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.

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