The Meters, “Cissy Strut” — roots New Orleans funk from band including some of Neville Brothers music clan.
Abdullah Ibrahim, “Dindela” from Mantra Mode (1993). For a cold midwest night, South African high-life jazz. Like strolling face to the sun with the wind at your back.
John Coltrane, “Afro Blue” from Afro-Blue Impressions. Recorded in 1963 with the great Coltrane quartet featuring McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums — giving a totally different feel to the Latin number composed by Mongo Satamaria.
Lee Morgan, “Totem Pole” from The Sidewinder (1963). Vintage Blue Note hard bop from the ill-fated (live hard, die young) trumpeter. Great sax by Joe Henderson.
Horace Silver, “Song for My Father” (1965). More great Blue Note. More Henderson sax.
Herbie Mann, “Funky Nassau” from Push, Push (1971). The flute playing leader with Duane Allman all over the guitar. Groovy.
Ralph Peterson, “Urban Omen” from Something Else (1990). Nice modern jazz sound.
Weather Report, “Mysterious Traveller” from the 1984 album of the same name, considered the great fusion group’s best album. At least by Pete.
David Sanborn, “Again and Again” from Hideaway (1980). Session alto saxist and regular David Letterman band visitor, with a solid fusion session.
Gato Barbieri, “El Parana” from Under Fire. Recorded in 1971, out in 1973 on Flying Dutchman label. Right at the cross points of avant-garde, R&B, and world music. Nice place to be.
McCoy Tyner, “Blues on the Corner” from The Real McCoy. Great 1967 Blue Note date from Coltrane’s piano man.