In the Groove, Jazz and Beyond

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January 25th, 2015

This radio show was broadcast on Martin Luther King Day. The music on this playlist was inspired by Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement. We begin with Herbie Hanckock's "I Have a Dream" written for the King's great speech given during his march on Washington, 1963. Recent events remind us that 52 years later, the King's dream for justice and equality has yet to be realized.

Featured Album

Soul Force - Noah Baerman on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Herbie Hancock ~ I Have a Dream ~ The Prisoner
John Coltrane ~ Alabama ~ The Gentle Side of John Coltrane
Abby Lincoln and Max Roach ~ Freedom Day ~ We Insist: Freedom Suite
Charlie Haden ~ We Shall Overcome ~ Liberation Music Orchestra
Sonny Rollins ~ The Freedom Suite ~ Freedom Suite
Noah Baerman ~ Washington 1963 ~ Soulforce
Noah Baerman ~ Memphis 1969 ~ Soulforce
Charles Mingus ~ Fables of Faubus ~ Ah Um
Nina Simone ~ Four Women ~ Protest Anthology
Donny Hathaway ~ Someday We'll All Be Free
Wynton Marsalis ~ Black Codes ~ Black Codes from the Underground
McCoy Tyner ~ Search for Peace ~ 13th House
Marc Cary Focus Trio ~ Slow Blues for MLK ~ Live 2009
Craig Hartley ~ Imagine/Peace Piece ~ Craig Hartley Remixes the Beatles


Jazz Times picks Part 1

January 18th, 2015

These selections are from JazzTimes magazine's critic's choice of the top 50 albums. These tracks show the wide range of directions and influences that are shaping modern jazz music. This is part one of two shows I will podcast featuring this list.

Featured Album

Guitar in the Space Age - Bill Frisell in iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Biji ~ Sonny Rollins ~ Road Shows Vol 3
Our Basement (Ed) ~ Ambrose Akinmusire ~ The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint
Ain't Misbehavin' ~ Jason Moran ~ ALL RISE: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller
The Oracle ~ Kenny Barron & Dave Holland ~ The Art of Conversation
Farewell Bluebird ~ Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band ~ Landmarks
Ojun Degara ~ Yosvany Terry ~ New Throned King
Baja ~ Bill Frisell ~ Guitar in the Space Age
Telstar ~ Bill Frisell ~ Guitar in the Space Age


Modern Jazz

January 11th, 2015

Some of the best modern jazz artists are represented on this week's podcast. Many are young emerging players (Josh Evans, Rob Garcia, Masa Kamaguchi, Noah Preminger, Rudy Royston), others are established movers and shakers in the jazz world (Matt Wilson, Bill Frisell, Greg Abate). All are worth listening to here.

Featured Album

the imagined savior is far easier to paint - Ambrose Akinmusire on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Chronic Mistakes ~ Josh Evans ~ Portrait
Motif ~ Greg Abate ~ Motif
The Still Standing Blues ~ Rob Garcia 4 ~ The Passion of Color
You Dirty Dog ~ Matt Wilson Quartet & John Medeski ~ Gathering Call
Mimi Sunrise ~ Rudy Royston ~ 303
Ceaseless Inexhaustible Child ~ Ambrose Akinmusire ~ The Imagined Savior is Far Easier To Paint
Marie Christie ~ Ambrose Akinmusire ~ The Imagined Savior is Far Easier To Paint
Turn, Turn, Turn ~ Bill Frisell ~ Guitar in the Space Age
Try a Little Tenderness ~ Masa Kamaguchi, Rob Garcia, Noah Preminger ~ Background Music
Afternoon in Paris ~ Frank Kimbrough ~ Quartet


First Show 2015

January 4th, 2015

To kick off our first show of 2015, we start with Donald Vega and Jimmy Greene, who appeared last weekend at The Side Door in Old Lyme CT, one of my favorite jazz venues. The rest of the show features recent works by some great jazz artists that contributed new music this last year, including Helen Sung, The Cookers, Vin Scialla, Azar Lawrence and more.  Here's to a New Year of Peace, Love and Jazz. 

Featured Album

Wake Up! - Vin Scialla, Eric Schugren & Brian Charette on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
First Trip ~ Donald Vega ~ Spiritual Nature
love in action ~ Jimmy Greene ~ Mission Statement
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) ~ Helen Sung ~ Anthem For a New Day
Time and Time again ~ The Cookers ~ Time and Time Again
Lost Tribes of Lemuria ~ Azar Lawrence ~ The Seeker
TC Blues ~ Vin Scialla, Eric Schugren, Brian Charette, Mike Dirubbo ~ WAKE UP!
New Beginnings ~ Vin Scialla, Eric Schugren, Brian Charette, Mike Dirubbo ~ WAKE UP!
Mr. E ~ James Farm ~ City Folk
Stars In The Sky ~ Jovan Alexandre ~ Collective Conciousness
For Real ~ Steve Davis ~ For Real
l'Avventura ~ Alon Nechushtan ~ Venture Bound


Jazz Holiday Show Pt2

December 28th, 2014

This is the second half of last week's holiday show. While Christmas has come and gone, we all would like to extend the spirit of the holidays. So this show begins with three tracks from Truth Revolution Records holiday album "Together". That is followed by some memorable jazz releases of 2014 from Jimmy Greene, Tom Guarna and Kavita Shah.

Featured Album

Together on Truth Revolution Reccords

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
O Come O Come Emmanuel ~ Kris Allen ~ Together
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen ~ The Curtis Brothers ~ Together
My Favorite Things ~ Giovanni Almonte ~ Together
SnowFall ~ Greg Abate ~ Motif
Little Voices (feat. Anika Noni Rose) ~ Jimmy Greene ~ Beautiful Life
Forgiveness ~ Tom Guarna ~ Rush
Visions ~ Kavita Shah ~ Visions


A Jazzy Holiday

December 21st, 2014

Here is a podcast to make your holiday celebration a jazzy one. From Christmas classics, to modern jazz tunes, this show will put you in the holiday spirit. Wishing you all a peaceful, joyous holiday season.

Featured Album

A Concord Jazz Christmas - on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen ~ Marian McPartland ~ A Concord Jazz Christmas
The Christmas Song ~ Dane Scazzari and the Human Race ~ It's Christmas Time Again
Heather ~ Billy Cobham ~ Crosswinds
'O Come All Ye Faithful ~ Chris Potter ~ A Concord Jazz Christmas 2
Blue Nile ~ The Brandee Younger Quartet ~ Live @ the Breeding Ground
A Child is Born ~ Joe Lovano ~ Joyous Encounter
Toy Dance ~ Noah Preminger ~ Before the Rain
This Is Christmas ~ Ellis Marsalis ~ A Jazzy Wonderland
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square ~ Sonny Rollins ~ Without A Song
Linus and Lucy ~ Vince Guaraldi ~ A Charlie Brown Christmas


A Supreme Love

December 14th, 2014

On this 50th Anniversary of the recording of John Coltrane's classic "A Love Supreme", we feature this landmark suite in its entirety. For this podcast each movement is performed by a different artist. We start with Trane, then Branford Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Orchestra and finally, the Turtle Island String Quartet. Before that tribute set we review some of the great recordings released this year from the Cookers, Fred Hirsch, Noah Baerman, and Jimmy Greene.

Featured Album

A Love Supreme - John Coltrane in iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Sir Galahad ~ The Cookers ~ Time and Again
Arcata ~ The Fred Hersch Trio ~ Floating
Lester ~ Noah Baerman ~ Ripples
Ana's Way (feat. Kurt Elling) ~ Jimmy Greene ~ Beautiful Life
Part I Acknowledgement ~ John Coltrane ~ A Love Supreme
Part II Resolution ~ Branford Marsalis Quartet ~ Footsteps of Our Fathers
Part III Pursuance ~ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis ~ A Love Supreme
Part IV Psalm ~ Turtle Island String Quartet ~ A Love Supreme: The Legacy of John Coltrane


Abate’s Motif

December 7th, 2014

This podcast features multi reed player Greg Abate and his new album Motif. Greg phones into the show for a brief interview about his latest CD, traveling and upcoming gigs. Lot's of other great music here from Jonathan Blake, Monk, and others. We also feature a groovin' band with some Hartford roots in with Vin Scialla and Eric Schugren. We end this show with a Christmas teaser from Dane Scazzari.

Featured Album

Motif - Greg Abate Quartet on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Clues ~ Johnathan Blake ~ The Eleventh Hour
Evidence ~ Thelonious Monk quartet with John Coltrane ~ At Carnegie Hall
Motif ~ Greg Abate Quartet ~ Motif
Conflict ~ Greg Abate Quartet ~ Motif
Morning of the Leaves ~ Greg Abate Quartet ~ Motif
Cross Bronx ~ Wayne Escoffery ~ Uptown
BACKROAD ~ Jeremy Pelt ~ Men of Honor
Appointment in Ghana ~ Vin Scialla, Eric Schugren & Brian Charette ~ WAKE UP!
BIBIMBOP ~ Vin Scialla, Eric Schugren & Brian Charette ~ WAKE UP!
What Christmas Means to Me ~ Dane Scazzari and the Human Race ~ It's Christmas Time Again


Thanksgiving Eve

November 30th, 2014

This podcast celebrates my favorite holiday. Food, family and giving thanks. We give thanks, not for material possessions, but for the wonderful spiritual things in our life, jazz music among them.

Featured Album

Beautiful Life - Jimmy Greene

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Snowfall ~ Greg Abate Quartet ~ Motif
Prayer #2 (Thanksgiving) ~ Miguel Zenón ~ Looking Forward
Give Thanks ~ Jimmy Greene ~ Mission Statement
Seventh Candle ~ Jimmy Greene ~ Beautiful Life
Stars In the Sky ~ Jovan Alexander ~ Collective Consciousness
The Formula (for Kahill Bell) ~ Jovan Alexandre ~ Collective Conciousness
My Favorite Things ~ Hiromi ~ Hiromi's Sonicbloom: Beyond Standard
Brother Thelonious ~ Helen Sung ~ Anthem For a New Day
Blue Monk ~ Thelonious Monk ~ Thelonious in Action
Jeeps Blues ~ Duke Ellington ~ At Newport


Dave Holland Interview redux

November 16th, 2014

This week I am re-posting a 2009 interview with the great bassist Dave Holland. Dave talks about his experiences with Miles, composition and arranging, the role of the bass and other projects. Interspersed with our discussion, I play some excerpts of his great music. Below is some edited video of our interview.