George Benson, “White Rabbit” (CTI, 1972). Vintage fusion, covering Jefferson Airplane.
Dave Douglas and Keystone, “Moonshine” (2008). Electo-trumpet. Top modern jazz cat plays different styles with different bands.
Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya “Sotho Blue” (2010). Recalls his great Ekaya (home) band of the early/mid-1980s.
Afro-Cubism, “Jurab” (Nonesuch, 2010)
Gato Barbieri, “Milonga Triste” from Chapter Four: Live in New York (Impluse, 1975 — last of the great Latin Chapters series of early 70s recording by Argentine saxist.
Max Roach, “Driva Man” from We Insist! Freedom Now Suite (1960). Powerful record at dawn of civil rights movement. Earned Max years of being blackballed by the recording industry of America.
Ronald Shannon Jackson, “Lola” from Mandance (1982, Antilles). Harmalodic world music.
Brown/Roach Quintet, “George’s Dilemma” from Study in Brown (1955). The great but ill-fated young trumpeter featured by Max.
Steve Lehaman Octet, “Echos” from Travail, Transformation, and Flow (PI, 2009). Nice modern jazz with vibes in rhythm section.
Don Pullen, “At the Cafe Centrale” from New Beginnings (Blue Note, 1989). Great trio record with Tony Williams on drums. Power Trio jazz.
Bobby Hutcherson, “Little Niles” from In the Vanguard (1986 recording at Village Vanguard). More good vibes.
Dave Holland, “Sands of Time” from Not for Nothing (2001, ECM). More vibes in the great bassist’s tight band that performed at SIU in 2004 or so.
John Scofield (under and out)