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Discovering Jazz -148- What’s New in 2021 Part 3
As I go down the JazzWeek chart, I find I’m enjoying what I’m listening to more and more. But I’ve always tended to love the ‘hits’ at the bottom end of the charts more than the top end. Even as a kid listening to the pop Top 93 on a local radio station.
This week I start out with a track from the new Charles Lloyd album which, surprisingly hasn’t yet hit the play lists of most jazz radio stations. Same with the Sue Maskeleris record—although the ‘roots’ music stations seem to like it. I also play a track by The Yellow Jackets, Dan Bonsanti the 14 jazz Orchestra, Jacqui Naylor, and The Henry Robinett Quartet.
Two Canadian artists are also presented with two brand new releases. They are, from Victoria B.C., Ashley Wey, and The Code Quartet from Montreal.
And two very interesting additions are new records by one group 34 years after their previous (and first) one, and other musician who waited 65 years to put out his second album. They are, respectively, The Jazz Worms and Vinnie Riccitelli.
A fascinating, informative, and, most importantly, fun to listen to program.
Episode 147: What’s New in 2021, Part 2
More music from recordings released this year, as I pick and choose from a few records that interest me.
One of my favourites is through a new label called Le Coq records, and it features Bill Cunlifee, John Patitucci, and Vinnie Colaiuta. That same label also has one simply called “Presents the Jazz All Stars”, and I play an interesting ‘funky’ version of Caravan, sung by Andy James.
Two Canadian recordings are also included, one by Vancouver’s Cory Weeds and the other by Juno award winning singer from Montreal, Dominique Fils-Aime.
You’ll also hear
-trombonist Michael Dease,
-a reissue of the first album by Roseanne Vitro,
-Leon Lee Dorsey with the last recording by Harold Mabern,
-a beautiful solo guitar piece by Diego Figueiredo,
A Bob Dorough composition by Mark Winkler and David Benoit,
-David Kikoski with Boris Kazlov,
-Eric Reed, and
-The Steve Feifke Big Band with Veronica Swift on vocal.
Episode 146: What’s New in 2021
For this episode and the next two, I’m exploring current jazz. Using the JazzWeek Charts, I’m picking out a few newer releases that appeal to me, and playing a track from each of them.
This week, you’ll hear Santi Diabro, Greg Murphy, Dr. Lonnie Smith (with Iggy Pop),Lorne Lofsky, Brandi Disterheft with George Coleman, Joe Chambers, Emmet Cohen, Veronica Swift, Dave Stryker, Nelson Riveros, and Greg Murphy.
Episode 145: A Tune Within A Tune (Jazz Quotes), Part 3,
This is the last episode of a tune within a tune. And I thank jazz fans from the JazzWord site for many of these ideas for bits of songs that jazz musicians put into their solos.
The quotes you’ll hear include Donna Lee, Pavane (Morton Gould), Slow Boat to China, Laura, Them There Eyes, How Long Has This Been Going On, Tea For Two, Work Song, Come Sunday, Giant Steps—-and a whole bunch more, A lot that ‘whole bunch more’ comes from Ella Fitzgerald.
And yes, you’ll hear some Ella, as well as Count Basie with Wardell Gray, Dexter Gordon, Jimmy Smith, Miles Davis, Thelonious MOnk, Ahmad Jamal, Joris Teepe Quartet, and even a hard rock group called Coney Hatch who surprise you with a quote from a well known jazz tune in their lead guitar solo.
Episode 144, A Tune Within a Tune, Part 2 (Jazz Quotes)
This podcast, as well as playing some great jazz recordings with ‘quotes’ of other tunes coming from various soloists, explores the purpose of these quotes.
It’s not just jazz musicians who put quotes into their songs. There is a bird (yes…a real bird…one that flies) who does a variety of quotes, and you’ll hear that bird singing other bird’s songs. And an ornithologist very briefly explains how its function might be to impress potential mates by showing that they’ve ‘been around’.
You’ll hear music by Miles Davis, a long and amazing Jaco Pastoriious bass solo, the late Fraser MacPherson (from Victoria, B.C.), Charlie Parker, Peggy Lee, Lester Young & Nat King Cole, Gerry Mulligan and the Concert Jazz Band, Nina Simone, and Mark Eisenman.
Also a bit of The Sound of Music, Fascinating Rhythm, Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, The Woody Woodpecker Theme, Bye Bye Blackbird, and Good King Wenceslas.
Episode 143, A Tune Inside a Tune: Quotes in Jazz Solos
I found one well-known tune played in the midst of five different jazz recordings. And I’m sure it’s present in a lot more. Guess what the tune is? In this episode I play all five of them.
Then there is Mary Had A Little Lamb, which I found in two different jazz solos.
You’ll also hear Nature Boy, Mack The Knife, and in just one two minute tune, a number of different classical compositions.
This is Part 1 of Quotes in Jazz solos. A quote is simply a situation where a musician throws in a touch of a tune in the middle of another tune.
I had a lot of fun finding them. I think you’ll have some fun finding them too. Not only that, you’ll get to hear some great recordings by Billy Taylor, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, Mike Rud & Peter Bernstein, Erroll Garner, Julio Padron, Jackie McLean, and Rashaan Roland Kirk.