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Archive for January 2014

Claires iPod

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.

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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

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New NEA Jazz Masters

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.

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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

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McLaughlin and British Jazz

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.

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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

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Great Jazz of 2013 part 2

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.

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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

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