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Ben Talks Drums

February 9th, 2014

Drummer Ben Bilello joins me for a conversation about jazz and drums this week. We begin with a classic Jackie McLean composition before hearing from Ben with guitarist Rich Goldstein. Then we put Ben through the Blindfold Test and talk about Max, Philly Joe, Tony, Motian and more. Hear from Lawrence Hobgood, Harry Connick, Atla DeChamplain and Ahmad Jamal on this podcast episode.

Featured Album

Poinciana (Live) - Ahmad Jamal on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Appointment in Ghana ~ Jackie McLean ~ Jackie's Bag
Just for Now ~ Rich Goldstein ~ Comin' from Wes
Revival ~ Lawrence Hobgood ~ Crazy World
Pent Up House ~ Sonny Rollins ~ Plus 4
Star Eyes ~ Art Pepper ~ Art Meets Rhythm Section
Big Nick ~ Tony Williams Lifetime ~ Turn it Over
Don't Ever Leave Me ~ Joe Lovano ~ Joyous Encounter
Downtime ~ Robert Glasper ~ Double Booked
Stompin' at the Savoy ~ Harry Connick Jr. ~ When Harry Met Sally
On Green Dolphin Street ~ Atla DeChamplain
This Can't be Love ~ Poinciana (Live) ~ Ahmad Jamal


Five To Seven

February 2nd, 2014

This podcast marks the return of Jazz and Beyond to prime time on WHUS FM from 5-7PM. The show starts with a couple covers of John Coltrane classics by Hubert Laws, and Branford Marsalis. We continue with a vocal set featuring Kurt Elling, grammy winner Gregory Porter and Chet Baker. Matt Wilson has a new CD and you can hear a couple tracks here. Craig Hartley wraps up this podcast with Books on Tape.

Featured Album

Gathering Call - Matt Wilson Quartet & John Medeski on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Moments Notice ~ Hubert Laws ~ In the Beginning
A Love Supreme II Resolution ~ Branford Marsalis ~ Footsteps of out Fathers
Norwegian wood ~ Kurt Elling ~ The Gate
Free ~ Gregory Porter ~ Liquid Spirit
My Funny Valentine ~ Chet Baker ~ Deep In A Dream
Some Assembly Required ~ Matt Wilson Quartet + John Medeski ~ Gathering Call
Hope (For the Cause) ~ Matt Wilson Quartet + John Medeski ~ Gathering Call
Books on Tape ~ Craig Hartley ~ Books on Tape


Claires iPod

January 27th, 2014

This show is based on a "shuffled" list from my wife Claire's iPod while on an hour long drive to a jazz club one night. The choice of tunes and the flow of the music makes you wonder if a shuffled list is really random. Enjoy tracks from Miguel Zenon, Keith Jarrett, Joey Calderazzo and more. I think the Michael Brecker track here is brilliant.

Featured Album

Classic iPod

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Tiemblas ~ Miguel Zenon ~ Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook
Everything That Lives, Laments ~ Keith Jarrett ~ The Impulse Story
Main Stem ~ Jimmy Smith ~ Fourmost
At Sea ~ Ingrid Jensen ~ At Sea
Explicity ~ Gary Reader ~ Moja
Toonay ~ Joey Calderazzo ~ Joey Calderazzo
Mt. Zion ~ Joshua Redman Quartet ~ Spirit of the Moment: Live at Vanguard
Naked Soul ~ Michael Brecker ~ Tales from the Hudson
Spirit Song ~ Ernie Watts ~ Spirit Song


New NEA Jazz Masters

January 18th, 2014

This show pays tribute to the latest Jazz Masters as bestowed by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). We hear from Anthony Braxton (sax), Richard Davis (bass) and Keith Jarrett (piano). Also on this podcast are new releases by violinist Jason Anick and drummer Matt Wilson. We bring on the funk to close out this podcast with Actual Proof from Herbie Hancock.

Featured Album

Out to Lunch - Eric Dolphy on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
You Stepped Out of a Dream ~ Anthony Braxton ~ Five Pieces
Four Winds ~ Dave Holland ~ Conference of the Birds
Something Sweet Something Tender ~ Eric Dolphy ~ Out to Lunch
De Drums ~ Keith Jarrett ~ Fort Yawah
Part II C ~ Keith Jarrett ~ The Koln Concert
Minor Blues ~ Jason Anick ~ Tipping Point
This I Dig Of You ~ Jason Anick ~ Tipping Point
Get Over, Get Off and Get On ~ Matt Wilson Quartet + John Medeski ~ Gathering Call
Actual Proof ~ Herbie Hancock ~ Thrust


McLaughlin and British Jazz

January 12th, 2014

A birthday tribute to guitarist John McLauglin and a set of British jazz musicians comprise this weeks show. Mahavishnu Orchestra was my first introduction to jazz, so John McLaughlin's birthday has a special meaning for me. We hear his Mahavishnu and Shakti projects before going back to his English roots. Then we hear from some great jazz artists from across the big pond in Simon Spillett and Gary Reader. We finish the podcast with Greg Abate who frequently tours England as well.

Featured Album

Limited Edition vinyl from Gearbox

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Peace One ~ Mahavishnu John McLaughlin ~ My Goals Beyond
Meeting of the Spirits ~ Mahavishnu Orchestra ~ Inner Mounting Flame
Get Down and Sruti ~ Shakti ~ Natural Elements
Lotus Feet ~ Remember Shakti ~ The Believer
Guitar Love ~ John McLaughlin ~ Now Here This
Extrapolation ~ John McLaughlin ~ Extrapolation
Zub Zub 38 ~ Gary Reader ~ Moja
Delta ~ Gary Reader ~ Moja
Shepherd's Serenade ~ Simon Spillett ~ Square One 
A Night in Tunisia ~ Simon Spillett ~ Square One 
Wong's Way ~ Greg Abate Allen Barnes ~ Birds of a Feather
Rocco's Place ~ Greg Abate Quintet ~ Greg Abate Quintet with Phil Woods


Great Jazz of 2013 part 2

January 5th, 2014

This is Part 2 of the jazz album releases for 2013. I don't want to call this a Best Of list because even though I listen to a lot of music, there were so many albums that I have not yet heard from last year. That being said, we will hear from bassist and band leader Dezron Douglas, hailing from Hartford, to start this show. Gregory Porter put out his second album, and its a good one. Gary Smulyan is heard playing some Italian classics. Rudresh continues with his fusion sounds. Russ Kaplan weaves the story of Homer's Odyssey, and Lovano put out another with his Us Five group. Wayne Shorter's much anticipated album was released with rave reviews. We play the highlight of that album, an extended piece with a wind ensemble accompanying Shorter's great quartet.

Featured Album

Without a Net - Wayne Shorter on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Bish Bash Bop ~ Dezron Douglas ~ Live at Smalls
No Love Dying ~ Gregory Porter ~ Liquid Spirit
Liquid Spirit ~ Gregory Porter ~ Liquid Spirit
Fenestra Che Lucive ~ Gary Smulyan & Dominic Chianese ~ Bella Napoli
We'll Make More ~ Rudresh Mahanthappa ~ Gamak
It's Not Too Late ~ Russ Kaplan + 7 ~ The Ulysses Cycle
Myths And Legends ~ Joe Lovano ~ Cross Culture
Pegasus ~ Wayne Shorter ~ Without A Net


Great jazz from 2013

December 29th, 2013

There were many great albums released in 2013, and here are but a few of them. I'll continue to feature more in the next few weeks. Tom Harrell, Kenny Garrett, Noah Preminger, Gary Burton, Dave Holland and Chick Corea are but some of those represented here. I'll continue this theme in the weeks ahead as I didn't get to all the great 2013 albums in this show.

Featured Album

Prism - Dave Holland on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Goin' Out ~ Tom Harrell ~ Colors of a Dream
Rotation ~ Kenny Garrett ~ Pushing the World Away
I Say A Little Prayer ~ Kenny Garrett ~ Pushing the World Away
Morgantown ~ Noah Preminger ~ Haymaker
Precipice ~ Brian Mccarthy ~ This Just In
This Just In ~ Brian Mccarthy ~ This Just In
Fathers ~ Anoushka Shankar ~ Traces of You
River Pulse ~ Anoushka Shankar ~ Traces of You
Jane Fonda Called Again ~ Gary Burton ~ Guided Tour
Medusa ~ Antonio Sanchez ~ New Life
Planet Chia ~ Chick Corea ~ The Vigil
Wayfinder ~ Chris Potter ~ The Sirens
Garden State ~ Dave Douglas Quintet ~ Time Travel
The Color of Iris ~ Dave Holland ~ Prism
Dances With Ancestors ~ Derrick Hodge ~ Live Today
A Thousand Memories ~ Earl MacDonald ~ Mirror of the Mind
Point of View ~ Eldar Drangirov Trio ~ Breakthrough


Christmas Again

December 21st, 2013

A Christmas jazz show to get you in the spirit for the holiday season. Lots of Christmas standards and some you probably haven't heard. Midway through the podcast we hear from Curtis Fuller and George Cable, than back to more Christmas songs. Wynton Marsalis, Marian McPartland, Curtis Brothers, Dane Scozzari and more, will warm you by the fire. Gregory Porter and Sonny Rollins finish the set with the real meaning of this season.

Featured Album

Dane Scazzari and the Human Race (on Bandcamp)

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
It's Christmas Time Again ~ Dane Scozzari and the Human Race ~ It's Christmas Time Again 
Winter Wonderland ~ Wynton Marsalis ~ A Jazzy Wonderland
A La Mode ~ Curtis Fuller ~ Keep It Simple
Helen's Song ~ George Cables ~ My Muse
You're My Everything ~ George Cables ~ My Muse
God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman ~ Marian McPartland ~ A Concord Jazz Christmas
O Come O Come Emmanuel ~ Kris Allen ~ Together 
My Favorite Things ~ Giovanni Almonte/Renaldo De Jesus ~ Together 
God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman ~ The Curtis Brothers ~ Together 
The Christmas Song ~ Dane Scozzari and the Human Race ~ It's Christmas Time Again 
This Chistmas ~ Dane Scozzari and the Human Race ~ It's Christmas Time Again 
God Bless the Child ~ Gregory Porter ~ Be Good
God Bless The Child ~ Sonny Rollins ~ The Bridge


A Podcast of Hope

December 15th, 2013

This podcast is about hope. On the anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy, we dedicate this show to those that lost their lives and to their families. We hope to change America's obsession for guns and gun violence that has led to these tragedies. We begin with Jimmy Greene's Anthem of Hope followed by Wayne Escofery's Hopes and Dreams. Branford Marsalis' Hope, is one of the most moving and intense ballads I have ever heard. Remembrance from Vijay Iyer completes this tribute set.  This podcast also pays tribute to jazz master and guitarist, Jim Hall who passed away this week, and is heard here with Sonny Rollins and Bill Evans. Other's included in this podcast are John Coltrane, Nicole Zuraitis, Noah Baerman and Jen Allen.

Sandy Hook Promise

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Anthem of Hope ~ Overcomers Suite ~ Jimmy Greene
Hopes and Dreams ~ Wayne Escofery ~ Hopes and Dreams
Hope ~ Branford Marsalis ~ Braggtown
Rememberance ~ Vijay Iyer ~ Tirtha
To the Hive ~ Nicole Zuraitis ~ Pariah Anthem
My Favorite Things ~ John Coltrane ~ My Favorite Things
Without a Song ~ Sonny Rollins ~ The Bridge
I've Got You Under My Skin ~ Bill Evans ~ Intermodulation
Wade in the Water ~ Noah Baerman ~ What It Is 
Pieces of Myself ~ Jen Allen ~ Pieces of Myself 



December 8th, 2013

This show is dedicated to the legacy of Nelson Mandela, who ended apartheid and fought against oppression in South Africa and around the world. The show opens with "Mandela" a musical tribute by guitarist Russell Mallone. Next we here from Ralph Peterson Jr., who was mentored by Art Blakey and who's music reflects the rhythmic influence of the master jazz drummer. Helen Sung swings with her version of the standard In Walked Bud. Joshua Redman and Noah Preminger bring it on with their tenor saxophones blowing a modern jazz sound. The show concludes with Dan Tepfer playing his unique concept and form with his jazz trio.

Featured Album

Going Express - Helen Sung on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Mandela ~ Russell Malone ~ Playground
Turn It Over ~ Ralph Peterson's Fo'tet ~ Reclamation Project
The Moontrane ~ Ralph Peterson Unity Project ~ Outer Reaches
In Walked Bud ~ Helen Sung ~ Going Express
Little Ditty ~ Joshua Redman ~ Compass
Don't Drink The Water ~ Noah Preminger ~ Haymaker
Abreaction ~ Noah Preminger ~ Before the Rain
Peal, Repeal ~ Dan Tepfer ~ Five Pedals Deep