The Meters, “Cissy Strut” (1969). New Orleans-style funk/jazz.
Sea Level, “Rain in Spain” (1977). Allman Brothers sidemen make a jazz record.
Larry Young, “The Moontrane” from Unity (Blue Note, 1966). Great hard bop session with Woody Shaw featured on trumpet playing his most well known composition.
Dave Douglas and Keystone, “Moonshine” from the 2008 album of the same name. Leading modern jazz trumpeter has many projects, Keystone being his fusion band.
Gato Barbieri, “Milonga Triste” from Chapter Four: Alive in New York (1975). The last “chapter” on Impulse records from the early 70s. All good, challenging world jazz.
Charlie Hunter, “Rebel Music” from Natty Dread (Blue Note, 1997). The 8-string guitarist re-made Bob Marley’s classic reggae album.
Vijay Iyer, “The Star of the Story” from Accelerando (2102). One of the leading piano players of the day. Great album, one of a string of them in the 20-teens.
Bobby Previte, “The King So Far” from Claude’s Late Morning (Grammavision, 1988). The downtown Manhattan jazz scene of the late 80s. Industrial jazz sound.
Cal Tjader, “Cubano Chant” from Latin Concert (1958). The vibist with one of the first Cuban-influenced jazz bands, featuring Mongo Santamaria on conga.
Matthew Shipp, “Cohesion” from Equillibirum (Thirsty Ear, 2003). Piano player leading modern-sounding session with scratch DJ.
Clifford Brown & Max Roach, “Jordu” (1955). The greatest hard bop quintet of them all? The legendary drummer and the rising star trumpeter in the groove.