Rahsaan Roland Kirk, “Ain’t No Sunshine” from Blacknuss (Atlantic, 1972). The weird but wonderful attempt to “commercialize” Kirk.
Gabor Szabo, “Mizrab” from The Sourcer. The Hungarian guitarist recorded at the Jazz Workshop in Boston, 1967.
David Sanchez, “Little Melonae” from Sketches of Dreams (1995). Puerto Rican saxophonist playing soprano on a track from his debut album.
Bobby Broom, “D’s Blues” from Upper West Side Story (2012). Guitarist who often gigs around Chicago, including playing with Deep Blue Organ Trio at the Green Mill on Thursdays.
Clifford Brown and Max Roach, “Jordu” from the original Brown/Roach Quintet record (1954). Perfect jazz from the ill-fated young trumpeter.
The Bad Plus, “Dirty Blond” from Give (2004). Power piano trio jazz.
The Ritual Trio, “Blue Rwanda” from Big Cliff (1995, Delmark). Percussionist Kahlil El’Zabar leading the Ritual Trio, including Malachi Favors on bass (Art Ensemble of Chicago bassist). Trance music from a South Side legend.
Kenny Burrell, “Chitlins con Carne” from Midnight Blue (Blue Note, 1967). Classic session of guitar with bass, drums, and congas by Ray Barretto, along with soulful sax from Stanley Turrentine. Nice.
Jeff Beck, “Freeway Jam” from Blow by Blow (1975). Classic fusion from when the mixture of jazz and rock was still volitile.
Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Decoding Society, “GIraffe” from Mandance (1982). Harmalodic workout. An acquired taste, to be sure. But nice once you’ve got it.
Mark Helias, “Police Story Blues” from Desert Blue (Enja, 1989). Film noir theme music.