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

Winter Jazz Radio  

Starting with a Coltrane classic, we follow with new music from young players Noah Preminger and Emmet Cohen. Trumpeters Peyton, Henderson, Weiss are up next. Then we get into something different with a vocal ensemble from McFerrin, Indian Fusion from Shakti and R&B fusion from Glasper. 

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David Weiss & Point of Departure - Wake Up Call

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
John Coltrane ~ 26-2 ~ Coltrane’s Sound
Noah Preminger ~ A Change is Gonna Come ~ Meditaions on Freedom
Emmet Cohen ~ If This Isn’t Love ~ Masters Legacy Series Volume 1
Les McCann & Eddie Harris ~ Cold Duck Time ~ Swiss Movement
Nicholas Payton ~ The Crimson Touch ~ Into the Blue
Eddie Henderson ~ Morning Song ~ Collect [...]

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

Only a Pawn  

After opening with a classic Freddie Hubbard track, we are joined by Noah Preminger to talk about the making of his latest release of protest songs, Meditations on Freedom. Also featured are new albums by Mark Whitfield, The Curtis Brothers and Theo Bleckman.

Mike Live  

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 [...]

Protest Day  

This podcast focuses on the dreams and vision of Martin Luther King, the historic legacy of Barack Obama and the protests of today’s Women’s Day March. We as a people will not stand for the tearing down of the ideals and values represented by King, Obama and the Women’s March protesters.  Bob Dylan, Noah Preminger, Gil Scott Herron, Noah Baerman, Gregory Porter, Norah Jones and Sonny Rollins whos work is represented here have used their words and music to express themes of equality, justice and freedom.


Noah Preminger - Meditations on Freedom

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Bob Dylan ~ Only a Pawn In Their Game ~ The Times They Are A-Chan [...]

Friday the 13th  

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. 

Featured Album

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 ~ Eig [...]

JM 75th Birthday  

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 Orche [...]

Last Broadcast 2016  

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.

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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 ~ [...]

Holiday Show 2016  

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 [...]

Great releases from 2016  

As 2016 comes to a close, I review some of my favorite releases of the year. Freddie Hendrix, Rale Macic, Wallace Roney, Kris Allen, Craig Hartley, Orrin Evans, Donnie McCaslin, David Bowie, Noah Preminger are represented here. In the middle of this podcast are a few holiday tunes as well.

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Freddie Hendrix - Jersey Cats

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Freddie Hendrix ~ Hubtones ~ Jersey Cat
Rale Micic ~ Insomnia ~ Night Music
Wallace Roney ~ Ardece ~ A Place in Time
Wallace Roney ~ Clair de Lune ~ A Place in Time
Kris Allen ~ Threequel ~ Beloved
Craig Hartley ~ Caravan ~ Books on Tape Vol II
Dane Scazzari and the Human Race ~ This Christmas ~ It’s Christmas Time Again
Marian McPartland ~ God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman ~ A Concord Jazz Christmas
Dave Stryker ~ O& [...]

Garcia, Chick, John  

Back from the NYC jazz club scene, I review performances by Rob Garcia and a duet performance by Chick Corea and John McLaughlin. We go back to the masters, Miles, Trane, Monk, for some of the most important jazz standards. The podcast is bookended with a celebration of birthdays from Jimmy Smith and Donald Byrd.

Featured Album

Rob Garcia - finding love in an oligarcy on a dying planet

Playlist
Artists ~ Track ~ Album
Jimmy Smith ~ Organ Grinder’s Swing ~ Fourmost Returns
Rob Garcia 4 ~ Perennial ~ Perennial
Rob Garcia 4 ~ Boundries ~ The Drop and the Ocean
Rob Garcia ~ Whatever Gets You By ~ Finding Love in an Oligarchy on a Dying Planet
Chick Corea Trio ~ Fingerprints ~ Trilogy
John McLaughlin with The 4th Dimension ~ Not Here Not [...]

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.

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 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.

 

Featured Album

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.

Featured Album


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 [...]

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