Stanton Moore, “Green Chimneys” from All Kooked Up, the drummer’s 1998 debut album away from his jam-band group Galactice.
Poncho Sanchez and Terrance Blachard, “Groovin’ High” from Chano Y Dizzy (2011). The Gillespie be-bop classic.
Stephon Harris, David Sanches, Christian Scott, “Black Action Figure” from Ninty Miles. The jazz vibist, tenor saxman, and trumpet dude travel the 90 miles to Havanna to record with Cuban rhythm section. Nice 2011 record (from Pete’s annual music Christmas music present from Pat).
Arthur Blythe , “Down San Diego Way” from Lennox Avenue Breakdown. One of the great records of 1980s jazz. The leader’s distinctive high-pitched alto sax surrounded by cello, chunka guitar (Blood Ulmer), tuba, and flute. What a band!
Wes Montgomery, “4 on 6” from The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery. Second LP for Riverside records, considered his all-time best straight jazz session by many aficianados. The thumb-strumming, the “ocatives” device.
Vijay Iyer, “Duality” from Tirtha. More Christmas music — favorite record from 2011. Pianist with Indiana heritage leading trio with guitar and tabla. Nice.
McCoy Tyner, “Celestial Chant” from Trident (1975, Milestone). Tyner’s power block chords played on celeste?! With Elvin Jones (fellow member of John Coltrane’s great mid-60s quartet) on drums and Ron Carter on bass. Great record that’s long appealed to listeners with “rock ears”.
Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Positivos “Aurroa En Pekin”. Easy jazz y cubano (1998).
Sonny Clark, “Blue Minor” from Cool Struttin’ (1958, Blue Note). Classic soul jazz with leader on piano, Jackie McLearn’s arid also sax, and Art Farmer on trumpet. Deeply swinging.
Pat Martino “Inside Out” from Undesirable (2011). Guitarist recorded in 2009 at a Washington DC nightclub.