Randy Weston, “African Village/Redford-Stuyvesant” from Spirits of our Ancestors (1992).
Stanley Clarke, “The Dancer” from School Days (1976). Jazz-rock fusion from Return to Forever bassist.
Vijay Iyer Trio, “The Star of a Story” from Accelerando (2011). Pete’s vote for best jazz album of 2011. Pianist on top of his game.
Steve Lacy, “Virgin Jungle” from The Door (1988). Avant-garde soprano saxophonist with odd violin and other sounds adding interest to Duke Ellington composition.
Miles Davis, “Sid’s Ahead” from Milestones (1958). Great quintet with John Coltrane sharing the front line, and Cannonball Adderley joining in. Long blues-based workout dedicated to jazz DJ Symphony Sid.
Rahsaan Rolan Kirk, “Prelude Back Home” from Natural Black Inventions: Roots Strata” (1971). RRK playing multiple reeds with “thunder sheet” backing. Odd and very cool (like much RRK).
Chico Hamilton, “El Toro” from Passin’ Thru (1962). Chico’s west coast “jazz academy” featuring Charles Lloyd on flute and Gabor Szabo on guitar.
Larry Coryell, “Spaces (Infinite)” from Spaces — recorded in 1969, released in 1974 on Vanguard. Coryell (first solo) and John McLaughlin on guitars. Spacy, indeed. “Chamber” jazz-rock? Nice.
Dexter Gordon, “Night in Tunisia” (1963) from Our Man in Paris. Classic Blue Note recorded in Paris, where Gordon lived for most of the 60s and 70s. Titan tenor sax solo from Dex on Dizzy Gillespie composition.