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.