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The gem in this podcast is not music, but the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, surrounded by music from Hancock, Glasper and Joey D. Then we congratulate the winners of this years jazz Grammy Awards. 

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album 
Herbie Hancock ~ I Have A Dream ~ The Prisoner
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr ~ Excerpt ~ I Have a Dream Speech
Robert Glasper ~ Afro Blue ~ Black Radio
Joey DeFrancesco ~ A Change is Gonna Come ~ Project Freedom
Wayne Shorter ~ Lotus ~ Emanon
Cecile McLorin Salvant ~ Wild Is Love ~ Window
Dafnis Prieto Big Band ~ Una Vez Mas (feat. Brian Lynch) ~ Back to the Sunset
John Daversa ~ Salvador ~ American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom
John Daversa ~ Living in America ~ American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom
John Daversa ~ Don't Fence Me In ~ American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom
Fred Hersch Trio ~ Black Nile ~ Live In Europe

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Bring Back Pat

A regular podcast listener from Italy emailed me to say how he enjoyed hearing episodes from a couple years ago featuring Pat Metheny. It's been a while since I had played these tunes, so I will feature them on this week's podcast. Also, more from Wynton, Duke, Wayne and Joe. Something new from Marc Carey as well.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album 
Pat Metheny Group ~ Phase Dance ~ Pat Metheny Group
Pat Metheny ~ Two Folk Songs ~ 80/81
Jazz at Lincoln Center w/Wynton Marsalis ~ Live in Cuba ~ Baa Baaa Black Sheep
Duke Ellington ~ Ad Lib on Nippon ~ Far East Suite
Joe Henderson ~ Blue Bossa ~ In Japan
Joe Henderson ~ Loose Change ~ State of the Tenor
Wayne Shorter ~ Lilia ~ Native Dancer
Marc Cary ~ 12 Stories (For Moseka) ~ Cosmic Indigenous

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Celebrating Wynton Marsalis' appearance with Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra at Hartford's Bushnell Auditorium this week. Of course JALC would not be, had it not been for the work of Duke Ellington. The Beatles had an impact on modern popular music with the Sgt Pepper album and that is the subject of an Impulse Jazz release that covers songs from this groundbreaking record.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album 
Wynton Marsalis and JALC Orchestra ~ Symphony in Riffs ~ Live in Cuba
Duke Ellington ~ Five O'Clock Drag ~ Never No Lament: The Blanton Webster Years
Duke Ellington ~ Chocolate Shake ~ Never No Lament: The Blanton Webster Years
Duke Ellington ~ Caravan ~ Money Jungle
Wynton Marslis and JALC Orchestra ~ Intro/Ban Ban Quere ~ Una Noche Con Ruben Blades
Jazz at Lincoln Center w/Wynton Marsalis ~ Four by Five (feat. Helen Sung) ~ Handful of Keys
Keyon Harold ~ She's Leaving Home ~ A Day In The Life: Impressions of Pepper
Sullivan Fortner ~ When I'm Sixty Four ~ A Day In The Life: Impressions of Pepper
Geoffrey Keeser ~ Across the Univers - Give Peace a Chance ~ On My Way To You

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This podcast features some of the true jazz masters of all time, Ellington, Shorter and Rollins. Also Frank Morgan and George Cables can be considered masters of this craft as well. Kurt Elling singing Dylan starts out this podcast. Throw in Kevin Harris with his interpretations of Bird, and we have a swingin' podcast.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Kurt Elling ~ A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall ~ The Questions
Frank Morgan & George Cables ~ Helen's Song ~ Montreal Memories
Frank Morgan & George Cables ~ Nefertiti/Billies Bounce ~ Montreal Memories
Duke Ellington ~ Take The "A" Train ~ Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band
Duke Ellington ~ Perdido ~ Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band
Wayne Shorter ~ Ponta de Areia ~ Native Dancer
Wayne Shorter ~ Ana Maria ~ Native Dancer
Wayne Shorter ~ Lila ~ Native Dancer
Kevin Harris Project ~ Now's the Time ~ Bird Impressions
Kevin Harris Project ~ Donna Lee ~ Bird Impressions
Sonny Rollins ~ Strode Rode ~ Saxophone Collossus
Sonny Rollins ~ Alfie's Theme ~ Soundtrack from Alfie
Sonny Rollins ~ Without a Song ~ The Bridge

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The gem of this podcast comes near the end with three tracks from an innovative take on the Beatles album Sgt. Pepper. Prior to that we have classic jazz from Oliver Nelson and Duke Ellington. Wayne Shorter stretches your imagination with artful noise. Chris Potter and Jonathan Barber bring a modern feel to this American artform, jazz.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Joey Alexander ~ Moments Notice ~ Eclipse
Oliver Nelson ~ Stolen Moment ~ Blues and the Abstract Truth
Chris Potter ~ Eurydice (for Wayne Shorter) ~ Gratitude
Chris Potter ~ High Noon (for Eddie Harris) ~ Gratitude
Duke Ellington ~ Morning Glory ~ Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band
Duke Ellington ~ Cotton Tail ~ Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band
Wayne Shorter ~ Moto Grosso Feio ~ Moto Grosso Feio
Brandee Younger ~ Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite ~ A Day In The Life: Impressions of Pepper
Makaya McCraven ~ Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds ~ A Day In The Life: Impressions of Pepper
Sullivan Fortner ~ When I'm Sixty-Four ~ A Day In The Life: Impressions of Pepper
Jonathan Barber ~ Crown ~ Vision Ahead

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This is part two of my 2018 review show. Here are some of my favorite jazz releases from last year.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Joey Alexander ~ Space ~ Eclipse
Nat Reeves ~ Sweet Love of Mine ~ Blue Ridge
Rene Rosnes ~ The Flame and the Lotus ~ Beloved of the Sky
Mark Gross ~ Cinema Paradiso ~ Mark Gross + Strings
Jennifer Hartswick ~ Numb ~ Nexus
Jonathan Barber ~ Vision Ahead ~ Vision Ahead
Trio 149 (Noah Baerman, Jen Allen, Johnathan Blake) ~ Fragile ~ Raise
Dan Pugach Nonet ~ Brooklyn Blues ~ Plus One
Christian Sands ~ Sunday Morning ~ Facing Dragons
Christian McBride ~ The Middleman ~ New Jawn
Alexander Claffy ~ Michelle ~ Standards: What are You Doing The Rest of Your Life

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This is part one of my 2018 review show. Here are some of my favorite jazz releases from last year. More to come in my next podcast. 

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album 
Steve Davis ~ When The Saints Go Marching In ~ Say When
Corcoran Holt ~ 14th Street Bounce ~ The Mecca
Corcoran Holt ~ Smile ~ The Mecca
George Coleman ~ Darn That Dream ~ A Master Speaks
John Coltrane ~ Untitled Original 11386 (Take 1) ~ Both Directions At Once/The Lost Album
Geoffrey Keyzer ~ Across The Universe - Give Peace a Chance ~ On My Way To You
Caroline Davis ~ Ocean Motion ~ Heart Tonic
Noah Preminger ~ The Genuine One ~ Genuinity
Noah Preminger and Rob Garcia ~ Prelude OP 28 No 24 in D minor ~ Chopin Project
Jason Palmer ~ At Ease ~ At Wally's Volume 1
Darryl Yokley's Sound Reformation ~ Stories from the Village Elder ~ Pictures At an African Exhibition

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This podcast is part two from my holiday show originally broadcast prior to Christmas, so there are a few Christmas tunes sprinkled in. So, we extend the holiday spirit along with other tunes from Weather Report, Billy Cobham, Gil Scott-Heron and more.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Weather Report ~ 125th Street Congress/Will/Non-Stop Home ~ Sweetnighter
Bruno Raberg Trio ~ Song For Dolphy ~ Tailwood
Mario Pavone Sextet ~ Start Oval ~ Verticle
Cecile McLorin Salvant ~ Somewhere ~ Window
Billy Cobham ~ Heather ~ Crosswinds
Billy Cobham ~ Crosswinds ~ Crosswinds
Gil Scott-Heron ~ Winter In America (Live) ~ Winter In America
Joey DeFrancesco ~ Santa Clause is Comin' To Town ~ A Jazzy Wonderland

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