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Showing posts with label Steve Wilson. Show all posts
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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Playlist for 2-9-2016 WFCF - Silver & Gold!

"Music Sax" - Cassie Waldron
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This week's theme is Silver & Gold! There are a lot of neat choices that popped up for this one, a lot of variety and unusual suspects. Tune in today (2/9) from 3-7pm eastern by clicking here, or at 88.5FM in the listening area. See you then! - Kenny

Hour One:

Ibrahim Maalouf - "Alf Leila Wa Leila (Overture 2)" - Kalthoum (2015)*
from the new jazz shelf!

Herlin Riley - "The Crossbar" - New Direction (2015)*

    3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

East Coast Standards Time - "Silver Apples" - Impressions (2007)

Chet Baker - "Look for the Silver Lining" - Sings (1954)

Fourplay - "A Silver Lining" - Silver (2015)

Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet - "Louisiana Gold" - In a World of Mallets (2013)

Ahmad Jamal - "Silver" - Saturday Morning (2013)

Gil Melle - "Golden Age" - Gil's Guests (1957)

Kyle Eastwood - "Piece of Silver" - Time Pieces (2015)

Hour Two:

Judy Wexler - "The Moon is Made of Gold" - What I See (2013)

Horace Silver - "Blue Silver" - The Jody Grind (1966)
New music from a jazz legend!

Mundell Lowe - "My Shining Hour" - Poor Butterfly (2015)*

Kenny Barron - "Golden Lotus" - Golden Lotus (1980)

Gonzalo Rubalcaba - "Silver Hollow" - The Blessing (1991)

Steve Wilson/Lewis Nash - "Black Gold" - Duologue (2013)

Eliane Elias - " Isto Aqui O Que E (Silver Sandal)" - Light My Fire (2010)

Svetlana and the Delancey Five - "Just a Sittin' and a Rockin'" - Night at the Speakeasy (2014)*

Ken Fowser - "Head Start" - Standing Tall (2015)*

Wendy Pederson & Jim Gasior - "Jitterbug Waltz" - We Two (2015)*

Bill Frisell - "Psycho Pt. I" - When You Wish Upon a Star (2015)*

Hour Three:

~ Flagler Files ~

Michael Dease - "Solid Gold" - Coming Home (2012) Ride Home!

Roland Kirk - "Silverlization - "Now Please Don't You Cry, Beautiful Edith (1967)
Good playing, singing & writing!

Tom Lellis - "The Flow" - The Flow (2013)*

Roxy Coss - "Don't Cross the Coss" - Restless Idealism (2014)*

Jane Monheit - "Golden Slumbers/The Long and Winding Road" - The Heart of the Matter (2011)

Clayton Hamilton Orchestra - "Silver Celebration" - Live at MCG (2004)

Hour Four:

Ben Patterson - "Golden Lady" - Essential Elements (2011)

Gene Ess - "Silver's Fate" - Fractal Attraction ()

Wayne Shorter - "S.S. Golden Mean" - Without a Net (2013)

Larry Coryell & Kenny Drew Jr. - "Silver's Serenade"

Phil Upchurch - "Black Gold" - Upchurch Tennyson (1975) CTI MOMENT

Jemal Ramirez - "Pomponio" - Pomponio (2015)*

Jeff Hall - "Mornin'" - Life, Collected (2014)*

Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott - "Misty" - Return of the East-West Trumpet Summit (2014)*

The 14 Jazz Orchestra - "Palladium" - Nothing Hard is Ever Easy (2015)*

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Playlist for 8-25-2014 WFCF - Jazz Greats!

"Rhapsody Soothes" - artJMOB
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Just having fun today - spinning a bunch of the albums I've reviewed lately along with some classics and favorites! Hour two should be a good time - a mix of old vinyl and new releases. Tune in online by clicking here. Say hey on the Twitter! See you then (3-7pm eastern) - Kendo

Hour One:

George Cables - "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" - In Good Company (2015)

Giacomo Gates - "If I Were You, Baby, I'd Love Me" - Everything Is Cool (2015)

    3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Judy Wexler - "Convince Me" - What I See (2013)
Judy Wexler

Adam Schroeder - "In The Middle of a Kiss" - Let's (2013)

Ed Reed - "Baby Baby All the Time" - I'm a Shy Guy (2013)

Fred Hersch and Julian Lage - "Free Flying" - Free Flying (2013)

Steve Wilson|Lewis Nash - "Freedom Jazz Dance" - Duologue (2013)

Wilkins & Allen Quartet - "Let's Get Lost" - Petty Theft (2001)

Ella Fitzgerald - "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart" - Sings the Duke ellington Song Book (1957)

Cal Tjader - "Cherry" - Mambo With Tjader (1954)

Cal Tjader - "Sonny Boy" - Mambo With Tjader (1954)
Hour Two:

Stan Getz & Luiz Bonfa - "O Morro Nao Tem Vez" - Jazz Samba Encore! (1963)

Jim Martinez - "Bang! (for Derrick Bang)" - Good Grief! (2015)

Sarah Vaughan - "Ain't Misbehavin" - in Hi Fi (comp 1955)
Antonio Adolfo

Antonio Adolfo - "Alegria for All" - Tema (2015)

Chris Connor - "Blue Silhouette" - Bethlehem's Best (comp.)

Conte Candolli - "Tune for Tex" - Bethlehem's Best (comp.)

Donald Vega - "Eleuthera" - With Respect to Monty (2014)

Howard McGhee - "Tweedles" - Bethlehem's Best (comp.)

Dee Dee Bridgewater - "Big Chief" - Dee Dee's Feathers (2015)

Joe Derise - "My Romance" - Bethlehem's Best (comp.)

Hour Three:

Wayne Shorter - "Footprints" - Adam's Apple (1966) Ride Home!

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

Stan Getz - "Don't Worry 'Bout Me" - Jazz On Savoy 1957-1962

Mark Buselli - "Istanbul" - Untold Stories (2013)

J.J. Johnson - "Audobon" - Jazz On Savoy 1957-1962

Terri Lyne Carrington (with Chaka Khan) - "I'm a Fool to Want You" - The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul (2015)
Terri Lyne Carrington
photo: Tracy Lord

Andrea Wood - "Intuition" - Kaleidoscope (2014)

Johnny Smith - "I'll Remember April" - Walk Don't Run (1954)

Jack McDuff - "Groovin'" - Down Home Style (1969)

Ruby Braff - "Easy Living" - Bethlehem's Best (comp.)

Hour Four:

Jack Mouse - "Hip Check" - Range of Motion (2012)
Jack Mouse

Ray Brown's All Stars - "For Hecklers Only" - Dizzy Gillespie Odyssey 1945-1952 (1946)

Sonny Stitt & Bud Powell - "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm" - Sonny Stitt & Bud Powell (1949)

Sonny Stitt & Bud Powell - "Sonny Side" - Sonny Stitt & Bud Powell (1949)

Sonny Stitt & Bud Powell - "Bud's Blues" - Sonny Stitt & Bud Powell (1949)

Sonny Stitt & Bud Powell - "Sunset" - Sonny Stitt & Bud Powell (1949)

Bob Mintzer Big Band - "Get Up!" - Get Up! (2014)

Christian McBride Trio - "Interlude" - Live at the Village Vanguard (2014)

Johnny Hartman - "Once In a While" - Unforgettable Songs (1966)

Steve Owen - "Fall Down Seven, Stand Up Eight" - Stand Up Eight (2011)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Long-Ass Car Ride Reviews - Duets! Steve Wilson, Lewis Nash

Long-Ass Car Ride Reviews: I take long-ass car rides, I listen to albums, I let you know if they are worthwhile.

Photo (C) John Abbott
To be honest - duo albums are not usually go-to albums for me. Often there is pomposity and heaviness or just a barrenness that can't be overcome by talent. Coincidence had me grab these 2 duet albums for a driving weekend. Boy! was I ever pleased that both were so awesome. Fun & musicality prevail for both.

Superb musicians having quality fun!
Steve Wilson|Lewis Nash - "Duologue" (2013) 8.75/10
Steve Wilson - saxes; Lewis Nash - drums

In a word - delightful

Both the title and the artwork had me a bit worried, but this is the best album I've heard in a long while, period. It is simply delightful all the way through. There is never a moment where you miss a fuller rhythm section or harmonic bedding. A wonderful balance of lightheartedness and intrigue pervades; the only real serious moments, and they are excellent, are for the Steve Wilson originals - "Black Gold" being particularly fine with funky, quirky hooks and Wilson's brilliant soprano chops. Other highlights include lightly driving alto and drums on a bright and splendid "Jitterbug Waltz". Thelonious Monk's angular approach adapts so well to the sparsity - both medleys thrill and entice. A solo drums version of "Freedom Jazz Dance"? Genius! Lewis Nash demonstrates the sensitivity that makes him one of the best drummers on the planet today, making everything sound easy and fun. Steve Wilson's tone on both horns has beautiful appeal - his abundant flow of ideas draw you in immediately on the two opening Ellington selections. Ornette Coleman's "Happy House" was a neat and fitting choice. Then there's the sound - simply stunning (kudos, Jay Dudt); Nash's drums sound so darn good! If you buy one album in this year's set of reviews - make it this one. Very satisfying!

two jazz giants mesh!

Fred Hersch and Julian Lage - "Free Flying" (2013) 8.25/10

Fred Hersch - piano; Julian Lage - guitar

In a word - lightness

There is of course more headiness involved with this duo than the above album, but surprisingly "Free Flying" is also mostly a lighthearted and occasionally whimsical affair. The empathy displayed in the opening "Song Without Words #4: Duet" is astonishing; especially considering these two only met in 2011. The sound at the club Kitano is so right for the timbre presented; I remember being surprised to hear applause at the end of this one - not at all sounding like a 'live' album. "Down Home (for Bill Frissell)" is appropriately bluesy/gospelly, but much more uplifting and good-spirited than anything Frissell has put out! All of the Fred Hersch dedicated originals are slyly fitting. "Free Flying" is an exceptional work; playful, puckish and memorable - all the while the tightness of Hersch & Lage is jaw-dropping. The audience is particularly dazzled by this one and the similarly clever, bluesy "Stealthiness". "Gravity's Pull" and a heartfelt but airborn "Beatrice" (Sam River's haunting classic) are the best cuts; there is just so much improvisatory talent here, as well as very astute comping behind one another. The closing "Monk's Dream" also wows. Hopefully these two will continue to record together - this is nearly perfect modern jazz.