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Archive for March 2015

Jazz in the City

Art Blakey kicks things off before reviewing some great new music from musicians we saw this week in my travels to New York and Boston. Art Blakey surely was one of the great inspirations to today's modern jazz artists. Here are some of those creative musicians that you can catch live on the East Coast (US) and touring around the world.

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Pariah Anthem - Nicole Zuraitis on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
One By One ~ Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers ~ Ugetsu
Give ~ Julian Shore ~ Filaments
Morgantown ~ Noah Preminger ~ Haymaker
Checkmate ~ Jason Palmer ~ Songbook
To the Hive ~ Nicole Zuraitis ~ Pariah Anthem
Shambleau ~ Tom Guarna ~ Rush
It Don't Mean a Thing ~ Helen Sung ~ Anthem for a New Day
Never Let Me Go ~ Helen Sung ~ Anthem for a New Day
Wake Up ~ Vin Scialla, Eric Schugren, Brian Charette, Mike Dirubbo ~ Wake Up!
Sap ~ Ken Fowser & Behn Gillece ~ Little Echo

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McCoy T

Classic John Coltrane Quartet to begin this show. This inspires a pair of tunes from Trane's incomperable pianist McCoy Tyner. We cool things down with a slow burn from guitarist Grant Green. Then the intensity is kicked back up with sax wizard Walt Weiskopf and vibe player Behn Gillece.

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Song for My Lady - McCoy Tyner in iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
The Night Has a Thousand Eyes ~ John Coltrane ~ Coltrane Sound
Song for My Lady ~ McCoy Tyner ~ Song for My Lady
Ruby My Dear ~ McCoy Tyner ~ Trident
Idle Moments ~ Grant Green ~ Idle Moments
Like Mike ~ Walt Weiskopf ~ Overdrive
Back To Back ~ Ken Fowser and Behn Gillece

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Rock influenced Jazz

A podcast of new music influenced by rock and fusion of days past. Electric guitar trio from Janek Gwizdala kicks things off. Next a couple of Stevie Wonder compositions with a unique arrangement of Sir Duke by SF Jazz Collective. Joshua Kwassman has a prog rock feel. Bill Frisell reaches back to 60's rock. Rez Abassi brings back a Herbie classic and Hiromi rocks us out.

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Motion Picture - Janek Gwizdala on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Beachwood Canyon ~ Janek Gwizdala ~ Motion Picture
Love's In Need of Love Today ~ Stevie Wonder ~ Songs in the Key of Life
Sir Duke ~ SF Jazz Collective ~ Music of Stevie Wonder
We Were Kids ~ Joshua Kwassman ~ Songs of the Brother Spirit
Turn, Turn, Turn ~ Bill Frisell ~ Guitar in the Space Age
Butterfly ~ Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet ~ Intents & Purposes
Seeker ~ Hiromi ~ Alive

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CT Tribute

A tribute to the late Clark Terry begins this podcast with a cookin' CT quartet featuring Theloneous Monk. That is followed by a lush sounding octet from Clark's Color Changes album. The rest of the podcast features great new music from lesser known but great talented artists like Walt Weiskopf Jovan Alexandre, Duane Eubanks Ehud Ettun and Adam Birnbaum.

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Overdrive - Walt Weiskopf on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
In Orbit ~ Clark Terry ~ In Orbit
No Problem ~ Clark Terry ~ Color Changes
Nahstye Blues ~ Clark Terry ~ Color Changes
The Path is Narrow ~ Walt Weiskopf ~ Overdrive
Waltz for Dad ~ Walt Weiskopf ~ Overdrive
To Music ~ Jovan Alexandre ~ Collective Consciousness
Rosey ~ Duane Eubanks ~ Things of that Particular Nature
Beer and Water ~ Duane Eubanks ~ Things of that Particular Nature
Babylon ~ Ehud Ettun Trio ~ Raw Gestures
Binary ~ Adam Birnbaum ~ Three of a Mind

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Some new music by a new young trumpeter Josh Bruneau kicks off this week's show. We follow that with an out-there track from Branford Marsalis, funked up tune by Joshua Redman and a spaced out rocker from guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. We wrap up the show with a 3 song set from the unique mind of Frank Zappa.

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Apostrophe (') - Frank Zappa on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Bright Ideas ~ Joshua Bruneau Septet ~ Bright Ideas
Endymion ~ Branford Marsalis Quartet ~ Four MFs Playin' Tunes
Jazz Crimes ~ Joshua Redman ~ Elastic
Gamma Band ~ Kurt Rosenwinkel ~ Star of Jupiter
Inca Roads ~ Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention ~ One Size Fits All
Cosmik Debris ~ Frank Zappa ~ Apostrophe (')
Montana ~ Frank Zappa ~ Over-Night Sensation

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