Chico Hamilton Quintet, “El Toro” from Passin’ Thu (Impulse, 1962). West coast group led by drummer, with Gabor Szabo on guitar and Charles Lloyd on flute. Great sound!
the Bad Plus, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” from These Are the Vistas (2003). Piano trio cause considerable ripple in jazz community with this grunge cover from their first major label record.
Randy Weston, “African Village/Bedford-Stuyvesant” from Blues for Africa (Freedom, 1974). Power solo piano.
Yosvany Terry, “Summer Relief” form Today’s Opinion (2012). Cuban jazz saxist with a nice piece of modern jazz.
Rahsaan Roland Kirk, “Prelude Back Home” from Natural Black Inventions: Roots Strata (Atlantic, 1971). Great stormy Monday music. Kirk playing 3 or 4 instruments, only backed by a guy on thunder stick (?). Weird, but cool.
Django Reinhardt, “Blue Drag” from Djangology, Volume One 1934-35. Gypsy guitarist with “cartoon” music.
Charles Mingus, “Ysabel’s Table Dance” from Tijuana Moods. Recorded in 1957 but not released until 1962. The notoriously self critical Mingus called this his favorite record. Pete’s as well. As described in Mingus’ autobiogrpapy “Beneath the Underdog”, inspired by a lost weekend south of the border.
Joshua Redman Quartet, “Chill” from Mood Swing (1994). Tenor saxophonist with Brad Mehldau on piano, Christian McBride on bass, an Brian Blade on drums. Nice “jazzed” blues from a fine modern jazz record.
Mose Allison, “Seventh Son” from Creek Bank (1958). Mose singing the Willie Dixon blues classic.
Bill Frisell, “White Fang” form Unspeakable (2004). As always, odd but interesting music from the guitarist.
Pat Metheney, “Cross the Heartland” from American Garage (1979). Nice fusion from Missouri-born guitartist.
Dave Holland and Pepe Habichuela, “Subi La Cuesta” from Hands (2012). The great jazz bassist collaborting with the great Basque guitartist.
Herbie Hancock, “Rain Dance” from Sextant (1973). Spacy fusion for a rainy night.