In the Groove, Jazz and Beyond

By Ken Laster

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From Jazz masters of past and present to emerging new artists performing modern jazz and fusion. No smooth jazz here!

Episode Date
Hurricane 2018
01:09:52

This podcast is dedicated to those affected by Hurricane Florence. Other notable music on this week's podcast is the release of Nexus by singer, trumpeter, songwriter Jennifer Hartswick, and new music from pianist Christian Sands and trumpeter Jason Palmer.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Trombone Shorty ~ Hurricane Season ~ Backatown
Herbie Hanckock ~ The Eye of the Hurricane ~ Maiden Voyage
Jennifer Hartswick ~ Blue Rose ~ Nexus
Jennifer Hartswick ~ Drowning ~ Nexus
Ralph Peterson, Zaccai & Luques Curtis ~ Beatrice ~ Triangular
Bill Evans ~ Gloria's Step ~ At the Village Vanguard
Christian Sands ~ Yesterday ~ Facing Dragons
Christian Sands ~ Fight for Freedom ~ Facing Dragons
Jason Palmer ~ Ethos ~ At Wally's Volume 2

Sep 16, 2018
B3 Organ Plus JMac
01:27:17

Lots of Hammond B3 music from masters Jimmy Smith, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Charles Earland. Also are some of Hartford's favorites Nat Reeves, Mike Casey, Al Rivera and Steve Davis. We finish the podcast with a 4 song set of Jackie McLean tunes. 

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Jimmy Smith ~ Summertime ~ Fourmost
Dr. Lonnie Smith ~ Too Damn Hot ~ Too Damn Hot!
Nat Reeves ~ Big Bertha ~ Blue Ridge
Mike Casey ~ Song To Breath ~ Stay Surprising
Albert Rivera ~ Back At It ~ Back At It
Albert Rivera ~ Distance of Your Smile ~ Back At It
Charles Earland ~ Organyk Groove ~ The Mighty Burner
Charles Earland ~ Killer Joe ~ The Mighty Burner
Steve Davis ~ When the Saints Go Marching In ~ Say When
Jackie McLean ~ Toy Land ~ Demon's Dance
Jackie McLean ~ I Love You ~ Swing, Swang, Swingin'
Jackie McLean ~ Greasy ~ New Soil
Donald Byrd ~ Low Life ~ Fuego

Sep 09, 2018
Birthday Celebration
01:34:00

Amazing the number of jazz birthdays this past week. Bird, Prez, Alice, Wayne, Branford, Cecile... They are all represented in this week's podcast.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Cecile McLorin Salvant ~ Never Will I Marry ~ Dreams and Daggers
Cecile McLorin Salvant ~ You've Got to Give Me Some ~ Dreams and Daggers
Alice Coltrane ~ Journey in Satchidanda ~ The Impulse Story
Alice Coltrane ~ Blue Nile ~ Translinear Light
Wayne Shorter ~ Black Nile ~ Night Dreamer
Wayne Shorter ~ Witch Hunt ~ Speak No Evil
Miles Davis ~ Footprints ~ Winter In Europe
Branford Marsalis ~ The Ruby and the Pear ~ Eternal
Branford Marsalis ~ Whiplash ~ Four MF's Playin' Tunes
Lester Young ~ On the Sunny side of the Street ~ Tea For Two
Lester Young ~ Pres Returns ~ Pres and Ted
Lester Young ~ Tickle Toe ~ Sequences One
Charlie Parker ~ Groovin' High ~ Groovin' High
Charlie Parker ~ Yardbird Suite ~ Salt Peanuts

Sep 02, 2018
Talking with Nat
01:32:39

The highlight of this episode is my interview with bassist and educator Nat Reeves. First we hear a jazz fusion set with something new from Jonathan Barber and Noah Preminger-Rob Garcia, a trio of John Coltrane tunes, and one from Jackie McLean featuring Nat. To skip to the interview, go to 01:11 of this podcast.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Kurt Rosenwinkel ~ Gamma Band ~ Star of Jupiter
Return to Forever ~ Theme to the Mothership ~ Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy
Jonathan Barber ~ Vision Ahead ~ Vision Ahead
Noah Preminger and Rob Garcia ~ Prelude OP28 No24 in D minor ~ Chopin Project
John Coltrane ~ You Don't Know What Love Is ~ The Classic Quartet
John Coltrane ~ Equinox ~ Coltrane Sound
John Coltrane ~ Moment's Notice ~ Blue Trane
Jackie McLean ~ The Explorers ~ Rhythm of the Earth
Nat Reeves ~ Interview ~ Blue Ridge (Album)

Aug 26, 2018
The Queen
01:32:25

We pay our respect to a true legend of American music, Aretha Franklin. She is surrounded in this podcast by jazz greats Coltrane, Elvin Jones, Weather Report and Chris Potter. Also newcomers Lauren Sevian, Troy Roberts and Dan Pugach.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Aretha Franklin ~ I Never Loved A Man ~ The Very Best of...
Lauren Sevian ~ Square One ~ Bliss
John Coltrane ~ Impressions (Take 3) ~ Both Directions At Once/The Lost Album
John Coltrane ~ Villa ~ Both Directions At Once/The Lost Album
Troy Roberts ~ Adamant Eve ~ Nu-Jive Perspective
Chris Potter ~ Yasodhara ~ The Dreamer is the Dream
Joe Lovano ~ Sail Away ~ Quartets
Elvin Jones ~ G.G. ~ Mr. Jones
Aretha Franklin ~ (You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman ~ The Very Best Of...
Weather Report ~ Mysterious Traveler ~ Mysterious Traveller
Dan Pugach Nonet ~ Brooklyn Blues ~ Plus One
Dan Pugach Nonet w/Nicole Zuraitis ~ Jolene ~ Plus One
Aretha Franklin ~ Respect ~ The Very Best Of...
Ambrose Akinmusire ~ A Song To Exhale (Divers Song) ~ A Rift in Decorum: Live at Village Vanguard

Aug 19, 2018
Newport Jazz Fest Wrap 2018
01:27:47

My podcast review of this year's Newport Jazz Festival. I feature some of the performances I most enjoyed at this years fest. For a complete review please check out the Hartford Jazz Society blog post: 

http://hartfordjazzsociety.com/2018/08/09/newport-jazz-fest-2018-soaking-in-the-jazz/ 

Photo Gallery: http://bit.ly/njf2018 

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Pat Metheny Group ~ Phase Dance ~ Pat Metheny Group
Pat Metheny ~ Last Train Home ~ One Quiet Night
Renee Rosnes ~ Elephant Dust ~ Beloved the Sky
Roy Hargrove ~ To Wisdom the Prize ~ Earfood
Gregory Porter ~ Liquid Spirit ~ Liquid Spirit
Jazzmeia Horn ~ The Peacocks (A Timeless Place) ~ A Social Call
Nate Smith ~ Bounce: pts I+ II ~ KINFOLK : Postcards from Everywhere
Helen Sung ~ Armando's Rhumba ~ Anthem for a New Day
Helen Sung ~ Epistrophy ~ Anthem for a New Day
Ambrose Akinmusire ~ Taymoor's World ~ A Rift in Decorum: Live at Village Vanguard
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels & Lucinda williams ~ Angel ~ Vanished Gardens

Aug 12, 2018
Back from vacation
01:34:26

Refreshed from a two week vacation, I have assembled a playlist to satisfy any jazz lover. Beginning with the new Trane release, then a couple from Donald Byrd's Royal Flush. We follow with a more contemporary trumpeter, Jason Palmer with an extended piece. We pay homage to Henry Butler on his passing. Then new music from Geoffry Keezer, and a collaboration of young NYC musicians, New Faces. The podcast closes with vocalist Rene Marie.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
John Coltrane ~ Untitled Original 11386 (Take 5) ~ Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album
Donald Byrd ~ Shangi-La ~ Royal Flush
Donald Byrd ~ 6 M's ~ Royal Flush
Jason Palmer ~ Sunny Rain ~ At Wally's Vol 2
Henry Butler & Steven Bernstein ~ I Left My Baby ~ Viper's Drag
Henry Butler & Steven Bernstein ~ Henry's Boogie ~ Viper's Drag
Geoffrey Keezer ~ All the Things You Are - Serpentine Fire ~ On My Way To You
New Faces ~ King Cobra ~ Straight Forward
New Faces ~ Down the Pike ~ Straight Forward
Rene Marie ~ Lost ~ Sound of Red

Jul 29, 2018
Pre-MNJ
01:18:07

I've been busy working with the Hartford Jazz Society on producing 6 great summer concerts in the park. I reference this frequently during this podcast. More information can be seen at www.hartfordjazzsociety.com. Concurrerntly with our concert series is the Emerging Artist Showcase. Please look for the links to this competition and view these videos and cast a vote.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Jason Palmer ~ Preservation of the Lower 9th Ward ~ At Wally's Volume 1
3 Cohens ~ Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans ~ Family
Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco ~ All Saints Day ~ Your Driving Me Crazy
West End Blend ~ Lift ~ Attitude
Rene Marie ~ Joy of Jazz ~ Sound of Red
Noah Preminger ~ Tea For Two ~ Frank Carlberg & Noah Preminger
Thomas Chapin ~ Night Bird Song ~ Sky Piece
Thomas Chapin ~ You Don't Know Me ~ You Don't Know Me
Ray Charles ~ Let The good Times Roll ~ Genious + Soul = Jazz
John Coltrane ~ Nature Boy ~ Both Directions At Once The Lost Album
John Coltrane ~ Vilia ~ Both Directions At Once The Lost Album

Jul 13, 2018
Jason Palmer and Monday Night Jazz
01:16:55

Trumpeter Jason Palmer speaks with us prior to his performance at the opening concert of Monday Night Jazz. Some hot music from Dr. Lonnie Smith is up next. He also will headline our concert series the following week. Also in this episode is Chick with strings, Miles and something "new" from Trane.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Jason Palmer ~ Allow Me To Be ~ Beauty 'n Numbers
Jason Palmer ~  Interview
Jason Palmer ~ Stop Drop and Roll ~ Live at Wally's Vol. 1
Doctor Lonnie Smith ~ Too Damn Hot ~ Too Damn Hot
Chick Corea ~ Antartica ~ The Continents: Concerto for Jazz Quintet and Chamber Orchestra
4 Generations of Miles ~ On Green Dolphin Street ~ 4 Generations of Miles
Miles Davis ~ Footprints ~ Miles Smiles
John Coltrane ~ Untitled Original 11386 (Take 1) ~ Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

Jul 08, 2018
Both Directions
01:24:57

This podcast celebrates the release of John Coltrane's lost album release. The show is bookended by tracks from his Both Directions At Once CD. In between we will hear from Wayne Shorter, young saxophonist Mike Casey and baritone Lauren Sevian. Somewhere in the middle are pianists, master Chick Cora and a talented Theo Hill. 

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
John Coltrane ~ Impressions take 4 ~ Both Directions at Once The Lost Album
Weather Report ~ Herandnu ~ Black Market
Wayne Shorter ~ Footprints ~ Adam's Apple
Mike Casey ~ Nature Boy ~ Surprising
Chick Corea ~ Live In Montreux ~ Folk Song
Chick Corea Trio ~ Alice In Wonderland ~ Trilogy
Theo Hill ~ Gyre ~ Interstellar Adventures
Lauren Sevian ~ Miss Lady ~ Bliss
John Coltrane ~ Untitiled Original 11286 (take 5) ~ Both Directions at Once The Lost Album
John Coltrane ~ One Up, One Down (Take 6) ~ Both Directions at Once The Lost Album

Jul 01, 2018
Jazz Rock Jazz Funk
01:31:03

The title says it all. Joe Henderson starts it off. Then a Jimmy Hendrix set. Back to jazz including some new music from Buster. Then finish it with a surprising funky tune from Marcus M.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Joe Henderson ~ Beatrice ~ The State of the Tenor
Joe Henderson ~ Mode for Joe ~ Mode for Joe
Joe Henderson ~ Isotope ~ Inner Urge
The Jimi Hendrix Experience ~ Voodoo Chile ~ Electric Ladyland
Rob Garcia 4 ~ Little Wing ~ The Passion of Color
The Gil Evans Orchestra ~ Up From The Skies (Alternate Take) ~ Plays the Music of Jimi Hendrix
SFJazz Collective ~ Creepin ~ Music of Stevie Wonder
Chick Corea ~ Folk Song ~ Three Quartets
Buster Williams ~ Where Giants Dwell ~ Audacity
Marcus Miller ~ Que Sera Sera ~ Laid Black

Jun 24, 2018
Silver Theme
01:16:30

The first half of this podcast is filled with Horace Silver compositions. He wrote such wonderful tunes. That is followed by Hartford's favorite son, Dezron Douglas (bass), then new music by some jazz artists you may not know, but you should.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Louis Hayes ~ Song For My Father ~ Serenade for Horace
Art Blakey ~ Nica's Dream ~ The Jazz Messengers
Art Blakey ~ Ecaroh ~ The Jazz Messengers
Horace Silver Quartet ~ Nutville ~ The Cape Verdean Blues
Dezron Douglas ~ Minority ~ Live at Smalls
Theo Hill ~ For Those Who Do ~ Interstellar Adventures
Jonathan Barber ~ Doubt ~ Vision Ahead
Lauren Sevian ~ Triple Water ~ Bliss
Lauren Sevian ~ Bliss ~ Bliss

Jun 18, 2018