Trombone Shorty, “Hurricane Season” from Backatown (2010, Verve). The current King of New Orleans. Shorty’s major label debut.
Bennie Wallace, “Border Town” from 1988 Blue Note LP of same name. The N’awlins tenor sax man with Dr. John and John Scofield doing some kind of swamp Mexican funk.
Afrocubism, “Jarabi” (2010, Nonesuch). Cuban and West African musicians collaborate.
Ornette Coleman, “Lonely Woman” from Shape of Jazz to Come (Atlantic, 1959). Ornette pisses everybody off by playing without cords. Who cares? This is one of the most emotionally powerful pieces of music, in any genre.
Jason Moran, “Blue Blocks” from Ten (Blue Note, 2010). One of the current cadre of top jazz piano players.
Dave Douglass and Brass Ecstacy, “Orujo” from Spirit Moves (2009). Four horns … with a scatty drummer.
Miles Davis Quintet, “Sid’s Ahead” from Milestones (Columbia, 1958). The 7 O’Clock Stretch at Pete’s featuring a Hard Bop High Ball from a great Davis group — John Coltrane on tenor sax, Cannonball Adderly on alto.
Gato Barbieri, “Bolivia” (Flying Dutchman, 1973). Glisteny organ background, latin guitar by John Abercrombie … and the Cat’s big-boned sax sound. Sa-weeet.
Stephon Harris, “Black Action Figure” from Ninety Miles (2011). Vibes player Harris to play Jazz at the Bistro in St. Louis 4/19. One night, two shows. Go to the first and stay for the second.
Nels Cline Singers, “Grow Closer” from Intuition (Crytogamophone, 2010). Sounds like 60s Gabor Szabo on guitar, a little bongo and electronics. Nice.
Kronos Quartet with Astor Piazolla on bandoleon. Tango music. “Anxiety” from 5 Tangos.
Don Pullen and the African-Brazillian Connection, “Aseko! (Get Up and Dance)” with Carlos Ward on high life style alto sax. Carnivale! (Blue Note, 1993)
Portico Quartet, “Paper, Scissors, Stone”. Decent British (?) fusion unit (2010).