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.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Kendo's Top 55 Jazz Tracks for 2013

Songs that did it for me this year, on or off the show, old & new! I figured All Hallow's Eve is as good a day as any to start an annual list. New & recent releases have a red number. Happy reading! - Kendo



Note:
The links, when available, are to mp3s of the song on Amazon for purchasing. Whenever possible, get your jazz legally! :)

1 - John Coltrane - "Olé" - one of a kind.
2 - Astrud Gilberto/ Stanley Turrentine - "Brazilian Tapestry" - summer contentment and South American antiquity rolled up in a pair of bell-bottoms.
3 - Stanley Turrentine - "Sister Sanctified" - delicious; so good!
4 - Gary Burton Quartet - "Ballet" - indeed!
5 - Jack McDuff - "With the Wind" - the splendor of a late '60s organ gig; love the arrangement.
6 - Kristin Korb - "Traveling Groove Merchant" - irresistible and excellent!
7 - Louis Armstrong Hot 5 - "Muskrat Ramble" - joyous and timeless!
8 - Jackie McLean - "Five Will Get You Ten" - creative into the future.
9 - Chick Corea - "Friends" - hopelessly optimistic, Chick & co at their best.
10 - LaVerne Butler - "I've Told Ev'ry Little Star" - so much fun & great oldie.
11 - Cal Tjader - "Close Your Eyes" - yow! highly romantic.
12 - Duke Ellington - "Rockin' in Rhythm" - after dinner dessert.
13 - Shelly Manne & his Men - "You And The Night And The Music" - intoxicating west coast.
14 - Stanley Turrentine - "Two for T" - a plunge into refreshing but deep waters.
15 - Jack McDuff - "Moon Rappin'" - the whole album is baaad.
16 - Blossom Dearie - "Lush Life" - you can't take your ears off this one; rarefied and delicate.
17 - Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66 - "Like A Lover" - a soothing elixir.
18 - Hampton Hawes - "Bach" - wow.
19 - Oscar Peterson - "Lulu's Back In Town" - exuberance!
20 - Marlena Shaw - "Out of This World" - Marlena's got it.
21 - Thelonious Monk - "Remember" - fascinating.
22 - Joe Newman - "No Moon At All" - marvelous swing from an era earmarked with thoughtfulness.
23 -
Ross Tompkins - "Stranger in Paradise" - magnificent Borodin with 'spang-a-lang'.
24 - Michael Petrovich - "Sunrise In the Land of the Pharaohs" - delightful, a real keeper.
25 - Joe Farrell - "Penny Arcade" - love that line! funky fun and Gadd!
26 - Modern Jazz Quartet - "Concorde" - yippee!!
27 - Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band - "Funquiado" - yes!
28 - Ed Reed - "It Shouldn't Happen to a Dream" - now that's how you tell a story.
29 - Keely Smith - "Lullaby Of The Leaves" - that voice!
30 - Bobby Timmons - "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" - BT really diggin' in on a pop standard.

31 - Mike Stern - "Cameroon" - high enthusiasm & uplifting melodies.

32 - La Lucha - "La Migra" - multifaceted Latin sticks with you.
33 - O Som Do Jazz - "Batucada" - fine beats and gripping new composition.
34 - Zach Bartholomew Trio - "Stop and Go" - essential new jazz, what a debut!
35 - Nedobeck Trio - "A Smo-ooo-th One" - like a smoothie.
36 - Sam River's All-Star Rivbea Orchestra - "Remember the Time" - hard groovin' tuba et al; party time!
37 - Sybil Gage - "Give Me a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer" - a performer's performer, love it!
38 - Herbie Hancock - "The Egg" - a grabber from the only Herbie album you really need.
39 - Grant Green - "Cease The Bombing" - yah.
40 - Michael Leasure - "Days of Grace" - exquisite.
41 - Monty Alexander - "You Are My Sunshine" - doin' it right.
42 - Brecker Brothers - "Levitate" - Randy.
43 - Bobby Watson - "Lemoncello" - unique & catchy, like jazz should be.
44 - Al Hirt - "I Love Paris" - good golly!
45 - Marc Johnson - "Summer Running" - on the money.
46 - Dave Holland - "Spirals" - oof! Eubanks & Holland + magnificent sounds :)
47 - Herbie Nichols - "Mine" - Herbie in a whimsical mood, nice!
48 - Chris Higginbottom - "Taters in the Mould" - individualistic and wonderfully modern (goes for whole album)
49 - Art Farmer - "Sandu" - love this arrangement (Dave Matthews) and Art's ideas.
50 - Doug Carn - "Little B's Poem" - have you heard this?
51 - Cal Tjader - "Bludan" - Eddie Cano tune/arrangement - it's just got it.
52 - Abbey Lincoln - "Throw It Away" - wow, right to your heart.
53 - Gary Burton - "Fleurette Africaine" - that palette of sounds + profundity of playing + Duke.
54 - Freddie Hubbard - "Too High" - incessant goodness.
55 - Esperanza Spalding - "Chim Chim Cher-ee" - taste & talent.


 

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