Pete’s Place – 2/17/14 Playlist

Gabor Szabo, “Paint It, Black” from Jazz Raga (Impulse,1967). Hungarian-born guitarist channeling ‘Stones, with sitar overdub.

Gary Burton Quartet, “Sunday’s Uncle” from Guided Tour. Vibes veteran leads a young band through one of 2013’s best jazz albums.

Dave Douglas, “Eastern Parkway” from Freak In (Bluebird, 2003). Trumpeter with a bit of industrial fusion.

Don Byron, “I’ve Found a New Baby” from Ivey-Divey (2004). The clarinetist with Jason Moran on drums and Jack DeJohnette on drums giving new life to a very old song.

Lafayette Gilchrest, “Soul Progessin'” from the 2008 album of the same name. Meter’s style jazz/funk.

Max Roach, “Driva Man” from We Insist! Freedom Now Suite (1960). Powerful conception, drums, Abby LIncoln vocals, and Coleman Hawkin’s earthy tenor solo.

Steve Coleman and Five Elements, “Adrenal, Got Ghost” from Functional Arrythymias (2013). M-base sound on a new record.

Weather Report, “The Man in the Yellow Shirt” from Tale Spinnin’ (1975). Classic WR fusion.

Ralph Peterson Fo’tet, “One False Move” from The Duality Principle (2012). Great modern jazz sound with vibes and bass clarinet complimenting the leaders drumming.

Raashan Roland Kirk, “What’s Going On?” from Blacknuss (Atlantic, 1972). Totally RRK cover of Marvin Gaye.

Charles Mingus, “Fables of Faubus” from Mingus Ah-Um (1959). The racist governor who prevented school desegregation in Little Rock by calling in the National Guard some serves as inspiration for Mingus’ beautiful composition for an 8-piece big band sounding like an 18-piece jazz orchestra.

Dave Holland, “The Watcher” from Prism. Great 2013 record with Kevin Eubanks on guitar sounding like 5 guest artists.



Playlist – 2/10/14

Charlie Hunter Quartet, “Rebel Music” from Natty Dread (Blue Note, 1997). The 8-string guitartist covers the entire Bob Marley album of the same name.

Gary Burton Quartet, “Jackalope” from Guided Tour. Fine 2013 album from the great vibist (who’s supposed to be retired).

The Bad Plus, “7-Minute Mind” from Made Possible. Stick-in-your-head piano trio music from 2012 album.

Milt Jackson and John Coltrane, “Bag’s Groove” from Bags & Trane (Atlantic, 1961). Vibes and sax, respectively.

Thelonious Monk, “Bemshaw Swing” — classic Monk from 1952.

Chucho Valdes, “Afro-Commanche” from Border Free (2013). Legendary Cuban pianist and bandleader somehow mixes Afro-Cuban and Native-American. It’s not crazy if it works.

Garaj Mahal, “Junckt” from Mondo Garaj (2002?). Jam band with Chicago area guitarist Fareed Haque on board for a Led Zepplin meets Sufi mystic romp.

Dexter Gordon, “Tonya” from Manhattan Symphonie (1976). Long Tall Dexter at his tenor sax best on a blues written by trumpeter Donald Byrd and first recorded on one of Gordon’s classic mid-60s Blue Note dates.

Mose Allison, “I Don’t Worry ‘Bout a Thing”. Poet laureate of Pete’s with some deep (for a bopper) philosophy.

Ran Blake, “Short Life of Barbara Monk” from 1986 Soul Note LP of the same name. An achingly beautiful track dedicated to Monk’s daughter who died young.

Dave Holland, “The Empty Chair (for Clare)” from Prism (2013). Groovy but heavy, with Kevin Eubanks (Jay Leno’s one-time bandleader) on guitar. Pete’s favorite record of 2013.


Playlist – 2/3/14

the Bad Plus, “Anthem of the Earnest” from Suspicious Activity (2005). Jazz’ power trio in full stride.

Joe Henderson, “Pedro’s Time” from Our Thing (Blue Note, 1964). Classic mid-60s BN date with Kenny Dorham on trumpet and Andrew Hill, piano in addition to the leader on tenor sax.

Dave Holland, “The Watcher” from Prism (2013). Pete’s nominee for favorite record (of ones I heard) from ’13, featuring the great bassist and a band including Kevin Eubanks (former Tonight Show band leader and brother of Robin, trombone player and Dave Holland Quintet member for years). Early 70s style fusion with thundering drums, distorted keyboards, and roaring guitar.

Django Reinhard, “The Blue Drag”. The Basque guitarist recorded in the 30s.

Pat Martino, “East!” — extended (12 min.) jam on title track of a 1968 album for the guitarist who established a fine career in the 60s and 70s, suffered brain surgery and resultant amnesia in 1980, and re-learned guitar listening to his old records.

Stephon Harris / David Sanchez / Christian Scott, “Black Action Figure” from Ninty (2011). Best song on a great album made by young American musicians (vibes, sax, trumpet respectively) traveling 90 miles south to record with Cuban rhythm section.

Roland Kirk, “Volunteered Slavery” from the 1969 Atlantic album of the same name. Multiple horns played simultaneously, odd but cool lyrics, and an extended quote from “Hey Jude”.

Steve Coleman and Five Elements, “Lymph Swag (Dance of the Leukocytes)” from Functional Arryhthms (2013). Odd album concept of tunes named for body functions. But cool music.

Larry Coryell and Eleventh House (1974). Channeling Mahavishnu Orchestra on “Low-lee-tah”. Randy Brecker on trumpet giving the group a unique fusion sound.

Double Image, “Rodney’s Dream of Fantasy and Self-Fulfillment” (1977). Distinctive sound with double vibes.

Your Community Spirit 2013 December 27

News includes Fracking Company Finds New Way To Screw Over The Environment; Three Fifths Of America Doesn’t Know Incandescents Are About To Disappear; Scientists Call For Labeling Tar Sands Oil; Climate Grinches Of 2013; Climate Champions Of 2013. Happenings include Public Comments On Fracking Rules; For Kids’ Sake Art Submissions; Carbondale Community Farmers Market; Stone Soup Picnic; Community Racial Justice Coalition.

Your Community Spirit 2013 December 20

News includes Hundreds Gather In Carbondale For IDNR Frack Rules Hearing; Bankrupt Fracking Firm Suing NY Governor To End Moratorium; Fracking Could Screw Up Sexual Health; BP Engineer Found Guilty Of Obstructing Justice; November Was Globe’s Warmest November; Greenpeace 30, Pussy Riot Receive Amnesty; Michael Pollan Says Gardening Makes Better Writers. Happenings include For Kids’ Sake Art Submissions; Carbondale Community Farmers Market; Southern Illinois MLK Celebration.

Your Community Spirit 2013 December 13

News includes Dallas Bans Fracking In Most Of City; Check Climate Forecast In Your County; Southern Half Of Keystone XL Filling With Oil; People In China Beat Smog With Cigarette Filters In Nostrils; Offshore Wind Farms Could Protect Us From Hurricanes; Wind Energy Becoming Cheaper Than Natural Gas; Homeless Guy Makes Ridesharing App. Happenings include Filipino Fundraiser Dinner; Carbondale Community Farmers Market; Southern Illinois Alternative Gift Fair; Transpoetic Krampusnacht; Public Hearing On Fracking Rules.

Your Community Spirit 2013-12-06

News includes Fracking Opponents Voice Concerns At IDNR Hearing; Big Corporations Preparing For Carbon Taxes; Climate Sneak Attack; Scientists Say Current Warming Target Is Disastrous; Tough Times For ALEC; Will Massachusetts Ban Fracking; Students Petition SIU To Divest From Fossil Fuels. Happenings include Filipino Fundraising Dinner; Carbondale Community Farmers Market; United Nations Declaration Of Human Rights Anniversary Vigil; Southern Illinois Alternative Gift Fair; Christmahanukwanzadan; Marriage Equality Community Forum; Public Hearings On Fracking Rules.