There is much to enjoy in this vein on his Argo recordings of the late 50s and early 60s, "Live at the Pershing" being, perhaps the most famous. I was knocked out by his 2003 recording, "In Search of Momentum" on the Dreyfus label. He plays with incredible dynamism and freedom of expression on this recording, although this may not completely suit your desire for balladry. Wonderful chemistry with drummer Idris Muhammad and bassist James Cammack throughout.
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