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Can't get enough Chick Corea. We have been playing a lot of Chick on recent podcast, and I just realized his 75th birthday had just passed. We start with three very different tunes from Corea followed by new music from a young Christian Sands and then a couple from Billy Childs. We cap things off this week with vocalist Gregory Porter.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Return to Forever with Chick Corea ~ Spain ~ Light as a Feather
Chick Corea Trio ~ Fingerprints ~ Trilogy
Return To Forever ~ Sorceress ~ Romantic Warrior
Christian Sands ~ Armando's Song ~ Reach
Chistian Sands ~ Use Me ~ Reach
Billy Childs ~ The Starry Night ~ Rebirth
Billy Childs ~ And When I Die (feat. Allison Krauss) ~ Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro
Gregory Porter ~ Lonesome Lover ~ Liquid Spirit

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This podcast begins with a funky cover of a Coltrane classic before settling in on some great piano jazz. We start with young pianists Theo Hill and Zaccai Curtis (Curtis Brothers Quartet). What follows are some great living masters of jazz piano, Ahmad Jamal, Chick Corea and Kenny Barron. It was Kenny's 74th birthday on the day this radio show was broadcast.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album

Marcus Miller ~ Lonnie's Lament ~ M2
Curtis Brothers ~ Afro Blue ~ Syzygy
Theo Hill ~ I Love Music ~ Promethean
Ahmad Jamal ~ Stolen Moment ~ The Awakening
Chick Corea ~ Windows ~ Now He Sings Now He Sobs
Chick Corea & Origin ~ Awakening ~ Change
Chick Corea ~ Litha ~ Inner Space
Kenny Barron Trio ~ Magic Dance ~ Book of Intuition
Kenny Barron Trio ~ In The Slow Lane ~ Book of Intuition
Kenny Barron ~ The Traveler ~ The Traveler
Kenny Barron & Dave Holland ~ In Walked Bud ~ The Art of Conversation
Kenny Barron & Dave Holland ~ Calypso ~ The Art of Conversation
Kenny Barron ~ Voyage ~ What If?

 

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I had the pleasure of speaking on-air with the great trombonist Steve Davis for an interview on WWUH. Enjoy our chat about music and jazz education. Also on this podcast is new music from Terrell Stafford, Ralph Peterson and Theo Hill. Herbie Hancock too.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Jackie McLean ~ Optimism (clip) ~ Fire and Love
(Steve Davis Interview)
Steve Davis ~ Abena's Gaze ~ Think Ahead
Steve Davis ~ Atmosphere ~ Think Ahead
Steve Davis ~ A Little Understanding (clip) ~ Think Ahead
(end interview)
Terrell Stafford ~ The Tint Train ~ Forgive and Forget
Aggregate Prime w/Ralph Peterson ~ Fearless ~ Dream Deferred
Christian Sands ~ Song of the Rainbow People ~ Reach
Herbie Hancock ~ The Sorcerer ~ Speak Like a Child
Theo Hill ~ Hey, It's Me Your Talking To ~ Promethean
Theo Hill ~ Litha ~ Promethean

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The gem of this episode is the last 4 tracks celebrating the birth anniversary of Jackie McLean. We start off with two of Jackie's students. Steve Davis, now professor at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at University of Hartford, and Ray McMorrin who now resides in Japan and has released a great album. Other notable sax players on this podcast are Greg Abate and Joe Farrell.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Steve Davis ~ Warrior ~ Think Ahead
Ray MacMorrin ~ Procrastination ~ RayMac
Greg Abate w/the Tim Ray Trio ~ Farewell To Phil ~ Road to Forever
Greg Abate w/the Tim Ray Trio ~ Mr. Parker ~ Road to Forever
Joe Farrell ~ Moon Germs ~ Moon Germs
Joe Farrell ~ Sound Down ~ Outback
Joe Farrell ~ Circle in the Round ~ The Joe Farrell Quartet
Jackie McLean ~ Sentimental Journey ~ 4, 5 and 6
Jackie McLean ~ Appointment in Ghana ~ Jackie's Bag
Jackie McLean ~ The Expolorers ~ Rhythm of the Earth
Jackie McLean ~ Optimism ~ Fire & Love

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Tenor saxophone players dominate this week's podcast. Turrentine, Henderson and Getz are perhaps best known. However, the next generation players are placing there mark on the jazz scene, like Joshua Redman, Jimmy Greene and Jovan Alexandre. Also on this podcast is young Jacob Collier and Carlos Santana. We wrap up with another great tenor player, Gato Barbiera.


Stanley Turrentine - Sugar - CTI records

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
00:08 Stanley Turrentine ~ Sugar ~ Sugar
11:14 Joshua Redman Elastic Band ~ Put It In Your Pocket ~ Momentum
18:05 Joshua Redman ~ Turnaround ~ Wish
24:29 Jovan Alexandre ~ Red Blues ~ Collective Consciousness
36:58 Joe Henderson ~ Relaxin' at Camarillo ~ Relaxin' at Camarillo
46:18 Jimmy Greene ~ Fathers And Sons ~ Mission Statement
53:05 Stan Getz ~ La Fiesta ~ Captain Marvel
1:03:38 Snarky Puppy ~ Don't You Know (feat. Jacob Collier) ~ Family Dinner
1:14:22 Jacob Collier ~ Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing ~ YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvKUttYs5ow
1:20:49 Santana ~ Song of the Wind ~ Caravansarai
1:26:58 Gato Barbieri ~ Europa (Carlos Santana) ~ Caliente!

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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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This set is mostly great female vocalists. Some are celebrated jazz masters like Ella, Lady Day, Nancy Wilson. Others are current performers like Diana Reaves, Chaka Kahn, Tina Turner. We also introduce great newcomers like Dana Lauren, Atla DeChamplain and Cyril Aimee.

 

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Cannonball Adderley & Nancy Wilson ~ Save Your Love for Me ~ Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley
Cyrille Aimee ~ When I Was a Child ~ Cyrill Aimee and Friends (Live at Smalls)
Dana Lauren ~ That Old Black Magic ~ It's You or No One
Ed Fast And Conga-Bop ~ Willow Weep For Me (feat. Linda Ransome) ~ Do or Die
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong ~ Stompin' At the Savoy ~ The Best of Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Chick Corea, Stanley Clark, Lenny White ~ I Love You Porgy (feat. Chaka Khan) ~ Forever
Atla & Matt Dechamplain ~ I Can't Believe Youre In Love with Me ~ Pause
Billy Childs ~ To a Child (feat. Diana Reaves) ~ Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro
Herbie Hancock ~ Edith and the Kingpin (feat. Tina Turner) ~ River: The Joni Letters
Billy Holiday ~ Travelin' Light ~ Lady In Autumn: The Best Of The Verve Years
Billy Holiday ~ All of Me ~ Lady In Autumn: The Best Of The Verve Years
Lee Morgan ~ Riggarmortes ~ Top Cat
Lee Morgan ~ Exotique ~ Top Cat

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The center of this podcast is a celebration of John McLaughlin's 75th birthday. From his first solo release to Mahavishnu Orchestra to Shakti, represents his most creative period in my view. Another highlight in this podcast is Renee Rosnes' latest release Written in the Rocks. Other artists review here are Eddie Henderson, Ed Fast, Buster Williams and Miles Davis.

Featured Album

Renee Rosnes, Written in the Rocks

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Eddie Henderson ~ Morning Song ~ Collective Portrait
Ed Fast & Conga Bop ~ Insight ~ Do or Die
Ed Fast & Conga Bop ~ Nature Boy ~ Do or Die
John McLaughlin ~ Extrapolation ~ Extrapolation
Mahavishnu Orchestra ~ You Know You Know ~ The Inner Mounting Flame
Mahavishnu Orchestra ~ Lila's Dance ~ Visions of the Emerald Beyond
Shakti (with John McLaughlin) ~ Get Down and Sruti ~ Natural Elements
Return to Forever with Chick Corea ~ Spain ~ Light as a Feather
Renee Rosnes ~ Galapagos ~ Written in the Rocks
Renee Rosnes ~ From Here to a Star ~ Written in the Rocks
Buster Williams ~ Air Dancing ~ Something More
Miles Davis Quintet ~ If I Were A Bell ~ Relaxin' With Miles

 

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