E.J’s Blues – Joe La Barbera Quintet

La Barbera behind the drum kit rustles up a worthy tip of the hat to the great Elvin Jones’ lesser-known tracks. This is classic jazz set in the modern studio, but retaining all the raw energy of the analog big band. And the fetching virtues of five people bashing out a jazz tune will reveal themselves as soon as the track starts to play {or the buffering begins to end!}.

Aung San Suu Kyi – Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Brian Blade, Dave Holland

The line-up of dreams at the Newport Jazz Festival, and with names like these on the roster, no words will ever be enough {they could, of course have spelt the name better while uploading it!}

Walk It Off – Toronzo Cannon Band


A great song and even better advice from the Chicago bluesman, who drives a Chicago Transit Authority bus by day, and drives the Chicago blues scene by night. And for someone with a day job as a bus driver, the grinding blues at night gain so much more in sassiness. Hailed as the great new hope for classic Chicago Blues, it would be a great idea to walk right into this one, feet tappin’ and neck snappin’ in tune.

Look – Jonas Hellborg Group

Look, that’s two basses tethered to Hellborg’s shoulder! Back when the millennium was lazily turning, Hellborg made Indian shores his own after creating the requisite amount of dropped jaws with tunes like this. So take a look and see if this fits the eardrums.

“XYZ” – Hiromi Uehara

And finally, lessons in genius all the way from Japan by Hiromi Uehara. The obscenely talented keyboard wizard whips up a sonic storm that we were just blown away by. See if this one makes the feet leave the ground to try and tap to the rhythm.

Happy listening!

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