Pete’s Place – 2/25/13 Playlist

Rahsaan Roland Kirk, “Three for Dizzy” from Kirk’s Works (1961). Soul groove with Brother Jack McDuff on organ and Kirk’s multiple, simultaneous horn blowing.

Max Roach, “All Africa” from We Insist! Freedom Now Suite (1960). The great drummer’s tribute to African tribes and emerging nations.

Medeski, Martin &Wood, “Flat Tires” from Radiolarians II (2009).

Carlos Santana and Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, “A Love Supreme” from Love, Devotion, Surrender (1973). Fusion guitarists with moving version of Coltrane’s spiritual.

(featured for Black History Month)
Max Roach, “Driva Man,” “Freedom Day,” and “Trypitch: Prayer/Protest/Peace” from We Insist! Freedom Now Suite. Parts 1-3 of Max’s moving, raw, emotional, and very musical statement recorded as the civil rights movement hit its stride. Abby Lincoln, a lounge singer when she met Max, sings with absolute commitment. Nothing less would work. Tryptich’s wordless vocal duet with Max on drums very likely the most emotional piece of jazz ever recorded.

Orrin Evans, “Clean House” from Flip the Script (2012). Nice piano trio album.

Dave Douglas & Keystone, “Tree Ring Circus” from Spark of Being (2010). Top dog trumpeter bashing around.

Bob Belden, “Genesis” from Black Dahlia (2001). Big-bandish with Brazilian accent. Music to some never produced movie about a murdered starlet?

Nils Petter Movaer, “Song of Sand II” from Kmer (ECM, 1997). Norwegian electronics and trumpet “setting”.

David Grisman, “Dawgology” from Hot Dawg (1979). Probably the single best LP of the mandolinist’s dawg music — jazz played on bluegrass instruments.


Your Community Spirit 2013 February 22

News includes Occupy Updates Daily; Largest Climate Rally In History; Obama Golfs With Oil Execs During Climate Rally; Plug-In Cars Are Selling; 9 Amazing Teenagers Innovating In Cleantech. Happenings include Soul Talk; Gaia House Cooking Club; The Changing Climate Of Food And Agriculture; American Muslim Goodness With Henry At Rice And Spice; Big Muddy Film Festival; 11 Days For Food Justice; Winter Farmers’ Market.

Pete’s Place – 2/18/13 Playlist

The Bad Plus, “Seven Minute Mind” from Made Possible (2012). The latest from jazz’ power piano trio.

Don Pulen/George Adams Quartet, “Mr. Smoothie” from Breakthrough (Blue Note, 1986). Pullen on piano with Adams on tenor and fellow Mingus alumnus Dannie Richmond on drums. Maybe top group of the 80s, making serious jazz than connected with a lot of people.

Portico Quartet, “Spinner” from 2011 LP by British jazz/jam group.

Oliver Nelson, “Stolen Moments” from Blues and the Abstract Truth (Impulse, 1961). Considered by Pete, and many jazz aficionados, to be the most intensely romantic modern jazz song ever recorded.

Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimiento. “From the Early Afternoons” from Native Dancer (1975). One of the great world jazz records.

Monte Alexander, “I Shot the Sheriff” from Stir It Up: The Music of Bob Marley (1998). The Jamaican jazz pianist embracing Marley’s music. Steve Turre featured on trombone and conch shell.

Lee Morgan, “Totem Pole” from the Sidewinder (Blue Note, 1964). Hard bop at it’s very best. The leader’s mercurial trumpet with sax by Joe Henderson and Billy Higgins on the skins. Two words: Sa. Weet.

Ralph Peterson Fo’tet, “One False Move” from The Duality Principle (2012). What Peterson calls swunk — swing and funk. WIth the vibes and clarinet sound that is this group’s signature sound.

Charlie Hunter Trio, “Come As You Are” from Bing, Bing, Bing (1995). The 8-string guitarist covering Nirvana. Really nice modern fusion jazz guitar record.

David Sanches, “La Maquina” from Trevisia. Puerto Rican saxist with a snaky track from a 2001 LP.

Herbie Hancock, “Spank-a-Lee” from Thrust (1974). Period fusion with cheesy synth. Goes down easy.

The Bad Plus, “Beryl Loves to Dance” from Never Stop (2010). Closing as well as opening with the jazz power trio.

Your Community Spirit 2013 February 15

News includes Occupy Updates Daily; Elon Musk Debunks Negative Tesla Model S Review Using Science; Beer Brewers Fight Fracking; Energy Secretary Denies Lurid Solar Panel Allegations; Rahm Emmanuel Encourages Chicagoans To Eat Veggies; USDA Talks Climate With Denialist Farmers; Germany Has More Solar Because Everyone Wins. Happenings include Soul Talk; Changing Climate Of Agriculture And Food; Cooking Club; Caribbean Beach Party at Rice and Spice; Open Mic; Vagina Monologues; Seed Swap; Winter Farmers’ Market.

Pete’s Place – 2/11/13 Playlist

Gato Barbieri, “Milonga Triste” from Chapter 4: Alive in New York (1975). The Argentine saxophonist recorded at the Bottom Line in NYC. Last of the cat’s early 70s Latin America series on Impulse.

David Murry Octet, “Shakedown Street” from Dark Star: Music of the Grateful Dead (1996). Odd, cool, and hard to find jazz sax cat cutting Dead tracks.

Phil Woods, “Gunga Din” from Warm Moods (1957). Outstanding late-era BeBop from alto saxist Woods.

John Zorn and Masada, “Tahah” from One (1994). Representing one odd faction of the 90s downtown music scene in NYC. The alto saxist with other scene stalwarts Dave Douglass (trumpet) and Joey Baron (drums) combine avant-garde jazz and traditional Hebrew music.

Dr. Michael White, “Mpingo Blues” from Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, Part 1 (2010). Traditional clarinet blues in a modern recording. Two words: Sa Weet.

Charlie Haden and Quartet West (1987), “Hermitage”. Unbelievable tough and tender track. Featuring Ernie Watts sax. Like the burn of good scotch or sherry.

Jackie McLean, “Love and Hate” from Destination Out (Blue Note, 1963). Spacy new thing with Bobby Hutcherson’s clanging vibes.

Ry Cooder and Manual Galban, “Mambo Sinuendo” from Nonesuch album of the same name (2003). Cooder and the Cuban guitar legend. Goes down like chicken and yellow rice. With fried plantains. y cafe con leche.

Joanne Bracken, “Tico Tico” from Pink Elephant Music (1998). Yet more great jazz from the totally overlooked piano player.

Return to Forever, “The Sorceress” from Romantic Warrior (1976). Cheesy synth from leader Chick Corea, but Stanley Clarke’s bass and Al DiMeola guitar still sound great. Fusion near the end of it’s first classic era.

Yousvany Terry, “Summer Relief” from Today’s Opinion (2012). Nice modern jazz from Cuban sax player.

Your Community Spirit 2013 February 08

News includes Occupy Updates Daily; Eve Ensler Connects Violence Against Women and Planet; Bike Sharing Goes Big; USDA Reports Predict End Times For Crops And Forests; USDA Cracks Down On Greasy And Sweet Snacks; Uruguayan Government Gives Bikes In Exchange For Guns. Happenings include Art, Woman, Self; One Billion Rising; Soul Talk; Yoga Basics For Women; Winter Farmers’ Market; Caribbean Beach Party At Rice And Spice; Open Mic At Gaia House.

Pete’s Place Playlist – 2/4/13

The Bad Plus, “Tom Sawyer” from Prog (2007). Jazz’ power trio covers the rock power trio, Rush, classic rock ….. classic.

Sonny Rollins, “St. Thomas” from Saxophone Colossus (1956). The calypso infused dedication to the island birthplace of his mother. Swinging as easy as a walk down the beach. With Max Roach, as always, great on drums.

Mahavishnu Orchestra, “Birds of Fire” from the 1973 fusion (HARD fusion) second release of John McLaughlin’s outfit.

Pierre Dorge and the New Jungle Orchestra, “Monk in Africa” from Brikama (Steeplechase, 1992). Waterfall guitar of the Danish leader with cracked backing. Find some music from this band!

Bobby Broom, “D’s Blues” from Upper West Side Story (2012). Guitarist with a nice solo record. Appears regularly (when in town) with the Deep Blue Organ Trio at the Green Mill in north Chicago.

John Coltrane, “Blues for Bechet” from Coltrane Plays the Blues (Atlantic, 1962). Coltrane appropriately on soprano sax in this slow blues tribute to the original soprano sax master, New Orleans’ Sidney Bichet. Sax, bass, drums trio for this track — kind of a response to Sonny Rollins doing some sax trio records.

Randy Weston, “Blue Moses” from The Spirits of our Ancestors (Antilles, 1992). Stately, but groovy, African-tinged workout with solos from exotic karkaba and gaita horns (Pharoh Sanders on the later). Sa-weeet.

Jason Moran, “RFK in the Land of Apartheid” from Ten (Blue Note, 2010). One of the eras many fine piano players with a beaty workout.

Mose Allison, “Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy” (when they don’t know the meaning of the word). Ain’t it the truth, Mose. The hippest speaker of truth on the planet. From late 50s.

Charles Mingus, “Fables of Faubus” from Mingus Ah-Um (1959, Columbia). One of the really great records from this greatest-ever year of jazz records. Mingus and 8 pieces sounding like an orchestra. This recording or this song belongs in the pantheon of American music.

Dave Douglas & Keystone, “Travelogue” from Spark of Being (2010). One of the top modern jazz musician/leader/composers. Trumpeter leading his fusion-y group.

Pat Metheney Group, “Minuano (Six Eight)” from Stil Like Talkin’ (1987). Nice world music workout from the Missouri-born guitarist.