Any album by the Claudia Quintet, drummer John Hollenbeck's group. Matt Moran is the vibes player and he usually gets plenty of space. It's very much contemporary jazz and very creative. But also quite accessible. I love early Bobby Hutcherson too. If forced to choose a favorite album I pick Eric Dolphy's Out To Lunch. He's really on fire and innovative here. He plays similarly in a quartet with Archie Shepp on New Thing At Newport (1965?). Also would recommend Walt Dickerson albums. Jazz Impressions Of A Patch Of Blue, a quartet date with Sun Ra on piano. And Jason Adasiwicz always catches my ear when he's in a group. He's particularly well-featured on the three Klang albums. Brooklyn Lines is particularly good. And no mention of Karl Berger? There's a great record from the late 80s with Dave Holland on bass and the great Ed Blackwell on drums called Transit.