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We have a different take on jazz standards in this week's podcast. Inspired by a Facebook post, I assembled this program of modern compositions that may or may not be considered new standards along with more traditional covers of older standards. 

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Earl MacDonald ~ Appointment in Ghana ~ Open Borders
Stan Getz ~ Voyage (comp. Kenny Barron) ~ Soul Eyes
Roy Hargrove ~ Strasbourg/St. Denis ~ Earfood
Roy Hargrove ~ To Wisdom the Prize (comp. Larry Willis) ~ Earfood
Joshua Redman ~ Jazz Crimes ~ Elastic
Harold Mabern ~ The Gigolo ~ To Love and Be Loved
Harold Mabern ~ So What ~ To Love and Be Loved
Benny Golson ~ Grove's Groove ~ New Time, New'Tet
Benny Golson ~ Whisper Not (feat Al Jareau) ~ New Time, New'Tet
Jimmy Greene ~ Anthem of Hope ~ The Overcomers Suite

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All Women Jazz

Last week I played a set of "Women in Jazz". This week we go full out with an All Women jazz revue. We have some established artists such as Anat Cohen, Maria Schnieder and Helen Sung as well as lesser known players like Tineke Postma, Ingrid and Christine Jensen, Monica Herzig and Sunna Gunlags.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Anat Cohen ~ Sweet Georgia Brown ~ Clarinetwork Live at Village Vanguard
Anat Cohen ~ Lilia ~ Luminosa
Tineke Postma ~ The Observer ~ The Dawn of Light
Tineke Postma ~ Before the Snow ~ The Dawn of Light
Sunna Gunnlaugs ~ Songs from Iceland ~ Pao Bua Litlir Dvergar
Christine Jensen ~ Upper Fargo ~ Look Left
Ingrid Jensen / Project O ~ Gloria ~ Project O
Maria Schneider ~ Arbitoers of Evolution ~ The Thompson Fields
Monika Herzig ~ The Whole World In Her Hands ~ The Whole World in Her Hands
Helen Sung ~ Epistrophy ~ Anthem for a New Day

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Here is your jazzy soundtrack for this Labor Day festivities. We begin with some Miles' covers, then some funky fusion and finish with Hartford's own Stevie D.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
SF Jazz Collective ~ Tutu ~ The Music of Miles Davis & Originals
SF Jazz Collective ~ So What ~ The Music of Miles Davis & Originals
John McLaughlin and 4th Dimension ~ Live at Ronnie Scotts ~ Miles Beyond
Takuya Kuroda ~ Zigzagger ~ R.S.B.D.
Rale Micic ~ Hotel Insomnia ~ Night Music
George Benson ~ Take Five ~ Bad Benson
Dave Stryker ~ Shadowboxing ~ Strykin' Ahead
Steve Davis ~ A Little Understanding ~ Think Ahead
Steve Davis ~ Runway ~ Portrait In Sound
Christian McBride Big Band ~ Optimism ~ Bringin' It

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This is my annual Newport Jazz Festival preview show (part 2 to be published mid-week). We begin with newly annointed NEA Jazz Master, Joanne Brackeen. Christian McBride is the new curator of music at Newport and will also lead his Big Band at the festival. Other artists featured here are One For All (with Hartford's Steve Davis), Christian Sands, Antonio Sanchez and an all-star band Hudson.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Joanne Brackeen ~ Fi-Fi Goes to Heaven ~ Fi-Fi Goes to Heaven
Joanne Brackeen ~ Nature Boy ~ Popsicle Illusion
Christian McBride Big Band ~ Broadway ~ The Good Feeling
Christian McBride Big Band ~ Brother Mister ~ The Good Feeling
One for All ~ Hey, Stevie D ~ The Third Decade
One for All ~ Buddy's ~ The Third Decade
Christian Sands ~ Reaching for the Sun ~ Reach
Antonio Sanchez ~ Uprisings and Revolutions ~ New Life
Hudson ~ El Swing ~ Hudson (feat. Jack Dejohnette, Larry Grenedier, John Medeski, John Scofield)
Hudson ~ Woodstock ~ Hudson (feat. Jack Dejohnette, Larry Grenedier, John Medeski, John Scofield)

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After a classic from Benson and a couple from Ella, we settle into a piano trio set from Chick and Bill Evans. We then honor the birthdays of George Coleman, Ornette, and McFerrin. Some other cool stuff for you too.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
George Benson ~ Take Five ~ Bad Benson
Ella Fitzgerald ~ Tea for Two ~ Ella and Basie
Ella Fitzgerald ~ I'm Beginning to See the Light ~ Ella and Basie
Jacob Collier ~ Fascinating Rhythms ~ YouTube - https://youtu.be/cIsI7PQoF5E
Chick Corea ~ Blue Monk ~ Trilogy
Bill Evans Trio ~ I Should Care ~ How My Heart Sings
Bill Evans Trio ~ Blue In Green ~ Portrait in Jazz
Bill Evans ~ Nardis ~ Explorations
Bill Evans Trio ~ Alice In Wonderland ~ Sunday At The Village Vanguard
Troy Roberts ~ Tales & Tones ~ Take the A Train
George Coleman ~ Up Jumped Spring ~ At Yoshi's
Ornette Coleman ~ Lonely Women ~ The Shape of Jazz to Come
Ornette Coleman ~ Broadway Blues ~ New York is Now
Bobby McFerrin ~ He Ran To The Train ~ VOCAbuLarieS

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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.

Featured Album

Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke, Eric Harland

Playlist
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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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

Playlis 
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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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. 

Featured Album

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

Playlist
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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