Pete’s Place – 2/24/14

Weather Report, “Mysterious Traveler” from the 1974 fusion album of the same name. Best of class.

Wes Montgomery, “Movin’ Along” from the 1960 album of the same name. Nice blues with guitar and flute (James Clay).

Dave Holland, “The Empty Chair (for Clare)” from Prism. The best, imho, jazz album I heard from 2013. Crack lineup with Kevin Eubanks on guitar.

Joanne Brackeen, “Enchance” from Special Identify (1980). Great piano trio record with Eddie Gomez on bass and Jack DeJohnetee on drums, and the leader’s McCoy Tyner-ish style and distinctive compositions. Totally obscure, totally great.

Gary Burton Quartet, “The Lookout” from Guided Tour, a very good and consistent 2013 album from the vibist leader.

Joe Farrell, “Outcast” from the 1972 CTI album of the same name. The leader on flute with Elvin Jones on drums and Chick Corea electric piano. Nice, wandering track.

Medeski, Martin & Wood, “Flat Tires” from Radiolarians II (2009). Fusion-y trio jazz.

Dexter Gordon, “Modal Mood” from Dexter Calling (Blue Note, 1961). Classic bop tenor saxophonist.

John Zorn, “Sicilian Clan” form Naked City (Nonesuch, 1990). The downtown Manhattan jazz scene, circa 1990. The leader on alto sax with usual suspects Bill Frisell on guitar, Wayne Horwitz on keyboards and Joey Barron on drums.

Caravan, “Stew’s Blue” from Blue Mondays. Self-released recording live at Tres Hombres in Carbondale, 2005. Zach Harris on guitar and Todd Rewoldt on sax. Durn good jazz every Monday night for about 4 years?

Ken Vandermark, “Freedom Suite, Part 2” from Free Jazz Classics, Vol. 3 – Six for Sonny. Sonny Rollins’ track rendered by the Chicago-based tenor saxist.

Jackie McLean, “Omega” from Let Freedom Ring (Blue Note, 1962). Trend-setting “new thing” — very hip, even today.


Pete’s Place – 2/17/14 Playlist

Gabor Szabo, “Paint It, Black” from Jazz Raga (Impulse,1967). Hungarian-born guitarist channeling ‘Stones, with sitar overdub.

Gary Burton Quartet, “Sunday’s Uncle” from Guided Tour. Vibes veteran leads a young band through one of 2013’s best jazz albums.

Dave Douglas, “Eastern Parkway” from Freak In (Bluebird, 2003). Trumpeter with a bit of industrial fusion.

Don Byron, “I’ve Found a New Baby” from Ivey-Divey (2004). The clarinetist with Jason Moran on drums and Jack DeJohnette on drums giving new life to a very old song.

Lafayette Gilchrest, “Soul Progessin'” from the 2008 album of the same name. Meter’s style jazz/funk.

Max Roach, “Driva Man” from We Insist! Freedom Now Suite (1960). Powerful conception, drums, Abby LIncoln vocals, and Coleman Hawkin’s earthy tenor solo.

Steve Coleman and Five Elements, “Adrenal, Got Ghost” from Functional Arrythymias (2013). M-base sound on a new record.

Weather Report, “The Man in the Yellow Shirt” from Tale Spinnin’ (1975). Classic WR fusion.

Ralph Peterson Fo’tet, “One False Move” from The Duality Principle (2012). Great modern jazz sound with vibes and bass clarinet complimenting the leaders drumming.

Raashan Roland Kirk, “What’s Going On?” from Blacknuss (Atlantic, 1972). Totally RRK cover of Marvin Gaye.

Charles Mingus, “Fables of Faubus” from Mingus Ah-Um (1959). The racist governor who prevented school desegregation in Little Rock by calling in the National Guard some serves as inspiration for Mingus’ beautiful composition for an 8-piece big band sounding like an 18-piece jazz orchestra.

Dave Holland, “The Watcher” from Prism. Great 2013 record with Kevin Eubanks on guitar sounding like 5 guest artists.


Playlist – 2/10/14

Charlie Hunter Quartet, “Rebel Music” from Natty Dread (Blue Note, 1997). The 8-string guitartist covers the entire Bob Marley album of the same name.

Gary Burton Quartet, “Jackalope” from Guided Tour. Fine 2013 album from the great vibist (who’s supposed to be retired).

The Bad Plus, “7-Minute Mind” from Made Possible. Stick-in-your-head piano trio music from 2012 album.

Milt Jackson and John Coltrane, “Bag’s Groove” from Bags & Trane (Atlantic, 1961). Vibes and sax, respectively.

Thelonious Monk, “Bemshaw Swing” — classic Monk from 1952.

Chucho Valdes, “Afro-Commanche” from Border Free (2013). Legendary Cuban pianist and bandleader somehow mixes Afro-Cuban and Native-American. It’s not crazy if it works.

Garaj Mahal, “Junckt” from Mondo Garaj (2002?). Jam band with Chicago area guitarist Fareed Haque on board for a Led Zepplin meets Sufi mystic romp.

Dexter Gordon, “Tonya” from Manhattan Symphonie (1976). Long Tall Dexter at his tenor sax best on a blues written by trumpeter Donald Byrd and first recorded on one of Gordon’s classic mid-60s Blue Note dates.

Mose Allison, “I Don’t Worry ‘Bout a Thing”. Poet laureate of Pete’s with some deep (for a bopper) philosophy.

Ran Blake, “Short Life of Barbara Monk” from 1986 Soul Note LP of the same name. An achingly beautiful track dedicated to Monk’s daughter who died young.

Dave Holland, “The Empty Chair (for Clare)” from Prism (2013). Groovy but heavy, with Kevin Eubanks (Jay Leno’s one-time bandleader) on guitar. Pete’s favorite record of 2013.


Playlist – 2/3/14

the Bad Plus, “Anthem of the Earnest” from Suspicious Activity (2005). Jazz’ power trio in full stride.

Joe Henderson, “Pedro’s Time” from Our Thing (Blue Note, 1964). Classic mid-60s BN date with Kenny Dorham on trumpet and Andrew Hill, piano in addition to the leader on tenor sax.

Dave Holland, “The Watcher” from Prism (2013). Pete’s nominee for favorite record (of ones I heard) from ’13, featuring the great bassist and a band including Kevin Eubanks (former Tonight Show band leader and brother of Robin, trombone player and Dave Holland Quintet member for years). Early 70s style fusion with thundering drums, distorted keyboards, and roaring guitar.

Django Reinhard, “The Blue Drag”. The Basque guitarist recorded in the 30s.

Pat Martino, “East!” — extended (12 min.) jam on title track of a 1968 album for the guitarist who established a fine career in the 60s and 70s, suffered brain surgery and resultant amnesia in 1980, and re-learned guitar listening to his old records.

Stephon Harris / David Sanchez / Christian Scott, “Black Action Figure” from Ninty (2011). Best song on a great album made by young American musicians (vibes, sax, trumpet respectively) traveling 90 miles south to record with Cuban rhythm section.

Roland Kirk, “Volunteered Slavery” from the 1969 Atlantic album of the same name. Multiple horns played simultaneously, odd but cool lyrics, and an extended quote from “Hey Jude”.

Steve Coleman and Five Elements, “Lymph Swag (Dance of the Leukocytes)” from Functional Arryhthms (2013). Odd album concept of tunes named for body functions. But cool music.

Larry Coryell and Eleventh House (1974). Channeling Mahavishnu Orchestra on “Low-lee-tah”. Randy Brecker on trumpet giving the group a unique fusion sound.

Double Image, “Rodney’s Dream of Fantasy and Self-Fulfillment” (1977). Distinctive sound with double vibes.