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Earl’s New Directions

This podcast was inspired from a recent concert in Hartford with the Earl MacDonald's New Directions ensemble. Earl is a fine composer and arranger as well as the Jazz director at the University of Connecticut. Featured are some of the compositions and musicians from that show. From that concert, we hear from Earl MacDonald, Lauren Sevian, Kris Allen. Those musicians were inspired from some of the masters of jazz such as Jackie McLean and Charles Mingus. Also represented here are The Curtis Brothers, Sasha Masakowski and Larry Willis.

Featured Album

re:Visions - Earl MacDonald on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Appointment in Ghana ~ Jackie McLean ~ Jackie's Bag
Woody 'n You ~ Earl MacDonald ~ Re:Visions
A Change Will Come ~ Earl MacDonald6 ~ echoes in the night
Not So Softly ~ Lauren Sevian ~ Blueprint
The Onge ~ The Curtis Brothers ~ Completion of Proof
Star Eyes ~ Kris Allen ~ Circle House
Boogie Stop Shuffle ~ Charles Mingus ~ Mingus Ah Um
Cryin' Blues ~ Mingus Big Band ~ Live at Jazz Standard
Wishes ~ Sasha Masakowski ~ Wishes
Theme from Star Trek ~ Larry Willis ~ The Offering

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A Week in ‘Nawlins

I just returned from a week in New Orleans. The music here recounts the range of sounds we heard there including brass bands, dixieland, R&B and some of the modern jazz and rock being played in the Big Easy. Most of the tracks heard are from local bands we saw, and from local music that our new friends at WWOZ laid us on to.

Featured Album

Dominick Grillo & The Frenchmen Street All-Stars at the Spotted Cat Music Club, New Orleans, LA

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
What Comes Around ~ Rebirth Brass Band ~ Rebirth of New Orleans
I'm Crazy 'Bout my Baby ~ Louis Armstrong ~ And his Allstars
Joseph Joseph ~ Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns ~ No Cover Charge
Jambalaya ~ Ambrosia Brass Band ~ Walking through the Streets
Brer Rabbit ~ Delfayo Marsalis ~ Minions Dominion
Bolivia ~ Pat Casey and the New Sound
The Road Song ~ Pat Casey and the New Sound
In A Sentimental Mood ~ Dominick Grillo ~ The Frenchmen Street All-Stars
Do What You Wanna ~ Dominick Grillo ~ The Frenchmen Street All-Stars
St James Infirmary ~ Sasha Masakowski ~ Wishes
Chicken Dance ~ Khris Royal & Dark Matter ~ Dark Matter
I'm Back ~ Walter Wolfman Washington ~ Doin' The Funky Thing
Six Paper Joint ~ Naughty Professor ~ Until The Next Time
Do You Know What It Means ~ 3 Cohens ~ Family

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All over the jazz lot

This show is all over the jazz lot. From an ethereal fusion sound of Kurt Rosenwinkel, to gorgeous trio piano from Eric Reed and George Cables, to the post-modern jazz of Ravi Coltrane and Linda Oh. Towards the end of the show, we settle into a nice New Orleans groove (appropriate, since I am there right now). The show concludes with a show tune you will recognize from a new album by Jeff Holmes.

Featured Album

Rebirth of New Orleans - Rebirth Brass Band on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Heavenly Bodies ~ Kurt Rosenwinkel ~ Star of Jupiter
Maria ~ Eric Reed ~ Pure Imagination
Ultimate Persona ~ Linda Oh ~ Initial Here
Helen's Song ~ George Cables ~ My Muse
Who Wants Ice Cream ~ Ravi Coltrane ~ Spirit Fiction
Dance Like There's No Tomorrow ~ John Ellis ~ Dance Like There's No Tomorrow
You Know You Know ~ Rebirth Jazz Band ~ Rebirth of New Orleans
So Long Farewell ~ Jeff Holmes ~ Of One's Own

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Rhythms of the Earth

Surely this show contains the Rhythms of the Earth. That is also a fine album by the great Jackie McLean, that starts off this podcast. There are some great musicians from the Hartford area on that track, and we continue the Hartford connection with New Jazz Workshop and Winard Harper. From there, we get into a great guitar set featuring Frank Varela, Fareed Haque, Cory Christianson, and finally the incomperable Wes Montgomery.

Featured Album

Rhythm of the Earth - Jackie McLean on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
The Explorers ~ Jackie McLean ~ Rhythm of the Earth
Nightview ~ New Jazz Workshop ~ Underground
Helen's Song ~ Winard Harper ~ Coexist
Giant Steps ~ Frank Varela ~ Grandma's Revenge
Waka/Jawaka ~ Frank Zappa ~ Waka/Jawaka
Big Bhangra ~ Fareed Haque ~ Flat Planet
Alone Together ~ The Cory Christiansen Quartet ~ Awakening
Willow Weep For Me ~ Wes Montgomery ~ Smokin At the Halfnote
Four on Six ~ Wes Montgomery ~ Smokin At the Halfnote

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