Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, “Ahmed the Terrible” from Album Album (ECM, 1984). One of great early-80s bands that combined inside and outside playing. This record is their most “inside”.
The Crusaders, “A Search for Soul” from Second Crusade (Blue Thumb, 1971). Our favorite “groove” band from the 70s. Nice rain music for a rainy night.
Abdullah Ibrahim, “Tuang Guru” from Water from an Ancient Well (Blackhawk, 1986). The South African pianist’s Ekaya (home) band plays mesmerizing African moods. Dave Matthews (also from South Africa) says that Ibrahim’s music comes “from someplace very old.” Check out http://www.abdullahibrahim.com/start.html where the information clicks all start loops of Ibrahim music. Great for studying.
Thelonious Monk, solo piano recording of Monk’s best known tune, “Round Midnight.”
McCoy Tyner, “The High Priest” from Tender Moments (Blue Note). Sounds like Batman meets Monk. A tribute to Monk (nickname: the High Priest of BeBop).
Weather Report, “Mysterious Traveler” from mid-70s fusion classic LP that many consider WR’s best.
Wayne Shorter, “Deluge” from JuJu (Blue Note, 1964). Member of Miles Davis’ great mid-60s group (with Herbie Hancock) and co-leader of Weather Report stretches out on some of the most sophisticated jazz ever recorded. With McCoy Tyer and Elvin Jones (drums) of Coltrane’s great 60s group. This and “Speak No Evil” the must-have Shorter records of 60s New Thing.
Kenny Werner, “New Amsterdam” from Lawn Chair Society (Blue Note, 2007). Piano-led group with Dave Douglas on trumpet and Chris Potter on sax … top of the game modern players. One of the most interesting records of 2007. LP recommended.
Dr. Michael White, “West African Strut” from Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, Vol. 1. Thumb piano intro and outro to traditional New Orleans style.
Gabor Szabo, “Rambler” from CTI album of same name (about 1974). Request for the Hungarian guitarist who’s a Pete’s Place favorite.
Dave Brubeck, “Take Five” from Time Out (1959). Probably the most well-known small group recording in jazz history. The 5/4 time signature of Paul Desmond (alto sax) composition lends to relaxed, behind the beat feel.
Ronald Shannon Jackson, “When Souls Speak” from Man Dance (1982). Harmalodic drummer usually bashes around (which we like) but here is contemplative — more rainy night music.
Jimmy Smith, “Back at the Chicken Shack” from early 60s Blue Note LP of same name. Soulful Hammond B3 organ master.
(check peteplace.wordpress.com for past playlists)