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Show # 1743, 07-11-19
This is the 17 hundred and 43rd jazz program we have done for radio, but who’s counting? We skipped both decades of the ‘80s & ‘90s for once. Beginning with today’s sounds in the two-tenor sax tradition, hear Bootsie Barnes and Larry McKenna from Philadelphia, followed by Steve Wood and Carl Cafagna from Detroit. Swinging is the rhythm of guitarist Wes Montgomery and vibist Milt Jackson. Bassist Buster Williams is out front as leader welcoming saxophonist Steve Wilson and drummer Lenny White. We got one by executive producer Genny Coulson, when hearing Art Tatum she guessed Oscar Peterson. We know you’ll approve the groove with two of the biggest blues names of the day, Buddy Guy and Shemekia Copeland. Cannonball Adderley plays soprano sax in 1975 and today’s drummer Mike Clark hosts top New York musicians for a small group. For hour two we rely on pianist Eric Reed, vocalist Mary Stallings interpreting Monk. Then the real Thelonious in 1959. And you can’t go wrong Monk followed by Mingus. We have enough Duke Ellington in our collection to choke a horse so on to the real core of the matter. We hear a work dating back to the late 1920s but with Ellington’s 1960s soloists. Wycliffe Gordon plays trombone and tuba, scat singing on top. Then we hit a Latin jackpot with two in a row from Africando. Vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson plays it out with an attractive melody. Flow, personality, purpose and identity, the moon is full, the legacy is rich…Reaching listeners in all the big cities…Ames Iowa, Athens Ohio, Beaver Island Michigan, Alamosa New Mexico, Round Mountain California and wherever you are right now. Luck be a Hacksaw tonight.
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Show # 1742, 07-04-19
A snapshot of Brazilian time and generations: We’re astounded in the differentiation of samba and bossa. Here’s a rarity with interesting liner notes by Joao Donato and Eumir Deodato. That leads to a similar mood by Nancy Kelly remembering Mark Murphy. Then drummer/composer/leader with good energy, Dave Robbins’ Sextet. Hear a track from an album about Candy & sugar, Bonita joins the Blues Shakes. Guy Davis takes his turn with the authentic stuff and Reba Russell’s band relates blues in the soil of the south. Roxy Coss is an impressive tenor saxophonist leading a high-energy quintet, Avashi Cohen tempers the feel leading from the bass. A Woody Herman alumni Bill Perkins puts a lot of living into an arrangement and the Either/Orchestra plays inside within a theme. Hour # 2 of this episode starts with bassist Nicky Parrot, this time instrumentally with saxophonist Harry Allen. Paula Harris is the first of two lady singers, first from a jazzy blues angle then impressive young Lucy Yeghiazaryan is way above average with jazz chops. We always need our Latin fix, so enter Juan DeMarcos’ Afro Cuban All Stars. Top-notch drummer Duffy Jackson leads a big band, and trombone, guitar and lady voice collide with Ryan Keberle & Catharsis. Finally Terry Gibbs is solid on medium tempo vibes and drummer and finally leader Al Foster sports an impressive quintet on a new album. No automation just hand selected and collected for you, sometimes analog algorithms by Hacksaw Jazz.
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Show # 1741, 06-27-19
Jazz radio provides a fresh sound for relaxation, stimulation, entertainment. But if some liken jazz on the radio to an informal education of an art form, that's okay with us. Jeb Patton plays fiery piano, Bill Banfield tap dances to his Imagine Orchestra, both released in 2018. Wild Charanga is provided by Ray Barretto, and Tito Puente provides a similar tempo on an almost Asian sound in Latin Jazz. Cootie Williams and Jimmy Lunceford provide immediate pre-war jazz, be-bop and swing dance era are the differences in categories. Bassist Alexander Claffy has turned us on to singer Veronica Swift for a brand-new release, Bill Evans adds his usual collective improvisation. For blues we call on harmonica men Charlie Musselwhite and Big Walter Horton, and the alto sax of Hank Crawford. New Orleans veteran drummer Herlin Riley fronts a group of young artists, the legendary John Hicks plays a pleasant arrangement from the piano. Doug Carn from Florida is greasy and grinding with Hammond B3, John Dokes is a refreshing voice among wanna-be’s these days when it comes to real jazz singing. Trumpeter Tom Harrell digs deep, Art Pepper is lyrical and melodic on ballad. Miles Moves once again and another spin from 1962’s Jazz Samba reminds us why Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd were a foil for the bossa. Herbie Mann welcomes singer Tamiko Jones and joins singer Sara Vaughan to play it out, before the Next Hacksaw Falls.
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Show # 1740, 06-20-19
Our first segment features new releases beginning with drummer Al Foster this time as leader with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. Two new albums are from Cellar Music, alto saxophonist Pureum Jin and trumpeter Brad Turner fronting Canadian musicians who’ve also made it in NY. Then John Scofield definitely is on same wavelength of unified attitude as Medeski, Martin and Wood, and we can chime in. Classics, dedications & the tribute portion of our program follows…this time for the late Sheri Baker, a content provider to our radio show for many years. We had a chance to get her comments on music, and she insisted I tell the Charlie Parker “asleep under the stage” story. Now that I have the turntables ware up, here’s more vinyl…Horace Silver features Bob Berg tenor sax and Tom Harrell trumpet, and there’s Al Foster again. Names like baritone saxophonist Harry Carney and trombonist Frank Rosolino remind us of the soulful playing of past masters. They appear with Johnny Hodges and Supersax. Providing Latin rhythms this week are Hilton Ruiz and Mario Bauza, and blues grooves from two similar names, Sugarray Rayford and Sugar Ray & the Bluetones. Then the good Dr. John. Hear a tribute to Howard Roberts. From the same jazz stock as Diana Krall (extreme southwest Canada), comes singer and trumpeter Bria Skonberg, here instrumentally with her taste in old-timey jazz. And since she’s rather pleasing to the eye, we post her album cover, with autograph, especially to Hacksaw Tom, hoping we enjoy the music. What’s there not to like?
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Show # 1739, 06-13-19
If we work on groove, namely Dexter Gordon, then inevitable results are emotion and good energy. Topics this week are Freddie and the Bossa, as in Hubbard and not samba. That very bossa is sung by Dore Quartro and continued by Roy Hargrove. The recognizable voice of Etta Jones is a perfect foil for pianist Benny Green. We review the week of a concert and festival, the former featured Papa John DeFrancesco (Joey indeed walked in to hear his Papa play). Then we were invited to participate last minute in the Flagstaff Blues Festival in the pines of Northern Arizona, called by some the best in the state. I backed RD Olson on drums, we opened for Samantha Fish, the size of her band and quality of the show she puts on really displays the payoff of her 15 or so years on the scene functioning in the business and the festival circuit. A a moment silence for the good Dr. John who we just lost, then hour one is played out by a Tito Puente tribute by Mondo Eleven. The Modern Jazz Quartet begins hour 2 with chamber blues, as we review vinyl LPs. One pitfall of jazz is record collecting. Freddie Hubbard appeared once with Lee Morgan who plays a calypso, that will do. Trombonist Steve Davis breaks it up with New York bop of today. Art Pepper and Chet Baker play west-coast jazz of yesterday. And an intense segment from McCoy Tyner wraps our episode. Hand-picked jazz on the radio for you since 1975, I’ve had my fun but gotta run, Hacksaw Jazz.
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Show # 1738, 06-06-19
A slew of new releases begin our festivities, first with Detroit Tenors, then an artist we can trust with clarinet, Ms. Anat Cohen who is a joy to watch live, her bubbly energy infectious. Newcomer Miles Brown (THAT’S a jazz name for a bassist) is impressive and we get the blues with Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield, James Harmon and Hollywood Fats, all in two selections. We have a theory that people like the word “samba,” but what they feel is the “bossa.” Take for instance the great Rahsaan Roland Kirk as he forays into flute…more examples as the show goes on…New from the Lisa Maxwell Jazz Orchestra is a tribute to the late Lew Soloff. Pianist Miki Yamanaka hints at the bossa on her latest offering (refraining however from any suggestion of samba). Wild energy of abandon starts our second hour with Dominican pianist Michel Camilo and his 25th album, this with big band. More mellow music by way of guitarist Greg Snyder and a classic from Rosemary Clooney. For our salsa sounds listen to the heiress apparent of the music, Yolanda Duke. We follow that with more similar rhythms from H.M.A. Salsa/Jazz Orchestra, their title inspiring us into elegant tempo by Eliana Elias. The next bossa which is not a samba comes from the Pete McGinnis jazz orchestra playing a Nat Adderley classic. Then we get down to trio piano playing, first with a new player to us Rick Germanson then a rarity from Herbie Nichols. Louisiana blues zydeco style wraps our party with CJ Chenier. Miles, Muddy and Mongo are gone from this earth, but remain a presence in the PRESENT, Hacksaw Jazz.
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Show # 1737, 05-30-19
Despite the man’s name, his jazz life was reportedly opposite. So listen to Lucky Thompson’s tenor sax and decide for yourself. What would sound like smooth jazz today is actually a long-ago innovative Hungarian guitarist named Gabor Szabo. From there we feature Chord Four from a new release called California Avant Garde; then take some of that, along with the pop sensibilities of electric instruments, and feature trumpeter Theo Croker. Bobby Timmons was a soulful pianist, once with Cannonball Adderley. And of course Vince Guaraldi will always be pictured as Peanuts’ Schroeder to most folks, Oh Good Grief! The year was 1986 & it went like this: Dexter Gordon was playing the lead in the film Round Midnight, and playing tenor sax live on the soundtrack. Hear it from the set lovingly recreating the Blue Note club, but in France. Bassist Ron Carter and Thelonious Monk are the two most-mentioned jazz names this episode, the former plays on three numbers this week, and though Monk’s piano is not heard today his music is interpreted by others is. The New York Jazz Quartet is followed by new music from trumpeter Brad Turner. John Dokes deserves high marks as a vocalist in today’s sea of below average singers, and for our Latin sounds we call on the Estrada Brothers and the Fania All-Stars. In blues we hear Charlie Musselwhite, Duke Robillard, Ronnie Earl, and from across the pond Slim Butler and Joakim Tinderholt. Laila Biali may understand love but we don’t, and Eric Dolphy and Dizzy Gillespie scare us half to death respectively. When you're smiling, Hacksaw smiles with you.
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Show # 1736, 05-23-19
Show # 1735, 05-16-19
Show # 1734, 05-09-19
Show # 1733, 05-02-19
Show # 1732, 04-25-19
Show # 1731, 04-18-19
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