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.