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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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Covers

This podcast begins with tracks from cover albums from Billy Childs (Laura Nyro), Dave Stryker (70's R&B), and The Ed Polermo Big Band (Zappa). Also of note are new releases from guitarist Rale Macic and the sophomore release from young pianist Joey Alexander.

 
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Dave Stryker - Eight Track II
 
Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Billy Childs ~ The Confession (feat. Becca Stevens) ~ Map to the Treasure
Billy Childs ~ Save the Country (feat. Shawn Colvin) ~ Map to the Treasure
Dave Stryker ~ Trouble Man ~ eight track II
Dave Stryker ~ I Can't Get Next to You ~ eight track II
The Ed Palermo Big Band ~   ~ One Child Left Behind
Rickie Lee Jones ~ Trouble Man ~ It's Like This
Behn Gillece ~ Dare to Be ~ Dare to Be
Black Art Jazz Collective ~ Salvador da Bahia ~ Presented by The Side Door Jazz Club
Rale Micic ~ Late Call ~ Night Music
Rale Micic ~ Blue ~ Night Music
Joey Alexander ~ City Lights ~ Countdown
Joey Alexander ~ Countdown ~ Countdown


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A jazz podcast with political undertones. I make a statement with the opening track from Charlie Haden's This is Not America (for DJT). Darcy James Argue's Real Enemies opening track being The Enemy Within sums up my sentiment about one actor in this election year. From their we lighten it up with Dexter, Wynton, Nat and Chick.

 
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Darcy James Argue's Real Enemies
 
Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album

Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra ~ This is Not America ~ Not In Our Name
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society ~ The Enemy Within ~ Real Enemies
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society ~ Dark Alliance ~ Real Enemies
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society ~ Trust No One ~ Real Enemies
Dexter Gordon ~ Willow Weep For Me ~ Our Man In Paris
Wynton Marsalis ~ L.C. On the Cut ~ Thick in the South
Nat ''King'' Cole ~ It's only a Paper Moon ~ After Midnight: The Complete Session
Nat ''King'' Cole ~ Sometimes I'm Happy ~ After Midnight: The Complete Session
Chick Corea ~ Steps-What Was ~ Now He Sings Now He Sobs
Chick Corea Trio ~ Fingerprints ~ Trilogy
 
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This podcast features the music as well as an interview with drummer E.J. Strickland. Strickland, also a composer and bandleader is one of the more in-demand drummers in NYC. We speak about his family, composing music, and living in New York pursuing this art form. Other artists featured are Noah Preminger, Tom Harrell, Rez Abbasi and others.

Featured Album
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Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
E.J. Strickland Quintet ~ For My Homefolk ~ The Undying Spirit
E.J Strickland ~  Interview
E.J. Strickland Quintet ~ Impromptivity ~ The Undying Spirit
Tom Harrell ~ Sunday ~ Trip
Noah Preminger ~ Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues ~ Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground
Jeff Fuller & Friends ~ Billies Bounce ~ Shoreline Blues
Kamasi Washingtin ~ Miss Understanding ~ Epic
Robert Glasper ~ Afro Blue ~ Black Radio
Rez Abbasi and Junction ~ Holy Butter ~ Behind the Vibration
Rez Abbasi & Junction ~ Groundswell ~ Behind The Vibration
The Ed Polermo Big Band ~ Fifty-Fifty ~ One Child Left Behind
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