Wayne Horvitz, “These Hard Times” (for the “occupiers) from This New Generation (1985). Industrial jazz.
Randy Weston, “African Village/Bedford Stuyvesant” from Blues to Africa (1974). Solo piano, original version of Weston’s theme song.
Lafayette Gilchrest, “Assume the Position” from The Music According to Lafayette Gilchrest (2004).
Billy Cobham, “Spectrum” from 1973 album of same name. Classic fusion album from Mahavishnu Orchestra drummer.
John Scofield, “Twang” from Grace Under Fire (Blue Note, 1992). Recognizable guitar sound over 40 years of recording.
John Mayall, “California” from The Turning Point (1970). Unique “acoustic” band for British Blues master. Sax, finger-style (nylon string) guitar, bass (no drums) and leader’s harmonica and guitar.
Yusef Lateef “Blues for the Orient” from Eastern Sounds (1961). Exotic sounding blues played on oboe.
Miles Davis, “Freedom Jazz Dance” from classic 1965 Miles Smiles album with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Tony Williams.
Caravan, “Yes and No” from Blue Monday album recorded in Carbondale at Tres Hombres (2005). Local band that held down Monday night slot at Tres for a number of years.
Dave Holland and Pepe Habischuela, “The Whirling Dirvish” from Hands (2010). Nice record of jazz bass and flamenco-style guitar.
Rahsaan Roland Kirk, “Rahsaanica” from Natural Black Inventions: Root Strata (1971). Multi-instrumentalist playing roots music.
Herbie Hancock, “Watermelon Man” from Headhunters (1973). Electronic version of Hancock’s “hit” that first appeared on his first Blue Note solo record about 10 years earlier that this recording on the million-selling Headhunters album..