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Mostly Trumpet

Trumpet reigns supreme in this podcast. We hear from some great trumpet players across many generations. We begin by featuring Josh Evans from his first recording as a leader, and as a sideman on others. Then we hear some classic jazz horn playing from the likes of Donald Byrd, Woody Shaw (w/Larry Young) and the great Miles Davis. The trumpet set concludes with Ambrose Akinmusire, Avishai Cohen and Sean Jones. The podcast concludes with a tribute album to the late Melvin Sparks from Sparkplug led by ex-Sparks sidemen Beau Sasser B3 and Bill Carbone drums and featuring guitarist Ryan Hommell.

Featured Album

Portrait from CD Baby

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Ray Mac Left Town ~ Josh Evans ~ Portrait
Divine Surveillance ~ Winard Harper ~ Make It Happen
The Moontrane ~ Ralph Peterson's Unity Project ~ Outer Reaches Outer Reaches - Ralph Peterson's Unity Project
Spring is Here ~ Josh Evans ~ Portrait
Off to the Races ~ Donald Byrd ~ Off to the Races Off to the Races - Donald Byrd
Softly As a Morning Sunrise ~ Larry Young ~ Unity Unity (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition Remastered) - Elvin Jones, Joe Henderson, Larry Young & Woody Shaw
Seven Steps to Heaven ~ Miles Davis ~ Seven Steps to Heaven Seven Steps to Heaven - Miles Davis
Tear Stained Suicide Manifesto ~ Ambrose Akinmusire ~ When the Heart Emerges Glistening When the Heart Emerges Glistening - Ambrose Akinmusire
Dear Lord ~ Avishai Cohen ~ The Trumpet Player The Trumpet Player - Avishai Cohen
Touch and Go ~ Sean Jones ~ No Need For Words No Need for Words - Sean Jones
Whip Whop ~ Sparkplug ~ Sparkplug: The Music of Melvin Sparks The Music of Melvin Sparks - Sparkplug

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New and Near

This podcast features some fine debut recordings by young jazz artists with roots in CT and MA. We start with Jen Allen's CD Pieces of Myself. Jen is a fine pianist well known to CT jazz fans. Her CD features her own compositions and arrangements with a mostly straight-ahead jazz romp with some of the areas best musicians. Josh Evan's CD shows his great chops on trumpet as well as his writing skills with a fiery sextet including two tenors. Geoff Vidal from Western Massachusetts delivers a uniquely creative sound with original compositions and some haunting arrangements with his quintet of Brooklyn based musicians. The show also features tunes from recent releases by Brooklyn bassist Michael Feinberg, post-modern jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, and vocalist Tammy Scheffer.

Featured Album

Jen Allen, Pieces of Myself on CDBaby

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
The Repercussions ~ Jen Allen ~ Pieces of Myself
Pining ~ Jen Allen ~ Pieces of Myself
Beatnik ~ Josh Evans ~ Portrait
Tehran ~ Josh Evans ~ Portrait
Different Planes ~ Geoff Vidal ~ She Likes That
FreeDiver ~ Geoff Vidal ~ She Likes That
The Hard Stuff ~ Michael Feinberg ~ With Many Hands With Many Hands - Michael Feinberg
Duality ~ Vijay Iyer-Prasanna-Nitin Mitta ~ Tirtha Tirtha - Vijay Iyer, Prasanna & Nitin Mitta
Kum, Shan ~ Tammy Scheffer ~ Wake up Fall Asleep

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Newport Wrap

This is our wrap-up of the Newport Jazz Festival coverage. For this podcast we present some of the lesser known artists that appeared, which also accounted for some of the most compelling performances of the two day event. Of particular note are Ambrose Akinmusire, John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, and Avishai Cohen. For me, the highlight of the festival belonged to Charles Lloyd's Sangam, a trio also featuring tabla master Zakir Hussein and Eric Harland on drums.

More coverage of Newport 2011:

Featured Album

When the Heart Emerges Glistening - Ambrose Akinmusire

Track * Artist * Album
Jaya ~ Ambrose Akinmusire ~ When the Heart Emerges Glistening When the Heart Emerges Glistening - Ambrose Akinmusire
Regret (No More) ~ Ambrose Akinmusire ~ When the Heart Emerges Glistening When the Heart Emerges Glistening - Ambrose Akinmusire
Guarana ~ John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble ~ Eternal Interlude Eternal Interlude - John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble
Edge ~ Hiromi ~ Spiral Spiral - Hiromi
The Fast ~ Avishai Cohen ~ The Trumpet Player The Trumpet Player - Avishai Cohen
64 Paths Binding ~ Steve Coleman & Five Elements ~ On the Rising of the 64 Paths On the Rising of the 64 Paths - Steve Coleman & Five Elements
On Green Dolphin Street ~ Joey DeFrancesco ~ The Authorized Bootleg Live: The Authorized Bootleg - Joey DeFrancesco
Sangam ~ Charles Lloyd ~ Sangam Sangam - Charles Lloyd
Home is Where My Laptop Is ~ Tammy Scheffer ~ Wake Up, Fall Asleep Wake Up, Fall Asleep - Tammy Scheffer

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Here is part 2 of the Newport Jazz Festival Preview show. For those who plan on attending this historic jazz event, here is a taste of what you will be seeing and hearing. For those unable to attend, I hope you dig this selection of tunes. If you are there, make sure to keep an eye out for the guy in the WHUS tee shirt, and come over and say "hi!". I'll be running a live Twitter feed @digginjazz . You can get more information on the Newport Jazz Festival at their website.

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Being and Becoming ~ Charles Lloyd Quartet ~ Mirror Mirror - Charles Lloyd Quartet
Shine ~ Ravi Coltrane ~ Blending Times Blending Times - Ravi Coltrane
The Journey ~ Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green ~ Apex Apex - Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green
In the 6th ~ Trombone Shorty ~ Backatown Backatown (Bonus Track Version) - Trombone Shorty
Smoking Gun ~ Dayna Stephens ~ The Timeless Now
The Lost and Found ~ Dayna Stephens ~ The Timeless Now

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