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Rock Pop Jazz

We run the gamut from progressive rock, pop, and straight ahead jazz in today's podcast. From Santana to McBride, Laura Nyro, Bela Fleck, Jarrett, McLean and more. Enjoy.

Featured Album
Caravanserai - Santana on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Song of the Wind ~ Santana ~ Caravanserai
La Fuente Ritmo ~ Santana ~ Caravanserai
Cherokee ~ Christian McBride Trio ~ Out Here
Car Wash ~ Christian McBride Trio ~ Live at Village Vanguard
Armando's Rhumba ~ Chick Corea and Bela Fleck ~ Two
Stone Soul Picnic ~ Billy Childs ~ Map to the Treasure: Reimagnining Laura Nyro
To a Child ~ Billy Childs ~ Map to the Treasure: Reimagnining Laura Nyro
Oju Oba ~ Kavita Shah ~ Visions
Questar ~ Keith Jarrett ~ My Song
Dr. Do Right ~ Kenny Barrett and Dave Holland ~ The Art of Conversation
Hip Strut ~ Jackie McLean ~ New Soil
Desert Cry ~ McCoy Tyner ~ Sama Layuca


Trane’s Day

This podcast was recorded the day after John Coltrane's birthday. We celebrate this Giant of Jazz with some of his best compositions. Speaking of giants, we start with Giant Steps. We also hear from others that have been influenced by his music. We break from Trane's music to play a couple from Ray Charles. The Genius shares a birthday with Trane, by the way.

Featured album

Transition - John Coltrane on iTunes 

Giant Steps ~ John Coltrane ~ Giant Steps
So What ~ Miles Davis ~ Kind of Blue
Moment's Notice ~ John Coltrane ~ Blue Trane
Open Road ~ Walt Weiskopf ~Open Road
Impressions ~ Stanley Jordon ~ Stolen Moments
Moanin' ~ Ray Charles ~ Genius + Soul = Jazz
Let the Good Times Roll ~ Ray Charles ~ Ray Sings, Basie Swings
Transition ~ John Coltrane ~ Transition
Dear Lord  ~ John Coltrane ~ Transition

Atla and Matt Dechamplain came to the WWUH studio to talk about their soon to be released CD. We discuss the new album, Atla’s teacher and mentor Jon Hendricks and Matt’s stride style of piano. Listen to several selections from their great new album, Pause available October 2.

CD's will be available after October 2 at Atla Dechamplain and Matt Dechamplain's websites


Matt and Atla Dechamplain


Atla and Matt DeChamplain on CD Baby

Three O’clock in the Morning
A Handful of Keys


Northampton Jazz

Jazz festival season continues here in New England. We review the Northampton Jazz Fest of last weekend. Edmar Casteneda brings us a unique trio with his Columbian harp, trombone and drums. Gretchen Parlato and Lionel Loueke is a unique blend of jazz vocals and African style guitar. The Curtis Brothers bring a latin fusion to our podcast. We also hear from Greg Abate, Azar Lawrence, John Coltrane and an extended jam from Gary Bartz.

Featured Album

Entre Cuerdas - Edmar Castaneda on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Entre Cuerdas ~ Edmar Casteneda ~ Entre Cuerdas
I Can't Help It ~ Gretchen Parlato ~ In A Dream
Juju ~ Gretchen Parlato ~ Lost and Found
Abominwe ~ Lionel Loueke ~ Virgin Forest
Necessity ~ Insight ~ A Genesis
Curtis Anew ~ Curtis Brothers ~ Blood Spirit Land Water Freedom
Swingin at the Cookie ~ Greg Abate ~ Motif
Lost Tribes of Lemuria ~ Azar Lawrence ~ The Seeker
Dear Old Stockholm ~ John Coltrane ~ The Classic Quartet
The Night Has A Thousand Eyes ~ Gary Bartz Quartet ~ West 42nd Street


Jazz Around Town

Playing some music that we have heard in venues around town last week. We start with organist Brian Charette and guitarist Frank Varela. Noah Preminger had a gig at The Side Door in CT and brought along Jason Palmer, so they are represented here. From there we crank up the energy with drummer Antonio Sanchez and Terence Blanchard. Then we settle things down with a vocal set featuring Gretchen Parlato and new music from Cecile McLorin Salvant.

Featured Album

Alphabet City, Brian Charette on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
They Left Fred Out ~ Brian Charette ~ Alphabet City
Avenue A ~ Brian Charette ~ Alphabet City
Ganja Groove ~ Frank Varela ~ Grandma's Revenge
15,000 ~ Noah Preminger ~ Haymaker
Rising Sun ~ Jason Palmer ~ Places
Channels of Energy ~ Antonio Sanchez
Cosmic Warrior ~ Terence Blanchard ~ Breathless
Within Me ~ Gretchen Parlato ~ In a Dream
Somethings Coming ~ Cecile McLorin Savant ~ For One to Love
Wives and Lovers ~ Cecile McLorin Savant ~ For One to Love


New Jazz

New Music featured here from jazz master Terence Blanchard, lesser known veteran Walt Weisskopf, and rookie on the scene Jovan Alexandre. This music covers the gamut of jazz. It includes fusion, hip hop influenced, standards and straight ahead. It all swings hard.

Featured Album

Breathless (feat. The E-Collective) - Terence Blanchard on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Compared to What ~ Terence Blanchard feat. The E Collective ~ Breathless
Breathless ~ Terence Blanchard feat. The E Collective ~ Breathless
Angel Eyes ~ Walt Weiskopf ~ Open Road
Electroshock ~ Walt Weiskopf ~ Open Road
To Music ~ Jovan Alexandre ~ Collective Consciousness


Summer Jazz p2

We continue our summer jazz festival review in this week's podcast. Featured are some interesting covers of Laura Nyro and Cindy Lauper tunes as interpreted by jazz arrangers Billy Childs and John Hollenbeck. Rock out with Mike Stern and Kenny Garrett and more. 

Featured Album
Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Been on a Train ~ Billy Childs ~ Map to the Treasure-Reimagining Laura Nyro
Cryin' Blues ~ Johnathan Blake Quartet ~ Gone But Not Forgotten
Some Always ~ Gerald Clayton ~ Life Forum
Flip Side ~ Mike Stern ~ All Over the Place
Wayne's Thang ~ kenny garrett ~ Sketches of MD: Live at the Iridium
Flight Endless ~ ronnie burrage ~ heal
Aaychdee ~ Luis Perdomo & Controlling Ear Unit ~ Twenty Two
Monday ~ Cecile McLorin Salvant ~ for one to love
True Colors ~ John Hollenbeck ~ We Like Alot
After the Greek Debt Vote ~ George Cables ~ In Good Company

Summers are made for Jazz festivals. This podcast reviews some of the great performances from jazz artists making the festival tour.

Featured Album

Out Here - Christian McBride Trio

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Something's Comming ~ Cecile McLorin Salvant ~ For One to Love
Arbiters of Evolution ~ Maria Schneider Orchestra ~ The Thompson Fields 
Nouveau Swing ~ Donald Harrison ~ The Burners
Gimme Pigfoot ~ Henry Butler and Steven Bernstein ~ Viper Drag
Joey Alexander ~ It Might as Well be Spring ~ My Favorite Things
My Favorite Things ~ Christian McBride Trio ~ Out Here


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