I was born in 1955 and at the time my father had an extensive jazz collection which he must have played all the time when I was sleeping. I discovered some of his collection after I spent time in Montreal studying jazz and when I played the presage Lp "All Morning Long" by Red Garland I had the feeling I knew exactly what was coming as the needle rolled over every groove. Everything on this album is what I love about jazz, hard swinging and massive solos that I could listen to forever. This is the era that is dwelling in my subconscious mind.
The question you ask deals more with the conscious mind, so I have to say Miles Davis "Bitches Brew" really caught my attention as a jazz album. It was a bridge to the rock, funk and blues music I was listening to as a young player. I was really smitten with the emotional content of that album as well as the beautiful artwork and fantastic production.The players on that album represented some of the finest innovative players in jazz (Dave holland, Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea, Don Alias, Tony Williams). Miles did a lot to bring my generation into the world of jazz and create a new direction.