Playlist – 9/29/14

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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Playlist – 9/22/14

the Bad Plus, “Anthem of the Earnest” from Suspicious Activity (2005). Jazz’ power trio rockin’ out.

Larry Young, “The Moontrane” from Unity (1967). Great Blue Note session with young trumpter Woody Shaw (on his best known composition), Joe Henderson on tenor, Elvin Jones on drums and the leader on organ.

Dave Douglas, “This Love Affair” from Spirit Moves (2009). The trumpeter’s brass band with a New Orleans-style dirge.

Art Pepper, “September Song” (1979). Pete’s “no standards” policy set aside for a calendar-appropriate recording by the great alto saxophonist. From Straight Life (also the name of Pepper’s autobiography). Searing emotion on anything Pepper played.

Will Calhoun, “Afrique Kan-e” from Life in this World (2013). Interesting album from rockish jazz drummer.

Gabor Szabo, “Mizrab” from Jazz Raga (1967). Period music with cheesy sitar overdubbed. And it still sounds great!

Charlie Hunter, “Greasy Granny” from Bing, Bing, Bing (1995). Major label debut of San Francisco area guitarist who emerged from acid jazz scene.

Kenny Burrell and Jimmy Raney, “Blue Duke” from Two Guitars (Prestige, 1957). Album title says it all. Bluesy Burrell and linear Raney combining nicely. Horns along for the ride including Jackie McLean’s always welcome high-pitched alto sax.

Pat Metheney Group, “(Cross) the Heartland” from American Garage (1979). The Missouri-born guitarist at the peak of his commercial/artistic success.

Ralph Peterson’s Fotet, “One False Move” from The Duality Principle (2012). Really nice modern jazz from drummer-led group that features vibes and clarinet.

Miles Davis, “Sivad” from Live-Evil (1971). The album after Bitches Brew keeps the hard, spooky fusion stirred up.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Playlist – 9/15/14

Wes Montgomery, “Movin’ Along” from the 1960 album of the same name featuring the thumb-picking guitarist and James Clay on flute.

Mark Helias, “Police Story Blues” from Desert Blue (Enja, 1989). Bassist let group with gumshoe movie music.

Dave Douglas, “Eastern Parkway” from Freak In (2002). Cool industrial jazz sound. Terrific record.

Rahsaan Roland Kirk, “Make it with You” from Blacknuss (1972). You mean the wimpy pop song by Bread? Yep, but in the hands of RRK an adventure indeed.

Jaco Pastorious, “Opus Pocus” from Jaco’s solo record (Epic, 1976) away from Weather Report. Nice Wayne Shorter (from WR) soprano sax with steel drums.

Larry Coryell and 11th House, “Adam Smasher” from Introducing the 11th House (Vanguard, 1974). Vintage fusion.

Chico Hamilton Quintet, “Lady Gabor” from Passin’ Thru (Impulse, 1962). Stretched out jam with Gabor Zabo, who composed the piece, on guitar and Charles Lloyd on flute. Nice.

John Coltrane, “Syeeda’s Song Flute” from Giant Steps (1960). For ‘Trane’s little girl.

Jason Moran, “RFK in the Land of Apartheid” from Ten (Blue Note, 2010). Beatty piano trio jazz. This one of the best of many great modern piano trio albums.

Portico Quartet, “City of Glass” (2012). Modern young British group with electronic music having just enough improv to call jazz.

Django Reinhardt, “Blue Drag” from 1930’s Hot Club du France recordings (I think). Everybody loves the Basque guitarist.

Dexter Gordon, “Soul Sister” from Dexter Calling (1961). Bluesy sax blowing so slow it almost falls off the record.

Don Cherry, “Dedication to Thomas Mapfumo” from Multikulti (A&M, 1990). Pocket trumpeter leading find world-jazz session.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Playlist – 9/8/14

Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery, “O.G.D.” from Dynamic Duo (1966). Pairing two of jazz’ favorite sounds — Smith’s preaching Hammond B3 and Wes’ thumb-picked guitar.

Ben Allison and Medicine Wheel, “Tricky Dick” from Cowboy Justice (2006). Great modern jazz on “tribute” to former Vice President Cheney.

Jeff Beck, “Blue Wind” from Wired (1976). Fusion session with Jan Hammer joining.

Johnny Griffin, “The Cat” from 1991 album of the same name from the Little Giant of the Tenor Sax.

Kenny Burrell, “Chittlins Con Carne” from Midnight Blue (1967). Great Blue Note date with Stan Turrentine playing soulful sax and Ray Barretto spicing with conga.

Vijay Iyer, “Duality” from Tirtha (2011). The top-of-the-game jazz pianist touches on his Indian family roots.

Yosvany Terry, “Summer Relief” from Today’s Opinion (2012). Cubuan band with modern jazz.

Chico Freeman, “The Search” from The Outside Within (1981). Movie music with bari and tenor sax featured.

Bobby Broom, “Layla” from Modern Man (Delmark, 2001). Guitarist who gigs around Chicago regularly.

Miles Davis Quintet, “Footprints” from Miles Smiles (1965). Maybe the best album of the Miles group with Wayne Shorter on sax (and composer of this modal blues), and the rhythm section of Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams (drums) and Ron Carter.

Nils Petter Molvoer, “Hover” from Er (Thirsty Ear, 2004). Kind of remote fiord but industrial funk? Cool.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Playlist – 9/1/14

Charles Earland, “Black Talk!” from 1969 album. Hit record, for jazz, in it’s day.

Joshua Redman and James Farm , “Polliwog” (2011). Very well done modern jazz by a fine group with a terrible name.

Herbie Hancock, “Watermelon Man” from Headhunters (1973). Synthesizers and Pygmy flutes on fusion update of track originally on mid-60s Blue Note date.

Dave Liebman, “India” from Homage to John Coltrane (1987). Soprano saxist stretches out on modal classic.

Craig Harris, “24 Days in an Hour” from Tribute (1985). Trombonist with tribute to Labor Day.

Fareed Haque, “Mellow Mood” from Trance Hypothesis (Delmark, 2013). Combo of jazz, jam, and India sounds from the NIU professor of guitar.

Sonny Clark, “Blue Minor” from Cool Struttin’ (Blue Note, 1958). Groovy Hard Bop from ill-fated pianist. Art Farmer, Jackie McLean on trumpet and alto front line.

Last Exit, “The Fire Drum” from Iron Path (Virgin, 1988). Sonny Sharrock guitar, Ronald Shannon Jackson rattly drums, Peter Brotzman screaming sax. About as “inside” as this attack jazz group got.

The Bad Plus, “Dirty Blond” from Give (2004). What they do with a piano trio ….

Don Pullen’s African-Brazillian Connection, “Aseko!” from Ode to Life (1993). Carnival groove.

Arthur Blythe, “Slippin’ Through” from Lennox Avenue Breakdown (1979). Band with Blood Ulmer chunky guitar, tuba, and electrified cello backing the leader’s high-pitched alto. Heavy, and groovy.


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Playlist – 8/25/14

The Bad Plus, “Tom Sawyer” from Prog (2007). Jazz’ power trio with their take of Rush classic.

Thelonious Monk, “Well You Needn’t” from Monk’s Music (1957). Horns including John Coltrane.

Gary Burton Quartet, “The Lookout” from Guided Tour (2013). Great record from vibist Burton.

Joe Zawinul, “Money in Pocket” from the 1965 album of the same name. Soul-Jazz, with no hint of fusion mastery to come, from the Austrian-born keyboardist.

Medeski, Martin, and Wood, “Flat Tires” from Radiolarians II (2009). Groovy.

Freddie Hubbard, “Red Clay” from the 1970 CTI album. An early attempt at being “commercial” that ends up with jazz in a deep groove.

Gato Barbieri, “Bolivia” (1973). Latinized but adventurous track from Argentine tenor saxophonist.

Don Pullen, “At the Cafe Central” from New Beginning (Blue Note, 1988). Tight trio with Tony Williams on drums.

Weather Report, “Man in the Green Shirt” from Tale Spinnin’ (1975). Zawiful and Shorter near the top of Mt. Fusion.

Jackie McLean, “Omega” from Let Freedom Ring (Blue Note, 1962). Out but with an ostinado anchor.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Playlist – 8/18/14

Eddie Harris, “Listen Here!” from the Electrifying Eddie Harris (1967, Atlantic). Funky call to action.

George Benson, “Because/Come Together” from The Other Side of Abbey Road”. Pittsburgh guitarist covers the entire Beatles album.

Mose Allison, “It Didn’t Turn Out That Way” — special for the new SIU students.

Randy Weston, “African Village/Bedford-Stuyvesant” from Blues for Africa (Arista Freedom, 1974). Trance-like pan-African piano.

Sonny Rollins, “St. Thomas” from Saxophone Colossus. Classic 1956 recording with Max Roach on drums. A calypso melody dedicated to the home of Rollins’ mother =- St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Also Pete’s birth island.

Ben Allison and Medicine Wheel, “Riding the Nuclear Tiger” from Cowboy Justice (Palmetto, 2006). Great piece of modern jazz from the bass-playing leader.

Dave Douglas and Keystone, “Moonshine” from the album of the same name by the top-of-the-field modern trumpeter’s fusion-ish band.

Bobby Broom, “Dance for Osiris” from Modern Man (Delmark, 2001). Chicago-base guitarist recording on the home label of the Jazz Record Mart in Chicago.

Garaj Mahal, “Junckt” from Mondo Garaj. Jam band with Pete’s favorite Fareed Haque on guitar.

Matthew Shipp, “A Knot in Your Bop” from AntiPop Consortium (Thirsty Ear, 2003). Wildly eclectic modern jazz pianist with a rap album.

Mahavishnu Orchestra, “Meeting of the Spirits” from Inner Mounting Flame (1973). Orchestra rock-jazz. Operaetic and heavy metal.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment