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.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Playlist for 7-7-2020 WFCF - Chill Vibes



Playing jazz of the relaxing kind today. Rainy, thunderstormy, sultry kinda day here in NE Florida... going with that feeling. Tune in online here or at 88.5FM in and around St. Augustine. See you there - Kendo


Hour One:

Mary Stallings - "The Surrey With the Fringe On Top" - Manhattan Moods (1997)

Bruce Forman - "On The Street Where You Live" - The Book of Forman (2014)

            3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Kenny Dorham - "Lotus Blossom" - Quiet Kenny (1959)

Dexter Gordon - "Autumn In New York" - Daddy Plays the Horn (1955)


Event Horizon Jazz Quartet - "Chelsea Playground" - Event Horizon (2019)*

Connie Han - "Mr. Dominator" - Iron Starlet (2019)*

Gonzalo Rubalcaba - "Hot House" - The Trio (1997)

Duke Ellington - "Rockin' In Rhythm (1931)

Hour Two:

Joey Alexander - "Warna" - Warna ()*

John Scofield - "Hullo Bolinas" - Swallow Tales (2019)*

Pat Metheny - "Wide and Far" - From This Place (2019)*

George Nazos - "Heat Song" - Heat Song (2019)*

Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong - "A Foggy Day" - Ella & Louis (1956)

Dizzy Gillespie - "A Night In Tunesia" - Afro (1954)

Duke Ellington - "Warm Valley" - Money Jungle (1962)

Sylvia Herold - "The Spider and the Fly" - The Spider and the Fly (2012)

La Lucha - "Lullaby Medley" - Everybody Wants to Rule the World (2020)*

Bill Evans - "Lucky to Be Me" - Everybody Digs Bill Evans (1958)

Hour Three:

            ~ The Break Room ~

Herbie Hancock - "Empty Pockets" - Takin' Off (1962) - The Ride Home!

Herbie Hancock - "You're My Everything" - Takin' Off (1962)

Fred Randolph - "On The Upside" - Mood Walk (2019)*

Vito Dieterle & Joel Forrester - "Work" - StatusSphere (2019)*

Ernesto Cervini - "Wandering" - Tetrahedron (2019)*

Gil Evans - "Where Flamingos Fly" - Out Of the Cool (1960)

Jocelyn Gould - "It Might As Well Be Spring" - Elegant Traveler (2019)*

Hour Four:

Jimmy Giuffre 3 - "Mack the Knife" - The Easy Way (1959)

Charles Pillow Ensemble - "Oska T" - Chamber Jazz (2019)*

Joe Henderson - "Black Narcissus" - Power to the People (1969)

Charles Earland - "No Me Esqueca (Don't Forget Me)" - Leaving This Planet (1973)

Gary Burton Quintet feat. Eberhard Weber - "Silent Spring" - Ring (1974)

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

Grant Green - "A Day In the Life" - Green Is Beautiful (1970)





Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Playlist for 6-30-2020 WFCF - Summer Randomness!


Spinning anything and everything today. Scrambled a bit - kinda like some of our brains thanks to the summer heat! Listen in at iHeart or on 88.5FM in and around St. Augustine! See you there - Kendo


Hour One:

Miles Davis - "Four" - Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (1956)

Curtis Counce - "Move (Unedited Version)" - Exploring the Future (1958)

            3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Brian Landrus - "Clarity In Time" - For Now (2019)*

George Benson - "Tell It Like It Is" - Tell It Like It Is (1969)

Milt Jackson and Wes Montgomery - "Stairway to the Stars" - Bags Meets Wes! (1961)


Gonzalo Rubalcaba - "Yesterdays" - The Trio (1997)

Christian Sands - "Sonar" - Be Water (2019)*

Steve Fidyk - "Loopholes" - Battle Lines (2020)*


Hour Two:

Herbie Hancock - "Watermelon Man" - Takin' Off (1963)


Wayne Escoffery - "Benedictus" - The Humble Warrior (2019)*

Duke Jordan - "Flight to Jordan" - Trio & Quintet ()

Cal Tjader - "What Are You Doing the Rest Of Your Life" - Tjader (1970)

Connie Han - "Nova" - Iron Starlet (2019)*

La Lucha - "Por La Tarde" - Everybody Wants To Rule The World (2020)*


Lou Donaldson - "Minor Bash" - Everything I Play Is Funky (1970)

George Benson - "When Love Has Grown" - Body Talk (1973) CTI Moment


Hour Three:

            ~ The Break Room ~


Miles Davis - "Trane's Blues" - Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (1956)

Frank Foster - "Little Red" - Here Comes Frank Foster (1954)

Charles Earland - "Spinky" - Live at the Lighthouse (1972)

Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five - "Heebie Jeebies" (1926)

Dan Wilensky - "Seven Bees" - All In All (2020)*

Henry Robinett Quartet - "Days of Wine and Roses" - Then (2020)*

Hour Four:

John Scofield - "Falling Grace" - Swallow Tales (2019)*

John Scofield - "Portsmouth Figurations" - Swallow Tales (2019)*

Duke Ellington - "Black and Tan Fantasy" (1927)

Weather Report - "Three Clowns" - Black Market (1975)

Wayne Krantz - "not consciously written about" - Long to Be Loose (1993)

Cal Tjader - "You Keep Me Hangin' On" - Tjader (1970)

Cal Tjader - "She's Leaving Home" - Tjader (1970)

Cal Tjader - "Evil Ways" - Tjader (1970)

George Nazos - "Evidance" - Heat Song (2019)*

Kandace Springs - "Gentle Rain" - The Women Who Raised Me (2019)*

Donald Byrd - "Eldorado" - Blackjack (1967)




Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Playlist for 6-23-2020 WFCF - Hot Summer Jazz!



This week - plenty of great new releases along with music to go along with our sulty beginning of summer we have going on! Listen by clicking here or by tuning in to 88.5FM in St. Augustine and surrounding areas! See you there! - Kendo


Hour One:

Dave Askren/Jeff Benedict - "E.S.P." - Paraphernalia (2019)*


Lauren Henderson - "While We're Young" - The Songbook Session (2020)*

Nanette Frank - "How High The Moon" - Nostalgia (2020)*

            3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

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

Hank Jones - "Lazy Afternoon" - Lazy Afternoon (1989)

Pee Wee Russell - "Moten's Swing" - New Groove (1962)

Gonzalo Rubalcaba - "Maiden Voyage" - The Trio (1997)


Gonzalo Rubalcaba - "On Green Dolphin Street" - The Trio (1997)

Hour Two:

Stanley Turrentine - "Thomasville" - More Than a Mood (1992)

Vito Dieterle - "You Said It" - Anemone (2018)*


Lalo Schifrin - "Quiet Village" - Black Widow (1976) CTI Moment

John Patton - "Village Lee" - Accent on the Blues (1969)


John Patton - "Lite Hit" - Accent on the Blues (1969)

Cassandra Wilson - "You Go To My Head" - Coming Forth By Day (2014)

The Lost Melody - "Sol" - New Songs for Old Souls (2020)*

Carla Bley - 'Life Goes On 1: Life Goes On" - Life Goes On (2019)*

Jim Self/John Chiodini - "Curumim" - The Light Fantastic (2019)*

Hour Three:

             ~ The Break Room ~


Cal Tjader - "Quando Quando Que Sera" - Along Comes Cal (1967)

Freddie Hubbard - "Santa Anna Winds" - Outpost (1981)

Cal Tjader - "Los Banditos" - Along Comes Cal (1967)


Cal Tjader - "Similau" - Along Comes Cal (1967)

Lorca Hart Trio - "Blues Alliance" - Color Me Jazz (2020)*

Carl Saunders - "All The Things You Are" - Jazz Trumpet ()*

Hour Four:


George Benson - "Dance" - Body Talk (1973) CTI Moment

John Patton - "Captain Nasty" - Accent On the Blues (1969)

George Nazos - "Heat Song" - Heat Song (2019)*


John Scofield - "Eiderdown" - Swallow Tales (2019)*

Gary Bartz Ntu Troop - "Bertha Baptist" - Juju Street Songs (1972)

Miles Davis - "Medley: Gemini, Double Image" - Live Evil (1972)

Lonnie Smith - "The Call of The Wild" - Think! (1968)




Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Playlist for 6-16-2020 WFCF - Fresh Sounds

The ever diverse Scofield pays tribute to Steve Swallow!



My focus for the show lately is to spin tracks that I've never played before, and that will hopefully be pleasant surprises for you. Hope you enjoy! Listen online here or at 88.5 FM locally. See you there! - Kendo


Hour One:Lou Donaldson - "Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky (From Now On)" - Everything I Play is Funky (1970)

Billy Cobham - "a. Searching For the Right Door b. Spectrum" - Spectrum (1973)


            3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Lou Donaldson - "Over the Rainbow" - Everything I Play is Funky (1970)

Carl Perkins - "I've Never Been In Love Before" - Introducing Carl Perkins (1954)


Don Patterson - "These Are Soulful Days" - These Are Soulful Day (1973)

Carl Perkins - "Carl's Blues" - Introducing Carl Perkins (1956)

Lonnie Smith - "Three Blind Mice" - Think! (1968)

Jack McDuff - "Georgia On My Mind" - Check This Out (1972)


Hour Two:

Dr. Lonnie Smith - "Alhambra" - All In My Mind (2018)

John Scofield - "She Was Young" - Swallow Tales (2019)*

Gary Burton - "True or False" - Country Roads & Other Places (1969)

Joel Frahm - "A Little Extra" - Live at Smalls (2011)*

Berg/Brecker/Chambers/DeFrancesco - "Friday Night at The Cadillac Club" - The JazzTimes Superband (2000)


Jackie McLean - "Bluesanova" - Consequence (1965)

Kandace Springs - "Angel Eyes" - The Women Who Raised Me (2020)*

Hour Three:

              The Break Room

John Coltrane - "Stardust" - Stardust (1958)

Ed Thigpen - "Cielito Lindo" - Out of the Storm (1966)

Ed Thigpen - "Cloud Break (Up Blues) - Out of the Storm (1966)

Peripheral Vision - "Whistle Up a Rope" - Irrational Revelation (2020)*


Ed Thigpen - "Elbow and Mouth" - Out of the Storm (1966)

La Lucha - "Blues for Houston Person" - Everybody Wants to Rule the World (2020)*

Hour Four:

John Patton - "Rakin' and Scrapin'" - Accent On the Blues (1969)

John Patton - "Freedom Jazz Dance" - Accent On the Blues (1969)

Charles Earland - "Moon Trane" - Live at the Lighthouse (1972)

Wes Montgomery - "The Joker" - A Day In the Life (1967)

Donald Byrd - "Kofi" - "Kofi" (1969)


CTI Allstars - "Red Clay" - California Concert (1971) CTI Moment



Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Playlist for 6-9-2020 WFCF - New Music in My Collection!



Spinning lots of music I received recently with an emphasis on funky and slightly obscure. Tune in here. See you there! - Kendo

Hour One:

Milt Jackson and Wes Montgomery - "S.K.J." - Bags Meets Wes! (1961)

Freddie Redd - "Wigglin'" - The Connection (1960)

            3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Baby Face Willette - "Willow Weep For Me" - Stop and Listen (1961)
Unique & wonderful release from JJ


J.J. Johnson - "Mira (Can You Imagine That)" - J.J.'s Broadway (1963)


Lou Donaldson - "Hamp's Hump" - Everything I Play Is Funky (1970)

Houston Person - "Hard Times" - Goodness! (1969)

Henri Robinett Quartet - "I Hear a Rhapsody" - Jazz Standards Volume 1 Then (2000)*


Robby Ameen - "Fast Eye" - Diluvio (2019)*

Hour Two:

Art Farmer - "Crawl Space" - Crawl Space (1977) CTI Moment

Wes Montgomery - "California Nights" - A Day In the Life (1967) CTI Moment
Strong debut - what a sound!


CTI All-Stars - "Fire and Rain" - California Concert (1971) CTI Moment

Harold Land - "Lydia's Lament" - Harold In the Land of Jazz (1958)

Houston Person - "Jamilah" - Goodness! (1969)


Ernesto Cervini - "Softly, As In a Morning Sunrise" - Tetrahedron (2019)*

Troy Roberts - "Little Room" - Stuff I Heard (2019)*

Gogo Penguin - "_ #" - Gogo Penguin (2019)*

Hour Three:

            ~ The Break Room ~

Art Taylor - "Syeeda's Song Flute" - A.T.'s Delight (1960)
Good stuff!


Gary Burton - "Liturgy" - Duster (1967)

Gary Burton - "Country Roads" - Country Roads & Other Places (1969)

Brother Jack McDuff - "One O'Clock Jump" - Screamin' (1962)

Art Taylor - "Move" - A.T.'s Delight (1960)

George Wallington - "Summertime" - Showcase (1954)

Kandace Springs - "Devil May Care" - The Women Who Raised Me (2020)*

Hour Four:

La Lucha - "She's Like the Wind" - Everybody Wants to Rule the World (2020)*


Herbie Mann - "Comin' Home Baby" - Opalescence (1989)

Lonnie Smith - "Slouchin'" - Think! (1968)


Pete La Roca - "Lazy Afternoon" - Basra (1965)

Lou Donaldson - "Donkey Walk" - Everything I Play Is Funky (1970)


Gary Burton Quintet with Eberhard Webber - "Tunnel of Love" - Ring (1974)

Lonnie Smith - "Son of Ice Bag" - Think! (1968)




Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Playlist for 6-2-2020 WFCF - Back in the Saddle!

1989 release is a bit unusual stylistically - first 2 cuts are great!


First show in over 2 months! 

Hour One:

Perry Joslin - "Here We Go" - Perry Joslin Project (2003)

Ed Calle - "Half Turn" - 360 (2016)

            3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Stan Getz - "Summertime" - West Coast Jazz (1955)
Historic and fun!


Wayne Escoffery - "Sanctus" - The Humble Warrior (2019)*


Benny Goodman - "Sing, Sing, Sing" - Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert Vol. 3 (1938)

The Lost Melody - "Leaving Montserrat" - New Songs for Old Souls (2020)*

Donald Byrd - "On the Trail" - Mustang (1966)

Frank Sinatra - "The Summer Wind" - Strangers In the Night (1966)

Hour Two:

Barney Kessel - "Love Is Here to Stay" - Kessel Plays Standards (1954)


Barney Kessel - "On a Slow Boat to China" - Kessel Plays Standards (1954)
Incredible and powerful performances sweep you up!


Hubert Laws - "Allegro from Concerto #3 in D (Bach)" - Afro-Classic (1970)

Gil Melle - "Tomorrow" - Gil's Guests (1956)

Jim Self/John Chiodini Duo - "The Light Fantastic" - The Light Fantastic (2019)*

Double Image - "Rag-Out" - Double Image (1977)

Jerry Coker - "Un Poco Loco" - A Re-Emergence (1983)

Jerry Coker - "Lush Life" - A Re-Emergence (1983)

Christian Tamburr - "The Awakening" - The Awakening (2019)*

Hour Three:

            The Break Room

Joe Farrell - "November 68th" - Outback (1971) CTI Moment
Sounds great on vinyl!What a band!


Andy Milne and Unison - "Passion Dance" - The reMission (2019)*

Chet Baker - "Tangerine" - She Was Too Good to Me (1974) CTI Moment

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

Jan Harbeck - "Lighter Shades" - The Sound The Rhythm (2018)*

Roger Kellaway - "Can't You See It" - The Trio (1965)

Roger Kellaway - "Sweet and Lovely" - The Trio (1965)

Hour Four:

Double Image - "Mist" - Double Image (1977)


Connie Han - "Iron Starlet" - Iron Starlet (2019)*
Mostly high energy stuff, ironically. Great!


Larry Coryell - "Improvisation on Robert De Visee's Menuet II" - The Restful Mind (1975)

Gary Burton Quintet with Eberhard Weber - "Mevlevia" - Ring (1974)

Robbie Krieger - "Slide Home" - The Ritual Begins at Sundown (2020)*


Herbie Mann - "Dona Palmeira" - Opalescence (1989)

Wes Montgomery - "Windy" - A Day In the Life (1967) CTI Moment

Stan Getz - "Times Lie" - Captain Marvel (1972)


Just because.





Saturday, May 30, 2020

14 Miles Davis Albums for Under $5


Muted Miles close to that mic!
So you're a little bored from all the staying at home, and impulse shopping on Amazon is a major temptation - especially if you're a music junkie. Have no fear - the daddy of music cheapness is here to help you spend less and get more.

Below we have a whole slew of Miles Davis cd's that go for cheap - and most are Prime so you can have them in your hands pretty quickly. 
I just ordered the Jack Johnson one yesterday - it'll be here tonight! Plus many of them come with "auto-rip" so I was able to listen to the album this morning while I cuddled with the dog (he liked side A). I do make a few cents on purchases from this blog post, but it does not raise the cost of the items. Fill the holes in your collection and get with some new first rate jazz! - Kendo!

ps - most of the cds below are Prime even though the icons may not list it as such.








Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Playlist for 4-22-2020 Home - Jazzploration

Wonderful 1979 release from George Cables!



As I mention on this week's show, the intended name for my radio program was originally "Jazzploration". To appease both the station manager and the previous host for that time slot, who had held if for something like 15 years, I was convinced to maintain her show name and it's honor: "Jazz Greats", which - not only rang somewhat pedestrian to my ears, but also countered with what I intended to do: play music by both widely known artists as well as the most obscure and forgotten.

My plan was to take the listener to another place, plain and simple; often a happy one, a good-time one, occasionally an outta-this-world one. This week's show is my current idea of what that should be like: a journey. You spend some time on the airport, you board the plane with excitement (or fear), you take off and soar above the earth, you land someplace you've never been before, you explore, you drive a little further out, explore...

Hope you like the show. Thanks for stopping by & listening!
- Kendo


Grant Green - "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is" - Visions (1971)
His regular trio plus Ray Barretto


Red Garland - "Manteca" - Manteca (1958)

George Cables - "Beyond Forever" - Circles (1979)

Donald Byrd - "Samba Yanta" - The Creeper (1967)

Art Farmer - "Sing Me Softly of the Blues" - Sing Me Softly of the Blues (1965)

Gary Burton Quintet - "Ictus/Syndrome/Wrong Key Donkey" (1975)
With Pat Metheny, Mick Goodrich,
Steve Swalloe, Bob Moses


Gary Burton Quartet - "Como en Vietnam" - Times Square (1978)

Curtis Fuller - "Maze" - Crankin' (1971)

Kurt Elling - "The Fanfold Hawk" - Secrets Are the Best Stories (2020)*


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Playlist for 4-14-2020 Home - Shorty Show!





This week we delve into my vinyl collection alphabetically and listen to the shortest track of each album; making for good variety, interesting deep cuts and hitting up overlooked or forgotten albums. You can listen in the audio player above. Hope you enjoy - would love some feedback on this idea, whether I should continue with it! Stay safe - Kendo



John Abercrombie - "Reminiscence" - Gateway II (1977)
The lineup with Victor Felman


Cannonball Adderley Quintet - "What Is This Thing Called Love" - At the Lighthouse (1960)

Cannonball Adderley Quintet - "Sticks" - Mercy, Mercy Mercy! (1966)

Cannonball Adderley Quintet - "Walk Tall (Baby, That's What I Need" - 74 Miles Away (1967)

Cannonball Adderley Quintet - "Somewhere" - Swingin' In Seattle (1967)

Nat Adderley Quintet - "The Fifth Labor of Hercules" - Blue Autumns (1983)
Airto and his freaky album covers


Airto - "Ruas do Recifie" - Promises of the Sun (1976)

Mose Allison - "Saturday" - Back Country Suite (1957)

Mose Allison - "Spring Song" - Back Country Suite (1957)

Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt - "Walkin'" - Boss Tenors in Orbit (1962)

Gene Ammons (Howard McGhee and The Blazers) - "Muggin' McGhee" - Heavy Sax (1962)

Roy Ayers - "Don't Hide Your Love" - No Stranger to Love (1979)
And then there's this


Dave Bailey Quintet - "Comin' Home Baby" - Two Feet In the Gutter (1961)

Chet Baker - "What'll I Do" - She Was Too Good To Me (1974) CTI Moment

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

Gary Bartz Ntu Troop - "Africans Unite" - Juju Street Songs (1972)

Count Basie - "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and OUt" - Basie Picks the Winners (1965)

Count Basie - "Help" - Basie's Beatle Bag (1966)

Count Basie - "Hello Young Lovers' - Broadway Basie's... Way (1966)
Not to be outdone... Joe
amps up the freakage game.


Count Basie - "In The Still of The Night" - Hollywood... Basie's Way (1967)

Count Basie - "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" - High Voltage (1970)

Joe Beck - "Cafe Black Rose" - Beck (1972)




Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Playlist for 4-7-2020 Home - Diversions!





This week we mixed the relaxing, destressing self-isolation jazz with longer, more intricate tracks to help you get your mind off of things for awhile, and we visited the virtual new jazz shelf! Thank you for listening and stay safe! - Kendo


Emanuele Coluccia - "Jazzlito" (Theme Music)

Connie Han - "Iron Starlet" - Iron Starlet (2019)*
A force to be reckoned with - wonderful player!


Jeff Rupert and George Garzone - "Bahia" - The Ripple (2018)*

O Som do Jazz - "Coco" - Go! (2019)*


Clark Terry and Bob Brookmeyer - "Just an Old Manuscript" - The Power of Positive Swinging (1965)

Snorre Kirk Quartet with Stephen Riley - "Blues Jump" - Tangerine Rhapsody (2019)*

Lee Morgan - "Party Time" - The Procrastinator (1967)

Diana Krall - "Like Someone In Love" - Turn Up the Quiet (2016)

Larry Coryell - "If Miles Were Here" - Barefoot Man: Sanpaku (2016)
A complimentary pairing!


Michael Petrovich - "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" - Bella Luna (2012)

Acme Jazz Garage - "Acmefied" - Acme Jazz Garage (20160

Cal Tjader Sextet & Stan Getz - "Big Bear" - Cal Tjader/Stan Getz (1958)

Anita O'Day & Cal Tjader - "Mister Sandman" - Time for Two (1962)

Dan Jordan - "Voce Vai Ver" - Pure Joy (2015)

Weldon Irvine - "Walk That Walk, Talk That Talk" - Cosmic Vortex (Justice Divine) (1974)

Mark Chiriboga - "What Words Can't Say" - Mark Chiriboga (2011)





Friday, April 3, 2020

Retro Review - Johnny Hodges & Wild Bill Davis "Mess of Blues"

Some abstract business for a straight ahead album!



Johnny Hodges & Wild Bill Davis - Mess of Blues (1963)

rating: 6.5/10

This somewhat unusual pairing was a thing for much of the 60's until Hodges died. If you've spent any time listening to Duke Ellington, your aware of Johnny Hodge's alto sound and style. As for Wild Bill Davis - think somewhere between Shirley Scott and the dude outside the Wurlitzer store in the mall. So yeah, if you're a jazz purist or a Jimmy Smith fan, his sound takes getting used to.

This is not a "heavy" album by any means. By all accounts you could consider this a "light" jazz album; something you might put on in say, a pandemic? After a bad day at work?

First off, despite the title, most of the album has a feel-good quality to it. It might seem somewhat obvious to say, but there is something wonderfully Ellington-ian to it. Aside from three compositions of Duke's and his lead alto man, that feeling is there throughout the album: the easy swing feel that still has a deep pocket; the relaxed manner of approach that still has wonderful dynamics, keeping it afloat. Elegance with sophistication.

Then there's the addition of guitarist Kenny Burrell, a huge Ellington admirer. He keeps his solos cool and choice but still impressive and of course, will killer soul. Ed Shaughnessy on drums is all pro as you might expect from a future Tonight Show drummer (with Doc Severinsen); achieving everything that's needed at any given time, and always swingin'.

Side one is solid through and through. Side two has the aptly titled Bill Davis original "Stolen Sweets" which is a bit overly poppy; as is the version of Ellington's "Lost in Meditation" (it's a Verve release, after all). The best cuts on the album are "Jones", "Love You Madly" and Hodges "A & R Blues".

At 30 minutes it ain't gonna hurt ya, and it might even cure what ails ya. - Kendo



Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Playlist for 3-31-2020 Home - Staying Home!





For this week it's another Home Edition of the show - and will be until the radio station re-opens. The focus was on more relaxing, soothing jazz but still lively enough to distract us from all the craziness! Also there are two featured albums: "Domino" by Roland Kirk and "Off the Top" from Jimmy Smith. Enjoy and do stay safe! - Kendo

Ways to keep in touch with me:



Jimmy Smith - "Off the Top" - Off The Top (1982)
What a band! Excellent album..


Billy Bauer - "Lullaby of the Leaves" - Plectrist (1956)

Hubert Laws - "Pensativa" - Wild Flower (1972)

Donald Fagen - "Planet D'rhonda" - Sunken Condos (2012)

Roland Kirk - "A Stritch in Time" - Domino (1962)

Thom Rotella - "Oddball" - Storyline (2019)

Karrin Allyson - "Nancy (With the Laughing Face)" - (2000)

Miles Davis - "Miles" - Milestones (1958)

Jimmy Smith - "Mimosa" - Off the Top (1982)
A creative force... so much to discover on this one!


Roland Kirk - "Get Out of Town" - Domino (1962)

Chet Baker - "Lets Get Lost" - Chet Baker Sings and Plays (1955)

Lynne Arriale - "Here Comes the Sun" - Convergence (2010)

Roland Kirk - "Lament" - Domino (1962)

Chico Hamilton - "Baby, You Know" - The Dealer (1966)

Bill Evans - "Blue In Green" - Portrait In Jazz (1959)

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Playlist for 3-24-2020 Home - First Home Edition of Jazz Greats!


Superb Timmons from 1964.



Well, I'm glad I got last week's show in before the station closed for the safety of the dj's! This week and the for time being, the show will be recorded at home, to maintain a sense of regularity for both the listeners and myself. This week it's jazz selected to help us stay calm amidst all the horrible news we're hearing and seeing, simple as that. Stay safe, stay home, and enjoy the show in the player above! Much love - Kendo

instagram: @jazzploration


Theme Music - "Jazzlito"- Emanuele Coluccia

Bobby Timmons - "I Could Have Danced All Night" - Chung King (1964)

Coleman Hawkins - "I'll Never Be the Same" - The Hawk Relaxes (1961)

Ella Fitzgerald - "Solitude" - Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book (1957)

Antonio Carlos Jobim - "Antigua" - Wave (1967)
If you're looking for chill... look no further.

Sonny Rollins - "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep" - Plus Four (1956)

Art Tatum - "Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin'" - Solo Masterpieces Vol. One (1955)

Gonzalo Rubalcaba - "Perfidia" - Suite 4 y 20 (1992)

Bobby Timmons - "O Grande Amor" - Chung King (1964)

Grant Green - "I Want To Hold Your Hand" - I Want To Hold Your Hand (1965)

Bill Evans Trio - "Spring Is Here" - Portrait In Jazz (1959)
A mixed bag... but interesting as always!

Brother Jack McDuff - "Who Knows What Tomorrow's Gonna Bring" - Who Knows What Tomorrow's Gonna Bring (1970)

Bobby Timmons - "Little One" - A Little Barefoot Soul (1963)

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


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Playlist for 3-17-2020 WFCF - St Patricks Day!

Photo by  Djalma Paiva Armelin

Today we are celebrating St. Patricks Day listening to jazz by artists with Irish last names: McDuff, McGriff, McLean, McPartland, McPherson, McBride, McFarland... you get the idea. Should be fun! Tune in at 88.5 FM in and around St. Augustine, or listen on iHeart here. See you there! - Kendo

ps: audio of the broadcast of the show below!

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Hour One:

Marian McPartland's Hickory House Trio - "September Song" -

Gary McFarland - "Paris Original" - The Jazz Version: How To Succeed... (1961)


Gary McFarland - "Love From a Heart of Gold" - The Jazz Version: How To Succeed... (1961)

            3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Carmen McRae - "Like A Lover" - I Am Music (1975)

Hal McKusick - "A Touch of Spring" - Triple Exposure (1957)


Jack McDuff - "Elmo Tucker" - The Heatin' System (1972)

Roger Kellaway - "Night and Day" - The Many Open Minds of Roger Kellaway (2010)*

Gina Kronstadt - "A Simple Man" - October Comes Too Soon (2019)*




Hour Two:

Les McCann & Eddie Harris - "Cold Duck Time" - Swiss Movement (1969)

Jimmy McGriff - "The Worm" - The Worm (1968)

John McLaughlin - "New York On My Mind" - Electric Guitarist ()

Bob McChesney - "You May Have It Wrong" - Chez Sez (2015)

Christian McBride - "Wayne's World" - A Family Affair (1998)

Lara Driscoll - "Autumn In New York" - Woven Dreams (2019)


Jackie McLean - "Lost" - A Fickle Sonance (1962)

Jimmy McGriff - "Space Cadet" - Red Beans (1976)




Hour Three:

Brother Jack McDuff - "Sancitified Samba" - Live! (1963) - The Ride Home!


Brother Jack McDuff - "Whistle While You Work" - Live

Hal McKusick - "Blues Half-Smiling" - Triple Exposure (1957)

Carmen McRae - "Man That Was A Dream" - Carmen Sings Monk (1988)

Nellie McKay - "Where Or Where" - Sister Orchid (2018)

Fraser MacPherson - "Happy Man" - Jazz Prose (1984)

Charles McPherson - "Get Happy" - Come Play With Me (1995)

Carmen McRae - "Still We Dream" - Carmen Sings Monk (1988)

Benny Green - "My Girl Bill" - Kaleidoscope (1996) request

Jackie McLean - "Nursery Blues" - Tippin' The Scales (1962)


Hour Four:

Marian McPartland - "A Fine Romance" - A Fine Romance (1976)

Tim McCormick - "Funertia" - Earth Signs (2004)

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

Brother Jack McDuff - "Theme from Electric Surfboard" - Down Home Style (1969)

Kat Edmonson - "All I Do Is Dream of You" - Dreamers Do (2019)*

Gary McFarland - "I Don't Need the Rain to See Rainbows - "Scorpio and Other Signs" (1968)

Brother Jack McDuff - "Down in the Valley" - A Change Is Gonna Come ()

John McLaughlin - & The 4th Dimension - "Miles Beyond" - Live at Ronnie Scott's (2017)

Miles Davis - "Moon Dreams" - Birth of the Cool (1949)*

Brother Jack McDuff - "Oblighetto" - Moon Rappin' (1969)

John McLaughlin - "Peace One" - My Goals Beyond (1970)

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Playlist for 3-10-2020 WFCF - 1964!

1964 Sinclair Gas Station

This week we explored jazz recorded in the year 1964; when the average income was about $6,000, gasoline was 25¢ a gallon, bread was about 21¢ a loaf and a postage stamp cost 5¢! Everyone was alive and active; some soldiering on, some in transition, some stretching their boundaries... Miles, Coltrane, Jackie McLean, George Benson, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Wes Montgomery, Art Blakey, Grant Green & more. In the mix was some of the best and more progressive cuts from the new jazz shelf. Thanks to all who tuned in and thanks to you for stopping by!

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Hour One:

Benny Benack III - "Social Call" - A Lot of Livin' to Do (2019)*
Round bread a thing in 1964


Wayne Shorter - "Aremegeddon" - Night Dreamer (1964)

           3:15 Jazz Greats

George Benson - "I Don't Know" - The New Boss Guitar of George Benson (1964)

Paul Desmond - "Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo" - Glad to Be Unhappy (1964)

Jackie McLean - "Cancellation" - It's Time! (1964)
Sounds intriguing...


Thelonious Monk - "I Should Care" - Solo Monk (1964)

Lee Morgan - "Mr. Kenyatta" - Search for The New Land (1964)

Negroni's Trio - "Tempus Fugit" - Acustico (2019)*

Hour Two:

Grant Green - "Ezz-Thetic" - Solid (1964)

Miles Davis - "All Blues" - My Funny Valentine (1964)
1964 Magnavox Astro Sonic
with some jazz cued up...


Erik Jekabson Sextet III - "Bell Song" - One Note at a Time (2018)*

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - "The Core" - Free For All (1964)

Wes Montgomery - "People" - Movin' Wes (1964)

Wes Montgomery - "Movin' Wes (Pt 1)" - Movin' Wes (1964)
1964 Postage looking un-hip


Bobby Timmons - "Samba Triste" - From The Bottom (1964)

Hour Three:

Blue Mitchell - "Chick's Tune" - The Thing To Do (1964) - The Ride Home!

Dave Brubeck Quartet - "Upstage Rhumba" - Jazz Impressions of New York (1964)
Tang clearly the
right choice in 1964.


Herbie Hancock - "Oliloqui Valley" - Empyrean Isles (1964)

Art Blakey - "Calling Miss Khadija" - Indestructible (1964)

Thelonious Monk - "Teo" - Monk (1964)

Hour Four:

Emie R Roussel Trio - "Rythme de passage" - Rythme De Passage (2019)*

Alex Gooman - "No Man's Land" - Impressions in Blue and Red (2019)*
"Mad for buckets?"


Sonny Rollins - "Night and Day" - Sonny Rollins and Co. (1964)

John Coltrane - "A Love Supreme Part 1 - Acknowledgement" - A Love Supreme (1964)

Donald Byrd - "Blind Man, Blind Man" - Up with Donald Byrd (1964)

Cal Tjader - "Pantano" - Soul Sauce (1964)

Miles Davis - "Go Go" - Miles in Berlin (1964)
Miles in 1964


Dexter Gordon - "Tanya" - One Flight Up (1964)


1964 Barbie found the ludes...
Florida looked hellafun in 1964

Sam Houston stamp 1964.
Brand new in 1964 - I'm definitely
snackatites!
1964 Pontiac Catalina
The top 20 singles of the year
1964 according to Billboard.