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This is my annual Newport Jazz Festival preview show (part 2 to be published mid-week). We begin with newly annointed NEA Jazz Master, Joanne Brackeen. Christian McBride is the new curator of music at Newport and will also lead his Big Band at the festival. Other artists featured here are One For All (with Hartford's Steve Davis), Christian Sands, Antonio Sanchez and an all-star band Hudson.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Joanne Brackeen ~ Fi-Fi Goes to Heaven ~ Fi-Fi Goes to Heaven
Joanne Brackeen ~ Nature Boy ~ Popsicle Illusion
Christian McBride Big Band ~ Broadway ~ The Good Feeling
Christian McBride Big Band ~ Brother Mister ~ The Good Feeling
One for All ~ Hey, Stevie D ~ The Third Decade
One for All ~ Buddy's ~ The Third Decade
Christian Sands ~ Reaching for the Sun ~ Reach
Antonio Sanchez ~ Uprisings and Revolutions ~ New Life
Hudson ~ El Swing ~ Hudson (feat. Jack Dejohnette, Larry Grenedier, John Medeski, John Scofield)
Hudson ~ Woodstock ~ Hudson (feat. Jack Dejohnette, Larry Grenedier, John Medeski, John Scofield)

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This podcast reviews some of the great music I had the pleasure of seeing on a recent trip to NYC. Harold Mabern (age 81) plays with the energy and chops of someone half his age. Ravi Coltrane performed a moving tribute to his mother Alice Coltrane at Jazz Gallery. Accompanying Ravi was harpist Brandee Younger. We also were turned on to a tremendous vocalist, Melissa Morgan in a live performance at the Side Door jazz club in CT.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Harold Mabern ~ My Favorite Things ~ Right On Time
Harold Mabern ~ Seven Steps To Heaven ~ Right On Time
Ravi Coltrane ~ For Turya ~ Blending Times
Brandee Younger ~ Esscence of Ruby ~ Wax and Wayne
Brandee Younger ~ Afro Harping ~ Wax and Wane
Alice Coltrane ~ Blue Nile ~ Translinear Light
Alice Coltrane ~ Translinear Light ~ Translinear Light
Melissa Morgan ~ The Lamp is Low ~ Until I met You
Melissa Morgan ~ You Don't Know Me ~ Days Like This

 

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The title says it all. 

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Miles Davis ~ No Blues ~ In Person At the Blackhawk, San Francisco
Hank Mobley ~ Lookin' East ~ Reach Out
Hank Mobley ~ Goin' Out of MyHead ~ Reach Out
Hank Mobley ~ Good Pickin's ~ Reach Out!
Pat Metheny ~ Phase Dance ~ Pat Metheny Group (1978)
Pat Metheny Unity Group ~ On Day One ~ Kin(<-->)
Pat Metheny Unity Group ~ Kqu ~ Kin(<-->)
Pat Metheny ~ Minuano ~ Still Life (Talking)
Billy Cobham ~ Stratus ~ Spectrum

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Highlights of this show include contributions from great drummer Jack DeJohnette. We hear from his newest effort Hudson, and later in the show an extended piece led by Pat Metheny with DeJohnette, Haden, Redman, and Brecker from 80/81. Along the way we play great jazz music from Cannonball, Louis Hayes, Kenny Burrell and more.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
00:08 Cannonball Adderley ~ Jeannine ~ Them Dirty Blues
07:24 Louis Hayes ~ St. Vitus Dance ~ Serenade for Horace
15:42 Jimmy Greene ~ Self Portrait #1 ~ Live at Smalls
24:57 Eddie Henderson ~ Morning Song ~ Collective Portrait
32:36 Miles Davis ~ Water Babies ~ Water Babies
41:08 DeJohnette / Grenadier / Medeski / Scofield ~ Woodstock ~ Hudson
47:07 DeJohnette / Grenadier / Medeski / Scofield ~ Tony than Jack ~ Hudson
53:09 Kenny Burrell ~ Wavy Gravy ~ Midnight Blue
59:23 Pat Metheny ~ Two Folk Songs ~ 80/81

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Rochester Review

 

This podcast is based in part on the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. The XRIJF is a 10 day street party, with some serious jazz happening in clubs around town. The concderts I attended were Jacob Collier, Billy Childs and Jochen Ruckert. Late night jam sessions were held by guitarist Bob Sneider and drummer Mike Melito. Walt Weiskopf was scheduled later in the week. At the end of the podcast I pay tribute to pianist Geri Allen who passed away at the age of 60 last week.

Playlist
Artist ~ Album ~ Track

Jacob Collier ~ Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing ~ n/a
Billy Childs ~ Rebirth ~ Rebirth
Jochen Ruckert ~ Stretch Mark ~ Charm Offense
Mike Melito ~ Up Over and Out ~ New York Connections
Bob Sneider and Joe Locke ~ Last Tango in Paris ~ Nocturn For Ava
Walt Weiskopf ~ Backstage Blues ~ Fountain of Youth
Walt Weiskopf ~ Laura ~ Fountain of Youth
Steve Davis ~ Warrior ~ Think Ahead
Geri Allen ~ Mounts and Mountains ~ The Life of a Song
Geri Allen ~ Soul Eyes ~ The Life of a Song

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