In the Groove, Jazz and Beyond
MLK Day 2018
Sun, 14 Jan 2018 11:38:09 -0500

My annual podcast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, with jazz music. This year it takes on even more importance following the racism displayed by the man in the White House. Perhaps some good can come from this incident by awakening the good people of this country to stand up and resist racism and injustice in our society with non-violence as Dr. King would have wanted.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
John Coltrane ~ Alabama ~ The Gentle Side of John Coltrane
Noah Baerman ~ Wahington, 1963 ~ Soul Force
Herbie Hancock ~ I Have a Dream ~ The Prisoner
Martin Luther King Jr. ~ I Have a Dream Speach ~ n/a
Wallace Roney ~ I Have a Dream ~ If Only For One Night
Sonny Rollins ~ The Freedom Suite ~ Freedom Suite
Gil Scott-Heron ~ Peace Go With You, Brother ~ Winter In America
Joey DeFrancesco + The People ~ Project Freedom ~ Project Freedom
Noah Preminger ~ A Change I Gonna Come ~ Meditati [...]

JM 76 Birthday
Sun, 07 Jan 2018 10:01:02 -0500

This podcast celebrates the birthday of jazz fusion guitarist John McLaughlin. We play his music in several different settings to show the depth of his artistry and innovation. Most of this show has (Mahavishnu) John McLaughlin as a leader, but there are also tracks as a sideman. His work with Miles Davis is legendary. The podcast ends with an unrelated track from a CTI release of Milt Jackson playing Hubbard’s Sunflower.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Playlist
John McLaughlin ~ Extrapolation ~ Extrapolation
John McLaughlin ~ Peace One ~ Our Goals Beyond
Mahavishnu Orchestra ~ Dawn ~ The Inner Mounting Flame
Shakti ~ The Daffodill and the Eagle ~ Natural Elements
Joe Farrell ~ Follow Your Heart ~ The Joe Farrell Quartet
Miles Davis ~ Miles Runs the Voodoo Down ~ Bitches Brew
Milt Jackson ~ Sunflower ~ Sunflower

My 2017 Favorite Releases
Mon, 01 Jan 2018 12:09:37 -0500

2017 was a great year for new jazz releases. There were so many great new albums that this extended podcast is 2 3/4 hours in length. Happy New Years to all my podcast listeners. Looking forward to more great music (and a change in politics) in the coming year.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album 
Greg Abate and the Tim Ray Trio ~ Road to Forever  ~ Road to Forever
Billy Childs ~ The Windmills of Your Mind ~ Rebirth
Christian Sands ~ ¡Óyeme! ~ Reach
Christian Sands ~ Somewhere Out There ~ Reach
Harold Mabern ~ Dat Dere ~ To Love and Be Loved
Harold Mabern ~ So What ~ To Love and Be Loved
SFJAZZ Collective ~ Tutu ~ Music of Miles Davis & Original Compositions Live: SFJazz Center 2016
SFJAZZ Collective ~ Joshua ~ Music of Miles Davis & Original Compositions Live: SFJazz Center 2016
Hudson ~ El Swing ~ Hudson (feat. Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski [...]

Best of 17 and Nutcracker
Sat, 23 Dec 2017 18:41:38 -0500

Let’s begin with a Christmas tune from Hartford alumni “The Human Race” led by Dane Scazzari. Then some of the great releases of 2017. Finally you will hear in its entirety Ellington/Strayhorn’s arrangement of the Nutcracker Suite, inspired by the Tchaikovsky classic.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Dane Scazzari and the Human Race ~ Blue Christmas ~ It’s Christmas Time Again
Christian Sands ~ Bud’s Tune ~ Reach
Christian Sands ~ Use Me ~ Reach
Billy Childs ~ Starry Night ~ Rebirth
Joey Alexander ~ Ugly Beaurty ~ Joey.Monk.Live!
Vijay Iyer Sextet ~ Far From Over ~ Far from Over
Vijay Iyer Sextet ~ Nope ~ Far from Over
Noah Preminger ~ Womens March ~ Meditations on Freedom
Harmonie Ensemble/New York (Steven Richman, cond.) ~ Nutcracker Suite ~ Tchaikovsky/Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker Suite

Tribute 2017
Sun, 17 Dec 2017 12:20:49 -0500

This podcast pays tribute to the victims and families of the Sandy Hook massacre on its 5 year anniversary. Jimmy Greene pays homage to his daughter, a victim of the attack. We also pay tribute to another tragedy; the murder of John Lennon with jazz covers of several of his tunes. Also in this episode is a set of McCoy Tyner music to celebrate his birthday. 

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Jimmy Greene ~ Ana’s Way (feat. Kurt Elling) ~ Beautiful Life
Jimmy Greene ~ Second Breakfast ~ Flowers, Beautiful Life vol2
SFJazz Collective ~ Superstition ~ The Music of Stevie Wonder
Mike Casey ~ Norwegian Wood (Single) ~ Live From SoFar NYC
Bill Frisell ~ Give Peace a Chance ~ All We Are Saying
Craig Hartley ~ Imagine Peace Piece ~ Books on Tape Vol II
Craig Hartley ~ Happy Xmass Prelude 1, C Major ~ Craig Hartley remixes the Beatles
McCoy Tyner ~ Impressions ~ Trident
McCoy Tyner ~ My [...]

Wynton Miles Donald Joe Wayne
Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:19:13 -0500

A podcast of heavy hitters in the jazz world. Wynton, Donald, Miles, Joe, Wayne are represented here. I also threw in some heavy hitters from the Hartford scene led by tenor saxophonist Jovan Alexandre. 

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Wynton Marsalis ~ Winter Wonderland ~ A Jazzy Wonderland
Donald Byrd ~ Fly Little Bird Fly ~ Mustang
Donald Byrd ~ Off To the Races ~ Off To The Races
Miles Davis ~ Shhh/Peaceful ~ In A Silent Way
Jovan Alexander ~ Red Blues ~ Collective Conciousness
Joe Henderson ~ A Shade of Jade ~ Mode for Joe
Joe Henderson ~ Inner Urge ~ Inner Urge
Wayne Shorter ~ Witch Hunt ~ Speak No Evil
Wayne Shorter ~ Black Nile ~ Night Dreamer

Standards New and Old
Sun, 03 Dec 2017 11:33:48 -0500

We have a different take on jazz standards in this week’s podcast. Inspired by a Facebook post, I assembled this program of modern compositions that may or may not be considered new standards along with more traditional covers of older standards. 

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Earl MacDonald ~ Appointment in Ghana ~ Open Borders
Stan Getz ~ Voyage (comp. Kenny Barron) ~ Soul Eyes
Roy Hargrove ~ Strasbourg/St. Denis ~ Earfood
Roy Hargrove ~ To Wisdom the Prize (comp. Larry Willis) ~ Earfood
Joshua Redman ~ Jazz Crimes ~ Elastic
Harold Mabern ~ The Gigolo ~ To Love and Be Loved
Harold Mabern ~ So What ~ To Love and Be Loved
Benny Golson ~ Grove’s Groove ~ New Time, New’Tet
Benny Golson ~ Whisper Not (feat Al Jareau) ~ New Time, New’Tet
Jimmy Greene ~ Anthem of Hope ~ The Overcomers Suite

Day After Thanksgiving
Sun, 26 Nov 2017 10:43:59 -0500

This podcast was recorded the day after Thanksgiving. We begin with music inspired by this, my favorite holiday. Since Thanksgiving is centered around eating food, we will begin with Arthur Blythe’s Stuffy Turkey. Then we “Give Thanks” with saxophonist Jimmy Greene, and partake of some Soul Food with Cyrus Chestnut and Atla DeChamplain. Lots more music follows.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Arthur Blythe ~ Stuffy Turkey ~ Focus
Jimmy Greene ~ Give Thanks ~ Mission Statement
Hank Mobley ~ No Room for Squares ~ No Room For Squares
Hank Mobley ~ Up a Step ~ No Room For Squares
Cyrus Chestnut ~ Soul Food ~ Soul Food
Atla and Matt Dechamplain ~ Soul Food ~ Pause
Atla and Matt Dechamplain ~ Two for the Blues (feat. Jon Hendricks) ~ Pause
Nicole Zuraitis ~ Sunny Side ~ Hive Mind
Marian McPartland ~ Naima ~ n/a - Internet Download w/Lee Konitz
Jane Ira Bloom ~ Emily & [...]

All Women Jazz
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:43:23 -0500

Last week I played a set of “Women in Jazz”. This week we go full out with an All Women jazz revue. We have some established artists such as Anat Cohen, Maria Schnieder and Helen Sung as well as lesser known players like Tineke Postma, Ingrid and Christine Jensen, Monica Herzig and Sunna Gunlags.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Anat Cohen ~ Sweet Georgia Brown ~ Clarinetwork Live at Village Vanguard
Anat Cohen ~ Lilia ~ Luminosa
Tineke Postma ~ The Observer ~ The Dawn of Light
Tineke Postma ~ Before the Snow ~ The Dawn of Light
Sunna Gunnlaugs ~ Songs from Iceland ~ Pao Bua Litlir Dvergar
Christine Jensen ~ Upper Fargo ~ Look Left
Ingrid Jensen / Project O ~ Gloria ~ Project O
Maria Schneider ~ Arbitoers of Evolution ~ The Thompson Fields
Monika Herzig ~ The Whole World In Her Hands ~ The Whole World in Her Hands
Helen Sung ~ Epistrophy ~ Anthem for a New Day

Women in Jazz and more
Sun, 12 Nov 2017 11:30:46 -0500

This podcast begins with a set of women instrumentalists in jazz music. This features Rosnes, Brackeen, Carrington and Ingrid Jensen. The balance of the show has mostly new music with a definite groove. 

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album 
Renee Rosnes ~ Galapogos ~ Written in the Rocks
Joanne Brackeen ~ Nature Boy ~ Popsicle Dreams
Joanne Brackeen ~ I Hear a Rhapsody ~ Fi-Fi Goes to Heaven
Terri Lyne Carrington ~ Grass Roots ~ Money Jungle
Ingrid Jensen / Project O ~ The Night Has A Thousand Eyes ~ Now as Then
Cory Weeds ~ Shining Star ~ Let’s Groove: The Music of Earth Wind and Fire
Eric Alexander ~ T-Bone Steak ~ Second Impression
Vincent Herring ~ Use Me ~ Hard Times
Joey Alexander ~ Straight No Chaser ~ Joey. Monk. Live!
Tim Ray Trio ~ Star Eyes ~ Windows
Stan Getz ~ Beatrice ~ Bossas and Ballads: The Lost Sessions

Broadcast 2017-11-3 part 1
Sun, 05 Nov 2017 09:40:28 -0500

This podcast is the first half of my November 3 radio broadcast. The featured set is in tribute to the late Muhal Richard Abrams who passed away last week. Other notable music is from Steve Davis, Noah Preminger, Chick Corea and much more.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album 
Steve Davis ~ Abena’s Gaze ~ Think Ahead
Walt Weiskopf ~ Laura ~ Fountain of Youth
Noah Preminger ~ November ~ Before the Rain
Abraham Burton and Eric McPherson ~ Centrifugal Force ~ Future
Muhal Richard Abrams ~ Miss Richards ~ Colors in Thirty-third
Muhal Richard Abrams ~ Colors in Thirty-Third ~ Colors in Thirty-third
Vijay Iyer Sextet ~ Far From Over ~ Far From Over
Blue Note All-Stars ~ Message of Hope ~ Our Point of View
Tom Guarna ~ Native Tongue ~ The Wishing Stones
Hiromi & Edmar Castaneda ~ Libertango ~ Live in Montreal
Chick Corea ~ Overture (feat. Gary Burton) ~ The Musician
[...]

Autumn in Connecticut
Sat, 28 Oct 2017 18:41:04 -0500

Two autumn classics to start the show. Joe Lovano and Hank Jones play Autumn in NY. Next is one of the most beloved jazz standards, this time by Bill Evans, Autumn Leaves. Next up are Chico Freeman and Buster William who recently performed in Connecticut’s premier jazz club, The Side Door. Then Eric Alexander who will be in Hartford next week. Finally, a saxophonist that often plays in Boston clubs, Jerry Bergonzi from his new album.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Joe Lovano (w/Hank Jones) ~ Autumn In New York ~ Joyous Encounter
Bill Evans Trio ~ Autumn Leaves ~ Portrait in Jazz
Chico Freeman 4-Tet ~ India Blue ~ Spoken Into Existence
Chico Freeman 4-Tet ~ Niskayuna ~ Spoken Into Existence
Buster Williams ~ Fortune Dance ~ Something More
Buster Williams ~ Deception ~ Something More
Eric Alexander ~ Nemisis ~ Nightlife in Tokyo
Eric Alexander ~ Big RC ~ Nightlife in Tokyo
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