Pete’s Place – 1/28/13 Playlist

Bobby Previte, “The King So Far” from Claude’s Late Morning (1988). Great example of 80’s “downtown” (New York) music scene. WIth Bill Frisell guitar mixing with leader’s drums to sound like electronic percussion.

Dexter Gordon, “Night in Tunisia” from Our Man in Paris. The expatriate sax great recorded in France, 1963, for a Blue Note hard bop classic.

Brad Medldau Trio, “Got Me Wrong” from Where Do You Start? (2012). Nice modern piano trio jazz.

Hidden Orchestra, “Fourth Wall” from Archipelago (2012). British unit with distinctive and sophisticated sound.

The Mahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin, “Meeting of the Spirits” from Inner Mounting Flame. Incredibly heavy and intricate fusion from the group’s first album. The early peak of prog fusion, not since matched.

Matthew Ship, “Cohesion” from Equilibrium (2003, Thirsty Ear). Funky piano from modern master. William Parker on bass.

Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, “Ahmed the Terrible” from Album Album (EDM, 1984). Great 80s jazz. Someday this will be remembered as a great ear of jazz.

McCoy Tyner, “Celestial Chant” from Trident (1975). Piano trio with Ron Carter on bass and Tyner’s bandmate from the John Coltrane Quartet, Elvin Jones, on drums. Tyner bashing out block cords on a celeste found in the recording studio.

Clifford Brown and Max Roach, “George’s Dilemma” (1954). The great, and ill-fated, young trumpeter and the legendary drummer leading the first great hand bop quintet. The Brown composition named for the group’s solid if unsung bassist, George Morrow.

Brecker Brothers, “Wakaria (What’s Up?) from Return of the Brecker Brothers (1992). Kind of humorous fusion from the brothers, Randy on trumpet and Michael on sax.

Yusef Lateef, “Blues for the Orient” from Eastern Sounds (Prestige, 1961). One of the first, and still best, albums with “world” music influences. Here, a blues bottom with the leaders exotic oboe on top.

Corey Wilkes and Abstract Pulse, “Cries from Tha Ghetto” (2008). Title track of a very strong modern jazz record by the Chicago based trumpeter. Often can be found gigging around Chi-town.

Bud Powell, “Dance of the Infidels” (1949). Post-bop piano, with Sonny Rollins on sax. Top shelf, indeed.

Your Community Spirit 2013 January 25

News includes Occupy Updates Daily; Sierra Club Endorses Peaceful Civil Disobedience Over Keystone XL; Victoria’s Secret Will Soon Offer Nontoxic Bras; Chicago’s Bird Casualties Offer Clues on Climate Change; How To Respond To People Who Say Cold Weather Disproves Climate Change; Grocery Store Cuts Waste By Selling Imperfect Fruit. Happenings include Rice and Spice Cookbook; Fracking the Heartland; Soul Talk; Vigil for Peace; Winter Farmers’ Market; Warming Foods at Rice and Spice; Open Mic at Gaia House.

Pete’s Place – 1/21/13 Playlist

Crusaders, “Chain Reaction” (1975). Smooth jazz, but with heart.

The Bad Plus, “Seven-Minute Mind” from Made Possible (2012). Head-of-the-pack jazz trio in golden era of jazz trio.

Jaco Pastorious, “Opus Pocus” from Jaco’s debut LP (1976). Steel drums and Wayne Shorter (his bandmate in Weather Report at the time) on sax.

Dave Holland Quintet, “Shifting Sands” from Not For Nothin’ (ECM, 2001). The bassist’s group, arguably the top small group in jazz over the last 10+ years.

Stefon Harris and David Sanchez, “La Fiesta Va” from Ninty Miles (2011). Vibes and sax player travel to Cuba to record with local musicians.

The Bad Plus, “Wolf Out” from Made Possible (2012). More distinctive jazz trio.

Hank Mobley, “This I Dig of You” from Soul Station (Blue Note, 1960). Classic soul/hard bop session by saxist.

Mose Allison, “If You’re Going to the City”. Pianist/philospher from late 50s.

Portico Quartet, “Spinner” from 2012 eponymous album.

Ralph Peterson Fo’tet, “One False Move” from The Duality Perspective (2012). Drummer led group featuring vibes and clarinet. Nice sound.

Cal Tjader, “Lucero” from Latin Concert (1958). Vibist/leader, with Mongo Santamaria on conga and Vince Guaraldi (the “Peanuts” music composer) on piano.

Yosvany Terry, “Summer Relief” from Today’s Opinion (Criss Cross, 2012).

Herbie Nichols, “House Party Startin'” (1956). Legendary, ill-fated (died young of Leukemia) pianist with Max Roach on drums.

Charlie Hunter, “911” from Ready, Set, Shango (1999). 8-String guitar sounding like Hammond B-3 organ on deep groove.

Your Community Spirit 2013 January 18

News includes Occupy Updates Daily; Idle No More; California Teams Up With Amtrak On High Speed Rail; Keystone Even Worse For Climate Than You Thought; Marcellus N.Y. Bans Fracking; Soot Is The Second Most Dangerous Global Warming Pollutant; Crop Insurance Claims Likely To Hit $16 Billion In Wake Of 2012 Drought. Happenings include Welcome Back Mexican Feast at Rice and Spice; Open Mic at Gaia House; Green Earth at Chautauqua Bottoms; Winter Farmers’ Market; Second Annual Christmahanukwanzadan; Not My Life film showing; SIUC Fossil Free.

Your Community Spirit 2013 January 11

News includes Occupy Updates Daily; Idle No More; 2012 Warmest Year On Record For U.S.; NY Governor Cuomo Lays Out Plan To Fight Climate Change, Increase Clean Energy; 1,500 Protesters Swarm Albany To Call For Continued Fracking Ban In NY; The Sharing Economy; RE-volv Makes Community Pot Of Solar Gold. Happenings include Winter Farmers’ Market; Insight Meditation; Christmahanukwanzadan.

Your Community Spirit 2013 January 04

News includes Occupy Updates Daily; Record Made Out Of Ice; 10 Tech Resolutions For 2013; New Keystone XL Blockade; Exxon Takes 46 Minutes To Shut Off Broken Pipeline; Feds Fine Transocean $1.4 Billion for Deepwater; Solar Panels Getting Cheaper. Happenings include Questions of Faith and Reality; Winter Farmers’ Market; Promised Land Film Discussion.