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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Kendo's Top 55 Jazz Tracks for 2016

It's Halloween! Time for my fourth annual list of the Top 55 Jazz Tracks; covering the last 12 months (Oct 2015 - Oct 2016). Selecting tracks was much more difficult since I became jazz director at WFCF St. Augustine, simply because I get exposed to way more music; and so many highly enjoyable
Show time - my favorite day of the week!
releases came out this year! 


Be aware it's a highly personal list, and does not reflect airplay tallies at WFCF. Music was chosen for the following: memorability, originality, interpretation/arrangement, execution or for just being plain good radio! 
(Links for titles go to the selection at Amazon.com, when available.) 

To hear a countdown of many of these tracks, tune in Tuesday Nov 1st to WFCF on iHeart from 3-5pm eastern, and resuming from 5:15-7pm eastern by clicking here.

Also - below the main list are my choices for Top 12 Jazz Albums of 2016. These were selected for their through and through listenability and enjoyment. So much good music came out this year! Hope you enjoy the lists and thanks so much for stopping by. - Kendo


Top 55 Jazz Tracks for 2016

1. Jackie Gage - "That Old Black Magic" - Siren Songs

2. Ashleigh Smith - "Love Is You" - Sunkissed

3. Jackie Gage - "Mine" - Siren Songs

4. Marquis Hill - "Moon Rays" - The Way We Play

5. Ed Calle - "Until the End of Never" - 360

6. Jordan Young - "Time in a Bottle" - Jazz Jukebox

7. Todd Hunter - "Snake in the Bottle" - Eat, Drink, Play

8. Reginald Cyntje - "Spiritual" - Spiritual Awakening

9. Metalwood - "Bodybeard" - Twenty

10. Jane Ira Bloom - "Song Patrol" - Early Americans

11. Brian Charette - "Falling Fourth" - Once & Future

12. Christian Tamburr, Takana Miyamoto, Keita Ogowa - "Norwegian Wood" - People Talk

13. Joe Policastro - "More Than a Woman" - Pops!

14. Ken Peplowski - "An Affair to Remember" - Enrapture

15. Keith Brown - "Human Nature" - The Journey

16. Alfredo Rodriguez - "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring" - Tocororo

17. Tim Tamashiro - "I Won't Dance" - Drinky

18. Ryan Fourt - "Air-Gun (Daisy's Revenge)" - Big Slick

19. Theo Croker - "Transcend" - Escape Velocity

20. Kait Dunton - "Chrysocolla" - Kait

21. Allison Adams Tucker - "A Thousand Years" - Wanderlust

22. Dena DeRose - "I'm Glad There Is You" - United

23. Charles Lloyd & The Marvels - "Of Course, Of Course" - I Long to See You

24. Leslie Odom Jr. - "Look for the Silver Lining" - Leslie Odom Jr.

25. Karl Latham - "Tax Man" - Living Standards

26. Nancy Harms - "Lush Life" - Ellington at Night

27. Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio - "The Summer Knows" - Live in Studio

28. Joey Alexander - "Criss Cross" - Countdown

29. Jacob Collier - "Flintstones" - In My Room

30. Jordan Young - "Son of Icebag" - Jazz Jukebox

31. Oleg Kireyev & Keith Javors - "Estate" - The Meeting

32. Matt Kane - "In Case You Missed It" - Acknowledgement

33. Tom McCormick - "South Beat" - South Beat

34. Corey Christiansen - "Old Joe Clark" - Factory Girl 

35. Greg Fishman - "Dahlia" - New Journey

36. Esperanza Spalding - "Unconditional Love" - Emily's D Evolution

37. Badbadnotgood - "Speaking Gently" - IV

38. Acme Jazz Garage - "Mr. G.P."

39. Branford Marsalis & Kurt Elling - "Doxy" - Upward Spiral

40. Jake Shimabukuro - "6/8" - Nashville Sessions

41. Ron King - "Perfect Day" - Triumph

42. Alex Tosca - "3rio" - Tosca 

43. Kyle Eastwood - "Caipirinha" - Time Pieces

44. Chris Ziemba - "Manhattan Lullaby" - Manhattan Lullaby

45. Sari Kessler - "After You've Gone" - Do Right

46. Catherine Russell - "Harlem On My Mind" - Harlem On My Mind

47. Fahir Atakoglu - "Sync-op" - Live at Umbria Jazz

48. Lonnie Smith - "Straight No Chaser" - Evolution

49. Cyrille Aimee - "Lazy Afternoon" - Let's Get Lost

50. Carol Bach-y-Rita - "'Tis Autumn" - Minha Casa/My House

51. Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio - "My Ship" - Back Home

52. Addison Frei - "Good Morning Heartache" - Transit

53. Oran Etkin - "After You've Gone" - What's New

54. Jimmy O'Connell - "Gray Matter" - Arrhythmia

55. Behn Gillece - "Signals" - Dare to Be



Top 12 Albums

1. Theo Croker - "Escape Velocity

1. Marquis Hill - "The Way We Play"

3. Jackie Gage - "Siren Songs"

4. Ed Calle - "360"

5. Joshua Breakstone - "88"

6. Kait Dunton - "Triokait"

7. Jordan Young - "Jazz Jukebox"

8. Antonio Adolfo - "Tropical Infinito"

9. Todd Hunter - "Eat, Drink, Play"

10. Tom Tallitsch - "Gratitude"

11. Carol Bach-y-Rita - "Minha Casa/My House"

12. Ron King - "Triumph"

honorable mention: Albare - "Dreamtime"





Classic!

Best Album Cover - Tim Tamashiro "Drinky"

Worst Album Cover - there are a few but I'm going with Diane Witherspoon


Scariest Jazz Moment - Kevin Ma...... "Michael Bublé"

Most covered non-standard - "Pure Imagination" (5), "Shenandoah" (4)


Most fun musician name to announce - Ugonna Okegwo

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Kendo's Top 55 Jazz Tracks for 2015

It's All Hallow's Eve! Time for the list of songs that did it for me the past 12 months, on or off the radio shows. 



This year's list is entirely music released in the past year, except for a handful that came out a bit earlier, but only reached my ears more recently. Also, afterwards there is a short "Best Albums of 2015" list, as well as a list of 22 older cuts for recommended listening; or maybe a fun & unique jazz playlist.

Tune in Tuesday 11/3 from 3-7pm eastern when we'll count down from #25 to #1. 


Have fun! The links, when available, are for mp3 purchase links over at Amazon. Always get your jazz legally! Thanks for stopping by - Kendo



Kendo's Top 55 Jazz Tracks for 2015


1. Jacky Terrasson - "Kiff"
2. Cecile McLorin Salvant - "Wives and Lovers"
3. George Cables - "Mr. Anonymouse"
4. John Scofield - "Museum"
5. Diana Krall - "I'm Not in Love"
6. Rez Abbasi - "Low-Lee-Tah"
7. La Lucha - "Lullaby Medley"
8. Andreas Varady - "Come Together"
9. Eli Bennett - "The Other Side"
10. Antonio Adolfo - "Alegria for All"
11. Eliane Elias - "Brazil"
12. Quincy Davis - "Ponder This"
13. Lorraine Feather - "Be My Muse"
14. Annie Lennox - "You Belong To Me"
15. Dan Jordan - "Triste"
16. Jamie Cullum - "Interlude"
17. Marcus Miller - "Xtraordinary"
18. Russell Malone - "Soul-Leo"
19. Jason Miles/Ingrid Jensen - "Super City"
20. David Sanborn - "Can't Get Next to You"
21. Cassandra Wilson - "Crazy He Calls Me"
22. Chris Washburne - "Low Rider"
23. James Farm - "North Star"
24. Harry Allen and Friends - "Purple Gazelle"
25. Gerald Stockton - "Simple Samba"

26. Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet - "Equinox"
27. Errol Rackipov - "Folk Dance"
28. Andreas Varady - "Human Nature"
29. Annie Lennox - "I Put a Spell On You"
30. Cory Weeds - "Bluesanova"
31.
Linda Cole & Josh Bowlus - "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby"  
32. José James - "I Thought About You"
33. Jason Marsalis - "Blues for Now"

34. John Ellis|DOUBLE WIDE - "Booker"
35. Charles McPherson - "Bud Like"
36. Cecile McLorin Salvant - "Fog"

37. Joe Magnarelli - "NYC-J-Funk"
38. Dee Dee Bridgewater - "Dee Dee's Feathers" 
39. Peter Leitch - "Nutty"
40. Greg Abate Quartet - "Conflict"
41. Harold Mabern (with Kurt Elling) "You Needed Me"
42. Karrin Allyson - "Happy Talk"
43.
Lisa Parrott - "Dancing Laughing"
44. Andy Bey - "Love Is Here To Stay
45. Steve Gadd - "Freedom Jazz Dance"
46. Larry Coryell - "The Way It Was"
47. Gabriel Espinosa/Hendrik Meurkens - "Samba, Little Samba"
48. Jeff "Tain" Watts - "May 15, 2011"
49. Steve Turre - "Funky Thing"

50. Peter Zak - "Jackie"
51. Jim Martinez - "Surfin' Snoopy"
52. Jared Gold - "God Has Smiled On Me"
53. Christian Tamburr - "Libertango"
54. Mark Egan - "After Math"
55. Jax Jazz Collective - "Raincheck"


Top 12 Jazz Albums for 2015

1. Cassandra Wilson - "Coming Forth By Day"
2. Cecile McLorin Salvant - "For One to Love"
3. Jacky Terrason - "Take This!"
4. La Lucha - "Standards, Not Standards"
5. Diana Krall - "Wallflower"
6. Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet - "Intents and Purposes"

7. Annie Lennox - "Nostalgia"
8. Marcus Miller - "Afrodeezia"
9. Jason Miles/Ingrid jensen - "Kind of New"
10. Cory Weeds - "Condition Blue"
11. Dave Stryker - "Messin' With Mister T"

12. Donald Vega - "With Respect to Monty"

Top 22 Awesome Jazz Oldies for 2015

1. Marlena Shaw - "You're My Everything"
2. Wayne Shorter - "Chief Crazy Horse"
3. Johnny Smith - "Sophisticated Lady"
4. General Music Project - "It Was a Very Good Year"
5. Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - "Freedom Monday"
6. Duke Ellington - "Smada"
7. Anita O'Day - "Sweet Georgia Brown" (Newport)
8. Paul Desmond - "Skylark"
9. Stanley Turrentine - "Two for T"
10. Thelonious Monk - "Carolina Moon"
11. Count Basie - "If I Were a Bell"
12. Louis Armstrong and The All Stars - "(Give Me) A Kiss To Build a Dream On"
13. Dizzy Gillespie - "Dizzy Atmosphere"
14. Ella Fitzgerald - "In a Sentimental Mood"
15. Joe Farrell - "Hurricane Jane"
16. Joni Mitchell - "You're My Thrill"
17. Kenny Burrell - "Out of This World"
18. Clark Terry & Bob Brookmeyer - "Hawg Jawz"
19. Stan Kenton - "Willow Weep for Me"
20. Grant Green - "A Day in the Life"
21. Mel Tormé - "Comin' Home Baby"
22. Gabor Szabo - "People"



 
 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Kendo's Top 55 Jazz Tracks for 2014


It's All Hallow's Eve! Time for the list of songs that did it for me this year, on or off the radio shows.




This year's list is entirely music released in the past year, except for 1 or 2 that came out in 2013, but only reached my ears more recently. Also, afterwards there is a short "Best Albums of 2014" list, as well as a list of 22 older cuts for recommended listening; or perhaps a different, uplifting jazz playlist.

Tune in Tuesday 11/4 from 3-6pm eastern when we'll count down from #25 to #1. After the countdown we'll hear random selections from the awesome oldies list.

Have fun! The links, when available, are for mp3 purchase links over at Amazon. Always get your jazz legally! Thanks for stopping by - Kendo



Kendo's Top 55 Jazz Tracks for 2014


1. Theo Croker (w/ Dee Dee Bridgewater) - "Save Your Love For Me"
2. Alfredo Rodriguez - "El Güije"
3. Brad Mehldau & Mike Guiliana - "Swimming"
4. George Cables - "Cedar Walton"
5. Monty Alexander - "People Make the World Go Round"
6. Louis Hayes - "Soul-Leo"
7. Bobby Broom - "Sweet and Lovely"
8. Harvey Mason - "Black Frost"
9. La Lucha - "The Way You Look Tonight"
10. Eric Johnson/Mike Stern - "Wishing Well"
11. Bria Skonberg - "Three Little Words/Sir Duke"
12. Kyle Eastwood - "Summer Gone"
13. Riverside - "The Train and the River"
14. Takuya Kuroda - "Afro Blues"
15. Joshua Redman - "Soul Dance"
16. New Gary Burton Quartet - "Sunday's Uncle"
17. Etienne Charles - "Roots"
18. Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio - "Pick Up the Pieces"
19. Joe Beck - "Manha de Carnaval"
20. Matthew Kaminski - "Turn to Stone"
21. Catherine Russell - "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart"
22. Al Jarreau - "Somebossa"
23. Next Collective - "Africa"
24. Etienne Charles - "Green Chimneys"
25. Bobby Hutcherson-David Sanborn-Joey DeFrancesco - "Montara"
26. Gerry Gibbs, Kenny Barron, Ron Carter - "Eye of the Hurricane"
27. Etienne Charles - "Memories"
28. Bill O'Connell & The Latin Jazz All-Stars - "Erik's Song"
29. Bob DeVos - "The River's Invitation"
30. Joey DeFrancesco - "Budo"
31. Chester Thompson Trio - "Follow You, Follow Me"
32. Roberto Fonseca - "El Soñador Está Cansado"
33. Craig Handy & Second Line Smith - "High Heeled Sneakers"
34. Takuya Kuroda - "Green and Gold"
35. Bria Skonberg - "Little Girl"
36. Eric Reed - "Nutty"
37. Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band - "Get Smart"
38. Chick Corea - "Work"
39. Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio - "New Points"
40. Steve Khan - "Hackensack"
41. Mike LeDonne - "Put On a Happy Face"
42. Martin Bejerano - "No Apologies"
43. Jane Ira Bloom - "The Way You Look Tonight"
44. Brigitte Zarie - "L'Amour"
45. Barbara Morrison - "Soft Winds"
46. Eliane Elias - "Let's Get Lost"
47. JC Stylles - "United"
48. Alfredo Rodriguez - "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas"
49. Arturo O'Farrill - "Mad Hatter"
50. Matt Wilson-John Medeski - "Dancing Waters"
51. Antonio Adolfo - "Cuera"
52. Jane Monheit - "Born to be Blue"
53. James Leary - "Remember to Smile"
54. Joshua Breakstone - "I Told You So"
55. Sheryl Bailey - "The Lioness"



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Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2014

1. Bobby Broom - "My Shining Hour"
2. Harvey Mason - "Chameleon"
3. Monty Alexander - "Harlem-Kingston Express Vol 2"
4. Bob DeVos - "Shadow Box"
5. Bobby Hutcherson, Dave Sanborn, Joey DeFrancesco - "Enjoy the View"
6. Etienne Charles - "Creole Soul"
7. Takuya Kuroda - "Rising Son"
8. Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio
9. Joshua Breakstone - "With the Wind and the Rain"
10. Theo Croker - "Afro-Physicist"




 Top 22 Awesome Jazz Oldies for 2014

1. Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers - "Buttercorn Lady"
2. Johnny Smith - "Walk Don't Run"
3. Grant Green - "Cease the Bombing"
4. Hank Garland - "It's Love of Course"
5. Jack McDuff - "Blue Monsoon"
6. Hank Mobley - "Bossa De Luxe"
7. Eddie Jefferson - "Jeannine"
8. Ella Fitzgerald - "I Hear Music"
9. Jackie McLean - "Lost"
10. Larry Coryell - "She's Leaving Home"
11. Sonny Stitt - "Where Is Love"
12. Bobby Hutcherson - "Maiden Voyage"
13. Brad Mehldau - "Aquaman"
14. Maynard Ferguson - "Fire and Rain"
15. Dizzy Gillespie - "Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You"
16. Cal Tjader - "Borneo"
17. Eliane Elias - "Light My Fire"
18. Art Farmer - "Something You Got"
19. Gerry Mulligan Quartet - "I'm Beginning to See the Light"
20. Kenny Burrell - "Con Alma"
21. George Cables - "Inner Glow"
22. Donald Byrd - "Fancy Free"



Thanks to all these musicians for making the earth a nicer place to inhabit! To see last year's Top 55 list click here.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Playlist for 11-5-2013 WFCF - Jazz Greats!


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Lots of special things happening on this week's show. We'll hear 4 tracks from Dave Brubeck's "Time In" album, the particularly fine, final installment of the "Time" series from the 60's; where Dave, in particular, really means business! In addition, we'll hear a lengthy track from Chuck Owen's fascinating new cd "River Runs", a concerto for jazz guitar, saxophone & orchestra. And for the last hour of the show, we'll hear randomly chosen selections from random Facebook friends, from my recent  Top 55 Jazz Tracks for 2013 list. They each picked a number without knowing what it was for. The resulting playlist (and the way it fit the station's time formatting) is nothing short of execptional, especially that last selection! We all know Who made the set work out so well ;) ~ Tune in for all this & more plus new jazz releases. Listen locally at 88.5Fm or tune in for free anywhere in the States via iHeart by clicking here! See you then - Kendo


Hour One:

Ray Baretto - "La Cuna" - La Cuna (1979) CTI Moment

Joey DeFrancesco - "Budo" - One For Rudy (2013)

    3:15 Jazz Coffee Break

Weather Report - "A Remark You Made" - Heavy Weather (1977)

Dave Brubeck - "Travelin' Blues" - Time In (1965)
Dave Brubeck Quartet 1958
courtesy of davebrubeck.com


Michel Camilo - "Armando's Rhumba" - Thru My Eyes (1997)

Cal Tjader - "Never My Love" - Solar Heat (1968)

Roger Kellaway - "Organ Morgan" - Roger Kellaway Trio (1965)

The Cook Trio - "Red Light" - Moonlight (2010)

Miles Davis - "Enigma" - Miles Davis Vol. 2 (1953)

Johnny Smith - "Jaguar" - Moonlight in Vermont (1952)

Dave Brubeck Quartet - "Time In" - Time In (1965)

Hour Two:

Chuck Owen - "Chutes and Wave Trains" - River Runs (2011)

Sonny Stitt - "Every Tub" - 12! (1972)

Dave Brubeck - "Forty Days" - Time In (1965)
Jack McDuff

Jack McDuff - "Made in Sweden" - Moon Rappin' (1969)

Judy Wexler - "Pent Up House" - Dreams & Shadows (2008)

Bob DeVos - "The River's Invitation" - Shadow Box (2013)

Preservation Hall Jazz Band - "That's It!" - That's It! (2013)

Dave Brubeck - "Lost Waltz" - Time In (1965)

Hour Three:

Jack Mouse Group - "Raucous Caucus" - Range of Motion (2012)

Esquivel - "Carioca" - ?? [History of Space-Age Pop Vol 2]

Lighthouse Little Big Band - "Under Lock and Key" (2012)
 
John Scofield - "Southern Pacific" - A Go Go (1998)

Paul Desmond - "Lady in Cement" - Summertime (recorded 45 years ago on
Paul Desmond 1968
11/5/1968
)

Lee Morgan - "Speedball" - The Gigolo (1965)

Spitfire Band - "Cherokee" - The Make Believe Ballroom (1995)

Chick Corea - "Jitterbug Waltz" - Past, Present & Futures (2000)

Wayne Shorter - "Yes or No" - Juju (1964)

All Star Trio - "Old Man Jazz" [excerpt] (1920 3 14)

Joni Paladin - "Tenderly" - Tenderly (2003)

Hour Four: selections from my top 55 list for 2013

Ross Tompkins Trio - "Stranger in Paradise" - Ross Tompkins Trio (1963)

Freddy Hubbard - "Too High" - High Energy (1974)

Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66 - "Like a Lover" - Look Around (1967)

Cal Tjader - "Close Your Eyes" - Tjader Goes Latin (1958)

Louis Armstrong - "Muskrat Ramble" (1923)

Oscar Peterson - "Lulu's Back in Town" - My Favorite Instrument (1980)

Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band - "Funquiado" - Ritmo! (2012)

John Coltrane - "Olé" - Coltrane Olé (1961)


 
Clare Fischer 2012







Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Kendo's Top 55 Jazz Tracks for 2013

Songs that did it for me this year, on or off the show, old & new! I figured All Hallow's Eve is as good a day as any to start an annual list. New & recent releases have a red number. Happy reading! - Kendo



Note:
The links, when available, are to mp3s of the song on Amazon for purchasing. Whenever possible, get your jazz legally! :)

1 - John Coltrane - "Olé" - one of a kind.
2 - Astrud Gilberto/ Stanley Turrentine - "Brazilian Tapestry" - summer contentment and South American antiquity rolled up in a pair of bell-bottoms.
3 - Stanley Turrentine - "Sister Sanctified" - delicious; so good!
4 - Gary Burton Quartet - "Ballet" - indeed!
5 - Jack McDuff - "With the Wind" - the splendor of a late '60s organ gig; love the arrangement.
6 - Kristin Korb - "Traveling Groove Merchant" - irresistible and excellent!
7 - Louis Armstrong Hot 5 - "Muskrat Ramble" - joyous and timeless!
8 - Jackie McLean - "Five Will Get You Ten" - creative into the future.
9 - Chick Corea - "Friends" - hopelessly optimistic, Chick & co at their best.
10 - LaVerne Butler - "I've Told Ev'ry Little Star" - so much fun & great oldie.
11 - Cal Tjader - "Close Your Eyes" - yow! highly romantic.
12 - Duke Ellington - "Rockin' in Rhythm" - after dinner dessert.
13 - Shelly Manne & his Men - "You And The Night And The Music" - intoxicating west coast.
14 - Stanley Turrentine - "Two for T" - a plunge into refreshing but deep waters.
15 - Jack McDuff - "Moon Rappin'" - the whole album is baaad.
16 - Blossom Dearie - "Lush Life" - you can't take your ears off this one; rarefied and delicate.
17 - Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66 - "Like A Lover" - a soothing elixir.
18 - Hampton Hawes - "Bach" - wow.
19 - Oscar Peterson - "Lulu's Back In Town" - exuberance!
20 - Marlena Shaw - "Out of This World" - Marlena's got it.
21 - Thelonious Monk - "Remember" - fascinating.
22 - Joe Newman - "No Moon At All" - marvelous swing from an era earmarked with thoughtfulness.
23 -
Ross Tompkins - "Stranger in Paradise" - magnificent Borodin with 'spang-a-lang'.
24 - Michael Petrovich - "Sunrise In the Land of the Pharaohs" - delightful, a real keeper.
25 - Joe Farrell - "Penny Arcade" - love that line! funky fun and Gadd!
26 - Modern Jazz Quartet - "Concorde" - yippee!!
27 - Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band - "Funquiado" - yes!
28 - Ed Reed - "It Shouldn't Happen to a Dream" - now that's how you tell a story.
29 - Keely Smith - "Lullaby Of The Leaves" - that voice!
30 - Bobby Timmons - "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" - BT really diggin' in on a pop standard.

31 - Mike Stern - "Cameroon" - high enthusiasm & uplifting melodies.

32 - La Lucha - "La Migra" - multifaceted Latin sticks with you.
33 - O Som Do Jazz - "Batucada" - fine beats and gripping new composition.
34 - Zach Bartholomew Trio - "Stop and Go" - essential new jazz, what a debut!
35 - Nedobeck Trio - "A Smo-ooo-th One" - like a smoothie.
36 - Sam River's All-Star Rivbea Orchestra - "Remember the Time" - hard groovin' tuba et al; party time!
37 - Sybil Gage - "Give Me a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer" - a performer's performer, love it!
38 - Herbie Hancock - "The Egg" - a grabber from the only Herbie album you really need.
39 - Grant Green - "Cease The Bombing" - yah.
40 - Michael Leasure - "Days of Grace" - exquisite.
41 - Monty Alexander - "You Are My Sunshine" - doin' it right.
42 - Brecker Brothers - "Levitate" - Randy.
43 - Bobby Watson - "Lemoncello" - unique & catchy, like jazz should be.
44 - Al Hirt - "I Love Paris" - good golly!
45 - Marc Johnson - "Summer Running" - on the money.
46 - Dave Holland - "Spirals" - oof! Eubanks & Holland + magnificent sounds :)
47 - Herbie Nichols - "Mine" - Herbie in a whimsical mood, nice!
48 - Chris Higginbottom - "Taters in the Mould" - individualistic and wonderfully modern (goes for whole album)
49 - Art Farmer - "Sandu" - love this arrangement (Dave Matthews) and Art's ideas.
50 - Doug Carn - "Little B's Poem" - have you heard this?
51 - Cal Tjader - "Bludan" - Eddie Cano tune/arrangement - it's just got it.
52 - Abbey Lincoln - "Throw It Away" - wow, right to your heart.
53 - Gary Burton - "Fleurette Africaine" - that palette of sounds + profundity of playing + Duke.
54 - Freddie Hubbard - "Too High" - incessant goodness.
55 - Esperanza Spalding - "Chim Chim Cher-ee" - taste & talent.


 

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