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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Playlist for 12-18-2018 WFCF - Newport '68!

Montego Joe at Newport '68

For the last show of the year 2018 we re-visited the Newport Jazz Festival from 1968 (50 years ago) act by act from Thursday afternoon (July 4th) to Sunday Afternoon (July 6th), listening to live recordings by these musicians from around the same time as well as studio releases. Hope you had fun! Happy Holidays and thanks for tuning in! - Kendo

Hour One:

Nancy Wilson (RIP) - “In the Heat of the Night”, “May I Come In”, “Angel Eyes” & “It Never Entered My Mind” - Welcome to My Love ()

3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Thursday Evening July 4th at 7:30pm

New York School of Music

Nina Simone and Trio

Nina Simone - "Keeper of the Flame" - High Priestess of Soul (1966) 

Nina Simone - "The Backlash Blues" - 'Nuff Said (1967)

Nina Simone - "Cherish" Silk & Soul (1967)

Nina Simone - "I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to Be Free" (1967)

Cannoball Adderley Quintet

Cannonball Adderley with Nancy Wilson - "Save Your Love for Me" - In person (1968)

Cannonball Adderley - "Zorba" - In person (1968)

Stan Kenton - “Angels We Have Heard On High” - A Merry Christmas! (1961)

Gary Burton Quartet

Gary Burton - "Lines" - In Concert (1968)

Gary Burton - "Walter L" - In Concert (1968)

(Intermission) Les McCann - “Merry Christmas Baby” - A Time Les Christmas (2018)* 

Hour Two:

Jim Hall

"Up, Up and Asay" - It's Nice to Be With You (1968)

"In a Sentimental Mood" - It's Nice to Be With You (1968)

Barney Kessel

Barney Kessel - "Aquarius" - Hair is Beautiful (1968)

Barney Kessel - "Easy to Be Hard" - Hair is Beautiful (1968)

Mongo Santamaria Septet

Mongo Santamaria - "Green Onions" - Soul Bag (1968)

Friday Afternoon July 5th 2pm

Rufus Harley

Sonny Stitt (with Rufus Harley) – “Pipin' the Blues” - Deuces Wild - (1966)

Rufus Harley - “Ali” - A Tribute to Courage (1968)

Clark Terry Big Band 

Elvin Jones Trio

Elvin Jones - "By George" - Live at the Village Vanguard (1971)

Archie Shepp Quintet

Dizzy Gillespie Quintet

Dizzy Gillespie Quintet - "A Night in Tunisia" - An Electrifying Evening (1961)

Sadao Watanabe

Hour Three:

Friday Evening July 5th 8:30pm

Woody Herman and Orchestra

Woody Herman  "Memphis Underground" - Heavy Exposure (1968) 

Woody Herman/New Thundering Herd - "Sweet and Lovely" - 40th Anniversary Carnegie Hall Concert (1976)

Woody Herman/New Thundering Herd - "Four Brothers" - 40th Anniversary Carnegie Hall Concert (1976)

Count Basie and Orchestra

Count Basie - "Jumpin' at the Woodside" - Standing Ovation (1968)

Count Basie - "Strangers in the Night" - Hollywood... Basie's Way (1967)

Count Basie - "A Fine Romance" - Hollywood... Basie's Way (1967)


Duke Ellington and Orchestra

Duke Ellington - "Put-Tin" - Yale Concert (1968)

Duke Ellington - "Raincheck: - ...And His Mother Called Him Bill (1967)

Saturday Afternoon July 6th 2pm

Montego Joe Septet

Mongo Joe - "Concumba" – Wild and Warm (1965)

Tal Farlow Quartet

Tal Farlow - “Summertime” - The Return of Tal Farlow (1969)

Tal Farlow - “My Romance” - The Return of Tal Farlow (1969)

Hour Four:

Sonny Criss

Sonny Criss - “Wee” - Portrait of Sonny Criss (1967 3 23)

Sonny Criss - 

“God Bless the Child” - Portrait of Sonny Criss (1967)

Vi Redd

Vi Redd - “Now's the Time” - Bird Call (1962)

Vi Redd - “This Love of Mine” - Lady Soul (1963)

Sunday Evening July 6th 

Ramsey Lewis

Ramsey Lewis - "Winter Wonderland" - The Sound of Christmas (1961)

Ramsey Lewis - "Sleigh Ride" - The Sound of Christmas (1961)

Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Rahsaan Roland Kirk - "Serenade to a Cuckoo" - Kirkatron (1975)

Les McCann - "Let It Snow!" - A Time Les Christmas (2018)*

Beegie Adair & Monica Ramey - "The Christmas Waltz" - Some Enchanted Christmas (2018)*

Wynton Marsalis Quintet - "We Three Kings of Orient Are" - God Rest Ye Merry Jazzmen (1981)

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Retro Review - Gil Mellé "Primitive Modern"

Gil Mellé - "Primitive Modern" (1956)

Gil Mellé is an endlessly fascinating character not only in jazz but life in general: baritone saxophonist, artist, scientist, inventor, composer of soundtracks (The Andromeda Strain, Starship Invasions, Kolchek The Night Stalker). His focus was not jazz from the 60's onward, so his recordings are relatively few for a man who lived til 2004.

I re-visited this album for a recent show and discovered it was way above par. Arguably Mellé's best jazz release; the melodies are memorable and there is a marked enthusiasm in the band that includes frequent collaborator Joe Cinderella (another fascinating fellow) and the ever-creative drummer Ed Thigpen with Billy Phillips on bass The leader called his unique blend of classical, jazz and avant garde "Primitive Modern Jazz" - hence the title. The album is his first for the Prestige label and falls snugly between the Blue Note release "Patterns in Jazz" and "Gil's Guests".

Gil Mellé & Joe Cinderella
The set opens rather unusually with "Dominica"; a 'jazz dirge' for a recently deceased friend that is both dreamy and gripping in it's starkness, Slow modern classical sections alternate with brief swing reprieves. Mellé reveals in the liner notes that Bartok was a big influence and we get a taste of that here. The uptempo frolics of "Ironworks" dispel all gloom with triangle solos and an insanely fraught and jaw-dropping solo from Cinderella. Virtuosity wonderfully abounds from all. After an enigmatic guitar opening, "Ballet Time" reveals a catchy, almost Monk-ish tune over a carefree medium swing, with Mellé at the top of his improvising game.

Side 2 begins with an aptly titled "Adventure Swing"; forward thinking harmony paired with a complex but catchy theme. A certain ambiguity of emotion throughout makes room for thoughtfulness for both the artists and listener. Another contagious theme and happy-go-lucky feel comes with the curiously titled "Dedicatory Piece to the Geophysical Year of 1957" written on a formula of Mellé's. Another interesting element of the album is mutual improvising - while Cinderella is giving it all, Mellé is also improvising at a lower volume to great effect. Finishing the album is "Mark One" which wanders from a similar 'easy' feel to intriguing uncertainty during the bridge, with more fine interplay and smooth brushwork from Thigpen.

Mellé definitely appears to feel liberty and release moving from Blue Note to his new label, since he manages to pull of his fairly heady concepts with both aplomb and a certain amount of glee. The Prestige re-release includes Mellé's in depth liner notes, as well as an entire second album "Quadrama" - a mix of more quirky originals and two Ellington standards. Highly recommended for something different! - Kendo

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Playlist for 12-11-2018 WFCF - Unsung Guitar Heroes!

Gil and Joe Cinderella playing at the top of their game!

This week we heard the work of guitarists off the beaten path (and heard a few obscure pianists in the process!) Joe Puma, Joe Cinderella, Mundell Lowe and Billy Bauer. For the last hour we featured the live Weather Report album "8:30". Thanks for tuning in! Next week is the last show of the year. Make requests at Twitter, Facebook or Instagram! See you then! - Kendo

Hour One:

Pat Bianchi - “Crazy” - In the Moment (2016)*

Harold Mabern - “Dear Lord” - The Iron Man (2018)*

3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Carmen McRae - “The Christmas Song” - A Merry Jazzmas (1990)
Puma with Eddie Costa and Oscar Pettiford!

Billy Bauer - “Lady Estelle's Dream” - Plectrist (1956)

Andy James - “Day Dream” - Caravan (2018)*

Joe Puma - “Ubas” - Quartet and Trio (1957)

Joe Puma - “Stablemates” - Quartet and Trio (1957)

Michael Dease - “Alpha” - Bonafide (2017)*

Kat Gang - “Darn That Dream” - Come Closer (2018)*

Kenny Burrell - “Go Where I Send Thee” - Have Yourself a Soulful Little Christmas (1966)

Hour Two:

Lorraine Feather - “Math Camp” - Math Camp (2018)*

Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop - “The Queen” - Abundance (2016)*

Mundell Lowe - “Yes Sir, That's My Baby” - Mundell Lowe Quartet (1955)
Mundell with Dick Hyman!

Mundell Lowe - “The Night We Called It a Day” - Mundell Lowe Quartet (1955)

Mundell Lowe - “Bach Revisited” - Mundell Lowe Quartet (1955)

Mundell Lowe - “Cheek to Cheek” - Mundell Lowe Quartet (1955)

Mundell Lowe - “Far From Vanilla” - Mundell Lowe Quartet (1955)

Chris Pasin - “OCDC” - Ornettiquette ()*

Gil Mellé - “Adventure Swing” - Primitive Modern (1956)

Gil Mellé - “Dominica” - Primitive Modern (1956)

Hour Three:

Julian Gerstin - “The Old City” - The Old City (2018)* - The Ride Home!

Lee Konitz/Billy Bauer - “Indian Summer” - (1951)

Lee Konitz/Billy Bauer - “Duet for Saxophone and Guitar” - (1951)
Billy's only album as a leader!

Billy Bauer - “Too Marvelous for Words” - Plectrist (1956)

Billy Bauer - “Blue Mist” - Plectrist (1956)

Billy Bauer - “You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To” - Plectrist (1956)

Billy Bauer - “Lullaby of the Leaves” - Plectrist (1955)

Lee Konitz - “Odjenar” - The New Sounds (1951)

Jimmy Smith - “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” - Christmas '64 (1964)

Lennie Tristano - “Marionette” & “Crosscurrent” - Intuition (1949)

McCoy Tyner with Jackie McLean - “Hip-Toe” - It's About Time (1985)

Hour Four:

Nina Simone - “My Baby Just Cares for Me” - Little Girl Blue (1957)

Griffith Park Collection - “Why Wait”- Griffith Park Collection (1982)
At their peak!

Weather Report - “Teen Town” - 8:30 (1979)

Weather Report - “A Remark You Made” - 8:30 (1979)

Weather Report - “Brown Street” - 8:30 (1979)

Kenny Carr - “Departure” - Departure (2018)*

Chuck Mangione - “I Never Missed Someone Before” - Fun and Games (1979)

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Playlist for 12-4-2018 WFCF - 1966!

Superb album cover and set from Stanley Turrentine!

This week we delved into 1966 again with some albums new to the show and some show favorites, as well as new jazz from Les McCann, Marcus Strickland and Richie Cole! Thanks for joining me! - Kendo

Hour One:

Art Blakey's New Jazz Messengers - "Between Races" - Buttercorn Lady (1966)

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

3:15 Jazz Coffee Break
Sounding good!

Wes Montgomery - “The Big Hurt” - Tequila (1966)

Bobby Hutcherson - “Maiden Voyage” - Happenings (1966)

Johnny Hartman - “Love is Here to Stay” - Unforgettable Songs (1966)

Wayne Shorter - “Adam's Apple” - Adam's Apple (1966)

Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis - “Oh Gee” - Lock, The Fox (1966)

Art Blakey's New Jazz Messengers - "Buttercorn Lady" - Buttercorn Lady (1966)

Richie Cole - “Del Sasser” - Cannonball ()*

Marcus Strickland's Twi-Life - “Relentlessness” - People of the Sun (2018)*

Hour Two:

Miles Davis - "Orbits" - Miles Smiles (1966)

Gabor Szabo - “My Foolish Heart” - Spellbinder (1966)

Charles Lloyd - “Karma” - In Europe (1966)

Chucho Valdes - “Luces” - Jazz Bata 2 ()*
I know - that album cover - but album is good!

Pat Bianchi - “Mr. PM” - In the Moment (2016)*

Hubert Laws - "Miss Thing" - Laws of Jazz (1966)

Cal Tjader - "Soul Burst (Guajera)" - Soul Burst (1966)

Bill Evans - "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" - A Simple Matter of Conviction (1966)

Andy James - “Caravan” - Caravan ()*

Hank Mobley - “Cute 'N Pretty” - A Slice of the Top (1966)

Hour Three:

Donald Byrd - “On the Trail” - Mustang (1966) - The Ride Home!

Cal Tjader & Eddie Palmieri - “Modesty” - El Sonido Nuevo (1966)

Horace Silver - "The Jody Grind" - The Jody Grind (1966)

Wes Montgomery - "What the World Needs Now" - Tequila (1966)
Solid set with Sonny Red and Hank Mobley!

Johnny Hartman - "Isn't It Romantic" - Unforgettable (1966)

Hank Jones - “Lou's Good Dues Blues” - Happenings (1966)

Miles Davis - “Seven Steps to Heaven” and "R.J." - At Newport (1966)

Matt Kane - “Ozark Flight” - The Other Side of the Story (2018)*

Les McCann – “Merry Christmas Baby” - A Time Les Christmas ()*

Hour Four:

Charles Lloyd - "Sombrero Sam" - Dream Weaver (1966)

Wynton Kelly/Wes Montgomery - "O Morro Nao Tem Vez" - Smokin' in Seattle (1966)

Gabor Szabo - “Cheetah” - Spellbinder (1966)

Jack McDuff - “Song of the Soul” - Walk On By (1966)
Great vocals and humor on this EP.

Giacomo Gates - “Come Along with Me” - G8S (2018)*

Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery - “Mellow Mood” - The Further Adventures of Jimmy & Wes (1966)

The Tiki Collective - "Harlem Nocturne" - Muse (2018)*

Stanley Turrentine - “Meat Wave” - Easy Walker (1966)

Herbie Mann - “Incense” - Impressions of the Middle East (1966)