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Believe in Spring

Here in the northeast, though the calendar says it is spring, it certainly doesn't feel that way. Here is a playlist to help bring on Springtime. These tunes are inspired by Spring, flowers and sun.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Eric Alexander ~ You Must Believe in Spring ~ Revival of the Fittest
Joshua Redman ~ It Might As Well Be Spring ~ Timeless Tales (for Changing Times)
Milt Jackson ~ Sunflower ~ Sunflower
Jimmy Greene ~ Flowers ~ Flowers, Beautiful Life vol2
Les McCann and Eddie Harris ~ Compared to What ~ Swiss Movement
The Flying Horse Big Band ~ Murceilago En La Cueva (Featuring Batman Theme) ~ The Bat Swings
Larry Young ~ Softly as In a Morning Sunrise ~ Unity
Clifford Brown ~ Joy Spring ~ Clifford Brown's Finest Hour
Pat Martino ~ Sunny ~ Pat Martino/Live!
Joel Frahm ~ Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most ~ We Used to Dance

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Hartford guitarist Dan Liparini plays and talks with Ken about guitar and guitarists. I subject Dan to the "Blindfold Test" and we discuss lots of different guitar styles. Following the interview we hear music from Joe Henderson, Coltrane, Hal Galper, Kris and Jen Allen, and the Kevin Harris Project.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Dan Liparini ~ Panonica
Dan Liparini ~ Spiral
Joe Henderson ~ Serenity ~ In 'N Out
John Coltrane ~ I Want to Talk About You ~ The Gentle Side of John Coltrane
Hal Galper Quartet ~ In A Sentimental Mood ~ Cubist
Kris Allen ~ Star Eyes ~ Circle House
Jen Allen ~ in between the lines ~ Pieces of Myself
Kevin Harris Project ~ Crazeology ~ Bird Interpretations

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Before we get to the duets, we hear from one of my favorite JMac albums Demon's Dance. That is followed by two sax players with Connecticut roots. Nick Biello and Noah Preminger. Both have new recordings, Biello his premier, and Preminger with plenty. Then the duets: Preminger/Carlberg, Cohen/Hersch, Haden/Metheny. Salim Washington is back, and Sameer Gupta gives us Indian/Jazz fusion.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Jackie McLean ~ Demon's Dance ~ Demon's Dance
Jackie McLean ~ Toyland ~ Demon's Dance
Nick Biello ~ Grandparents ~ Vagabond Soul
Noah Preminger ~ Walking on Eggshells ~ Genuinity
Noah Preminger ~ Ts and Her Spirit ~ Genuinity
Frank Carlberg and Noah Preminger ~ The Meaning of the Blues ~ Whispers and Cries
Anat Cohen and Fred Hersch ~ A Lark ~ live in healdsburg
Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny ~ Two for the Road ~ Beyond the Missouri Sky
Salim Wahington ~ To Know Yaheweh ~ Dongon Revisited
Sameer Gupta ~ Come Take Everything (w/intro) ~ A Circle Has No Beginning

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A set of early Blakey and Miles. They are bookended by Lovano covering Trane and a Duet featuring Metheny and Mehldau. Finally a gorgeous rendition of Leonard Cohen's Halleluja as covered by the Manual Valera Trio.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Joe Lovano Quartets ~ 26-2 ~ Live at the Village Vanguard
Art Blakey ~ Carol's Interlude ~ The Jazz Messengers
Art Blakey ~ The End of a Love Affair ~ The Jazz Messengers
Miles Davis ~ Oleo ~ Bags' Groove
Miles Davis ~ Blue in Green ~ Kind of Blue
Miles Davis ~ Footprints ~ Live in Europe 1967: Best of the Bootleg, Vol. 1
Miles Davis ~ On Green Dolphin Street ~ Live in Europe 1967: Best of the Bootleg, Vol. 1
Miles Davis ~ Joshua ~ Seven Steps to Heaven
Metheny Mehldau ~ A Night Away ~ Quartet
Manuel Valera Trio ~ Hallelujah ~ Seasons

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