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Archive for June 2014

60s to today

A mix of great jazz from the 60s to the present. We'll hear from some of the masters of hard bop (i.e. Horace Silver, Cedar Walton) to today's modern players like Rob Garcia, Jimmy Greene, Brandee Younger and others.

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Smul's Paradise - Gary Smulyan on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Bone Bop ~ Kenny Garrett ~ Black Hope
Nutville ~ Horace Silver Quintet ~ The Cape Verdean Blues
SISTER SADIE ~ Gil Evans Orchestra ~ Out of the Cool
SUNNY ~ Gary Smulyan ~ Smul's Paradise
Beyond All Limits ~ Ralph Peterson's Unity Project ~ Outer Reaches
CRASH ~ Rob Garcia 4 ~ The Drop and the Ocean
Mission Statement ~ Jimmy Greene ~ Mission Statement
Wax and Wane ~ The Brandee Younger Quartet ~ Live @ the Breeding Ground
Bolivia ~ Cedar Walton ~ Eastern Rebellion

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We pay tribute to the life and music of Horace Silver, who passed away this week. An important and influential musician, Horace helped found the hard-bop movement with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. His music was firmly rooted in the blues, with a hard driving swing. His compositions are some of the greatest jazz standards, and we will hear from Horace himself as well as covers from Jimmy Smith and Greg Abate. We also get a phone call from Raynel Frasier to tell us about her Umoja Jazz Series of free concerts in Hartford.

Featured Album

Doin' the Thing: The Horace Silver Quintet At the Village Gate - Horace Silver

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Filthy McNasty ~ Horace Silver ~ Horace Silver Quintet:Live at the Village Gate
Nica's Dream ~ Horace Silver ~ Horace-Scope
The Tokyo Blues ~ Horace Silver Quintet ~ Tokyo Blues
Peace ~ Horace Silver ~ Music for Lovers
Sister Sadie ~ Jimmy Smith ~ Damn!
Nutville ~ Greg Abate ~ Horace Is Here: A Tribute to Horace Silver
SONG FOR MY FATHER ~ Greg Abate ~ Horace Is Here: A Tribute to Horace Silver
Happy to be Happy ~ Jay Hoggard ~ Soular Power
The Moontrane ~ Ralph Peterson ~ Alive at Firehouse 12

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A Chick podcast

Chick Corea that is! On the week of Chick's birthday we celebrate with this special podcast. From his early years through the Return to Forever era, and his collaborations with Gary Burton and others. Chick has been a creative force for many decades.

Featured Album
Tone's for Joan's Bones - Chick Corea

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
SPAIN ~ Chick Corea ~ Chick Corea Akoustic Band
Straight Up and Down ~ Chick Corea ~ Tones for Jone's Bones
Windows ~ Chick Corea ~ Inner Space
Now He Sings, Now He Sobs ~ Chick Corea ~ Now He Sings, Now He Sobs
Elucidation ~ Gary Burton ~ Like Minds
Eleanor Rigby ~ Chick Corea & Gary Burton ~ Hot House
500 Miles High ~ Return to Forever ~ Light As A Feather
Captain Señor Mouse ~ Return to Forever ~ Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy
The Shadow of Lo ~ Return to Forever ~ The Anthology
Sorceress ~ Return to Forever ~ The Anthology
Part 2 (Dedicated to John Coltrane) ~ Chick Corea ~ Three Quartets
Song For My Father ~ Horace Silver ~ Song For My Father

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A Jazzy Mix

After rocking out in last week's 70's podcast, we will stick to modern jazz artists this week. Starting with the Cohen family, new music by Louis Hayes, Kenny Garrett, Linda Oh and Rudy Royston. the last set is Mingus inspired, including Joni Mitchell and The Mingus Big Band.

Featured Album

Sun Pictures (with Ben Wendel, James Muller, Ted Poor) - Linda Oh on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Shufla de Shufla ~ 3 Cohens ~ FAMILY
Without a Song ~ Louis Hayes ~ Return of the Jazz Communicators
Jackie & the Bean Stalk ~ Kenny Garrett ~ Black Hope
Blue Over Gold ~ Linda Oh ~ Sun Pictures (with Ben Wendel, James Muller, Ted Poor)
Deeper Than Happy ~ Linda Oh ~ Initial Here
303 ~ Rudy Royston ~ 303
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat ~ Joni Mitchell ~ Mingus
Bird Calls ~ Charles Mingus ~ Mingus Ah Um
Gunslinging Bird ~ Mingus Big Band ~ Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard

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This podcast will take you back to the heady days of 70s Jazz/Rock Fusion as well as some of the progressive rock that is inspired by jazz. It all starts with a classic Santana track and the funk of TOP. Herbie Hancock took that funk sound and added his jazzy keyboard chops on the Fender Rhodes. Larry Coryell shows how fusion is done with guitar jams. Chick took that latin bossa beat and electrified it on his standard, Spain. The rock group War fused funk, R&B and jazz. Weather Report recorded some landmark albums with their own unique electronic sound. The set ends with two great guitarists of that era, John McLaughlin and George Benson, with different approaches to their axe.

Featured Album

Santana on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Soul Sacrifice ~ Santana ~ Santana
Soul Vaccination ~ Tower of Power ~ Tower of Power Live
Actual Proof ~ Herbie Hancock ~ Thrust
The Great Escape ~ Larry Coryell ~ Barefoot Boy
Spain ~ Return to Forever ~ Light As A Feather
Moon Germs ~ Joe Farrell ~ Moon Germs
City, Country, City ~ War ~ The World Is a Ghetto
Birdland ~ Weather Report ~ Heavy Weather
Dawn ~ Mahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin ~ The Inner Mounting Flame
Follow Your Heart ~ John McLaughlin ~ My Goals Beyond
No Sooner Said Than Done ~ George Benson ~ Bad Benson

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