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.