Lafayette Gilcrest, “Assume the Position” from The Music According to Gilcrest (2004, Hyena Records). New Orleans-style jazz-funk.
Stanley Clark, “School Days” from the 1976 LP of the same name. Classic fusion from Return to Forever bassist.
Miguel Zenon, “Llavera” from Jibaro (2005, Rounder). Puerto Rican alto saxophonist. Nice modern jazz.
Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos (the Prosthetic Cubans), “Fiesta En El Solar” (1998). Irresistible.
John Coltrane, “Mr. Day” from Coltrane Plays the Blues (Atlantic, early 60s). Classic quartet with McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrision (bass), and Elvin Jones (drums) working out a basic blues line.
Miles Davis, “Paraphernalia” from Miles in the Sky (1968). The 7 O’Clock stretch features the great 60s Miles group (Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter) with George Benson added on guitar. Last Davis record before moving into fusion.
Django Rheinardt, “Blue Drag”. Cartoon music of the best kind from Basque gypsy guitarist, recorded in 1920s.
Rodney Jones, “Ain’t No Sunshine” from Soul Manifesto (Blue Note, 1998). Guitarist with Maceo Parker on alto sax and Dr. Lonnie Smith on organ (Blue Note, 2001).
Freddie Hubbard, “Plexus” from Hub Cap (Blue Note, 1961). Great hard-bop/new thing recording by the Indianapolis-born trumpeter, with Ceder Walton (the composer) on piano.
Yusef Lateef, “The Plumb Blossom” from Eastern Sounds (Prestige, 1961). Exotic … one of the first records investigating “world music” sounds.
John Scofied with Medeski, Martin & Wood as rhythm section. Title track from A Go Go (Blue Note, 1998).
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