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.