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Bookended by two very different versions of Corea's Spain, are large ensembles, classic jazz, something new and even some bluegrass.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album 
Atla & Matt DeChamplain ~ Spain ~ Pause
Dan Pugach Nonet ~ Discourse This ~ Plus One
Christian McBride Big Band ~ Full House ~ Bringin' It
Christian McBride Big Band ~ Optimism ~ Bringin' It
Hank Mobley ~ No Room For Squares ~ No Room For Squares
Miles Davis ~ Delores ~ Miles Smiles
Harold Maburn ~ The Gigolo ~ To Love and Be Loved
Renee Rosnes ~ The Winter of My Discontent ~ Beloved of the Sky
Renee Rosnes ~ The Flame and the Lotus ~ Beloved of the Sky
Chris Potter ~ Yasodhara ~ The Dreamer is the Dream
Rogerio Boccato ~ Tango ~ No Old Rain
Jerry Douglas ~ American Tune/Spain ~ Advance Music

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Around Town

Most of this playlist features jazz artists that have been playing around the Hartford area, or will be in the coming weeks. Joey D hammers the Hammond while taking us to the ballgame. Dan Pugach's Nonet gives Brooklyn Blues a Nawlin's style, Casey takes us to worlds from Starwars. Curtis Bros and Ed Fast go latin style... and much more.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Joey DeFrancesco ~ Take Me Out the the Ballgame ~ Joey D!
Joey DeFrancesco ~ Dig ~ JoeyD!
Dan Pugach Nonet ~ Brooklyn Blues ~ Plus One
George Colligan ~ Today, Again ~ More Powerful
Joe Lovano ~ Sounds of Joy ~ Quartets
Ed Fast & Conga Bop ~ Insight ~ Do or Die
Mike Casey ~ Dagobah ~ Sound of Surprise
Curtis Brothers ~ Bebop ~ Syzergy
Sameer Gupta ~ Innocence in Harlem ~ A Circle Has No Beginning
Weather Report ~ Mysterious Traveler ~ Mysterious Traveler
Renee Rosnes ~ Black Holes ~ Beloved of the Sky
Andrew Gould ~ Destination ~ First Things First

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No central theme to this show, but as I peruse the selections I see some great tenor sax players; young and old. Rollins, Coleman, Preminger and Potter all represented here. Throw in some other great music from pianist Noah Baerman with his tribute to MLK, Jason Palmer's trumpet work with Mark Turner, and Metheny's Quartet and we have a helluva podcast.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Sonny Rollins ~ Way Out West ~ Way Out West
George Coleman ~ Up Jumped Spring ~ At Yoshi's
Noah Baerman ~ Memphis 1968 ~ Soul Force
Noah Preminger ~ A Change Is Gonna Come ~ Meditations on Freedom
Noah Preminger ~ Ts and Her Spirit ~ Genuinity
Jason Palmer ~ Takes Courage to Be Happy ~ Here Today
Pat Metheny Group ~ When We Were Free ~ Quartet
Chris Potter ~ The Dreamer Is The Dream ~ The Dreamer Is The Dream
Chris Potter ~ Memory and Desire ~ The Dreamer Is The Dream

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Genuine Preminger

A conversation with Noah Preminger on the release of three new recordings and projects. We feature his latest quartet's release of original material, Genuinity. Also a duet project with pianist Frank Carlburg, and a pre-release listen to the Chopin Project with Rob Garcia. We also put Noah through a blindfold test (way to easy). Following that is a Shorter set, and we end the podcast with something new from singer Kurt Elling.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Noah Preminger & Rob Garcia ~Prelude Op28 N24 in D minor ~ Chopin Project (excerpt)
Noah Preminger ~ Halfway to Hartford ~ Genuinity
Noah Preminger ~ The Genuine One ~ Genuinity
Noah Preminger and Frank Carlburg ~ Reflections ~ Whispers and Cries
Noah Preminger & Rob Garcia ~ Nocturne Op27 N1 in C# minor ~ Chopin Project
Wayne Shorter ~ Lost ~ The Soothsayer
Wayne Shorter ~ Wild Flower ~ Speak No Evil
Wayne Shorter ~ Black Nile ~ Night Dreamer
Kurt Elling ~ American Tune ~ The Questions

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Believe in Spring

Here in the northeast, though the calendar says it is spring, it certainly doesn't feel that way. Here is a playlist to help bring on Springtime. These tunes are inspired by Spring, flowers and sun.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Eric Alexander ~ You Must Believe in Spring ~ Revival of the Fittest
Joshua Redman ~ It Might As Well Be Spring ~ Timeless Tales (for Changing Times)
Milt Jackson ~ Sunflower ~ Sunflower
Jimmy Greene ~ Flowers ~ Flowers, Beautiful Life vol2
Les McCann and Eddie Harris ~ Compared to What ~ Swiss Movement
The Flying Horse Big Band ~ Murceilago En La Cueva (Featuring Batman Theme) ~ The Bat Swings
Larry Young ~ Softly as In a Morning Sunrise ~ Unity
Clifford Brown ~ Joy Spring ~ Clifford Brown's Finest Hour
Pat Martino ~ Sunny ~ Pat Martino/Live!
Joel Frahm ~ Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most ~ We Used to Dance

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Hartford guitarist Dan Liparini plays and talks with Ken about guitar and guitarists. I subject Dan to the "Blindfold Test" and we discuss lots of different guitar styles. Following the interview we hear music from Joe Henderson, Coltrane, Hal Galper, Kris and Jen Allen, and the Kevin Harris Project.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Dan Liparini ~ Panonica
Dan Liparini ~ Spiral
Joe Henderson ~ Serenity ~ In 'N Out
John Coltrane ~ I Want to Talk About You ~ The Gentle Side of John Coltrane
Hal Galper Quartet ~ In A Sentimental Mood ~ Cubist
Kris Allen ~ Star Eyes ~ Circle House
Jen Allen ~ in between the lines ~ Pieces of Myself
Kevin Harris Project ~ Crazeology ~ Bird Interpretations

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Duets plus

Before we get to the duets, we hear from one of my favorite JMac albums Demon's Dance. That is followed by two sax players with Connecticut roots. Nick Biello and Noah Preminger. Both have new recordings, Biello his premier, and Preminger with plenty. Then the duets: Preminger/Carlberg, Cohen/Hersch, Haden/Metheny. Salim Washington is back, and Sameer Gupta gives us Indian/Jazz fusion.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Jackie McLean ~ Demon's Dance ~ Demon's Dance
Jackie McLean ~ Toyland ~ Demon's Dance
Nick Biello ~ Grandparents ~ Vagabond Soul
Noah Preminger ~ Walking on Eggshells ~ Genuinity
Noah Preminger ~ Ts and Her Spirit ~ Genuinity
Frank Carlberg and Noah Preminger ~ The Meaning of the Blues ~ Whispers and Cries
Anat Cohen and Fred Hersch ~ A Lark ~ live in healdsburg
Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny ~ Two for the Road ~ Beyond the Missouri Sky
Salim Wahington ~ To Know Yaheweh ~ Dongon Revisited
Sameer Gupta ~ Come Take Everything (w/intro) ~ A Circle Has No Beginning

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Blakey & Miles

A set of early Blakey and Miles. They are bookended by Lovano covering Trane and a Duet featuring Metheny and Mehldau. Finally a gorgeous rendition of Leonard Cohen's Halleluja as covered by the Manual Valera Trio.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Joe Lovano Quartets ~ 26-2 ~ Live at the Village Vanguard
Art Blakey ~ Carol's Interlude ~ The Jazz Messengers
Art Blakey ~ The End of a Love Affair ~ The Jazz Messengers
Miles Davis ~ Oleo ~ Bags' Groove
Miles Davis ~ Blue in Green ~ Kind of Blue
Miles Davis ~ Footprints ~ Live in Europe 1967: Best of the Bootleg, Vol. 1
Miles Davis ~ On Green Dolphin Street ~ Live in Europe 1967: Best of the Bootleg, Vol. 1
Miles Davis ~ Joshua ~ Seven Steps to Heaven
Metheny Mehldau ~ A Night Away ~ Quartet
Manuel Valera Trio ~ Hallelujah ~ Seasons

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