Gabor Szabo, “Paint It Black” (Jazz Raga, 1967). Beach-blanket stalker music for Halloween.
The Crusaders, “Put It Where You Want It” (1971).
Ornette Coleman, “Singing in the Shower” from Virgin Beauty (1988). Harmalodic, with Jerry Garcia on guitar.
Philly Joe Jones, “Jim’s Jewel” from Philly Mignon (1977, Galaxy). Pros at work. Exotic soprano sax from Ira Sullivan.
Chico Hamilton, “Homeward” from Drum Fusion (1962. More Gabor Szabo, with Charles Lloyd on sax playing what Lloyd called “moderate avante gardism” — and it sounds modern 50 years later.
The Tony Williams Lifetime, “Spectrum” from Emergency (1969), “dangerous” early jazz/rock fusion record. Williams on drums with John McGlaughlin on guitar and Larry Young on organ.
Johnny Griffin, “The Cat” (1991). Chicago tenor, the Little Giant of the Tenor Saxophone, with a sneaky late-career recording.
Herbie Nichols, “House Party Startin'” (1955). Monk-like (and Monk-quality) pianist, overlooked in his short lifetime but now a “cult” figure.
Teddy Wilson Orchestra, “Blues in C Sharp Minor”– cartoon music from the 1930s.
Henry Threadgill Sextet, “Good Times” (TV show theme) from You Kow the Number (1987). Dyn-o-mite!
John Schofield “A Go Go” (Blue Note, 1988). Sco’ backed by Medeski, Martin, and Wood.
Don Bryron “The Goon Drag” from Ivey-Divey (Blue Note, 2001) with Jack DeJohnette on drums.
Lee Morgan, “Totem Pole” from Sidewinder (1963). Classic Blue Note hard-bop with Morgan on trumpet and Joe Henderson on sax. The back-and-forth exchange between horns on the release gives the tune its name.
(all Pete’s Place playlists at peteplace.wordpress.com)