Matthew Shipp, “A Knot in Your Bop” form AntiPop Consortium (2003). Mixing Hip-Hop and jazz piano.
Horace Silver, “Calcutta Cutie” from Song for my Father (Blue Note, 1965). Popular pianist leads crack hard-bop group in minor mood groove.
Dave Holland, “Empty Chair (for Clare)” from Prism (2013). Great bassist with a quartet featuring Kevin Eubanks (Tonight Show band leader for years) on guitar. Deep blues.
Al DiMeoloa, “Al Di’s Dream Theme” from Splendido Hotel (1980). Fusion from the fastest guitar in the west.
David Murray Octet, “Estimated Prophet” from Dark Star: The Music of the Grateful Dead. Big-toned saxophist blowing on Dead groove.
Dexter Gordon, “Tanya” from Manhattan Symphony (1976). Nice medium blues from Long Tall Dexter’s comeback album after years of exile in Europe.
Jason Adasiewicz, “Life” from Sun Rooms (Delmark, 2010). Nice vibes-led band.
Pierre Dorge and New Jungle Orchestra, “Monk in Africa” from Brikama (1984 recording). Danish guitarist with signature cascading sound and funky band.
Rahsaan Roland Kirk, “Volunteered Slavery” from the 1969 album of the same name. What’s “Hey, Jude” quote doing in the middle? As always, weird but cool.
Gary Burton Quartet, “The Lookout” from Guided Tour (2013). More vibes, this time from veteran band leader’s new group.
Wayne Shorter and Milton Nacimiento, “Lilia” from Native Dancer. Great 1985 combo of Shorter’s soprano sax and Milton’s wordless vocals.
Hank Mobley, “Uh, Huh” from Workout. Classic 60s Blue Note hard bop session.