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.