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

Hurricane Season  

As I put this podcast together I am watching the Hurricane hit the Florida coast. Our thoughts and concerns are with those affected, and hope for the safety of all. We start with two versions of Work Song for this past labor day, then a couple of Steely Dan tracks in memory of Walter Becker, before a set of music inspired by hurricanes. Then some great guitar work by Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery and Dave Stryker. Finally, something new by Brian Charrette.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Oscar Brown Jr. ~ Work Song ~ In A New Mood
Cannonball Adderley ~ Work Song ~ Phenix
Steely Dan ~ Aja ~ Aja
Steely Dan ~ Home At Last ~ Aja
Joe Farrell ~ Hurricane Jane ~ Penny Arcade
Trombone Shorty ~ Hurricane Season ~ Backatown
Herbie Hancock ~ The Eye of the Hurricane ~ Maiden Voyage
Kenny Burell ~ Chitlens Con Carne ~ Midnight Blue
Wes Montgomery ~ Four on Six ~ Incredible Jazz Guitar
Dav [...]

Sep 2 Broadcast  

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

Shorter for Longer  

We celebrate the music of Wayne Shorter for most of this podcast. It’s Shorter’s 84th birthday, and we pay homage to his creative saxophone work and intrigueing compositions. First we honor the guitarist John Ambercrombie upon his recent passing. Then a taste of a new release from fusion pioneer John McLaughlin.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Gill Evans Orchestra ~ Up From the Skies ~ The Music Of Jimi Hendrix
Gata Barbieri ~ Parana ~ Under Fire
John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension ~ Meeting of the Spirits ~ Ronnie Scotts Live
Wayne Shorter ~ Footprints ~ Adams Apple
Wayne Shorter ~ Deluge ~ Juju
Wayne Shorter ~ Black Nile ~ Night Dreamer
Wayne Shorter ~ Lost ~ The Soothsayer
Wayne Shorter ~ Witch Hunt ~ Speak No Evil
Wayne Shorter ~ Starry Night ~ Without a Net
Weather Report ~ Elegant People ~ Black Market

Continue from last week’s show  

Continued from last week’s show.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Esperanza Spaulding ~ Unconditional Love ~ Emily’s D+Evolution
Vijay Iyer Trio ~ Human Nature ~ Accelerando
Harold Mabern ~ So What ~ To Love and Be Loved
Harold Mabern ~ Afro Blue ~ Live at Smalls
Herbie Hancock ~ Toys ~ Speak Like A Child
SF Jazz Collective ~ Joshua ~ The Musc of Miles Davis and Original Compositions
Sims, Bloom, Zinno, Langone ~ Wichita Lineman ~ The New Stablemates
Steve Langone Trio ~ Humpty Dumpty ~ Breath
Cyrus Chestnut ~ Easy Living ~ There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit
Cyrus Chestnut ~ Rhythm-a-Ning ~ There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit

Newport 2017 Retrospective  

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 ~ Berni [...]

Newport Preview 2017 pt2  

This is part 2 of my Newport Jazz Festival preview. It starts with vocalists Cecile McLorin Salvant and Cyrille Aimee. We conclude the Newport preview with saxophonists Jimmy Greene and Branford Marsalis. The rest of the show features a variety of jazz styles from piano trios (Valera, Hartley) to fusion (Coryell) to free (Stanko) and more.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Cecile McLorin Salvant ~ Somthing’s Comming ~ For One To Love
Cyrille Aimee ~ Love For Sale ~ Live at Smalls
Jimmy Greene ~ Stanky Leg ~ Flowers Beautiful Life Vol 2
Branford Marsalis ~ My Ideal ~ Four MF’s Playin’ Tunes
Manuel Valera Trio ~ Footprints ~ Live at Firehouse 12
Craig Hartley ~ Sinclair (prelude No 2 in C minor) + Solar ~ Books on Tape Vol II
Tom Pierson ~ CeCe’s Blues ~ The Hidden Goddess
Larry Coryell’s Elleventh House ~ Mr. Myake ~ Seven Secrets
Tomasz Stanko New York Quar [...]

Newport 2017 part 1  

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. Jac [...]

NYC Jazz Clubbing  

This podcast reviews some of the great music I had the pleasure of seeing on a recent trip to NYC. Harold Mabern (age 81) plays with the energy and chops of someone half his age. Ravi Coltrane performed a moving tribute to his mother Alice Coltrane at Jazz Gallery. Accompanying Ravi was harpist Brandee Younger. We also were turned on to a tremendous vocalist, Melissa Morgan in a live performance at the Side Door jazz club in CT.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Harold Mabern ~ My Favorite Things ~ Right On Time
Harold Mabern ~ Seven Steps To Heaven ~ Right On Time
Ravi Coltrane ~ For Turya ~ Blending Times
Brandee Younger ~ Esscence of Ruby ~ Wax and Wayne
Brandee Younger ~ Afro Harping ~ Wax and Wane
Alice Coltrane ~ Blue Nile ~ Translinear Light
Alice Coltrane ~ Translinear Light ~ Translinear Light
Melissa Morgan ~ The Lamp is Low ~ Until I met You
Melissa Morgan ~ You Don’t [...]

Mobley & Metheny  

The title says it all. 

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Miles Davis ~ No Blues ~ In Person At the Blackhawk, San Francisco
Hank Mobley ~ Lookin’ East ~ Reach Out
Hank Mobley ~ Goin’ Out of MyHead ~ Reach Out
Hank Mobley ~ Good Pickin’s ~ Reach Out!
Pat Metheny ~ Phase Dance ~ Pat Metheny Group (1978)
Pat Metheny Unity Group ~ On Day One ~ Kin(<–>)
Pat Metheny Unity Group ~ Kqu ~ Kin(<–>)
Pat Metheny ~ Minuano ~ Still Life (Talking)
Billy Cobham ~ Stratus ~ Spectrum

20170707 radio show  

Highlights of this show include contributions from great drummer Jack DeJohnette. We hear from his newest effort Hudson, and later in the show an extended piece led by Pat Metheny with DeJohnette, Haden, Redman, and Brecker from 80/81. Along the way we play great jazz music from Cannonball, Louis Hayes, Kenny Burrell and more.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
00:08 Cannonball Adderley ~ Jeannine ~ Them Dirty Blues
07:24 Louis Hayes ~ St. Vitus Dance ~ Serenade for Horace
15:42 Jimmy Greene ~ Self Portrait #1 ~ Live at Smalls
24:57 Eddie Henderson ~ Morning Song ~ Collective Portrait
32:36 Miles Davis ~ Water Babies ~ Water Babies
41:08 DeJohnette / Grenadier / Medeski / Scofield ~ Woodstock ~ Hudson
47:07 DeJohnette / Grenadier / Medeski / Scofield ~ Tony than Jack ~ Hudson
53:09 Kenny Burrell ~ Wavy Gravy ~ Midnight Blue
59:23 Pat Metheny ~ Two Folk Songs ~ 80/81

Rochester Review  

 

This podcast is based in part on the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. The XRIJF is a 10 day street party, with some serious jazz happening in clubs around town. The concderts I attended were Jacob Collier, Billy Childs and Jochen Ruckert. Late night jam sessions were held by guitarist Bob Sneider and drummer Mike Melito. Walt Weiskopf was scheduled later in the week. At the end of the podcast I pay tribute to pianist Geri Allen who passed away at the age of 60 last week.

Playlist
Artist ~ Album ~ Track
Jacob Collier ~ Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing ~ n/a
Billy Childs ~ Rebirth ~ Rebirth
Jochen Ruckert ~ Stretch Mark ~ Charm Offense
Mike Melito ~ Up Over and Out ~ New York Connections
Bob Sneider and Joe Locke ~ Last Tango in Paris ~ Nocturn For Ava
Walt Weiskopf ~ Backstage Blues ~ Fountain of Youth
Walt Weiskopf ~ Laura ~ Fountain of Youth
Steve Davis ~ [...]

Continuing on  

This episode is the second hour of my last broadcast show. There is no real theme to this one. These are just some great straight-up swinging jazz tunes. We hear from jazz greats Louis Hayes, Herbie Hancock, Tom Harrell, Steve Davis and Lee Morgan. Also on this podcast are up-and-coming jazz artists Theo Hill, David Gibson, Curtis Brothers and Yoko Miwa. Enjoy.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
0:25 Louis Hayes ~ Summer in Central Park ~ Serenade for Horace
5:26 Herbie Hancock ~ First Trip ~ Speak Like a Child
12:20 Tom Harrell ~ Dream in June ~ Sail Away
23:15 Steve Davis ~ Atmosphere ~ Think Ahead
29:45 Theo Hill ~ Citadel ~ Promethean
35:28 David Gibson ~ Eyes of Argus ~ Boom!
44:30 Curtis Brothers Quartet ~ What’s Going On ~ SYZYGY
50:57 Lee Morgan ~ Twice Around ~ Tom Cat
01:00:52 Yoko Miwa Trio ~ Court and Spark ~ Pathways

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