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Show # 1748, 09-05-19
A good balance of Brazilian, small group, piano, blues, big band, vocalists, sax, guitar, Cuba and its neighbors, new and vintage. First a new name in Daniela Soledade, her vocal range similar to also brazilian-born Eliane Elias. When you grow up a Brubeck, you achieve SEASONED “busy” to evoke a groove. 20 years of Silver is displayed, pianist Horace Silver in 1955 and 1975, his playing, arranging, taste and style, was definite, original, growing and evolving. Along with usual grouping of horn players. Our blues comes from “Texarkana” and the route from Memphis to Chicago. Gatemouth Brown started in the 1940s but was undiscovered for decades until the 1970s, he died in September ’05, age 81. In the case of Koko Taylor, she was discovered by Willie Dixon and sang the blues on the road until her death in June ’09 at age 80. Lionel Hampton is caught live in Japan in the early 1980s. For act two blues continue with newcomer Sheri Puorto, a counterpoint vocalist on the jazz side is impressive Veronica Swift. We have the only known session where alto saxophonist Art Pepper recorded with guitarist Howard Roberts, then Dizzy Gillespie blowing one of his hits then deferring to Dominican pianist Michel Camilo. It’s more happening guitar with Roland Prince, an Afro-Cuban ballad with Chico O’Farrill, Panamanian Ruben Blades then Denver pianist Walter Gorra. Chronically lodging, you might say, one radio show at a time, Hacksaw Jazz.
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Show # 1747, 08-29-19
Returned from vacation with an overload of new releases, we must hear Bud Powell first. Speaking of pianists, 11-time Grammy nominee Kenny Barron introduced his new quintet last year. For the counterculture cause, we combine 3 clarinets and lady voice for 3 minutes with a quartet named Pneuma. For plenty guitars we turn to Greg Snyder’s trio, then Kenny Burrell hosting two (then) younger guitarists at the Village Vanguard of the 1980s. Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander does it again with a new release. Saxophonist Ben Flocks features a lounge record-cheesy music store demonstration-type organ we hope on purpose. Then for classic blues singles from ’52, ’61 and ’55 respectively, the folks at Rhythm Bomb/KokoMojo/Atomicat have tied them all up nicely in new compilations. RIP Canned Heat bassist Larry “The Mole” Taylor. Hour two is inspired by the great McCoy Tyner and the Blue Note Label. Of which, a recent article about the label suggested jazz is in a state of diffusion: Much of its forward motion is happening on the fringes, and there’s hardly a mainstream sound to speak of. Beyond that, almost anything goes. So…for vintage Blue Note Record releases we feature saxophonist Wayne Shorter who had a musical association with trumpeter Lee Morgan and pianist McCoy Tyner. The latter befriended west-coast keyboard man/composer Doug Carn who just released a new album this year. Also new hear vocalist Veronica Swift and trombonist Steve Davis. In between are the undisputed masters of musician’s musicians, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis. Basic foundations for both jazz and radio are time and sound. Those we have, Hacksaw Jazz.
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Summer repeat # 3, 08-22-19
A relaxed flowing show, the way we like it, still in summer re-runs with segments from ’16 & ’17 making a pretty good amalgam touching on all decades 40s thru current teens. Once considered “full spectrum jazz,” with more passage of time we don’t even pick up the music’s history until a renaissance. Also we get better doses of both blues and Latin. Wardell Gray, Annie Ross, a Count Basie jam, and light bolero hence Shades of Jade get things going. Late blues men from the Alligator label William Clarke and Long John Hunter, then into Monk. Parisian Django memories played by Stephane Wremble, perhaps today’s elder statesman of the clarinet Eddie Daniels, then Lou Rawles with Les McCann from the west to Sugar Ray and the Bluetones in the east. Tito Puente plays Freddie Hubbard, Ray Brown and Jimmy Rowles are ultra seasoned. Alto flutist Holly Hofmann nods to influences, Phillip Strange flourishes on piano. The Cookers continue a hard/post-bop sound and a couple Putumayo salsa album tracks play. Finally from the ‘70s we combine a Tonight Show sax with a cool pre-free player, Pete Christlieb and Warne Marsh. Emotion from music regardless of when or how recorded, I heard it thru the Hacksaw.
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Summer repeat # 2, 08-15-19
Uptempo big band is the name of the game yet lets not forget what makes jazz improv around a melody, often but always familiar. After Woody Herman and Brian Dickinson’ orchestras (but before Thad Jones and Mel Lewis) comes singer Nancy Harms, tenor sax from a couple suave guys Harry Allen and Zoot Sims. Louis Bellson gets us thru hot weather, and Marcus Miller features bass clarinet among other horn guests harkening back to other Blue Note records recordings in this case including spiritual choir. Patrick Zimmerli gives one of his tracks to pianist Ethan Iverson with okay forward/free thinking. "Hacksaw Philharmonic."
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Summer repeat # 1, 08-08-19
While it is true none are immune to passage of time, customs and traditions remain whether style or region. Newer players with changing mentality keep our ears exercised to what’s happening, and during our summer break we embrace reviewing it all. Alexander Claffy welcomes Kurt Rosenwinkel on guitar, a couple Boston guys make their appearances: Composer/leader Bill Banfield and vocalist Jim Porcella. In between pianist Jeb Patton appears in New York, as vocalist Kat Gang is nearby. For new Cuban piano sounds we turn to Harold Lopez-Nussa, and north of the border comes bassist Dave Young. Forward-looking trombonist Steve Turre here plays pretty, and Frank Morgan is asking US what is this thing. A classic set of music happens in hour # 2, Duke Ellington’s Famous Orchestra from right in the day, John Coltrane is meditative and Spiritual. Antacid jazz is provided by saxophonist Rob Dixon featuring 7-string guitarist Charlie Hunter, followed by a classic from the Wynton Kelly Trio and Wes Montgomery. Various voices play us out, like Christine Hitt, Rosa Pasos in the Brazilian Portuguese and BB King perhaps from early Memphis days. One more Latin spin with Jimmy Bosch then the blues with Little Victor and Eli Cook. Where else would you find this variety in a short two hours? Hacksaw Jazz.
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Show # 1746, 08-01-19
We start in Cal Tjader’s San Francisco Latin percussion world, the grooves crisp and succinct, with an occasional emulation his laid-back Shearing sound (more of which later). Then Tito Puente celebrates his 100th and in a single track honors many vocalists appearing with his orchestra thru the years: Millie P, Tony Vega, Jose Alberto “El Canario,” Tito Nieves, Domingo Quinones, Santos Colon, Ismael Miranda, Oscar D’Leon and Celia Cruz! We must swing from there, so enter T.S. Monk. Singer Lauren Henderson sings in Panamanian/Montserradian/Caribbean Spanish creating tango plus samba equaling TAMBA. Or is it tango and bossa making TOSSA? Jack Castanzo and wife Marda (Saxon one of the vocalists here) were dancers before he became Mr. Bongo and joined Mr. Piano Eddie Cano. To Arkansas for Larry Davis’ blues, the Pacific Northwest for those of Karen Lovely. Weather alert tones on phones at a concert imitated on piano by Cyrus Chestnut inspired one of his tracks. In hour 2 two tandem tenors are Frank Foster and Frank Wess, then we celebrate Lennie Tristano (who influenced Bill Evans and group interplay) played by George Shearing’s trio at Blue Note. Smokin’ sax with Roxy Coss leads to her pianist Miki Yamanaka and her respective album. From the latter’s label Cellar also comes Vancouver drummer Dave Robbins. From Norway comes drummer Snorre Kirk, then respect to elder statesmen of 1980s jazz, Billy Eckstine and Benny Carter. Soon 8-string guitarist Charlie Hunter and vocalist Kurt Elling combine funky attitudes, and swing out we do with trombonist Al Grey and trumpeter Sweets Edison. Past aliases: Jazz Mechanic, Workshop/Grooveyard. It all still works, just add Hacksaw.
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Show # 1745, 07-25-19
To look at this program’s playlist overall, it contains “modern jazz,” tango within classical, melody and lyricism, R & B, and Latin. Quite a sum when the original inspiration was to focus on vinyl from the 1980s, most of which were digitally mastered just as CDs were being introduced. But when Prestige Records ran a contest online for our favorite of that label’s releases, we picked trumpeter Miles Davis circa 1950. From that muse comes a Carnegie Hall all-star concert, then a studio session with the trumpeter co-leading with vibraphonist Milt Jackson. Guitarist Joe Pass was well-recorded in the 1980s, long before singer Nancy Harms from New York recorded Ellington. Drummer Shelly Manne shows off a couple of his men, then appearance and tone come in one package with trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth. The 1980s again are represented by pianist Abdullah Ibrahim and trombonist JJ Johnson. For act two, new names Rob Ryndak and Tom Lockwood welcome trumpeter Brian Lynch, the driest martini sound of all saxes, Paul Desmond plays Django Reinhart. Our favorite of new vocalists comes from Armenia, Ms. Lucy Yeghiazaryan. Lauren Henderson sings of nothing political, just that tougher topic of love. Then we hear the very best, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. The former normally sassy, this time more divine. The latter is in a blues bag here, organist Bill Doggett stays on for one more. Back to our ‘80s vinyl with saxophonist Phil Woods. A break for Latin music by Willie Colon and Chuchito Valdez, one more west coast oldie with pianist Lloyd Glenn, then Clark Terry and Red Mitchell play it out for Basie in the ‘80s. Regular website visitors KNOW how to push our buttons, Hacksaw was a Rolling Stone.
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Show # 1744, 07-18-19
Organizing radio programs for the annals, hopefully not for that other similar word. Veteran Harold Mabern plays a standard on piano with sideman saxophonist Eric Alexander, Doc Stewart plays alto sax in front of “Big Band Resuscitation.” Mellow but profound statements are sung by Lauren Henderson then Sebastian Greschuk plays trumpet Really nice modern samba trumpet from Buenos Aires not Brazil. Where do you go after the death of John Coltrane in 1967? I would suggest with his sidemen like pianist McCoy Tyner’s Enlightenment album of 1973 at the Montreaux Fest in Switzerland. We follow that with a little meat & potatoes soul jazz from the same era, saxophonist Hank Crawford. Doug Can and his West Coast Organ Band features two tandem saxes, normally crude, heavy and in your face but this time almost pretty and swinging. For our second set enjoy salsa from Yolanda Duke singing a standard and Machito simply dazzling from the 1980s. Then blues from the 2000s, Duke Robillard’s Jumpin’ Blues Review from the east and Lynwood Slim from the west. Why not enjoy a simple and popular hit jazz record, Lee Morgan’s Sidewinder. Understated and serious is Victor Gould’s ambitions piano & composition, then two sides of today’s clarinet: Ken Peplowski followed by Anot Cohen. Finally guitarist Wes Montgomery swings it out with additional strings from a lost era, Hooked on a Hacksaw.
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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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Radio stations carrying Hacksaw Jazz:
Radio Phoenix, Radio586.net Musician’s Union Phoenix, KPNG-FM EVIT Radio Chandler AZ, KMRE Bellingham WA, KCEI Red River NM, WKAR E. Lansing MI, WVBI Beaver Island MI, WADR Janesville WI, Global Community Radio Network Geneva NY, WMOT Middle State Tennessee Jazz Network, WRAQ Angelica NY, WHPW Harpswell MN, WYAP Clay WV, WEJP Wheeling WV, KHOI Ames IA, WOUB Athens OH, KAWC/Border Radio/Arizona Community Radio Network Yuma AZ.
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