Playlist – 12/1/14

Vijay Iyer, “Galang” from Histoicity. Rockin’ Pete’s theme.

Mullgrew Miller, “Hand to Hand” from the 1992 album of the same name. Kenny Garrett featured on alto.

Weather Report, “Hovana” from Heavy Weather. Jaco Pastorious tune from 1975 album that first featured the great bassist.

Miles Davis, “All Blues” from Kind of Blue. Jazz Gold, modal blues track from the 1959 album considered by many the greatest jazz album ever recorded.

New Arts Jazztet, “Neil’s Notion” from Arkadia. 2014 album of original compositions by highly-skilled group primarily made up of SIU music faculty.

Mose Allison, “What’s Your Movie?” from Jazz Profile (1993).

Kenny Werner, “New Amsterdam” from Lawn Chair Society” (2007). A veteran but little known pianist leads an uniquely modern sounding record with a crack group with Dave Douglas on trumpet and Chris Potter on sax.

The Bad Plus, “Never Stop” from the 2010 album of the same name. Trio sounding like the White Stripes tub-thumbing drums.

Herbie Nichols, “Lady Sings the Blues” from Third World (1956). One of the immediately familiar themes written by ill-fated piano man.

Last Exit, “The Fire Drum” from Iron Path, 1988 album by shock-jazz group with Sonny Sharrock’s screaming guitar, Peter Brotzman’s screaming sax, and Ronald Shannon Jackson’s bashing drums. This track as close to “normal” as they get.

New Arts Jazztet, “And the People Said” from Arkadia.

The Ritual Trio, “Africanos/Latinos” from Africa N’da Blues (Delmark, 1999). Kahlil El Zabar, Malachi Favors (bass) and Ari Brown joined by Pharoh Sanders and Susanna Sandoval with the interesting Spanish/English vocal.

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Playlist – 11/17/14

The Meters, “Cissy Strut” — roots New Orleans funk from band including some of Neville Brothers music clan.

Abdullah Ibrahim, “Dindela” from Mantra Mode (1993). For a cold midwest night, South African high-life jazz. Like strolling face to the sun with the wind at your back.

John Coltrane, “Afro Blue” from Afro-Blue Impressions. Recorded in 1963 with the great Coltrane quartet featuring McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums — giving a totally different feel to the Latin number composed by Mongo Satamaria.

Lee Morgan, “Totem Pole” from The Sidewinder (1963). Vintage Blue Note hard bop from the ill-fated (live hard, die young) trumpeter. Great sax by Joe Henderson.

Horace Silver, “Song for My Father” (1965). More great Blue Note. More Henderson sax.

Herbie Mann, “Funky Nassau” from Push, Push (1971). The flute playing leader with Duane Allman all over the guitar. Groovy.

Ralph Peterson, “Urban Omen” from Something Else (1990). Nice modern jazz sound.

Weather Report, “Mysterious Traveller” from the 1984 album of the same name, considered the great fusion group’s best album. At least by Pete.

David Sanborn, “Again and Again” from Hideaway (1980). Session alto saxist and regular David Letterman band visitor, with a solid fusion session.

Gato Barbieri, “El Parana” from Under Fire. Recorded in 1971, out in 1973 on Flying Dutchman label. Right at the cross points of avant-garde, R&B, and world music. Nice place to be.

McCoy Tyner, “Blues on the Corner” from The Real McCoy. Great 1967 Blue Note date from Coltrane’s piano man.

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Playlist – 11/10/14

Rashaan Roland Kirk, “Ain’t No Sunshine” from Blacknuss (Atlantic, 1972). Atlantic’s attempts to make RRK more commercial just make him odder … and cooler.

Stephon Harris (vibes), David Sanchez (sax), Christian Scott (trumpet), “Black Action Figure” from Ninty Miles (2011). Very good modern jazz album recorded in Cuba with local rhythm sections.

Kenny Burrell, “Chittlins Con Carne” from Midnight Blue, a classic 1967 Blue Note session with the leader’s guitar joined by Stan Turrentine’s soulful sax and a bit of conga.

Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble, “Stang’s Swang” from Couldn’t Stand the Weather (1984). SRV’s take on hard bop.

Bud Powell, “Dance of the Infidels” from Bud Powell, Vol. 1 (1949). Classic be-bop.

Garaj Mahal with Fareed Haque (guitar), “Hindi Gumbo” from Mundo Garaj (2002). Jam band jazz, with Haque’s Pakistan by way of Congo Square guitar.

Dexter Gordon, “A Night in Tunisia” from Our Man in Paris (1963). Nice hard bop workout of Dizzy Gillespie be-bop classic.

Vijay Iyer, “Duality” from Tirtha (2011). Leading jazz pianist embraces his Indian heritage in company of Indian guitar and tabla. Great “world” jazz record.

Gene Krupa, “Drum Boogie” from 1941. For any WWII vets in the audience on Veterans’ Day.

Larry Coryell and 11th House, “Low-Lee-Tah” from Introducing 11th House (1974). Spacy hard fusion, with Randy Brecker trumpet.

The Bad Plus, “Dirty Blonde” from Give (2004). Jazz’ power trio.

Thelonious Monk, “Bemshaw Swing” from Brilliant Corners, Monk’s great 1957 recording with horns and Max Roach on drums (and tympani on “Swing”).

David Grisman, “Neon Tetra” from Hot Dawg. Probably the best recording of Grisman’s instrumental improvisational music with bluegrass instruments. Yea, Dawg Music!

Gabo Szabo, “Paint it Black” from Jazz Raga (1967). Period piece. Nice.

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Playlist – 11/3/14

Charles Earland, “Black Talk!” from the 1970 album of the same name. Kind of a hit in its time.

Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, “Salt Peanutes” (1945). Fun Be-Bop workout.

Gary Burton Quartet, “The Lookout” from Guided Tour. The “retired” vibraphonist with a new group and maybe the best jazz LP of 2013.

Weather Report, “Black Market” from the album of the same name. Fusion super group in their prime.

Wes Montgomery, “Movin’ Along” from the 1960 Impulse album of the same name. Groovy.

Mose Allison, “Your Mind is On Vacation” — Mose’s “tribute” to night club audiences who make too much noise.

Monty Alexander, “The Heathen” from Stir It Up: the Music of Bob Marley (1999). Jamaican jazz pianist discovers the island sound.

Jackie McLean, “Omega” from Let Freedom Ring (1962). Altoist leads super “new thing” Blue Note session.

Sonny Rollins, “St. Thomas” from Saxophone Colossus. Swingin’ calypso style on sax giant’s great track. Max Roach with his signature drum figures.

The Bad Plus, “Seven-Minute Mind” from Made Possible (2012). Jazz’ power trio with a groovy track.

Thelonious Monk, “Bemshaw Swing” (1952). More power trio.

Oliver Nelson, “Stolen Moments” from Blues and the Abstract Truth (1961). Super sophisticated small-group jazz.

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Playlist – 10/27/14

Stanton Moore, “Chilock” from Stanton III (2006). Groovy jazz from jam band (Gallactic) drummer.

Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, “Ahmad the Terrible” from Album, Album (1984). Great 80’s jazz.

Charles Tolliver, “Lil’s Paradise” from Paper Man (1968). Nice post-bop jazz from underappreciated trumpeter.

Dave Douglas, “Freak In” from the early 2000s album of the same name.

Dr. Michael White, “Mpingo Blues” from Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, Part 1 (2011). Jazz clarinet NO style.

New Arts Jazztet, “Arkadia”, “Neil’s Notion”, “Amethyst Eyes”, and “And the People Said” from the 2014 album Arkadia. Long-standing group of Southern Illinois University music professors. Interview with leader and bassist Phil Brown.

Charles Mingus, “Monin'” from Blues and Roots (great track from great 1960 album.

Horace Silver, “Calcutta Cutie” from Song for My Father — great post-bop Blue Note day.

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Playlist – 10/20/14

Vijay Iyer Trio, “Galang” from Historicity (2009). Bangin’ piano trio music from top-of-the game jazz musician.

Joshua Redman, “Chillin'” from Moodswing (1994). Second generation tenor sax player (father Dewey played with Ornette Coleman and others).

Bill Frisell, “Baba Drame” from The Intercontinentals (2003). Always interesting guitarist.

Stanton Moore, “Green Chimneys” from All Kooked Out (1996). Jam band Galactic’s drummer covers a Thelonious Monk tune on his debut as a leader.

Bobby Previte, “Look Both Ways” from Claude’s Late Morning (1988). One of the best records of the Downtown (Manhattan) scene of the late 1980s into 2000s. Drummer led group also including guitarist Frisell, drummer Joey Barron, and keyboardist Wayne Horwitz (all-star team of the downtown scene).

the Bad Plus, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” from We are the Vistas (2003). Power jazz piano trio. Kind of controversial when it came out. Jazz has long covered Broadway musical tunes, so why not grunge?

McCoy Tyner, “Man from Tanganika” from Tender Moments (Blue Note, 1968). Big band led by plays-big pianist.

Yusef Lateef, “Blues of the Orient” from Eastern Sounds (1961). Blues played on the oboe for an exotic, “world” feel. But still the blues.

Medeski, Martin & Wood, “Junkyard” from Radiolarians II (2009). A tribute to Trashcan Americana bands, like our own Woodbox Gang.

Gato Barbieri, “Malango Triste” from Chapter Four: Live in New York (1975). The last of four early 70s Impulse albums from the great Argentine tenor saxophonist.

Dave Holland and Pepe Habescuella, “Hands” from the 2010 album of the same name. The great British bassist in collaboration with a Basque guitarist.

Herbie Hancock, “Sly” from Headhunters (1973). Period fusion from the biggest selling jazz album of all time.

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Playlist – 10/6/14

John Scofield, “A Go Go” from the album of the same name (1998). Groove jazz backed by Medeski, Martin, and Wood.

Joanne Brackeen, “Egyptian Dune Dance” from Special Identify (1980). Very strong piano trio record with Jack DeJohnette on drums and Eddie Gomez bass. Strong themes and improv. Would sound great in modern purple patch for piano trio.

David Sanchez, “Ill Wind” from Travesia (2001). Nice modern jazz with a Latin touch.

Steve Kahn, “An Eye on Autumn” from The Blue Man (1978). Guitarist leads sophisticated fusion date with Mike and Randy Brecker on tenor and trumpet.

Chico Hamilton, “The Dealer” from 1966 Impulse LP of the same name. Drummer’s LA traffic drum rolls and very young Larry Coryell on guitar.

Freddie Hubbard, “Blue Frenzy” and “Far Away” from Breaking Point. Great 1964 new thing Blue Note date. A mid-tempo blues groove and a spacey flute feature for Hubbard on trumpet and fellow Indianapolis native James Spaulding.

Mose Allison, “Gettin’ There” from Profile: Mose Allison (1987). Pete’s house philosopher.

John Zorn, George Lewis, and Bill Frisell, “Sonny’s Crib” from More News for Lu Lu (2008). A really great record with alto sax, trombone, and guitar doing a program of Sonny Clark hard-bop numbers. Groovy and avant at same time. Nice.

Art Pepper, “Tin Tin Deo” from Meets the Rhythm Section. West coast alto saxist cuts a session with Miles Davis’ rhythm section of Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass) and Philly Joe Jones (drums).

The Bad Plus, “Never Stop” from 2010 LP of the same name. Channelling the White Stripes on heavy jazz track.

Jimmy Smith, “Midnight Special” from 1960 Blue Note LP of Hammond organ master.

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