In the Groove, Jazz and Beyond

In the Groove, Jazz and Beyond

United States

From Jazz masters of past and present to emerging new artists performing modern jazz and fusion. No smooth jazz here!

Episodes

Genius Plus Jazz  

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 [...]

Genius Plus Jazz  

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 Zur [...]

Standards, Local and New  

Moments Notice and Stolen Moments kick off this post-Thanksgiving podcast. A few tracks later we feature Hartford area vocalists Dana Lauren, Orice Jenkins, Atla Dechamplain and Linda Ransom. Then some new releases from Eric Alexander and Joey Alexander, and a classic from Hank Mobley round out the set.

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Oliver Nelson - Blues and the Abstract Truth

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
John Coltrane ~ Moments Notice ~ Blue Train
Oliver Nelson ~ Stolen Moments ~ Blues and the Abstract Truth
Oliver Nelson ~ Cascades ~ Blues and the Abstract Truth
Miles Davis ~ Seven Steps to Heaven ~ Seven Steps to Heaven
Rueben Blades ~ First Circle ~ Mundo
Ed Fast & Conga Bop ~ Nature Boy ~ Do or Die
Dana Lauren ~ There’ [...]

Pre-Thanksgiving  

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 ~ Futu [...]

Not America  

We start this show by continuing last week’s Joe Farrell feature. Then, reflecting on last week’s surprising and disturbing election results, we play some protest songs, both vocal and instrumental. Gil Scott Heron, Les McCann/Eddie Harris, Charlie Haden are among those represented in this set. The show ends on a more optimistic note with McCoy Tyner, Fly with the Wind.

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Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra - Not In Our Name

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Joe Farrell ~ Hurricane Jane ~ Penny Arcade
Joe Farrell ~ Cloud Cream ~ Penny Arcade
Les McCann & Eddie Harris ~ Compared to What ~ Swiss Movement
Kurt Ellington ~ An American Tune ~ 1619 Broadway - The Brill Building Project
Billy Childs ~ Save the [...]

Joe’s Arcade  

I rediscovered this Joe Farrell album and shared it with my podcast listeners. That led to playing some of the great saxophone masters, Henderson, Dexter and Rollins. From there, we explore some great new releases from modern jazz artists.

  Featured Album Joe Farrell - Penny Arcade
Last Autumn Leaves  

Autumn leaves have fallen, so this version from Steve Kuhn will be the last of the season to open the show. The cool sound of Chet Baker follows, before we explore new releases from the likes of Rob Garcia with Noah Preminger, newcomer Jason Hainsworth, Donnie McCaslin and Orrin Evans. An acoustic set from John McLaughlin, Gregory Porter and guitarist Joshua Breakstone complete the podcast.

  Featured Album Donny McCaslin, Beyond Now
Podcast 20161023  

Another week of Autumn leaves on guitar with Stanley Jordan. Than we do Halloween with Greg Abate.Follow that up with Sonny Rawlins, new music from Tim Ray and Joey Alexander. Then we close it out with classic Herbie Hancock.

  Featured Album Tim Ray Tri [...]
Beatle Jazz  

After kicking it off with Autumn Leaves from Bobby Timmons, and Misty by Pharoah Sanders, we settle into sets from Chick Corea, Dave Holland and then a set of creative arrangements of Beatle tunes from various artists.
Feature Album   Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Bobby Timmons Trio ~ Autumn Leaves ~ In Person Pharoah Sanders ~ Misty ~ Crescent with Love Chick Corea ~ Straight Up and Down ~ Inner Space Return to Forever ~ Captain Seno [...]

October Jazz  

This podcast episode is inspired by the month of October and the fall season. For the next few weeks, Autumn Leaves will kick off the show. Greg Abate and Wayne Shorter play songs which evoke the feeling of Halloween. Then I get into one of my favorite Wynton Marsalis recordings. The podcast concludes with Toots harmonica.

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Start with Autumn  

This episode starts with Miles doing Autumn Leaves as we celebrate this beautiful Fall season. From there we have a Metheny set followed by new music from Tom Harrell and Joey Alexander. The podcast concludes with young harmonica player Yvonnick Prene.



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For Trane at 90  

John Coltrane is certainly one of the most influential and revered Jazz Masters. Broadcast on ‘Trane’s 90th birth anniversary, this podcast contains music from both of his great quartets. Other than a couple of tracks that cover Coltrane tunes (Pharoah Sanders, Kenny Garrett) this podcast is all Trane. 

      Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album John Coltrane ~ Coltrane’s Sound ~ Equinox Pharoah Sanders ~ Moment’s Notice ~ Rejoice Kenny Garrett ~ Lonnie& [...]
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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Mr. Jones  

A birthday tribute to Elvin Jones, the great drummer, best known for his years with the trailbrazing John Coltrane Quartet. The show covers Elvin’s playing as a leader, a sideman and his work with Trane.

Elvin Jones September 9, 1927 - May 18, 2004
New and Old Fusion  

For fans of the genre-bending Jazz Fusion, we have some interesting takes on this music. From young guitarists Rale Micic, Tom Guarna and Rez Abassi, to Fusion classic bands, Return To Forever, Weather Report and Mahavishnu Orchestra. This show finishes with a new release from Dave Stryker with some tunes you might have listened to on your eight track.

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Toots and Wayne  

This podcast features two giants of jazz music. We begin with a tribute to Toots Thielmans, legendary harmonica player, who passed away this week. At the end of this show we feature the music of Wayne Shorter celebrating a birthday this week. Wayne, one of the great jazz saxophonist and composer of our time. In between, you will hear from Zappa, Marsalis and Metheny and more.

  Featured Album Toots Thielmans - Only Trust Your Heart
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Great Vibes  

This podcast features the artistry of Bobby Hutcherson, a jazz master who passed away this week. We feature his music as a leader and a sideman. This episode starts with new music from the Black Arts Collective and concludes with Miles Davis from his landmark album Kind of Blue.

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Enemies Within  

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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Newport 2016 Review  

This year’s Newport Jazz Festival was a great success both musically and in terms of attendance. Saturday’s event was sold out. This podcast features some of the artists and the tunes they performed. In addition, please check out my photo gallery from the festival.  


EJ and more  

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.

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