The Bad Plus “Tom Sawyer” from Prog (2008). I hate “standards” like “I’ll Remember April” which jazz musicians seem to feel compelled to keep playing even though the show tunes are long forgotten. But covering a classic rock “standard” — that’s cool. The Bad Plus has also covered “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Ironman”.
Larry Young, “The Moontrane” from great mid-60s Blue Note date “Unity” with Elvin Jones on drums, Joe Henderson on sax and Woody Shaw playing trumpet on his most famous composition.
Roland Kirk playing flute on “Funk Underneath” with Brother Jack McDuff on Hammond B3 organ. (Kirk’s Works, 1961)
Mark Helias, “Police Story Blues” from 1989 Enja LP “Desert Blue”
Trombone Shorty, “Hurricane Season” (2010). Break out the air trombone.
Pierre Dorge and the New Jungle Orchestra, “Nuages”. Waterfall guitar of Dorge on Django Reinhardt song. From Brikama (Steeplechase, 1992)
Gabor Szabo “Reinhardt”. Django, the Basque gypsy guitarist, remembered by Hungarian guitar player Szabo. From 1973 CTI LP “Rambler”. Transition for Szabo from jazz with a rock/pop touch — which was interesting — to full-scale sell out, which wasn’t.
Dexter Gordon, “Soul Sister” from Dexter Calling (classic early 60s Blue Note).
David Sanborn, “Again and Again” from Hideaway (1980). Session dude leads jazz date.
Don Cherry, “Dedication to Thomas Mapfumo” from MultiKulti (1990). Former Ornette Coleman sideman one of the best at bringing together jazz and “world” music.
Corey Wilkes, title track of “Cries from Tha Ghetto” (2008). Top trumpet dude playing around Chicago. North side, south side, inside, outside — he’s got it all.
Bela Fleck “Oddity”.
(archived Pete’s Place playlists at http://peteplace.wordpress.com/)