Bobby Broom, “D’s Blues” from Upper West Side Story (2012). Chicago-based guitarist with a nice opening groove.
Horace Silver, “Calcutta Cutie” from Song For My Father (1965). Classic Blue Note date of sophisticated hard bop.
Vijay Iyer Trio, “Mmmm, Hmmm” from Accerleranto (2012). Top-of-the-game pianist from much-acclaimed 2012 LP.
Sefon Harris, “Black Action Figure” from the 1999 Blue Note album of the same name. The vibist part of another generation of great Blue Note artists. Great modern jazz.
Rolan Kirk, “Three for Dizzy” from Kirk’s Works (1961). Soulful groove from saxist with Brother Jack McDuff on organ.
Dave Douglas & Keystone, “Moonshine” from 2008 album of the same name. The trumpeters’s fusion band with a 70s style groove.
Wayne Shorter, “Indian Song” from Etcetera. Blue Note date recorded in 1965 but released in 1980. The leader’s saxophone working in, out, and around the ostinado base of Cecil McBee. Nice piano from Herbie Hancock.
Weather Report, “Black Market” from the classic 1976 fusion album of the same name. More Shorter with WR (originally to be called Weather Forecast). More rain music for a rainy spring night.
Cal Tjader, “Cubano Chant” from Latin Concert (1958). The vibist leading a group with Vince Giuraldi (of “Peanuts” music fame) on piano and Mongo Santamiria on congas. Sa-weet.
McCoy Tyner, “Just Feelin'” from Horizon (1980). 8-man group gives weight, but also agility, to the piano player’s signature sound.