In the Groove, Jazz and BeyondAuthor: Ken Laster
17 Feb 2019

In the Groove, Jazz and Beyond

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

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    Bring Back Pat

    A regular podcast listener from Italy emailed me to say how he enjoyed hearing episodes from a couple years ago featuring Pat Metheny. It's been a while since I had played these tunes, so I will feature them on this week's podcast. Also, more from Wynton, Duke, Wayne and Joe. Something new from Marc Carey as well.

    Playlist
    Artist ~ Track ~ Album 
    Pat Metheny Group ~ Phase Dance ~ Pat Metheny Group
    Pat Metheny ~ Two Folk Songs ~ 80/81
    Jazz at Lincoln Center w/Wynton Marsalis ~ Live in Cuba ~ Baa Baaa Black Sheep
    Duke Ellington ~ Ad Lib on Nippon ~ Far East Suite
    Joe Henderson ~ Blue Bossa ~ In Japan
    Joe Henderson ~ Loose Change ~ State of the Tenor
    Wayne Shorter ~ Lilia ~ Native Dancer
    Marc Cary ~ 12 Stories (For Moseka) ~ Cosmic Indigenous


  • Posted on 10 Feb 2019

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    Wynton Duke and Pepper

    Celebrating Wynton Marsalis' appearance with Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra at Hartford's Bushnell Auditorium this week. Of course JALC would not be, had it not been for the work of Duke Ellington. The Beatles had an impact on modern popular music with the Sgt Pepper album and that is the subject of an Impulse Jazz release that covers songs from this groundbreaking record.

    Playlist
    Artist ~ Track ~ Album 
    Wynton Marsalis and JALC Orchestra ~ Symphony in Riffs ~ Live in Cuba
    Duke Ellington ~ Five O'Clock Drag ~ Never No Lament: The Blanton Webster Years
    Duke Ellington ~ Chocolate Shake ~ Never No Lament: The Blanton Webster Years
    Duke Ellington ~ Caravan ~ Money Jungle
    Wynton Marslis and JALC Orchestra ~ Intro/Ban Ban Quere ~ Una Noche Con Ruben Blades
    Jazz at Lincoln Center w/Wynton Marsalis ~ Four by Five (feat. Helen Sung) ~ Handful of Keys
    Keyon Harold ~ She's Leaving Home ~ A Day In The Life: Impressions of Pepper
    Sullivan Fortner ~ When I'm Sixty Four ~ A Day In The Life: Impressions of Pepper
    Geoffrey Keeser ~ Across the Univers - Give Peace a Chance ~ On My Way To You


  • Posted on 03 Feb 2019

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    Duke Wayne Sonny and more

    This podcast features some of the true jazz masters of all time, Ellington, Shorter and Rollins. Also Frank Morgan and George Cables can be considered masters of this craft as well. Kurt Elling singing Dylan starts out this podcast. Throw in Kevin Harris with his interpretations of Bird, and we have a swingin' podcast.

    Playlist
    Artist ~ Track ~ Album
    Kurt Elling ~ A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall ~ The Questions
    Frank Morgan & George Cables ~ Helen's Song ~ Montreal Memories
    Frank Morgan & George Cables ~ Nefertiti/Billies Bounce ~ Montreal Memories
    Duke Ellington ~ Take The "A" Train ~ Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band
    Duke Ellington ~ Perdido ~ Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band
    Wayne Shorter ~ Ponta de Areia ~ Native Dancer
    Wayne Shorter ~ Ana Maria ~ Native Dancer
    Wayne Shorter ~ Lila ~ Native Dancer
    Kevin Harris Project ~ Now's the Time ~ Bird Impressions
    Kevin Harris Project ~ Donna Lee ~ Bird Impressions
    Sonny Rollins ~ Strode Rode ~ Saxophone Collossus
    Sonny Rollins ~ Alfie's Theme ~ Soundtrack from Alfie
    Sonny Rollins ~ Without a Song ~ The Bridge


  • Posted on 27 Jan 2019

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    Pepper Improvisations

    The gem of this podcast comes near the end with three tracks from an innovative take on the Beatles album Sgt. Pepper. Prior to that we have classic jazz from Oliver Nelson and Duke Ellington. Wayne Shorter stretches your imagination with artful noise. Chris Potter and Jonathan Barber bring a modern feel to this American artform, jazz.

    Playlist
    Artist ~ Track ~ Album
    Joey Alexander ~ Moments Notice ~ Eclipse
    Oliver Nelson ~ Stolen Moment ~ Blues and the Abstract Truth
    Chris Potter ~ Eurydice (for Wayne Shorter) ~ Gratitude
    Chris Potter ~ High Noon (for Eddie Harris) ~ Gratitude
    Duke Ellington ~ Morning Glory ~ Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band
    Duke Ellington ~ Cotton Tail ~ Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band
    Wayne Shorter ~ Moto Grosso Feio ~ Moto Grosso Feio
    Brandee Younger ~ Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite ~ A Day In The Life: Impressions of Pepper
    Makaya McCraven ~ Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds ~ A Day In The Life: Impressions of Pepper
    Sullivan Fortner ~ When I'm Sixty-Four ~ A Day In The Life: Impressions of Pepper
    Jonathan Barber ~ Crown ~ Vision Ahead


  • Posted on 20 Jan 2019

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    Review 2018 releases - Part 2

    This is part two of my 2018 review show. Here are some of my favorite jazz releases from last year.

    Playlist
    Artist ~ Track ~ Album
    Joey Alexander ~ Space ~ Eclipse
    Nat Reeves ~ Sweet Love of Mine ~ Blue Ridge
    Rene Rosnes ~ The Flame and the Lotus ~ Beloved of the Sky
    Mark Gross ~ Cinema Paradiso ~ Mark Gross + Strings
    Jennifer Hartswick ~ Numb ~ Nexus
    Jonathan Barber ~ Vision Ahead ~ Vision Ahead
    Trio 149 (Noah Baerman, Jen Allen, Johnathan Blake) ~ Fragile ~ Raise
    Dan Pugach Nonet ~ Brooklyn Blues ~ Plus One
    Christian Sands ~ Sunday Morning ~ Facing Dragons
    Christian McBride ~ The Middleman ~ New Jawn
    Alexander Claffy ~ Michelle ~ Standards: What are You Doing The Rest of Your Life


  • Posted on 13 Jan 2019

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