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Dave Holland’s Pathways

Few jazz performers choose to lead an octet. An eight-piece is an interesting hybrid entity: it approaches the power signature of a big band, but the sound is more fluid and never needs to knock the listener off his chair.

Which is to say, it’s the perfect vehicle for a Dave Holland record.

Holland’s compositions for this date are complex, but approachable. Having a few extra horns is a boon on the new record, called Pathways. The brass section plays in unison with such restraint, it’s actually quite beautiful at many points in the recording. Holland is rightfully tabbed as a progressive player, but that doesn’t necessarily mean atonal or hard on the ears. The tracks included here were recorded in front of a very appreciative live audience.

Blue Jean, for instance, is a little bit bossa underneath and a little bit film noir on top: it’s a lilting arrangement that sounds best when heard ’round about midnight. Gary Smulyan’s bari sax is moody and intimate, and it winds sinuously around the melodic vibes of Steve Nelson. Alex Sipiagin has a nice trumpet solo at the center of the tune.

On Sea of Marmara — following a slowly-growing introduction of the theme — Chris Potter’s soprano twists and dives like a kite on a windy day, soaring over the rest of the octet. The seven other players produce the type of rich and toasty sound one might expect from a fully tricked-out modern jazz orchestra.

Wind Dance is another nice track, though it is once again a different use of the same players. It’s more of a musical conversation than a solo vehicle. Dynamic tension builds throughout, then the tune comes to an abrupt halt.

There are seven tracks on the album. Writing about each of them would deprive the listener of part of the experience of discovering each tune. The fact that a couple were first performed by Holland over two decades ago doesn’t make any difference. In this setting, they’re brand new, which is one of the things that makes jazz so fantastic.

Tune in to WTJU and listen for Pathways, or check in with your favorite announcer and see if he or she can fit in a request. The entire album is well worth a listen.

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Jazzmania [Playlist – 10/11/09]

  1. “The Squirrel”Hod O’Brien – Blues Alley Third Set
  2. “I Love the Way You’re Breaking my Heart”Courtney Fortune – Speak Love
  3. “Good Morning Heartache”Diane Landry – It’s a Lovely Day
  4. “One Note Samba”Nicole Herzog Septet – Time Will Tell
  5. “A Train”Bob Florence – Legendary
  6. “Anniversary Waltz”John Abercrombie – Wait Til You See Her
  7. “Peter Miller’s Discovery”Bill Frisell – Disfarmer
  8. “La Mentira”Claudia Acuna – En Este Momento
  9. “Elena’s Bossa”Gonzalo Bergara – Portena Soledad
  10. “Mr. Brown”Tanareid – Back to Front
  11. “Green Chimneys”Andy Summers – Green Chimneys
  12. “Soft Winds”Terrell Stafford – New Beginnings
  13. “Love for Sale”John Stetch – Heavens of a Hundred Days
  14. “Free Me”Bill Banfield – Spring Forward
  15. “Canary Drums”Ralph Bowen – Dedicated
  16. “Too Marvelous for Words”Diana Krall – Quiet Nights

Jazzmania [Playlist – 09/27/09]

  1. “Last Tango in Paris”John Sneider – Nocturne for Ava
  2. “Angola”Greg Skaff – East Harlem Skyline
  3. “I Hear a Rhapsody”Scott LaFaro – Pieces of Jade
  4. “Mountain Don’t”Chris Morrissey – The Morning World
  5. “Little Girl Blue”Susie Meissner – I’ll Remember April
  6. “Cache”Joe Martin – Not By Chance
  7. “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”Sophie Milman – Take Love Easy
  8. “Secret Love”James Moody – 4A
  9. “Rhythm-A-Ning”Branford Marsalis – Metamorphosen
  10. “Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness”Sweet Claudette – That Man’s Got to Go
  11. “The Angel of Death”John Scofield – Piety Street
  12. “Ol’ Man River”Lisa Sokolov – A Quiet Thing
  13. “Sophisticated Ladies”Bill Easley – Hearing Voices
  14. “You Are Too Beautiful”Kurt Elling – Dedicated to You
  15. “Across Africa (The Dream)”Omar Sosa – Across the Divide

Jazzmania – [Playlist 4/12/2009]

  1. “Joyous Spring”Oscar Peterson Trio – Vancouver 1958
  2. “Lil Darlin'” Oscar Peterson – In Russia (LP)
  3. “April in Paris”Bob Mintzer Big Band – Homage to Count Basie
  4. “Sleepin’ Bee”Anita O’Day – In a Mellow Tone
  5. In Walked Bud Thelonious Monk – Misterioso
  6. “Soul Man”John Patton – Understanding
  7. “Come Sunday”David “Fathead” Newman – Mr. Gentle, Mr. Cool
  8. “A Flower is a Lovesome Thing”Mark Murphy – Links
  9. “All Blues”Kevin Mahogany – Double Rainbow
  10. “The Face I Love”Kate Reid – Sentimental Mood
  11. “The Oasis”Belinda Underwood – Greenspace
  12. “I Want to Talk About You”Odean Pope – Plant Life
  13. “Take Me to the River'”Ben Sidran Hammond Quartet – Cien Noches
  14. “First Light”Medeski Martin & Wood – Radiolarians 1
  15. “Samo”Branford Marsalis – Metamorphosan
  16. “The Wildest Gal in Town/All Dressed Up with a Broken Heart”Elaine Lucia – Let’s Live Again
  17. “Double Rainbow”Kevin Mahogany – Double Rainbow

Jazzmania [Playlist 3/29/2009]

  1. “Talkin’ About You, Cannon”Nat Adderley – Talkin’ About You
  2. “Daahoud” Clifford Brown – Clifford Brown
  3. “Taney County”Ginger Baker – Falling Off the Roof
  4. “Dear Rain”John Abercrombie – While We’re Young
  5. “Blue in Green” Alan Broadbent – Every Time I Think of You
  6. “Mariel”Dave Brubeck Quartet – The Crossing
  7. “Upper Manhattan Medical Group”Nick Brignola – Poinciana
  8. “Ode to Charlie Parker”Eric Dolphy – The Essential
  9. “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”Joey DeFrancesco – The Champ
  10. “Milestones”Charles Earland – The Almighty Burner
  11. “Piru”Diego Barber – Calima
  12. “Zoning”Peter Delano – For Dewey
  13. “Soul Progressin'”Lafayette Gilchrist – Soul Progressin’
  14. “Amazing Grace”Billy Harper – Blueprints of Jazz
  15. “One by One”Javon Jackson – Once Upon a Melody

Jazzmania [Playlist 3/15/2009]

  1. “Tapestry”Ted Daniel Quintet – Tapestry
  2. “Summer Somber” Pete Zimmer – Chillin Live @ Jazz Factory
  3. “Bright Mississippi”Dwight West – Tribute to the Jazz Masters
  4. “My Shining Hour” Denise Donatelli – What Lies Within
  5. “Strong Man”Cynthia Felton – Afro Blue
  6. “Ricky’s Tune”Joe Locke – Force of Four
  7. “Wild is the Wind”Ava Logan – So Many Stars
  8. “Speed Trap”Kenny Barron – The Traveler
  9. “Grove’s Groove”Benny Golson – New Time, New ‘tet
  10. “I Can’t Cry for You (Until You’re Gone)”J’ai Michel – Sweet Baby J’ai
  11. “It’s Only a Paper Moon”Tierney Sutton Band – Desire
  12. “She Was Too Good to Me”John Pizzarelli – With a Song in my Heart
  13. “Slapback Blues”McCoy Tyner – Guitars
  14. “Close Your Eyes”Wayne Wallace – Infinity
  15. “Nuevo Tango”Quartet San Francisco – City
  16. “Palika Market”Rudresh Mahanthappa – Indo-Pak Coalition

Jazzmania – [Playlist 3/1/2009]

This presentation of Jazzmania is a special show focusing on Dexter Gordon as part of our Black History Month programming. Dexter was the son of one of the first prominent African-American physicians, and grandson of a Medal of Honor winner who served with the Buffalo Soldiers. His music is challenging, romantic,and powerful.

DEXTER GORDON:

Confirmation – Daddy Plays the Horn

Hanky Panky – Clubhouse

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Art of the Ballad

Love for Sale – Go!

Body and Soul – Jazz Moods

Manha de Carnaval – Gettin’ Around

Blue Monk – Blue Dex

Night in Tunisia – Our Man in Paris

Society Red – Doin’ Allright

Fried Bananas – Live at the Both/And

Tangerine – Mosaic Select “Nights at the Keystone”

Secret Love – Manhattan Symphonie


Jazzmania – [Playlist 2/15/2009

  1. “So Many Stars”Ava Logan – So Many Stars
  2. “You Never Know” Ray Levier – Ray’s Way
  3. “With Plenty of Money and You”Marcus Goldhaber – Take Me Anywhere
  4. “Frontwinder” Will Bernard – Blue Plate Special
  5. “Tethered”Tom Beckham – Rebound
  6. “Medo de Amar”Milton Nascimento – Jobim Trio
  7. “Ubatuba”Brazilian Trio – Forests
  8. “The Panhandling Song”Lake Street Dive – Promises, Promises
  9. “Slow Down Sagg”Tony Monaco – Live at the Orbit Room
  10. “Round Midnight”Leslie Lewis – Of Two Minds
  11. “Dawn Over Morocco”David Leonhardt Trio – Explorations
  12. “Brown Sugar”Tim Ries – Stones World
  13. “All Blues”Phil Norman Tentet – Totally Live at Catalina Jazz Club
  14. “Over-n-Out”Sean Noonan – Boxing Dream
  15. “Danco de Alma”Organissimo – Groovadelphia
  16. “Hana”The Christian Jacob Trio – Live in Japan

Jazzmania – [Playlist 1/18/2009]

  1. “Difford-Tilbrook”Charlie Hunter – Baboon Strength →→→ch-baboon-cvr-hires
  2. “Coquette” Hot Club of Detroit – Night Town
  3. “Shine”Dick Hyman – Sweet and Lowdown
  4. “Harvest Moon”Cassandra Wilson – New Moon Daughter
  5. “The Look of Love”Lori Derr/George Turner – the way you look tonight
  6. “I Cover the Waterfront”Rick Faulkner – Waiting for the Rain
  7. “Cape Verdean Blues”Robert Jospe – Inner Rhythm
  8. “Estate (Summer)”Eliane Elias – Bossa Nova Stories
  9. “America”Alyssa Graham – Echo
  10. “Hymn of the Orient”James Carter – Present Tense
  11. “Starmaker”Roy Hargrove – earfood
  12. “Mr. Johnson’s Lawn”Terrence Howard – Shine Through It
  13. “Canzona”Michael Moore & Fred Hersch – This We Know
  14. “Mr. Jones”Javon Jackson – Once Upon A Melody
  15. “New World”Joe Chambers – New World
  16. “Tapestry”Ted Daniel Quintet – Tapestry
  17. “Rose-Colored Glasses”Kelley Johnson – Home

Jazzmania [Playlist – 1/4/2009]

  1. “Well You Needn’t”Randy Weston – Portraits of Thelonious Monk
  2. “The Traveler” Kenny Barron – The Traveler →→→
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  4. “Girl from Ipanema”Royce Campbell – The Art of Chord
  5. “Besame Mucho”Cedar Walton – Latin Tinge
  6. “Turn Out the Stars”Westchester Jazz Orchestra – All In
  7. “Cascades”Bill Cunliffe – Blues and the Abstract Truth, Take 2
  8. “Be-Ware”Wilbur Ware – The Chicago Sound
  9. “Rock Pile”Joe Chambers – New World
  10. “The Hucklebuck”Buck Clayton & Ben Webster – Ben & Buck
  11. “Pour Parler”Hot Club of Detroit – Night Town
  12. “Sudan”Duke Jordan – Dukey Treats
  13. “Jungle Book Overture”Jimmy Herring – Lifeboat
  14. “Tumbling Tumbleweeds”Roger Kellaway – Live at the Jazz Standard
  15. “Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover”Sony Holland – Swing, Bossas, Ballads & Blues
  16. “Can’t Help Falling in Love”Jeff Hackworth – Where the Blue Begins
  17. “Porvoo”Mathias Eick – The Door
  18. “Sketches of MD”Kenny Garrett – Sketches of MD