Pete’s Place – 3/31/14 Playlist

Vijay Iyer Trio, “Galang” from Historicity (2009). Rockin’ piano trio music from the record widely regarded as the best jazz LP of 2009.

George Benson, “White Rabbit” from the 1972 CTI record of the same name. The Pittsburgh-born guitartist covering Jefferson Airplane tune. With Conquistador horns. Weird. But cool.

Ben Allison and Medicine Wheel, “Ride the Nuclear Tiger” from a 2001 album of the same name. Terrific modern jazz.

Monty Alexander, “The Heathen” from Stir It Up: The Music of Bob Marley (1999). Jamaican jazz pianist pays tribute.

The Bad Plus, “Dirty Blonde” from Give (Columbia, 2004). Jazz’ power trio knocks out a good one.

Mose Allison, “Your Mind is on Vacation” from Best of Atlantic (1991). Original recordings from the early 60s featuring Mose’s hip wisdom. This, his song to shut up overly talkative club patrons.

Gary Burton, “Caminos” from Guided Tour, one of the best LPs of 2013 by the long-tenured vibist. Great, young band with distinctive tunes and Burton’s good vibes.

Sonny Clark, “Blue Minor” from Cool Struttin’ (Blue Note, 1958). Classic hard bop session.

Jaco Pastorious, “Hopus Pocus” from the bassist’s 1976 debut solo album. Cool steel drum intro, like the music in the 1980 “buddy cop” movie 48 Hours with Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy.

Gabor Szabo, “Paint It, Black” from Jazz Raga (1967). Long missing period piece, with overdubbed sitar on Stones’ song.

Gato Barbieri, “Milonga Triste” from Chapter 4: Alive in New York (1975), the last of the Latin America chapters cut for Impulse in early 70s. Lots of great jazz, just before the Argentine cat turned to “cool” jazz.

Al DiMeoloa, “Al Di’s Dream Theme” from Splendido Hotel (1980). Fasting-licks guitar fusion.

Eddie Harris, “Listen Here!” from The Electrifying Eddie Harris (1967). Early “fusion” of funk and jazz.


Pete’s Place – 3/24/14 Playlist

Trombone Shorty, “Hurricane Season” from Backatown (Verve, 2010). Hard-swinging New Orleans funk-jazz.

World Saxophone Quartet, “For the Love of Money” from Rhythm and Blues (1989). Special for Spring Membership Drive.

Dave Douglas, “Eastern Parkway” from Freak In (2003). Cracking modern jazz from the scene’s leading trumpet player.

Gary Burton, “Jackalope” from Guided Tour (2013). Vibes-playing leader scores on of the best jazz records of 2013 and of his long career.

Jan Garbarek, “Molde Canticle: Part 2” from I Took Up the Munes (ECM, 1990). Norwegian saxophonist fuses long-night Scandanavian tones with Brazilian percussion. Nice.

Jeff Beck, “Blue Wind” from Wired (1976). Fusion guitartist with keyboardist Jan Hammer.

Sonny Rollins, “St. Thomas” from Saxophone Colossus (1956). Calypso tribute to the home island of Newk’s mother.

Ginger Baker Trio, “Rambler” from Going Back Home (1994). Former Cream and Blind Faith drummer leading a jazz trio with Bill Frisell on guitar.

Bobby Broom, “Layla” from Modern Man (2000). Guitarist who often gigs around Chicago, sometimes with Deep Blue Organ Trio. Nice jazz take on rock classic.

Stanton Moore, “Stanton Hits the Bottle” from All Kooked Out (!998). New Orleans drummer literally playing beer bottles in and out of funk/jam/jazz tune.

Kenny Burrell, “Chitlins Con Carne” from Midnight Blue (1967). Guitar, sax and congas in deep groove soul-blues.

Dave Holland, “The Empty Chair (for Clare)” from Prism. A heavy but groovy tribute to the bassist’s wife. The best track on the best album Pete heard in 2013.

Bobby Previte, “The Kind So Far” from Claude’s Early Morning (1988). Drummer leads crack band of late 80s “downtown” New York scene.

Pete’s Place – 3/17/14 Playlist

John Scofield, “Kool” from Groove Elation (Blue Note, 1995). Funky from guitarist.

The Crusaders, “Chain Reaction” from the 1975 album of the same name. Groove jazz masters.

Renee Rosnes, “Recordame” from Black Narcissus (2008). Pianist leading a trio with Joe Henderson jazz standard.

Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin, “A Love Supreme” from Love, Devotion, Surrender (CBS, 1973). Plenty of fusion guitar.

Rahsaan Roland Kirk, “Ain’t No Sunshine (When She’s Gone)” from Blacknuss (Atlantic, 1973). Record label’s attempts to take RRK just make him funkier and quirkier – in the way we love at Pete’s.

Freddie Hubbard, “Crisis” from Ready for Freddie (Blue Note, 1963). Nice “new thing” recording by trumpter.

Reness Rosnes, “Isotope” from Black Narcisuss (2008). More from piano trio. The leader coming to SIU.

Pat Metheney, “Third Wind” from Still Life (Talking) — nice world music from 1987 LP.

John Coltrane, “Blues for Elvin” from Coltrane Plays the Blues. Slow, swinging blues.

Jimmy Smith, “Back at the Chicken Shack”. Hammond organ master with Stanley Turrentine on tenor sax.


Pete’s Place – 3/3/14 Playlist

Charlie Hunter Quartet, “Let’s Get Medieval” from Ready, Set, Shango (Blue Note, 1996). Hunter’s 8-string guitar sounding like a Hammond B-3 organ.

Zbygniew Namyslovsky, “Tango” from Namyslovsky! (1978, Inner City). Unique and groovy composition by Polish altoist.

Chicago Underground Trio, “The Tungflec Treaty” from Flamethrower (Delmark, 2000). Chicago (at that time) based group headed by cornetist Rob Manzurek.

Gary Burton Quartet, “The Lookout” from Guided Tour. One of the best jazz records of 2013.

Archie Shepp and Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, “Yardbird Suite” from Looking at Bird (Steeeplechase, 1980). Nice record of sax-and-bass duos on Bird tunes.

Dave Holland, “A New Day” from Prism, vying with Burton for best record of 2013. Nice quartet featuring guitarist Kevin Eubanks (former leader of the Tonight Show band).

Mahavishnu Orchestra, “Birds of Fire” from 1973 album of the same name. Classic fusion … hard and fast.

Art Pepper, “Tin Tin Deo” from Meets the Rhythm Section. Classic 1957 date with the great west coast altoist teaming with Miles Davis’ rhythm section (Red Garland, piano; Paul Chambers, bass; Philly Joe Jones, drums) on a Latin-tinged track.

Patricia Barber, “Light My Fire” from Modern Cool (1998). Cool, indeed, from the vocalist who as held down a Monday night slot at the Green Mill on North Broadway in Chicago for years.

Herbie Nichols, “Lady Sings the Blues” from a 1955 trio date with Max Roach on drums. As distinctive as Monk, if not as prolific.

Joshua Redman, “Whittlin'” from The Wish, 1993 album featuring Pat Metheney on guitar.

Herbie Mann, “Hold On (I’m Comin’)” from Memphis Underground (1968). Crazy flute followed by rock guitar break by Larry Coryell and CRAZY guitar break by Sonny Sharrock.