The Meters, “Cissy Strut” (1969). New Orleans funk-jazz by group including several Neville brothers. Members of the Neville clan will be featured at the Jazz and Heritage Music Festival coming the end of April and first week in May.
David Murry Octet, “Last of the Hipmen” from Home (Black Saint, 1982). One of the great jazz records of the early 1980s.
Sun Ra and the Arkestra, “Kingdom of Not” from Supersonic Jazz (Evidence, late 1950s). Clap along, loose big band.
Jeff Beck, “Freeway Jam” from Blow by Blow (1975). Fusion.
Mark Helias, “Police Story Blues” from Desert Blue (Enja, 1989).
Wadada Leo Smith’s Organic, “Don Cherry’s Electric Sonic Garden” from Heart’s Reflection (2011). Update of early 70s Miles Davis deep groove fusion… 20 minute fusion workout.
David Grisman, “Dawg’s Bull” from Hot Dawg (A&M, 1987). The best representation of Grisman’s Dawg music — jazz played with bluegrass instruments.
Charles Mingus, “Pussy Cat Dues” from Mingus Ah Um (Columbia, 1959). From one of the many all-time great jazz records released in 1959.
Joe Henderson, “Caribbean Fire Dance” from Mode for Joe (Blue Note, mid-60s). Classic hard bop.
Robert Mazurek’s Chicago Underground Orchestra, “Blow Up” from Playground (Delmark, 1998). Trumpet dude played in Chicago through the 90s then relocated to Argentina. But still plays occasionally in Chicago, as to sidemen like guitarist Jeff Parker. It’s worth checking who’s in town if traveling to Chi-town.
Charlie Hunter, “Let’s Get Medieval” from Ready, Set, Shango! (Blue Note, 1996).
John McGlaughlin, “Binky’s Dream” from Extrapolation (1969 debut record). Many fans of the future fusion great list this as a favorite track.
Larry Young, “Moontrane” from Unity (Blue Note, mid-60s). Great Blue Note record with the leader on organ and Woody Shaw on trumpet.