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.