Weather Report, “Teen Town” from Heavy Weather (Columbia, 1975). Vehicle for amazing Jaco Pastorious bass.
Charles Tolliver, “Paper Man” (Arista Freedom, 1975). Great “hard bop” session recorded in 1968 by the relatively obscure trumpet player.
Steven Bernstein, “Asher” and “Issachar” from Diaspora Suite (Tzadik, 2008). Trumpet player associated with New York’s downtown jazz scene. The fourth Diaspora record on John Zorn’s label puts together klezmer to heavy guitar (Nels Cline) for a “radical Jewish culture” sound.
Gary Burton and Keith Jarrett, “Grow Your Own” (Atlantic, 1971). Funky period piece.
Mose Allison, “Seventh Son” from Mose Allison Sings (Prestige, 1963). The hippest man in the world (still kickin’ at 84) swinging the blues.
Booker Ervin, “No Booze Blues” from The Blues Book (Prestige, 1964). The 7 O’Clock Stretch at Pete’s featuring a 15-minute jazzin’ the blues workout led by the Texas tenorman who made his reputation playing soulful sax on Charles Mingus’ great late-50s records (including the famous sax work on “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”).
Duke Ellington, “Harlem Flat Blues” (1928). Found on various Ellington collections. Not really in Pete’s wheelhouse, but it sure sounds great.
Wayne Horvitz, “These Hard Times” from This New Generation (Elektra, 1987). Industrial jazz from NYC downtown scene.
John Coltrane, “Syeeda’s Song Flute” from Giant Steps (Atlantic, 1960). Pete and Pat’s favorite from the classic Coltrane record that also has “Naimia”, “Mr. P.C.”, “Cousin Mary”, and the title track.
Charlie Mariano, “7 Up” from October (Inner City, 1977). Nice fusion from alto saxist leading a European group. Representative of interesting and varied music recorded during a “confused” era of jazz.
Grachan Moncur III, “The Coaster” from Evolution (Blue Note, 1963). The song capturing the evolution of hard bop into New Thing. Just free enough to reward close listening while still holding a groove. Could have been released last week and still sound this fresh.
Stanton Moore, “Stanton Hits the Bottle” from All Kooked Up (1998). New Orleans drummers’ solo debut with Charlie Hunter on 8-string guitar and Sherik on sax. Moore plays rhythm on a beer bottle.