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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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Show # 1758, 11-14-19
Buddy DeFranco’s clarinet is vintage hip and swinging, Oscar Peterson and Dizzy Gillespie are also on the bill under the same record label. To Newport ’56 we go for Ellington, and big band brings us into the ‘90s with Paolo Nonnis. For blues we visit the Philippines of all places then United/Federal Records for a couple sides by Robert Nighthawk and Memphis Slim. Speaking of Memphis the horns of Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love welcome singer William Bell. Bass Clarinetist Todd Marcus delivers our meditative set of the day and Jimmy Leyton is inspired by Zappa, maybe a modern day Raymond Scot or Spike Jones on acid. Hour two starts with guitarist Joshua Breakstone, into Johnny Guarnieri’s swing piano, setting the tone for guitar and piano together and separately. Hilton Ruiz and Larry Fuller continue on the keys, an eight-piece Rich Willey Boptism Funk Band takes over then it’s poetry with Lisa B. Trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg is in a blackout before things our party concludes our party with guitar galore: John Pisano, Lee Ritenour, and a duo called La Vienta. So keep your radio on, ya never know What a little Hacksaw can do.
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Show # 1757, 11-07-19
Brassy and swinging with Pete Christlieb and Linda Small followed by a piano/vocal duo ballad sung by Tony DeSare. A touch of fusion with Howie Smith’s soprano sax then into deeper grooves with Patrick Butlers Sonic Stew and Peter Madcat Ruth’s harmonica dream. Jay McShann’s piano picks it up, Miles at Newport from back in the day keeps it going. We always get requests for Coltrane and Johnny Hartman in the Autumn Serenade months, then we wrap hour # one with twin tenor saxes Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray. Vibraphonist Milt Jackson starts the next section with his foray into fusion, the Johnny Otis Show welcomes Eddie Cleanhead Vinson from Monterey and Lucky Peterson mellows some with his blues, Saxophonist Troy Roberts returns with his innovative organ trio. Drummer Ginger Baker hosts the Denver Jazz Quartet, his sideman James Carter holds over to the next track as leader again of an organ trio. Our Latin fix is provided this week by classic Machito and Germany’s Conexion Latina, and we close with piano/sax duo with vocal, Champion Fulton and Cory Weeds dreaming a little dream. Fashion, records, drums & coffee, we’re good to go, Hacksaw Jazz.
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Show # 1756, 10-31-19
Out on remote from a local historical society, we hear drummer Dave Robbins play the Beatles and Brazilian Daniela Solidade sing Gershwin. Mary Stallings sings Monk, and Paul Desmond goes to our heads. Funky Charlie Hunter is heard from his first album on 7- string guitar. Vocalist Carmen Lundy is singing better than ever on her new album, intensity ramps up during a new performance by Alan Rosenthal. Though leery of such generic titles as “Brazil,” the guitarist for so many years with Sergio Mendez, Scott Wilkie, strikes out on his own. A set of three reissued blues singles includes a rarity from Doctor Ross, Billy Boy Arnold doesn’t play harmonica for once, and the somewhat sophisticated Gene and Eunice sing again. Hour number two deals with Cuban and Afro rhythms containing possible bata or talking drums, then a classic workout in a new package from the curious “Church On Monday,” possibly the most happening new release of this episode. Vocalist Miki Purnell passes the test, then it’s a series of classics from Jon Faddis’ Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, tandem tenor saxophonists Al Cohn and Zoot Sims, west-coasters Curtis Counce and friends, and drummer Al Foster as leader ushering us out. Log in and branch out with Hacksaw Jazz.
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Show # 1755, 10-24-19
“If this album doesn’t succeed in blowing your blues away then I doubt you ever really had them in the first place” states the notes to opening track Horace Silver. Let us then share a shuffle by killer guitarist Junior Watson, that’s where it’s at. Clifford Brown and Max Roach are smokin’ once again, Elvin Jones hosts guitarist Roland Prince. For a new release how about Kelley Suttenfield singing Neil Young, Claire Fischer plays piano blues and Son Seals sings Chicago blues. Back to more than basics for Kenny Burrell with John Coltrane, and Alex Levin is a standout name for recent piano trio jazz. For the next portion the powerhouse Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra kicks in, salsa sounds are South Beach’s Los Brilianticos. We dig into the crates for Eddie Jefferson, a real jazz singer. How about two tributes to the late drummer/leader Art Blakey as we celebrate his 100th, one from guitarist Joshua Breakstone and another from bassist John Brown. A strange entry from Nicholas Payton, trumpet/piano/vocal from a new trio record, and we are very impressed with Canadian Andrea Superstein’s voice & feeling right out of the gate. Our final vinyl comes from The Gene Harris Trio plus Stanley Turrentine. Our records, our CDs, our downloads, our new releases, Hacksaw Jazz.
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Show # 1754, 10-17-19
West coast jazz vinyl surfaces a few times this episode, first with Bob Cooper playing oboe. Then it’s the MJQ with impressive big band backing, saxophonist Gary Bartz mellows from the ‘90s and Stan Getz is smoking with Chick Corea in the ‘70s. Re-release blues singles this time come from Annisteen Allen, Magic Sam and Mickey & Sylvia. In a commitment to more big band we hear the Western Illinois University, followed by a Jim Hall/Tom Harrel precious duo. Eric Alexander plays tenor sax in tribute to a past great to wrap act one. Next come new releases from singer/pianist Lauren Lee in perhaps a Joni Mitchell but classical range, then pianist Leslie Pintchik from a recent live Manhattan date. We choose to focus on Ginger Baker in a jazz ballad before a more typical but vintage drum solo from the Graham Bond days. A mambo version of Take Five is heard by Mondo Eleven, Mark Whitfield plays a standard ballad on acoustic guitar. We close out with two more west coast jazz LPs, trumpeter Carmel Jones and woodwind guy Jimmy Giuffre respectively, before newcomer Douye Quatro is true to the bossa nova in a classic by Horace Silver. So keep your radio on, for Hacksaw Jazz.
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Show # 1753, 10-10-19
A fall outdoor festival in the desert southwest is our setting this show, visual art and cuisine conspired with music on radio and live. Charlie Hunter from the ‘90s is happening, as far as new releases we stay low in register for a while first with Baritone Madness, three players on a new CD, then from Chicago the Joshua Jern Jazz Orchestra with you guessed it, more bari sax. Two new discs feature music by Lerner & Loewe, first by reed man Adrian Cunningham, and later in the show very popular among the public is Dick Hyman, still dazzling on piano at 92 welcoming “youngster” reed man Ken Peplowski. Smoking sax over organ is provided by Jerry Weldon, then to temper things master and probably the first jazz saxophonist Colman Hawkins with forgotten wild man on clarinet, PeeWee Russell. Piano music continues first in duet with Champian Fulton joined by Cory Weeds, then Monty Alexander’s Jamaican take on Monk. In hour two it’s Bud Powell lest we forget, then emphasis on Canadian musicians and music by John Coltrane with the Pat LaBarbara/Kirk McDonald Quintet. A little mambo is provided by Tito Puente, then it’s our blues fix for the episode from BB & the Blues Shacks, Matt Guitar Murphy, and Earl Hooker. Back to piano we go with young Emmet Cohen, organ with the Groove man Richard Holmes, then our own community guided this show unexpectedly toward bossa nova. With 8.4 mil plays over 10 years on YouTube, it may not match the pop singers of our time but Stan Getz’s Desafinado IS a hit record in jazz. Cool, calm and collected we are, Hacksaw Jazz.
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Show # 1752, 10-03-19
Produced while relaxing in San Diego, (home of KSDS Jazz 88): With over 30 new releases appearing in our mailbox this week, here’s entire show of them. Results of research AFTER playing them: Vocalist Kurt Elling joined Austrailian trumpeter James Morrison at Birdland, Canadian trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg has gone off the deep end for our prez & the resulting women’s march. Obscure blues singles are re-released by KokoMojo records, two Otis’s: Rush and Spann. Subsidiary label Rhythm Bomb record new sessions dead ringers for the old, Euro rockabilly from Twisted Rod Euro blues from BB and the Blues Shacks together 30 years. Louis Armstrong’s 1952 Berlin concert tape finally comes out with Trummy Young on trombone. Pittsburgh’s Shawn Purcell feels the need to play guitar synth, tricky a la Monk comes Director Jeff Rupert from U Central Florida of Flying Horse Big Band. Tenor sax leader Troy Roberts hosts an organ trio of Joey DeFrancesco and Jeff Tain Watts, no slouches. Hour two opens with L.A. vocalist Staci Griesback singing Patsy Cline, back is the all female latin jazz group Jane Bunnett & Maqueque. Roberto Fonseca’s piano leans Cuban on only a couple of his album, The Soul Rebels are an amalgam of pop thru a New Orleans instrumentation funnel. Pianist Derel Monteith has energy amid an otherwise lifeless and boring solo record…turns out all tracks are mike tests for his trio record released simultaneously. David Finck makes the bass a solo instrument, BYU’s guitar specialist Kirsten R. Bromley is mildly happening. A group called Mad Love calls themselves East/West jazz/Americana-soul and features female vocal. Pianist Florian Hoefner sounds Keith Jarret-ish but cites Americana inspiration like Levon Helm & Chris Thile for his arranger/trio session. Guitarist Randy Napoleon has good orchestral accompaniment with tenor sax. Elaborate, expressive and very artistic is this week’s program, Hacksaw Jazz.
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