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Show # 1771, 02-13-20
We’re thinking of Basie this week, Swinging the Blues in tribute by pianist Gene Harris. Partially indoctrinated, next it’s the Boogie Blues with Gene Krupa and Anita O’Day. Once having that out of our system, we hear a demanding Coltrane performance by saxophonists Pat LaBarbara and Kirk McDonald. On to the blues with Muddy Waters, plus Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers at their red-hot best. Light Latin is played by Cal Tjader, then there are new releases from guitarist Aaron Stroessner, Professor Cunningham with his reeds and Old-School, veteran saxophonist George Coleman, and trumpeter Win Pongsakorn (now THERE’S a jazz name). In act two, Charles Mingus is on fire, John Coltrane hosts Eric Dolphy. We need to mellow out with Shirley Horn following that, then it’s vintage Gerry Mulligan followed by later Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. One more new release from the trio “Nutria,” and one more classic with Supersax playing a Parker blues, then we’re out. Jazz is just an excuse to play wrong notes, Full Moon Hacksaw.
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Show # 1770 02-06-20
Chet Baker says it best for starters, “Jumping off a Clef,” then pleasant trombone arrangements from Joey Sellers. From Cuba’s Ruben Gonzalez to blues man Billy Boy Arnold, the resolution is in the Bill Evans Trio welcoming in saxophonists. Vocalists with feeling follow: Jon Hencricks, Billy Eckstine, Betty Carter and Eddie Jefferson, they just don’t make ‘em like this anymore. We pay tribute to the late Jimmy Heath, gone early this year at 93, with the Heath Brothers. For hour two Stan Getz joins of all people Sybil Shepherd, they are followed with a similar idea from new vocalist Veronica Swift. Then we get into some preaching from the pulpit, perhaps creeping like a cat thru the alley, from Eddie Lockjaw Davis and Howlin’ Wolf. Back to our Afro-Cuban jazz, Chico O’Farrill is followed by Poncho Sanchez. We enjoy an extended guitar jam from the late Gabor Szabo and wrap our session with three new releases: Pianists Monty Alexander and Michael Wolff, and finally vocalist Marci Miller. Hacksaw on my shoulder makes me happy.
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Show # 1769, 01-30-20
West coast jazz with Shorty Rogers begins our festivities of varied tempos, the mood contemplative next with Bill Evans. Energy is provided by Eric Alexander and Horace Silver with the Brecker Brothers, and Bill Charlap plays Leonard Bernstein. Folky blues precedes the innovations of 1950 Stan Kenton, his vocalist June Christy is contrasted with singer Keely Smith from later in the decade. Hand-Clappin’ Rock ’n Roll and Rhythm ’n Blues from Red Prysock, then Diz & Getz play Ellington to wrap hour number one. For our second half enjoy South Beach salsa followed by 1960’s Machito. New released this week come from trombonist Audrey Ochoa, pianist Bill Heid and guitarist Randy Napoleon. Hard bop is played by trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, a couple vocalists in Eddie Jefferson and Blossom Dearie follow. Prime big band provided by Thad Jones caps our offerings. Time to refile my records, neckties, drums and coffee for another session, a little or a lot at a time, Hacksaw Jazz.
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Show # 1768, 01-23-20
Music about animals by pianist Yelena Eckemoff begins the earliest of 2020 releases, a lot of vocalists reminding us of the Double Six of Paris back in the day. One vocalist from today is Mica Barnes, a guitarist would be Mike Baggetta. January birthdays include bassist Israel Crosby (heard here with George Shearing) and Django Reinhardt. Now for one of the better 2018 releases, drummer Jimmy Cobb as leader with the late Harold Mabern playing piano. Chamber show music is played by veteran pianist Dick Hyman and clarinetist Ken Peplowski. Did anyone think drummer Sid Catlett might inspire drummer Ed Blackwell of a future generation? From Did & Bird to Ornette. Speaking of Bird, it’s the 100th year of his birth in a few months, Bobby Watson, Vincent Herring and Gary Bartz celebrate live from Smokes. Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Wynton Marsalis bring in guest soloist Wayne Shorter and we hear a rare recording by baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams. Erroll Garner sounds pristine on a re-release, drummer Elvin Jones brings in Chick Corea. and for the balance we spin more new releases from violinist and dancer Jonathan Ng, pianist Aaron Diehl and guitarist Frank Kohl. My destination for the duration, checking social status and that’s what a little Hacksaw can do.
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Show # 1767, 01-16-20
Latin and Brazilian jazz rhythms begin our recital but we soon make a stop at the Village Vanguard for the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. With reluctance we report the death of piano great Harold Mabern, whereas eccentric sax man James Carter and the organ trio is featured from a recent album. Another artist we lost recently was Frank Foster, heard this week on clarinet with Elvin Jones. Pat Metheny’s plays from his first album to get to intermission. In act two the next jazz death to report is trumpeter/singer/funny man Jack Sheldon, then we hit Chicago. First with Eddie Harris, then with Howlin’ Wolf. For “modern jazz” of the mid-20th Century we sample Miles Davis, then Thelonious Monk. More new releases follow, first trumpeter/vocalist Benny Benack III has the wonderful Veronica Swift also singing. Not many play bass clarinet exclusively, but Todd Marcus does on his new release. Pianist Keith Jarrett is delightful, Milton Nascimento is one of the better-known Brazilian composers and performers, and El Gran Combo represents Puerto Rican salsa. We wrap this episode with Oscar Peterson and Milt Jackson for piano and great vibes. Jazz & Blues rhythms a little or a lot at a time, a side of shuffle and a shot of swing, Hacksaw Jazz.
2-min break music: Wes Montgomery-Bumpin’ on Sunset
2-min break music: Bill Evans-Lee Konitz-Warne Marsh-Pensativa
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Show # 1766, 01-09-20
We borrow influence from the classical and pop sides for our jazz and blues this episode, as one album title aptly states "variety is the spice." From Angel Romero's guitar and George Shearing's piano playing music by Claude Bolling, to Oscar Peterson teaming up with who has to be the grand-daddy of 'em all, Louie Armstrong, the tone is set. From there we must hear vocal calisthenics from the late Leon Thomas, then a new release from trumpeter Gabriel Mark Hasselbach. All-stars you would call Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Clifford Brown and Horace Silver, all within the span of a half hour. They call it Madness, we call it Baritonic sax pressure, Baritone Madness contains three players. For hour number two, hear Cal Tjader with his ultra cool Latin rhythms, Roy Gaines' and Sonny Boy Williamson's brands of blues, followed by a piano/sax duo from Champian Fulton with Corey Weeds. Dance rhythms flow next from Les Brown's band of renown, then it's our Latin section with pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa and Conjunto Colores. Heavy sounds emanate from the pen and bass of the great Charles Mingus, and finally it's bedtime from trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. Do what you love and the food and records will follow, it's a marvelous night for a Hacksaw.
2-min break music: John Coltrane-Naima
2-min break music: John Scofield-Hit the Road Jack
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Show # 1765, 01-02-20
Ultra mellow we start with a tribute to Nica with an underlying Thelonious Monk theme. We start the new decade by reviewing the better releases of 2019. Alyssa Allgood and Monty Alexander represent Monk, Art Blakey represents Pannonica de Koenigswarter, or “Nica.” Trumpeters Bobby Shew and Chuck Findley conclude the mellow half hour, then there is vocalist Lucy Yeghiazaryan and pianist Eric Reed. Michael Reed, no relation we know of, leads a quartet from the drums. A dab of salsa then blues from Virginia’s Kurt Krandall followed by SOCAL’s Adrianna Marie, jazz ballad time with Kenny Garret, Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley. The balance is dedicated to variety from newcomer Christian Jacob, dynamics from the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, another trumpet duo of Tim Hagans and Marcus Printup. Woodwinds conclude this episode, classic flute from James Moody and Vancouver tenor sax from Mike Allen. Tune in so you can Approve the groove, we’ve got a long way to go and a Hacksaw to get there.
1765/1718 HR 1 01-02-20
Alyssa Allgood-Ask me Now-Exactly Like You-Cellar Live ’18
Art Blakey-Nica’s Dream-Jazz Messengers-Columbia ’56
Bobby Shew/Chuck Findley-Nadalin-Trumpets No End-Delos ’83
Lucy Yeghiazaryan Sweet Pumpkin Blue Heaven Cellar Live ’19
Eric Reed-Martha’s Prize-Everybody Gets the Blues-Smoke Sessions ’19
Monty Alexander-Bemshaw Swing-Wareika Hill-MACD ’19
Michael Reed’s People Places and Things-Is It-Defender ’08 482 Music ’08
Fruko Y Sus Tesos-Las Maracas-Rough Guide to Salsa Dance Second Edition-World Music Network ’05
2-min break music: Stuff Smith-One O’Clock Jump
1765/1718 HR 2
Kurt Krandall-Bumpity Bump-True Story-KurtKrandall ’04
Adrianna Marie & her Roomful of All Stars-Side Car Mama-Kingdom of Swing AdriannaMarie ’17
Kenny Garrett-Dear Lord-Persuance: The Music of John Coltrane-Warner Jazz ’96
Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley-Save your Love for Me-self-titled Capitol ’62
Christian Jacob Trio Rolling and Shaking-The Originals-Wilder Jazz ’19
Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra-For the Love of Money-Potpourri-Philadelphia International ’74
Tim Hagans & Marcus Printup-Happy Times-Bubsongs-Blue Note ’98
Eddie Harris-Freedom Jazz Dance-The In Sound-Atlantic ’65
James Moody-Boo’s Tune-Flute ’N the Blues-Cadet ’56
Mike Allen-Klondike-Just Like Magic-Cellar Live ’19
2-min break music: John Coltrane-Mr. PC
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Show # 1764 12-26-19
John Coltrane bookends our show this week, both on tenor and soprano sax. Also 1958 seems to be a favored year of chance, since that is how we mix our music. Hear Donald Byrd’s trumpet the forward-looking trombone of Steve Turre and a wonderful ballad performance from the late trumpeter Marvin Stamm. We’ve got a couple more releases from 2019, one from singer Josephine Beavers and another from guitarist Aaron Stroessner. They inspire other vintage selections from bluesmen Duke Robillard and Lynwood Slim, plus innovative organist Larry Young. We get our Latin fix in hour two, Perez Prado and Mario Bauza are solid school. One of the better releases right at the start of 2019 was a comeback for pianist Michael Wolff. Buddy DeFranco swings clarinet like mad, and Oscar Peterson is dazzling live. Two are spun by pianist George Shearing, one joined by singer Dakota Staton. The Wildest is sax man Sam Butera and Kenny Burrell’s guitar is on top of Gil Evans’ orchestra. When you're smiling, Hacksaw smiles with you.
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Show # 1763 12-19-19
Among side the yuletide comes our favorite high-level players like Bobby Hutcherson, Tommy Flanagan, Miles, the Count, Goodman, Silver and Ellington. In between hear new young musicians like the collective Native Soul, vintage sounds from the poet/singer Oscar Brown Jr., and from just last generation Tim Hagans and Marcus Printup, trumpeters paying tribute to their previous generation. Hear the most obscure organists you’ve never heard, & never will again. In fact we’ve got blues to lose from Howlin’ Wolf and Luther Allison, with a mildly interesting oldie in between. Blossom Dearie and Bob Dorough have exquisite chemistry this holiday, and our Latin sounds come from the great Machito. Hand-picked jazz on the radio for you since 1975, that’s the lens thru which we view the world, Hacksaw Jazz.
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Show # 1762 12-12-19
We haven’t heard salsa in a while, Tito Puente and Ruben Blades to the rescue. For the season it’s Laila Bailie converting Joni Mitchell to Christmas, Heather Bambrick’s vocal follows. After Darel Monteith’s piano trio and Bill Howlin’ Mad Perry’s brand-new blues, we listen closely to an Art Pepper 1958 session since the obscure pianist named Carl Perkins plays…since his left arm was sideways and he played the piano that way, his nickname was “The Crab.” Audrey Silver is another holiday entry, except for New Year’s Eve (everybody looks so glamorous after a few drinks…in THEM). Roxy Coss’ Quintet is strong as is Anthony Wilson’s guitar with orchestra. Act two has two pianos together, Tommy Flanagan from one generation and Kenny Barron from the next. Veteran saxophonist George Coleman has a new one, and Gerry Mulligan’s Concert Jazz Band is magnificently recorded with top soloists. That’s on the Verve label, as is Wes Montgomery and Anita O’Day to follow. It is piano again with mellow Dave Brubeck and dazzling Jessica Williams, then guitarist Steve Kahn plays from his new release and quite a rare recording from the Candoli Brothers closes us out. Balancing the jazz equilibrium with spontaneity in mid-flight is delicate duty for a Hacksaw.
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Show # 1761 12-05-19
It’s a piano-heavy show with saxophonist Cannonball Adderley bringing in Bill Evans, from there it’s Keith Jarrett, James P. Johnson, Pete Johnson and McCoy Tyner. Other than that we have good trumpet and sax soloists like Kenny Dorham, Shorty Rogers, Paul Desmond and Mike Allen. Plus a track per hour of Miles Davis. In the second act we get visits from both the VP and the President, anonymously of course, to help rate the records. Once bassist Ray Brown and trumpeter Roy Hargrove re-set the scene, we hear guitarist Philip Catherine with big band, two new lady singers, Heather Bambrick and holiday music from Tanya Wills’ Quartet. Instead of wondering how we could present elements of John Coltrane’s Love Supreme by today’s saxophonists, we just did it. Out came Kirk McDonald and Pat LaBarbara on the same CD live date, on their heels a young Teodross Avery released his own CD which happened to contain the continuing movement of the said Coltrane work. And that’s the lens thru which we view the world, blues is our business at the University of Hacksaw.
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Show # 1760 11-28-19
’Tiz autumn, we call on Clark Terry a real brass man then defer to younger generations like Wynton Marsalis to continue. No one did it like Mingus, but the Dynasty carries on his unique legacy. Jonathan Kreisberg is a young guitarist sounding today as many elder statesmen first did, which shows promise. After all that we need to mellow out and see what kind of mood Lee Morgan and his Blue Note cohorts were in ’64. For rhythms hinting at Latin lets consult Cinco de Moio and Gabriel Mark Hasselbach. In hour two Karrin Allyson continues her energy with a new thematic album with guests like Kurt Elling. Stan Gets is mesmerizing on his tenor sax, Joshua Jern’s Jazz Orchestra keeps the swing relaxed and we get our daily dose of Miles and Coltrane. To welcome a guitar theme we turn to the blues, namely Magic Slim and the Teardrops and Tinsley Ellis, respectively. George Coleman is superb after six decades of sax playing, his sideman is equally experienced pianist Harold Mabern. And to seal the guitar deal, how about one of Wes Montgomery’s first recordings, with fellow Indianapolis guy Freddie Hubbard. Let's make it habitual and a ritual, hand-picked jazz on the radio for you since 1975, Hacksaw Jazz.
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Show # 1759, 11-21-19
Guitar galore led by Kenny Burrell begins our 45th anniversary in radio, over 30 of them playing jazz, hence “hand-selected jazz for you on the air since 1975.” Today it’s our usual action plan of rotation: CDs, vinyl, new releases, and day-to-day inspiration. A wonderful ensemble held together by Ray Charles’ former organist is called Church on Monday, young Veronica Swift has good vocal chops. The Clayton Brothers and pianist Andrea Petrity are energetic, and Koko Taylor is followed by Willie Dixon. Michelle Rosewoman leads New Yor-Uba from the piano. Miles Davis of the day shows off his then-newcomers Cannonball, Trane & Evans, & everyone knows Miles came from the Bird. We celebrate Charlie parker’s 100th birthday next year and to start celebrating, three current alto players, Vincent Herring, Bobby Watson and Gary Bartz converge. Then it’s Supersax playing in harmony and a couple from Bird himself. Zoot Sims swings, Kurt Elling sings with Australian trumpeter James Morrison. Randy Napoleon returns us to guitar, Miki Yamanaka to piano. Then it’s the earliest intended stereo jazz recording we can find, the west coast jazz label Contemporary was reportedly the first in Oct. ’56, although stereo records weren’t available to the public for about another year. That’s the Curtis Counce group, then the same concern for high audio standards in stereo 40 years later with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and Music Director Jon Faddis. So we made all decades from the ‘50s thru the teens in a couple hours, challenging ideas in place of shallow thought, Hacksaw Jazz.
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