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Jazzy Christmas 2010

Spiritual means different things to different people. I, for one, would not say I am a spiritual person in the conventional meaning of the word. Yet jazz fans regardless of faith recognize the spiritual nature of John Coltrane's voice on saxophone. Trane's spirituality had a major influence on modern jazz music that I tried to represent on this weeks Christmas day podcast. The show begins with some standard holiday fare from Greg Abate as he swings through The Christmas Song and Greensleeves. We follow with what I feel is the highlight of the podcast, Trane's Spiritual. Branford puts on his best Trane covering Resolution from A Love Supreme. Pharaoh rocks the house carrying on the tradition of Coltrane and then we settle down with tunes from early Chick Corea and finish up with a spiritual ballad, This Little Light of Mine, from Noah Baerman.

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Track ~ Artist ~ Album
The Christmas Song ~ Greg Abate ~ It's Christmastime
Greensleeves ~ Greg Abate ~ It's Christmastime
Spiritual ~ John Coltrane ~ Afro Blue Impressions Afro Blue Impressions - John Coltrane
A Love Supreme: Resolution ~ Branford Marsalis Quartet ~ Footsteps of our Fathers Footsteps of Our Fathers - Branford Marsalis Quartet
You've Got To Have Freedom ~ Pharoah Sanders ~ Pharaoh Sanders Finest Pharoah Sanders' Finest - Pharoah Sanders
Misty ~ Pharoah Sanders ~ Crescent With Love
Litha ~ Chick Corea ~ Inner Space Inner Space - Chick Corea
This Little Light of Mine ~ Noah Baerman ~ Soul Force Soul Force - Noah Baerman

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The Warmth of Jazz

Though I had no preconceived theme for this show, as I listen now, it has a certain warmth to all the selections that hopefully will bring some comfort to the cold winter nights ahead. Listen to the horn arrangements and the vibe from the vibraphones on Noah Bearman's Know Thyself (listen to the entire suite here). Noah Preminger's warm breathy tone on his tenor on his fine new release Before the Rain. Rez Abbasi, Rudresh, and Brian Blade all have that deep warming effect on our soul in their own unique ways. Veejay Iyer's rendition of Somewhere will warm your heart as it did mine. Keep warm, my friends, with these fine jazz tunes.

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Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Know Thyself (excerpt) ~ Noah Baerman ~ Know Thyself Know Thyself - Know Thyself
Abreaction ~ Noah Preminger ~ Before the Rain (pre-order)
Dream State ~ Rez Abbasi ~ Things to Come Things To Come - Rez Abbasi
Apti ~ Rudresh Mahanthappa's Indo-Pak Coalition ~ Apti Apti - Dan Weiss, Rudresh Mahanthappa & Rez Abassi
Somewhere ~ Vijay Iyer Trio ~ Historicity Historicity (Bonus Track Edition) - Vijay Iyer Trio
Monk/Trane ~ John Patitucci ~ Remembrance Remembrance - John Patitucci
Crooked Creek ~ Brian Blade ~ Perceptual Perceptual - Brian Blade Fellowship
Return of the Prodigal Son ~ Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band ~ Season of Changes Season of Changes - Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band

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Nickle Bag of Funk

This isn't a particularly funky podcast, but we do start off this show with a Nickle Bag from Digable Planets. We continue from there in a fusion vain with a new CD's from Janek Gwizdala with some hot guitar work from Mike Stern. Ralph Peterson is up next with a great new release with his Unity Project. We'll hear two from that one including contributions from Hartford's own Josh Evans (trumpet) and Jovan Alexander (sax) as well as fine Hammond B3 playing by Pat Bianchi. Of course, the great drumming of Ralph Peterson Jr. lays down a foundation for some smokin' tunes. Later in the show we highlight other great Connecticut jazz heroes with the Curtis Brothers, Craig Hartly, and Noah Baerman.

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Outer Reaches on amazon.com

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Nickel Bags ~ Digable Planet ~ Reachin' Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time & Space) - Digable Planets
Four Brothers ~ Janek Gwizdala ~ The Space Between The Space In Between - Janek Gwizdala
Spectrum ~ Ralph Peterson's Unity Band ~ Outer Reaches Outer Reaches - Ralph Peterson's Unity Project
Outer Reaches ~ Ralph Peterson's Unity Band ~ Outer Reaches Outer Reaches - Ralph Peterson's Unity Project
Villa Palmeras ~ Miguel Zenon ~ Esta Plena Esta Plena - Miguel Zenón
Song to Break the Spell ~ Curtis Brothers Quartet ~ Blood Spirit Land Water Freedom Blood • Spirit • Land • Water • Freedom - Curtis Brothers Quartet
Wind Dance ~ Dave Holland ~ Pathways Pathways - Dave Holland Octet
Dial 411 ~ Craig Hartly ~ Dial 411
Atam Bomb ~ Noah Baerman ~ Bliss Bliss - Noah Baerman Trio
Yes, Yes, Oh Yes! ~ Playdate ~ Playdate Playdate - Playdate

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Shadow Dance

While this week's show covers a lot of great music by new and perhaps lesser known jazz artists, the jewel of the program is Dave Holland's Shadow Dance from his recent release, Pathways. Dave Holland has had a remarkable career as a band leader, composer, arranger, and bass player. He first came to prominence in the US as a member of Miles Davis's band in the 60's. Since leaving Miles and leading bands on his own, he has released many remarkable recordings, and Pathways is among the best I have heard. I had the honor of interviewing Dave a couple of years ago in Tanglewood, MA. An edited video of our discussion is here:

Also in this podcast are samplings from new CD's by Rudresh Mahanthappa, Ralph Peterson Jr., Albert Rivera, JD Allen and much more.

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Pathways on amazon.com

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Chronic Mistakes ~ Winard Harper ~ Make It Happen
East Boogie (Kolby's Theme) ~ JD Allen ~ Shine! Shine! - JD Allen Trio
After All ~ Christian Scott ~ Yesterday You Said Tomorrow Yesterday You Said Tomorrow - Christian Scott
Keeping a Balance ~ Albert Rivera ~ Inner Peace Inner Peace - Albert Rivera
Zoltan ~ Ralph Peterson Jr. ~ Outer Reaches Outer Reaches - Ralph Peterson's Unity Project
Soft ~ Rudresh Mahanthappa ~ Apex Apex - Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green
Shadow Dance ~ Dave Holland Octet ~ Pathways Pathways - Dave Holland Octet
Follow Your Heart ~ Joe Farrell ~ Joe Farrell Quartet

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