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MFs Playing Jazz

Some monster MFs playing sax on this podcast including Branford Marsalis, Seamus Blake, John Coltrane, Jerry Bergonzi, Sonny Rollins and more. Besides featured sax players, also on this podcast is new music from the Le Boeuf Brothers to start the show and a vocal chorus led by Bobby McFerrin. Hartford is represented on Winard Harper's album (Jovan Alexandre, sax and Stephen King Porter, bass), and Karen Frisk's vocals finish out the show.

Featured Album

Four MFs Playin' Tunes - Branford Marsalis Quartet on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
D2D ~ Le Boeuf Brothers ~ In Praise of Shadows In Praise of Shadows - Le Boeuf Brothers
The Jupiter Line ~ Seamus Blake ~ Way Out Willy Way Out Willy - Seamus Blake, Lage Lund, David Kikoski, Orlande LeFlemming & Bill Stewart
The Mighty Sword ~ Branford Marsalis Quartet ~ Four MFs Playin' Tunes Four MFs Playin' Tunes - Branford Marsalis Quartet
My Ideal ~ Branford Marsalis Quartet ~ Four MFs Playin' Tunes Four MFs Playin' Tunes - Branford Marsalis Quartet
Central Park West ~ John Coltrane ~ Coltrane Sound Coltrane's Sound - John Coltrane
Just In Time ~ Jerry Bergonzi ~ Wiggy Wiggy - Jerry Bergonzi
Blossom ~ Sonny Rollins ~ Road Shows Vol 1 Road Shows, Vol. 1 (Live) - Sonny Rollins
Helen's Song ~ Winard Harper and Jeli Posse ~ Coexist Coexist - Winard Harper
Say Ladeo ~ Bobby McFerrin ~ VOCAbularies Vocabularies - Bobby McFerrin
Just One of Those Things ~ Karen Frisk ~ How Little We Know

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Shoppin’ for Clothes

This podcast presents many fine jazz artists, but the gems of this show might be in the last two tracks from Kurt Elling. His new release 1619 Broadway is featured here. We start with the Burton-McPherson Quartet, and then get into brand new releases from drummers Winard Harper, Yaron Israel and Alto saxophonist Kris Allen.

Featured Album

1619 Broadway ‒ Kurt Elling on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Dad ~ Abraham Burton-Eric McPherson Quartet ~ Cause and Effect Cause and Effect - Abraham Burton & Eric McPherson
Underground ~ New Jazz Workshop ~ Underground
Coexist ~ Winard Harper and Jeli Posse ~ Coexist Winard - Winard Harper
Jeli Posse ~ Winard Harper and Jeli Posse ~ Coexist Winard - Winard Harper
Creepin' ~ Yaron Israel ~ Visions
Compassion ~ Kris Allen ~ Circle House
Shoppin' for Clothes ~ Kurt Elling ~ 1619 Broadway 1619 Broadway ‒ The Brill Building Project - Kurt Elling
American Tune ~ Kurt Elling ~ 1619 Broadway 1619 Broadway ‒ The Brill Building Project - Kurt Elling

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Unity

This show features Pat Metheny as a prelude to a live show at University of Connecticut that commenced following this broadcast. We start with a track from the original Pat Metheny Group from 1978 followed by a later iteration of the group 20 years later, and then from his latest group the Unity Band. We also hear from the band's saxophonist Chris Potter and his group Underground. Weather Report and Michael Brecker are included in the show, as well as newcomers Hammer Klavier Trio, Frank Varela and Kris Allen.

Featured Album

Unity Band - Pat Metheny on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Phase Dance ~ Pat Metheny Group ~ Pat Metheny Group Unity Band - Pat Metheny
To the End of the World ~ Pat Metheny ~ We Live Here We Live Here - Pat Metheny Group
Come and See Me ~ Pat Metheny ~ Unity Band Unity Band - Pat Metheny
Underground ~ Chris Potter ~ Underground Underground - Chris Potter
Punk Jazz ~ Weather Report ~ Mr. Gone Mr. Gone - Weather Report
Renaissance ~ Michael Brecker ~ Time is of the Essence Time Is of the Essence - Michael Brecker
Hysterio ~ Hammer Klavier Trio ~ Rocket in Your Pocket (pre-release)
Tekia ~ Hammer Klavier Trio ~ Rocket in Your Pocket (pre-release)
Hopewell ~ Kris Allen ~ Circle House
Upstream ~ Grandma's Revenge ~ Frank Varela

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Dave Holland Speaks redux

This podcast showcases Dave Holland who turned 66 on October 1. Dave Holland is one of the greatest bassists and band leaders in jazz. He was in the influential Miles Davis' band that pioneered fusion jazz in the late 60's, early 70's. He was on the landmark albums In A Silent Way, and Bitches Brew. Prior to his performance at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival in Lennox, MA in September of 2009, I had the opportunity to interview jazz bassist Dave Holland. We spoke about the beginning of his career in jazz, working with Miles, his thoughts on composition and bass playing.

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