Jazz Greats Tuesdays on WFCF

"Jazz Greats" every Tuesday from 3-7pm Eastern on WFCF 88Five St. Augustine! From seriously ancient to just-released, from the obscure & forgotten to household names - but always tasty! There's a slight emphasis on 60's & 70's jazz (always a track from CTI) with a few tablespoons of fun & local flavor thrown in. Former host/creator of syndicated show "Kendo's Jazz Sampler".

Song titles with an asterisk are "currents" at the time of airplay.

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Playlist for 1-25-2023 Jazzploration - Last Tracks!


This was a one hour bonus show where we only listened to the final tracks of albums by Miles Davis, Jackie McLean, Harold Vick and lots more! You can listen in the player below. Thanks for stopping by!

Miles Davis - "Katia" - That's What Happened Bootleg Series Vol 7 (1984)                            

Blue Mitchell - "Chick's Tune" - The Thing to Do (1964)

Herbie Mann - "Sunbelt - Mulher Rendeira (Weaver Woman)" - Sunbelt (1978)

Harold Vick - "Steppin' Out" - Steppin' Out (1963)

Eric Gale - "Live to Love" - Touch of Silk (1980)

Jack McDuff - "Radiation" - The Heatin' System (1972)

Jackie McLean with The Great Jazz Trio - "Confirmation" - New Wine in Old Bottles (1978)

Soul Mann & The Brothers - "Bumpy's Blues" - Shaft (1971)

Monday, January 23, 2023

While It's Fresh In My Mind - Rusty Bryant


While It's Fresh In My Mind...

Rusty Bryant – For The Good Times
(Prestige Records 1973)

I almost passed up on this one the other day... thinking it was a Ray Bryant album (no relation). The record store I was at would never let any hot item slip into the $5 bin, so I knew it wasn't going to be that funky; plus that title song – all I could remember from childhood was depressing country.

I'm about a year new to the Rusty Bryant party; what I've learned to expect is consistently tasteful and satisfying sax solos and great tone. This album is no exception, and can be picked up on that strength alone. He's a great, overlooked tenor player; mixing melodicism and expertise almost magically.

Producer Ozzie Cadena's intentions couldn't be clearer on the first side; recent and in some cases spanking new pop hits in an easy listening manner. Fortunately there's no string section, just an insanely killer lineup. Bryant's pleasing manner and soul bring Kris Kristofferson's maudlin title track into listenable territory, with the unmistakable sound and drumming of Steve Gadd taking it a few

notches above schmaltz. I can only imagine how far Cadena's eyes bulged out of his face when Hank Jones took his electric piano solo on the otherwise subdued “Killing Me Softly”, because he unleashes! It's awesome. Bryant's lone original “The Last One Out” is chill and memorable – throughout the album we have guitarist Joe Beck being Joe Beck (bluesy and wonderful) and Gadd's frequent partner in crime Tony Levin on bass.

Gadd is the focus of much of side two's “Appalachian Green”. His in-your-face toms give more of a West African feel to guitarist Don Hales' composition. For “A Night In Tunisia” the band teases an uptempo intro, but then proceed to take it slower than you'd ever think would work, and it's a groovy delight. Next up? Why, The Partridge Family's recent “Looking Through the Eyes of Love” of course - a bright and fun rendition of a good tune.

Finally we have the questionable decision to try and piggyback on the world's first major porn success. The song “Theme from Deep Throat” is... pretty lame. (In it's defense, it
was written for a porn film.) My initial thought was an eight year old could have written it... better. Oddly, Rusty finds it inspiring and lets loose for several choruses, so it's all good. By the way, Hugh McCracken also plays guitar on the album, I hadn't noticed him until this cut.

Overall, I'd say get it if you see it. It's not classic, but it's very fine.

Check out my jazz livestreams on Mixcloud !

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Playlist for 1-21-2023 Jazzploration - Pop-up Soul Jazz Show!


Just felt like doing a show Saturday night so I hopped online and spun an hour of mostly relaxing soul jazz. You can listen on the player below. Don't forget to come hang out with me Tuesday Jan 24th from 3-5pm eastern for some Jazzploring on Mixcloud! Thanks for stopping by - Kendo

Charles Earland - "Shining Bright" - Revelation (1977)

Idris Muhammad - "Bread" - Boogie to the Top (1977)

Donato/Deodato - "Whistle Stop" - Donato Deodato (1973)

Herbie Mann - "If" - Push Push (1971)

Ronnie Foster - "Chunky" - Two-Headed Freap (1972)

Al Jarreau - "Give a Little More Love" - L Is for Lover (1986)

Grant Green - "Cantaloupe Woman" - His Majesty King Funk (1965)

Roberta Flack - "Somewhere" - Newport in New York '72 (1972)

Jack McDuff - "Won't You Try My Love" - Magnetic Feel (1975)

Eric Gale - "Touch of Silk" - Touch of Silk (1980)

Big John Patton - "Oh Baby" - Oh Baby! (1965)

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Playlist for 1-17-2023 WFCF - January Jazz!


This week we started in 1931 and explored all sorts of jazz recorded in January all the way through 1955 chronologically! Why? Because we had to!! Duke Ellington, Art Tatum, Lester Young, Miles Davis, Shelly Manne, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Anita O'Day, Gil Melle... lots, lots more! (Don't forget to let me know somewhere whether or not you enjoyed this sort of thing...) For the final hour we relaxed a bit to soul jazz by Ronnie Foster, Lonnie Smith and Lou Donaldson. Thanks to all who tuned in! Don't forget to follow me on Mixcloud to be reminded about next week's livestream. Have a great day! - Kendo

Hour One:

Duke Ellington - "Rockin' In Rhythm" (recorded 1-16-1931)

Django Reinhardt/Stephane Grappelli - "Souvenirs" (recorded 1-31-1938)

Boyd Raeburn Orchestra - "Interlude (Night In Tunesia)" (recorded 1-1945)

Lester Young - "After You've Gone" (recorded 1-1946)

Lester Young - "Jammin' with Lester" (recorded 1-1946)

Django Reinhardt/Stephane Grappelli - "Liza (All The Clouds'll Roll Away)" (recorded 1-2-1946)

Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong - "You Won't Be Satisfied" (recorded 1-18-1946)

Billy Holiday - "Good Morning Heartache" (recorded 1-22-1946)

JATP All-Stars - "Crazy Rhythm" (recorded 1-28-1946)

Sarah Vaughan - "Black Coffee" (recorded 1-10-1949)

Lee Konitz - "Subconscious-Lee" - Subconscious-Lee (recorded 1-11-1949)

Lee Konitz - "Judy" - Subconscious-Lee (recorded 1-11-1949)

Miles Davis Nonet - "Godchild" - Birth of the Cool (recorded 1-21-1949)

Hour Two:

Miles Davis Nonet - "Godchild" - Birth of the Cool (recorded 1-21-1949)

Charlie Parker/Machito - "Okiedoke" - South of the Border (recorded 1-1949)

Bud Powell - "Tempus Fugit" (recorded 1 or 2-1949)

Stan Getz - "Intoit" (recorded 1-6-1950)

Gene Ammons - "Pennies from Heaven" (recorded 1-8-1950)

Sonny Stitt and Bud Powell - "Strike Up The Band" - Sonny Stitt and Bud Powell (recorded 1-26-1950)

Lester Young - "Undercover Girl Blues" (recorded 1-16-1951)

Miles Davis - "Morpheus" - Miles Davis Sextet (recorded 1-17-1951)

Miles Davis - "Down" - Miles Davis Sextet (recorded 1-17-1951)

Sonny Stitt - "Can't We Be Friends" - Mr. Saxophone (recorded 1-31-1951)

Ella Fitzgerald - "Airmail Special" (recorded 1-4-1952)

Shelly Manne - "It Don't Mean a Thing" - Shelly Manne Septet (recorded 1-7-1952)

Shelly Manne - "Deep People" - Here's That Manne (recorded 1-7-1952)

Hour Three:

            ~ The Break Room ~

Anita O'Day - "Love For Sale" - The Lady Is a Tramp (recorded 1-22-1952)

Anita O'Day - "Lover, Come Back to Me" - The Lady Is a Tramp (recorded 1-22-1952)

Teddy Charles - "Mobiles" - New Directions (recorded 1-19-1953)

Gerry Mulligan Tentet - "A Ballad" - Walking Shoes (recorded 1-29-1953)

Gerry Mulligan Tentet - "A Ballad" - Walking Shoes (recorded 1-29-1953)

Miles Davis - "Compulsion" - Collectors Items (recorded 1-30-1953)

Gil Melle - "Under Capricorn" - New Faces, New Sounds (recorded 1-31-1953)

Modern Jazz Quartet - "La Ronde Suite" - Django (recorded 1-9-1955)

Clifford Brown - "What's New" - Clifford Brown with Strings (recorded 1-18-1955)

Hour Four:

Art Tatum - "Moonglow" - Solo Masterpieces Vol 1 (recorded 1-19-1955)

Hazel Scott - "Like Someone In Love" - Relaxed Piano Moods (recorded 1-21-1955)

Randy Weston - "Zulu" - Randy Weston Trio (recorded 1-25-1955)

Kirk Lightsey - "Heaven Dance" - Live at Smalls Jazz Club (2021)*

Miles Davis (with JJ Johnson) - "Minor Ninths, Part 1" - That's What Happened 1982-1985 (1982)*

Ronnie Foster - "Mystic Brew" - Two Headed Freap (1972)

Ronnie Foster - "Kentucky Fried Chicken" - Two Headed Freap (1972)

Lou Donaldson - "Who's Making Love" - Hot Dog (1969)

Dr. Lonnie Smith - "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" - All In My Mind (2017)

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Playlist for 1-11-2023 Jazzploration - Beautiful Sounds for January!

A few tracks absolutely burn! with Patrice Rushen.

Thanks to all who stopped in to this Tuesday's livestream! We heard music brand new to me as well as old favorites and some off the beaten path sounds. We also put Milt Jackson's vocal abilities to the test! If you missed it you can listen on the player below (note: the first few minutes are silent due to a Kendo faux pas). Have a great day! - Kendo

Ryan Fourt - "The Ladybug" - Songs of a Night (2021)

Charles Mingus - "Summertime" - Mingus Three (1957)

Sonny Rollins - "Shout It Out" - The Way I Feel (1976)

This lp cover literally fell apart in my hands 
after I played it on this show! Lush
photo by "Garrett-Howard Inc.".

Miles Davis - "Saeta" - Sketches of Spain (1959)

Rahsaan Roland Kirk - "Serenade to a Cuckoo" - Kirk-a-tron (1975)

Sonny Clark - "Tadd's Delight" - Sonny Clark Trio (1957)

Bobby Hutcherson - "Components" - Components (1965)

Julie London - "You Stepped Out of a Dream" - Julie at Home (1960)

Charles Earland - "We've Only Just Begun" - Live at the Lighthouse (1972)

Grant Green - "Mama Inez" - The Latin Bit (1962)

Hugh Masekela - "Bajabula Bonke (The Healing Song)" - The Promise of a Future (1968)

Harold Vick - "Dottie's Dream" - Steppin' Out (1963)

Eddie Harris - "Children's Song" - Live at Newport (1970)

Thanks to the small critter who made sure
no one will steal my hi-res scan of
this great album

Flora Purim - "Beijo Partido" - Carry On (1979)

Flora Purim - "Freeway Jam" - Carry On (1979)

Milt Jackson - "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face" - Soul Believer (1978)

Johnny Hammond - "Breakout" - Breakout (1971)

Johnny Hartman - "The Summer Wind" - Today (1972)

Jack DeJohnette - "Silver Hollow" - New Directions (1978)

Flora taking a cue from Julie London's playbook
(on a very good album).

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Join Me on Mixcloud for a Jazz Vinyl Livestream! 1-10-23


Join me today (Tuesday 1/10) from 3-5pm eastern on Mixcloud! I'll be spinning jazz vinyl  from artists like Miles Davis, Harold Vick, Sonny Clark, Charles Mingus, Julie London, Milt Jackson, Grant Green and whoever else I can squeeze in the two hours! Pop in, say hey, make a request or just chill and have fun! Click here to go to my Mixcloud page. If you follow me there they will let you know when I'm doing shows! Much love! - Kendo

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Playlist for 1-3-2022 WFCF - New Year New Music!

Hey Everybody - Happy New Year! For 2023's first show, we listened to music I received as presents over the holiday, as well albums I recently acquired on my own! Thanks to all who tuned in! If you don't want to miss the fun, follow me on my Mixcloud page, where I livestream live jazz on vinyl. You can chat with me, make requests or just hang out and listen/watch. May your new year be memorable, healthy and prosperous! - Kendo

Hour One:

Art Farmer Quartet - "I Want To Be Happy" - Live at the Half Note ()

             3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Cal Tjader - "Django" - Hip Vibrations (1966)

Bobby Timmons - "Travelin' Light" - Do You Know the Way? (1967)

John Patton - "Milk & Honey" - Boogaloo

Herbie Nichols - "Every Cloud" - Love, Gloom, Cash, Love (1957)

Charles Lloyd - "One For Joan" - Of Course, Of Course (1964)

Rahsaan Roland Kirk - "Breath-a-Thon" - Natural Black Inventions: Roots Strata (1971)

Rahsaan Roland Kirk - "Haunted Feelings" - Natural Black Inventions: Roots Strata (1971)

Hour Two:

Charles Lloyd - "The Things We Did Last Summer" - Of Course, Of Course (1964)

Charles Mingus - "Yesterdays" - Mingus Three (1957)

Charles Mingus - "Back Home Blues" - Mingus Three (1957)

Bill Evans - "I love You" - New Jazz Conceptions (1956)

George Grossman & Bohemian Swing - "Sidney Fandango" - Sidney Mon Ami (2013)

John Patton - "One to Twelve" - Oh Baby! (1965)

Herbie Mann - "The Ringer" - Live at the Whisky 1969 The Unreleased Masters (1969)

Kenny Burrell - "Why Did I Choose You" - Stormy Monday (1974)

Hour Three:

            ~ The Break Room ~

Harold Vick - "Our Miss Brooks" - Steppin' Out (1963) The Ride Home!

Harold Vick - "Trimmed in Blue" - Steppin' Out (1963)

Wes Montgomery - "S.O.S." - Full House (1962)

Charles Lloyd - "Blood Count" - Trios Volume 1: Chapel (2021)*

Miles Davis - "Speak (That's What Happened)" - Bootleg Series Vol 7 (1983)*

Hour Four:

Herbie Mann - "Tangier/If I Were A Carpenter" - Live at the Whisky 1969 The Unreleased Master (1969)

Catalyst - "Celestial Bodies" - If You're Not Part of the Solution... - Perception (1973)

Lou Donaldson - "It's Your Thing" - Hot Dog (1969)

Lonnie Smith - "Aftrodesia" - Afrodesia (197?)