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Spring Is Here

April 20th, 2014

Spring inspired music begins our show this week. Trane, Freddie and Jimmy Greene interpret their meaning of this season. Chris Potter, Gil Evans, Manuel Valera and Oscar Peñas round out this week's podcast. Celebrate the return of nice weather and the renewal of life that Spring brings to us with jazz music.

Featured Album

Out of the Cool - The Gil Evans Orchestra on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Spring is Here ~ John Coltrane ~ The Stardust Sessions
Joy Spring ~ Freddie Hubbard ~ Born To Be Blue
Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most ~ Jimmy Greene Sextet ~ Introducing Jimmy Greene
Morning Bell ~ Chris Potter ~ Underground
Every Time We Say Goodbye ~ Chris Potter ~ Pure
La Nevada ~ Gil Evans Orchestra ~ Out of the Cool
Isabelita ~ Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express ~ Expectativas
Paco ~ Oscar Peñas ~ Music of Departures and Returns


Some New Grooves

April 13th, 2014

Another podcast of mostly new music. The first three tracks feature guitarist and composer Tom Guarna. The first number has Tom accompanying Manuel Valera's New Cuban Express, followed by two numbers off of Guarna's new release Rush. Dig the cool album cover art as well. We follow up with new music from Earl MacDonald's Creative Opportunity Workshop, and Noah Baerman's album of music with a message, Ripples. We finish the program with an older release of Baerman's and a classic from another great pianist, Wynton Kelly.

Featured Album

Rush - Tom Guarna on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
En Cinco ~ Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express ~ Expectativas
Elegy for Etan (Dedicated to Etan Patz) ~ Tom Guarna ~ Rush
Movement and Repose ~ Tom Guarna ~ Rush
Bottom Feeders ~ Earl MacDonald & The Creative Opportunity Workshop ~ Mirror of the Mind
Ripples (For Margie) ~ Noah Baerman ~ Ripples
Satyagrahi ~ Noah Baerman ~ Soul Force
Keep It Moving (Alternate Take) ~ Wynton Kelly ~ Kelly Blue


Get a Groove On

April 6th, 2014

We get our groove on in this weeks show, with some funky stuff from Scofield, Redman, Weather Report and more. I dare you not to tap your feet to this podcast. Besides the aforementioned, Garaj Mahal adds some fancy changes, John McLaughlin cools it down some and Antonio Sanchez rocks it out.

Featured Album

A Go Go - John Scofield

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Hottentot ~ John Scofeild ~ A Go Go
Semos ~ Garaj Mahal ~ Woot
Jazz Crimes ~ Joshua Redman ~ Elastic
125th Street Congress ~ Weather Report ~ Sweetnighter
Guitar Love ~ John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension ~ Now Here This
Psychosomatic Dung ~ George Duke ~ Faces in Reflections
The Real McDaddy ~ Antonio Sanchez ~ New Life


Around Town

March 30th, 2014

A playlist from artists that have recently performed in Connecticut. We are fortunate to have these great musicians pass through our home town. They represent a wide range of sounds and cultures. Many have their roots in Connecticut, while others represent an International community of jazz. Hear Latin Jazz artist Mitch Frohman, Spanish guitarist Oscar Peñas, German pianist Alan Broadbent. From here in New England, Noah Baerman, Steve Davis and Greg Abate show us their jazz chops.

Featured Album
From Daddy With Love - Mitch Frohman on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Mambo Nice ~ Mitch Frohman ~ From Daddy with Love
Etude No. 1 ~ Oscar Peñas ~ Music of Departures and Returns
Rain ~ Oscar Peñas ~ Music of Departures and Returns
Second Sunrise ~ Noah Baerman ~ Bliss
Daylight ~ Steve Davis ~ For Real
Contemplation ~ Greg Abate ~ The Greg Abate Quintet
Sonata for Swee' Pea ~ Alan Broadbendt and the NDR Big Band ~ America the Beautiful


Noah’s Ripples

March 23rd, 2014

Noah Baerman joins our program to celebrate the release of his new CD Ripples. Noah and I discuss not only the music on this fine recording, but the interaction of music with activism to strive for a better, kinder world. Noah will be appearing at the Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme, CT, Saturday March 29.


Featured Album

Ripples at

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
This Little Light of Mine ~ Noah Baerman ~ Soul Force
Motherless ~ Noah Baerman ~ Ripples
The Healer ~ Noah Baerman ~ Ripples
Ripples: Persistance ~ Noah Baerman ~ Ripples
Lester (excerpt) ~ Noah Baerman ~ Ripples


Something New

March 16th, 2014

This podcast features some fine new albums to come across my desk. We begin with a vocal set with Lauren Kinhan of NY Voices fame. Noah Baerman is next up with his inspiring release Ripples. Also featured are the latest releases from Helen Sung and Hartford's favorite son Steve Davis. The podcast concludes with a trio set from Stranahan, Zaleski and Rosato.

Featured Album

Circle in a Square - Lauren Kinhan on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Pocket Full of Harlem ~ Lauren Kinhan ~ Circle in a Square
Vanity's Paramour ~ Lauren Kinhan ~ Circle in a Square
Time is Now ~ Noah Baerman ~ Ripples
Armando's Rhumba ~ Helen Sung ~ Anthem for a New Day
It Don't Mean a Thing (if it ain't got that swing) ~ Helen Sung ~ Anthem for a New Day
Blues on Blues ~ Steve Davis ~ For Real
Angie's Groove ~ Steve Davis ~ For Real
Limitless ~ Stranahan, Zaleski, Rosato ~ Limitless
Rock Song ~ Stranahan, Zaleski, Rosato ~ Limitless


Talking with Preminger

March 8th, 2014

In the Groove interviews Noah Preminger prior to some gigs in Connecticut and New York City. We speak of expanding the jazz audience, various influences that shaped Noah’s playing, and a process for finding ones own playing style. There are even a couple of unreleased gems that you will only hear on our show.

Featured Album

Haymaker - Noah Preminger on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Haymaker ~ Noah Preminger ~ Haymaker
Patterns of Behavior ~ Superpowers
Love Theme from Sparticus ~ Noah Preminger
Toy Dance ~ Noah Preminger ~ Before the Rain
Don’t Drink the Water ~ Noah Preminger ~ Haymaker
Tomorrow ~ Noah Preminger ~ Haymaker  



March 1st, 2014

All music is the culmination of generations of influences. This holds great importance in jazz. This podcast illustrates the influences on these artists. Miguel Zenon's album played here is based on traditional songs his mother sang in Puerto Rico, that shaped his musical style. George Cables' latest album pays homage to some great jazz composers that influenced his playing. Matt DeChamplain shows the stride style from early jazz pianists that had a strong influence on his art.

Featured Album

Icons and Influences - George Cables in iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Perdon ~ Miguel Zenon ~ Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook
Jugette ~ Miguel Zenon ~ Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook
Happiness ~ George Cables ~ Icons and Influences
Farewell Mulgrew ~ George Cables ~ Icons and Influences
The Duke ~ George Cables ~ Icons and Influences
Honky Tonk Train Blues ~ Matt DeChamplain ~ Stride-Bop 
Minor League ~ Ralph Peterson ~ Alive at Firehouse 12


Varied Sounds of Jazz

February 23rd, 2014

The varied sounds of modern jazz are represented in this playlist. From the hard driving Chris Potter, swinging rhythm of Matt Wilson, depth of Metheny's composition and the groove of Snarky Puppy. You will hear many facets of what is considered Jazz music.

Featured Album

Kin (<-->) - Pat Metheny on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Kalypso ~ Chris Potter ~ The Sirens
Get Over, Get Off and Get On ~ Matt Wilson Quartet ~ Gathering Call
Twice ~ NEXT Collective ~ Cover Art
Rise Up ~ Pat Metheny ~ Kin(<-->)
Bent Nails ~ Snarky Puppy ~ Ground Up
Dances With Ancestors ~ Derrick Hodge ~ Live Today
This I Dig Of You ~ Jason Anick ~ Tipping Point


Herbie’s Rhodes

February 16th, 2014

The Fender Rhodes is making a big comeback recently. We probably have Herbie Hancock to thank for fusing the Rhodes and electronics into jazz music. On this podcast we explore Herbie’s great Fender Rhodes playing from the early days with Miles to the glory days of Jazz-Rock Fusion.

Featured Album

Sextant - Herbie Hancock on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Watermelon Man ~ Herbie Hancock ~ Headhunters
Tell Me a Bedtime Story ~ Herbie Hancock ~ Fat Albert Rotunda
Actual Proof ~ Herbie Hancock ~ Thrust
Butterfly ~ Herbie Hancock ~ Thrust
Ostinato ~ Herbie Hancock ~ Mwandishi
Hidden Shadows ~ Herbie Hancock ~ Sextant
In A Silent Way ~ Miles Davis ~ Complete IASW Sessions
Times Lie ~ Joe Farrell ~ Moon Germs
Red Clay ~ Freddie Hubbard ~ Red Clay
Water on the Pond ~ Miles Davis ~ Complete Miles Davis Quintet 1965-68