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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Playlist for 1-28-2020 WFCF - This and That!

The new kid on the block is good!

There wasn't a theme for this week's show, just some albums I've been itching to share and a lot of new good music coming into the station! We did do some two-fers for some of the albums including Thelonious Monk, Brother Jack McDuff, Jeff Rupert and George Garzone and Joe Farrell. Thanks to all who tuned in and thank you for stopping by! - Kendo

Hour One:

Jeff Rupert & George Garzone - "Bahia" - The Ripple (2019)*

Erroll Garner - "That's My Kick" - That's My Kick (1966)*

            3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Lolly Allen - "If You Could See Me Now" - Coming Home (2016)*

Miles Davis - "It Your Own Sweet Way" - Workin' (1956)
Way cool album cover, excellent pairing.

Art Farmer with Joe Henderson - "Blue Montreaux" - Yama (1979) CTI Moment

Ella Fitzgerald - "I've Got a Crush On You" - Ella at Zardi's (1956)

Jeff Rupert & George Garzone - "Go-Go" - The Ripple (2019)*

Herbie Hancock - "People Music" - Secrets (1976)

Hour Two:

Grachan Moncur III - "Air Raid" - Evolution (1963)

Justin Varnes - "Prelude" - Survival Instinct (2019)*

Justin Varnes - "Fergimore Island, TX BLues" - Survival Instinct (2019)*

The New Tony Williams Lifetime - "Fred" - Believe It (1975)
Aaron Diehl - photo by Jaime Kahn

Aaron Diehl - "Polaris" - The Vagabond (2019)*

Oliver Nelson - "Butch and Butch" - The Blues and the Abstract Truth (1961)

Herbie Hancock - "Water Torture" - Crossings (1972)

Hour Three:

            ~ Flagler Footnotes ~

Freddie Hubbard - "Outer Forces" - Blue Spirits (1965) - The Ride Home!

Alex Levin - "Sweets" - A Sunday Kind of Love (2019)*

Charlie Mingus - "Four Hands" - The Jazz Experiments of Charlie Mingus (1954)

Jack McDuff - "Minha Saudade" - A Change Is Gonna Come (1966)

John Bailey - "Pebbles in the Pocket" - Can You Imagine? (2019)*

Hour Four:

Nat "King" Cole - "There's No Anesthetic for Love" - Hittin' the Ramp (1939)*
Never get tired of this album cover!

Nat "King" Cole - "Riffin' at the Bar-B-Q" - Hittin' the Ramp (1939)*

Thelonious Monk - "Liza" - The Unique Thelonious Monk (1956)

Thelonious Monk - "Memories of You" - The Unique Thelonious Monk (1956)

Jack McDuff - "A Change Is Gonna Come" - A Change Is Gonna Come (1966)

Hubert Laws - "Fire and Rain" - Afro-Classic (1970) CTI Moment

Binker Golding - "I Forgot Santa Montica" - Abstractions of Reality Past and Incredible Feathers (2018)*

Joe Farrell - "Song of the WInd" - Joe Farrell Quartet (1970)

Joe Farrell - "Follow Your Heart" - Joe Farrell Quartet (1970)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Long-Ass Car Ride Review! - Nate Najar, Tom Lagana

New feature on this blog! The long-ass car ride review: I take long-ass car rides, I listen to albums, I let you know if they're worthwhile.


This week by coincidence I grabbed 2 cds from the unlistened to jazz shelf with very similar intents: Brazilian jazz headed up by acoustic guitarists who aren't Brazilian. The approaches to the music are extreme, with subsequently extreme results. One works, one irks.

Nate Najar - Aquarela do Brasil (2013) 3/10
This will hardly be a review, since the album both annoyed me and frequently blended into the road noise. There is no lack of talent here, Nate is a fantastic guitarist. There is just an air of pretension & pedantry that turned me off: "we are about to show you how Brazilian music is done". In addition - not that I follow Harry Allen that much, but he conjures up Getz here to a degree I'm not comfortable with. The best tracks are "Canto de Ossanha" and the title track, (known to the rest of us simply as "Brazil"). Bassist Tommy Cecil's "Samba for Felix" also has it's moments. As I mentioned - the cd annoyed me, but not enough to make me shut it off. I think there are plenty of jazz lovers out there who will love it to pieces.

Tom Lagana Group featuring George Garzone - Vol. 1 (2013) - 7/10

The approach to Brazilian on this album is very casual and relaxed. Occasionally this results in overly long ballads. By and large though, this is a highly listenable album with quality sound and performances. There are just a few legit Brazilian numbers (Jobim's "Outra Vez" is a nice opener, Ary Barroso's "Para Machucar Meu Coracao" is lovely but very long) along with a few originals, the best being bassist Tom Baldwin's "Bossa Moderna"; and pleasant standards ("The Shadow of Your Smile", "Moonlight in Vermont" and in particular the duo version of "Nature Boy" are all very worthwhile listens). Baldwin and drummer Dominic Smith provide appropriately minimal support for this setting with enough pep to prevent boredom. The whole show is Lagana - who plays with heart and very little pretense, and Garzone - whose tone is lovely as %^&* and who is in a very subdued mode, for the most part. I have not heard him play this way - it's awesome. The best track is a simple reading of Chick Corea's "Armando's Rhumba", with Garzone waking things up on soprano.