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

Outstanding Alto  

Outstanding alto sax players, Cannonball, Abate, McLean and Garrett kick off this week’s podcast. Bassist Nat Reeves who has played with 3 of those 4 alto players is featured next. Jazz legends Miles and Rollins finish the show.

Featured Album

Nat Reeves - State of Emergency

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Cannonball Adderly ~ Blue Funk ~ Portrait of Cannonball
Greg Abate ~ Take the Crowell Train ~ Road to Forever
Jackie McLean ~ Demon’s Dance ~ Demon’s Dance
Jackie McLean ~ Sweet Love of Mine ~ Demon’s Dance
Kenny Garrett ~ Kiss to the Skies ~ Beyond the Wall
Nat Reeves ~ Moon River ~ State of Emergency
Nat Reeves ~ Little Waltz ~ State of Emergency
Jesse Collin Young ~ Ridgetop ~ [...]

Tenor Extravaganza  

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

Ella Evans Ornette  

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 ~ T [...]

A Vocal Set  

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 waws 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 [...]

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.

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 [...]

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. 

Featured Album

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. 

Featured album

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. 

featured album

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.

Featured Album

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.

Featured album

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. 

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 [...]

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.

Featured Album

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 [...]

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