In the Groove, Jazz and Beyond
A Nice Vocal Set
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 09:01:20 -0500

We begin with a celebration of Art Blakey’s birthday, then a Cyrus Chestnut cover of a Roberta Flack classic. That takes us to a sweet set of great women vocalists. We complete the show with Monk inspired tunes from Joey Alexander and Helen Sung.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album 
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers ~ One By One ~ Ugetsu
Cyrus Chestnut ~ The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face ~ Genuine Chestnut
Roberta Flack ~ Compared to What ~ First Take
Sarah Vaughan ~ Dindi ~ The Best Of Sarah Vaughan
Chick Corea, Stanly Clark, Lenny White feat Chaka Khan ~ I Love You, Porgy ~ Forever
Cecile McLorrin Salvant ~ I Didn’t Know What Time It Was ~ Dreams and Daggers
Cecile McLorrin Salvant ~ Devil May Care ~ Dreams and Daggers
Cannonball Adderly and Nancy Wilson ~ Save Your Love For Me ~ Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderly
Nina Simone ~ Don’t Let Me Be Missunderstood ~ [...]

Morgan Monk and More
Sun, 08 Oct 2017 10:53:00 -0500

 

The heart of this podcast is from Lee Morgan and Thelonious Monk. Monk’s set is a celebration of his centenial birthday. But first, this podcast begins with classic Chick Corea and Return to Forever. That is followed by Rahsaan Roland Kirk, new music from Vijay Iyer. Wayne Shorter’s takes us on a trip to the jungles of Brazil with wild version of Jobim’s Dindi. We are brought down to earth with Hartford’s own Ed Fast before we take off with the Monk, Morgan set.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Chick Corea ~ Armando’s Rhumba ~ My Spanish Heart
Return to Forever ~ Sorceress ~ Romantic Warrior
Rahsaan Roland Kirk ~ Theme For the Eulipions ~ The Return of the 5000 Pound Man
Vijay Iyer Sextet ~ Down To the Wire ~ Far From Over
Wayne Shorter ~ Dindi ~ Supernova
Ed Fast and Conga Bop ~ Nature Boy ~ Do or Die
Ed Fast and Conga Bop ~ Insight ~ Do or Die
L [...]

Miles, Dylan and Protest
Sun, 01 Oct 2017 10:23:01 -0500

We begin with classic Metheny, young Mike Casey, jazz master Art Farmer and Benny Golson, something new from Weiskopf. Then comes the heart of this podcast with early electric Miles. We conclude with a set of music inspired by Bob Dylan’s protest songs also featuring Hendrix, Hudson, Sachal Ensemble and Preminger.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album 
Pat Metheny Group ~ First Circle ~ First Circle
Mike Casey ~ Norwegian Wood ~ Single - Live from Sofar Sounds NYC
Art Farmer and Benny Golson ~ Autumn Leaves ~ The Jazztet - Real Time
Walt Weiskopf ~ Heads in the Clouds ~ Fountain of Youth
Miles Davis ~ In A Silent Way/It’s About Time ~ In A Silent Way
Bob Dylan ~ The Times They Are A Changin’ ~ The Times They Are A Changin’
The Jimi Hendrix Experience ~ All Along the Watchtower ~ Electric Ladyland
Hudson ~ A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall ~ Hudson
The Sachal Ensembl [...]

Trane’s Birthday Special
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 09:12:09 -0500

First day of Autumn, and John Coltrane; Two of my favorite things.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
The Bobby Timmons Trio ~ Autumn Leaves ~ In Person
John Coltrane ~ Acknowledgement/Resolution ~ A Love Supreme
John Coltrane ~ Africa ~ Africa/Brass
Duke Ellington and John Coltrane ~ The Feeling of Jazz ~ Duke Ellington and John Coltrane
John Coltrane ~ Equinox ~ Coltrane Sound
John Coltrane ~ Dear Lord ~ The Gentle Side of John Coltrane
John Coltrane ~ Mr. PC ~ Giant Steps
John Coltrane ~ Naima ~ Giant Steps
Miles Davis ~ Love For Sale (Bonus Track) ~ Kind Of Blue 50th Anniversary Edition

Cannonball 2017
Sun, 17 Sep 2017 10:16:10 -0500

We celebrate the birth date of Cannonball Adderly, but first new music from John McLaughlin and Joey DeFrancesco. Harrold Mabern plays the Wes classic Road Song. A vocal set with Melissa Morgan and something new from Cecile McLorrin Salvant. Then we kick off the Cannonball tribute with his collaboration with Nancy Wilson.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
John McLaughlin and 4th Dimension ~ New Blues Old Bruise ~ Live at Ronnie Scotts
Joey DeFrancesco + The People ~ So Near, So Far ~ Project Freedom
Harold Mabern ~ Road Song ~ Live at Smalls
Melissa Morgan ~ Save Your Love For Me ~ Until I Met You
Melissa Morgan ~ Days Like This ~ Days Like This
Cecile McLorrin Salvant ~ Devil May Care ~ Dreams and Daggers
Cannonball Adderley & Nancy Wilson ~ Never Will I Marry ~ Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley
Cannonball Adderley ~ Minority ~ Portrait of Cannonball
Cannonball Adderley ~ Au [...]

Hurricane Season
Sun, 10 Sep 2017 11:30:51 -0500

As I put this podcast together I am watching the Hurricane hit the Florida coast. Our thoughts and concerns are with those affected, and hope for the safety of all. We start with two versions of Work Song for this past labor day, then a couple of Steely Dan tracks in memory of Walter Becker, before a set of music inspired by hurricanes. Then some great guitar work by Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery and Dave Stryker. Finally, something new by Brian Charrette.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Oscar Brown Jr. ~ Work Song ~ In A New Mood
Cannonball Adderley ~ Work Song ~ Phenix
Steely Dan ~ Aja ~ Aja
Steely Dan ~ Home At Last ~ Aja
Joe Farrell ~ Hurricane Jane ~ Penny Arcade
Trombone Shorty ~ Hurricane Season ~ Backatown
Herbie Hancock ~ The Eye of the Hurricane ~ Maiden Voyage
Kenny Burell ~ Chitlens Con Carne ~ Midnight Blue
Wes Montgomery ~ Four on Six ~ Incredible Jazz Guitar
Dav [...]

Sep 2 Broadcast
Mon, 04 Sep 2017 08:15:29 -0500

Here is your jazzy soundtrack for this Labor Day festivities. We begin with some Miles’ covers, then some funky fusion and finish with Hartford’s own Stevie D.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
SF Jazz Collective ~ Tutu ~ The Music of Miles Davis & Originals
SF Jazz Collective ~ So What ~ The Music of Miles Davis & Originals
John McLaughlin and 4th Dimension ~ Live at Ronnie Scotts ~ Miles Beyond
Takuya Kuroda ~ Zigzagger ~ R.S.B.D.
Rale Micic ~ Hotel Insomnia ~ Night Music
George Benson ~ Take Five ~ Bad Benson
Dave Stryker ~ Shadowboxing ~ Strykin’ Ahead
Steve Davis ~ A Little Understanding ~ Think Ahead
Steve Davis ~ Runway ~ Portrait In Sound
Christian McBride Big Band ~ Optimism ~ Bringin’ It

Shorter for Longer
Sun, 27 Aug 2017 09:52:15 -0500

We celebrate the music of Wayne Shorter for most of this podcast. It’s Shorter’s 84th birthday, and we pay homage to his creative saxophone work and intrigueing compositions. First we honor the guitarist John Ambercrombie upon his recent passing. Then a taste of a new release from fusion pioneer John McLaughlin.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Gill Evans Orchestra ~ Up From the Skies ~ The Music Of Jimi Hendrix
Gata Barbieri ~ Parana ~ Under Fire
John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension ~ Meeting of the Spirits ~ Ronnie Scotts Live
Wayne Shorter ~ Footprints ~ Adams Apple
Wayne Shorter ~ Deluge ~ Juju
Wayne Shorter ~ Black Nile ~ Night Dreamer
Wayne Shorter ~ Lost ~ The Soothsayer
Wayne Shorter ~ Witch Hunt ~ Speak No Evil
Wayne Shorter ~ Starry Night ~ Without a Net
Weather Report ~ Elegant People ~ Black Market

Continue from last week’s show
Sun, 20 Aug 2017 01:00:00 -0500

Continued from last week’s show.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Esperanza Spaulding ~ Unconditional Love ~ Emily’s D+Evolution
Vijay Iyer Trio ~ Human Nature ~ Accelerando
Harold Mabern ~ So What ~ To Love and Be Loved
Harold Mabern ~ Afro Blue ~ Live at Smalls
Herbie Hancock ~ Toys ~ Speak Like A Child
SF Jazz Collective ~ Joshua ~ The Musc of Miles Davis and Original Compositions
Sims, Bloom, Zinno, Langone ~ Wichita Lineman ~ The New Stablemates
Steve Langone Trio ~ Humpty Dumpty ~ Breath
Cyrus Chestnut ~ Easy Living ~ There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit
Cyrus Chestnut ~ Rhythm-a-Ning ~ There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit

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 [...]


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