John Scofield, “A Go Go” from Verve album (1998) of the same name. The guitarist backed by Medeski, Martin & Wood for groovy sound.
Freddie Hubbard, “Super Blue” from 1978) album of the same name. A bit fusiony, but mostly good jazz blowing from Indianapolis trumpeter.
Vijay Iyer, “Mmmmmhmmmmm” from Accelerando (2012). One of the many great piano trios out now. Many lists had this as the best recording of 2012.
Hank Mobley, “Uh, Huh” from Workout, classic Blue Note hard bop from 1961. Mobley, played with Miles Davis for a bit at the time, fronting Davis’ rhythm section of Paul Chambers (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums), and Wynton Kelly (piano). With Grant Green’s guitar added for flavor. Sa-weet session.
Mongo Santamaria, “Mayeya” from Afro Blue: the Picante Collection (1997). Great cuban jazz conguero leading band. Yummy little fruit of meat-filled pastries the subject at hand.
Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, “Mama’s House” from Freedom Jazz Dance (1999) on Delmark, the label associated with the Jazz Record Mart in Chicago. Percussionist and leader of Chicago South Side jazz Kahlil El’ Zabar leads the ensemble through trance-enducing groove.
Al DiMeola, “Egyptian Danza” live (YouTube). Fusion guitar workout.
Miles Davis Quintet, “Footprints” from Miles Smiles (1965), considered by most the best album of Davis’ great mid-60s quintet with Wayne Shorter (composer) on sax and the never-topped rhythm section of Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter bass, and Tony Williams, drums.
Abdullah Ibrahim, “Chisa” from African River (1989). Jazz mixed with South African highlife music. Sa-weet.
Eastern Rebellion, “In the Kitchen” from Simple Pleasure (1993). Basic, soulful jazz with group featuring Cedar Walton on piano and Billy Higgins drums.
Gabor Szabo, “Spellbinder” from 1966 album by the Hungarian guitarist and Pete’s Place favorite.