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.