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Archive for August 2014

Bird and Alice

After introducing some new music, we settle into a tribute to Charlie Parker and Alice Coltrane who's birthdays came this week. First we introduce recent releases by Fred Hersch, Jane Bunnett and Alan Ferber. The podcast finishes with Brandee Younger and her version of Ms. Coltrane's Blue Nile.

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The Impulse Story: Alice Coltrane - Alice Coltrane on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
The Compass ~ Alan Ferber ~ March Sublime
Papineau ~ Jane Bunnett & Maqueque
Maqueque ~ Jane Bunnett & Maqueque
You & The Night & The Music ~ Fred Hersch Trio ~ Floating
Groovin' High ~ Charlie Parker ~ Salt Peanuts
YARDBIRD SUITE ~ Charlie Parker ~ Salt Peanuts
CONFIRMATION ~ Charlie Parker ~ Complete Savoy Masters
Jaya Jaya Rama ~ Alice Coltrane ~ The Impulse Story
Lovely Sky Boat Alice Coltrane ~ The Impulse Story
Blue Nile ~ The Brandee Younger Quartet ~ Live @ the Breeding Ground

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A mostly vocal set on this week's podcast. Kavita Shah brings an amalgamation of cultural influences to her music. We recently experienced her perform, and had the chance to speak with her after the show. I bring that conversation to you between tracks in this podcast. Other vocals represented here are from Dana Lauren, and the incomparable Ella and Satch. We follow with a stunning vocal choir led by Bobby McFerrin. The podcast concludes with something new from Billy Harper and The Cookers.

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Visions - Kavita Shah on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Triste (feat. Steve Wilson) ~ Kavita Shah ~ VISIONS
Oju Oba (feat. Lionel Loueke) ~ Kavita Shah ~ VISIONS
I Had The Craziest Dream ~ Dana Lauren ~ It's You Or No One
Gee, Baby Ain't I Good To You ~ Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong ~ Best of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
Stompin' at the Savoy ~ Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong ~ Best of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
Say Ladeo ~ Bobby McFerrin ~ VOCAbuLarieS
Sir Galahad ~ The Cookers ~ Time and Time Again

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As summer winds down, so does the jazz festival season. Two great festival we attended this year were the Newport Jazz Festival (60th Anniversary) and the Litchfield (CT) Jazz Festival. We'll review some of the great festival performances we attended this summer.

Featured Album

Landmarks - Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Double or Nothing ~ The Cookers ~ Time and Again
A Shifting Design ~ Kurt Rosenwinkel ~ Star of Jupiter
Landmarks ~ Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band ~ Landmarks
EVOLUTION ~ Dave Holland ~ PRISM
B Count ~ Mario Pavone ~ Song For Septet
Street Rhyme ~ Mike Stern ~ These Time

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Mystery Train

While digital music and streaming services makes music almost too easy to find, you can still feel that excitement of discovering great albums at used record stores. Mystery Train is a great one in Gloucester MA that I always hit up when I am in the area. Recently I picked up some monster CD's there. I feature those on this show. You'll hear from Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Ella and Louis, and Miles. We were in the North Shore area to see a concert at the beautiful Shaulin Lui Performance Center in Rockport Mass to see The Bad Plus with Joshua Redman, so I play some of their music too.

Featured Album

Question and Answer - Pat Metheny on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Why Don't ~ Sonny Rollins ~ Volume Two
H&H ~ Pat Metheny ~ question and answer
Law Years ~ Pat Metheny ~ question and answer
NO BLUES ~ Miles Davis ~ Friday Night At the Blackhawk
They Can't Take That Away From Me Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong ~ Best of
2 P.M. ~ The Bad Plus ~ Never Stop
Identity Thief ~ Joshua Redman ~ COMPASS
Put It In Your Pocket ~ Joshua Redman Elastic Band ~ Momentum

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