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We celebrate the birth date of Cannonball Adderly, but first new music from John McLaughlin and Joey DeFrancesco. Harrold Mabern plays the Wes classic Road Song. A vocal set with Melissa Morgan and something new from Cecile McLorrin Salvant. Then we kick off the Cannonball tribute with his collaboration with Nancy Wilson.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
John McLaughlin and 4th Dimension ~ New Blues Old Bruise ~ Live at Ronnie Scotts
Joey DeFrancesco + The People ~ So Near, So Far ~ Project Freedom
Harold Mabern ~ Road Song ~ Live at Smalls
Melissa Morgan ~ Save Your Love For Me ~ Until I Met You
Melissa Morgan ~ Days Like This ~ Days Like This
Cecile McLorrin Salvant ~ Devil May Care ~ Dreams and Daggers
Cannonball Adderley & Nancy Wilson ~ Never Will I Marry ~ Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley
Cannonball Adderley ~ Minority ~ Portrait of Cannonball
Cannonball Adderley ~ Autumn Leaves ~ Somthin' Else
Cannonball Adderley ~ Jeannnine ~ Them Dirty Blues

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As I put this podcast together I am watching the Hurricane hit the Florida coast. Our thoughts and concerns are with those affected, and hope for the safety of all. We start with two versions of Work Song for this past labor day, then a couple of Steely Dan tracks in memory of Walter Becker, before a set of music inspired by hurricanes. Then some great guitar work by Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery and Dave Stryker. Finally, something new by Brian Charrette.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Oscar Brown Jr. ~ Work Song ~ In A New Mood
Cannonball Adderley ~ Work Song ~ Phenix
Steely Dan ~ Aja ~ Aja
Steely Dan ~ Home At Last ~ Aja
Joe Farrell ~ Hurricane Jane ~ Penny Arcade
Trombone Shorty ~ Hurricane Season ~ Backatown
Herbie Hancock ~ The Eye of the Hurricane ~ Maiden Voyage
Kenny Burell ~ Chitlens Con Carne ~ Midnight Blue
Wes Montgomery ~ Four on Six ~ Incredible Jazz Guitar
Dave Stryker ~ Trouble Man ~ Eight Track II
Brian Charrette ~ Doll Fin ~ Kurrent

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We celebrate the music of Wayne Shorter for most of this podcast. It's Shorter's 84th birthday, and we pay homage to his creative saxophone work and intrigueing compositions. First we honor the guitarist John Ambercrombie upon his recent passing. Then a taste of a new release from fusion pioneer John McLaughlin.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Gill Evans Orchestra ~ Up From the Skies ~ The Music Of Jimi Hendrix
Gata Barbieri ~ Parana ~ Under Fire
John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension ~ Meeting of the Spirits ~ Ronnie Scotts Live
Wayne Shorter ~ Footprints ~ Adams Apple
Wayne Shorter ~ Deluge ~ Juju
Wayne Shorter ~ Black Nile ~ Night Dreamer
Wayne Shorter ~ Lost ~ The Soothsayer
Wayne Shorter ~ Witch Hunt ~ Speak No Evil
Wayne Shorter ~ Starry Night ~ Without a Net
Weather Report ~ Elegant People ~ Black Market

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My annual post Newport Jazz Festival review. This podcast highlights only a few of the many great performances we experienced at this year's festival. You will hear jazz artists we have heard for decades lake One For All, Sean Jones, Joey D and new artists on the scene George Burton and Theo Croker.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
One For All ~ Daylight ~ The Third Decade
Hudson ~ Tony Then Jack ~ Hudson
Sean Jones ~ Lost Then Found ~ Live from the Jazz Bistro
Sean Jones ~ I Don't Give A Damn Blues ~ Im-Pro-Vise Never Before Seen
Joey DeFrancesco + The People ~ Better Than Yesterday ~ Project Freedom
Joey DeFrancesco + The People ~ A Change is Gonna Come ~ Project Freedom
Cyrille Aimee ~ Live Alone and Like It ~ Let's Get Lost
Cyrille Aimee ~ Let's Get Lost ~ Let's Get Lost
George Burton ~ Second Opinion ~ The Truth of What I Am
George Burton ~ Bernie's Tune ~ The Truth of What I Am
Theo Croker ~ Raise Your Vibrations ~ Escape Velocity
Theo Croker ~ Transcend ~ Escape Velocity
Theo Croker ~ This Could Be ~ Escape Velocity

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This is part 2 of my Newport Jazz Festival preview. It starts with vocalists Cecile McLorin Salvant and Cyrille Aimee. We conclude the Newport preview with saxophonists Jimmy Greene and Branford Marsalis. The rest of the show features a variety of jazz styles from piano trios (Valera, Hartley) to fusion (Coryell) to free (Stanko) and more.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Cecile McLorin Salvant ~ Somthing's Comming ~ For One To Love
Cyrille Aimee ~ Love For Sale ~ Live at Smalls
Jimmy Greene ~ Stanky Leg ~ Flowers Beautiful Life Vol 2
Branford Marsalis ~ My Ideal ~ Four MF's Playin' Tunes
Manuel Valera Trio ~ Footprints ~ Live at Firehouse 12
Craig Hartley ~ Sinclair (prelude No 2 in C minor) + Solar ~ Books on Tape Vol II
Tom Pierson ~ CeCe's Blues ~ The Hidden Goddess
Larry Coryell's Elleventh House ~ Mr. Myake ~ Seven Secrets
Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet ~ Bright Moon ~ December Avenue
Sylvia Cuenca ~ Humpty Dumpty ~ The Crossing
Brian McCarthy Nonet ~ The Bonnie Blue Flag ~ The Better Angels of Our Nature

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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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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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