Weather Report, “Teen Town” from Heavy Weather (Columbia, 1977). Feature for bassist Jaco Pastorious.
Don Pullen, “At the Cafe Central” from New Beginnings (Blue Note, 1989). Great, hard, piano trio LP.
Yosvany Terry, “Summer Relief” from Today’s Opinion (Criss Cross Jazz, 2012). Cuban sax player and band.
Jeff Beck, “The Pump” from Blow by Blow (Epic 1974). Fusion.
Duke Ellington, “Money Jungle” from 1962 Blue Note record of the same name. Duke with Max Roach on drums and Charlie Mingus stealing the show with his bass work. A one-of-a-kind session.
Particia Barber, “Touch of Trash” from Modern Cool (Premonition Records, 1998). Cool vocals from the regular Monday night act at the Green Mill in north Chicago.
Jaco Pastorious, “Liberty City” from Word of Mouth (Warner Brothers, 1981). Best Weather Report that isn’t Weather Report. Toots Theilmans’ harmonica a highlight of the track. Sounds a bit like soundtrack music to 1982 buddy cop movie “48 Hours”.
Phil Woods, “In Your Own Sweet Way” from Warm Moods (Columbia, 1988). Like drinking scotch with your old man.
The Bad Plus, “Wolf Out” from Made Possible (eOne Music, 2012). Our favorite rock-ish, classical-ish piano trio.
Arthur Blythe, “Down San Diego Way” from Lenox Avenue Breakdown” (CBS, 1979). One of the greatest records of 80s jazz, out just before the decade started. Cello, tuba, and chunk guitar back leader’s distinctively high-pitched alto sax.
Herbie Hancock, “Sly” from Headhunters (Columbia, 1973). Herbie’s tribute to the master of funk, former DJ Sly Stone.