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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Playlist for 6-30-2015 WFCF - Newport Jazz Festivals!

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It's that time of year - July 4th coming up, which is also the time of the Newport Jazz Festival - so for today's show we'll listen to all sorts of recordings and artists made at various Newport Jazz Festivals - some familiar, some not! Plenty of new jazz as well as a few tracks from the albums I reviewed below! Tune in via iHeart by clicking here or locally at 88.5FM. See you there! - Kendo

Hour One:

Jeff "Tain" Watts - "Brilliant Corners" - Blue Vol. 1 (2014)

Harry Allen and Friends - "Mood Indigo" - For George, Cole and Duke (2014)

          3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Jared Gold - "Maybe I'm Amazed" - Metropolitan Rhythm (2014)

Robert Glasper - "Good Morning" - Covered (2014)

Cassandra Wilson - "Don't Explain" - Coming Forth by Day (2014)

Jazz at Carnegie All Stars - "I Can't Get Started" - Ella Fitzgerald Newport Jazz Festival (1973)

Ella Fitzgerald - "Medley: Taking a Chance on Love/I'm In the Mood for Love" - E
lla Fitzgerald Newport Jazz Festival (1973) 

Ella Fitzgerald - "Lemon Drop" - Ella Fitzgerald Newport Jazz Festival (1973)

Tom Lagana Group - "Armando's Rhumba" - Featuring George Garzone Vol 1 (2013)

Diana Krall - "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" - Wallflower (2014)

Hour Two:

Jimmy Giuffre Trio - "Train and the River" - Jazz on a Summer's Day (1958)

Thelonious Monk - "Blue Monk" - Jazz on a Summer's Day (1958)

Sonny Stitt - "Loose Walk" - Jazz on a Summer's Day (1958)

Annie Lennox - "The Nearness of You" - Nostalgia (2014)

Anita O'Day - "Sweet Georgia Brown" - Jazz on a Summer's Day (1958)

Anita O'Day - "Tea for Two" - Jazz on a Summer's Day (1958)

Dinah Washington - "All of Me" - Jazz on a Summer's Day (1958)

Marc Cary - "Beehive" - Rhodes Ahead Vol. 2 (2014)

Vincent Herring - "Fly, Little Bird, Fly" - Night and Day (2014)

Gerry Mulligan - "Catch as Catch Can" - Jazz on a Summer's Day (1958)

Chico Hamilton Quintet - "Blue Sands" - Jazz on a Summer's Day (1958)

Louis Armstrong - "Up a Lazy River" - Jazz on a Summer's Day (1958)

Hour Three:

Herbie Mann - "Patato" - Standing Ovation at Newport (1967) Ride Home!

Billie Holiday - "Nice Work If You Can Get It" - At Newport (1957)

Oscar Peterson - "Will You Still Be Mine" - At Newport (1957)

Carmen McRae - "I'll Remember April" - At Newport (1957)

Eddie Harris - "Walk Soft" - Live at Newport (1970)

Dave Brubeck Quartet featuring Gerry Mulligan - "Take Five" - The Last Set at Newport (1971)

Dizzy Gillespie - "Carioca" - At Newport (1957)

Harold Mabern - "Billie's Bounce" - Afro Blue (2014)

Kurt Elling - "After the Door" - Passion World (2014)

Eddie Jefferson - "Psychedelic Sally" - Body and Soul (1968)

Hour Four:

Count Basie (with Lester Young) - "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" - At Newport (1957)

Count Basie (with Lester Young) - "Lester Leaps In" - At Newport (1957)

Count Basie (with Jimmie Rushing) - "Sent for You Yesterday" - At Newport (1957)

Miles Davis - "Two Bass Hit" - Miles & Coltrane (1958)

Miles Davis - "Bye Bye Blackbird" - Miles & Coltrane (1958)

Donald Byrd/Gigi Gryce - "Love for Sale" - Jazz Laboratory at Newport (1957)

Duke Ellington - "Jeeps Blues/Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue" - At Newport (1956)

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.