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Mobley Set

We begin this episode with a smokin' Hank Mobley set. Guitarist Grant Green follows, featuring another tenor great Joe Henderson. Tenors continue with a couple Brecker tunes and we end featuring the late Harold Mabern. Looking back at this playlist, all the featured artists have passed away, some recently, some before their time.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Hank Mobley ~ Up Over and Out ~ Reach Out!
Hank Mobley ~ Up a Step ~ No Room for Squares
Hank Mobley ~ Uh Huh ~ Workout
Grant Green ~ Jean De Fleur ~ Idle Moments
Michael Brecker ~ Sound Off ~ Time Is Of The Essence
Michael Brecker ~ Half Past Late ~ Time Is Of The Essence
Harold Mabern ~ So What ~ To Love and Be Loved

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Since this is Fathers Day, we have to begin with Song For My Father, this time a funky version from Victor Wooten. From there we pay tribute to the Black Live Matters movement and the struggle for racial justice and equality. Avery Sharpe interprets the history of the movement in his album 400. Blanchard, Louis and Croker do their tributes to the cry of "I Can't Breathe" with their original compositions. Glasper and Preminger provide more  tributes to the cause.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Victor Wooten ~ Song For My Father ~ Palmystery
Avery Sharpe ~ Arrival ~ 400
Avery Sharpe ~ Is There A Way Home ~ 400
Terence Blanchard ~ Breathless ~ Breathless
Godwin Louis ~ I Can't Breathe ~ Global
Theo Croker ~ We Can't Breathe ~ Escape Velocity
Robert Glasper ~ Enoch's (Inaugural) Meditation ~ WBGO Studio Sessions
Noah Preminger ~ Change is Gonna Come ~ Meditations on Freedom
Joshua Redman ~ Father ~ 'Round Again
Jazzmia Horn ~ East of the Sun ~ Social Call

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The first set starts with a reflection of the troubled times we are in. That tune and the next three are all covers of the great songwriting of Paul Simon by various jazz artists. After that, another reflective piece by Hartford area trombonist Steve Davis. Then Chick, who I have been playing a lot frequently and finally a rousing performance from Emmet Cohen with Ron Carter.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Aretha Franklin ~ Bridge Over Troubled Water ~ Soul Queen
Herbie Hancock ~ Scarborough Fair ~ The New Standard
Kurt Elling ~ An American Tune ~ 1619 Broadway ‒ The Brill Building Project
Brad Mehldau Trio ~ Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover ~ Day Is Done
Steve Davis ~ Peace ~ Correlations
Chick Corea ~ Armando’s Rhumba (feat. The Spanish Heart Band) ~ Antidote (feat. The Spanish Heart Band)
Chick Corea ~ Return To Forever ~ Return To Forever
Emmet Cohen ~ Joshua ~ Masters Legacy Series Volume 2: Ron Carter

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This podcast is dedicated to those jazz musicians who have struggled through this pandemic, but still managed to create and present their music through live streaming shows on a regular bases. The first half of this podcast features some of those cats. 

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Dan Pugach Nonet ~ Brooklyn Blues ~ Plus One
Dan Pugach Nonet ~ The Inscription (feat. Nicole Zuraitis) ~ Single
Emmet Cohen ~ Teo (Live) ~ Dirty in Detroit
Brandee Younger ~ He Has a Name (Awareness) ~ Single
The New Mosaic ~ Out of Body ~ Out of Body
Matt Dwonszyk ~ What A Wonderful World ~ Wonderful World
Joni Mitchell ~ Blue Motel Room ~ Hejira
Kurt Rosenwinkel & OJM ~ Zhivago ~ Our Secret World
Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead ~ 29 ~ Legacy Holder
McCoy Tyner ~ Mr. P.C. (with John Scofield) ~ Guitars
John Scofield ~ Do Like Eddie ~ Steady Groovin'

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