Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls “Sora Wima” from Breeding Resistance (Delmark, 2004). Chicago musicians on the Jazz Record Mart’s home label. Guitarist Jeff Parker, especially, plays all around Chicago.
Randy Weston, “African Village/Bedford-Stuyvesant” from “The Spirits of Our Ancestors” (1992). The master work from the stately (6′ 6″) piano player, who spent major portions of his life in Africa absorbing music.
Abdullah Ibrahim, “Bra Timing from Phomolong” from Ekaya (Blackhawk, 1984). The original LP by Ibrahim’s Eyaya (home) band. Never put on CD. Hard to find. Worth looking for. Maybe Pete’s all-time favorite jazz record.
Crusaders “Put It Where You Want It” (1974). 70s groove jazz at its best.
Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, “Hot House” (1945). Original be-bop.
Trombone Shorty, “Hurricane Season” from Backatown (2010, Verve), Shorty’s major label debut. Young funk-jazz player at the top of the local New Orleans scene.
Ken Vandermark/Hamid Drake, “Street Named Hell” from Spaceways, Inc. (Atavista, 2000). CD of Sun Ra and George Clinton songs. Avant, but you can dance to it.
Randy Weston, “Blue Moses” from Spirits of Our Ancestors (1992). Extended composition … and exotic blowing.
Ali Farka (guitar, vocals) and Tourmani Diabete (kora). A reminder of fantastic Carbondale visit by African percussionist and kora (21-string gord instrument) last August.
Herbie Hancock, “Watermelon Man” from Headhunters (1973). Fusion/African update of Herbie’s 1964 soul-jazz hit (a much bigger hit when covered by Mongo Santamaria).
Abdullah Ibrahim, “Sotho Blue” from Ekaya. As fellow South African Dave Mathews says, music from “some place very old.”
Billy Cobham, “Stratus” from classic 1973 fusion LP Spectrum. Tommy Bolin, latter of T-Rex, on guitar.