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Jazz in the City

March 29th, 2015

Art Blakey kicks things off before reviewing some great new music from musicians we saw this week in my travels to New York and Boston. Art Blakey surely was one of the great inspirations to today's modern jazz artists. Here are some of those creative musicians that you can catch live on the East Coast (US) and touring around the world.

Featured Album
Pariah Anthem - Nicole Zuraitis on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
One By One ~ Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers ~ Ugetsu
Give ~ Julian Shore ~ Filaments
Morgantown ~ Noah Preminger ~ Haymaker
Checkmate ~ Jason Palmer ~ Songbook
To the Hive ~ Nicole Zuraitis ~ Pariah Anthem
Shambleau ~ Tom Guarna ~ Rush
It Don't Mean a Thing ~ Helen Sung ~ Anthem for a New Day
Never Let Me Go ~ Helen Sung ~ Anthem for a New Day
Wake Up ~ Vin Scialla, Eric Schugren, Brian Charette, Mike Dirubbo ~ Wake Up!
Sap ~ Ken Fowser & Behn Gillece ~ Little Echo


McCoy T

March 22nd, 2015

Classic John Coltrane Quartet to begin this show. This inspires a pair of tunes from Trane's incomperable pianist McCoy Tyner. We cool things down with a slow burn from guitarist Grant Green. Then the intensity is kicked back up with sax wizard Walt Weiskopf and vibe player Behn Gillece.

Featured Album

Song for My Lady - McCoy Tyner in iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
The Night Has a Thousand Eyes ~ John Coltrane ~ Coltrane Sound
Song for My Lady ~ McCoy Tyner ~ Song for My Lady
Ruby My Dear ~ McCoy Tyner ~ Trident
Idle Moments ~ Grant Green ~ Idle Moments
Like Mike ~ Walt Weiskopf ~ Overdrive
Back To Back ~ Ken Fowser and Behn Gillece


Rock influenced Jazz

March 15th, 2015

A podcast of new music influenced by rock and fusion of days past. Electric guitar trio from Janek Gwizdala kicks things off. Next a couple of Stevie Wonder compositions with a unique arrangement of Sir Duke by SF Jazz Collective. Joshua Kwassman has a prog rock feel. Bill Frisell reaches back to 60's rock. Rez Abassi brings back a Herbie classic and Hiromi rocks us out.

Featured Album

Motion Picture - Janek Gwizdala on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Beachwood Canyon ~ Janek Gwizdala ~ Motion Picture
Love's In Need of Love Today ~ Stevie Wonder ~ Songs in the Key of Life
Sir Duke ~ SF Jazz Collective ~ Music of Stevie Wonder
We Were Kids ~ Joshua Kwassman ~ Songs of the Brother Spirit
Turn, Turn, Turn ~ Bill Frisell ~ Guitar in the Space Age
Butterfly ~ Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet ~ Intents & Purposes
Seeker ~ Hiromi ~ Alive


CT Tribute

March 8th, 2015

A tribute to the late Clark Terry begins this podcast with a cookin' CT quartet featuring Theloneous Monk. That is followed by a lush sounding octet from Clark's Color Changes album. The rest of the podcast features great new music from lesser known but great talented artists like Walt Weiskopf Jovan Alexandre, Duane Eubanks Ehud Ettun and Adam Birnbaum.

Featured Album

Overdrive - Walt Weiskopf on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
In Orbit ~ Clark Terry ~ In Orbit
No Problem ~ Clark Terry ~ Color Changes
Nahstye Blues ~ Clark Terry ~ Color Changes
The Path is Narrow ~ Walt Weiskopf ~ Overdrive
Waltz for Dad ~ Walt Weiskopf ~ Overdrive
To Music ~ Jovan Alexandre ~ Collective Consciousness
Rosey ~ Duane Eubanks ~ Things of that Particular Nature
Beer and Water ~ Duane Eubanks ~ Things of that Particular Nature
Babylon ~ Ehud Ettun Trio ~ Raw Gestures
Binary ~ Adam Birnbaum ~ Three of a Mind



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