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.