In the Groove, Jazz and Beyond
Trane & Miles covers
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 08:27:33 -0500

Two of my favorite standards are covered here. Dig vocal and instrumental covers of Trane’s Moment Notice, then Miles’ So What. Following that is a jazz voyage with Hancock and Pharoah. Then we pay tribute to the victims and families of the Parkland shootings with music from Rob Garcia, Noah Baerman and Noah Preminger. The podcast concludes with Ellington’s Jeep Blues.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Pharoh Sanders ~ Moment’s Notice ~ Rejoice
Hubert Laws ~ Moment’s Notice ~ In The Beginning
Giacomo Gates ~ So What ~ Miles Tones
Harold Mabern ~ So What ~ To Love and Be Loved
Hank Mobley ~ Up A Step ~ No Room for Squares
Herbie Hancock ~ Maiden Voyage ~ Maiden Voyage
Herbie Hancock ~ First Trip ~ Speak Like a Child
Pharoah Sanders ~ Astral Traveling ~ Thembi
Rob Garcia ~ Guns Make Killing Easy ~ Finding Love in an Oligarchic Pla [...]

Runs the Jazz Gamut
Sun, 11 Feb 2018 11:20:33 -0500

This podcast runs the gamut of modern jazz styles. We begin with a classic piano trio from jazz master Ahmad Jamal. Then creative nonet arrangements from newcomer Dan Pugach. That is followed by early jazz/rock fusion from Herbie Hancock, Weather Report and George Duke. Finally you will hear guitarist Bill Frisell with his version of a surfer classic.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Ahmad Jamal ~ Patterns ~ The Awakening
Ahmad Jamal ~ Stolen Moments ~ The Awakening
Dan Pugach Nonet ~ Jolene ~ Plus One
Dan Pugach Nonet ~ Zelda ~ Plus One
Herbie Hancock ~ Ostinato (Suite for Angela) ~ Mwandishi
Weather Report ~ Mysterious Traveler ~ Mysterious Traveler
Weather Report ~ Between the Thighs ~ Tale Spinin’
Weather Report ~ Gibraltar ~ Black Market
George Duke ~ Capricorn ~ Faces In Reflection
Bill Frisell ~ Pipeline ~ Guitar in the Space Age 

Nicole and Dan plus Jazz Grammys
Sun, 04 Feb 2018 10:19:11 -0500

Had a great time interviewing Nicole Zuraitis (vocals, piano) and her husband Dan Pugach (drums, arranger) about their new album releases and upcoming gigs. You will get to hear from their new CD’s, Nicole’s Hive Mind and Dan’s Nonet Plus One. Following the interveiw is a review of the 2018 Grammy Awards in the Jazz categories. 

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Opening Borders with Earl MacDonald
Sun, 28 Jan 2018 09:50:29 -0500

In this epidsode pianist, composer, arranger and educator Earl MacDonald joins me in an interesting discussion. We delve into Open Borders of the musical, political and social kind. By the way, Open Borders is the name of Professor MacDonalds latest album with a 10tet. We also put Earl through the Blindfold Test and get his reactions to a wide range of pianists and jazz styles.

Open Borders

Open Borders on CD Baby

Truth matters
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 10:38:22 -0500

In these days of political chaos and division, truth does matter. We are reminded of that through music from Noah Baerman (Satyagrahi) and Kamasi Washington (Truth) at the center of this podcast. Those tunes are sandwiched between classic jazz from Miles and Blakey, and a jazz/fusion set featuring Haque, Mahavishnu and new from Chick/Gadd. 

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Miles Davis Quintet ~ Freedom Jazz Dance ~ Miles Smiles
Art Blakey ~ Nica’s Dream ~ Jazz Messengers
Noah Baerman ~ Satyagrahi ~ Soul Force
Kamasi Washington ~ Truth ~ Harmony of Difference
Fareed Haque and the Flat Planet ~ The Chant ~ Flat Planet
Mahavishnu Orchestra ~ Hymn to Him ~ Apocalypse
The Chick Corea and Steve Gadd Band ~ A Spanish Song ~ Chinese Butterfly

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


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