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Archive for January 2017

This podcast episode features an interview with young saxophonist Mike Casey on his debut album. That is followed by veteran jazz ambassador Wynton Marsalis from his Majesty of the Blues recording. Also of note are new releases by Noah Preminger and the Curtis Brothers. 

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Mike Casey ~ The Sound of Surprise: Live at The Side Door 

Artist ~ Song ~ Album
Mike Casey ~ Hydraulics ~ The Sound of Surprise: Live at The Side Door
Mike Casey ~ Little Melonae ~ The Sound of Surprise: Live at The Side Door
Wynton Marsalis ~ Hickory Dickory Dock ~ The Majesty of the Blues
Wynton Marsalis ~ The Majesty of the Blues ~ The Majesty of the Blues
Noah Preminger ~ A Change is Gonna Come ~ Meditations on Freedom
Noah Preminger ~ We Have A Dream ~ Meditations on Freedom
Jason Palmer ~ Capricorn ~ Here Today
Curtis Brothers Quartet ~ Afro Blue ~ Syzygy
Curtis Brothers Quartet ~ What's Going On ~ Syzygy
Craig Hartley ~ Just Wait ~ Books on Tape Vol II

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Protest Day

This podcast focuses on the dreams and vision of Martin Luther King, the historic legacy of Barack Obama and the protests of today's Women's Day March. We as a people will not stand for the tearing down of the ideals and values represented by King, Obama and the Women's March protesters.  Bob Dylan, Noah Preminger, Gil Scott Herron, Noah Baerman, Gregory Porter, Norah Jones and Sonny Rollins whos work is represented here have used their words and music to express themes of equality, justice and freedom.

Noah Preminger - Meditations on Freedom

Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Bob Dylan ~ Only a Pawn In Their Game ~ The Times They Are A-Changin'
Noah Preminger ~ Only a Pawn In Their Game ~ Meditations on Freedom
Noah Baerman ~ This Little Light of Mine ~ Soul Force
Noah Baerman ~ Washington 1963 ~ Soul Force
Robert Glasper ~ Enoch's (innaugural) Meditations ~ WBGO the Studio Session
E.J. Strickland ~ A Dance for Mojo's Return ~ The Undying Spirit
Gregory Porter ~ 1960 What? ~ Water
Gil Scott-Heron ~ Winter in America ~ Midnight Band: The First Minute of a New Day
Gil Scott-Heron ~ The Revolution Will Not Be Televised ~ Liberation Music: Spiritual Jazz and the Art of Protest
Oliver Nelson Orchestra ~ Martin Was a Man, a Real Man ~ Liberation Music: Spiritual Jazz and the Art of Protest
Noah Preminger ~ Women's March ~ Meditations on Freedom
Jane Ira Bloom ~ Gateway to Progress ~ Early Americans
Norah Jones ~ My Dear Country ~ Not Too Late
Sonny Rollins/Barack Obama ~ Obama Freedom Suite ~ n/a

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This podcast, recorded on Friday the 13th gets off with a superstitious start from rocker Jeff Beck, and then SF Jazz Collective. Next, pop covers from guitarist Dave Stryker. Then there is a great collaboration with Metheny and Mehldau. Conspiracy theories from Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Blues from Noah Preminger before we journey back in time for early jazz. The podcast concludes with great piano playing from Renee Rosnes and Kenny Barron. 

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Darcy James Argue's Secret Society - Real Enemies

Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Jeff Beck ~ I Ain't Superstitious ~ Truth
SFJazz Collective ~ Superstitious ~ Music of Stevie Wonder and New Compositions: Live in New York
Dave Stryker ~ I Can't Get Next To You ~ Eight Track II
Dave Stryker ~ Time of the Season ~ Eight Track II
Metheny Mehldau ~ Ring of Life ~ Metheny Mehldau
Metheny Mehldau ~ A Night Away ~ Quartet
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society ~ Dark Alliance ~ Real Enemies
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society ~ The Hidden Hand ~ Real Enemies
Noah Preminger ~ Trouble in Mind ~ Dark Was The Night Cold Was The Ground
Scott Joplin ~ Maple Leaf Rag ~ Classic Treasures
Louis Armstrong And his All-Stars ~ Ain't Misbehavin' ~ Satch Plays Fats
Charlie Parker ~ Donna Lee ~ The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes
Renee Rosnes ~ Goodbye Mumbai ~ Written in the Rocks
Renee Rosnes ~ Cambrian Explosion ~ Written in the Rocks
Kenny Barron Trio ~ Shuffle Boil ~ Book of Intuition

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The center of this podcast is a celebration of John McLaughlin's 75th birthday. From his first solo release to Mahavishnu Orchestra to Shakti, represents his most creative period in my view. Another highlight in this podcast is Renee Rosnes' latest release Written in the Rocks. Other artists review here are Eddie Henderson, Ed Fast, Buster Williams and Miles Davis.

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Renee Rosnes, Written in the Rocks

Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Eddie Henderson ~ Morning Song ~ Collective Portrait
Ed Fast & Conga Bop ~ Insight ~ Do or Die
Ed Fast & Conga Bop ~ Nature Boy ~ Do or Die
John McLaughlin ~ Extrapolation ~ Extrapolation
Mahavishnu Orchestra ~ You Know You Know ~ The Inner Mounting Flame
Mahavishnu Orchestra ~ Lila's Dance ~ Visions of the Emerald Beyond
Shakti (with John McLaughlin) ~ Get Down and Sruti ~ Natural Elements
Return to Forever with Chick Corea ~ Spain ~ Light as a Feather
Renee Rosnes ~ Galapagos ~ Written in the Rocks
Renee Rosnes ~ From Here to a Star ~ Written in the Rocks
Buster Williams ~ Air Dancing ~ Something More
Miles Davis Quintet ~ If I Were A Bell ~ Relaxin' With Miles


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Taken from the last radio broadcast in 2016, we hear some more of my favorite recent album releases. Most of these have a jazz rock fusion sound, beginning with bassist Dave Holland, guitarist Rez Abbasi, Ed Palermo big band and more.

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Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke, Eric Harland

Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Aziza ~ Walkin' the Walk ~ Aziza
Aziza ~ Finding the Light ~ Aziza
The Ed Palermo Big Band ~ Fifty-Fifty ~ One Child Left Behind
The Ed Palermo Big Band ~ Village of the Sun ~ One Child Left Behind
Rez Abbasi & Junction ~ New Rituals ~ Behind the Vibration
jack dejohnett/ravi coltrane/matthew garrison ~ Two Jimmys ~ In Movement
Ray McMorrin ~ Bald Head ~ Raymac
David Gibson ~ Axe Grinder ~ Inner Agent
Mike Melito ~ Up Over and Out ~ New York Connections
Steve Gadd Band ~ Oh Yeah! ~ Way Back Home: Live from Rochester, NY


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