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Monday, March 25, 2013

Playlist for 3-26-2013 WFCF - Jazz Greats Grant Green Show!

I've really been looking forward to this! An all Grant Green show that covers most of his solo career - with selections from 15 of his albums. (There's a picture of all the albums we'll delve into over on the Facebook page.) We heard early hard-bop efforts all the way through to the deep funk tracks. Sidemen like Larry Young, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Yusef Lateef, Art Blakey, Jack McDuff, Ike Quebec, Elvin Jones, Idris Muhammed and James Spaulding kept things interesting. Hope you had fun, I was having a grand ol' time in the control booth with that sweet playback system! Thanks for checking in! - DJ Kendo

Hour One:

GG – “Grantstand” – Grantstand (1961 8 1)

    3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

GG – “Django” – Idle Moments (1963 11)

GG – “I Concentrate on You” – Nigeria (1962 1 13)

GG – “Brazil” – The Latin Bit (1962 4 26)

GG – “Betcha By Golly Wow” – Live at the Lighthouse (1972 4 21)

GG – “The Kicker” – Solid (1964 6 12)

GG – “I Remember You” –  Standards (1961 8 29)

Hour Two:

GG – “Somewhere In The Night” – Street of Dreams (1964 11)

GG – “California Green” – Shades of Green (1971 11)

GG – “Hey Western Union Man” – Alive! (1970 8 15)
GG – “Born to Be Blue” – Born to Be Blue (1961 12 11)

GG – “Grant’s Dimensions” – Green Street (1961 4)

GG – “The Windjammer” – Green is Beautiful (1970 1 30)

GG – “Ease Back” – Carryin’ On (1969)

GG – “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” – Feelin’ the Spirit (1962 12 21)

Special thanks to Thomson, Nick & Jimmy for enhancing my own collection... making the show well-rounded!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Go-To Album 7

Astrud Gilberto's lone release on the CTI label, but a good one!

Astrud Gilberto - Gilberto with Turrentine

CTI 6008 - Audio sample below the review!

I'll be honest with you - I don't know much of Astrud Gilberto, musically (besides the famous collabs with former beau Getz) other than that her career was something of happenstance; a singer because Stan Getz said so. I was certainly not expecting to have my socks blown off sonically or emotionally when I acquired a vinyl copy a few months back.

Recorded in 1971 - this is CTI at the height of Creed Taylor's creative vision and strength; with chill, simplistic arrangements
ahead of their time by newcomer Deodato, extremely catchy and soothing Brazilian pop melodies wafting over sparkling guitars, triangle, electric piano & so-forth. Not to say the album doesn't have that dated, CTI sound; it does, but as in many of these recordings, the effect is not one of awkwardness, but of charm and enchantment. The luscious mixes are an aural delight, supporting and enhancing Gilberto's vocal assets. She sets the dreamy mood perfectly for "Brazilian Tapestry", caresses the lovely melodies of both "Zazueira" and especially "Ponteio", and is the perfect waif on 2 Bacharach/David numbers. Even "Solo e fine" ("For All We Know" of Carpenters fame) and "Theme from Love Story", both sung in Spanish, are surprisingly compelling, much less fluffy than you're imagining right now.

Astrud Gilberto circa 1964
The  addition of Stanley Turrentine was nothing short of genius. His engaged, soulful & expressive solos and interjections on some of the numbers make the recording wonderfully satisfying for jazz lovers. Obviously inspired by the arrangements, he lays down some of his best recorded work; even getting the haunting instrumental "Vera Cruz" to stretch out on. Also in the groove are Bob Mann on guitar, Airto on percussion, Ron Carter on bass, (Russell George takes the electric bass numbers) and even Toots Thielemans on harmonica!

Here is an important note, tho' - I am speaking about the mixes on the vinyl version, do not get the cd version! The cd has been remixed, much for the worse, with everything re-panned, reverb and delay removed, congas pulled way back and triangle pushed way up front - eek!! The remix leaves Astrud swinging in the breeze - way up front in the mix, with nothing to hide her frailties and occasional flatness. I am not overstating - it is like owning a different album - a very un-special one with little delight for your ears. If you have a turntable - don't even think twice. The vinyl is a highly rewarding experience.

Below I've posted my own gently remastered version of "Brazilian Tapestry" taken from the original vinyl. Enjoy! - DJ Kendo

Below is a link to some vinyl copies for sale on Amazon - when you use these links
to treat yourself, you also help support this blog! :)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Playlist for 3-19-2013 WFCF - Jazz Greats

This album definitely has some moments and features vocals/piano by Scatman John.

Revenge of the saxophone players on this week's show: Stanley Turrentine, Joe Farrell, Bunky Green, Joe Henderson, Jackie McLean, Wayne Shorter and even Johnny Hodges! The mix was evened out with plenty from the new jazz shelf and some hard swingin' by vocalist Marlena Shaw. Thanks for tuning in/stopping by! - DJ Kendo


 Hour One:

Stanley Turrentine – “Speedball” – Cherry (1972)

Marlena Shaw – “You’re My Everything” – Dangerous (1996)

    3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Charles Mingus – “Goodbye Porkpie Hat” – Mingus Ah Um (1959)

Herbie Mann - "Frenesi" - Winners All! Downbeat (?)

Wynton Kelly - "Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me" - Kelly Blue (recorded 54 Years Ago Today on 3/19/1959)   

Bunky Green – “East & West” – Places We’ve Never Been (1979)
Bunky (as), Randy Brecker (t), Albert Dailey (p), Eddie Gomez (b), Freddie Waits (d)

Johnny Hodges - "Day Dream" - Best of the Duke Ellington Centenial Edition (1940)

Joe Henderson – “Pfrancing” – So Near, So Far (1992)

Terri Lyne Carrington - "Very Special" - Money Jungle (2013)

Hour Two:

Gabriel Vivas – “Black & Blue – Berries” – Ninth Life (2012)

Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet - "Blues Can Be Abstract, Too" - In a World of Mallets (2013)

Jackie McLean – “Five Will Get you Ten” – A Fickle Sonance (1961)

Charles Lloyd - "Jumping the Creek" - Jumping the Creek (2004)

Molly Holm - "Straight, No Chaser" - Permission (2013)

Clark Woodard - Joe Farrell – “Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise” - Clark Woodard - Joe Farrell (1984)

Wayne Shorter - "Orbits" - Without a Net (2013)

Chick Corea – “Friends” – Friends (1978)

Gabriel Vivas

Below are purchase links for randomly selected albums from the playlist for your convenience. Please note, the Stanley Turrentine link is for vinyl - although you can find a cd link once you click the green text. :)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Upcoming Grant Green Show!

On Tuesday, March 26th we'll have an all Grant Green show on Jazz Greats. We'll delve into well over a dozen albums including "Solid", "Alive!", "Idle Moments", "Grantstand", "Live at the Lighthouse" & even the rare "Shades of Green". Backing up Grant will be Blue Note masters like McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Bobby Hutcherson, Jack McDuff, Herbie Hancock, Yusef Lateef, Art Blakey, Sonny Clark & plenty more!

Tune in from 3 to 5pm Eastern, and make your day a groovin' one!
To listen online, click here. See you then! - DJ Kendo

Monday, March 11, 2013

Playlist for 3-12-2013 WFCF - Jazz Greats

recorded in 1969 - this album was produced by George Martin
of Beatles fame.

Wes Montgomery (in honor of the late Melvin Rhyne), John Scofield, Art Farmer and Jim Hall, an Oscar Peterson classic + we began examining our new featured album "So Near, So Far (Musings on Miles)" by Joe Henderson! It was a nice relaxed show, lots of 70's in the 2nd hour - just the way I like it! A real pleasure also was listening to Joe's show following mine on the drive home! Don't forget to get hooked into the Facebook page - giveaways coming soon! Thanks for tuning in/stopping by! - DJ Kendo

Hour One:

Wes Montgomery - "Lolita" - Portrait of Wes (1963)

Chris Walden Big Band - "People Will Say We're In Love" - No Bounds (2006)

along with leading his Big Band, Chris Walden has done
arrangements for grammy winning albums by Arturo
Sandoval and Paul McCartney, to name a few!
3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Joe Henderson - "Miles Ahead" - So Near, So Far (1992)

Mark Barrios - "Café con Leche" - West Tampa Style

Oscar Peterson - "Night Train" - Night Train (1962)

Joe Henderson - "Joshua" - So Near, So Far (1992)

Michael Leasure - "Days of Grace" - Collection No. 1 (1998)

Michael Royal - "For Heaven's Sake" - Transition (2008)

Charlie Parker - "My Little Suede Shoes" - South of the Border (recorded 62 years ago today on 3/15/1951)

Wynton Marsalis - "Fuschia" - Think of One (1983)

Hour Two:

John Scofield - "Chank" - A Go Go (1998)

Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet - "Louisiana Gold" - In a World of Mallets (2013)

Chick Corea with Return to Forever - "500 Miles High" - Light as a Feather (1972)
Part of John Scofield's illustrious career
was being a member of Miles Davis'
band from 1982-1985!

Gail Yvon - "All of Me" - Gail Yvon (2012)

Stan Getz - "Cecelia" - Marrakesh Express (1969)

Larry Coryell - "The Lift" - The Lift (2013)

Art Farmer and Jim Hall - "Big Blues" - Big Blues (1978) CTI Moment

Terri Lyne Carrington - "Fleurette Africain" - Money Jungle (2013)

Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran - "Pretty Girl" - Hagar's Song (2013)

We've removed the invasive advertisements from the column on the right. Instead, we now have buy links for some of the albums played on today's show for your convenience! Add to your library with one of these recommended selections!  :)

Monday, March 4, 2013

Playlist for 3-5-2013 WFCF - Jazz Greats

Extra doses of vibraphone this week as  weheard selections from Cal Tjader, Gary Burton & a band from 1977 called Double Image, with both David Friedman & David Samuels on vibes or marimba! New artists to the show included Bobby Watson & Shirley Horn. We finished up listening to the "Duster" album, and dug into the new jazz shelf for the last half hour. Thanks for being there! - DJ Kendo

Hour One:

Herbie Nichols – “Cro-Magnum Nights” – Prophetic Herbie Nichols Vol 1 (1955)

Herbie Hancock - "Tell Me a Bedtime Story" - Fat Albert Rotunda (1969)

3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

    Shirley Horn – “How Am I to Know” – Here’s to Life (1991)     [arranged – Johnny Mandel]

    Gonzalo Rubalcaba – “Sandino” – The Blessing (1991)

    Anita O’Day – “Blue Champagne” – Incomparable! (1960)

    Cal Tjader - "Se é Tarde, Me Perdoa" – Plays the Contemporary Music of     Mexico & Brazil (recorded 51 years ago today on 3/5/1962)   

East Coast Standards Time – “Impressions” – Impressions (2007)

 Tim Riddle – “Beat Feat” – Between the Lines (2012) 

Double Image – “Rodney’s Dream of Fantasy and Self-Fulfillment” (1977) 

Gary Burton – “Liturgy” – Duster (1967)

Gary Burton – “Response” – Duster (1967)

Hour Two:


Miles Davis – “Freedom Jazz Dance” – Miles Smiles (1966)

Randy Johnston – “Garden State” – People Music (2011)

Zach Bartholomew Trio – “Out of This Town” – Out of This Town (2012)

Art Pepper – “Junior Cat” – The Trip (1976)

Kevin Eubanks - “The Messenger” – The Messenger (2013)

Wayne Shorter Quartet - "Orbits" - Without a Net (2013)

Mort Weiss - "Confirmation" - I'll Be Seeing You (2013)

Mimi Fox - "Blowin' In the Wind" - Standards Old & New (2013

Bobby Watson – “Lemoncello” – Horizon Reassembled (2004)

pics from the back of the "Duster" lp by Gary Burton Quartet