The Meters, “Cissy Strut” (1969). Prototype New Orleans funk-jazz.
Larry Young, “Moontrane” from Unity (Blue Note, 1966). Sophisticated and swinging Blue Note classic from mid-60s with leader’s rolling organ and trumpeter/composer Woody Shaw plus first-call tenor man Joe Henderson.
The Leaders, “Mudfoot” from 1986 Blackhawk LP of the same name. As distinct a mid-80s sound as the Blue Note mid-60s sound (although not nearly the same level of awareness). Snaky theme with Chico Freeman on tenor sax, Lester Bowie on trumpet, and Arthur Blythe on alto sax.
Al DiMeola, “Al Di’s Dream Theme” from Splendido Hotel (CBS, 1980). Latin-tinged fusion guitar.
Jamie McCallum, British pianist/singer with “The Wind Cries Mary” from Experienced (2006, Mojo Records). Collection put together by British music magazine MOJO to honor Hendrix.
Lafayette Gilchrest, “Assume the Position” from The Music According to Gilchrest (Hyena Records, 2004).
Chico Hamilton, “Forest Flower-Sunrise/Sunset” from Man from Two Worlds (Impulse, 1963). First appearance of Charles Lloyd song that became popular among rock listeners in the 60s.
Jeff Beck (guitar) with Jan Hammer (keyboards), “Blue Wind” from Wired (1976). Nice fusion theme.
Stanley Clark, “School Days” from 1976 Nemporer LP of same name, with the bassist showing off fusion chops.
Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls, “Saro-Wima” from Breeding Resistance (Delmark, 2004). Chicago musicians, still active in the city. Sirota with jam-style drums, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Jeff Parker on guitar.
Ran Blake, “Spiral Showcase” from 1980 Arista LP of same name. Piano player leads a crack band on record of film noire type music.
Medeski, Martin, & Wood, “Gwyra Mi” from Radiolarians III (2009). Jam band track with “Stranglehold” base line.