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.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Playlist for 2-25-2014 WFCF - Female Vocalists vs. Godzilla!


See anyone you like? Clockwise from top left: Diana Krall, Anita O'Day, Carmen McRae, Lena Horne, Diana Reeves, Valerie Gillespie, Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Godzilla, Julie London, Jane Monheit, Marlena Shaw, Sybil Gage.


It's here! The sequel to last July's thriller "Attack of the Female Vocalists". Old favorites and new superstars, classic tracks and hidden diamonds... quite a few albums added to my own collection for this event, and still more from the WFCF library being played for the first time on this show. Warning: Godzilla will be vocalizing! However, his antics will be represented by instrumental performances of towering giants of jazz. Two vocal numbers for every one instrumental; odds are on the gals! Tune in Tuesday February 25th for the mayhem and melody, scatting, warbling, cooing, wailing and destruction! Hear it happen live on iHeart for free by clicking here. 3-7pm Eastern. See you then! - Kendo 

 

Hour One:

Valerie Gillespie - "They Can't Take That Away From Me" - Once Again (2003)

Lena Horne & Gabor Szabo - "My Mood is You" - Lena & Gabor (1969)
A very pleasant pairing!


    3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Larry Coryell - "She's Leaving Home" - Tricycles (2002)

Anita O'Day - "Tenderly" - Anita Sings the Most (1957)

Nancy Wilson - "The Masquerade is Over" - Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley (1961)

Modern Jazz Quartet - "Concorde" - Concorde (1955)

Marlena Shaw - "Whisper Not" - Dangerous (1996)

Duke Ellington (with Ivie Anderson) - "My Old Flame" - (1934)

Lee Konitz - "Marshmallow" - Subconscious-Lee (1949)

Rosemary Clooney - "Just One of Those Things" - Sings the Music of Cole Porter (1982)

Ella Fitzgerald - "I Hear Music" - Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson (1961)
This album is insanely good!


Thelonious Monk - "Nice Work If You Can Get It" - Genius of Modern Music Vol 1 (1947)

Hour Two:

Allison Paris - "Lover Man" - Second Chances (2003)

Diana Krall - "The Boy from Impanema" - Quiet Nights (2009)

Michel Camilo - "Tropical Jam" - Rendezvous (1993)

Astrud Gilberto - "Where There's a Heartache (There Must Be a Heart) - Gilberto/Turrentine (1971) CTI Moment

Nina Simone - "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free" - Silk & Soul (1967)

Roy Haynes Trio - "Shulie-a-Bop" - Roy Haynes Trio (1999)

Sarah Vaughan - "Just a Little Lovin'" - Feelin' Good (1971)

Sybil Gage - "Genuine" - Red (2007)

Cannonball Adderley - "Two Left Feet" - Jump for Joy (1958)

Kristin Korb - "Don't Fence Me In" - What's Your Story (2012)
Sassy at ease with the times and sounds of 1971!


Jane Monheit - "Little Man You’ve Had a Busy Day" - The Heart of the Matter (2012)

Bill Evans Trio - "Our Love is Here to Stay" - Trio '65 (1964)

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Hour Three:

Anita O'Day - "Medley: 'S Wonderful, They Can't Take That Away From Me" - Anita Sings the Most (1957)

Rosemary Clooney - "Get Out of Town" - Sings the Music of Cole Porter (1982)

Miles Davis - "Tempus Fugit" - Miles Davis Vol. 2 (1953)

Ella Fitzgerald - "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'" - Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson (1961)

Keely Smith - "You Go To My Head" - The Essential Capitol Collection (comp.)

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

Nina Simone - "The Look of Love" - Silk & Soul (1967)
Can you believe this album is over 20 years old?


Natalie Cole - "Nature Boy" - Unforgettable With Love (1991)

Gary Burton Quartet - "Fleurette Africaine" - Lofty Fake Anagram (1967)

Julie London - "Why Don't You Do Right" - Whatever Julie Wants (1961)

Gail Yvon - "Blue Skies" - Gail Yvon (2012)

Cal Tjader - "Undecided" - Quintet (1956)

Carmen McRae - "Don't Explain" - Billie Holiday Revisited (comp.)

Hour Four:

Marlena Shaw - "Beautiful Friendship" - Dangerous (1996)

John Abercrombie Quartet - "LST" - 39 Steps (2013)

Dianne Reeves - "32 Flavors" - Beautiful Life (2013)

Eliane Elias - "Chega de Saudade" - The Three Americas (1997)

Esperanza Spalding - "Really Very Small" - Chamber Music Society (2009)
making waves!


Kate McGarry - "Gypsy in My Soul" - Show Me (2000)

Jane Monheit - "Born to be Blue" - The Heart of the Matter (2012)

Gerry Gibbs - "Eye of the Hurricane" - Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio (2012)

Catherine Russell - "Bring It Back" - Bring It Back (2013)

George Cables - "The Duke" - Icons & Influences (2013)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Brief Review - Thomson Kneeland!



Thomson Kneeland  - Mazurka for a Modern Man



First, let's get this out of the way. Thomson Kneeland is a friend; we played for some time together in Shenole Latimer's quartet. I feel no awkwardness in giving a rave review - I have hundreds of friends with albums, many very good! but few inspire me to convey thoughts on them immediately after the first pass.

As the artwork suggests, the colors of this collection leave you with an overall positive, bright feeling; not to say there aren't pensive or even sad moments. I am generally not fond of jazz fused with Eastern European music. Instead of
smitten aping, however, Thomson fully internalizes the rhythms and scales, making it a genuinely personal, enjoyable expression. Jazz remains the predominant influence on the compositions, which boast
Thomson Kneeland - photo by
Imaginoor Photography
strong, appealing melodies and a wonderful sense of form. Everything is on a high level, including the taste factor. These are incredibly serious cats, but nothing is over-dazzling or accomplished for the sake of it. Every solo is rewarding on pure emotional levels as well as harmonically and technically. 


Djs and humans alike will be grateful that not every track is 8 minutes or longer. That said - my favorites were the long ones (which seemed to go by rather quickly). "Hyperion", "Dithyramb" and "Nebuchadnezzar" as well as the opener "Ashlayah" sport thrilling moments from Thomson (bass) and the late Take Toriyama (drums). Nate Radley's sound as well as his feel are the icing on the cake. David Smith's trumpet tone is clear and honest, providing a certain starkness and haunt to the proceedings.


If you are looking for something new & different in your jazz listening,
this is a 10 out of 10. "Mazurka..." has plenty of intricacy and interest, along with blissful moments of repose. You won't need a music degree to appreciate it and you won't need a nap afterwards. Still, one is left feeling the partakement (new word!) of something with fantastic substance. - Kendo





Monday, February 17, 2014

Playlist for 2-18-2014 WFCF - Jazz Greats!


"Trumpet Solo" - Kirstie Williams
acrylics on canvas
visit the artist's website!


If you enjoy the above painting, be sure to visit the artist's site, click on her gallery, and read the story behind this painting - very intriguing, and very musical!

I've been a bit preoccupied with the shows for the following weeks. So much so, that it took me 4 days to get this playlist together! But I prevailed! Some nice variety is in store; plus we'll continue examining "Happenings" by Bobby Hutcherson, check out 2 tracks from amazing horn man & arranger Gary Wofsey (and another from his equally astonishing wife Jill on flute). I'll spin a few from Larry Coryell to get you pumped about the interview with him on the March 4th show (!!); and as always we'll delve into the new jazz shelf at WFCF til we are sated with the latest sonics. Join me Tuesday 2/18 from 3-7pm EST. Listen online for free via iHeart by clicking here, or just tune in to 88.5 if you are in the listening area (St. Augustine, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, So. Jacksonville, Ormond Beach). See you then! - Kendo





Hour One:

Helen Sung - "Armando's Rhumba" - Anthem for a New Day (2013)
The South Florida Jazz Orchestra


South Florida Jazz Orchestra - "Daahoud" - Trumpet Summit (2012)

    3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Kenny Burrell - "Tres Palabras" - Bluesy Burrell (1962)

Bobby Hutcherson - "Maiden Voyage" - Happenings (1966)


Larry Coryell - "Rene's Theme" - Spaces (1969)

Lester Young - "Jumpin' at the Woodside" - Complete Aladdin Recordings (recorded 67 years ago today on 2-18-1947)

Matt Wilson Quartet + John Medeski - "Dancing Waters" Gathering Call (2013)

Dexter Gordon - "Confirmation" - Daddy Plays the Horn (1955)

Dexter Gordon - "Darn that Dream" - Daddy Plays the Horn (1955)


Hour Two:

Weather Report - "Birdland" - Heavy Weather (1977)
Stan Kenton - "I Get Along Without You Very Well" - Standards in Silhouette (1959)Ella Fitzgerald - "The Gentleman is a Dope" - Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson (1961)

Gary Wofsey - "They Can't Take That Away From Me" - In Stereo (2000)

Wilkins & Allen Quartet - "Skip & Me" - Petty Theft (2001)
Ross Tompkins on piano, Russell George on bass at the Playboy.
Photo courtesy of Russell George.


Ross Tompkins Trio - "Easy to Love" - Ross Tompkins Trio (1963)

Lee Konitz - "Yesterdays" - The New Sounds (1951)

Thelonious Monk - "Humph" - Genius of Modern Music Vol 1 (1947)

Tim Warfield - "Monkee See Monkee Doo" - Inspire Me! (2013)

Nir Felder - "Ernest/Protector" - Golden Age (2011)

Hour Three:

Charlie Parker - "My Little Suede Shoes" - South of the Border (1951)

Roy Haynes Trio - "Question and Answer" - Roy Haynes Trio (1999)

Larry Coyrell - "Good Citizen Swallow" - Tricycles
Bobby Hutcherson 1965


Bobby Hutcherson - "Head Start" - Happenings (1966)

Diane Reeves - "He's a Tramp" - Everybody Wants to Be a Cat (2010)

John Coltrane - "Feelin' Good" - Complete Classic Quartets (recorded 49 years ago today on 2-18-1965)

Gerry Mulligan - "K-4 Pacific" - Age of Steam (1971) WFCF Vinyl

Hank Mobley - "Remember" - Soul Station (1960)

Hour Four:

Cal Tjader & Eddie Palmieri - "El Sonido Nuevo" - El Sonido Nuevo (1966)

Gary Wofsey - "Perpetual Change" - In Stereo (2000)

Freddie Hubbard - "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" - First Light (1971) CTI Moment

Harold Mabern - "To You" - Right On Time (2013)

John Abercrombie Quartet - "Melancholy Baby" - 39 Steps (2013)

Anton Schwartz - "Epistrophy" - Flash Mob (2013)

Moutin Factory Quintet - "Ornette's Medley" - Lucky People (2013)

Mongo Santamaria - "Mazacote" - Mongo (1959)






Sunday, February 9, 2014

Playlist for 2-11-2014 WFCF - Jazz Greats!


"Scheherazade" - Vojislav Vasiljevic
visit the artist's website!


Hey - the 100th post on this blog! w00t! I had a real good time putting the playlist together this week - couldn't wait to spin it! In addition, requests were taken from the listeners on FB. Sunday, while everyone else was watching the Beatles special, I was playing Kenny Burrell's "Night Song" and having my heart and soul moved, and thrilling to the breathtaking statements he makes throughout! We heard a great one from that, and we continue exploring "Happenings" by Bobby Hutcherson. As a finale - we delved into another amazing & lengthy cut - this time from Charlie Haden.  If you enjoy the show or even just the playlists, come say hi and give us a like on the Facebook Page. Thanks for stopping by! - Kendo




Hour One:

Thelonious Monk - "Four In One" - Genius of Modern Music (1951)

Valerie Gillespie - "Invitation" - Once Again (2003)

    3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Bill Evans - "Very Early" - Moon Beams (1962)
a beautiful mood piece from Bill Evans Trio


Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars - "The Song Is You" - Volume Three (1955)

Karrin Allyson - "Double Rainbow" - Imagina (2007)


Kenny Barron - "Golden Lotus" - Golden Lotus (1980)

Cal Tjader - "Bess, You Is My Woman Now" - Concerts by the Sea (1959)

Charles Mingus - "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" - Mingus Ah Um (1959)

Kevin Eubanks - "Spiral Ways" - Turning Point (1992)

Markko Polo Adventurers - "Scheherazade" - History of Space Age Pop Vol 1 (1958)

Hour Two:

Elmo Hope Sextet - "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" - Informal Jazz (1956)

Dave Brubeck Quartet - "Camptown Races" - Gone With the Wind (1959)

[music behind announcements: Gary McFarland - "Sunday Will Never Be the Same" - Does the Sun Really Shine on the Moon" (1968)]

Hank Jones - "Alpha" - Bluebird (1955)

Art Tatum - "Blue Skies" - Solo Masterpieces Volume Eight (1953)

Sonny Stitt and Paul Gonsalves - "S'posin" - Salt and Pepper (1963)
Found this in the WFCF vault last week. Superb!


Kenny Burrell - "Love You Madly" - Night Song (1968) WFCF Vinyl

Dianne Reeves - "Dreams" - Beautiful Life (2013)

Tony Williams Lifetime - "Big Nick" - Turn It Over (1970)

George Cables - "Cedar Walton" - Icons & Influences (2013)

Kenny Garrett - "I Say a Little Prayer" - Pushing the World Away (2013)

Hour Three:

Cannonball Adderley - "Minority" - Portrait of Cannonball (1958)

Hank Garland - "It's Love of Course" - Subtle Swing (1960)

Gary Burton - "Olhos De Gato" - The New Quartet (1973)

Michel Camilo - "Watermelon Man" - Thru My Eyes (1997)

Benny Golson  - "Calgary" - Benny Golson and the Philadelphians (1958)

Julie London - "How Long Has This Been Going On" - Julie Is Her Name Vol II (1958)

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

Duke Ellington & Rosemary Clooney - "Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin'" - Blue Rose (recorded  58 years ago today on 1956 2 11-ish)

Boz Scaggs - "Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me" - Speak Low (2008)

Brother Jack McDuff - "It's All a Joke" - Down Home Style (1969)


Hour Four:

Herbie Mann - "Consolation" - Do the Bossa Nova (1962)

Vince Guaraldi Trio - "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" - Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus (1962)

Wes Montgomery - "Geno" - Guitar on the Go (1963)

Miles Davis - "The Pan Piper" - Sketches of Spain (1960)

Bobby Hutcherson - "Rojo" - Happenings (1966)

King Oliver - "Showboat Shuffle" - (1927)

Pat Metheny Unity Group - "We Go On" - Kin (2013)

Moutin Factory Quintet - "Moving On" - Lucky People (2013)
   
Charlie Haden - "La Pasionaria" - The Montréal Tapes (1989)



Mingus!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Playlist for 2-4-2014 WFCF - Jazz Greats!


"Arabic Feeling" - igryk
(photograph taken in Tunisia)
Visit the artist's website!


No theme this week - but I did spend a little extra time on the sets - and left a few slots open for surprises. I know a few listeners are wishing I'd play some vocal numbers, this week is their week! We'll check out the albums I snagged last week at Tone Vendor in St. Augustine, and we'll hear plenty of new jazz, too!
Tune in Tuesday 2/4/14 for commercial free music that wasn't selected by a computer. Listen for free on iHeart by clicking here. 88.5FM for locals. See you then! - Kendo


Hour One:

Wes Montgomery - "The Thumb" - Tequila (1966)

Bobby Watson - "At the Crossroads" - Check Cashing Day (2013)

    3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Jimmy Rowles - "A Night in Tunisia" - Lilac Time (1994)

Dinah Washington - "Crazy He Calls Me" - Billie Holiday Revisited (?)

Hank Jones Trio - "Little Girl Blue" - Bluebird (1955)
rediscovering this one - a few real winners on it!


Gabor Szabo - "Rambler" - Rambler (1973) CTI Moment

Diana Krall - "How Insensitive" - From This Moment On (2006)

Jimmy Smith - "(My Little) Red Top" - It's Necessary (1977)

Consortium - "Clave Net" - Consortium (2013)

Sarah Vaughan - "Summertime" - Billie Holiday Revisited (?)

Hour Two:

Larry Coryell - "Clear Skies" - The Lift (2012)

Joe Cinderella - "Foxes Lair" - Concept (2001)

American Quartet - "Moonlight Bay" (1912)

Chubby Jackson All-Star Big Band - "I May Be Wrogn Wrong" - Chubby Jackson All-Star Big Band (1950)

Astrud Gilberto - "Zazueira" - Gilberto/Turrentine (1971) CTI Moment

Al Hirt - "Java" - Honey in the Horn (194)

Grant Green - "Brazil" - The Latin Bit (1962)

James Moody - "Boo's Tune" - Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Sax (comp.)

Cory Weeds Quartet - "Let's Go!" - Let's Go! (2013)

Brian Lynch - "Heleen" - Unsung Heroes Project Vol 2 (2009)
another Pete Turner classic album cover!


Harold Mabern - "Seven Steps to Heaven" - Right On Time (2013)

Hour Three:

John McLaughlin - "For Jaco" - Industrial Zen (2006)

Miles Davis - "Tasty Pudding" - Miles Davis and Horns (1953)

Freddie Hubbard - "Spirits of Trane" - Gleam (1975)

Carmen McRae - "Miss Brown To You" - Billie Holiday Revisited ()

Mark Johnson - "Apollo 13" - Mark Johnson (20??)

Kenny Burrell - "Namely You" - Night Song (1968)

Larry Young - "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise" - Unity (1965)

Cal Tjader - "I Showed Them" - Tjader (1971)
this one is pretty different for Cal in my opinion,
and along with vibes he also plays organ!


Hour Four:

Jack McDuff - "Snap Back Jack" - Do It Now! (1967)

Thelonious Monk - "Blue Monk" (1959)


Cal Tjader - "You Keep Me Hangin' On" - Tjader (1971)


Chick Corea - "The One Step" - Friends (1978)

Bobby Hutcherson - "Bouquet" - Happenings (1966)

John Abercrombie Quartet - "Vertigo" - 39 Steps (2013)

Jane Ira Bloom - "Ice Dancing" - Sixteen Sunsets (2013)

[background music for announcements - Henri Rene - "Punctuated Performance" - History of Space Age Pop Vol. 3]

Jack DeJohnette's Directions - "Flying Spirits" - Untitled (1976)
the track I play from this "Flying Spirits" is really fantastic!