Here’s a song by bassist John Paul Jones from one of my favorite Led Zeppelin albums, Houses of the Holy. I’ve played this on jazz gigs for years, and it gets an enthusiastic response even if people don’t recognize it.
Sonny Clark’s tribute to Baroness Kathleen Annie Pannonica de Koenigswarter, who was a patron and friend of many jazz artists in New York City, most notably Thelonious Monk.
Here’s the funky opening track from one of my favorite Larry Willis albums, Inner Crisis.
This pretty tune appears on the album Swinging, Singing, Playing by the Count Basie Orchestra. One of only a handful of Basie alumni playing with the band, trombonist and arranger Dennis Wilson does a nice job of capturing the vibe and easy swing of the old orchestra. To me, this song calls to mind the Basie records of the late 50s, when Thad Jones was writing and arranging for the band. Wilson says he wrote this the day Basie died in 1984.
Here’s a fun jazz calypso from McCoy Tyner.
A pretty ballad by saxophonist Tom Scott.
I transcribed this from a mix CD given to me about ten years ago. I’ve learned it comes from an Eric Reed album called Blue Monk, but I don’t know who wrote the song or when. Is anyone familiar with this tune?