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.