In the Groove, Jazz and Beyond
Newport 2017 Retrospective
Sun, 13 Aug 2017 09:51:24 -0500

My annual post Newport Jazz Festival review. This podcast highlights only a few of the many great performances we experienced at this year’s festival. You will hear jazz artists we have heard for decades lake One For All, Sean Jones, Joey D and new artists on the scene George Burton and Theo Croker.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
One For All ~ Daylight ~ The Third Decade
Hudson ~ Tony Then Jack ~ Hudson
Sean Jones ~ Lost Then Found ~ Live from the Jazz Bistro
Sean Jones ~ I Don’t Give A Damn Blues ~ Im-Pro-Vise Never Before Seen
Joey DeFrancesco + The People ~ Better Than Yesterday ~ Project Freedom
Joey DeFrancesco + The People ~ A Change is Gonna Come ~ Project Freedom
Cyrille Aimee ~ Live Alone and Like It ~ Let’s Get Lost
Cyrille Aimee ~ Let’s Get Lost ~ Let’s Get Lost
George Burton ~ Second Opinion ~ The Truth of What I Am
George Burton ~ Berni [...]

Newport Preview 2017 pt2
Thu, 03 Aug 2017 08:12:11 -0500

This is part 2 of my Newport Jazz Festival preview. It starts with vocalists Cecile McLorin Salvant and Cyrille Aimee. We conclude the Newport preview with saxophonists Jimmy Greene and Branford Marsalis. The rest of the show features a variety of jazz styles from piano trios (Valera, Hartley) to fusion (Coryell) to free (Stanko) and more.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Cecile McLorin Salvant ~ Somthing’s Comming ~ For One To Love
Cyrille Aimee ~ Love For Sale ~ Live at Smalls
Jimmy Greene ~ Stanky Leg ~ Flowers Beautiful Life Vol 2
Branford Marsalis ~ My Ideal ~ Four MF’s Playin’ Tunes
Manuel Valera Trio ~ Footprints ~ Live at Firehouse 12
Craig Hartley ~ Sinclair (prelude No 2 in C minor) + Solar ~ Books on Tape Vol II
Tom Pierson ~ CeCe’s Blues ~ The Hidden Goddess
Larry Coryell’s Elleventh House ~ Mr. Myake ~ Seven Secrets
Tomasz Stanko New York Quar [...]

Newport 2017 part 1
Sun, 30 Jul 2017 11:13:43 -0500

This is my annual Newport Jazz Festival preview show (part 2 to be published mid-week). We begin with newly annointed NEA Jazz Master, Joanne Brackeen. Christian McBride is the new curator of music at Newport and will also lead his Big Band at the festival. Other artists featured here are One For All (with Hartford’s Steve Davis), Christian Sands, Antonio Sanchez and an all-star band Hudson.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Joanne Brackeen ~ Fi-Fi Goes to Heaven ~ Fi-Fi Goes to Heaven
Joanne Brackeen ~ Nature Boy ~ Popsicle Illusion
Christian McBride Big Band ~ Broadway ~ The Good Feeling
Christian McBride Big Band ~ Brother Mister ~ The Good Feeling
One for All ~ Hey, Stevie D ~ The Third Decade
One for All ~ Buddy’s ~ The Third Decade
Christian Sands ~ Reaching for the Sun ~ Reach
Antonio Sanchez ~ Uprisings and Revolutions ~ New Life
Hudson ~ El Swing ~ Hudson (feat. Jac [...]

NYC Jazz Clubbing
Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:59:14 -0500

This podcast reviews some of the great music I had the pleasure of seeing on a recent trip to NYC. Harold Mabern (age 81) plays with the energy and chops of someone half his age. Ravi Coltrane performed a moving tribute to his mother Alice Coltrane at Jazz Gallery. Accompanying Ravi was harpist Brandee Younger. We also were turned on to a tremendous vocalist, Melissa Morgan in a live performance at the Side Door jazz club in CT.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Harold Mabern ~ My Favorite Things ~ Right On Time
Harold Mabern ~ Seven Steps To Heaven ~ Right On Time
Ravi Coltrane ~ For Turya ~ Blending Times
Brandee Younger ~ Esscence of Ruby ~ Wax and Wayne
Brandee Younger ~ Afro Harping ~ Wax and Wane
Alice Coltrane ~ Blue Nile ~ Translinear Light
Alice Coltrane ~ Translinear Light ~ Translinear Light
Melissa Morgan ~ The Lamp is Low ~ Until I met You
Melissa Morgan ~ You Don’t [...]

Mobley & Metheny
Sun, 16 Jul 2017 16:21:32 -0500

The title says it all. 

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Miles Davis ~ No Blues ~ In Person At the Blackhawk, San Francisco
Hank Mobley ~ Lookin’ East ~ Reach Out
Hank Mobley ~ Goin’ Out of MyHead ~ Reach Out
Hank Mobley ~ Good Pickin’s ~ Reach Out!
Pat Metheny ~ Phase Dance ~ Pat Metheny Group (1978)
Pat Metheny Unity Group ~ On Day One ~ Kin(<–>)
Pat Metheny Unity Group ~ Kqu ~ Kin(<–>)
Pat Metheny ~ Minuano ~ Still Life (Talking)
Billy Cobham ~ Stratus ~ Spectrum

20170707 radio show
Sun, 09 Jul 2017 08:09:32 -0500

Highlights of this show include contributions from great drummer Jack DeJohnette. We hear from his newest effort Hudson, and later in the show an extended piece led by Pat Metheny with DeJohnette, Haden, Redman, and Brecker from 80/81. Along the way we play great jazz music from Cannonball, Louis Hayes, Kenny Burrell and more.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
00:08 Cannonball Adderley ~ Jeannine ~ Them Dirty Blues
07:24 Louis Hayes ~ St. Vitus Dance ~ Serenade for Horace
15:42 Jimmy Greene ~ Self Portrait #1 ~ Live at Smalls
24:57 Eddie Henderson ~ Morning Song ~ Collective Portrait
32:36 Miles Davis ~ Water Babies ~ Water Babies
41:08 DeJohnette / Grenadier / Medeski / Scofield ~ Woodstock ~ Hudson
47:07 DeJohnette / Grenadier / Medeski / Scofield ~ Tony than Jack ~ Hudson
53:09 Kenny Burrell ~ Wavy Gravy ~ Midnight Blue
59:23 Pat Metheny ~ Two Folk Songs ~ 80/81

Rochester Review
Sun, 02 Jul 2017 09:52:49 -0500

 

This podcast is based in part on the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. The XRIJF is a 10 day street party, with some serious jazz happening in clubs around town. The concderts I attended were Jacob Collier, Billy Childs and Jochen Ruckert. Late night jam sessions were held by guitarist Bob Sneider and drummer Mike Melito. Walt Weiskopf was scheduled later in the week. At the end of the podcast I pay tribute to pianist Geri Allen who passed away at the age of 60 last week.

Playlist
Artist ~ Album ~ Track

Jacob Collier ~ Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing ~ n/a
Billy Childs ~ Rebirth ~ Rebirth
Jochen Ruckert ~ Stretch Mark ~ Charm Offense
Mike Melito ~ Up Over and Out ~ New York Connections
Bob Sneider and Joe Locke ~ Last Tango in Paris ~ Nocturn For Ava
Walt Weiskopf ~ Backstage Blues ~ Fountain of Youth
Walt Weiskopf ~ Laura ~ Fountain of Youth
Steve Davis ~ [...]

Continuing on
Sun, 25 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0500

This episode is the second hour of my last broadcast show. There is no real theme to this one. These are just some great straight-up swinging jazz tunes. We hear from jazz greats Louis Hayes, Herbie Hancock, Tom Harrell, Steve Davis and Lee Morgan. Also on this podcast are up-and-coming jazz artists Theo Hill, David Gibson, Curtis Brothers and Yoko Miwa. Enjoy.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
0:25 Louis Hayes ~ Summer in Central Park ~ Serenade for Horace
5:26 Herbie Hancock ~ First Trip ~ Speak Like a Child
12:20 Tom Harrell ~ Dream in June ~ Sail Away
23:15 Steve Davis ~ Atmosphere ~ Think Ahead
29:45 Theo Hill ~ Citadel ~ Promethean
35:28 David Gibson ~ Eyes of Argus ~ Boom!
44:30 Curtis Brothers Quartet ~ What’s Going On ~ SYZYGY
50:57 Lee Morgan ~ Twice Around ~ Tom Cat
01:00:52 Yoko Miwa Trio ~ Court and Spark ~ Pathways

More Chick
Sun, 18 Jun 2017 08:58:36 -0500

Can’t get enough Chick Corea. We have been playing a lot of Chick on recent podcast, and I just realized his 75th birthday had just passed. We start with three very different tunes from Corea followed by new music from a young Christian Sands and then a couple from Billy Childs. We cap things off this week with vocalist Gregory Porter.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Return to Forever with Chick Corea ~ Spain ~ Light as a Feather
Chick Corea Trio ~ Fingerprints ~ Trilogy
Return To Forever ~ Sorceress ~ Romantic Warrior
Christian Sands ~ Armando’s Song ~ Reach
Chistian Sands ~ Use Me ~ Reach
Billy Childs ~ The Starry Night ~ Rebirth
Billy Childs ~ And When I Die (feat. Allison Krauss) ~ Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro
Gregory Porter ~ Lonesome Lover ~ Liquid Spirit

Chick Kenny and More
Sun, 11 Jun 2017 08:50:53 -0500

This podcast begins with a funky cover of a Coltrane classic before settling in on some great piano jazz. We start with young pianists Theo Hill and Zaccai Curtis (Curtis Brothers Quartet). What follows are some great living masters of jazz piano, Ahmad Jamal, Chick Corea and Kenny Barron. It was Kenny’s 74th birthday on the day this radio show was broadcast.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album

Marcus Miller ~ Lonnie’s Lament ~ M2
Curtis Brothers ~ Afro Blue ~ Syzygy
Theo Hill ~ I Love Music ~ Promethean
Ahmad Jamal ~ Stolen Moment ~ The Awakening
Chick Corea ~ Windows ~ Now He Sings Now He Sobs
Chick Corea & Origin ~ Awakening ~ Change
Chick Corea ~ Litha ~ Inner Space
Kenny Barron Trio ~ Magic Dance ~ Book of Intuition
Kenny Barron Trio ~ In The Slow Lane ~ Book of Intuition
Kenny Barron ~ The Traveler ~ The Traveler
Kenny Barron & Dave Holland ~ In Walked Bud [...]

Indian Influence
Sat, 03 Jun 2017 14:12:04 -0500

This is a special podcast of Eastern or Indian influenced jazz music. We will hear from Alice Coltrane, John McLaughlin, Charles Lloyd and more. This influence even affected the Beatles, particularly George Harrison. The last portion of this podcast shows a funky side of Indo-Jazz fusion with many influences.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album

Mahavishnu John McLaughlin ~ Peace One ~ My Goals Beyond
Alice Coltrane ~ Jourey in Satchindananda ~ Jourey in Satchindananda
Alice Coltrane ~ Blue Nile ~ Translinear Light
Ravi Coltrane ~ For Turiya ~ Blending Times
Shakti featuring John McLaughlin ~ Get Down and Sruti ~ Natural Elements
Remembering Shakti ~ Lotus Feet ~ The Believer
Charles Lloyd ~ Dancing on One Foot ~ Sangam
The Beatles ~ Within You and Without You ~ Seargent Peppers Lonley Hearts Club Band
Mynta ~ First Summer ~ First Summer
Mynta ~ Fuzzy ~ Website download
Fareed Haque + The Flat [...]

Stevie D Interview
Sun, 28 May 2017 10:30:09 -0500

I had the pleasure of speaking on-air with the great trombonist Steve Davis for an interview on WWUH. Enjoy our chat about music and jazz education. Also on this podcast is new music from Terrell Stafford, Ralph Peterson and Theo Hill. Herbie Hancock too.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Jackie McLean ~ Optimism (clip) ~ Fire and Love
(Steve Davis Interview)
Steve Davis ~ Abena’s Gaze ~ Think Ahead
Steve Davis ~ Atmosphere ~ Think Ahead
Steve Davis ~ A Little Understanding (clip) ~ Think Ahead
(end interview)
Terrell Stafford ~ The Tint Train ~ Forgive and Forget
Aggregate Prime w/Ralph Peterson ~ Fearless ~ Dream Deferred
Christian Sands ~ Song of the Rainbow People ~ Reach
Herbie Hancock ~ The Sorcerer ~ Speak Like a Child
Theo Hill ~ Hey, It’s Me Your Talking To ~ Promethean
Theo Hill ~ Litha ~ Promethean


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