- 1. Thelonious Monk – Evidence (Justice)/Rhythm-a-Ning
(Live at the Jazz Workshop)
What a fantastic example of great jazz! It’s just wonderful in a way that I can’t describe!
- 2. Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie – A Night In Tunisia
(Diz ‘n Bird at Carnegie Hall)
I always have this tune stuck in my head. I’m constantly humming it. It’s like my life’s theme song (not that the theme actually fits my life). Another fantastic jazz tune, and a standard in the idiom; this is just a great, great tune!
- 3. Vampire Weekend – I Think Ur A Contra
A delightfully simple and fun unconventional pop-ish tune from a not always simple, yet delightful, fun and unconventional pop-ish band! I’m not entirely sure what a contra is (doesn’t sound like it’s being used in a musical context), but I don’t think it even matters to enjoy this neat number.
- 4. Joshua Redman Elastic Band – Put It In Your Pocket
Funky, funky, funky! Mmm mmm mmm! This whole album (Momentum) is begging to be on a “top” list, but what puts this track into the top 5 for right now is that not only is it funky as hell, the improv is fantastic! Nicholas Payton rips it up on trumpet, and he’s no slouch, but Joshua Redman absolutely wails and the two of them play off of each other so well, stealing little bits of each other’s solos. This is just really good music!
- 5. Radiohead – Paranoid Android
A very heavy-feeling tune, full of layers and using unconventional chords, styles and time signatures for pop/rock music; this track just has a great feel to it, from the gentle intro to the rock-out middle section into the dreamy, spaced-out groove and the slap-in-the-face ending. The music is just brilliant. I think every pop band should sound this good!