In the Groove, Jazz and Beyond

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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.


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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


Something New

March 16th, 2014

This podcast features some fine new albums to come across my desk. We begin with a vocal set with Lauren Kinhan of NY Voices fame. Noah Baerman is next up with his inspiring release Ripples. Also featured are the latest releases from Helen Sung and Hartford's favorite son Steve Davis. The podcast concludes with a trio set from Stranahan, Zaleski and Rosato.

Featured Album

Circle in a Square - Lauren Kinhan on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Pocket Full of Harlem ~ Lauren Kinhan ~ Circle in a Square
Vanity's Paramour ~ Lauren Kinhan ~ Circle in a Square
Time is Now ~ Noah Baerman ~ Ripples
Armando's Rhumba ~ Helen Sung ~ Anthem for a New Day
It Don't Mean a Thing (if it ain't got that swing) ~ Helen Sung ~ Anthem for a New Day
Blues on Blues ~ Steve Davis ~ For Real
Angie's Groove ~ Steve Davis ~ For Real
Limitless ~ Stranahan, Zaleski, Rosato ~ Limitless
Rock Song ~ Stranahan, Zaleski, Rosato ~ Limitless


Talking with Preminger

March 8th, 2014

In the Groove interviews Noah Preminger prior to some gigs in Connecticut and New York City. We speak of expanding the jazz audience, various influences that shaped Noah’s playing, and a process for finding ones own playing style. There are even a couple of unreleased gems that you will only hear on our show.

Featured Album

Haymaker - Noah Preminger on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Haymaker ~ Noah Preminger ~ Haymaker
Patterns of Behavior ~ Superpowers
Love Theme from Sparticus ~ Noah Preminger
Toy Dance ~ Noah Preminger ~ Before the Rain
Don’t Drink the Water ~ Noah Preminger ~ Haymaker
Tomorrow ~ Noah Preminger ~ Haymaker