In the Groove, Jazz and Beyond

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Mostly Miles

May 25th, 2014

Monday is not only Memorial Day but Miles Davis' Birthday. A perfect excuse for a podcast based on this incomparable jazz innovator and trumpeter. We will hear from both of his classic ensembles from the late 50's through the 60's, and touch on some of his explorations into Jazz/Rock fusion of his later years. We throw in some Archie Shepp as it is his birthday as well. While we are at it lets bring in Trane to the mix too.

Featured Album
'Round About Midnight (Legacy Edition) - Miles Davis

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Milestones ~ Miles Davis ~ Milestones
Dear Old Stockholm ~ Miles Davis ~ 'Round About Midnight
So Near, So Far ~ Miles Davis ~ Seven Steps to Heaven
Cousin Mary ~ Archie Shepp ~ Four for Trane
Blues to Bechet ~ John Coltrane ~ Heavy Weight Champion
Four ~ Miles Davis ~ The Broadcast Sessions
Walkin' (Live) ~ Miles Davis Quintet ~ Live At the 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival
E.S.P. ~ Miles Davis ~ E.S.P.
ON GREEN DOLPHIN STREET ~ Mile Davis Quintet ~ Live in Europe, The Bootleg editions
Directions II ~ Miles Davis ~ Complete in a silent way sessions
Miles Runs The Voodoo Down ~ Miles Davis ~ Bitches Brew


Jackie’s Way

May 18th, 2014

A celebration of Jackie McLeans birthday featuring this jazz master that had such a profound influence on music and the arts in Hartford CT, where this show emanates. After a set of Jackie's music we will hear from some of the artists that were mentored by Jackie at the Artists Collective and UofH. Steve Davis, Jimmy Greene, Mike DiRubbo, Kris Allen, The Curtis Brothers, Dezron Douglas and Lummie Span are represented here.

Featured Album

4, 5 and 6 - Jackie McLean on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Why Was I Born? ~ Jackie McLean ~ 4,5 and 6
The Collective Experience ~ Jackie McLean ~ Rhythm of the Earth
Blue Fable ~ Jackie McLean ~ Jacknife
The Griot ~ Jackie McLean & The Macband ~ Fire & Love
Rites Of Passage ~ Jackie McLean & The Macband ~ Fire & Love
J Mac's Way ~ Steve Davis ~ Images
Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most ~ Jimmy Greene ~ Introducing Jimmy Greene
Mission Statement ~ Jimmy Greene ~ Mission Statement
Eight for Elvin ~ Mike DiRubbo ~ Chronos
The Duke ~ Mike DiRubbo ~ Repercussion
Manifest Destiny ~ The Curtis Brothers ~ Completion of Proof
Passing ~ Kris Allen ~ Circle House
Star Eyes ~ Kris Allen ~ Circle House
Power of One ~ Dezron Douglas ~ Live at Smalls
World of Wonder ~ New Jazz Workshop ~ Underground
Dig ~ Miles Davis ~ Dig



May 11th, 2014

Some of today's innovators as well as the jazz masters that influenced their art are combined to make this week's podcast. Let's start with the great alto player Jackie McLean then leap to the present with guitarist Tom Guarna and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. Then we return to some classic jazz from John Coltrane and Oliver Nelson. Then back to the future with Trane inspired George Garzone's The Fringe.

Featured Album

the imagined savior is far easier to paint - Ambrose Akinmusire on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Appointment in Ghana ~ Jackie McLean Quintet ~ Jackie's Bag
Shambleau ~ Tom Guarna ~ Rush
Vartha ~ Ambrose Akinmusire ~ The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint
Moments Notice ~ John Coltrane ~ Blue Trane
STOLEN MOMENTS ~ Oliver Nelson ~ The Blues and the Abstract Truth
Bags & Trane ~ Milt Jackson & John Coltrane ~ Bags & Trane
PLUS ONE ~ George Garzone ~ The Fringe In New York
Central Park West ~ George Garzone ~ The Fringe In New York


New Cuban

May 4th, 2014

A nod to International Jazz day, we start the show with the modern jazz sound of Manuel Valera and the New Cuban Express. Next a middle eastern influence of Rez Abbasi's acoustic quartet. Linda Oh, from Australia and Asian roots shows us her electric bass chops. We round out the show with Nick Roseboro on trumpet and finally the straight ahead sound of Louis Hayes on drums.

Featured Album

Expectativas - Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
En Cinco ~ Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express ~ Expectativas
Perception ~ Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express ~ Expectativas
Bees ~ Rez Abbasi ~ Natural Selection
Gangs of New York ~ Rudy Royston ~ 303
Little House ~ Linda Oh ~ Initial Here
Excerpt from Flagships ~ Nick Roseboro ~ Passageway
Sack of Woe ~ Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Legacy Band ~ Maximum Firepower
Unit 7 ~ Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Legacy Band ~ Maximum Firepower


More Spring

April 27th, 2014

The second half of last week's radio show continues the celebration of Spring. We begin with excerpts from The Bad Plus' latest effort, Stravinski's Rite of Spring. Rez Abbasi's acoustic band is next up from their album Natural Selection. We complete this podcast with a brand new release from Rudy Royston named for his home Area Code, 303.

Featured Album

The Rite of Spring - The Bad Plus on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
The Augers of Spring ~ The Bad Plus ~ The Rite of Spring
The Sage/Dance of the Earth ~ The Bad Plus ~ The Rite of Spring
Mystic Circle of the Young Girls ~ The Bad Plus ~ The Rite of Spring
Evocation of the Ancestors ~ The Bad Plus ~ The Rite of Spring
Lament ~ Rez Abbasi ~ Natural Selection
Punjab ~ Rez Abbasi ~ Natural Selection
Play On Words ~ Rudy Royston ~ 303
Miles To Go (Sunset Road) ~ Rudy Royston ~ 303
303 ~ Rudy Royston ~ 303


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