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Archive for December 2016

I usually don't play many holiday tunes, but this year one christmas tune led to another and the playlist fell into that holiday gropve. So, let this podcast be your soundtrack during holiday season. 

The Human Race, It's Christmas Time Again

Artist ~ Song ~ Album
Chris Potter ~ O Come All Ye Faithful ~ A Concord Jazz Christmas
Joey Alexander ~ Maiden Voyage (featuring Chris Potter) ~ Countdown
Wynton Marsalis ~ Winter Wonderland ~ A Jazzy Wonderland
The Nola Players ~ Jingle Bells ~ Christmastime in New Orleans
Dave Stryker ~ Time of the Season ~ eight track II
Dave Stryker ~ O'Tannenbaum ~ (single)
Gregory Porter ~ French African Queen ~ Take Me to the Alley
Gregory Porter ~ Consequence of Love ~ Take Me to the Alley
Dane Scazzarri and the Human Race ~ The Christmas Song ~ It's Christmas Time Again
Ellis Marsalis ~ This is Christmas ~ A Jazzy Wonderland
Craig Hartley ~ Imagine Peace Piece ~ Books on Tape Vol II
Kris Allen ~ O Come O Come Emmanuel ~ Together
John Coltrane Quartet ~ My Favorite Things ~ My Favorite Things

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As 2016 comes to a close, I review some of my favorite releases of the year. Freddie Hendrix, Rale Macic, Wallace Roney, Kris Allen, Craig Hartley, Orrin Evans, Donnie McCaslin, David Bowie, Noah Preminger are represented here. In the middle of this podcast are a few holiday tunes as well. 

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Freddie Hendrix - Jersey Cats

Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Freddie Hendrix ~ Hubtones ~ Jersey Cat
Rale Micic ~ Insomnia ~ Night Music
Wallace Roney ~ Ardece ~ A Place in Time
Wallace Roney ~ Clair de Lune ~ A Place in Time
Kris Allen ~ Threequel ~ Beloved
Craig Hartley ~ Caravan ~ Books on Tape Vol II
Dane Scazzari and the Human Race ~ This Christmas ~ It's Christmas Time Again
Marian McPartland ~ God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman ~ A Concord Jazz Christmas
Dave Stryker ~ O'Tannenbaum ~ (single)
Orrin Evans ~ Chiara ~ #knowingishalfthebattle
Orrin Evans ~ Doc's Holiday ~ #knowingishalfthebattle
Donny McCaslin ~ Glory ~ Beyond Now
David Bowie ~ Blackstar ~ Lazarus
Noah Preminger ~ Dark was the Night, Cold Was the Ground ~ Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground


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Back from the NYC jazz club scene, I review performances by Rob Garcia and a duet performance by Chick Corea and John McLaughlin. We go back to the masters, Miles, Trane, Monk, for some of the most important jazz standards. The podcast is bookended with a celebration of birthdays from Jimmy Smith and Donald Byrd. 

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Rob Garcia - finding love in an oligarcy on a dying planet

Artists ~ Track ~ Album
Jimmy Smith ~ Organ Grinder's Swing ~ Fourmost Returns
Rob Garcia 4 ~ Perennial ~ Perennial
Rob Garcia 4 ~ Boundries ~ The Drop and the Ocean
Rob Garcia ~ Whatever Gets You By ~ Finding Love in an Oligarchy on a Dying Planet
Chick Corea Trio ~ Fingerprints ~ Trilogy
John McLaughlin with The 4th Dimension ~ Not Here Not There ~ Now Here This
Mahavishnu Orchestra ~ A Lotus On Irish Streams ~ Inner Mounting Flame
Miles Davis ~ All Blues ~ Kind of Blue
John Coltrane ~ Naima ~ Giant Steps
Thelonious Monk ~ Well You Needn't ~ Thelonious Monk's Greatest Hits
Donald Byrd ~ Sudwest Funk ~ Off to the Races

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At the center of this podcast is vintage Ray Charles, "The Genius". We play 6 tracks from the late 50's early 60's. First up, young Joey Alexander and his original compositions. After Ray, we hear some great '70s jazz-rock fusion from Stanley Clarke. The podcast concludes with new releases from two great pianists, George Cables and Craig Hartley. 

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Ray Charles, Genius + Soul = Jazz (expanded edition)

Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Joey Alexander ~ Soul Dreamer ~ Countdown 
Joey Alexander ~ City Lights ~ Countdown
Ray Charles ~ Let the Good Times Roll ~ genius + soul=jazz
Ray Charles ~ It Had To Be You ~ genius + soul=jazz
Ray Charles ~ Moanin' ~ genius + soul=jazz
Ray Charles Orchestra ~ Georgia On My Mind ~ Ray Charles Orchestra Zurich 1961
Ray CharlesOrchestra ~ I Remember Clifford ~ Ray Charles Orchestra Zurich 1961
Ray Charles Orchestra ~ Hit the Road Jack ~ Ray Charles Orchestra Zurich 1961
Stanley Clarke ~ Song to John, Pt. II ~ Journey to Love
Stanley Clarke ~ Concerto for Jazz/Rock Orchestra, Pt 1-4 ~ Journey to Love
George Cables ~ Think On Me ~ The George Cables Songbook
George Cables ~ Baby Steps ~ The George Cables Songbook
Craig Hartley ~ Sinclair (Prelude No. 2 in C Minor +Solar) ~ Books on Tape Vol II
Craig Hartley ~ Imagine Peace Piece ~ Books on Tape Vol II

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