British guitarist John McLaughlin turned 65 yesterday. He's renowned for his tenures with Tony Williams's Lifetime band and Miles Davis's group in the late '60s, not to mention the seminal Mahavishnu Orchestra from the '70s, but McLaughlin also shined in the '90s in his trio, Free Spirits.
Check out this video of the Free Spirits doing Carla Bley's "Sing Me Softly of the Blues." McLaughlin's tone is especially plaintive but his solo has plenty of fleet-fingered fire as well. Organist Joey DeFrancesco's playing here bridges the traditional and modern: his accompaniment has that natural, deep blues feeling, and his improvisations have some clear links to McLaughlin's own licks. Clean, crisp and funky Dennis Chambers ably assists on drums.
You can find a good version of this tune on his excellent 1995 album After the Rain with Joey D. and Elvin Jones.