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Radio Music

This week we feature another highly anticipated release in jazz. Esperanza Spaulding's Radio Music Society follows her Grammy award for best new artist. We play two tracks from the album, released this week. We follow with more new music from jazz harmonica player Gregoire Maret, and pianist Vijay Iyer. More music follows from Jeremy Pelt and JD Allen, both of which appeared in the Hartford area this week. We keep with a local twist from Greg August the Curtis Brothers and Gary Smulyan who has a new release, Smul's Paradise.

Featured Album

Radio Music Society - Esperanza Spalding on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Jazz Ain't Nothin But Soul ~ Esperanza Spalding ~ Radio Music Society Radio Music Society (Deluxe Edition) - Esperanza Spalding
I Can't Help It ~ Esperanza Spalding ~ Radio Music Society Radio Music Society (Deluxe Edition) - Esperanza Spalding
Travels ~ Gregoire Maret ~ Gregoire Maret Grégoire Maret (Deluxe Edition) - Grégoire Maret
Human Nature ~ Accelerando ~ Vijay Iyer Trio Accelerando (Bonus Track Version) - Vijay Iyer Trio
Accelerando ~ Vijay Iyer ~ Accelerando Accelerando (Bonus Track Version) - Vijay Iyer Trio
Backroad ~ Jeremy Pelt ~ Men of Honor Men of Honor - Jeremy Pelt
The Wrath ~ JD Allen Trio ~ Victory! Victory! - JD Allen Trio
Change of Course ~ Greg August Sextet ~ One Peace One Peace - Gregg August Sextet
The Wrath ~ Curtis Brothers ~ Completion of Proof Completion of Proof - The Curtis Brothers
Up in Betty's Room ~ Gary Smulyan ~ Smul's Paradise

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Last Week part 2

This podcast is the second hour of last week's show. We play new and old tracks from Chick Corea. We follow with the featured album from drummer Johnathan Blake, his first as a leader. Next up is Robert Glasper and Esperanza Spaulding from their latest releases, both highly anticipated and important jazz albums.

Featured Album

The Eleventh Hour - Johnathan Blake on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Windows ~ Corea, Clarke, White ~ Forever
Straight Up and Down ~ Chick Corea ~ Inner Space
Time To Kill ~ Johnathan Blake ~ The Eleventh Hour
Canvas ~ Johnathan Blake ~ The Eleventh Hour
Smells Like Teen Spirit ~ Robert Glasper ~ Black Radio
Endangered Species ~ Esperanza Spaulding ~ Radio Music Society

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The Soothsayer

This show highlights one of my favorite jazz artists Wayne Shorter. Shorter's compositions always seem to evoke the feelings of mysticism and these tunes exemplify that. Of course, Shorter had a great influence on the Miles Davis Quintet of the 60's so we also play the title tracks from Miles E.S.P. and Nefertiti. The podcast concludes with Corea, Clarke, and White's grammy winning 500 Miles High from their latest release Forever.

Featured Album

The Soothsayer - Wayne Shorter

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Lost ~ The Soothsayer ~ Wayne Shorter The Soothsayer - Wayne Shorter
The Soothsayer ~ The Soothsayer ~ Wayne Shorter The Soothsayer - Wayne Shorter
E.S.P. ~ Miles Davis ~ E.S.P. E.S.P. - Miles Davis
Nefertiti ~ Miles Davis ~ Nefertiti Nefertiti - Miles Davis
Two Bass Hit ~ Miles Davis ~ 'Round About Midnight 'Round About Midnight - Miles Davis
500 Miles High ~ Corea, Clarke, White ~ Forever Forever - Corea, Clarke & White

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Traditional to Brand New

There are three albums featured in this podcast, ranging from traditional to brand new. Starting with the Legacy Edition of Miles 'Round About Midnight from 1957, to Corea, Clarke and White's new trio album Forever (with guest artist Jean Luc Ponty on violin, not piano as I say in a mic break) and finally Robert Glasper's highly anticipated Black Radio. From this podcast it is clear how jazz has progressed over the decades. Perhaps Glasper's latest CD foretells a new direction in jazz that has the potential to appeal to a wider audience and breath new life into this great musical art form.

Featured Album

Black Radio - Robert Glasper on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Dear Old Stockholm ~ Miles Davis ~ 'Round About Midnight 'Round About Midnight (Legacy Edition) - Miles Davis
Woody 'N You ~ Miles Davis ~ 'Round About Midnight 'Round About Midnight (Legacy Edition) - Miles Davis
No Mystery ~ Corea, Clarke, White ~ Forever Forever - Corea, Clarke & White
Armando's Rhumba ~ Corea, Clarke, White ~ Forever Forever - Corea, Clarke & White
Afro Blue ~ Robert Glasper Experiment ~ Black Radio Black Radio - Robert Glasper
Why Do We Try ~ Robert Glasper Experiment ~ Black Radio Black Radio - Robert Glasper

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