Charlie Hunter Quartet, “Rebel Music” from Natty Dread (Blue Note, 1997). The 8-string guitarist (sometimes sounds like Hammond B-3 organ) leads a group in covering the entire Bob Marley album.
Dave Douglas and Keystone, “Moonshine” from the 2007 album of the same name. Trumpter with a 70s fusion sound updated.
Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet, “George’s Dilemma” from Study in Brown (1955), The great hard bop unit co-led by the young trumpeter and the veteran drummer.
Roland Prince, “Iron Band Dance” from Color Visions (1976). Great debut album from Antiguan guitarist. But disappeared thereafter. Here, steel drums give Caribbean flavor.
George Benson, “Because/Come Together” from The Other Side of Abby Road (CTI, 1969). Pittsburgh guitarist covering the entire Beatles album.
Wayne Shorter, “Indian Song” from Etcetera. Recorded in 1965 but not released by Blue Note until 1980. Trance music with just 4 pieces (bass, drums, piano, sax).
Brad Mehldau, “29 Palms” from Places (2000). Atmospheric solo piano.
Gato Barbieri, “Bahia” (1971). Having expanded his ears and high-note ability playing avant-garde jazz in the late 60s, the Argentine saxophonist came back to his Latin roots to make soaring, romantic music in the early 70s.
Medeski, Martin & Wood, “Gwyra Mi” from Radiolarians III (2009). Piano, bass, and drums channeling Ted Nugent and Talking Heads. Weird. But cool.
Bobby Previte, “The King So Far” from Claude’s Early Morning (Grammavision, 1988). Industrial jazz from the Downtown Manhattan music scene of the late 80s.
Charles Mingus, “Moanin'” from Blues & Roots (Atlantic, 1960). The great bassist leading a raw and swinging band. Pepper Adams laying down the baritone sax groove.