344: “The Plum Blossom” by Yusef Lateef

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.

Song: The Plum Blossom
Artist: Yusef Lateef
Album: Eastern Sounds
Label: Prestige

213: “Hoe Down” by Oliver Nelson

Oliver, Oliver!Oliver Nelson had a plain name and an ornate soul. He played, arranged, composed, played, breathed, and woke up most every morning between his birth on June 4th, 1932 and his ceasing to be on October 28th in the year of our Lord 19 and 75.

Enjoy “Hoe Down” from what many consider his greatest work, The Blues And The Abstract Truth (1961).

Song: Hoe Down
Artist: Oliver Nelson
Album: The Blues And The Abstract Truth
Label: GRP Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Watch: YouTube

74: “Where Flamingos Fly” by Jeanne Lee and Ran Blake

Not just any old white dude in a suit with a beard at a piano.This album is only available by import (and insanely expensive!), but the song is hypnotizing, so I thought I’d share.  Ran Blake is an American pianist and composer.  Way back in 1961, he and vocalist Jeanne Lee created a riveting album called The Newest Sound Around.  Ran is still kickin’ but Jeanne left us back in 2000.

Here’s a little taste.  Enjoy.

Song: Where Flamingos Fly
Artist: Jeanne Lee and Ran Blake
Album: The Newest Sound Around
Label: RCA/Victor
Buy from: Amazon