Rahsaan Roland Kirk, “Ain’t No Sunshine” from Blacknuss (Atlantic, 1972). The record company decides RRK has commercial potential.
John Coltrane, “Syeeda’s Song Flute” from Giant Steps (Atlantic, 1960). Our favorite track from the classic record.
Jason Adasiewicz, “Life” from Sun Rooms (Delmark, 2010). Chicago area vibes player leads a trio.
Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls, “Saro-Wima” from Breeding Resistance (Delmark, 2004). More new-school Chicago jazz, the drummer-led group including trombonist Jeb Bishop and guitarist Jeff Parker (who plays in jam band Tourtise). Watch for various combinations of players around Chicago.
Trombone Shorty, “Hurricane Season” from Backatown (Verve, 2010). Big beat from the new king of New Orleans.
Pierre Dorge and the New Jungle Orchestra, “Monk in Africa” from Brikama (Steeplechase, 1992).
Al DiMeoloa, “Al Di’s Dream Theme” from Splendido Hotel (1980). Fusion from former Return to Forever guitarist.
Chico Hamilton, “El Toro” from Passin’ Thru (Impluse, 1962). The drummer-led group including Gabor Szabo on guitar and Charles Lloyd on flute. Very hip in ’62 … and today.
Pat Metheney, “(Cross the) Heartland” from American Garage (1979, ECM). The signature sound of the Missouri-born guitarist.
Thelonious Monk, “Brilliant Corners” from 1957 Riverside album of the same name. Monk with horns, including Sonny Rollins on tenor and Ernie Henry with a bluesy break.
Orrin Evans trio, “Big Small” from Flip the Script (2012). Another great modern piano/bass/drums trio.
Tom Waits, “Heart Attack and Vine” (1980, Elecktra). OK, Pete doesn’t like jazz singing. But whoever accused Waits of singing?
John McLaughlin, “Binky’s Dream” from Extrapolation (1969). The great fusion guitarist’s debut record, a jazz record featuring this all-time favorite of British jazz cats of a certain age.