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Genius Plus Jazz

At the center of this podcast is vintage Ray Charles, "The Genius". We play 6 tracks from the late 50's early 60's. First up, young Joey Alexander and his original compositions. After Ray, we hear some great '70s jazz-rock fusion from Stanley Clarke. The podcast concludes with new releases from two great pianists, George Cables and Craig Hartley. 

Featured Album

Ray Charles, Genius + Soul = Jazz (expanded edition)

Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Joey Alexander ~ Soul Dreamer ~ Countdown
Joey Alexander ~ City Lights ~ Countdown
Ray Charles ~ Let the Good Times Roll ~ genius + soul=jazz
Ray Charles ~ It Had To Be You ~ genius + soul=jazz
Ray Charles ~ Moanin' ~ genius + soul=jazz
Ray Charles Orchestra ~ Georgia On My Mind ~ Ray Charles Orchestra Zurich 1961
Ray CharlesOrchestra ~ I Remember Clifford ~ Ray Charles Orchestra Zurich 1961
Ray Charles Orchestra ~ Hit the Road Jack ~ Ray Charles Orchestra Zurich 1961
Stanley Clarke ~ Song to John, Pt. II ~ Journey to Love
Stanley Clarke ~ Concerto for Jazz/Rock Orchestra, Pt 1-4 ~ Journey to Love
George Cables ~ Think On Me ~ The George Cables Songbook
George Cables ~ Baby Steps ~ The George Cables Songbook
Craig Hartley ~ Sinclair (Prelude No. 2 in C Minor +Solar) ~ Books on Tape Vol II
Craig Hartley ~ Imagine Peace Piece ~ Books on Tape Vol II


Moments Notice and Stolen Moments kick off this post-Thanksgiving podcast. A few tracks later we feature Hartford area vocalists Dana Lauren, Orice Jenkins, Atla Dechamplain and Linda Ransom. Then some new releases from Eric Alexander and Joey Alexander, and a classic from Hank Mobley round out the set.

Featured Album

Oliver Nelson - Blues and the Abstract Truth

Artist ~ Track ~ Album
John Coltrane ~ Moments Notice ~ Blue Train
Oliver Nelson ~ Stolen Moments ~ Blues and the Abstract Truth
Oliver Nelson ~ Cascades ~ Blues and the Abstract Truth
Miles Davis ~ Seven Steps to Heaven ~ Seven Steps to Heaven
Rueben Blades ~ First Circle ~ Mundo
Ed Fast & Conga Bop (feat. Linda Ransom) ~ Nature Boy ~ Do or Die
Dana Lauren ~ There's a Small Hotel ~ It's You or No One
Orice Jenkins ~ Birds Soar ~ Soar
Atla and Matt Dechamplain ~ I Can't Believe That Your In Love With Me ~ Pause
Eric Alexander ~ T-Bone Steak ~ Second Impression
Eric Alexander ~ Full House ~ Second Impression
Joey Alexander ~ For Wee Folks ~ Countdown
Hank Mobley ~ Up Over and Out ~ Reach Out!




A wide variety of modern jazz including Herbie Hancock, Joey Alexander, Rob Garcia, Noah Preminger and more precedes a Thanksgiving set to celebrate my favorite holiday. Miguel Zenon, Jimmy Greene, Cyrus Chestnut are some of the artists that help us give thanks again this year.


Featured Album

Miguel Zenon - Looking Forward

Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Herbie Hancock ~ Actual Proof ~ Thrust
Joey Alexander ~ Maiden Voyage (featuring Chris Potter) ~ Countdown
Joey Alexander ~ Countdown ~ Countdown
Eddie Henderson ~ Zoltan ~ Collective Portrait
Michael Musillami and Rich Syracuse ~ Juju ~ Of the Night
Donny McCaslin ~ Glory ~ Beyond Now
Rob Garcia 4 ~ Little Wing ~ The Passion of Color
Noah Preminger ~ Future Blues ~ Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground
Rob Garcia ~ Whatever Gets You By ~ Finding Love in an Oligarchy on a Dying Planet
Rez Abbasi's Invocation ~ Thanks for Giving ~ Suno Suno
Miguel Zenon ~ Prayer #1 (Blessing) ~ Looking Forward
Miguel Zenon ~ Prayer #2 (Thanksgiving) ~ Looking Forward
Jimmy Greene ~ Give Thanks ~ Mission Statement
Arthur Blythe ~ Stuffy Turkey ~ Focus
Atla Dechamplain ~ Soul Food ~ Pause
Cyrus Chestnut ~ Soul Food ~ Soul Food


Not America

We start this show by continuing last week's Joe Farrell feature. Then, reflecting on last week's surprising and disturbing election results, we play some protest songs, both vocal and instrumental. Gil Scott Heron, Les McCann/Eddie Harris, Charlie Haden are among those represented in this set. The show ends on a more optimistic note with McCoy Tyner, Fly with the Wind. 

Featured Album

Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra - Not In Our Name

Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Joe Farrell ~ Hurricane Jane ~ Penny Arcade
Joe Farrell ~ Cloud Cream ~ Penny Arcade
Les McCann & Eddie Harris ~ Compared to What ~ Swiss Movement
Kurt Elling ~ An American Tune ~ 1619 Broadway - The Brill Building Project
Billy Childs ~ Save the Country ~ Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro 
Gil Scott-Heron ~ Winter In America ~ Midnight Band: The First Minute of a New Day
Curtis Brothers ~ Manifest Destiny ~ Compeltion of Proof
Christian Scott ~ American't ~ Yesterday You Said Tomorrow
Salim Washington & RBA ~ Chaos In America ~ Love In Exile
Charlie Haden & Music Liberation Orchestra ~ This is Not America ~ Not In Our Name
Rob Garcia ~ Terror, Fear and Media ~ Finding Love in an Oligarchy on a Dying Planet
McCoy Tyner ~ Fly With The Wind ~ Fly With the Wind


Joe’s Arcade

I rediscovered this Joe Farrell album and shared it with my podcast listeners. That led to playing some of the great saxophone masters, Henderson, Dexter and Rollins. From there, we explore some great new releases from modern jazz artists.

Featured Album
Joe Farrell - Penny Arcade
Artist ~ Song ~ Album
Joe Farrell ~ Penny Arcade ~ Penny Arcade
Joe Farrell ~ Too High ~ Penny Arcade
Joe Farrell ~ Geo Blue ~ Penny Arcade
Joe Henderson ~ Black ~ Mode for Joe
Dexter Gordon ~ Our Man in Paris ~ Scrapple from the Apple
Sonny Rollins ~ Some Enchanted Evening ~ Road Shows, Vol. 1
Jason Hainsworth ~ Barak's Blues ~ Third Ward Stories
Donny McCaslin ~ Bright Abyss ~ Beyond Now
Rob Garcia (w/Noah Preminger) ~ Guns Make Killing Easy ~ Finding Love in and Oligarchy on a Dying Planet
Ray McMorrin ~ For My Brother Andy ~ Raymac
The Dave Liebman Group ~ Footprints ~ Expansions Live

Last Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves have fallen, so this version from Steve Kuhn will be the last of the season to open the show. The cool sound of Chet Baker follows, before we explore new releases from the likes of Rob Garcia with Noah Preminger, newcomer Jason Hainsworth, Donnie McCaslin and Orrin Evans. An acoustic set from John McLaughlin, Gregory Porter and guitarist Joshua Breakstone complete the podcast.

Featured Album
Donny McCaslin, Beyond Now
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Steve Kuhn ~ Autumn Leaves ~ Love Walked In
Chet Baker ~ Lets Get Lost ~ Deep In A Dream
Rob Garcia ~ Whatever Gets You By ~ Finding Love in and Oligarchy on a Dying Planet
Noah Preminger ~ Hard Times Killin' Floor Blues ~ Dark Was The Night Cold Was The Ground
Jason Hainsworth ~ Groiditude ~ Third Ward Stories
Jason Hainsworth ~ Prince of Darkness ~ Third Ward Stories
Donnie McCaslin ~ A Small Plot of Land ~ Beyond Now
Donnie McCaslin ~ Warszawa ~ Beyond Now
Orrin Evans ~ When Jen Came In ~ #knowingishalfthebattle
John McLaughlin ~ Goodbye Pork Pie Hat ~ My Goals Beyond
John McLaughlin ~ Peace One ~ My Goals Beyond
Shakti featuring John McLaughlin ~ La Danse Du Bonheur ~ A Handful of Beauty
Gregory Porter ~ When Love Was King ~ Liquid Spirit
Gregory Porter ~ Hey Laura ~ Liquid Spirit
Joshua Breakstone ~ Black ~ The Cello Quarted

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Another week of Autumn leaves on guitar with Stanley Jordan. Than we do Halloween with Greg Abate.Follow that up with Sonny Rawlins, new music from Tim Ray and Joey Alexander. Then we close it out with classic Herbie Hancock.

Featured Album
Tim Ray Trio, Windows
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Stanley Jordan ~ Autumn Leaves ~ Stolen Moments
Greg Abate ~ Transylvania ~ Monsters in the Night
Greg Abate ~ Bride of Frankenstien ~ Monsters in the Night
Sonny Rollins ~ Road Shows Vol. 1 ~ Blossom
Sonny Rollins ~ You Stepped Out of a Dream ~ Sonny Rollins: Volume Two
Tim Ray Trio ~ Star Eyes ~ Windows
Tim Ray Trio ~ I've Been To Memphis ~ Windows
Joey Alexander ~ Soul Dreamer ~ Countdown
Herbie Hancock ~ Maiden Voyage ~ Maiden Voyage


Beatle Jazz

After kicking it off with Autumn Leaves from Bobby Timmons, and Misty by Pharoah Sanders, we settle into sets from Chick Corea, Dave Holland and then a set of creative arrangements of Beatle tunes from various artists.

Feature Album
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Bobby Timmons Trio ~ Autumn Leaves ~ In Person
Pharoah Sanders ~ Misty ~ Crescent with Love
Chick Corea ~ Straight Up and Down ~ Inner Space
Return to Forever ~ Captain Senor Mouse ~ The Anthology
Return to Forever ~ Romantic Warrior ~ Return to Forever
Dave Holland Quartet ~ Conference of the Birds ~ Conference of the Birds
Dave Holland Quartet ~ Four Winds ~ Conference of the Birds
Dave Holland and Papa Habichuela ~ Joyride ~ Hands
BeatleJazz ~ Yes It Is ~ With a Little Help from my Friends
BeatleJazz ~ Strawberry Fields ~ With a Little Help from my Friends
Hot Club of San Francisco ~ Things We Said Today ~ John Paul George & Django
Terri Lynn Carrington ~ Michelle ~ Mosaic

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