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.