In the Groove, Jazz and Beyond

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Mostly Vocals

August 24th, 2014

A mostly vocal set on this week's podcast. Kavita Shah brings an amalgamation of cultural influences to her music. We recently experienced her perform, and had the chance to speak with her after the show. I bring that conversation to you between tracks in this podcast. Other vocals represented here are from Dana Lauren, and the incomparable Ella and Satch. We follow with a stunning vocal choir led by Bobby McFerrin. The podcast concludes with something new from Billy Harper and The Cookers.

Featured Album

Visions - Kavita Shah on iTunes


Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Triste (feat. Steve Wilson) ~ Kavita Shah ~ VISIONS
Oju Oba (feat. Lionel Loueke) ~ Kavita Shah ~ VISIONS
I Had The Craziest Dream ~ Dana Lauren ~ It's You Or No One
Gee, Baby Ain't I Good To You ~ Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong ~ Best of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
Stompin' at the Savoy ~ Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong ~ Best of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
Say Ladeo ~ Bobby McFerrin ~ VOCAbuLarieS
Sir Galahad ~ The Cookers ~ Time and Time Again

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Festival

August 17th, 2014

As summer winds down, so does the jazz festival season. Two great festival we attended this year were the Newport Jazz Festival (60th Anniversary) and the Litchfield (CT) Jazz Festival. We'll review some of the great festival performances we attended this summer.

Featured Album

Landmarks - Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Double or Nothing ~ The Cookers ~ Time and Again
A Shifting Design ~ Kurt Rosenwinkel ~ Star of Jupiter
Landmarks ~ Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band ~ Landmarks
EVOLUTION ~ Dave Holland ~ PRISM
B Count ~ Mario Pavone ~ Song For Septet
Street Rhyme ~ Mike Stern ~ These Time

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Mystery Train

August 10th, 2014

While digital music and streaming services makes music almost too easy to find, you can still feel that excitement of discovering great albums at used record stores. Mystery Train is a great one in Gloucester MA that I always hit up when I am in the area. Recently I picked up some monster CD's there. I feature those on this show. You'll hear from Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Ella and Louis, and Miles. We were in the North Shore area to see a concert at the beautiful Shaulin Lui Performance Center in Rockport Mass to see The Bad Plus with Joshua Redman, so I play some of their music too.

Featured Album

Question and Answer - Pat Metheny on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Why Don't ~ Sonny Rollins ~ Volume Two
H&H ~ Pat Metheny ~ question and answer
Law Years ~ Pat Metheny ~ question and answer
NO BLUES ~ Miles Davis ~ Friday Night At the Blackhawk
They Can't Take That Away From Me Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong ~ Best of
2 P.M. ~ The Bad Plus ~ Never Stop
Identity Thief ~ Joshua Redman ~ COMPASS
Put It In Your Pocket ~ Joshua Redman Elastic Band ~ Momentum

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Newport Jazz Fest Tribute

July 31st, 2014

While I am away at Newport Jazz Festival 2014, I thought it would be appropriate to make this podcast featuring some great recordings from Newport Jazz Fests of old. We include classic recordings from Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck and Ray Charles. There is also some performances captured on record from vocalists Ella, Billie and Carmen.

Featured Album

Ray Charles At Newport (Live) - Ray Charles on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Jeep's Blues ~ Duke Ellington ~ Ellington Live at Newport 1956
Black and Tan Fantasy ~ Duke Ellington ~ Ellington Live at Newport 1956
Diminuendo In Blue ~ Duke Ellington ~ Ellington Live at Newport 1956
Lullaby of Birdland ~ Ella Fitzgerald ~ Fitzgerald/Holiday/McRay At Newport
I Can't Give You Anything But Love ~ Ella Fitzgerald ~ Fitzgerald/Holiday/McRay At Newport
Lady Sings The Blues ~ Billie Holiday ~ Fitzgerald/Holiday/McRay At Newport
What a Little Moonlight Can Do ~ Billie Holiday ~ Fitzgerald/Holiday/McRay At Newport
Body and Soul ~ Carmen McRae ~ Fitzgerald/Holiday/McRay At Newport
St. Louis Blues ~ The Dave Brubeck Quartet ~ Time Out Legacy Edition
You Go To My Head ~ The Dave Brubeck Quartet ~ Time Out Legacy Edition
Blue Rhondo ala Turk ~ The Dave Brubeck Quartet ~ Time Out Legacy Edition
Night Time Is the Right Time ~ Ray Charles ~ Ray Charles at Newport
I've Got a Woman ~ Ray Charles ~ Ray Charles at Newport
A Fool For You ~ Ray Charles ~ Ray Charles at Newport

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NJF2014 Preview Part 2

July 27th, 2014

We continue our preview of the Newport Jazz Festival 2014, with part 2. This show features some of the great jazz artists that will be appearing on the 3rd of the festival. Claire and I will be covering the NJF for the 6th consecutive year. We will be posting photos and reviews of the concerts. Follow @digginjazz Twitter feed for all the live action.

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Click here for Official Site of Newport Jazz Festival


Track ~ Artist ~ Album
QUEST ~ The Cookers ~ BELIEVE
Portrait of Louis Armstrong ~ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra ~ Live In Swing City - Swingin' With Duke
Mood Indigo ~ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra ~ Live In Swing City - Swingin' With Duke
Pursuance ~ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis ~ A Love Supreme
Subconscious-Lee ~ Lee Konitz ~ Subconscious-Lee
MOANIN' ~ Mingus Big Band ~ Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard
Marilyn & Tammy ~ Ravi Coltrane ~ Spirit Fiction
The Canal Suite: Land of Hope ~ Danilo Perez ~ Panama 500
The Canal Suite: Premonition in Rhythm ~ Danilo Perez ~ Panama 500
The Canal Suite: Melting Pot (Chocolito) ~ Danilo Perez ~ Panama 500
Harlem Nocturne ~ David Sanborn ~ Timeagain
Joshua ~ Bobby McFerrin ~ spirityouall

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Newport Jazz Fest Preview - part 1

July 20th, 2014

We look forward to the Newport Jazz Festival 2014. This show features some of the great jazz artists that will be appearing on the first and second days of the festival. Claire and I will be covering the NJF for the 6th consecutive year. We will be posting photos and reviews of the concerts. Follow @digginjazz Twitter feed for all the live action. Next week I will continue the Newport Jazz Festival preview leading up to the event on August 1,2 and 3.



Click here for Official Site of Newport Jazz Festival

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Binky ~ Snarky Puppy ~ Ground Up
I Didn't Know What Time It Was ~ Cécile McLorin Salvant ~ Womanchild
Landmarks ~ Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band ~ Landmarks
Lots of Interest ~ Rudresh Mahanthappa ~ Gamak
St James Infirmary ~ Jon Batiste and Stay Human ~ Social Music
Brooklyn Babylon: The Neighborhood ~ Darcy James Argue's Secret Society ~ Brooklyn Babylon
Let It Ride (feat. Norah Jones) ~ Robert Glasper Experiment ~ Black Radio 2
Free ~ Gregory Porter ~ Liquid Spirit
Do I Do ~ SFJazz Collective ~ Music of Stevie Wonder and New Compositions: Live in New York 2011 - Season 8
Creepin' ~ SFJazz Collective ~ Music of Stevie Wonder and New Compositions: Live in New York 2011 - Season 8
Alma Adentro ~ Miguel Zenón ~ Alma Adentro - The Puerto Rican Songbook
Evolution ~ Dave Holland ~ Prism
Kurt1 ~ Kurt Rosenwinkel ~ Star of Jupiter

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Haden-Brandee

July 13th, 2014

This podcast pays tribute to the great bassist Charlie Haden who passed away last week. His creativity and contribution to our art form will be missed. Harpist Brandee Younger joins us on the phone to talk about her collaboration with Charlie Haden (with Ravi Coltrane) on Haden's composition "For Turiya". You will hear Mr. Haden with Ornette Coleman and Keith Jarrett. Also featured is Brandee Younger's live CD and something new from Brian Blade.

Featured Album

Brandee Younger Quartet: Live @ the Breeding Ground

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Not In Our Name ~ Charlie Haden ~ Liberation Music Orchestra
For Turiya ~ Ravi Coltrane ~ Blending Times
Wax and Wane ~ The Brandee Younger Quartet ~ Live @ the Breeding Ground 
Awareness (He Has A Name) ~ The Brandee Younger Quartet ~ Live @ the Breeding Ground 
Lonely Woman ~ Ornette Coleman Quartet ~ The Shape of Jazz to Come
Everything That Lives Laments ~ Keith Jarrett ~ Mysteries
Tres Palabras (Three Words) ~ Charlie Haden ~ Nocturne
Ark.La.Tex. ~ Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band ~ Landmarks

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America

July 6th, 2014

On this Independence Day holiday weekend we celebrate America's classical music, Jazz. Both patriotic and protest songs are represented here. From Jon Batist's rendition of our national anthem, to Max Roach and Abby Lincoln's Freedom Day, you'll hear a slice of American life. Paul Simon has a couple of compositions that reflect American life, one sung by Kurt Elling the other from Simon & Garfunkel. Ray Charles, Abby Lincoln, Gil Scott-Heron and Cecile McLorin-Salvant give diverse interpretations of the American experience in words and music.

Featured Album

Social Music - Jon Batiste and Stay Human on iTunes


Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Star Spangled Banner ~ Jon Batiste and Stay Human ~ Social Music
An American Tune ~ Kurt Elling ~ 1619 Broadway ‒ The Brill Building Project
AMERICA ~ Simon & Garfunkel ~ Bookends
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL ~ Ray Charles ~ Ray Charles Forever
Freedom Day ~ Abbey Lincoln & Max Roach ~ We Insist: Freedom Suite
JOHN HENRY ~ Cécile McLorin Salvant ~ Woman Child
COMPARED TO WHAT ~ Roberta Flack ~ First Take
Winter in America ~ Gil Scott-Heron ~ Midnight Band
AMERICA, the BEAUTIFUL ~ Alan Broadbendt and the NDR Big Band ~ America The Beautiful
Chaos In America ~ Salim Washington & RBA ~ Love In Exile
Uprisings and Revolutions ~ Antonio Sanchez ~ NEW LIFE
Maiden Voyage ~ Joel Holmes ~ African Skies

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60s to today

June 29th, 2014

A mix of great jazz from the 60s to the present. We'll hear from some of the masters of hard bop (i.e. Horace Silver, Cedar Walton) to today's modern players like Rob Garcia, Jimmy Greene, Brandee Younger and others.

Featured Album

Smul's Paradise - Gary Smulyan on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Bone Bop ~ Kenny Garrett ~ Black Hope
Nutville ~ Horace Silver Quintet ~ The Cape Verdean Blues
SISTER SADIE ~ Gil Evans Orchestra ~ Out of the Cool
SUNNY ~ Gary Smulyan ~ Smul's Paradise
Beyond All Limits ~ Ralph Peterson's Unity Project ~ Outer Reaches
CRASH ~ Rob Garcia 4 ~ The Drop and the Ocean
Mission Statement ~ Jimmy Greene ~ Mission Statement
Wax and Wane ~ The Brandee Younger Quartet ~ Live @ the Breeding Ground
Bolivia ~ Cedar Walton ~ Eastern Rebellion

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Horace Remembered

June 22nd, 2014

We pay tribute to the life and music of Horace Silver, who passed away this week. An important and influential musician, Horace helped found the hard-bop movement with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. His music was firmly rooted in the blues, with a hard driving swing. His compositions are some of the greatest jazz standards, and we will hear from Horace himself as well as covers from Jimmy Smith and Greg Abate. We also get a phone call from Raynel Frasier to tell us about her Umoja Jazz Series of free concerts in Hartford.

Featured Album

Doin' the Thing: The Horace Silver Quintet At the Village Gate - Horace Silver


Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Filthy McNasty ~ Horace Silver ~ Horace Silver Quintet:Live at the Village Gate
Nica's Dream ~ Horace Silver ~ Horace-Scope
The Tokyo Blues ~ Horace Silver Quintet ~ Tokyo Blues
Peace ~ Horace Silver ~ Music for Lovers
Sister Sadie ~ Jimmy Smith ~ Damn!
Nutville ~ Greg Abate ~ Horace Is Here: A Tribute to Horace Silver
SONG FOR MY FATHER ~ Greg Abate ~ Horace Is Here: A Tribute to Horace Silver
Happy to be Happy ~ Jay Hoggard ~ Soular Power
The Moontrane ~ Ralph Peterson ~ Alive at Firehouse 12

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