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2012 Retrospective pt.1

2012 was a great year for new jazz releases. This show is only part 1 of some of the memorable jazz albums released this year. We lead off with Robert Glasper and Black Radio. A crossover album that hit the charts in both Jazz and R&B. Other notable releases were from Kenny Garrett, Branford Marsalis, Miguel Zenon, Billy Hart, Kris Allen, Greg Abate and more. One of my favorite CD's and concerts of the year was from Pat Metheny's Unity Band that I had the pleasure of seeing three times! Lot's more great albums were released, and I will play more in next week's podcast.

Featured Album

Four MFs Playin' Tunes - Branford Marsalis Quartet on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Afro Blue ~ Robert Glasper Experiment ~ Black Radio Black Radio - Robert Glasper
Welcome Earth Song ~ Kenny Garrett ~ Seeds From the Underground Seeds from the Underground - Kenny Garrett
Teo Branford Marsalis ~ Branford Marsalis ~ Four MF's Playin' Tunes Four MFs Playin' Tunes - Branford Marsalis Quartet
Foti and Liminitz ~ Kris Allen ~ Circle House Circle House - Kris Allen
Talita ~ Miguel Zenon and Laurent Coq ~ Rayuela Rayuela (with Laurent Coq) - Miguel Zenón
Tolli's Dance ~ Billy Hart ~ All Our Reasons All Our Reasons - Billy Hart, Ethan Iverson, Mark Turner & Ben Street
Realization ~ Greg Abate ~ Greg Abate Quintet featuring Phil Woods
Heavenly Hours ~ Gary Smulyan ~ Smul's Paradise Smul's Paradise - Gary Smulyan
Come and See ~ Pat Metheny ~ Unity Band Unity Band - Pat Metheny
A Shifting Design ~ Kurt Rosenwinkel ~ Star of Jupiter Star of Jupiter - Kurt Rosenwinkel

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Love Wins

This show was broadcast just after attending the homegoing of Ana Marquez-Greene, slain in the Newtown CT tragedy one week ago. The theme of the service and of this show is Love Wins. Ana's father Jimmy Greene is one of the most respected and revered members of the jazz community in Hartford, having been raised and schooled here. Jimmy and Nelba have shown tremendous strength, compassion and love in dealing with this tragedy. Love will heal us, love will be the impetus for change, love will keep Ana's memory alive. As always, Love Wins!


Ana Marguez-Greene

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Love in Action ~ Jimmy Greene ~ Mission Statement Mission Statement - Jimmy Greene
This Little Light of Mine ~ Noah Baerman ~ Soul Force Soul Force - Noah Baerman
Baby, I Love You ~ Wynton Marsalis ~ The Magic Hour The Magic Hour - Wynton Marsalis Quartet
Dear Lord ~ John Coltrane ~ The Gentle Side of John Coltrane The Gentle Side of John Coltrane - John Coltrane
Love ~ John Coltrane ~ Meditations Meditations - John Coltrane
I Love You ~ Jimmy Greene Sextet ~ Introducing Jimmy Greene Introducing Jimmy Greene - Jimmy Greene, John Swana, Steve Davis, Aaron Goldberg, Darrell Hall & Eric McPherson
Ana Grace ~ Jimmy Greene ~ Mission Statement Mission Statement - Jimmy Greene
To the Hive ~ Nicole Ziraitus ~ Pariah Anthem on CDBaby
All Matter ~ Robert Glasper ~ Double Booked Double Booked - Robert Glasper
For Turiya ~ Ravi Coltrane ~ Blending Times Blending Times - Ravi Coltrane

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The Human Race

This is a somber episode of In the Groove in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school tragedy. It is dedicated to the victims and the families of those affected by this terrible event. Joining me for this podcast is Dane Scozzari as we present some of his compositions and try to inject some holiday spirit into our heavy hearts. The tragedy especially hit home with the news that Hartford's own tenor sax great Jimmy Greene and his wife Nelba lost their beautiful young daughter Ana in this awful incident. Dane and I try to express our sadness over their loss. When words cannot express one's feelings, music seems to fill that void. Jimmy wrote a beautiful composition in honor of his daughter, so we play Ana Grace from his Mission Statement album. That is followed by another Jimmy Greene original, Anthem of Hope which is certainly relevant for today.

Dane Scozzari and the Human Race

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Let Them Be Children ~ The Curtis Brothers ~ Together
The Human Race ~ Dane Scozzari ~ 2010:Profile in Humanity
What Christmas Means to Me ~ Dane Scozzari & the Human Race ~ It's Christmas Time Again
It's Christmas Time Again ~ Dane Scozzari & the Human Race ~ It's Christmas Time Again
Ana Grace ~ Jimmy Greene ~ Mission Statement Mission Statement - Jimmy Greene
Anthem of Hope ~ Jimmy Greene ~ Overcomer's Suite The Overcomer's Suite - Jimmy Greene
O Come O Come Emanuel ~ Kris Allen ~ Together

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Time Out

In this week's podcast we remember Dave Brubeck, who passed away on December 5 on day before his 92nd birthday. Dave was perhaps best known for his unique use of time in music and we explore that with both his own works, and some modern jazz artists that were influenced by Dave's playing. We begin with Dave Brubeck's most successful album Time Out and the track Blue Rondo A La Turk and then from Time Further Out. George Benson covers Brubeck's best known work, Take Five. We switch gears to modern day jazz artists such as Hiromi, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Sinan Bakir, Donny McCaslin, and Robert Glasper.

Featured Album

Time Further Out - The Dave Brubeck Quartet on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Blue Rondo A La Turk ~ Dave Brubeck Quartet ~ Time Out Time Further Out - The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Bru's Boogie Woogie ~ Dave Brubeck Quartet ~ Time Further Out Time Further Out - The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Unsquare Dance ~ Dave Brubeck Quartet ~ Time Further Out Time Further Out - The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Take Five ~ George Benson ~ Bad Benson Bad Benson - George Benson
My Favorite Things ~ Hiromi ~ Beyond Standard Beyond Standard - Hiromi's Sonicbloom
Delusion ~ Hiromi ~ Voice Voice (feat. Anthony Jackson & Simon Phillips) - Hiromi
Gamma Band ~ Kurt Rosenwinkel ~ Star of Jupiter Star of Jupiter - Kurt Rosenwinkel
Rising Tower of Light ~ Sinan Bakir ~ Tales & Stories Tales & Stories - Sinan Bakir
Pria Grande ~ Donny McCaslin ~ Casting for Gravity Casting for Gravity (feat. Jason Lindner, Tim Lefebvre & Mark Guiliana) - Donny McCaslin
Why Do We Try ~ Robert Glasper ~ Black Radio Black Radio - Robert Glasper

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Some New Stuff 2012

On this show, recorded post-Thanksgiving weekend, we feature all new releases, including two from Kurt Rosenwinkel's Star of Jupiter. We also play a couple from Brad Mehldau's latest as well as Donald Vega, Yoron Israel, Branford Marsalis, Kurt Eling, Bad Plus and Donny McCaslin.

Featured Album

Star of Jupiter - Kurt Rosenwinkel on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Accompong ~ Donald Vega ~ Spiritual Nature Spiritual Nature (feat. Lewis Nash, Christian McBride, Anthony Wilson & Christian Howes) - Donald Vega
Another Star ~ Yoron Israel ~ Visions (music of Stevie Wonder) Visions (the Music of Stevie Wonder) - Yoron Israel
Brews ~ Branford Marsalis Quartet ~ Four MF's Playin' Tunes Four MFs Playin' Tunes - Branford Marsalis Quartet
Star of Jupiter ~ Kurt Rosinwinkel ~ Star of Jupiter Star of Jupiter - Kurt Rosenwinkel
Kurt 1 ~ Kurt Rosenwinkel ~ Star of Jupiter Star of Jupiter - Kurt Rosenwinkel
Broadway ~ Kurt Elling ~ 1619 Broadway 1619 Broadway ‒ The Brill Building Project - Kurt Elling
Re-elect That ~ Bad Plus ~ Made Possible Made Possible - The Bad Plus
Holland ~ Brad Mehldau ~ Where Do You Start Where Do You Start? - Brad Mehldau & Brad Mehldau Trio
Aquelas Coisas Todas ~ Brad Mehldau ~ Where Do You Start Where Do You Start? - Brad Mehldau & Brad Mehldau Trio
Bend ~ Donny McCaslin ~ Casting for Gravity Casting for Gravity (feat. Jason Lindner, Tim Lefebvre & Mark Guiliana) - Donny McCaslin

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