is over.
Let cake eat them.