On this show
- Buster Williams – I Love You – Crystal Reflections – from a 1976 album features a number of duets a quartet featuring Buster Williams, Roy Ayers, Kenny Barron and Billy Hart.
- Oliver Nelson – In Time – Taking Care of Business – In a slightly unusual group session from 1960 (with vibraphonist Lem Winchester, organist Johnny “Hammond” Smith, bassist George Tucker and drummer Roy Haynes), Nelson better known later in life for his arranging and composing skills (he wrote the theme tune for TVs Ironside show for example) improvises a variety of well-constructed but spontaneous solos.
- Melvin Sparks – Charlie Brown – Sparks! – a 1970 soul jazz session from blues focused guitarist Sparks. Leon Spencer features on organ.
- Elvin Jones – Moon Dance – Time Capsule – Elvin’s Vanguard recordings of 1975-77, of which this was the final one, generally found him playing with all-stars or augmenting his band with guests. This tune was written by altoist Bunky Green, who is the date’s top soloist – the rest of the band includes tenor saxophonist George Coleman, the electric piano of Kenny Barron, bassist Junie Booth, guitarist Ryo Kawasaki, and percussionist Angel Allende.
- Marion Brown – Bismillah, Rahmani Rrahim – Vista – Altoist Marion Brown, one of the potentially great high-energy saxophonists to emerge in the mid-’60s (he was on John Coltrane’s famous Ascension record). This disc has in impressive line-up including both Anthony Davis and Stanley Cowell on keyboards along with bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Ed Blackwell
- Jackie McLean – Erdu – ‘Bout Soul – From 1967 ‘Bout Soul is one of McLean’s most explicit free albums, finding the alto saxophonist pushing a quintet — trumpeter Woody Shaw , pianist Lamont Johnson, bassist Scotty Holt, and drummer Rashied Ali.
- Renegades of Jazz – Voodoo Juju – Hip to the Jive – Raw and heavy produced music, fusing jazz with breakbeat elements, bringing the jazz back to the dancefloor. Started as an experiment in trying something new, Renegades Of Jazz were instantly signed by UK based producer Smoove to his new label Wass Records.
- Earl Turbinton – Kingston Town – Brothers for Life – Alto saxophonist Turbinton and keyboardist Willie Tee moved into more adventurous territory than usual on this 1988 date. While each was an experienced blues and R&B stylist, they had also maintained active jazz ties since the ’50s, and it comes to the surface on this date.
- Marcus Belgrave – Odom’s Cave – Gemini – This nonet with trumpeter Belgrave is sometimes funky, spacy, or swinging, but always potent. The band includes Roy Brooks, Wendell Harrison, Harold McKinney and Phil Ranelin.
- John Abercrombie – Out of Towner – Wait ‘Till You See Her – Abercrombie most recent album – his longstanding partnership with Mark Feldman has yielded several albums of great music, and this latest one is no different. The mood is restrained, and introspective. With acoustic bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Joey Baron.
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