In the Groove, Jazz and Beyond

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March 1st, 2015

Some new music by a new young trumpeter Josh Bruneau kicks off this week's show. We follow that with an out-there track from Branford Marsalis, funked up tune by Joshua Redman and a spaced out rocker from guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. We wrap up the show with a 3 song set from the unique mind of Frank Zappa.

Featured Album

Apostrophe (') - Frank Zappa on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Bright Ideas ~ Joshua Bruneau Septet ~ Bright Ideas
Endymion ~ Branford Marsalis Quartet ~ Four MFs Playin' Tunes
Jazz Crimes ~ Joshua Redman ~ Elastic
Gamma Band ~ Kurt Rosenwinkel ~ Star of Jupiter
Inca Roads ~ Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention ~ One Size Fits All
Cosmik Debris ~ Frank Zappa ~ Apostrophe (')
Montana ~ Frank Zappa ~ Over-Night Sensation


Jazz Grammy

February 22nd, 2015

This show features a set from Chick Corea's Grammy winning album Trilogy. But, first up is a soulful groove from The Jazz Crusaders. We finish up a with trio of new recordings from some great modern jazz guitarists, Rez Abbasi, Julian Lage and Bill Frisell.

Featured Album

Trilogy - Chick Corea Trio on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Freedom Sound ~ The Jazz Crusaders ~ Freedom Sound
Fingerprints ~ Chick Corea Trio ~ Trilogy
Spain ~ Chick Corea Trio ~ Trilogy
Black Market ~ Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet ~ Intents and Purposes
Missouri ~ Julian Lage ~ Worlds Fair
Reflections from the Moon ~ Bill Frisell ~ Guitar in the Space Age


Science Fiction

February 15th, 2015

A duet from two of the greatest living jazz artists, Kenny Barron and Dave Holland, begin this weeks podcast. Preminger, Garcia, Kamaguchi cover a tune from Ornette's Science Fiction, then Coleman's own Street Women. We finish with a set from John McLaughlin from the past to the present.

Featured Album

The Complete Science Fiction Sessions - Ornette Coleman on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
In Walked Bud ~ Kenny Barron & Dave Holland ~ The Art of Conversation
Law Years ~ Masa Yamaguchi, Rob Garcia, Noah Preminger ~ Background Music
Street Women ~ Ornette Coleman ~ Science Fiction
Source Code ~ Tineke Postma ~ Sonic Halo
Peace One ~ John McLaughlin ~ My Goals Beyond
One Word ~ Mahavishnu Orchestra ~ Birds of Fire
You Know You Know ~ John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension ~ The Boston Record


The Pocket

February 8th, 2015

The featured album this week is from Connecticut native Phil Bowler with his debut recording as a leader. His group Pocket Jungle definitely plays 'in the pocket'. We start out the podcast with a beautiful duet from Laurence Hobgood playing a piano/bass duet with the late great Charlie Haden. The "Made in CT" theme continues with new music from Jovan Alexandre and Joshua Bruneau. Great sax player Joshua Redman (James Farm) and Joe Henderson are also heard on this show.

Featured Album

Phil Bowler & Pocket Jungle - Phil Bowler & Pocket Jungle on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
When The Heart Dances ~ Laurence Hobgood & Charlie Haden ~ When The Heart Dances
The Set-Up ~ Phil Bowler & Pocket Jungle ~ Phil Bowler & Pocket Jungle
Time Released ~ Phil Bowler & Pocket Jungle ~ Phil Bowler & Pocket Jungle
Mr. E ~ James Farm ~ City Folk
Red Blues ~ Jovan Alexandre ~ Collective Consciousness
The Owl Shop ~ Joshua Bruneau Septet ~ Bright Idea
Short Story ~ Joe Henderson ~ In 'N Out


Jazz Times picks Part 2

February 1st, 2015

This is Part II of the Jazz Times critic's poll continued from a podcast of 2 weeks ago. While these tracks are down the list of the Top 40 new albums of 2014, they show the creative directions of modern jazz music today. From the freedom of Trio 3, the latin influences of Miguel Zenon, and the energetic jazz fusion of Hiromi, jazz is continues to be a vibrant forward moving art form.

Featured Album

Wiring (feat. Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman & Andrew Cyrille) - Trio 3 & Vijay Iyer on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Suite for Trayvon I. Slimm ~ Trio 3 & Vijay Iyer ~ Wiring
Suite for Trayvon II. Fallacies ~ Trio 3 & Vijay Iyer ~ Wiring
Through Culture and Tradition ~ Miguel Zenon ~ Identities are Changeable
Dear Joe ~ Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio
Ode ~ Frank Kimbrough ~ Quartet
Spirit ~ Hiromi ~ Spirit



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