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Archive for February 2011


While this podcast does not have a central theme, there is a lot of great music here. The set starts off with some great women jazz artists. Regina Carter's rhythmic African beats and soaring violin begins the program. That is followed by Esperanza Spalding's unique arrangement fusing jazz and classical music in a unique and beautiful way. Christine Jensen finishes the set with a swinging hard bop quartet and a smokin' sax solo. The gem of the program is up next with an early Chick Corea album Inner Space. Dig solos by Joe Farrell, Woody Shaw and Chick in this fine ensemble. I also feature some great sax players currently active in the New York City scene, Mike DiRubbo, JD Allen, Albert Rivera and Stacy Dillard. Other horn players like Brad and Elliot Mason (Trumpet, Trombone) have a new CD that deserve your attention.

Featured Album

Inner Space on amazon.com

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Mandingo Street ~ Regina Carter ~ Rhythms of the Heart Rhythms of the Heart - Regina Carter
Knowledge of Good and Evil ~ Esperanza Spalding ~ Chamber Music Society Chamber Music Society - Esperanza Spalding
For Tom Harrell ~ Christine Jensen ~ Look Left Look Left - Christine Jensen
Straight Up and Down ~ Chick Corea ~ Inner Space Inner Space - Chick Corea
Lucky 13 ~ Mike Dirubbo ~ Chronos Chronos - Mike DiRubbo
Se'Lah ~ JD Allen ~ Shine! Shine! - JD Allen Trio
24-7 ~ Mason Brothers ~ Two Sides, One Story
Inner Peace ~ Albert Rivera ~ Inner Peace Inner Peace - Albert Rivera

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Running the gamut

This show definitely runs the gamut through many styles of jazz. Whether its rocking out with Return to Forever and Frank Zappa, vocalizing with Esperanza and Elling, or straight ahead swinging with Joe Lovano Steve Davis and Mike Dirubbo... its all jazz and its all good. By the way, congratulations to Esperanza Spalding for her Grammy award in the best new artist award. See my review of her latest album Chamber Music Society. Its great to see the Academy give jazz some respect.

Featured Album

Chamber Music Society at amazon.com

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Sorceress ~ Return to Forever ~ Anthology The Anthology - Return to Forever
Inca Roads ~ Frank Zappa ~ One Size Fits All
Blessed Relief ~ Frank Zappa ~ Grand Wazoo
74 Miles ~ Cannonball Adderley ~ Phenix Phenix - Cannonball Adderley
Steppin' Out ~ Kurt Elling ~ The Gate The Gate - Kurt Elling
Barbados ~ Joe Lovano Us Five ~ Bird Songs Bird Songs - Joe Lovano Us Five
Wild is theWind ~ Esperanza Spalding ~ Chamber Music Society Chamber Music Society - Esperanza Spalding
Bird Lives ~ Steve Davis ~ Update Update - Steve Davis, Roy Hargrove, Peter Bernstein, Anthony Wonsey, Nat Reeves & Joe Farnsworth
Minor Progress ~ Mike DiRubbo ~ Chronos Chronos - Mike DiRubbo
Long Way From Home ~ Albert Rivera ~ Re-Introduction Re-Introduction - Albert Rivera

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Valentines 2011

A Valentine of jazz is the theme for this podcast. These songs were inspired by the most glorious and intense emotion of love. Love has been the subject and inspiration of so much music and art of all kinds, and jazz is no exception. We hear in this show some of the most revered works of this genre's giants like Miles and Coltrane, and some lesser known artists as Cyrus Chestnut, Kent Hewitt, and Steve Kuhn. I hope this podcast can be a soundtrack for your Valentines day.

Featured Album

Cookin' With The Miles Davis on amazon.com

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Follow Your Heart ~ Joe Farrell ~ The Joe Farrell Quartet Follow Your Heart - The Essential John McLaughlin
My Funny Valentine ~ Miles Davis ~ Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quartet Cookin' With the Miles Davis Quintet [Rudy Van Gelder Edition] - Miles Davis Quintet
My Funny Valentine ~ The Skye Steele Quintet ~ Late Bloomer late bloomer. - Skye Steele Quintet
My Foolish Heart ~ Bill Evans ~ At the Village Vanguard At the Village Vanguard (Remastered) [Live] - The Bill Evans Trio
My One and Only Love ~ John Coltrane ~ The Gentle Side of Coltrane The Gentle Side of John Coltrane - John Coltrane
So In Love ~ Chick Corea ~ Live in Montreaux Live In Montreux - Chick Corea, Gary Peacock, Joe Henderson & Roy Haynes
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face ~ Cyrus Chestnut ~ Genuine Chestnut Genuine Chestnut - Cyrus Chestnut
Sunny ~ Steve Kuhn ~ Love Walked In Love Walked In - Steve Kuhn
For Turiya ~ Ravi Coltrane ~ Blending Times Blending Times - Ravi Coltrane
My Romance ~ Kent Hewitt ~ Time On My Hands Time On My Hands - Kent Hewitt
Love in Exile ~ Salim Washington & RBA ~ Love in Exile Love In Exile - Salim Washington & RBA

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Sax Stuff

This weeks show featured some hot sax playing by jazz artists, new and old. Our featured artist is Mike DiRubbo, an alto player with roots in the Connecticut area, but now an accomplished player in the NYC scene. Chronos, his seventh album, is an organ trio sound that rocks, grooves and swings as you will hear in this show. I highly recommend this CD. That one is followed by the great Art Pepper in his Village Vanguard performance a few years before passing featuring a quartet that included Elvin Jones. Stacy Dillard is a young tenor sax player with his first CD recorded live at Smalls Jazz Club. We finish with a Joe Lovano find of one of his first CD's as a leader with a great quintet. We hear Joe in a gorgeous piano duet followed by the full quintet. Hope you dig.

Featured Album

Chronos on amazon.com or Chronos - Mike DiRubbo

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Rituals ~ Mike DiRubbo ~ Chronos Chronos - Mike DiRubbo
Eight For Elvin ~ Mike DiRubbo ~ Chronos Chronos - Mike DiRubbo
The Trip ~ Art Pepper ~ Saturday Night at the Village Vanguard
Stizzozo ~ Stacy Dillard ~ One One - Stacy Dillard
Ageless ~ Stacy Dillard ~ One One - Stacy Dillard
Duke Ellington's Sound of Love ~ Joe Lovano Quintet ~ Village Rhythm Village Rhythm - Joe Lovano
Sleepy Giant ~ Joe Lovano Quintet ~ Village Rhythm Village Rhythm - Joe Lovano

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