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Holiday Show 2016

I usually don't play many holiday tunes, but this year one christmas tune led to another and the playlist fell into that holiday gropve. So, let this podcast be your soundtrack during holiday season. 

The Human Race, It's Christmas Time Again

Artist ~ Song ~ Album
Chris Potter ~ O Come All Ye Faithful ~ A Concord Jazz Christmas
Joey Alexander ~ Maiden Voyage (featuring Chris Potter) ~ Countdown
Wynton Marsalis ~ Winter Wonderland ~ A Jazzy Wonderland
The Nola Players ~ Jingle Bells ~ Christmastime in New Orleans
Dave Stryker ~ Time of the Season ~ eight track II
Dave Stryker ~ O'Tannenbaum ~ (single)
Gregory Porter ~ French African Queen ~ Take Me to the Alley
Gregory Porter ~ Consequence of Love ~ Take Me to the Alley
Dane Scazzarri and the Human Race ~ The Christmas Song ~ It's Christmas Time Again
Ellis Marsalis ~ This is Christmas ~ A Jazzy Wonderland
Craig Hartley ~ Imagine Peace Piece ~ Books on Tape Vol II
Kris Allen ~ O Come O Come Emmanuel ~ Together
John Coltrane Quartet ~ My Favorite Things ~ My Favorite Things


As 2016 comes to a close, I review some of my favorite releases of the year. Freddie Hendrix, Rale Macic, Wallace Roney, Kris Allen, Craig Hartley, Orrin Evans, Donnie McCaslin, David Bowie, Noah Preminger are represented here. In the middle of this podcast are a few holiday tunes as well. 

Featured album

Freddie Hendrix - Jersey Cats

Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Freddie Hendrix ~ Hubtones ~ Jersey Cat
Rale Micic ~ Insomnia ~ Night Music
Wallace Roney ~ Ardece ~ A Place in Time
Wallace Roney ~ Clair de Lune ~ A Place in Time
Kris Allen ~ Threequel ~ Beloved
Craig Hartley ~ Caravan ~ Books on Tape Vol II
Dane Scazzari and the Human Race ~ This Christmas ~ It's Christmas Time Again
Marian McPartland ~ God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman ~ A Concord Jazz Christmas
Dave Stryker ~ O'Tannenbaum ~ (single)
Orrin Evans ~ Chiara ~ #knowingishalfthebattle
Orrin Evans ~ Doc's Holiday ~ #knowingishalfthebattle
Donny McCaslin ~ Glory ~ Beyond Now
David Bowie ~ Blackstar ~ Lazarus
Noah Preminger ~ Dark was the Night, Cold Was the Ground ~ Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground



Back from the NYC jazz club scene, I review performances by Rob Garcia and a duet performance by Chick Corea and John McLaughlin. We go back to the masters, Miles, Trane, Monk, for some of the most important jazz standards. The podcast is bookended with a celebration of birthdays from Jimmy Smith and Donald Byrd. 

Featured Album

Rob Garcia - finding love in an oligarcy on a dying planet

Artists ~ Track ~ Album
Jimmy Smith ~ Organ Grinder's Swing ~ Fourmost Returns
Rob Garcia 4 ~ Perennial ~ Perennial
Rob Garcia 4 ~ Boundries ~ The Drop and the Ocean
Rob Garcia ~ Whatever Gets You By ~ Finding Love in an Oligarchy on a Dying Planet
Chick Corea Trio ~ Fingerprints ~ Trilogy
John McLaughlin with The 4th Dimension ~ Not Here Not There ~ Now Here This
Mahavishnu Orchestra ~ A Lotus On Irish Streams ~ Inner Mounting Flame
Miles Davis ~ All Blues ~ Kind of Blue
John Coltrane ~ Naima ~ Giant Steps
Thelonious Monk ~ Well You Needn't ~ Thelonious Monk's Greatest Hits
Donald Byrd ~ Sudwest Funk ~ Off to the Races


Genius Plus Jazz

At the center of this podcast is vintage Ray Charles, "The Genius". We play 6 tracks from the late 50's early 60's. First up, young Joey Alexander and his original compositions. After Ray, we hear some great '70s jazz-rock fusion from Stanley Clarke. The podcast concludes with new releases from two great pianists, George Cables and Craig Hartley. 

Featured Album

Ray Charles, Genius + Soul = Jazz (expanded edition)

Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Joey Alexander ~ Soul Dreamer ~ Countdown 
Joey Alexander ~ City Lights ~ Countdown
Ray Charles ~ Let the Good Times Roll ~ genius + soul=jazz
Ray Charles ~ It Had To Be You ~ genius + soul=jazz
Ray Charles ~ Moanin' ~ genius + soul=jazz
Ray Charles Orchestra ~ Georgia On My Mind ~ Ray Charles Orchestra Zurich 1961
Ray CharlesOrchestra ~ I Remember Clifford ~ Ray Charles Orchestra Zurich 1961
Ray Charles Orchestra ~ Hit the Road Jack ~ Ray Charles Orchestra Zurich 1961
Stanley Clarke ~ Song to John, Pt. II ~ Journey to Love
Stanley Clarke ~ Concerto for Jazz/Rock Orchestra, Pt 1-4 ~ Journey to Love
George Cables ~ Think On Me ~ The George Cables Songbook
George Cables ~ Baby Steps ~ The George Cables Songbook
Craig Hartley ~ Sinclair (Prelude No. 2 in C Minor +Solar) ~ Books on Tape Vol II
Craig Hartley ~ Imagine Peace Piece ~ Books on Tape Vol II


Moments Notice and Stolen Moments kick off this post-Thanksgiving podcast. A few tracks later we feature Hartford area vocalists Dana Lauren, Orice Jenkins, Atla Dechamplain and Linda Ransom. Then some new releases from Eric Alexander and Joey Alexander, and a classic from Hank Mobley round out the set.

Featured Album

Oliver Nelson - Blues and the Abstract Truth

Artist ~ Track ~ Album
John Coltrane ~ Moments Notice ~ Blue Train
Oliver Nelson ~ Stolen Moments ~ Blues and the Abstract Truth
Oliver Nelson ~ Cascades ~ Blues and the Abstract Truth
Miles Davis ~ Seven Steps to Heaven ~ Seven Steps to Heaven
Rueben Blades ~ First Circle ~ Mundo
Ed Fast & Conga Bop (feat. Linda Ransom) ~ Nature Boy ~ Do or Die
Dana Lauren ~ There's a Small Hotel ~ It's You or No One
Orice Jenkins ~ Birds Soar ~ Soar
Atla and Matt Dechamplain ~ I Can't Believe That Your In Love With Me ~ Pause
Eric Alexander ~ T-Bone Steak ~ Second Impression
Eric Alexander ~ Full House ~ Second Impression
Joey Alexander ~ For Wee Folks ~ Countdown
Hank Mobley ~ Up Over and Out ~ Reach Out!




A wide variety of modern jazz including Herbie Hancock, Joey Alexander, Rob Garcia, Noah Preminger and more precedes a Thanksgiving set to celebrate my favorite holiday. Miguel Zenon, Jimmy Greene, Cyrus Chestnut are some of the artists that help us give thanks again this year.


Featured Album

Miguel Zenon - Looking Forward

Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Herbie Hancock ~ Actual Proof ~ Thrust
Joey Alexander ~ Maiden Voyage (featuring Chris Potter) ~ Countdown
Joey Alexander ~ Countdown ~ Countdown
Eddie Henderson ~ Zoltan ~ Collective Portrait
Michael Musillami and Rich Syracuse ~ Juju ~ Of the Night
Donny McCaslin ~ Glory ~ Beyond Now
Rob Garcia 4 ~ Little Wing ~ The Passion of Color
Noah Preminger ~ Future Blues ~ Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground
Rob Garcia ~ Whatever Gets You By ~ Finding Love in an Oligarchy on a Dying Planet
Rez Abbasi's Invocation ~ Thanks for Giving ~ Suno Suno
Miguel Zenon ~ Prayer #1 (Blessing) ~ Looking Forward
Miguel Zenon ~ Prayer #2 (Thanksgiving) ~ Looking Forward
Jimmy Greene ~ Give Thanks ~ Mission Statement
Arthur Blythe ~ Stuffy Turkey ~ Focus
Atla Dechamplain ~ Soul Food ~ Pause
Cyrus Chestnut ~ Soul Food ~ Soul Food


Not America

We start this show by continuing last week's Joe Farrell feature. Then, reflecting on last week's surprising and disturbing election results, we play some protest songs, both vocal and instrumental. Gil Scott Heron, Les McCann/Eddie Harris, Charlie Haden are among those represented in this set. The show ends on a more optimistic note with McCoy Tyner, Fly with the Wind. 

Featured Album

Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra - Not In Our Name

Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Joe Farrell ~ Hurricane Jane ~ Penny Arcade
Joe Farrell ~ Cloud Cream ~ Penny Arcade
Les McCann & Eddie Harris ~ Compared to What ~ Swiss Movement
Kurt Elling ~ An American Tune ~ 1619 Broadway - The Brill Building Project
Billy Childs ~ Save the Country ~ Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro 
Gil Scott-Heron ~ Winter In America ~ Midnight Band: The First Minute of a New Day
Curtis Brothers ~ Manifest Destiny ~ Compeltion of Proof
Christian Scott ~ American't ~ Yesterday You Said Tomorrow
Salim Washington & RBA ~ Chaos In America ~ Love In Exile
Charlie Haden & Music Liberation Orchestra ~ This is Not America ~ Not In Our Name
Rob Garcia ~ Terror, Fear and Media ~ Finding Love in an Oligarchy on a Dying Planet
McCoy Tyner ~ Fly With The Wind ~ Fly With the Wind


Joe’s Arcade

I rediscovered this Joe Farrell album and shared it with my podcast listeners. That led to playing some of the great saxophone masters, Henderson, Dexter and Rollins. From there, we explore some great new releases from modern jazz artists.

Featured Album
Joe Farrell - Penny Arcade
Artist ~ Song ~ Album
Joe Farrell ~ Penny Arcade ~ Penny Arcade
Joe Farrell ~ Too High ~ Penny Arcade
Joe Farrell ~ Geo Blue ~ Penny Arcade
Joe Henderson ~ Black ~ Mode for Joe
Dexter Gordon ~ Our Man in Paris ~ Scrapple from the Apple
Sonny Rollins ~ Some Enchanted Evening ~ Road Shows, Vol. 1
Jason Hainsworth ~ Barak's Blues ~ Third Ward Stories
Donny McCaslin ~ Bright Abyss ~ Beyond Now
Rob Garcia (w/Noah Preminger) ~ Guns Make Killing Easy ~ Finding Love in and Oligarchy on a Dying Planet
Ray McMorrin ~ For My Brother Andy ~ Raymac
The Dave Liebman Group ~ Footprints ~ Expansions Live

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