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. Click here to listen online!

Also check out Palm Coast Jazz, a podcast I co-host filled with splendid original jazz from Florida musicians! My syndicated show "Kendo's Jazz Sampler" is on hiatus since I've become jazz director at WFCF.

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

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Playlist for 2-4-2020 WFCF - Hank Garland!

This album was Hank Garland's vision come to life.

The night before this show I listened to some Hank Garland albums while I cooked and decided the next morning to do a show on him. A mutual follower on FB saw my post and alerted Hank's brother and sister-in-law, who called me at the station during the show (later messaging me) and regaled me with fun facts and information about the guitar giant and the songs we were listening to, to share with our listeners! They also posted a bunch of pictures on the Jazz Greats Facebook page (some shared here) including ones with Elvis, Barney Kessell, George Benson! Thanks to the Garland family and thanks to all who tuned in! Much love - Kendo

Hour One:

Massimo Biolcati - "Hello, I Lied" - Incontre (2020)*

John Coltrane - "Spiral" - Giant Steps (1959)

            3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Hank Garland - "Autumn Leaves" - Velvet Guitar (1959)
Hank Garland - check out his
collection of cowboy hats in
the rear winshield!
Courtesy of the Garland family.

Hank Garland - "Ed's Place" - Velvet Guitar (1959)

Hank Garland - "Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)" - Velvet Guitar (1959)

Kat Edmonson - "In a World of My Own" - Dreamers Do (2019)*

Wes Montgomery - "Bumpin'" - Bumpin' (1965)

Terry Gibbs - "Let's Do It" - ()

Pat Metheny - "Watercolors" - Watercolors (1977)

John Coltrane - "Syeeda's Song Flute" - Giant Steps (1959)

Hour Two:

Hank Garland - "Three-Four, The Blues" - Jazz Winds from a New Direction (1960)

Hank Garland - "Always" - Jazz Winds from a New Direction (1960)

Brother Jack McDuff - "I'll Be Seeing You" - Goodnight It's Time to Go (1961)

Billie Holiday - "He's Funny That Way" - At Storyville (1951)

Andrea Brachfeld - "Passarim" - Brazilian Whispers (2019)*

Jeff Rupert & George Garzone - "Without a Song" - The Ripple (2019)*
Coincidentally, a number of the other artists
played on this show were good friends of Hank!

Hank Garland - "Move" - Jazz Winds from a New Direction (1960)

Billie Holiday - "Miss Brown to You" - At Storyville (1951)

Billie Holiday - "Lover Come Back to Me" - At Storyville (1951)

Wes Montgomery - "Just Walkin'" - Bumpin' (1965)

Hour Three:

            ~ Flagler Footnotes ~

Hank Garland - "Riot-Chous" - Jazz Winds from a New Direction (1960)

Harry Connick Jr. - "Begin the Beguine" - True Love (2019)*

Hank Garland - "Ain't Nothing Wrong With That, Baby" - Velvet Guitar (1959)

Hank Garland - "Secret Love" - Velvet Guitar (1959)
Hank in front of the Grand Ole Opry
marquee. Courtesy of the Garland

Hank Mobley - "Avila and Tequila" - Hank Mobley Quartet (1955)

Hank Garland - "Why Not?" - The Unforgettable Guitar of Hank Garland (1959)

Hank Garland - "It's Love, Of Course" - The Unforgettable Guitar of Hank Garland (1960)

Hank Garland - "Tammy" - Velvet Guitar (1959)

Sarah Vaughan - "I Should Have Kissed Him More" - The New Scene (1966)

Hour Four:

Charles Mingus - "Peggy's Blue Skylight" - Tonight at Noon (1961)

Hank Garland - "All The Things You Are" - Jazz Winds from a New Direction (1960)

Pat Metheny - "Lakes" - Watercolors (1977)
George Benson loved Hank's playing.
The two became very good friends.
Courtesy of the Garland Family.

Gary Burton Quintet - "Dreams So Real" - Dreams So Real (1975)

Hank Garland - "Like Someone In Love" - Velvet Guitar (1959)

Lenny White - "The Venusian Summer Suite" - Venusian Summer (1975)

Wes Montgomery - "Bumpin'" - Bumpin' (1965)

Jack McDuff - "Loose Foot" - Moon Rappin' (1969)

Playlist for 1-28-2020 WFCF - This and That!

The new kid on the block is good!

There wasn't a theme for this week's show, just some albums I've been itching to share and a lot of new good music coming into the station! We did do some two-fers for some of the albums including Thelonious Monk, Brother Jack McDuff, Jeff Rupert and George Garzone and Joe Farrell. Thanks to all who tuned in and thank you for stopping by! - Kendo

Hour One:

Jeff Rupert & George Garzone - "Bahia" - The Ripple (2019)*

Erroll Garner - "That's My Kick" - That's My Kick (1966)*

            3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Lolly Allen - "If You Could See Me Now" - Coming Home (2016)*

Miles Davis - "It Your Own Sweet Way" - Workin' (1956)
Way cool album cover, excellent pairing.

Art Farmer with Joe Henderson - "Blue Montreaux" - Yama (1979) CTI Moment

Ella Fitzgerald - "I've Got a Crush On You" - Ella at Zardi's (1956)

Jeff Rupert & George Garzone - "Go-Go" - The Ripple (2019)*

Herbie Hancock - "People Music" - Secrets (1976)

Hour Two:

Grachan Moncur III - "Air Raid" - Evolution (1963)

Justin Varnes - "Prelude" - Survival Instinct (2019)*

Justin Varnes - "Fergimore Island, TX BLues" - Survival Instinct (2019)*

The New Tony Williams Lifetime - "Fred" - Believe It (1975)
Aaron Diehl - photo by Jaime Kahn

Aaron Diehl - "Polaris" - The Vagabond (2019)*

Oliver Nelson - "Butch and Butch" - The Blues and the Abstract Truth (1961)

Herbie Hancock - "Water Torture" - Crossings (1972)

Hour Three:

            ~ Flagler Footnotes ~

Freddie Hubbard - "Outer Forces" - Blue Spirits (1965) - The Ride Home!

Alex Levin - "Sweets" - A Sunday Kind of Love (2019)*

Charlie Mingus - "Four Hands" - The Jazz Experiments of Charlie Mingus (1954)

Jack McDuff - "Minha Saudade" - A Change Is Gonna Come (1966)

John Bailey - "Pebbles in the Pocket" - Can You Imagine? (2019)*

Hour Four:

Nat "King" Cole - "There's No Anesthetic for Love" - Hittin' the Ramp (1939)*
Never get tired of this album cover!

Nat "King" Cole - "Riffin' at the Bar-B-Q" - Hittin' the Ramp (1939)*

Thelonious Monk - "Liza" - The Unique Thelonious Monk (1956)

Thelonious Monk - "Memories of You" - The Unique Thelonious Monk (1956)

Jack McDuff - "A Change Is Gonna Come" - A Change Is Gonna Come (1966)

Hubert Laws - "Fire and Rain" - Afro-Classic (1970) CTI Moment

Binker Golding - "I Forgot Santa Montica" - Abstractions of Reality Past and Incredible Feathers (2018)*

Joe Farrell - "Song of the WInd" - Joe Farrell Quartet (1970)

Joe Farrell - "Follow Your Heart" - Joe Farrell Quartet (1970)

Retro Review - Freddie Hubbard "Ride Like the Wind"

Freddie Hubbard "Ride Like the Wind" (recorded 1981)

Score: 2/5
It may appear I'm shooting fish in a barrel for this one, but in my defense I approve of albums others disdain, and I'm frequently at odds with the chaps over at Allmusic, whose occasionally scary opinions seem to hold much weight in jazzlandia.

First, let it briefly be said that there will never be another trumpet player as good as Freddie Hubbard in his prime. There is no adjective to describe just how impossibly good he was, from tone to technique. Secondly, this album was recorded live to two tracks. For that, it sounds really good, and the performances are exceptionally tight from the orchestra and brass sections.

Track by Track (briefly):

"Hubbard's Cupboard" is one of three originals by the album's arranger and conductor Allyn Ferguson. All three are largely mediocre. At times, Ferguson seems to be trying to channel the ghost of Isaac Hayes' writing on the "Shaft" soundtrack. Overall not bad, not great, just kinda fun.

"This Is It" (yes the Kenny Loggins hit) suffers from a tepid arrangement, odd register choices for (or by) Hubbard and a faster tempo. Without the motivational lyrics, it is not a well suited instrumental and is the album's clinker.

Ferguson's soul ballad "Condition Alpha" is the best of his three. No memorable melody here, but the vibe is quite nice and Freddie throws in an exceptional and extended acrobatic solo. Again, the strings during this solo hearken of "Shaft"; in a good way.

"Ride Like the Wind" starts out rather tamely, but Freddie digs in from his solo onward. Ferguson oddly makes us wait for that killer refrain ("bah-dah-dah-dup...) and I kind of like that he did that. That said, the orchestra is strangely laid back on them; and even more sadly, Freddie's obvious inspiration during the last refrain gets faded out immediately. Still, his fire makes this the stand out track.

Side two opens with "Birdland", a composition that many arrangers have difficulty pulling away from every note of the original Weather Report version. Ferguson also succumbs, but he at least tries to alter here and there. Another good solo from Hubbard and some decent energy from the brass lift this track up a bit; but it's still not something you're gonna share with friends or post on social media.

Then we are confronted with yet another version of Hubbard's ballad "Brigitte". Even he sounds a bit tired of it (the best version can be found on the 1973 album "Keep Your Soul Together"). Ferguson choice to make the "hook" into an awkward fusion samba literally takes all the punch out of it. The ending sounds like a justifiably exasperated sigh.

Ferguson's "Two Moods For Freddie" borrows so much from "I Remember Clifford" that it's disappointing when you discover that it isn't. Things do get cooking a bit (another fusion samba) with Freddie's improvisation, and thankfully trombonist Bill Watrous gets a brief solo as well.

So all in all, if you spot a good copy for $1 (I got mine for $3) and you're either curious or just love every note Freddie plays, then pick it up. Otherwise, forget about this one guilt free.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Playlist for 1-21-2020 WFCF - Featured Albums!

The last album before his stylistic shift towards funk.

I started out doing a "winter" theme for this show (inspired by the drop in temps locally) but then bailed (a few still made the playlist by Al Cohn, Brubeck and Metheny). Instead I brought some cool vinyl and featured albums by Clark Terry, Grant Green, Cal Tjader and Herbie Mann. Also in the mix, a call in request and some music I promised the week before but missed (Weather Report, Herbie Hancock) plus lots of excellence from the new jazz shelf. Thanks for joining me and for stopping by! - Kendo

Hour One:

Wynton Kelly Trio & Wes Montgomery - "Unit 7" - Smokin' at the Half Note (1965)

Al Cohn - "Winter" - Al Cohn Quintet (1956)

            3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Pee Wee Russell - "Turnaround" - Ask Me Now (1965)

Jimmy Smith - "Mimosa" - Off The Top (1982)

Ella Fitzgerald - "I Won't Dance" - Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson
Some quality pieces for the soundtrack of
"Mr. Broadway".

Grant Green - "Samba de Orfeu" - Iron City (1967)

Dave Brubeck - "Winter Ballad" - Jazz Impressions of New York (1964)

Lolly Allen - "Emily" - Coming Home (2016)*

Benny Benack III - "A Lot of Livin' To Do" - A Lot of Livin' To Do (2019)*

Darren Barrett - "db Plus KG" - Mr. Steiner (2019)*

Hour Two:

Grant Green - "Old Man Moses" - Iron City! (1967)

Andrea Brachfeld - "Double Rainbow" - Brazilian Whispers (2019)*
Benny Golson & Herbie Hancock in the mix...

Cal Tjader - "Sweet Honeybee" - Hip Vibrations (1967)

Cal Tjader - "Django" - Hip Vibrations (1967)

Cal Tjader - "Windy" - Hip Vibrations (1967)

Tal Farlow - "Summertime" - The Return of Tal Farlow (1969)

Reid Hoyson - "Dinner at the Borgia's" - Natural Gifts (2019)*

Jason Tiemann - "The Elements" - T-Man (2019)*

Herbie Mann - "Never Can Say Goodbye" - Push Push (1971)

Hour Three:

            ~ Flagler Footnotes ~

Bill Cunliffe Trio - "Down With It" - Sunrise Over Molokai (2018)*

Clark Terry - "Trust In Me" - In Orbit (1958)

Clark Terry - "Let's Cool One" - In Orbit (1958)
Good one. Thanks Jim!

Dave Brubeck - "Take Five" - Time Out (1959) request

Charles Mingus - "What Is This Thing Called Love" - The Jazz Experiments of Charlie Mingus (1954)

Hank Mobley - "An Apertif" - Third Season (1967)

Buddy Rich - "Why Bother" - Just In Time ()*

Hour Four:

Jim Robitaille - "A View From Within" - A View From Within (2019)*

Pat Metheny - "Icefire" - Watercolors (1977)

Idris Muhammad - "Piece of Mind" - Power of Soul (1974) CTI Moment
Mostly relaxing album where Idris' drums are
not really the showcase.

Herbie Hancock - "Palm Grease" - Thrust ()

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

Herbie Mann - "What's Going On" - Push Push (1971)

Playlist for 1-14-2020 WFCF - 1974 and 1978!

Now I'm just seeing what I can get away with on the Book of Face haha -
although I suppose there is the remote chance that this is a man's

This week we featured music from the years 1974 and 1978; for no reason whatsoever... other than that some seriously good music happened that I wanted to get to. Hubert Laws, Woody Shaw, Chet Baker, George Coleman, Hampton Hawes, Jack DeJohnette, Art Farmer and Jim Hall and a lot more all put in some very fine sounds in those years. About 1/3 of the selections were "CTI Moments" so they are not noted below. A few new jazz releases also in the mix including Harry Connick Jr and Bill Cunliffe. Thanks to all who joined me and thank you for stopping by! - Kendo

Hour One (1974):

Gerry Mulligan - "K4 Pacific" - Carnegie Hall Concert Vol 2 (1974)

            3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Bennie Maupin - "Ensenada" - The Jewel in the Lotus (1974)

Bill Cunliffe Trio - "Kaua I Ka Huahua'i (We Two in the Spray" - Moon Over Molokai (2018)*

Chet Baker - "Autumn Leaves" - She Was Too Good to Me (1974)
More jazz nudity... re-release of
"In The Beginning"...

Harry Connick Jr. - "In the Still of the Night" - True Love (2019)*

Hubert Laws - "In The Beginning" - In The Beginning (1974)

Jimmy McGriff - "The Blues Train to Georgia" - Main Squeeze (1974)

Hour Two (1978):

Woody Shaw - "In a Capricornian Way" - Stepping Stones (1978)

Chick Corea - "Humpty Dumpty" - The Mad Hatter (1978)

Christina Watson - "Black Coffee" - So This Is Love (2018)*
Is it just me or does Bags look like he's
trying to remind himself about the paycheck?

Eric St-Laurent - "Bliss Station" - Bliss Station (2019)*

Cal Tjader - "Bachi" - Huracan (1978)

George Coleman - "Amsterdam After DarK" - Amsterdam After Dark (1978)

Milt Jackson - "Moonlight Becomes You" - Milt Jackson + Count Basie + The Big Band Vol. 2 (1978)

Hour Three (1974):

           ~ Flagler Footnotes ~

Hubert Laws - "Restoration" - In The Beginning (1974) - The Ride Home!

Hubert Laws - "Airegin" - In The Beginning (1974) 

Bill Evans - "Alfie" - Re: Person I Knew (1974)
Killer set from a killer band...

Hampton Hawes - "Bach" - Northern Windows (1974)

Billy Cobham - "Taurian Matador (revisited)" - Shabazz (1974)

Joe Henderson - "Black Narcissus" - Black Narcissus (1974)

George Benson - "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams" - Bad Benson (1974)

Hour Four (1978):

Jack DeJohnnette - "Where or Wayne" - New Directions (1978)

Gabor Szabo - "Stormy" - Belsta River (1978)

Weather Report - "The Elders" - Mr. Gone (1978)
I only own a digital copy of this, so this is the
rather crappy image from Amazon. Allmusic
may have overrated this album a smidge...
it's okay.

Jack DeJohnnette - "Dream Stalker" - New Directions (1978)

Art Farmer & Jim Hall - "Big Blues" - Big Blues (1978) 

Gabor Szabo - "24 Carat" - Belsta River (1978)

Playlist for 1-7-2020 WFCF - Holiday Haul!

Mid 70's Milestone release with George Duke and Oscar Brashear.

This week we featured music I received as Christmas presents including albums by Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Oliver Nelson, Freddie Hubbard, Gil Evans and more plus great selections from the new jazz shelf! Thanks for tuning in and stopping by! - Kendo

Hour One:

Oliver Nelson - "Stolen Moments" - The Blues and the Abstract Truth" (1961)

           3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Bill Cunliffe Trio - "The Continental" - Sunrise Over Molokai (2018)*

Christina Watson - "So This Is Love" - So This Is Love (2018)*

Wes Montgomery - "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" - The Incredible Jazz Guitar (1960)

Hank Mobley - "The Steppin' Stone" - Third Season (1967)

Gil Evans - "Stratosphunk" - Out of the Cool (1960)

Freddie Hubbard - Soul Surge" - Blue Spirits (1965)

Hour Two:

Nicholas Payton - "Tea for Two" - Relaxin' With Nick (2019)*

Oliver Nelson - "Hoe Down" - The Blues and the Abstract Truth" (1961)

Helen Merrill - "Where Flamingos Fly" - Out of the Cool (1959)
Recorded just after Happenings, much different vibe!

Joe Henderson - "Tres Palabras" - Canyon Lady (1973)

Bobby Hutcherson - "Una Muy Bonita" - Stick-Up! (1966)

Elena Gilliam, Michael Le Van - "Misty" - Then Another Turns (2019)*

Harold Land - "Our Home" - Choma (Burn) (1971)

Reid Hoyson Project - "Bottom Without a Top" - Natural Gifts (2019)*

Hour Three:

            ~ Flagler Footnotes ~

Freddie Hubbard - "Blue Spirits" - Blue Spirits (1965) - The Ride Home!

Lolly Allen - "Mambo Inn" - Coming Home (2016)*

Buddy Rich - "Wind Machine" - Just In Time (1986)*
Even the album cover is cool...

Buddy Rich - "The Trolley Song" - Just In Time (1986)*

Nat "King" Cole - "With Plenty of Money and You" - Hittin' the Ramp (1938)*

Nat "King" Cole - "Liza" - Hittin' the Ramp (1938)*

Gil Evans - "La Nevada (1959 Version)" - Out of the Cool (191959)

Gil Evans - "Stratosphunk" - Out of the Cool (1960)

Hour Four:

Volker Heuken Sextett - "Doppeltriade" - Siblings (2018)*

Herbie Hancock - "Ostinato (Suite for Angela)" - Mwandishi (1971)

Bobby Hutcherson - "Una Muy Bonita" - Stick-Up! (1966)
Mesmerizing sounds...

Herbie Hancock - "Quasar" - Crossings (1972)

Herbie Hancock - "You'll Know When You Get There" - Mwandishi (1971)

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Playlist for 12-17-2019 WFCF - Santa's Mixed Bag!

New line-up, new fusion-y sound their original prog fans didn't dig...

On this show we listened to all kinds of goodness including a few requests, new jazz, holiday cuts, lengthy selections from the fusion era and even some jazz rock from the Netherlands! Also in the mix - 
some early Christmas presents courtesy of Jim Driscoll including 2 from Miles and the new Jazz Dispensary release! Thanks to all who tuned in to the last show of 2019. Much love - Kendo

Hour One:

Don Patterson - "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" - Holiday Soul (1964)

Monty Alexander - "Brilliant Corners" - Wareika Hill ()*
Good stuff from the new jazz shelf!

               3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Don Patterson - "Merry Christmas Baby" - Holiday Soul (1964)

Brynn Stanley - "This Time of the Year" - Classic Christmas (2019)*

Billy Cobham - "Stratus" - Spectrum (1973)

Ramsey Lewis - "Here Comes Santa Claus" - Sound of Christmas (1961)

John Scofield & Pat Metheny - "Everybody's Party" - I Can See Your House from Here (1993)

Eric St-Laurent - "Bliss Station" - Bliss Station (2019)*

Hour Two:

Herbie Hancock - "Butterfly" - Thrust (1974)

Bill Cunliffe Trio - "Ding Dong Merrily On High" - Christmas in the Dog House (2019)
What other show plays Shorty &
Tony Williams LIfetime back to back?

Shorty Rogers - "Martians Go Home" - The Swinging Mr. Rogers (1955) request

Tony Williams Lifetime - "Where" - Emergency! (1969)

Jimmy Smith - "White Christmas" - Christmas '64 (1964)

Peter Curtis - "Let It Snow!" - Christmas with Your Jewish Boyfriend (2019)*

Booker T. and the M.G.s - "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" - Jazz Dispensary Holiday Treats (1966)

Electric Jungle - "Funky Funky Christmas" - Jazz Dispensary Holiday Treats (1974)

Hour Three: 

           ~ Flagler Footnotes ~

Miles Davis - "So What" - Miles in Tokyo (1964)

Stan Kenton - "Angels We Have Heard On High" - A Merry Christmas! (1961)
Jazz Dispensary rarely disappoints!

Kenny Burrell - "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" - Have Yourself a Soulful Little Christmas (1966)

Charlie Earland - "Sing a Simple Song" - The Dank D-Funk Blend (originally on "Black Drops" 1970)

Richard "Groove" Holmes - "Song for My Father" - The Dank D-Funk Blend (originally on "Soul Message" 1965)

Brynn Stanley - "Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me" - Classic Christmas (2019)*

Richie Cole - "Christmas Time Is Here" - Have Yourself an Alto Madness Christmas (2016)*

Hour Four:

Ekseption - "From Ekseption" - Bingo! (1974)
Very worthwhile RSD set - thanks Jim!

Ekseption - "Nightwalk" - Bingo! (1974)

Spirit Fingers - "You" - Spirit Fingers (2019)*

Herbie Mann - "I've Been Loving You Too Long" - Mississippi Gambler (1972)

Miles Davis - "The Ghetto Walk" - Early Minor (1968)