VIDEOS AND MP3 ARCHIVES of HACKSAW JAZZ
Here are a couple hours of 2018 releases revisited, not necessarily the best but rather continued reviews and tracks we did not get to in the actual year. The balance of our program is a beginning of tributes to late greats we lost in 2018. So the roster is a mix of unknowns, some on the brink of notoriety, others established and a few giants: Orchestra leader David Caffey, saxophonist Tia Fuller, saxophonists Bootsie Barnes and Larry McKenna, slide guitarist/vocalist Dean Haitani who came the furthest from Australia, violinist Stephane Grappelli, pianist Randy Weston, saxophonist Sonny Fortune and big band greats Duke Ellington and Count Basie. For hour # 2 we hear Brazilian trumpeter Guiherme Dias-Gomes, Orquesta Akokan, singer Alan Harris, bass trumpeter Al Muirhead from Canada, pianist Kenny Barron, singer/pianist Nellie McKay, singer Kat Gang, singer Jim Porcella, pianist Walter Gorra, blues man Otis Rush on guitar/vocal, and trumpeter/percussionist/leader Jerry Gonzalez. It’s bittersweet to have so much great new music but we are saddened at the inevitable passing of artists fortunate enough to have had success for a notable period of time. Records, neckties and drums are not required but admired, when new ones come in it's hard to let the old stuff go. Hacksaw Jazz.
MP3 of 01-10-19 show # 1717 HR 1
MP3 of 01-10-19 show # 1717 HR 2
Playlist of 01-10-19 show # 1717
The legendary Ahmad Jamal plays his piano, Eddie Jefferson sings with young Richie Cole. Then we aim at groove, first with Brazil’s Veloso Deusa, then with more traditional jazz rhythms of the late Nancy Wilson and guitarist Kenny Burrell. Etta James is mellow in the famous Muscle Shoals studio but Joe Lovano records at the Village Vanguard in memory of Charles Mingus and Duke Ellington. Horace Silver is funky in his late ’50s days, Trudy Lynn gives us Houston Texas blues, and saxophonist Gato Barbieri is sensual with a Marvin Gaye cover. For the second hour one of jazz’ greatest hits is played by Miles, Phil Woods plays his tribute to Billy Strayhorn and Johnny Hodges. Rhythms take different directions in the group of Afro Cuban All Stars and the person of Nikki Hill. Sam Dillon’s tenor sax and especially his tempo bring us back to John Coltrane. Jackson Mississippi sounds & sentiments are expressed by Johnny Taylor, guitarist David Ullman’s group has a new release of happening organ trio sounds, then it’s time to feature three lady singers who sound to us like one another. Houston Person joins Karrin Allyson for her 2018 release, behind door # 2 is a singer named Jackie Allen. Our third compatible lady singer is Carri Coltrane delightfully freshening our sound without disturbing the emotion, swing or soul of our music. Great job on the part of surviving veterans, plus the new & established names on the scene Hacksaw new year.
MP3 of 01-03-19 show # 1716 HR 1
MP3 of 01-03-19 show # 1716 HR 2
Playlist of 01-03-19 show # 1716
Latin jazz John Coltrane style begins our weekly journey while “Trane” himself joins Tad Dameron for an attractive melody, lyricism continues with guitarist Joe Diorio. Powerful singer Joe Williams welcomes soulful Marlena Shaw then our first new release of the week from Sam Kirmayer’s guitar on top of B3 organ. The third Joe of the hour, Turner, catches up on Stormy Monday then a double play from blues man Albert Collins. A.C. Reed wraps one hour while pianist Hampton Hawes begins another, another melodic saxophone sounds in the person of Cannonball Adderley with drummer Kenny Clarke. Three completely different guitarist play against each other, the nylon-string-inspired Nate Najar with a track from his new one, then a heavy entry from avant garde player Sonny Sharrock (Pharaoh Sanders and Elvin Jones are in tow), and to complete the triumvirate is Larry Coryell. Latin sounds round the bend with Ruben Blades followed by Machito’s Salsa Big Band, and we conclude the festivities with a tribute to guitarist Howard Roberts from his son Jay. In moment between infinity and the nanosecond, before the Next Hacksaw Falls.
MP3 of 12-27-18 show # 1715 HR 1
MP3 of 12-27-18 show # 1715 HR 2
Playlist of 12-27-18 show # 1715
Sufficient vinyl makes up our first hour, apparently catching Big Joe Turner on a European tour in his later years, then immediately to a songbird from the Dominican Republic, Yolanda Duke who moved to NYC in ’69, maybe then in her teens? Following success in Toronto, calling her music “Tropical,” the track we feature may be from her debut album, which if so preceded her La Lupe tribute. Then a remake of a Perez Prado classic before featuring one of the better new lady singers on the scene, Cecile McLorin Salvant. That is followed by plenty saxophone, first from Jay Rodriguez then Supersax. Mel Lewis the drummer fronts a rare small group with Freddie Hubbard, Michael Brecker and others, Flora Purim cues up one more vinyl then we’re off to the races with all-new releases for the balance of the show. Sam Kirmayer is a guitarist playing over a bed of B3, Mike Spinrad is a drummer featuring horns. Veteran guitarist Nate Najar has a new one for Django and Charlie Byrd, Orin Evans is plenty sax-heavy from Philadelphia. Pete McCann is another guitarist with a new release, we once again spin Lucia Jackson and her mournful vocal delivery. Scott Gwinnell’s Jazz Orchestra from Detroit is one that really goes somewhere, and pianists Walter Gorra (with his debut) and Aaron Goldberg (fairly new to us) wrap our holiday party. I saw mommy kissing Hacksaw Clause.
MP3 of 12-20-18 show # 1714 HR 1
MP3 of 12-20-18 show # 1714 HR 2
Playlist of 12-20-18 show # 1714
Radio stations running Hacksaw Jazz: RadioPhoenix.org, Radio586.net Musician’s Union Phoenix, KPNG Chandler AZ, KAWC-FM Yuma AZ, KAWP Parker AZ, KJZA Drake/Williams AZ, KJZP Prescott AZ, KJZK Kingman AZ, K217EP Flagstaff AZ, KCEI Red River NM, KHOI Ames IA, WGDR Plainfield VT, CJUM Winnipeg Manitoba, WEJP Wheeling WV, WVBI Beaver Island MI, WOUB Athens OH, WKAR East Lansing MI, KCMJ Colorado Springs, WADR Janesville WI, KMRE Bellingham WA, KXCR Florence OR, WMOT Nashville, Philly-Jersey KEWL98.com.