According to Wikipedia's obituary page, alto saxophonist Charlie Mariano died yesterday. He wasn't the most technically gifted player, but he had taste and imagination. I don't have a whole lot of his albums, but I enjoy what I've got:
Boston All Stars (Prestige, 12/51, 1/27/53)
This is two albums combined: The New Sounds from Boston (the '51 session, with Sonny Truitt, Joe Gordon, Jim Clark, George Myers, Roy Frazee [replaced on 1 track by Dick Twardzik], Jack Lawlor, Gene Glennon [replaced on 2 tracks by Carl Goodwin]) and Boston All Stars ('53, with Herb Pomeroy, Twardzik, Bernie Griggs, Jimmy Weiner). Totally bebop.
Helen 12 Trees (MPS, 1976, with Zbigniew Seifert, Jan Hammer, Jack Bruce, John Marshall, Nippy Noya)
Fusion with world-music influences. By this point, Mariano was playing not only alto but also soprano sax, flute, and nagaswaram (a double reed like an oboe). I absolutely love this album.
I've also got some excellent albums on which he was a sideman:
Serge Chaloff: The Fable of Mable (Black Lion, 6/9 & 9/3/54)
Another album noteworthy for the presence of Dick Twardzik.
Toshiko Mariano Quartet (Candid, 12/5/60)
Charlie was married to Toshiko Akiyoshi at this time, and she was primarily influenced by Bud Powell as a pianist, which obviously complemented his Bird stylings.
Charles Mingus: The Complete Town Hall Concert (United Artists, 10/12/62)
A notorious show. The band includes Akiyoshi.
Mingus: The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (Impulse!, 1/20/63)
It doesn't get much more classic than this.
I also have Mariano on albums by Bill Holman, Chet Baker, and Shelly Manne, not so prominently.