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.