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Archive for November 2010

Post-Thanksgiving jazz feast

On this Thanksgiving weekend we feast on some great new jazz that has come through the Hartford area recently for us to savor. Sharel Cassity came with her quintet a couple of weeks ago and showed us her amazing talents on alto and soprano sax. Albert Rivera came to town for a pre-thanksgiving show that blew us all away. Here is a taste of what we got from Albert that evening:

Next up is Tarbaby the hot new group led by Eric Revis and Nasheet Waits representing a new wave of free jazz. From that point on we rock out with some fusion from Wayne Krantz and Mike Stern. Finally we close out this week's podcast with an epic recording from the 70's from Yes.

Featured Album

Relentless on amazon.com or Relentless - Sharel Cassity

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Say What? ~ Sharel Cassity ~ Relentless Relentless - Sharel Cassity
Song of Those Who Seek ~ Sharel Cassity ~ Relentless Relentless - Sharel Cassity
Exalibur ~ Albert Rivera ~ Inner Peace Inner Peace - Albert Rivera
The New York Hartford Connection ~ Albert Rivera ~ Re-Introduction Re-Introduction - Albert Rivera
Heads ~ Tarbaby ~ The End of Fear The End Of Fear - Tarbaby
November '80 ~ Tarbaby ~ The End of Fear The End Of Fear - Tarbaby
Its No Fun Not To Like Pop ~ Wayne Krantz ~ Krantz Carlock Lefebrvre Krantz Carlock Lefebvre - Wayne Krantz, Keith Carlock & Tim Lefebvre
Tumble Home ~ Mike Stern ~ Who Let The Cats Outs Who Let the Cats Out? - Mike Stern
All Heart ~ Mike Stern ~ Play Play - Mike Stern
Close to the Edge ~ Yes ~ Close to the Edge Close to the Edge (Bonus Track Version) [Remastered] - Yes

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For Harry Whitaker

This show is in memory of Harry Whitaker who passed away last Wednesday. He was a great composer and arranger as well as a jazz pianist. Featured here is a rare and creative composition called Black Renaissance as well as a couple of tracks in a trio setting. According to what I have read, Harry died poor and without health insurance and never received the care he should have gotten in the last years of his life. This show is also dedicated to our friend Andres Chaparro who introduced me to Mr. Whitaker and has brought so many great artists to Hartford. One of those is Sharel Cassity, a young talented alto sax player who is also heard on this podcast.

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Thoughts (Past and Present) on amazon.com

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
The Children and the Warlock ~ Harry Whitaker ~ Thoughts (Past and Present) Thoughts (Past and Present) - Harry Whitaker
Black Renaissance ~ Harry Whitaker ~ Black Renaissance-Body, Mind & Spirit
Flights of Mind ~ Harry Whitaker ~ Thoughts (Past and Present) Thoughts (Past and Present) - Harry Whitaker
Call to Order ~ Sharel Cassity ~ Relentless Relentless - Sharel Cassity
Monks Mood ~ Charles Lloyd Quartet ~ Mirror Mirror - Charles Lloyd Quartet
Green Dolphin Street ~ John Funkhouser Trio ~ Time Time - John Funkhouser Trio

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Today’s Jazz

This show features some of today's most talented jazz artists. I wanted to feature John Funkhouser and Ben Allison as they have performed in the area just this weekend. Listen to Dan Arcamone's originality and modern sound on guitar. I particularly dig the fine saxophone work and compositions from artists like Ravi Coltrane, Noah Preminger, JD Allen and Rudresh Mahanthappa who are broadening the boundaries of the jazz idiom. All of this music represents the various facets of jazz as it is being performed today and into the future.

Featured Album

Time on amazon.com

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Fugue In A Minor ~ John Funkhouser Trio ~ Time Time - John Funkhouser Trio
Emancipation ~ John Funkhouser Trio ~ Time Time - John Funkhouser Trio
Peace Pipe ~ Ben Allison ~ Think Free Think Free - Ben Allison
Tides ~ Dan Arcamone ~ In Motion In Motion - Dan Arcamone
Shine ~ Ravi Coltrane ~ Blending Times Blending Times - Ravi Coltrane
Today is Okay ~ Noah Preminger ~ Dry Bridge Road Dry Bridge Road - Noah Preminger
K ~ Noah Preminger ~ Before the Rain
Marco Polo ~ JD Allen ~ Shine! Shine! - JD Allen Trio
Sap ~ Ken Fowser, Behn Gillece ~ Little Echo Little Echo - Ken Fowser & Behn Gillece
Eastern Echoes ~ Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green ~ Apex Apex - Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green

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06 November 2010

We start and end this show with contributions from jazz artists with a Connecticut connection. Dan Arcamone begins the show with some fine guitar work on his own haunting composition. The show then ends with a new release from the Cyrus Chestnut Trio that includes Hartford's talented bassist Dezron Douglas. In between we hear vintage Herbie Hancock's Headhunters band and some great re-issues from Stanley Turrentine and Freddie Hubbard on CTI records.

Featured Album

Journeys from amazon.com or Journeys - Cyrus Chestnut Trio

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Adrift ~ Dan Arcamone ~ in motion In Motion - Dan Arcamone
Sly ~ Herbie Hancock ~ Headhunters Head Hunters - Herbie Hancock
Butterfly ~ Herbie Hancock ~ Thrust Thrust - Herbie Hancock
Red Clay ~ Freddie Hubbard ~ Red Clay Red Clay (CTI Records 40th Anniversary Edition) [Remastered] - Freddie Hubbard
Impressions ~ Stanley Turrentine ~ Sugar Sugar (CTI Records 40th Anniversary Edition) [Remastered] - Stanley Turrentine
So What ~ Various CTI artist ~ California Concert California Concert - The Hollywood Palladium (CTI Records 40th Anniversary Edition - Remastered) - Airto, Billy Cobham, Freddie Hubbard, George Benson, Hank Crawford, Hubert Laws, Johnny Hammond, Ron Carter & Stanley Turrentine
Little John ~ Cyrus Chestnut Trio ~ Journeys Journeys - Cyrus Chestnut Trio
Eyes of An Angel ~ Cyrus Chestnut Trio ~ Journeys Journeys - Cyrus Chestnut Trio

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