Pete’s Place – 4/14/14 Playlist

Chico Hamilton Quintet, “El Toro” from Passin’ Thu (Impulse, 1962). West coast group led by drummer, with Gabor Szabo on guitar and Charles Lloyd on flute. Great sound!

the Bad Plus, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” from These Are the Vistas (2003). Piano trio cause considerable ripple in jazz community with this grunge cover from their first major label record.

Randy Weston, “African Village/Bedford-Stuyvesant” from Blues for Africa (Freedom, 1974). Power solo piano.

Yosvany Terry, “Summer Relief” form Today’s Opinion (2012). Cuban jazz saxist with a nice piece of modern jazz.

Rahsaan Roland Kirk, “Prelude Back Home” from Natural Black Inventions: Roots Strata (Atlantic, 1971). Great stormy Monday music. Kirk playing 3 or 4 instruments, only backed by a guy on thunder stick (?). Weird, but cool.

Django Reinhardt, “Blue Drag” from Djangology, Volume One 1934-35. Gypsy guitarist with “cartoon” music.

Charles Mingus, “Ysabel’s Table Dance” from Tijuana Moods. Recorded in 1957 but not released until 1962. The notoriously self critical Mingus called this his favorite record. Pete’s as well. As described in Mingus’ autobiogrpapy “Beneath the Underdog”, inspired by a lost weekend south of the border.

Joshua Redman Quartet, “Chill” from Mood Swing (1994). Tenor saxophonist with Brad Mehldau on piano, Christian McBride on bass, an Brian Blade on drums. Nice “jazzed” blues from a fine modern jazz record.

Mose Allison, “Seventh Son” from Creek Bank (1958). Mose singing the Willie Dixon blues classic.

Bill Frisell, “White Fang” form Unspeakable (2004). As always, odd but interesting music from the guitarist.

Pat Metheney, “Cross the Heartland” from American Garage (1979). Nice fusion from Missouri-born guitartist.

Dave Holland and Pepe Habichuela, “Subi La Cuesta” from Hands (2012). The great jazz bassist collaborting with the great Basque guitartist.

Herbie Hancock, “Rain Dance” from Sextant (1973). Spacy fusion for a rainy night.


Pete’s Place – 4/7/14 Playlist

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.

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.

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.