Just a quick list to keep my blogging muscles flexed and maybe get back into the habit. Just some recommendations without much explanation I'm afraid.
Esteem - The Ideal Bread
from the Ideal Bread album. The Steve Lacy tribute band made up of his former New England Conservatory students in a contemplative mode.
Chitlins con Carne - Kenny Burrell
from Midnight Blue. Blue Note soul jazz from the early sixties. I remember first hearing this when I was in high school on some sort of "Best of Blue Note" compilation borrowed from the public library, recorded and then force on anyone who I could listen in order to spread the jazz gospel.
Trio for Bass Instruments by Charles Wourinen
As played by the Group for Contemporary Music. One of the most lyrical of high modernists mucks about in the low registers for some interesting sounds and rhythms. Plus, it has the great David Taylor on bass trombone.
The Pusher - Nina Simone
The super funky lead-off to It Is Finished, a 1974 live album.