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Pulse! [Playlist – 08/18/11]

    1. “Chega De Saudade (No More Blues)” {Jobim-Moraes}L.A. 4Executive Suite [1983]
      (LP) Laurindo Almeida g, Ray Brown b, Jeff Hamilton perc, Bud Shank alto
    2. “J’ouvert Barrio” {trad}Etienne Charles – Kaiso [2011]
      Trad calypso carnival chant; Etienne tpt/flg, Brian Hogans as, Jacques Schwarz-Bart +
    3. “Russian Satellite” {Slinger Francisco}Etienne Charles – Kaiso [2011]
      Etienne tpt/flg, Brian Hogans as, Jacques Schwarz-Bart +
    4. “Dearly Beloved” {Mercer/Kern}Lorez Alexandria – Lorez Alexandria Sings the Songs of Johnny Mercer Vol. 1 [1980]
      Alexandria voc, Mike Wofford p, Herman Riley bar/flt
    5. “Louie’s Perch” {Craig Klein}BoneramaBringing It Home [2006]
      Horn band, Live at Tipitina’s; Mark Mullins elec tbn voc, Craig Klein tbn voc, Steve Suter tbn, Rick Trolsen tbn
    6. “Our Spanish Love Song” {Charlie Haden}Ginger Baker TrioFalling Off the Roof [1996]
      Baker d (one time drummer for Cream), Bill Frisell g, Charlie Haden b
    7. “Amarillo Brothers” {Frisell}Ginger Baker TrioFalling Off the Roof [1996]
      Baker d (one time drummer for Cream), Bill Frisell g, Charlie Haden b, with Bela Fleck banjo
    8. “Long Note Blues” {Boland}Clarke-Boland Big BandHandle With Care [1962]
      Kenny Clarke d/Francy Boland p/arr.
    9. “My People Need a Second Line”Dr. John & The Lower 911 – The City That Care Forgot [2008]
      feat Trombone Shorty Andrews, & James Andrews tpt;Dr John, Lower 911
    10. “Take It or Leave It”Julia LeeKansas City Star Vol. 3 [1930’s-40’s]
      Lee Voc/piano
    11. “Wade in the River”Dejan’s Olympia Brass BandNew Orleans Rebuild Restore Rejoice [2006]
    12. “Singin’ The Blues”Allen Tousaint and the Jazzity Project – Tousaint and the Jazzity Project Live at Jazzfest 2010 [2010]
      recorded Live at Jazzfest 2010; Toussaint p, Steve Masakowski g, Amadie Castenelle & Brian Cayelle saxes, Roland Guerrin b, Herman LeBeaux Jr. d, Reginald Toussaint perc
    13. “Harvard Square Stomp” {band: Earl/Hanson/Carey}Ronnie Earl & The BroadcastersLanguage of the Soul [1994]
      1st all-instrumental rec – Ronnie Earl g, Bruce Katz org/p, Rod Carey g, Per Hanson d
    14. “So Low” {Jimmy Giuffre}Jimmy GiuffreThe Jimmy Giuffre Clarinet [1956]
      Giuffre cl, solo w foot tapping
    15. “Go Down, Moses”Pete Maliveri TrioA Beautiful Thing [2010]
      Malinveri p, Lee Hudson b, Eliot Zigmund d
    16. “Sweet and Lovely” {Arnheim}Pete Maliveri TrioA Beautiful Thing [2010]
      Malinveri p, Lee Hudson b, Eliot Zigmund d

  1. “A Taste of Honey”Four FreshmenMore Four Freshmen & Five Trombones [1963]
    arr by Pete Rugolo; tbn incl Frank Rosolino, Milt Bernhart, Tommy Pederson
  2. “En Casa de Luis” {Conte}Luis ConteEn Casa de Lius [2011]
    Conte perc, ++
  3. “Gettin’ Together”Paul GonsalvesGetting’ Together [1960]
    Gonsalves ts, Nat Adderley crnt, Wynton Kelly p, Sam Jones b, Jimmy Cobb d.
  4. “Second Line” {Ellington}Duke EllingtonNew Orleans Suite [1970]
    (LP) Orch; Russell Procope clar, Cootie Williams t
  5. “Plenum”Jan JohanssonIn Pleno [1967]
    Jan Johansson p, + g/rhythm
  6. “Una Mas” {Dorham}Kenny DorhamInta Somethin’ [1961]
    Dorham tpt, Jackie McLean as, Walter Bishop p, Leroy Vinnewgar b, Art Taylor d.
  7. “Buffalo” {Dorham}Kenny DorhamWhistle Stop [1961]
    (LP) Dorham t, Hank Mobley ts, Kenny Drew p, Paul Chambers b, Philly Joe Jones d
  8. “Ruckus” {Bobby Read}Bobby ReadMonkfish [2007]
    Read wind synth, otg clavinet
  9. “Little Echo” {Daniel Freedman}Third World LoveNew Blues [2008]
    Avishai Cohen t, Yonatan Avishai p, Daniel Fredman d, Omer Avital b
  10. “New Blues” {Cohen}Third World LoveNew Blues [2008]
    Avishai Cohen t, Yonatan Avishai p, Daniel Fredman d, Omer Avital b
  11. “Sam’s Tune” {Sam Jones}The Cannonball Adderley QuintetThe George Shearing & Cannonball Adderly Quintets at Newport [1957]
    Cannonball as, Nat Adderly cornet, Junior Mance p, Sam Jones b, Jimmy Cobb d
  12. “High Heel Sneakers”Monty Alexander & Harlem Kingsgon ExpressHarlem Kingston Express Live! [2011]
    Alexander + ensemble
  13. “Just You, Just Me”Sinne EegRemembering You [2010]
    Sinne Eeg voc, (Danish) with Curtis Stigers

Pulse! [Playlist – 07/21/11]

Pulse!’s featured artist today is Abdullah Ibrahim, a South African piano player who has become a world figure because of his playing, leadership and compositions.

  1. “The Grease Patrol” {Plas Johnson}Plas Johnson with the Grease PatrolL.A. ’55 [1983]
    Johnson ts (from N.O.), Art Hillery org, Jimmy Smith d, Billy Rogers g
  2. “Upa Neguinho” {Lobo, Guarian}Mark SgangaAn Evening in Rio [2011]
    Sganga guit/voc + perc, backing vocals
  3. “Nostalgia in Times Square” {Charles Mingus}Eliane EliasEverything I Love [2000]
    Elias p, Christian McBride b, Carl Allen d
  4. “A Little Bit”Madelyn PeyrouxHalf the Perfect World [2006]
    Peyroux voc
  5. “Mannenberg” {Basil Coetzee}Abdullah IbrahimAfrican Jazz Standards [2004]
    compilation, South African artists
  6. “The Heathen” {Bob Marley}Monty Alexander & Harlem Kingston ExpressHarlem Kingston Express Live! [2011]
    Alexander + ensemble
  7. “Night Train” {Forrest}Jimmy ForrestHeart of the Forrest [1978]
    Forrest ts, Shirley Scott org, Randy Marsh d
  8. “A good man is hard to find”Stephanie NakasianThrush Hour
    Hod O Brien p
  9. “Jane XX”New Cool CollectiveMore! Soul Jazz Latin Flavours Nineties Vibes [1998]
    Dutch: Anton Goudsmit g, Benjamin Herman ts(co founders), Joost Kroon d, Willem Friede keyb, David Rockefeller t +
  10. “Don’t Fix It”New Cool CollectiveOut of Office [2007]
    Dutch: Anton Goudsmit g, Benjamin Herman ts(co founders), Joost Kroon d, Willem Friede keyb, David Rockefeller t +
  11. “John Henry”Cephas & WigginsRichmond Blues [2008]
    John Cephas g/voc (d. 3/09), Phil Wiggins harp,comp. Piedmont blues
  12. “Embraceable You”Jazz at the PhilharmonicJazz at the Philharmonic 1940s [1940’s]
    (LP) Roy Eldridge t, Tommy Turk tbn, Charlie Parker as, Lester Young, Flip Phillips ts, Hank Jones p, Ray Brown b, Buddy Rich d
  13. “The Song is You” {Hammerstein, Kern}Mimi FoxPerpetually Hip [2005]
    Fox el&ac g, Xavier Davis p, Billy Hart d, Harvie S. b
  14. “The Wedding”Abdullah IbrahimAfrican Marketplace [1979]
    Ibrahim keybds (with a stateside ensemble); Carlos Ward as, Jeff Jawsarrah King as . ..
  15. “Very Nice”New York Electric PianoKeys to the City Vol. 1 [2011]
    Keyb Qnt with vocals by Deanna Kirk and/or Ava Farber
  16. “Yugo A Go Go” {trad. Gypsy arr.Lurie}The Tipton’s Sax QuartetLaws of Motion [2008]
    Jessica Lurie as , Amy Denio as, Tina Richerson bar, Sue Orfield ts, Chris Stromquist d
  17. “Safe In My Arms”Nicole Metzger and The New York Connection – That’s What I Want to Do [2011]
    Metzger voc, Michael Stevens p, Joe Fonda b, Harvey Sorgen d
  18. “That’s What I Want to Do”Nicole Metzger and The New York Connection – That’s What I Want to Do [2011]
    Metzger voc, Michael Stevens p, Joe Fonda b, Harvey Sorgen d
  19. “Dollar’s Moods” {Ibrahim}The Jazz EpistlesThe Jazz Epistles [1960]
    Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim) p, Hugh Masakela tpt, Kippie Moeketsi as, Jonas Gwangwa tbn, plus others – South African Jazz
  20. “Five Up Front”The Galactic Cowboy OrchestraAll Out of Peaches [2011]
    John Wright bassguit, Lisa Wright fiddle, Mark O’Day d/perc, Dan Neale g
  21. “Trouble in Mind”Snooks EaglinNew Orleans Street Singer [1959]
    from a Smithsonian Folkways recordings
  22. “Sweet Samba” {Abdullah Ibrahim}Abdullah IbrahimAfrican River [1989]
    Ibrahim p, Robin Eubanks tbn, Horace Young ss/as/picc, Brian Abrahams d
  23. “Je Ne Sais Quoi” {Pieranunzi}Eric Vloeimans QuartetBestiarium [1996]
    (Dutch) Eric Vloeimans tpt. Anton Goudsmit g, Arnold Dooesweerd b, Pieter Bast b, Peter Weniger sax
  24. “Nascimento” {Barry Harris}Steven Kroon – Without a Doubt [2011]
    Kroon congas, + vibes, piano, flute
  25. “Untitled Up-Tempo Boogaloo” {Melvin/Campbell}George Melvin & Royce Campbell – George Melvin & Royce Campbell
    Melvin org, Campbell g, Phill Riddle d (presumed)
  26. “Untitled “Slow Blues”” {Melvin/Campbell}George Melvin & Royce Campbell – George Melvin & Royce Campbell
    Melvin org, Campbell g, Phill Riddle d (presumed)
  27. “J. And B. Blues”Paul GonsalvesGetting’ Together [1960]
    Gonsalves ts, Nat Adderley crnt, Wynton Kelly p, Sam Jones b, Jimmy Cobb d.
  28. “District Six (Trance Circle Dance)” {Ibrahim}Abdullah IbrahimBombella [2009]
    Ibrahim p, with WDR big band
  29. “Goodbye Daddy Goodbye” {Ma Rainey}Barbara DaneOn My Way [1961]
    Dane voc/g, Kenny Whitson p/crnt

Funhouse [Playlist – 07/04/11]

  1. “America” {Leonard Bernstein}Sherrie Maricle & The Diva Jazz OrchestraLive from Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club [2008]
    Maricle leads, drums
  2. “Whole Dat Tone”Heavy TinReFused [2011]
    2nd album, BR Pearson p, Izzie Reel b, Viktgor Lorak d
  3. “Tutu” {Marcus Miller}S.M.V. Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Victor WootenThunder [2008]
    All three on elec b (and other instr.)
  4. “What is Hip?”Marcus MillerMarcus [2008]
    Miller bass guit,organ+, mixed back-ups
  5. “Rock Candy”George BensonThe Essential George Benson [1963]
    Benson g, ,w Jack McDuff organ, Red Holloway ts, Joe Dukes d
  6. “Spanish Omelet: Umbakwen/Soli Tomba/Oiga/Marabi” {Nat/Julian, Zawinul, Booker}The Cannonball Adderley QuintetCountry Preacher, ‘Live’ at Operation Breadbasket [1969]
    Adderley sax, Nat Adderley crnt, Joe Zawinul keyb, Walter Booker b, Roy McCurdy d.
  7. “Jingo”SantanaThe Essential Santana [compil]
  8. “After the Fall” {Orfield}Sue Orfield – Bonk! [2009]
    Orfield ts, Randy Schlenker g, +
  9. “Minor March” {Jackie McLean}Marc CaryFocus Trio Live 2009 [2009]
    Cary p, David Ewell b, Sameer Gupta d
  10. “Dance Like there’s no tomorrow”John Ellis & DoublewideDance Like there’s no tomorrow [2008]
    Ellis ts/ss/bclar, Gary Versace b3.accord, Matt Perrine Sousa, Jason Marsalis d.
  11. “Stringtuno”Mathew WillnerMatthew Willner [2008]
    Willner el g/various, Bobby Read ss, Darrell Muller b, Johnny Gilmore d.
  12. “Sing Singin'”Johnny AGet Inside [2004]

Pulse! [Playlist – 06/30/11]

  1. “Concierto de Aranjuez” {Rodrigo}Ramsey Lewis Trio – Upendo Ni Pamoja [1977]
    (LP) 2nd Trio, Lewis p, Cleveland Eaton b, Morris Jennings d
  2. “Zelao”Vince Guaraldi – In Person [1963]
  3. “Undun”Sophie Milman – Make someone happy [2007]
  4. “Blue Groove”Jimmy Forrest – Night Train [1959]
  5. “Sunday at the Hillcrest” {Charlie Haden}Ginger Baker Trio – Falling Off the Roof [1996]
  6. “Taney County” {Bill Frisell}Ginger Baker Trio – Falling Off The Roof [1996]
  7. “Perfidia”Ahmad Jamal – The Legendary Okeh and Epic Session [1951-56]
  8. “Stuffy”Plas Johnson and Red Holloway – Keep That Groove Going! [2001]
    Johnson & Holloway ts, Gene Ludwig org, Melvin Sparks g, Kenny Washington d
  9. “Somewhere In My Lifetime”Etta Jones & Houston Person – The Way We Were [1999]
    2011 release, recorded in1999 about a year before Etta’s death; Person ts, Stan Hope p, George Kaye b, Chip White d
  10. “That Girl”Tomo Fujita – Pure [2010]
  11. “Baby Elephant Walk”Henry Mancini – Henry Mancini’s Greatest Hits
  12. “Flying Home”Illinois Jacquet – Flying Home: The Best of the Verve Years [1930’S]
    His signature solo set a new standard! W. Lionel Hampton Orch
  13. “Subconscious Lee”George Shearing Quintet – Back to Birdland [2000]
    d. 2/11; Shearing p, Donn Thompson vibes, Ray Schwager g, Dennis Mackrel d
  14. “Nothing Butt”Willis Jackson – Nothing Butt… [1980]
  15. “GoodTimeBlues”Count Basie & His Orchestra – Good Times Blues
  16. “Smoke and Mirrors”Astral Project – VooDooBop [1999]
  17. “Barcelona Morning”Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters – Language of the Soul
  18. “Snu Fu” {Norman Simmons}Red Holloway – In the Red [1998]
  19. “Quaker City”Snooks Eaglin – Live in Japan [1997]
  20. “Me and My Shadow”Peggy Lee – Is That All There Is? [1969]
  21. “Stimela (Coal Train)” {Masekela}Hugh Masekela – Grazing in the Grass: The Best of Hugh Masekela
    about migrant mine workers in So.Africa; Masekela tpt/flg
  22. “Miss, Your Queigue Shows” {Ambrosetti}Franco Ambrosetti – Wings [1983]
    Sext: Ambrozetti tpt, Michael Brecker ts, John Clark Fr.Hrn, Kenny Kirkland p
  23. “Autumn Serenade”June Christy – Impromptu [1977]
  24. “Asphalt Jungle” {Ric Frank}Jambalaya Brass Band – It’s a Jungle Out There [2011]
  25. “Nica’s Dream” {Silver}Eddie Palmieri – Listen Here! [2005]
    Palmieri p, Brian Lynch t, guests Regina Carter violin
  26. “Solus Rex” {Scot Fitzsimmon}Aaron Binder – As Modern as Tomorrow [1996]
  27. “Renewal” {Alexander}Monty Alexander – Uplift [2011]
  28. “The Blues is in the House” {Jones}Johnny Jones – Blues Is In the House [2000]

Jazz Songline [Playlist – 9/25/08]

Guest Host: David Lee, sitting in for Tom Klippstein
The featured artists for this show are bassist Ray Brown and piano man Monty Alexander.
They frequently joined talents in groups, and during this show they’re heard both together and separately.

Set 1 – 09:00

  1. “Just a Little Bit”Monty AlexanderSteamin’: 1995
  2. “Mine and Yours (Jamie Fox)”Jamie FoxWhen I Get Home: 2006
  3. “There is no Greater Love”Ernestine AndersonLive at the 1990 Concord Jazz Festival: 1990
  4. “You’d be so nice to come home to”Hank Jones Great Jazz TrioSomeday My Prince Will Come: 2002
  5. “When You Go (R.Brown)”Monty AlexanderSteamin’: 1995
  6. Set 2 –  09:30

  7. “Who’s Got Rhythm”Gerry Mulligan & Ben WebsterGerry Mulligan meets Ben Webster: 1959
  8. “The lady is a Tramp”Gerry Mulligan SextetPresenting the Gerry Mulligan Sextet: 1955
  9. “No Greater Love”Ray BrownSeven Steps to Heavn: 1995
  10. “Seventh Son”Mose AllisonMose Alive!: 1965
  11. “We Blue it”Ramsey Lewis TrioDown to Earth: 1958
  12. Set 3 – 10:00

  13. “All this Love vocal”Ramsey Lewis & Nancy WilsonSimple Pleasures: 2003
  14. “Hip Bone”Johnny AGet Inside: 2004
  15. “Eclipse (Mike DeMicco)”The Brubeck Brothers QrtClassified: 2008
  16. “Make Me Feel This Way”Sara Gazarek – Return to You: 2007
  17. “Shut Up and Go to Sleep (Gil)”Joe GilBreath Deep and Enter Carefully: 2008
  18. Set 4 – 10:30

  19. “Two RB’s”Ray BrownSeven Steps to Heavn: 1995
  20. “Compassion (Milt Jackson)”Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Russell MaloneRay Brown, Monty Alexander, Russell Malone: 1997
  21. “Heads”John D’earthOne Bright Glance: 1989
  22. “The Wind Cries Mary”Johnny AGet Inside: 2004
  23. “Peel me a grape”Diana KrallLove Scenes: 1997
  24. Set 5 – 11:00

  25. “Come Together (Lennon-McCartney)”Lynne Arriale TrioCome Together: 2004
  26. “Red is the Rose (trad)”Lynne Arriale TrioCome Together: 2004
  27. “Roll ’em Pete”Mr. BMy Sunday Best: 2007
  28. “Nahsty Blues”Clark TerryColor Changes: 1960
  29. “The People that you never get to love”Susannah McCorkle – Most Requested Songs: 2001
  30. Set 6 – 11:30

  31. “NE-Afterglow”Milt Jackson QuartetSoul Route: 1983
  32. “At play in the fields of the lord”Billy Bang QuartetBig Bang Theory: 2000
  33. “I’m gonna sit right down and write myself a letter”Jay McShann – Some Blues: 1990
  34. “Back to the Start “Sara ArthurTalk of the Town: 2008

-David Lee

Straight, No Chaser [Playlist 8/13/08]

Guest Host: David Lee, in for Bruce Koplin

  1. “The Memphis Hang”Jim Sheerer and Charlie WoodThe Memphis Hang: 2008
  2. “Getting Sentimental Over You”Sonny StittIt’s Magic : 1969
  3. “This I Dig of You”Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra WestThe Minute Game: 2005
  4. “Smilin’ Jones”Bill Frisell, Dave Holland & Elvin JonesBill Frisell with Dave Holland & Elvin Jones: 2001
  5. “Congo Arabe”Roberto FonsecaZamazu: 2006
  6. “The Joker”Lee Morgan Search for the New Land: 1964
  7. “Time to Play”Robert JospeTime to Play: 2002
  8. “Mousetrap” Delta Saxaphone QuartetDedicated to You but You Weren’t Listening: 2008
  9. “Gumbo Variations”Ed Palermo Big BandTake Your Clothes Off When You Dance: 2005
  10. “Bluesette”George MelvinLive from the Boar’s Head Inn: 1995
  11. “Come Escape With Me”Amina FigaravoCome Escape With Me : 2005
  12. “Hackensack”Thelonius MonkCriss Cross: 1963
  13. “Dr. Yes” Sex Mob Sex Mob Does Bond: 2001
  14. “Body and Soul”Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins & the Big Brass: 1958
  15. “Lopsy Lu-Silly Putty”S.M.V.Thunder: 2008 — S.M.V. was at The Paramount Theater Sunday, 8/17 . . . . .!
  16. “Calcutta Cutie”Horace Silver Quintet Song for my Father: 1964
  17. “Not Really the Blues”Jimmy GiuffreWest Coast
  18. “Conversations with a Goose”Jimmy GiuffreConversations with a Goose: 1996

Thanks for listening!
-David Lee

New WTJU Jazz & Blues Adds 8/4/08

Here are summary notes on new jazz & blues cd’s added to the WTJU Library the week of 8/4/08. These are intended to facilitate research and listening for the WTJU Jazz Announcers.

TO TJU ANNOUNCERS: Some of the hyperlinks here are to sites that give some commentary, but don’t have audio samples. Sometimes you can’t get both commentary and audio samples in the same site. If you could only get one, which would you prefer? Commentary, or audio samples? – Pulsifier

New Jazz Additions:

Rick Olivarez Trio – Adieu, Bienville (self produced) – Olivarez on solo & rhythm g, with Jeff Cheers g, Steve Riggs b. Gypsy Jazz (swing rhythm) ably performed by local folks. Others in the library: 0.

Paul Shapiro – Essen (Tzadik) – Yiddish pop music, with various vocalists and instrumentalists. Shapiro does vocals and ts. The liner notes make an association with jazz, and IMO that’s a stretch with most of these. Most jazz-like, yet having ‘Jewish sonorities’ (Shapiro’s term): 2, 4, 7, 10. Others in the library: 2.

Ron Kalina & Jim Self – The Odd Couple (Basset Hound) – Kalina plays harmonica, and Jim Self the tuba; with Larry Koonse g, Tom Warrington b, and Joe La Barbera d. A harmonica-tuba duet does not readily compute/intuit, but these guys pull it off. Others in the library: 0.

Funky Mustard – Jazza Mostaza (Moosepie) – Lots of musicians here, including brass and strings, but it’s hard to say who’s doing what on what track. Sounds on the muddy side to me. Others in the library: 0.

Greg Chako – Everybody’s Got A Name (self produced) – Lightly swingin’ guitar quartet: Chako’s on g, with Mark DeRose d/perc, Yashuhiro Hasegawa b, Hiroshi Tanaka p. Mostly original, mixed tempos. The snappiest are the Latin numbers: 4, 6. Others in the library: Chako has one.

Mark Sganga – Sganga Nova (self produced) – A guitar trio, with the back-ups varying. Sganga sings on some, but the notes don’t say which. Vocals for sure: 2, 4. About half are original, mixed rhythms, including Latin. Others in the library: 0.

David Leonhardt Trio – Explorations (self produced) – Piano trio, with Leonhardt much in the lead. Matthew Parish b, Alvester Garnett d. Half are Leonhardt’s comps, the other half mostly pop compositions, but uncommon ones. Others in the library: 2.

Sweet Baby J’ai – Introducing J’ai Michel (SMG) – J’ai Michel sings, and did much of the composing along with producer Jane Getz. There’s some conspicuous vocal overdubbing here, and some with back-up vocalists. Sometimes it’s not clear who’s doing what, and the notes are no help. Styles are mixed, with some R&B. Others in the library: 0.

Matt Ulery’s Loom – Music Box Ballerina (Woolgathering) – Ulery’s on bass and tuba, in a sextet. All original, generally rhythmic but not always melodic. Imaginative enough to be just a bit outside the box. Others in the library: 0.

Willie Martinez – After Winter, Spring (Cuch Be Witcha) – Martinez is on d/perc, vocals, with La Familia Sextet, which includes sax and trombone. Five of eight are originals, all Latin, with a clearly Nord American jazz flavor in the arrangements. Others in the library: 1 (from ’05)

Diane Hoffman – My Little French Dancer (self produced) – She sings, accompanied by Oliver von Essen on piano, and others. The titles are offbeat, unusual but sung pretty straight. Others in the library: 0.

Jerry Tachoir – Travels (Avita) – Though the notes don’t say so, Jerry’s on vibes, backed by elec b, d, steel d, perc. Wife (presumably) Marlene is on piano and she did all the comps. Generally interesting but the pieces with her piano up front are better, IMO. Others in the library: 0.

New Blues Additions:

Los Fabulocos – Los Fabulocos (Delta Groove) – Subtitled ‘Featuring Kid Ramos,’ these tracks have various flavors: roots rock, R&B, and salsa.

James Hinkle – Some Day (Blue Lights) – All original, heavy rockin’, with a country accent. Hinkle on g, vocals.

Oliver Buck – Prodigal Son (Cuyahoga) – Buck on g, dobro, mandolin, and sings. Bluesy, almost all original.

Measured Chaos – Somewhere Between Detroit & Chicago (33.3 Records) – Most are original, by one member of the band or another. Mixed tempos, some rockin’, some funky, some bluesy.


New Jazz & Blues Additions to WTJU Library, 7/21/08


Here are notes about new additions to the WTJU Jazz and Blues Library, added on 7/21/08. WTJU’s volunteer Jazz Announcers like to keep up with what’s going on in the jazz world, and these notes are intended to facilitate their research.

Cedar Walton – Seasoned Wood (HighNote) – Walton (at age 74) on piano, backed by Vincent Herring ts, Jeremy Pelt t/flg, Peter Washington b, Al Foster d. Straight ahead and strong, with 5 of 8 his own comps. Others in Library: 8.

Roy Hargrove Quintet – Earfood (Emarcy) – Hargrove on t/flg, Justin Robinson as/flt, , Gerald Clayton p, Danton Boller b, Montez Coleman d. Half are original , the others are show tunes/pops. To me, his originals are more engaging. Others in Library: 3.

Norma Winstone – Distances (ECM) – Winstone’s voice is at once soft and very clear. Much of the music is by her back up crew (Glauco Venier p,Klaus Gesing clar/ss) with several of the lyrics hers. Try ‘Every Time we say Goodbye’ (#2) to get a feel for how carefully she sings. Others in Library: 0.

James Shearer & Charlie Wood – The Memphis Hang (Summit) – Charlie Wood vocals/p/FR/b-3, Jim Shearer tuba, Joe Restivo g, Billy Gibson harm, Tom Clary t, Tim Goodwin b, Tony Lonardo d. Most have Wood singing (smooth baritone), with lots of action by Shearer’s tuba, supporting or leading. Mostly swingin’ and funky. Others in Library: 0.

Various Artists – The John Coltrane Songbook (HighNote) – This is a tribute with various artists doing Coltrane compositions (not, as the notes brag, just tunes he played a lot.) Artists include Arthur Blythe, Larry Coryell, Frank Morgan, others – not all are sax players. Others in Library: 0.

Steven Kroon – El Mas Alla (Koonatune) – Kroon’s the percussionist-leader here, with a ten piece band that includes Steve Wilson, John Di Martino and Freddy Cole (on #5) as one-track Special Guests. All Latin boss/samba: about half are Kroon comps, the rest a mix of Brazilian and pops. Others in Library: 1 (2002).

Janis Mann – A Perfect Time (Pancake) – Vocals; an alto with a good upper range and classy stage-style tone. Back-ups include some notables: Diane Schuur p/voc, John Clayton b, Chuck Berghofer b – others have minor roles. Some are familiar tunes (but not warhorses) and others a bit off the beaten path. Well above Lounge Level, IMO. Others in Library: 0.

Anna Estrada – Sonando Vuelos (Ferel Flight) – Vocals, with a bright soprano tone, doing Latin, backed by 8 pieces. Mostly slow to mid tempo. Others in Library: 0.

Jon Balke – Book Of Velocities (ECM) – Solo piano, this work consists of six ‘chapters,’ each with its own short-duration movements (tracks). Mostly quiet & contemplative, occasionally dramatic. Others in Library: 1 (2004).

Alyssa Graham – Echo (Sunnyside) – She has a sweet/soft voice, and is backed vocally by a couple of band members, lending vocal harmony. All arrangements by Jon Cowherd, who also plays p/b 3/horn. This gets close to Smooth. Others in Library: 0.

Anne Phillips – Ballet Time (Conawago) – This is subtitled, “Sings with . . .” and then there’s a list that includes McPartland, Brubeck, Frishberg, and many other notables. The back-ups are excellent, as one might expect, but she doesn’t match up, IMO. Others in Library: 0.

Lew Woodall Trio – Texas Trip (self produced) – Woodall g, Tommy Young b3, John Bryant d. American Songbook, done straight-ahead. Guitar generally leads, and these tunes and style don’t require an energetic b3, so that’s mostly support. Pleasant. Others in Library: 0.


Maria Muldaur – Yes We Can! (Telarc) – Maria’s the lead vocal (backed by The Women’s Voices for Peace Choir) and she also fiddles. Blues, R&B. Some lyrics are traditional, ,some contemporary & original – all provide some social commentary.

Eddie Martin – Contrary Mary (Blueblood) – Martin on g, vocals; all original, with a roots rock feel to it.

Sweet Angel – Handle Your Business (Ecko) – Sweet Angel is her handle, and she sings. But the case material doesn’t say much more. Soul, R&B (Motown style).

Mike Zito – Today (Eclecto-Groove) – Zito on g & vocals. Mixed tempos; little information in the case material.

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