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.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Kendo's Top 55 Jazz Tracks for 2014


It's All Hallow's Eve! Time for the list of songs that did it for me this year, on or off the radio shows.




This year's list is entirely music released in the past year, except for 1 or 2 that came out in 2013, but only reached my ears more recently. Also, afterwards there is a short "Best Albums of 2014" list, as well as a list of 22 older cuts for recommended listening; or perhaps a different, uplifting jazz playlist.

Tune in Tuesday 11/4 from 3-6pm eastern when we'll count down from #25 to #1. After the countdown we'll hear random selections from the awesome oldies list.

Have fun! The links, when available, are for mp3 purchase links over at Amazon. Always get your jazz legally! Thanks for stopping by - Kendo



Kendo's Top 55 Jazz Tracks for 2014


1. Theo Croker (w/ Dee Dee Bridgewater) - "Save Your Love For Me"
2. Alfredo Rodriguez - "El Güije"
3. Brad Mehldau & Mike Guiliana - "Swimming"
4. George Cables - "Cedar Walton"
5. Monty Alexander - "People Make the World Go Round"
6. Louis Hayes - "Soul-Leo"
7. Bobby Broom - "Sweet and Lovely"
8. Harvey Mason - "Black Frost"
9. La Lucha - "The Way You Look Tonight"
10. Eric Johnson/Mike Stern - "Wishing Well"
11. Bria Skonberg - "Three Little Words/Sir Duke"
12. Kyle Eastwood - "Summer Gone"
13. Riverside - "The Train and the River"
14. Takuya Kuroda - "Afro Blues"
15. Joshua Redman - "Soul Dance"
16. New Gary Burton Quartet - "Sunday's Uncle"
17. Etienne Charles - "Roots"
18. Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio - "Pick Up the Pieces"
19. Joe Beck - "Manha de Carnaval"
20. Matthew Kaminski - "Turn to Stone"
21. Catherine Russell - "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart"
22. Al Jarreau - "Somebossa"
23. Next Collective - "Africa"
24. Etienne Charles - "Green Chimneys"
25. Bobby Hutcherson-David Sanborn-Joey DeFrancesco - "Montara"
26. Gerry Gibbs, Kenny Barron, Ron Carter - "Eye of the Hurricane"
27. Etienne Charles - "Memories"
28. Bill O'Connell & The Latin Jazz All-Stars - "Erik's Song"
29. Bob DeVos - "The River's Invitation"
30. Joey DeFrancesco - "Budo"
31. Chester Thompson Trio - "Follow You, Follow Me"
32. Roberto Fonseca - "El Soñador Está Cansado"
33. Craig Handy & Second Line Smith - "High Heeled Sneakers"
34. Takuya Kuroda - "Green and Gold"
35. Bria Skonberg - "Little Girl"
36. Eric Reed - "Nutty"
37. Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band - "Get Smart"
38. Chick Corea - "Work"
39. Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio - "New Points"
40. Steve Khan - "Hackensack"
41. Mike LeDonne - "Put On a Happy Face"
42. Martin Bejerano - "No Apologies"
43. Jane Ira Bloom - "The Way You Look Tonight"
44. Brigitte Zarie - "L'Amour"
45. Barbara Morrison - "Soft Winds"
46. Eliane Elias - "Let's Get Lost"
47. JC Stylles - "United"
48. Alfredo Rodriguez - "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas"
49. Arturo O'Farrill - "Mad Hatter"
50. Matt Wilson-John Medeski - "Dancing Waters"
51. Antonio Adolfo - "Cuera"
52. Jane Monheit - "Born to be Blue"
53. James Leary - "Remember to Smile"
54. Joshua Breakstone - "I Told You So"
55. Sheryl Bailey - "The Lioness"



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Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2014

1. Bobby Broom - "My Shining Hour"
2. Harvey Mason - "Chameleon"
3. Monty Alexander - "Harlem-Kingston Express Vol 2"
4. Bob DeVos - "Shadow Box"
5. Bobby Hutcherson, Dave Sanborn, Joey DeFrancesco - "Enjoy the View"
6. Etienne Charles - "Creole Soul"
7. Takuya Kuroda - "Rising Son"
8. Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio
9. Joshua Breakstone - "With the Wind and the Rain"
10. Theo Croker - "Afro-Physicist"




 Top 22 Awesome Jazz Oldies for 2014

1. Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers - "Buttercorn Lady"
2. Johnny Smith - "Walk Don't Run"
3. Grant Green - "Cease the Bombing"
4. Hank Garland - "It's Love of Course"
5. Jack McDuff - "Blue Monsoon"
6. Hank Mobley - "Bossa De Luxe"
7. Eddie Jefferson - "Jeannine"
8. Ella Fitzgerald - "I Hear Music"
9. Jackie McLean - "Lost"
10. Larry Coryell - "She's Leaving Home"
11. Sonny Stitt - "Where Is Love"
12. Bobby Hutcherson - "Maiden Voyage"
13. Brad Mehldau - "Aquaman"
14. Maynard Ferguson - "Fire and Rain"
15. Dizzy Gillespie - "Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You"
16. Cal Tjader - "Borneo"
17. Eliane Elias - "Light My Fire"
18. Art Farmer - "Something You Got"
19. Gerry Mulligan Quartet - "I'm Beginning to See the Light"
20. Kenny Burrell - "Con Alma"
21. George Cables - "Inner Glow"
22. Donald Byrd - "Fancy Free"



Thanks to all these musicians for making the earth a nicer place to inhabit! To see last year's Top 55 list click here.

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