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.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Playlist for 5-1-2018 WFCF - 1976!


"Jazz man-bassist" - Mark Roderick
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This week we delve into jazz releases recorded in 1976 as well as superb new releases! Tune in Tuesday 5/1 from 3-7pm with a possible break at 5 eastern by clicking here! Locally (St. Augustine, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Green Cove Springs, South Jacksonville) at 88.5FM! See you then - Kendo


Hour One:

Zoot Sims - "Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams" - Soprano Sax (1976)

Jim Snidero with Jeremy Pelt - "Party Time" - Jubilation! (2017)*



3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Bill Evans - "A Child Is Born" - Quintessence (1976)

Bill Evans - "Sweet Dulcinea Blue" - Quintessence (1976)

Jen Hodge All Starts - "Blame It On the Blues" - All's Fair in Love and Jazz ()*

Nick Finzer - "Pyramid" - No Arrival ()*

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

Cal Tjader - "Black Orchid" - Guarabe (1976)

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

Hour Two:

George Benson/Joe Farrell - "Flute Song" - Benson & Farrell (1976)

Darryl Yokely - "Ubuntu" - Pictures at an African Exhibition ()*



Pat Martino - "Open Road" - We'll Be Together Again (1976)

Alexis Cole - "Cry Me a River" - You'd Be So Nice to Come To (2016)*

Roger Kellaway - "Prudence" - New Jazz Standards Vol. 3 ()*

Weather Report - "Palladium" - Heavy Weather (1976)

Keith Jarrett - "When I Fall In Love" - After the Fall (1998)*

Sharel Cassity & Elektra - "Evolve" - Evolve ()*

Jack DeJohnette's Directions - "Morning Star" - Untitled (1976)

Hour Three:

~ Flagler Files ~

Art Pepper - "The Trip" - The Trip (1976)  - The Ride Home!

Kamasi Washington - "Humility" - Harmony of Difference (2017)*

The Manhattan Transfer - "Tequila/The Way of the Booze" - The Junction (2017)*

Art Pepper - "Junior Cat" - The Trip (1976)

Benito Gonzalez, Gerry Gibbs & Essiet Essiet - "You Taught My heart To Sing" - Passion, Reverence, Transcendence" - (2016)*
Hilarious cover!


Van Morrison - "Travelin' Light" - You're Driving Me Crazy (2017)*

Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto Gilberto - "Retrato em Branco e Preto" - Getz/Gilberto '76 (1976)

Leslie Pintchik - "Your Call Is Very Important To Us..." - You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl! (2017)*

Hart, Scone & Albin - "I Only Want to Be With You" - Leading the British Invasion (2017)*

Jack McDuff - "Mannix Theme" - Sophisticated Funk (1976)

Hour Four:

Freddie Hubbard - "Windjammer" - Windjammer (1976)

George Benson - "Breezin'" - Breezin' (1976)



Stanley Clarke - "School Days" - School Days (1976)

Eddie Henderson - "Kudu" - Heritage (1976)

Nels Cline - "Swing Ghost '59" - currents, constellations (2017)*

Steve Gadd Band - "Foameopathy" - Steve Gadd Band ()*

Musique Noire - "Whiskey and Sangria" - Reflections: We Breathe (2017)* - 5:30


Charlie Mariano - "Neverglades Pixie" - Helen 12 Trees (1976) 



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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Car-Ride Review - Perry Joslin "Dreams of Reality"





Perry Joslin - "Dreams of Reality"

Pianist/composer Perry Joslin is his own thing - which makes him a little hard to describe. His compositions are longer, more sophisticated and less repetitive than smooth jazz, but they are not really "jazzy" either. They remind me of what is currently happening on the better side of pop. Joslin's melodies are so often lyrical in fact (particularly the choruses) that I can easily hear them in the hands of any of today's superior pop singers and kicking ass. There are times when the piano just isn't flexible enough to let these dreamy, occasionally unpredictable lines do what they want to do. Nonetheless, they come across, and are almost always engaging, especially when a guitar or sax doubles up on them.

Back to the genre thing. I know so little contemporary jazz I have nearly nothing to compare him with. At times Grusin-y, at times lightly funky, at times rock or pop, or all at once. Whatever it is, it's a good listen, always pleasing. The songs don't always do
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 what you expect them to do ("I Got a Better Groove" flips back and forth from Latin to Contemporary) but they stand and deliver. One or two of the ballads are not as strong, but get lifted beyond their stratus with superb soloing. "Plop the needle" on anything from track 6-13 and have yourself a good time with the meat of the album. Highlights include "Tea at Trianon" - pop all the way with a satisfying array of hooks, "Rain" sounds and feels exactly like you want it to, and "What I Want" is one of several highly emotional tracks that build just right.

Let's talk about the band. Holy cow. If someone gave you all the money you needed to get the best South Florida musicians, this is exactly who you'd choose. Lee Levin on drums, Will Lee or Nathan East on bass, Dan Warner on guitar. Joslin rarely solos himself, but allows his cuts to be elevated into jazzier spaces with Ed Calle insanely tearing up the tenor, Mindi Abair on alto, Chad Bernstein blowing impeccable trombone and Augie Hass on flugelhorn, among others. Another very nice touch is the addition of Doug Emery on organ. Arrangements by Levin and Warner are top notch.

Whatever the genre, it's a through and through solid affair. A
s long as one goes in without expectations, happiness and repeated listens will ensue. Kudos! - DJ Kendo




Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Playlist for 4-24-2018 WFCF - 1975!


"Jazzmen" - Astrid Ulfdottir
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This week we're exploring great jazz from the year 1975, along with cool and inspired new releases! Variety is the word for each hour of the show - should be a fun listen! Tune in today (Tuesday 4/24) from 3-7pm eastern with a break at 5 by clicking here. Locals can listen at 88.5FM. See you there! - Kendo



Hour One:

Joe Henderson - "Solution" - Black Miracle (1975)

David Ake - "You May Have Already Won" - Humanities (2017)*

3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Heather Bennett - "I'm Old Fashioned" - Lazy Afternoon ()*

Stan Getz - "My Foolish Heart" - My Foolish Heart (1975)

Jim Hall - "The Way You Look Tonight" - Live! (1975)
Stan on fire!


Dan Jordan - "Night and Day" - Pure Joy (2015)

Jack McDuff - "A Long Goodie" - Magnetic Feel (1975)

Shelly Manne - "Easy to Love" - Hot Coles (1975)

Manuel Valera - "Venus - Peace" & "Sun Prelude II" - The Planets (2017)*

Hour Two:

Bobby Hutcherson - "(Se Acabo) La Malanga" - Montera (1975) - 4:11

Art Pepper - "Lost Life" - Living Legend (1975)

Musique Noire - "Leslie's Song" - Reflections - We Breathe (2017)*

Miles Davis - "'Round Midnight" - The Final Tour (1960)*

Lloyd McNeil - "As a Matter of Fact" - Treasures (1975)
His last solo album on CTI before going to Warner


Jen Hodge All Stars - "Chocolate Magic Mushrooms" - All's Fair in Love and Jazz (2017)*

Return to Forever - "No Mystery" - No Mystery (1975)

Sharel Cassity & Elektra - "The Here The Now" - Evolve ()*

George Benson - "One Rock Don't Make No Boulder" - Good King Bad (1975) CTI Moment

Hour Three:


Freddie Hubbard - "Lost Dreams" - Liquid Love (1975) - The Ride Home!  

Calle Mambo Project - "Hot Fire" - See The Light (2016)*

Jim Hall - "Two's Blues" - Concierto (1975)

Jason Klobnak - "Friends and Family" - Friends and Family ()*

Cal Tjader - "No Tamanco Samba" - Amazonias (1975)

Ella Fitzgerald - "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" - Ella at Zardi's ()*
Quite the debut!


Daryl Yokley - "Blessings From the Bennu" - Pictures of an African Exhibition ()*

Renee Rosnes - "Rhythm of the River" - Beloved of the Sky (2017)*

Brecker Brothers - "Some Skunk Funk" - The Brecker Brothers (1975)

Hour Four:

Eddie Henderson - "Hop Scotch" - Sunburst (1975)

Weather Report - "Herandnu" - Black Market (1975)

Rahsaan Roland Kirk - "Portrait of Those Beautiful Ladies" - The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color (1975)

Patrice Rushen - "Before the Dawn" - Before the Dawn (1975)

Weather Report - "Lusitanos" - Tale Spinnin' (1975)

Tony Williams - "Proto-Cosmos" - Believe It (1975)

Brubeck Brothers - "North Coast" - Timeline (2017)*


Al Di Meola - "Milonga Noctiva" - Opus (2017)*




Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Playlist for 4-17-2018 WFCF - Sunny Day Vinyl!

Interesting era for MJQ just before their Apple Records releases.


Today we'll pick up where we left off last week, exploring new vinyl acquisitions by MJQ, George Russell, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Mann, Cedar Walton, Art Blakey, Kenny Wheeler & more plus we'll listen to a few cuts from Benny Golson's "Walkin'" album; along with some new releases! Tune in today (Tuesday 4/17) from 3-7pm with a break at 5 by clicking here, and locally at 88.5 FM (St. Augustine, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Korona, Green Cove Springs, South Jacksonville)


Hour One:

Benny Golson - "Moten's Swing" - Walkin' (1957)

Sharel Cassity & Elektra - "Evolve" - Evolve (2016)*

3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Benny Golson - "If I Should Lose You" - Walkin' (1957)
Love the fonts on the cover! Good album.


Modern Jazz Quartet - "Baseball" & "The Shadow of Your Smile" - Live at the Lighthouse (1967)

Modern Jazz Quartet - "Softly, As In a Morning Sunrise" - Concorde (1955)

As Is - "A Night in Tunisia" - Here's to Life (2017)*

Jen Hodge All Stars - "Dardanella" - All's Fair In Love and Jazz (2017)*

Benny Golson - "Out of Nowhere" - Walkin' (1957)

Hour Two:

George Russell - "Ezz-thetic" - Ezz-thetics (1961)

John Proulx - "Watch What Happens" - Say It (2017)*

Something tells me Herbie hated this artwork...

Kenny Wheeler - "Smatter" - Gnu Highi (1975)

Darryl Yokley's Sound Reformation - "Migration" - Pictures of an African Exhibition (2015)*

Keith Jarrett - "Questar" - My Song (1977)

Benny Golson - "Groovin' High" - Walkin' (1957)

Heather Bennett - "Pennies from Heaven/Lennie's Pennies - Lazy Afternoon ()*

Cedar Walton - "N.P.S." - Soundscapes (1980)

Hour Three:

  ~ Flagler Files ~

Bill Evans/George Russell Orchestra - "Living Time: Event III & Event IV" - Living Time (1972)  - The Ride Home!  

Benny Golson - "Autumn Leaves" & "Quicksilver" - Walkin' (1957)

Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - "Au Privave (My Ideal)" - Live at Bubba's (1980)



Dave Liebman/John Stowell - "When the Sun Sets Down South" - Petite Fleur (2017)*

Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - "Free For All" - Live at Bubba's (1980)

Flying Horse Big Band - "Spiderman Theme" - The Bat Swings (2017)*

Hour Four:

Red Garland - "Skinny's Blues" - Rediscovered Masters (1961)

Steve Gadd Band - "Where's Earth" - Steve Gadd Band (2017)*

Blue Montreux - "A Funky Waltz" - II (1978)

Al Di Meola - "Broken Heart" - Opus (2017)*

McCoy Tyner - "Vision" - Expansions (1968)

Herbie Mann - "There Is A Mountain" - Windows Opened (1968)

Peter Erskine & the Dr. Um Band - "Hipnotherapy" - On Call (2017)*


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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Playlist for 4-10-2018 WFCF - Rainy Day Vinyl!


One of many gems I scored over the weekend!


It was just blah here in NE Florida with rain and thunderstorms all day yesterday, so we
 chilled out and listened to a huge stack of vinyl I picked up on Saturday, as well as all of side one of "Stone Flute" by Herbie Mann. Thanks to those who tuned in! Join me Tuesdays 4/10 from 3-7pm eastern (with a break at 5) by clicking here. Locals can tune in at 88.5FM. Next week I think we will do the same kinda thing. See you then! - Kendo




Hour One:

Kevin Bales/Keri Johnsrud - "It's You I Like" - Beyond the Neighborhood (2017)*

Peter Sommer Septet - "Upper Manhattan Medical Group" - Happy-Go-Lucky Locals (2017)*
Curious goings-on in the first square...

3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Chico Hamilton - "Chanel #5", "Beanstalk" & "September Song" - Chico Hamilton QUintet (1956)

Raymond Fol Big Band w/ Johnny Griffin - "Concerto No. 1: Spring" - Vivaldi's Four Seasons in Jazz (1965)

Tony Bennett/Bill Evans - "Some Other Time" - The Tony Bennett Bill Evans Album (1975)

Lew Tabackin - "Soliloquy" & "Let the Tape Roll" - Tabackin (1974)

Hour Two:

Billy Jones - "John Cage Scared My Dog" - 3's a Crowd (2017)*

Dave Tull - "The Texting Song" - Texting and Driving (2017)*

Red Garland - "Lover" & "Five O'Clock Whistle" - Rediscovered Masters (1958)
Great photo of Red by producer Esmond Edwards
(c. 1961)

Chet Baker - "Love For Sale" - You Can't Go Home Again (1977)

Erin McDougal - "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime" - Outside the Soiree (2017)*

Dave Liebman/Michael Stephans - "I Only Have Eyes for You" - Lineage (2010)

Hour Three:

~ Flagler Files ~

Sonny Fortune - "The Afro-Americans" & "There's Nothing Smart About Being Stupid" - Serengeti Minstrel (1977) - The Ride Home!  

The Griffith Park Collection - "Happy Times" - The Griffith Park Collection (1982)

Dan Block - "Smoke Signal" - Block Party (2015)*

Gerry Mulligan/Chet Baker - "Bernie's Tune"- Carnegie Hall Concert Volume 2 (1974)

Alfredo Rodriguez - "Moonbeams" - The Little Dream (2017)*
The hat tells you all you need to know about this one.

Hour Four:

Sonny Rollins - "Shout It Out" & "The Way I Feel About You" - The Way I Feel (1976)

Herbie Mann - "In Tangier/Paradise Beach" & "Flying" - Stone Flute (1969)

Fuse One - "Silk" - Silk (1981)

The Lao Tizer Band - "The Source" - Songs from the Swinghouse (2017)*

Hart, Scone & Albin - "Royals" - Leading the British Invasion (2017)*



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Monday, April 2, 2018

Playlist for 4-3-2018 WFCF - 1974!


"Gramophone" - LadyCannelle
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This week we continue our trek forward through the past with the year 1974! This week the focus is more on music quality rather than being new to the show, though some certainly are! Looking forward to this one! New jazz mixed in, as well. Tune in Tuesday April 3rd from 3-7pm with a break at 5 by clicking here. Folks in the listening area can tune in at 88.5FM (St. Augustine, Green Cove Springs, South Jacksonville, Espanola, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Palatka). See you then! - Kendo



Hour One:

Chet Baker - "With a Song In My Heart" - She Was Too Good To Me (1974)

Idiomatiques - "Indifference" - Out on the Town (2017)*

3:15 Jazz Coffee Break
First time on this show!

Wayne Shorter - "Ana Maria" - Native Dancer (1974)

Paul Desmond - "I'm Old Fashioned" - Pure Desmond (1974)

Dave Liebman & John Stowell - "Petite Fleur" - Petite Fleur ()*

James Moody - "Autumn Leaves" - Feelin' It Together (1974)

As Is - "In The Name of Love" - Here's to Life (2017)*

Roger Kellaway - "Prudence" - New Jazz Standards Vol. 3 ()*

David Newman - "Brandy" - Newmanism (1974)

Ray Brown Jr. - "Just In Time" - This Is Ray Brown Jr. ()

Hour Two:

Charles Earland - "No Me Esqueca" - Leaving This Planet (1974)

John Proulx - "The Summer Knows" - Say It ()*
Another excellent CTI Ron Carter affair...

Miles Davis & John Coltrane - "Oleo" - The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series Vol. 6 (1960) request

Stanley Clarke - "Hot Fun" - School Days (1976) request

Corcoran Holt - "Another Groove" - The Mecca ()*

Ron Carter - "So What" - Spanish Blues (1974)

George Benson - "Take Five" - Bad Benson (1974)

Hart, Scone & Albin - "The Look of Love" - Leading the British Invasion (2017)*

Hour Three:

~ Flagler Files ~

Freddie Hubbard - "Baraka Sasa" - High Energy (1974) - The Ride Home!

Twink - "Hot Diggety" - The Broken Record ()

Bill Evans - "Are You All the Things" - RE: Person I Knew (1974)

Margo Rey - "Angel Eyes" - The Roots of Rey (2017)*

Leslie Pintchik - "Your Call..." - You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!"
1974 goodness from Kenny!
()*

Buddy Rich - "Billie's Bounce" - Very Live at Buddy's Place (1974)

Kenny Burrell - "Soulero" - Up The Street, 'Round the Corner, Down the Block (1974)

Dave Tull - "The Texting Song" - Texting and Driving (2017)*

Hour Four:

Idris Muhammad - "Piece of Mind" - Power of Soul (1974)

Idris Muhammad - "The Saddest Thing" - Power of Soul (1974)

Idris Muhammad - "Loran's Dance" - Power of Soul (1974)

Milt Jackson - "I'm Not So Sure" - Olinga (1974)

Jack McDuff - "Rolling Stone" - The Fourth Dimension (1974)

Twink - "Grandmother Meets the Wolf" - The Broken Record ()

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