Every month JazzTimes informs readers about tons of music, covering between 100 and 200 CDs in reviews, features, news items, etc. Around 95 percent of those discs are new releases because we like to keep up with the modern scene. But one of the joys of being a music fan is turning friends onto albums that you adore, no matter the era. For our 35th anniversary issue we asked our writers to pick one album that he or she wanted to inform the world about-as long as it was released between 1970 and 2005-and write a mini-essay about it. The aim was not to define the jazz canon of the past 35 years, which is why you’ll see in these pages an idiosyncratic collection of recordings-some popular, many obscure-that in their own way helped define, inspire or enrapture our writers. The goal was simply to express love for the music that has powered this magazine, and our contributors, through the past three and a half decades.