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.