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This podcast was recorded the day after Thanksgiving. We begin with music inspired by this, my favorite holiday. Since Thanksgiving is centered around eating food, we will begin with Arthur Blythe's Stuffy Turkey. Then we "Give Thanks" with saxophonist Jimmy Greene, and partake of some Soul Food with Cyrus Chestnut and Atla DeChamplain. Lots more music follows.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Arthur Blythe ~ Stuffy Turkey ~ Focus
Jimmy Greene ~ Give Thanks ~ Mission Statement
Hank Mobley ~ No Room for Squares ~ No Room For Squares
Hank Mobley ~ Up a Step ~ No Room For Squares
Cyrus Chestnut ~ Soul Food ~ Soul Food
Atla and Matt Dechamplain ~ Soul Food ~ Pause
Atla and Matt Dechamplain ~ Two for the Blues (feat. Jon Hendricks) ~ Pause
Nicole Zuraitis ~ Sunny Side ~ Hive Mind
Marian McPartland ~ Naima ~ n/a - Internet Download w/Lee Konitz
Jane Ira Bloom ~ Emily & Her Atoms ~ Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson
Jane Ira Bloom ~ One Note from One Bird ~ Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson
Jen Allen ~ Pieces of Myself ~ The Repurcussions

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My annual post Newport Jazz Festival review. This podcast highlights only a few of the many great performances we experienced at this year's festival. You will hear jazz artists we have heard for decades lake One For All, Sean Jones, Joey D and new artists on the scene George Burton and Theo Croker.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
One For All ~ Daylight ~ The Third Decade
Hudson ~ Tony Then Jack ~ Hudson
Sean Jones ~ Lost Then Found ~ Live from the Jazz Bistro
Sean Jones ~ I Don't Give A Damn Blues ~ Im-Pro-Vise Never Before Seen
Joey DeFrancesco + The People ~ Better Than Yesterday ~ Project Freedom
Joey DeFrancesco + The People ~ A Change is Gonna Come ~ Project Freedom
Cyrille Aimee ~ Live Alone and Like It ~ Let's Get Lost
Cyrille Aimee ~ Let's Get Lost ~ Let's Get Lost
George Burton ~ Second Opinion ~ The Truth of What I Am
George Burton ~ Bernie's Tune ~ The Truth of What I Am
Theo Croker ~ Raise Your Vibrations ~ Escape Velocity
Theo Croker ~ Transcend ~ Escape Velocity
Theo Croker ~ This Could Be ~ Escape Velocity

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LC Tribute

This week's podcast pays tribute to guitarist extroadinaire, Larry Coryell. While best known for his contribution to jazz rock fusion, Coryell was a master of all styles of guitar playing. This playlist demonstrates his wide ranging abilities in a variety of musical settings. Coryell passed away suddenly last week at age 73. His artistry and virtuosity will be missed. 

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Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Larry Coryell ~ The Great Escape ~ Barefoot Boy
Larry Coyell ~ Improvisation on "Bolero" ~ Bolero
Larry Coryell ~ Fantasy in D ~ Cedars of Avalon
Larry Coryell ~ Naima ~ Monk, Trane, Miles & Me
Larry Coryell ~ Bumpin' on Sunset ~ The Power Trio (Live in Chicago)
Larry Coryell ~ Rene's Theme ~ Spaces
Larry Coryell ~ The Dragon's Gate ~ Spaces Revisited
Larry Coryell ~ She's Leaving Home ~ Tricycles
The Eleventh House ~ Birdfingers ~ Introducing the Eleventh House
The Eleventh House ~ Low-Lee-Tah ~ Introducing the Eleventh House
The Eleventh House ~ Right On Y'all ~ Introducing the Eleventh House
Frank Varela ~ Angelina Park ~ Grandma's Revenge

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Snow Blues

After hearing tracks inspired by the snow storm here in New England, we get down to some serious New Orleans Second Line blues from Wynton Marsalis. The Majesty of the Blues takes us through the death and resurection of jazz music. 

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Wynton Marsalis - The Magesty of the Blues

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Greg Abate ~ Snowfall ~ Motif
Tineke Postma ~ Before the Snow ~ The Dawn of Light
Joshua Redman Quartet ~ Second Snow ~ Spirit of the Moment: Live At Village Vanguard
Alon Nechushtan ~ Snow-Flow ~ Venture Bound
Wynton Marsalis ~ Winter Wonderland ~ A Jazzy Wonderland
Wynton Marsalis ~ The Death of Jazz ~ The Majesty of the Blues
Wynton Marsalis ~ Premature Autopsies (sermon) ~ The Majesty of the Blues
Wynton Marsalis ~ Oh, But On The Third Day (Happy Feet Blues) ~ The Majesty of the Blues
The Jimmy McGriff and Hank Crawford Quartet ~ Frame for the Blues ~ Blues Groove

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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 

Playlist
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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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

 Playlist
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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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. 

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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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A wide variety of modern jazz including Herbie Hancock, Joey Alexander, Rob Garcia, Noah Preminger and more precedes a Thanksgiving set to celebrate my favorite holiday. Miguel Zenon, Jimmy Greene, Cyrus Chestnut are some of the artists that help us give thanks again this year.

 

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Miguel Zenon - Looking Forward

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Herbie Hancock ~ Actual Proof ~ Thrust
Joey Alexander ~ Maiden Voyage (featuring Chris Potter) ~ Countdown
Joey Alexander ~ Countdown ~ Countdown
Eddie Henderson ~ Zoltan ~ Collective Portrait
Michael Musillami and Rich Syracuse ~ Juju ~ Of the Night
Donny McCaslin ~ Glory ~ Beyond Now
Rob Garcia 4 ~ Little Wing ~ The Passion of Color
Noah Preminger ~ Future Blues ~ Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground
Rob Garcia ~ Whatever Gets You By ~ Finding Love in an Oligarchy on a Dying Planet
Rez Abbasi's Invocation ~ Thanks for Giving ~ Suno Suno
Miguel Zenon ~ Prayer #1 (Blessing) ~ Looking Forward
Miguel Zenon ~ Prayer #2 (Thanksgiving) ~ Looking Forward
Jimmy Greene ~ Give Thanks ~ Mission Statement
Arthur Blythe ~ Stuffy Turkey ~ Focus
Atla Dechamplain ~ Soul Food ~ Pause
Cyrus Chestnut ~ Soul Food ~ Soul Food

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