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Blue Dimensions C35: Americana Jazz with Regina Carter and Julian Waterfall Pollack

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

New jazz that draws on folk music and music of the American South with violinist Regina Carter and pianist Julian Waterfall Pollack

Carter_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions , some "Jazz Americana," jazz that draws from folk music and music popular in rural America played by violinist Regina Carter on a swinging new album called Southern Comfort . Carter mines the Library of Congress recordings collected by John and Alan Lomax and John Work as well as commercially released popular music from the South on Southern Comfort ;  we'll hear several pieces from this magnificent album, including some fine singing, as well as Carter's violin mastery. One of the songs she does was originally recorded in 1924 by blues singer Ma Rainey , and it was Elvis Presley's opening number for many of his 1970 shows. We'll check out Ma Rainey's recording, with, among others, Louis Armstrong and Fletcher Henderson in the band. Also along the same lines, the fourth album from 25-year-old pianist Julian Waterfall Pollack , Waves of Albion , which also draws on some traditional music and songs that were especially well-known in the South. Also: some "South Asian Americana" — I guess we can call it that — from pianist Vijay Iyer , the son of Indian immigrants to the United States, from his new album Mutations , and guitarist Fareed Haque , who also grew up here, son of a Pakistani father and Chilean mother. Haque's latest album is called Trance Hypothesis . Our hypothesis is that you'll like it a lot. The melting pot is bubbling over, in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions C19: The Monktone Stomp, and The Colossus of Pat Martino

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

New music from guitarist Lorenzo Grassi, and previously unissued music of guitarist Pat Martino 

Grassi_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions , an appealing debut from Italian guitarist Lorenzo Grassi , who went to music school in Los Angeles and caught the Latin music bug there.  We'll hear a couple of songs from his album The Monktone Stomp , as well as recent releases from two keyboardists, Leslie Pintchik , and Brad Whiteley , finally finding time to make his own album after a two-year road stint with Regina Spektor. Also a swinging live performance album from sax player Elias Haslanger , some stunning music from trumpeter/composer Ambrose Akinmusire — and a Pat Martino composition from over forty years ago sees the light of day at long last on an album of live recordings of the Gene Ludwig-Pat Martino Trio .

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Blue Dimensions D01: Coffee Songs, and Vibraphonic Jasons

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Songs about coffee (!) and new vibraphone music from Jason Marsalis and Jason Adasiewicz

Marsalis_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll hear from two "vibraphonic" Jasons — Jason Marsalis and Jason Adasiewicz ("Add-Uh-SHEV-Its"). Marsalis is a member of New Orleans' "first family of jazz" (brother of Wynton and Branford, son of Ellis) who started out as a drummer and got into vibes - - big time - - more recently. Jason Adasiewicz is one of Chicago's jazz luminaries and has a great trio called Sun Rooms. We'll also hear a Hoagy Carmichael classic from Annie Lennox, from her new album "Nostalgia." Plus, coffee songs, including three from the amazing box set "Calypso Craze 1956-57 And Beyond,"  including a perky song about the beverage that was distributed to radio stations as a musical public service announcement to combat drunk driving in 1957. We also have coffee song favorites from Mississippi John Hurt, Sarah Vaughan, and Frank Sinatra, so stay awake this week for Blue Dimensions!

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Blue Dimensions D04: Cellist Maya Beiser Bangs On A Can & Plays The Blues.

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

avant-garde cellist Maya Beiser puts a unique spin on the blues on her new album "Uncovered"

Beiser_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, cellist Maya Beiser plays the blues. The unique "post-classical" settings of old blues songs on her new album "Uncovered" uncover a new dimension in the music. We'll also hear her with a storied ensemble she co-founded years ago, Bang On A Can. We have new music from James Farm, featuring Joshua Redman, a fine follow-up to their debut three years ago, and "The Art Of Conversation" — between a pianist and a bassist — a wonderfully intimate collaboration between Kenny Barron and Dave Holland. Also, Frank Catalano re-writes John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme," celebrating its half-century mark, with his group Love Supreme Collective, and we'll match one newly written part with its counterpart from the original masterpiece as well.

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Blue Dimensions D41: The Joel Harrison 5 enter the Spirit House, and two annual publications offer reissues of rare music from 78 rpm records

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

New music from the Joel Harrison 5, and reissues of rare music from 78 rpm records from two annual 78 rpm reissue sources, The Frog Blues & Jazz Annual, and the Blues Images Calendar

Harrison_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, new energetic and slightly off-center music from the album "Spirit House" from guitarist Joel Harrison and his quintet The Joel Harrison 5. We'll also hear from guitarist Gaetano Letizia and his trio. He has a fixation on frogs, calling his album and his band "Froggy and The Toads" and giving his compositions frog and toad titles. No one says "Ribbit" on the album, though.  Speaking of frogs, we'll play a 1936 Fats Waller piece from the 4th issue of the Frog Blues & Jazz Annual, a publication from Britain's Frog Records full of articles about musicians from the 78 prm record era with an accompanying CD. And, from another annual CD reissue of rare 78 rpm records, the CD accompanying the 2016 Blues Images Calendar, we have a song by bluesman J. D. Short never reissued before - - plus, trombonist Doug Beavers, a strong new Latin-jazz new album "Titanes Del Trombón" and the trio known as New York Electric Piano, mixing physics and golf and music.

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Blue Dimensions D31: A Trumpeter's Organ Quartet - Alex Norris, George Colligan, Gary Thomas, & Rudy Royston

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

New organ music, from the Alex Norris Organ Quartet, and Chris Foreman. Also sax-drum duets, new and old, and Vijay Iyer plays a classic Coltrane piece.

Norris_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, the Alex Norris Organ Quartet, with trumpeter Alex Norris, organist George Colligan, sax player Gary Thomas, and drummer Rudy Royston. Their new album "Extension Deadline" extends the familiar organ trio sound, with two horns connecting very closely with each other, and the organ and drums. We also have another organ album, the debut as band leader for organist Chris Foreman, a protege of Jimmy McGriff, called "Now Is The Time" - - plus saxophone-drum duets, which almost by their nature tend toward the musical fringe - - from drummer Jack Mouse and sax player Scott Robinson, and from John Coltrane with Rashied Ali recorded five months before Trane's death in 1967. We also have a classic Coltrane piece transformed by innovative pianist Vijay Iyer and his trio on their new album "Break Stuff."

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Blue Dimensions D42: Conversation, and song, from Joanna Pascale

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

interview and songs from Joanna Pascale, who has a new album called "Wildflower."

Pascale_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, I'll be joined by singer Joanna Pascale, a jazz vocalist from Philadelphia with a new album called "Wildflower." We'll talk about her musical career - - she's never considered doing anything else - - and hear songs both from "Wildflower" and from a guest appearance she made with pianist Orrin Evans on his "Liberation Blues" album in 2014. We'll also play a song from someone not usually thought of as a jazz artist, James Taylor, who actually draws on a lot of jazz aesthetic, technique and harmonic sense. He's great with chords, employing unusual chord progressions, and unique voicings and a signature tone on his guitar, as well as sophisticated syncopation, making him a stand-out guitarist though usually playing accompaniment, not solo or ensemble instrumental music. We'll hear a song from his new album "Before This World." Plus, plenty of polyrthyms on new albums from the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet ("Intercambio"), and uncle and nephew team George Freeman and Chico Freeman and band ("All In The Family").

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Blue Dimensions E24: The Wolf Is At The Door & We Are Welcoming Him In

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

The spotlight is on vibraphonist Warren Wolf, his new album "Convergence," and other recent projects featuring him.

Warrenwolf_small The wolf is at the door in this hour of Blue Dimensions, but we're not trying to scare him away. We're going to welcome him in, because Warren Wolf is one of the world's best vibraphonists. Wolf, who hails from Baltimore, has long been a special presence in jazz, working with Christian McBride's "Insight Straight" group, among many other configurations. McBride is the bassist on Wolf's new album "Convergence," as well as a co-producer of the album, on which Wolf plays vibraphone, marimba, and piano. We'll play several tracks from the album, and also selections from the recent album "Groundwork" by drummer Willie Jones III that highlight Warren Wolf on vibes, and a piece from the Mack Avenue Superband written by Wolf, as well as featuring him on vibes, from a performance at the Detroit Jazz Festival in 2014. Plus we have a track from "Black Wolf," an older Warren Wolf album that has been issued only in Japan - - the Warren Wolf version of one of the signature pieces of one of the greatest vibraphonists in jazz history, Milt Jackson, with the late and great pianist Mulgrew Miller in the band.

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Blue Dimensions E10: Sharpe Meets Tharpe

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Avery Sharpe updates the music of Sister Rosetta Tharpe and adds his own compositions on an album called "Sharpe Meets Tharpe."

Sharpe_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, bassist Avery Sharpe and a wonderful band including singer Meli'sa Morgan take on the songs of the highly influential Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who generated some controversy in the 1940s doing secular, and kind of earthy, songs after establishing her reputation with religious music. We'll hear songs both from Ms. Tharpe and from Avery Sharpe's album "Sharpe Meets Tharpe," including Tharpe's songs and a new piece written for her by Sharpe. Also new music from sax player Grace Kelly with guest Jon Batiste, and also from guitarist Andy Brown and his quartet - - plus two albums recorded at a famous jazz spot,  Firehouse 12 in New Haven CT, including the new album "Sanctuary From The Ordinary" from saxophone player Russ Nolan (who turns an avant-garde Igor Stravinsky piece into a mambo!), and one from a few years ago at Firehouse 12 from drummer Ralph Peterson and his Unity Project.

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Blue Dimensions E32: (Re)Celebrating Baltimore's Inner Harbor with Carl Grubbs

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Carl Grubbs Re-celebrates Baltimore's Inner Harbor; Steve Turre plays sea shells, and Joe Lovano plays Newport, while Harold López-Nussa is inspired in Connecticut

Grubbs_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll travel to Baltimore's Inner Harbor with saxophonist Carl Grubbs. His new album "Inner Harbor Suite Revisited" is an update of his 1994 "Inner Harbor Suite" and adds a string section to the mix. We'll hear music from both albums, including a saxophone duet tribute to Julius Hemphill, on this show. Also, Steve Turre plays trombone and sea shells on his new album "Colors For The Masters." We'll comb the beach with Turre, who developed his interest in getting music out of sea shells during his time working with the eclectic and inventive Rahsaan Roland Kirk. We'll also head to Newport in 2005 to hear Joe Lovano and his quartet at the 2005 Newport Jazz Festival, with the late great Hank Jones on piano, and take the Journey, "El Viaje," with Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa, to a place that inspired him, Connecticut.

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Calypso Facto CFA01: Summer 2016

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Calypso Facto series | 59:00

debut of series "Calypso Facto" a program of calypso music and more

Ellaandall_small Calypso Facto is a new offering from Bluesnet Radio, home of Blue Dimensions, and somewhat of a trial balloon at this point. We are offering a summer show now, and planning seasonal shows, and depending on the response could expand to monthly or weekly and to more related genres of music from an expanded geographical area. Calypso Facto's core is the calypso music of Trinidad & Tobago (often called "kaiso" in T&T), which at once offers both some of the sharpest social commentary and the best party music to be found.

This debut program "Calypso Facto: Summer 2016" includes some songs that you may have heard "sometime, somewhere" and others probably not, because calypso has enjoyed fleeting moments of pop-chart success in the States - - but most is music that presently isn't getting any airpay in America. The program has songs from earlier decades going back to the 1930s, and songs from the last few years, including old hits from King Radio and Lord Kitchener (calypsonians often have colorful nicknames), and a song that was a massive hit for The Andrews Sisters in 1945, "Rum And Coca Cola" sung by the person who wrote the lyrics, Lord Invader.
 
This show includes music from singer-activist Black Stalin, and Calypso Rose who led the oppposition to gender bias in the calypso world. We have a song from Bunji Garlin that is one of the few Trinidadian songs to make some waves in the United States in this century, something that sensational calypso singer Heather Mac Intosh sings abut on another song on this show. We'll hear Lord Kitchener's song abut Steelband music (the steelpan, originally made from the lids of oil drums, is T&T's national instrument, and a singular contribution to the music world from this small nation) - - and we'll hear a re-invention ot the song from Trinidadian opera singer Anne Fridal.

Many Trinidadians have emigrated to find work and career advancement (Fridal lives and works in London with frequent visits home), and we'll hear a song about the beginnings of emigration to England from Trinidad from a Trinidadian artist long settled in London, known as "Alexander D Great." The program concludes with Trinidadian singer Ella Andall's spirit-rousing "Black Woman."

Blue Dimensions E42: Damian Draghici, member of EU Parliament plays jazz on the Pan-flute

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Jazz on the pan flute from Damian Draghici, who is also a member of the Parliament of the European Union

Draghici_small "Brexit" has been one of this year's biggest news stories so far, but while the British may be exiting the European Union, at least one very special jazz musician is actually a member of the EU parliament. Damian Draghici, who plays jazz on an unusual instrument, the pan flute, is a native of Romania. Music has been the passion for several generations of his family, who are of the Romani ethnicity, traditionally known as gypsies. The word "gypsy" has been associated with negative stereotypes of the Romani people, and the word also suggests that the Romani's origins are in Egypt, which they are not. Draghici has sought to fight the negative stereotypes and help Romani people both through his music and his political work. As a young man, he walked hundreds of miles to escape the repressive Ceausescu government of Romania. He made it to Greece, where he launched his musical career, eventually winning a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he majored in jazz performance on the pan flute, a wind instrument made up of cane or bamboo pipes of varying lengths. Later he served as an advisor on Romani issues to the Romanian government, and in 2014 was elected to the EU Parliament. He finished production of his album "The American Dream" with many notable guests, while serving in the Parliament. We'll hear several pieces from the album, plus a very important pan flute piece from 1928 from Texas bluesman Henry Thomas, a song that became a hit for a rock group and part of a major movie soundtrack without attribution to Thomas. Also, bassist Joe Policastro and his trio jazzify a couple of Prince songs on the new album "Pops!" and we'll hear a piece from the new album "Convergence" from extraordinary vibraphonist Warren Wolf.

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Blue Dimensions E42: Damian Draghici, member of EU Parliament plays jazz on the Pan-flute

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Jazz on the pan flute from Damian Draghici, who is also a member of the Parliament of the European Union

Draghici_small "Brexit" has been one of this year's biggest news stories so far, but while the British may be exiting the European Union, at least one very special jazz musician is actually a member of the EU parliament. Damian Draghici, who plays jazz on an unusual instrument, the pan flute, is a native of Romania. Music has been the passion for several generations of his family, who are of the Romani ethnicity, traditionally known as gypsies. The word "gypsy" has been associated with negative stereotypes of the Romani people, and the word also suggests that the Romani's origins are in Egypt, which they are not. Draghici has sought to fight the negative stereotypes and help Romani people both through his music and his political work. As a young man, he walked hundreds of miles to escape the repressive Ceausescu government of Romania. He made it to Greece, where he launched his musical career, eventually winning a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he majored in jazz performance on the pan flute, a wind instrument made up of cane or bamboo pipes of varying lengths. Later he served as an advisor on Romani issues to the Romanian government, and in 2014 was elected to the EU Parliament. He finished production of his album "The American Dream" with many notable guests, while serving in the Parliament. We'll hear several pieces from the album, plus a very important pan flute piece from 1928 from Texas bluesman Henry Thomas, a song that became a hit for a rock group and part of a major movie soundtrack without attribution to Thomas. Also, bassist Joe Policastro and his trio jazzify a couple of Prince songs on the new album "Pops!" and we'll hear a piece from the new album "Convergence" from extraordinary vibraphonist Warren Wolf.

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Blue Dimensions E45: Two Non-alphanumeric Philadelphia Pianists

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Featuring the new albums" #knowingishalfthebattle" from Orrin Evans and "The Truth Of What I Am > The Narcissist" from George Burton

Burton_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, two pianists from Philadelphia, George Burton and Orrin Evans. Their new albums have interesting titles with non-alphanumeric symbols in them, but it's the music that catches our attention here.  Orrin Evans has been gathering increasing acclaim for both his piano work and his sensibility as a band leader. We'll play a couple of tunes from his new album "#knowingishalfthebattle,"  and a few from the new album from pianist, band leader, and Philadelphia native George Burton, called "The Truth Of What I Am Is > The Narcissist" -  the title uses the "greater than" sign from mathematics in it - - wrestling with his ego through music. Also, a new track from the always exciting Afro Bop Alliance Big Band, in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions F15: drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts' "Blue Period"

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Jeff "Tain" Watts - - his "Blue" albums, and work with Kevin Eubanks and Warren Wolf. Plus old and exotic track from Musica Orbis.

Watts_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll mostly feature recent recordings of drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts. His new album "Blue, Volume 2" continues his jazz experiments with blues and spirituals. We have several songs from it, and from its predecessor "Blue, Volume 1" from 2015. We'll note the presence of Grégoire Maret, one of the world's very few well-recognized jazz harmonica players, on a couple of these tracks with Watts as well. We'll also hear Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums with Kevin Eubanks on his recent release "East West Time Line," and on last years's album "Convergence" by vibraphonist Warren Wolf. We'll end up with a song from an old album made before Watts began recording, rediscovered while organizing a long-neglected shelf of LPs, the album "To The Listeners" from Musica Orbis in 1977, which, to date, has not been reissued in a digital format.

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Blue Dimensions F16: "Made In America" - Bobby Watson's tribute to the accomplishments of African-American innovators

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

featuring: Bobby Watson's album "Made In America" that celebrates some high-achieving African-Americans and their accomplishments. Also new music from Christian Sands, newly issued old music from Bill Evans, new blues from Eric Bibb, and a song from the late Lonnie Brooks who died April 1, 2017.

Watson_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, it's "Made In America," a new album from saxophonist Bobby Watson, who offers music honoring several African-American leaders and innovators, whose great achievements may not be well-known to the public at large, including a highly successful businesswoman and philanthropist (Madam C. J. Walker), a guitarist (Grant Green - we'll also hear from him as well), and a famed officer of the law (Bass Reeves). We'll play some new blues from Eric Bibb, whose latest album "Migration Blues" explores the plight of people forced to leave their homes, and a song from the late great bluesman Lonnie Brooks who died April 1st. We'll open up the strong new album "Reach" from pianist Christian Sands, and go back to 1976 for the Bill Evans Trio in concert, a recording available for the first time now, in 2017.

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Blue Dimensions F18: Jazz from the South Side, rising star jazz pianist Alexis Lombre

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Music and conversation with Chicago jazz pianist Alexis Lombre whose debut album "Southside Sounds" came out this year.

Lombre_small Blue Dimensions F18 Has Been Published on PRX:  In this hour of Blue Dimensions, music from a rising star, 20-year-old pianist Alexis Lombre from Chicago. We'll hear songs from her debut album "Southside Sounds", informed by her experience as a teenager playing jazz, and from a 2016 album "Coming Of Age" with a band she played in, The Young Masters Quartet, a group of young musicians mentored by Chicago saxophonist and "jazz activist" Ernest Dawkins - - and, we'll talk with Alexis - - about her music, playing jazz with and for young people, and living in Chicago on the South Side. Alexis also named some of her favorite pianists and greatest influences, and we'll hear music from some of them, including Wynton Kelly, and the player she calls her "samurai" pianist, McCoy Tyner. Music and conversation with pianist Alexis Lombre, in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions F20: Sean Jones Sizzles In St. Louis

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

trumpeter Sean Jones is in concert at a club in St. Louis on his new album "Live From Jazz At the Bistro."

Seanjones_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, trumpeter Sean Jones is in concert at a club in St. Louis on his new album "Live From Jazz At the Bistro." We'll hear him with two different drummers, Mark Whitfield, Jr. and Obed Calvaire, plus bassist Luques Curtis and pianist Orrin Evans, and on some tracks saxophonist Brian Hogans, recordings that capture the raw energy of a Sean Jones gig. Plus new music from trumpeter Nicholas Payton, from his album "Afro-Caribbean Mixtape" that draws on hiphop and R&B and sounds of the African Diaspora in the Caribbean; we'll hear his musical reference to a character from Shakespeare. Plus: two pianists, Christian Sands with a new album called "Reach," and the debut album of pianist Alexis Lombre, "Southside Sounds."

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Blue Dimensions F27: Traveling many "Miles" with the SF Jazz Collective

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

SF Jazz Collective plays the music of Miles Davis

Sfjazz_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we have Miles to travel, as in Miles Davis, with a new album called Music Of Miles Davis And Original Compositions from the SF Jazz Collective. The SF jazz Collective is the performing front-end of the organization SF Jazz, which has made San Francisco very jazz-friendly for over a decade now. This superb band includes Miguel Zenón on alto saxophone, David Sánchez on tenor saxophone, Sean Jones on trumpet, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Warren Wolf on vibraphone, Edward Simon on piano, Matt Penman on bass, and Obed Calvaire on drums. We'll hear several Miles Davis pieces from the SF Jazz Collective, along with music from Miles himself, both a standard and one of his fusion pieces, and a Davis composition from a West African group, The Kora Jazz Band, adapting one of Davis's classics to West African rhythms and the west African instrument known as the kora, and featuring Manu Dibango, world-renowned for his saxophone work, on marimba (where he also shines!).

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Blue Dimensions F28: Charles Lloyd Reassembles the New Quartet and plays Nu Blues

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Charles Lloyd regroups his New Quartet from a decade ago; SJ Jazz Collective plays a Miles Davis piece that Davis never recorded. Livingston Taylor writes a song about Louis Armstrong.

Lloyd_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, after ten years, saxophonist and flutist Charles Lloyd has reassembled his New Quartet with pianist Jason Moran, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Eric Harland, and we'll hear the scintillating results of their regrouping with several tracks from the album "Passin' Thru," with Lloyd both on saxophone and flute. Also: the super-group known as the SF Jazz Collective plays a Miles Davis piece that Davis never recorded himself on their new album celebrating Davis's music, and Barbara Morrison sings powerfully, despite major health issues, on her new album "I Wanna Be Loved." Livingston Taylor has a song on his new album "Safe Home" about Louis Armstrong, sung by Taylor's former student and protege Chelsea Berry, and we'll hear a couple of songs from Mr. Armstrong himself as well.

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Blue Dimensions F30: Louis Hayes' Serenade For Horace Silver

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Drummer Louis Hayes, who played with Horace Silver a half-century and more ago, celebrates the work of his former band leader

Hayes_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, drummer Louis Hayes pays tribute to his old boss and mentor, the great pianist Horace Silver on an album called "Serenade For Horace." At 80, Hayes remains at the top of his game as a drummer and band leader. We'll also hear a piece from Horace Silver from more than half a century ago with Hayes on drums. Plus, the SF Jazz Collective. Their new album is called "Music Of Miles Davis and Other Compositions;" we'll play a couple of those "other compositions" - - great originals by the band members including pianist Edward Simon, alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, and vibraphonist Warren Wolf, and we'll also hear a 2005 recording of a young Warren Wolf with the late great pianist Mulgrew Miller in the band, taking on a Wes Montgomery piece.

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Blue Dimensions F31: The First Man's Second Album

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Originals and covers from singer Sidney Jacobs on his new album "First Man" - - and, new voices are added to a quarter-century old recording of Nathan East with Eric Clapton and Phil Collins surfaces, voices from the very soul group whose song was recorded on the tape.

Sidneyjacobs_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a new album from singer and arranger Sidney Jacobs offers some sparkling originals and inventive covers, and we'll hear some of each from his album "First Man," including a song written by James Taylor and a classic Rodgers and Hammerstein song that has been a favorite of the jazz world since John Coltrane recorded it in 1961. Also, a quarter-century old tape of Nathan East with Eric Clapton & Phil Collins has surfaced, and members of the band whose song is on the tape have added new parts to the mix. The result is a colorful version of an Earth Wind and Fire hit with some of the music newly added and some twenty-five years old. We'll also hear a very different take on the same song from Jack DeJohnette's album "In Movement" with Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison. Tenor sax players Azar Lawrence and Al McLean travel to the "Frontiers" - - that's the title of their new album together, and alto sax player Steve Slagle celebrates his neighborhood in upper Manhattan in New York City, and his instrument with "Alto Manhattan."

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Blue Dimensions F40: A Piano Showcase, with Corea, Sands, Childs, Evans, Hamasyan, & Yamani

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

New, or newly available, recordings by some great pianists, including Bill Evans, Tigran Hamasyan, Tarek Yamani, Christian Sands, and more.

Corea_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, pianists take over. We'll hear the latest releases from several pianists, including the first-time release, in 2017, of a 1976 concert by pianist Bill Evans, new music from pianists and composers Christian Sands and Billy Childs - - and Chick Corea celebrating his 70th birthday in 2011 with an unplugged version of the Return To Forever Band, issued now on a CD set called "The Musician." Plus, novel interpretations of Armenian music from Tigran Hamasyan, from his album "An Ancient Observer," a solo project on which he mixes in some vocalization and mouth percussion - - and Lebanese jazz pianist Tarek Yamani brings jazz and Arabian music together on his new album "Peninsular."

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Blue Dimensions F37: Mike Boone Has An Inner Urge To Build A New Song From An Old One

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

On new albums, bassist Mike Boone re-invents Joe Henderson's "Inner Urge," while guitarist Russell Malone explores Bobby Hutcherson's "Little B's Poem."

Boone_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll go "Beneath The Surface" with bassist Mike Boone. "Beneath The Surface" is the title of Boone's new album, and the title track is a contrafact of a Joe Henderson classic, that is, a new melody built on the harmonic structure of the older song. We'll hear the original Henderson piece too, and a couple of other selections from the new Mike Boone album, including a great Coltrane melody, and one that Boone wrote. Also, a new version of a Bobby Hutcherson favorite from guitarist Russell Malone, from his new album "Time For The Dancers" as well as the wonderful original Hutcherson recording from 1965. Musical connections from now and half a century ago, in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions F42: Cyrus Chestnut's "Sweet, Sweet Spirit"

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Cyrus Chestnut's "Sweet, Sweet Spirit" and a sizzling Cuban jazz piano duet with Hilario Durán and Chucho Valdes.

Chestnut_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, pianist Cyrus Chestnut offers new compositions, and new takes on classic jazz and soul songs, on his latest album "There's A Sweet, Sweet Spirit." We'll also hear a sizzling piano duet from Cuban piano jazz great Hilario Durán with someone who was a major influence to him, Chucho Valdes, on Durán's new release, "Contumbao," and we'll check out a couple of big bands, one led by bassist Christian McBride, another by trombonist Bob Ferrel. Plus, a couple of singers at their best on new albums, Cécile McLorin Salvant, a live album called "Dreams And Daggers," and Laura Ainsworth on her new album "New Vintage."

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Blue Dimensions F43: Forward and BACH with Bill Cunliffe and Lambarena, and Yusef Lateef and The Sweet Inspirations up from the basement

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Jazzified J. S. Bach from Bill Cunliffe and Lambarena

Billcunliffe_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Pianist, arranger, and band leader Bill Cunliffe has done some major jazzification of some of Bach's works on an album called "BACHanalia." We'll also hear a Bach selection from a 1994 Bach-related project called "Bach To Africa" from a group called Lambarena, headed up by a celebrated musician from Gabon, Pierre Akendengue. We have new music from bassist and composer Mike Boone and his quartet from their album "Beneath The Surface," and I went beneath the surface myself, and brought up a couple of old albums from the basement that stand the test of time, "The Diverse Yusef Lateef," featuring the highly innovative saxophonist, flutist (and more) Yusef Lateef with the vocal group The Sweet Inspirations from 1970, and some African jazz and soul from a radiant Zairian group, Ali & Tam's avec L'orchestre Malo, from their out-of-print 1986 self-titled album.

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Blue Dimensions F49: Nicholas Payton's Afro-Caribbean Mixtape

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featuring Nicholas Payton's new album "Afro-Caribbean Mixtape" along with new Afro-Caribbean sounds from Trombone Shorty, blues from Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo', a nocturne from pianist Alexis Lombre, and more.

Payton_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, trumpeter Nicholas Payton came of age in the time of mixtapes on cassettes, and has entitled his new album "Afro-Caribbean MixTape." It's a mix of rhythms and textures from the African diaspora in the Caribbean region, the northernmost part of which, says Payton is his native New Orleans. We'll also check out Payton in a band led by Kevin Eubanks, on Eubanks's new album "East West Time Line," and also from New Orleans, we have new music from Trombone Shorty, who, much like Payton, draws on Afro-Caribbean rhythms while updating the Crescent City's brass band tradition. We'll hear new blues that carries social commentary from John Primer and Bob Corritore, and from Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo', and a bluesy jazz nocturne from pianist Alexis Lombre, a rising star on Chicago's jazz scene, from her debut album "Southside Sounds."

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Blue Dimensions F47: Music Of The Bassist Sort (from bands led by bass players)

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Music from bands led by bass players, including Kent Miller, Kyle Eastwood, Nathan Brown, and Charles Mingus

Kentmiller_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, it's music of the bassist sort - - bands led by bass players, which we have noted frequently on this show are increasing in number in recent years. We'll feature bassist Kent Miller and his quartet and their new album "Minor Step," on which saxophonist Benny Russell also stands out, and we'll hit the road with Kyle Eastwood; his new album is called "In Transit," and he gets into some blues on it, as well as some Charles Mingus, one of his influences. We'll hear from Mingus too with his septet from a famous 1959 album, and play a piece from the Nathan Brown Trio, from the new album "This Is The Moment" on which Brown displays his talents playing the bass with a bow.

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Blue Dimensions F50: "A Rift In Decorum" - Ambrose Akinmusire in concert.

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Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire live in concert at The Village Vanguard, and music from the artists who inspired him over the years

Akinmusire_small Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire has a new double album recorded in a concert at a venue with a storied history presenting cutting-edge music going all the way back to the 1930s, The Village Vanguard, in New York City's Greenwich Village. Akinmusire is a native of Oakland CA, and attended a high school with a reputation for sending forth great musicians, Berkeley High School. He managed to catch the interest of saxophonist Steve Coleman on a visit to the school, and Coleman hired him to tour with his Five Elements group. Ten years ago Akinmusire won both the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition and released his album debut Prelude (to Cora). At a time when it seems harder than ever to have a signature  sound and style without going deep into avant-garde regions, Ambrose Akinmusire is thriving, and keeping listeners on their toes with music that speaks to the heart and the mind. Akinmusire's new album "A Rift In Decorum: Live At the Village Vanguard" is his third for the Blue Note label, and he thanks a number of musicians for their influence in the liner notes. We'll play some music from some of the musicians he acknowledges in those liner notes, including fellow trumpeters Wallace Roney and Jeremy Pelt, pianist Jason Moran, and saxophonist Steve Coleman, who discovered Akinmusire when he was in high school and hired him for his band Five Elements. It's Ambrose Akinmusire and his mentors, in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions F53: A Parking Lot Symphony With Trombone Shorty

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Trombone Shorty plays the trombone and many other instruments in his definitive album of contemporary New Orleans music, "Parking Lot Symphony."

Tromboneshorty_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, new music from Troy Andrews better known as Trombone Shorty, from his new album "Parking Lot Symphony." Andrews explores contemporary New Orleans music, and plays many instruments in addition to the trombone - - and he will escort us to the parking lot at the end of the show. Also new music from two guitarists and their bands, Brent Laidler, and Larry Newcomb with a special guest guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli - - and two trumpeters and their bands, Sean Jones in concert in St Louis, and Nicholas Payton with a linguistically themed piece from his album "Afro-Caribbean Mixtape". We'll squeeze in a new blues song from Linsey Alexander's new album "Two Cats" along the way, and hear from the Chris Greene Quartet. Saxophonist Chris Greene's new album is called "Boundary Issues," and we'll cross the boundary from autumn into winter with the Chris Greene Quartet, in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions G01: Ida Cox and her friends, Cécile McLorin Salvant and Rhiannon Giddens

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Music from the great blues singer and songwriter (from the 1920s through the 1960s) Ida Cox, and contemporary covers of her songs by Cécile McLorin Salvant and Rhiannon Giddens.

Salvant_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, the music of a great singer and songwriter, Ida Cox, from the 1920s and the 1960s, with thanks to singers Cécile McLorin Salvant and Rhiannon Giddens for recent covers of Ida Cox songs that we will also play on this show. Cox was highly successful in her time; perhaps that is part of why she wasn't celebrated during the folk-blues revival with its emphasis on obscurity and rare records. A cover of one of her songs by Cream that was a hit in the 1960s was actually credited to the obscure country blues player who first covered it, not to her. We'll also hear a couple of other songs from Cécile McLorin Salvant's new album "Dreams And Daggers," an excellent set of in-concert performances. Plus, we have a Freddie Hubbard piece from the new album "Beneath The Surface" by bassist Mike Boone, a classic from Mr. Hubbard himself, and guitarist Dave Stryker taking on a  classic composition by another great trumpeter Clifford Brown, on Stryker's new album "Strykin' Ahead."

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Blue Dimensions G05: Earliest Recordings Of The Late Hugh Masekela

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Music from the late Hugh Masekela

Jazzinafrica_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, music from the late great trumpeter, singer, composer and band leader Hugh Masekela, who died January 23rd at age 78. Masekela is known for his big hit "Grazing In The Grass" and his songs about his native South Africa and Nelson Mandela, though we'll highlight some less well-known music from him here, including his 1959 recordings with The Jazz Epistles with pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, then known as Dollar Brand, the first jazz recordings made in South Africa, released originally in minuscule quantity, but fortunately rescued in 1992. We'll also play a few tracks from Masekela's inspiring 2005 album "Revival" an effort at healing through music - - plus, a solo work from pianist Ibrahim, and uplifting music from the late South African keyboardist Rex Rabanye, all in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions G06: "Yes, We're Ready" - for the latest from Dee Dee Bridgewater and several other great singers

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Songs from Dee Dee Bridgewater's album "Memphis . . . "Yes, I'm Ready" and from singers John Dokes, Johnny O'Neal, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Douyé, Lizz Wright, and The Dixie Hummingbirds

Bridgewater_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, the most recent releases from some great singers. Much of the music in the jazz world is instrumental, and it sometimes seems that vocal and instrumental jazz exist in different spheres. There is more new instrumental jazz coming out than vocal jazz.  We'll feature a new album from Dee Dee Bridgewater called "Memphis... Yes, I'm Ready" on which she reinterprets songs that she, and some of us, grew up with, and we'll also new recordings from John Dokes who came to singing from swing-dancing, singer and pianist Johnny O'Neal, the incomparable Cécile McLorin Salvant, Lizz Wright, Douyé with her first jazz album after a couple of R&B projects - - plus, a 1980 song from The Dixie Hummingbirds in memory of their baritone singer and guitarist Howard Carroll, who died this past October at age 92.

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Blue Dimensions G07: Musical "Enlightenment" from McCoy Tyner and Azar Lawrence

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featuring pianist McCoy Tyner and band, including saxophonist Azar Lawrence, at Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland in 1973, and music from Lawrence and his bands in 2009 and 2010

Tyner_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a memorable set of music from McCoy Tyner and band at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland in 1973. We'll play an extended section of the music Tyner and his band performed there, which includes the first appearance of one of his most enticing compositions and most creative melodies, "Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit." Tenor sax player Azar Lawrence was in Tyner's band for this performance, and we will also check out some of his music from recent years, from two excellent albums he recorded for the Furthermore label in 2009 and 2010. It's some remarkable music from McCoy Tyner and Azar Lawrence, in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions G08: Super-Saxophony with Rahsaan, Trane, Sonny, and Kamasi

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great tenor saxophonists, featuring multi-saxophonist Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Kirkinflated_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, great tenor sax players, then and now. We'll highlight some musical magic from Rahsaan Roland Kirk, on several kinds of saxophones, sometimes played simultaneously as only he could do, as well as flute, including a tribute he performed to John Coltrane at the 1968 Newport Jazz Festival. We'll also hear Coltrane and his Quartet from a hard-to-find album of a 1962 concert in Stockholm, and the only track out there featuring both Coltrane and Sonny Rollins together on their tenor saxophones. We also have recent music from saxophonist Kamasi Washington, from his album "Harmony Of Difference."

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Blue Dimensions G09: Centennial Tribute to Elmore James, and Leslie Pintchik's very long and very short song titles

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Centennial tribute album to bluesman Elmore James, and new music from jazz pianist Leslie Pintchik

Strangeangels_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a centennial celebration of Elmore James; we'll hear the great bluesman's music covered by Bettye LaVette and Keb Mo, as well as a couple of his original classic recordings. Blues singer and slide guitarist Elmore James died at age 45 in 1963, right on the eve of what surely would have been some major attention in the folk-blues revival. His recording of "Dust My Broom" in 1951 is one of the greatest classic blues records. Also, pianist Leslie Pintchik. The title track of her new album "You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!" isn't the longest title on the album. We'll hear those long-titled pieces, and a contemplative piece with a one-word title as well. And, more pianists - - The Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band, pianist Corea teaming up with the first drummer in his famed Return To Forver band Steve Gadd,  and pianist and vocalist Alfredo Rodríguez, with music that comes from both ambient and African roots, an album called "The Little Dream," all in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions G11: Two Wyntons, and some newly available concert recordings from Jazz At Lincoln Center

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Wynton Marsalis and cool guests (Ray Charles and more) in concert at Jazz At Lincoln Center, and the "original" Wynton, pianist Wynton Kelly.

Marsalis_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a new album of performances from a concert series at Jazz At Lincoln Center, with Wynton Marsalis leading a band with special guests. The series of Jazz At Lincoln Center Galas raised money for the center and helped bring in songs and styles that otherwise may not have appeared on their stages. These Gala performances have arrived on a new album called United We Swing: Best Of The Jazz At Lincoln Center Galas. The special guests we'll hear joining Wynton Marsalis and band include The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Ray Charles, and Carrie Smith.  We'll also hear from another Wynton, pianist Wynton Kelly, Wynton Marsalis's namesake, with a couple of his classic Vee Jay label recordings, and we have a tribute song to Kelly from pianist George Kahn with a title suggesting that it may have been composed in a Chinese restaurant. Plus, we have a new album from Dave Liebman and John Stowell, "Petite Fleur: The Music Of Sidney Bechet." Bechet, a great clarinetist, was also a true pioneer of the soprano saxophone, which Liebman plays with distinction. Also on this program, spirited big band music from a young composer, Mica Bethea, moving forward with his musical career after a devastating injury at age twenty-one.

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Blue Dimensions G12: Ray Brown Jr. Picked The Right Parents, and Wynton Kelly Picked The Right Guitarist

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new music from Ray Brown Jr., songs from his parents (Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Brown), and previously unreleased in-concert recordings of the Wynton Kelly Trio with guitarist Wes Montgomery from 1966 in Seattle.

Raybrownjr_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll open up Ray Brown Jr.'s new album "This Is Ray Brown Jr.," recorded last year in Ukraine, and check out his soulful singing of several blues and jazz standards. We'll also hear from each of his adoptive parents, Ella Fitzgerald leading her first band in 1940, and bassist Ray Brown from his final session in 2002 with Monty Alexander on piano and Russell Malone on guitar with a song dedicated to his son. We also have previously unreleased recordings of the Wynton Kelly Trio in concert with guitarist Wes Montgomery, an album called "Smokin' In Seattle - Live At The Penthouse," taken from radio broadcasts of their shows in 1966, and new music from the group Chamber3, with German and American band members, an album called Transatlantic, all coming up in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions G13: "Harmony Of Difference" transcendent new music from Kamasi Washington

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We'll feature "Harmony Of Difference," the latest work from saxophonist Kamasi Washington.

Washington_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a new album "Harmony Of Difference" from saxophonist, composer, and band leader Kamasi Washington. Washington is one of the hottest acts in jazz these days in part because of work he has done outside of staright-ahead jazz, in the hip hop world, with Kendrick Lamar and Run The Jewels.  We also have a new album called "Dedication" from alto sax player Steve Slagle with special guest guitarist Dave Stryker. Every song on it is a special dedication to something or someone. Plus we have new music from the synergistic duo of pianist Hiromi Uehara and harpist Edmar Castaneda, from the album "Live In Montreal" recorded at their scintillating show last summer at the International Festival of Jazz in Montreal.

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Blue Dimensions G14: Miles Davis & John Coltrane: The Final Tour (March 1960)

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Music from Miles Davis and John Coltrane from the new four-disc set "The Final Tour" recorded in concerts in Paris, Copenhagen, and Stockholm in March 1960

Mdjc_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll devote most of the show to the newly available Volume Six in the Miles Davis Bootleg Series from Columbia/Legacy Records, entitled "The Final Tour," recordings of Miles Davis and John Coltrane and band in concerts in Paris, Copenhagen, and Stockholm in March of 1960. Much of the excitement from these shows comes from the tension between trumpeter Davis and tenor sax player John Coltrane, who told Davis he would quit the band as soon as they got back to the United States. Davis's famous "Kind Of Blue" album had come out the previous year, and this tour was based on it, with all of the musicians in the band also on the album. Anchored by pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb, the band with its two brilliant stars made music that still grips us today, as it did the 1960 European audiences, for whom it was originally played. We'll hear three long and intense tracks from this remarkable four-disc set, in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions G15: Bassist Band Leaders Corcoran Holt & Jeff Denson - and music from the late Cecil Taylor

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New albums from bassist-band-leaders Corcoran Holt and Jeff Denson

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In this hour of Blue Dimensions, more bass players leading bands. We have been noting on this show for some time now that more bass players are leading bands than at any previous time in the history of jazz. We'll shine the spotlight on a new album called "The Mecca" from bassist Corcoran Holt, and we'll also play a song from bassist - - and singer - - Jeff Denson, an album called "Outside My Window." We'll hear saxophonist Houston Person interpreting a 1963 hit from Ruby and The Romantics, from his latest release, and we have several pieces from the late innovator, pianist, and composer Cecil Taylor, who died April 5, 2018, after a long career on the fringes of jazz. We'll hear something from his 1956 debut, a track with John Coltrane in the band from 1958, and a later piece on which he fully displays his percussive and harmonic-thrashing style.

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Blue Dimensions G19: Drummer McClenty Hunter Jr.'s debut album

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debut album of drummer McClenty Hunter Jr. "The Groove Hunter"

Hunter_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll feature the debut album of drummer McClenty Hunter Jr. as band leader, an album called The Groove Hunter. Hunter has been an in-demand player for some time now, and it's exciting to see him taking charge on this energetic debut. Corcoran Holt plays bass on much of Hunter's album, returning a favor: Hunter played drums on Holt's recent album The Mecca. We'll hear some of that as well, plus some moving music from Terence Blanchard and The E-Collective, from a new live album - - and we have saxophonist Azar Lawrence's spirited new album Elementals, and pianist Yelena Eckemoff's latest, a neo-classical impressionist jazz album called Desert, both on the way as well, in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions G21: Two Centennials and a Super Duo: Thelonious Monk, John Lee Hooker - - and Hiromi & Edmar Castaneda in concert together

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Centennial releases in late 2017 for Thelonious Monk and John Lee Hooker, and the duo of Hiromi Uehara and Edmar Castaneda in concert in Montreal

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In this hour of Blue Dimensions, two centennials and a Super Duo: Thelonious Monk, John Lee Hooker, and Hiromi & Edmar Castaneda - - two special centennial releases, and a remarkable duo recording. 2017 marked the centennial of Thelonious Monk's birth, and the recent rediscovery of the tapes from the session where Monk and band recorded the music for the 1959 French film "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" has led to the first-time album issue of this music as a centennial celebration. We'll hear several tracks from this double disc. Monk did not write new music for "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" but did make excellent new recordings of some of his work, including both band and solo versions of "Pannonica," a great take of "Well, You Needn't," and "Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are," his composition for the Bolivar Hotel, where Pannonica de Koenigswarter, his great sponsor and supporter and subject of the song "Pannonica," lived.

The duo on this show consists of superb pianist Hiromi Uehara, who usually goes by just Hiromi, and Edmar Castaneda, a harp player from Bogota, Colombia, who has taken the harp to new places in jazz. The two remarkable players joined each other at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, on June 30th, 2017, and an album recorded there is now available. We'll also hear them talk about getting together from some conversation available only on the Japanese edition of the album.

We'll also hear previously unreleased music from John Lee Hooker, from the centennial celebration box set "King Of The Boogie," although there is some question about whether Hooker was actually born in 1917. The songs come from a 1983 show in Berlin, and Hooker is in fine form and spirits, praising his band but also joking about how Albert King had fired band members right in the middle of a show on stage. (Hooker never did that!)

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Blue Dimensions G22: Passion, Reverence, and Transcendence for McCoy Tyner

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"Passion Reverence Transcendence" — Benito Gonzalez and band celebrate the music of McCoy Tyner

Gonzales_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, "Passion Reverence Transcendence," a new album celebrating the music of McCoy Tyner from pianist Benito Gonzalez, percussionist Gerry Gibbs, and bassist Essiet Okon Essiet. We'll hear two Tyner compositions and one written by Tyner's most famous collaborator, John Coltrane. We'll also hear from guitarist Andreas Varady, with Benito Gonzalez in the band on his new album "The Quest," and we have new music from bass guitarist Frank Russell celebrating his instrument's funky sound in jazz - - plus, drummer Billy Jones, inspired by avant garde composer John Cage on a piece from his new duets album perfectly entitled "3's A Crowd," and singer Laura Walls, known as Olori, in concert in 1994 at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, from a new release of that show.
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Blue Dimensions G23: Cyrille Aimée Live, spirited performances by sparkling chanteuse of Michael Jackson and Stephen Sondheim songs

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"Cyrille Aimée Live" - - new, energetic in-concert performances from singer Cyrille Aimée

Cyrille_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, "Cyrille Aimée Live." We'll hear several songs from the French jazz chanteuse in spirited live performances, including two Michael Jackson songs and one by Stephen Sondheim. Cyrille Aimée is one of the jazz players today who are re-interpreting music from the rock and soul world with creative energy and zest. Also: two "Lone Ranger" songs, one from Dom Flemons, singing about the African-American lawman who may have been the inspiration for the Lone Ranger story, a US Marshall who was born a slave, Bass Reeves, and another, more of a love song really, from Walter Wolfman Washington. Also a song from a great bluesman Eddy Clearwater, who died on June 1st, singing about how he made his living (playing the blues), plus new music from saxophonist Tia Fuller, with Jack DeJohnette, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Dave Holland in the band - - and pianist Benito Gonzalez, drummer Gerry Gibbs, & bassist Essiet Okon Essiet, with "Passion Reverence Transcendence," a tribute to McCoy Tyner.

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Blue Dimensions G24: Kenny Barron Draws Concentric Circles; Terence Blanchard Offers Music To Heal Wounds Of Conflicts Involving Law Enforcement

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New music: Kenny Barron's "Concentric Circles" and Terence Blanchard & The E-Collective's new album "Live."

Barron_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, new music from pianist Kenny Barron and his Quintet, an album called "Concentric Circles." Barron received the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master designation eight years ago, and numerous other honors, including, six times, the Jazz Journalist's Association Best Pianist award, so he has made for himself a large footprint to fill, but he and his band are fully up to the task on "Concentric Circles." We'll hear some original Barron pieces, and a Thelonious Monk composition from the Quintet - - and Monk will make an appearance as well, with tenor sax great Sonny Rollins from a 1957 session. We'll also feature the album "Live" from trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard with his band the E-Collective, on which Blanchard tries to offer musical healing of the wounds resulting from conflicts between African-American communities and police, with concerts near where some of the incidents that have made national news occurred.

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Blue Dimensions G25: Sailing on a jazz "Ark" with bassist/composer Ark Ovrutski and some Blue Dimensions "regulars" Benito Gonzalez and McClenty Hunter Jr.

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new music from bassist and composer Ark Ovrutski, with Benito Gonzalez, McClenty Hunter Jr., and Myron Walden

Ovrutski_small On this program, we're highlighting a new project from bassist and composer Ark Ovrutski, called "Journey Moments," which includes two players who have become almost "regulars" on this show, pianist Benito Gonzalez and drummer McClenty Hunter Jr.. Ark Ovrutski grew up in Ukraine. He was born in Kiev and started out on violin as a child. His father loved jazz, and pretty soon so did Ark, who switched to the bass, and cites Charles Mingus as a major inspiration. Ovrutski studied in Russia, headed up a house band at a club in Poland for a while, and played all over Europe, finally coming to the United States both to advance his education (he wrote a doctoral thesis on the bassist who most inspired him, Charles Mingus) and expand his career as a performer and recording artist. We'll hear two of his original compositions, and his cover of a Wayne Shorter classic that Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers played when Shorter was in the band. We'll also hear a rare recording of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and some previously unreleased music from guitarist Grant Green and his band from a Canadian jazz club called "Oil Can Harry's" in 1975, and, speaking of Benito Gonzalez, music from his new album with drummer Gerry Gibbs and bassist Essiet Okon Essiet, "Passion Reverence Transcendence: The Music Of McCoy Tyner."

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Blue Dimensions G27: Melodies Reconstructed, by Jason Marsalis and the 21st Century Trad Band

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Jason Marsalis builds new songs using the harmonic foundations of old ones.

Jasonmarsalis_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, Jason Marsalis and the 21st Century Trad Band build new music from the harmonic structures of old songs. On the album "Melody Reimagined: book 1," vibraphonist Jason Marsalis of the storied musical Marsalis family of New Orleans (Ellis, Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo) takes the chord progressions of old songs like "Willow Weep For Me," or John Coltrane's "Traneing In," and creates new compositions, new melodies with the old chord progressions - - which, he notes, is a time-honored tradition in jazz. Also on this show the radiant collaboration of pianist Hiromi and harpist Edmar Castañeda, the album "Live In Montreal," recorded at last year's International Festival Of Jazz in Montreal, and pianist Chick Corea and drummer Steve Gadd, musical companions going back to the 1960s when they played in Chuck Mangione's band, realize a long-held desire to lead a band together on the new album "Chinese Butterfly."

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Blue Dimensions G29: "Heaven and Earth" from Kamasi Washington, while newly uncovered Coltrane album takes us in "Both Directions At Once."

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

"Heaven and Earth" the new double-album from musical adventurer Kamasi Washington

Washington_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, "Heaven and Earth," a new double album from saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington, free-spirited and adventurous music, employing at times an orchestra and a choir, from an artist who might fairly be called today's John Coltrane - - and in that spirit, we'll also hear from the newly discovered and recently issued album of Coltrane and his classic quartet called "Both Directions At Once," saved from back-up copies of a March 1963 session that Coltrane took home with him after the session, recently retrieved by family members of his first wife, Naima. We will also hear from another talented saxophonist and composer, Shawn Maxwell and his band Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow, from their album "Music In My Mind," and we have some funky rhythms from multi-instrumentalist and composer Marcus Miller, from his album "Laid Black" (not "laid back" - - which, by the way, it definitely isn't!).

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Blue Dimensions G30: Lost, And Fortunately Found: Recordings Of John Coltrane, Woody Shaw, & Erroll Garner

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Newly issued in 2018, recordings of late and great jazz artists, John Coltrane, Woody Shaw, and Erroll Garner.

Coltrane_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, some new, old music - - recordings issued for the first time in 2018 made decades ago by great artists who are no longer with us. We'll play several tracks from the album "Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album" from John Coltrane and his quartet, recorded in 1963, rescued from a copy of the session that Coltrane took home with him. We also have the album "Tokyo 1981," featuring previously unissued recordings of trumpeter Woody Shaw in concert, with a band including pianist Mulgrew Miller and trombonist Steve Turre, and pianist Erroll Garner in a trio concert in Amsterdam in 1964, the album "Nightconcert," all coming up in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions G31: Dr. Eddie Henderson says "Be Cool" while J. A. M. plays "Death Jazz"

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New release "Be Cool" from trumpeter (and medical doctor) Eddie Henderson

Henderson_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, trumpeter Eddie Henderson. We'll feature his new album called "Be Cool." Henderson has managed to play jazz at the highest levels (Herbie Hancock, Pharaoh Sanders, Art Blakey, and dozens of albums as band leader) while working as a doctor too. We'll hear Henderson and his band with music composed by Woody Shaw, and John Coltrane, as well as a classic movie song. We'll play something from Coltrane too, from the "Lost Album" of John Coltrane, a previously unreleased 1963 session with his classic quartet, and music from a somewhat mysterious Japanese trio called J. A. M., playing what they call death-jazz. We also have new music from drummer Jay Lawrence and his band including trumpeter Terell Stafford, on the new album "Sonic Paragon," and organist Chris Hazelton's Boogaloo 7, their first studio album following a successful live abum in 2016, all coming up in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions G32: "One Night Only" Charlie Apicella's tribute to Jack McDuff and The Chitlin Circuit he travelled

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"One Night Only: A Tribute To Jack McDuff" is a new tribute album to organist Jack McDuff from guitarist Charlie Apicella, which is also a remembrance of the "Chitlin Circuit" clubs in black communities where McDuff and others made their livings in music.

Apicellafront_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll open the new album from bluesy jazz guitarist Charlie Apicella and his band Iron City, called "One Night Only: A Tribute To Jack McDuff." The album celebrates McDuff's music, and the places he played, the string of clubs in African-American communities known as "The Chitlin Circuit." McDuff was a great Hammond B3 organist, and Apicella has someone he greatly influenced, Radam Schwarz, playing organ in his band. Apicella also credits several of McDuff's guitarists including George Benson and Grant Green for his own inspiration as a guitarist. Benson got his start with McDuff. We'll also hear from Jack McDuff himself, and from two other exciting piano-led groups with new releases, pianist Pat Daugherty's trio called New York Electric Piano, a new album called "State Of The Art," and the Hal Galper Quartet with some cubist jazz music (Galper explains it), all in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions G33: Dexter Gordon, and Woody Shaw, in concert in Tokyo - - newly available recordings

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Dexter Gordon and Woody Shaw, newly available CDs of concerts they did in Tokyo decades ago,

Gordon_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll hear music from previously unreleased in-concert recordings of two late and great artists from concerts in Tokyo decades ago. We'll feature saxophonist Dexter Gordon recorded in concert in Tokyo in 1975 with a group that congealed around him in the 1960s and 1970s, when he was based in Copenhagen, including pianist Kenny Drew and drummer Tootie Heath, and take an excursion to a concert in the Netherlands with a bonus cut on the album, featuring Gordon's interpretation of a Thelonious Monk classic. In December 1981, trumpeter Woody Shaw and a band that included trombonist Steve Turre and pianist Mulgrew Miller played in Tokyo, a super group that sadly would be Shaw's last real band, and that concert is also available for the first time in 2018, and also includes a great Thelonious Monk piece. It's Dexter Gordon, and Woody Shaw, in concert, in Tokyo, and elsewhere, in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions G37: Opening Cécile McLorin Salvant's Window And Facing Christian Sands' Dragons

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New music from two artists coming of age in a big way: singer Cécile McLorin Salvant and pianist Christian Sands. Also, music from the late pianist and composer Randy Weston.

Salvant_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll open "The Window" — that's the title of a new album from singer Cécile McLorin Salvant with pianist Sullivan Fortner, and the two of them offer some spirited and inventive renderings of songs from Rogers and Hart to Nat King Cole to "West Side Story." We also have the new album from pianist Christian Sands, called "Facing Dragons" - - - with some great new compositions from Sands and a Beatles song made new by the young pianist and his band. Both of these artists are twenty-nine years old and represent the leading edge of the generation of jazz artists now coming of age. We'll also hear from the late pianist and composer Randy Weston, who died September 1st at age 92. Weston devoted his career to showing the connections between jazz and blues and the African music from which they evolved. We'll play music from an album he self-released in the 1960s years before Atlantic Records saw the wisdom of issuing it to a wider audience.

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Blue Dimensions G35: "The Choice" — a hidden CD in Kamasi Washington's album "Heaven And Earth" — Is Our Choice

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Music from "The Choice," the hidden CD in the packaging of Kamasi Washington's double (actually triple) album "Heaven And Earth."

Choice_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, surprise! Kamasi Washington's double album Heaven And Earth is actually a triple album, with a third disc hidden in the packaging. We'll hear inventive covers of R&B hits, plus great original music, from Kamasi Washington from that hidden disc. Also, new vibrations from vibraphonist Michael Freeman, his band Michael Freeman Zonavibe, trumpeter Nabaté Isles reworking the music from an avant-gard opera from the 1920s, a piece from drummer Henry Conerway III's debut as band leader with a swinging trio, and ethereal sounds from Rainbow Gravity, featuring the great percussionist Jack DeJohnette, all in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

info on hidden disc: https://www.kamasiwashington.com/thechoice

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Blue Dimensions G38: John Coltrane's "Equinox Resolution" - - Trane's music by others and himself

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Celebrating the equinox with Coltrane's "Equinox" and his "Resolution," and more Trane music, performed by Trane and others

Coltranesound_small Celebrating the Autumnal Equinox with the music of John Coltrane, including his original recording of his minor-key blues classic "Equinox," and a very different version of it by a trio of great guitarists, Larry Coryell, John Scofield, and Joe Beck, from their album together called Tributaries from 1979. We will also play two very inventive renderings of Trane's "Resolution" (the second part of his four-part masterpiece "A Love Supreme"). from vocalist Tiffany Austin, who scats Coltrane's saxophone parts from the original recording, and trombonist Elliot Mason who brings some ear-catching changes and turn-arounds to the work. We'll hear guitarist Stew Cutler with a piece that takes off and riffs from Coltrane's "Giant Steps" featuring keyboardist Julian Waterfall Pollack, and a stunning solo performance of a Coltrane favorite from pianist Benito Gonzalez - - plus, music from that "lost" Coltrane album from 1963, "Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album," issued at last in 2018, after tapes of the 1963 session taken home by Coltrane at the time of the session were retrieved by relatives of his first wife, Naima.

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Blue Dimensions G40: Bass Clarinetist Todd Marcus, music inspired in and by Baltimore

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Bass clarinetist Todd Marcus celebrates his hometown, Baltimore. New music from Corcoran Holt, Mike Clark & Delbert Bump, and Danny Green. Old music from Trane and Miles with Wynton Kelly, and Mr. Kelly with Wes Montgomery.

Marcus_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a bass clarinetist as band leader. Todd Marcus is the band leader on a new album called "On These Streets (A Baltimore Story")  - - it includes vibraphonist, and Baltimorean, Warren Wolf and guitarist Paul Bollenback. We also have new music from bassist Corcoran Holt, playing a contrafact - - a song built on the chord progression of an earlier song - - on his new album, "The Mecca." We'll hear drummer Mike Clark and organist Delbert Bump taking on a Miles Davis composition that appeared on the first set in the Miles Davis Bootleg series. We also have a Sonny Rollins piece from the latest release in the bootleg series (Volume 6), "The Final Tour," Miles Davis and John Coltrane live in Europe in 1960. We'll hear that same Rollins classic performed in 1966 by pianist Wynton Kelly (who was also on that 1960 tour with Davis and Coltrane) from a recently-issued live album with guitarist Wes Montgomery joining Kelly's trio, from a 1966 radio broadcast in Seattle. Plus, we'll slip in a new track from pianist Danny Green and his trio with a string quartet.

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Blue Dimensions G43: A Trinity Of "Presence"

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Three recent albums all entitled "Presence," from Orrin Evans & The Captain Black Big Band, John Petrucelli, and Brad Whitely.

Evans_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we are surprised to note that three jazz albums entitled "Presence" have come out in 2018, and we've decided to draw music from all three of them - - one from pianist Orrin Evans & The Captain Black Big Band, some high-energy stuff recorded in concert at two jazz clubs in Philadelphia, one from pianist Brad Whitely, a strong studio recording, and another live one, a double album from saxophonist and composer John Petrucelli with lots of strings and a scallop shell used as an instrument as well. Three engaging and very different albums, all called "Presence," coming up in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions G45: Our Blues Ambassadors To Europe: Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf

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Our "blues ambassadors" to Europe: Muddy Waters in Germany, Howlin' Wolf in Poland, plus Miles and Trane in Europe in 1960

Muddy_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, our "blues ambassadors" to Europe - - American blues artists, and a great jazz band, performing in Europe. We'll feature several new and recent releases of concerts recorded on European tours, led by a new album called "Live At Rockpalast," featuring the great bluesman Muddy Waters with a superb band, in concert in Germany in 1978. We'll also hear blues great Howlin' Wolf recorded in concert in Poland in 1964, and a song from another member of that tour, pianist Sunnyland Slim as well - - and we have Miles Davis and John Coltrane with another superb band, from 1960, performing a Miles Davis classic when it was still new, in Paris from the album "The Final Tour" (which is volume 6 in the Miles Davis "Bootleg Series" from Columbia/Legacy Records).

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Blue Dimensions G46: Cyrus Chestnut's Kaleidoscope, and the story of "See Line Woman"

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Cyrus Chestnut's musical journey on "Kaleidoscope" and the song "See Line Woman" from a 1939 field recording to 2018's "Life" album by Vivian Sessoms

Chestnut_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, pianist Cyrus Chestnut plays music from Mozart, Debussy, and Deep Purple, among others, on his new album of diverse music called "Kaleidoscope." We'll take the musical journey with him. Also - - the mysterious song "See Line Woman"  — or is it "Sea Lion Woman?" We'll won't solve all of its mysteries, but we'll hear the song from the singer who made it famous, Nina Simone, as well as the original 1939 Library of Congress field recording of the song by two young sisters, Katherine and Christine Shipp, in Mississippi, and a new version from Vivian Sessoms from her album "Life." The song is in the public domain, but many singers have put their stamp on it over the years, notably Nina Simone. Some members of the Shipp family say that the mother of Katherine and Christine, Mary Shipp, wrote it. Plus, when is a traditional song not traditional? Perhaps when the band writes it, but issues it as "traditional." Bobby Broom and his band play one such song on their new album, and it should be noted that the original issue of the song by Steely Dan, listed as "traditional," sent the host and producer of this show in his younger days on a wild goose chase looking for where and when it was supposedly collected! We also have a couple of songs from Christian McBride's New Jawn, the latest thing, or "jawn," as it's sometimes said in McBride's native Philadelphia, from the great bassist - - a new band bursting with talent and musical ideas.

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Blue Dimensions G48: It's "Elementals" with Azar Lawrence and Benito Gonzalez

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The latest album from saxophonist/composer Azar Lawrence "Elementals" featuring some sparkling playing by pianist Benito Gonzalez

Elementals_small Our music on this show centers around a great saxophone player, Azar Lawrence, and his new album "Elementals." Pianist Benito Gonzalez sparkles on the album, and we'll also hear Gonzalez in other settings, his own album "Circles" with Azar Lawrence in the band, and another Azar Lawrence album with him in the band. We'll also hear Lawrence in another setting, with pianist McCoy Tyner, with whom he worked in the early years after John Coltrane's death. This music is all heady, soulful, energetic, and expansive stuff. Born in Los Angeles, Azar Lawrence played in jazz and R&B bands including War, and he worked  with the great drummer Elvin Jones of the John Coltrane Quartet, who led him to New York to play in his band. He also played with Roberta Flack and Earth Wind & Fire, on the soul side of things, and Miles Davis among others on the jazz side. His new album "Elementals" and other recent works mark the re-invigoration of his career and reflect his magnificent talent as a saxophonist and composer. Pianist Benito Gonzalez possesses an uncommon energy in his playing, and in his work with Lawrence, there is powerful synergy between the two artists.

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Blue Dimensions G49: Guitarist Andreas Varady takes us on "The Quest"

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Guitarist Andreas Varady's album "The Quest" is featured.

Varady_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a new album "The Quest" from guitarist Andreas Varady. At age 20, Varady is a veteran of the music biz, with years of performing experience behind him, and a magical touch on the guitar, who composes and arranges all of his music and works with his father and brother in the band. His career has been promoted by Quincy Jones. A native of Slovakia of Hungarian Roma descent, Varady at times seems to tap into the restless magic of Django Reinhardt. "The Quest" is Varady's second US release.  Also in this hour, a song from "3's A Crowd," the duet album of drummer Billy Jones; we'll hear a drum-saxophone duet - - plus, twenty-three years after it was recorded, the release of Eliane Elias's album "Music From Man Of La Mancha," co-produced with the late Mitch Leigh, composer of the music for the hit Broadway musical about Don Quixote, and Hart, Scone & Albin "Leading the British Invasion," a new album of jazzified British pop music, with a song that was a hit for Sade in 1984.

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Blue Dimensions G50: New Music From Three Saxophonic Women

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new music from three great saxophone-playing women, Tia Fuller, Roxy Coss, and Vanessa Collier

Fuller_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, new releases from three saxophonic women, sax players, composers, and band leaders, including Tia Fuller, known for her playing on Beyonce's tours, part of her all-female bands, but also now band leader herself on several albums, including "Diamond Cut," her new one. We'll also hear Roxy Coss, whose latest album is called "The Future Is Female" - - and you have to believe that when you hear her music. Plus, we'll open the new album "Honey Up" from Vanessa Collier, who sings as well as playing the saxophone. Three saxophonic women, with lots of great new music, in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions G51: New Holiday Music from Les McCann, Freddy Cole, & Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers

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holiday show featuring new recordings from Les McCann, Freddy Cole, and Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers

Mccann_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we're celebrating the holiday season. We have brand new albums from two octogenarian singers and pianists, Les McCann and Freddy Cole, with old and newly composed songs for the holiday season, from these two great jazz veterans - - also a rockin' blues holiday celebration from saxophonist Mindi Abair and her band The Boneshakers, Laura Dickinson, a backup singer and vocal contractor who is taking center stage on a new album called Auld Lang Syne, a holiday favorite from the late great trumpeter Roy Hargrove who died this past November, and pianist McCoy Tyner with guitarist Derek Trucks taking on a traditional song of the season.

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Blue Dimensions G52: With Pride For Dignity - music from drummer Henry Conerway III

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music from drummer Henry Conerway III's album "With Pride For Dignity," plus latest from drummer Jay Lawrence, vibraphonist Mike Freeman, and more.

Conerway_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll feature drummer Henry Conerway III. We'll dig into his new album "With Pride For Dignity," and hear him in a trio setting and playing solo; we'll also hear Conerway in the band with singer Gregory Generet and pianist Richard Johnson on their new album "2 Of A Kind" doing an Oscar Brown, Jr. song. We have new music from another drummer/band leader Jay Lawrence, with trumpeter Terell Stafford in the group, tenor sax player Joshua Redman with a new album "Still Dreaming," and Mike Freeman ZonaVibe, with great vibes from the vibraphone, celebrating the late and great Bobby Hutcherson - - plus newly available recordings of a Dexter Gordon concert in Tokyo that happened over four decades ago, on the album "Tokyo 1975."

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Blue Dimensions H01: A Journey for Lionel Loueke, and a vist to The Crime Zone for Connie Han

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captivating new music from guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke and an impressive debut album from pianist Connie Han

Loueke_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll hear from an exceptional guitarist and several young pianists on thier way to greater recognition. We'll play some songs from guitarist, singer, and percussionist Lionel Loueke from a enchanting new album called "The Journey." Loueke has become a unique voice in jazz; his songs come from the musical traditions and historical events of his native Benin, and offer intimate interplay between his voice and his guitar. We'll also highlight pianist Connie Han and her new album "Crime Zone." She's twenty-two years old, and this is her debut album. She may look like a rocker on the cover, but this daughter of two Los Angeles classical musicians is a straight-ahead-and-then-some jazz player. We also have something from pianist Christian Sands from his recent album "Facing Dragons," and from post-traditional jazz pianist Sullivan Fortner, both leading his own band on his album "Moments Preserved," and sparkling as solitary accompanist to singer Cécile McLorin Salvant on her new album "The Window."


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Blue Dimensions H02: Sullivan Fortner, top-notch pianist, both as band leader and accompanist

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new album "Moments Preserved" from pianist Sullivan Fortner, and his special (and solo) accompaniment of singer Cécile McLorin Salvant.

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In this hour of Blue Dimensions, pianist Sullivan Fortner who plays what might be called post-traditional piano jazz. We'll explore his new album "Moments Preserved" and check out his highly creative accompaniment of singer Cécile McLorin Salvant on her new album "The Window." Also on this  program, energetic, new, original music from bassist Buster Williams and band, and trumpeter Erik Jekabson and his Sextet - - and futuristic gypsy jazz from guitarist Strat Andriotis, who doesn't play a strat (a Fender stratocaster) but teams up with violinist Jerry Goodman of Mahavishnu Orchestra fame for his musical adventures - plus new music that is both earthy and ethereal from flutist/composer Nicole Mitchell from her album "Maroon Cloud."

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Blue Dimensions H04: "Going Back Home" with Benny Turner & Cash McCall, and some "Evolution" with Jason Kao Hwang

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Going Back Home - - new blues from Benny Turner and Cash McCall - - and selections from strong recent albums from Brad Goode, Jack Gates, Jack Mouse, Eric Bibb, and Jason Kao Hwang with his group Burning Bridge.

Turnermccall_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, new blues from two veterans Benny Turner and Cash McCall, a new album called "Going Back Home" featuring standards and new songs; we'll hear one of each, and the post-folk blues of Eric Bibb from his album "Global Griot." We also have two pieces from trumpeter Brad Goode's excellent album "That's Right" featuring tenor sax player Ernie Watts, one of 2018's finest albums, and we'll hear from two Jacks - - guitarist Jack Gates and drummer Jack Mouse - - both with recent releases of note. Plus, some musical evolution from multi-genre composer-violinist Jason Kao Hwang and his ensemble Burning Bridge with a new album called "Blood." This includes a little exploration of the subject of pronunciation of names in foreign languages, and how "Kao" has acquired a  pronunciation based on its English spelling that is very different from its Chinese pronunciation. The point is illustrated with a clip of a skit from the 1962 comedy album "The First Family" where Vaughn Meader plays President John F. Kennedy hosting a sandwich-lunch of world leaders at The White House. The Burning Bridge ensemble includes two Chinese instruments, the pipa and the erhu.

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Blue Dimensions H06: Trumpeter Abram Wilson on The Ferris Wheel To The Modern Day Delta

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music from a very special 2007 album by the late trumpeter Abram Wilson - - and new music from Kamasi Washington, Nabaté Isles, and Roxy Coss

Wilson_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, music from the amazing saxophonist, composer, and arranger Kamasi Washington from his album "Heaven and Earth," including a track from the hidden CD in the album's packaging on which Kamasi's saxophonist father Rickey Washington plays. Also, we revisit a very special 2007 album "Ride! Ferris Wheel To The Modern Day Delta," from the late trumpeter Abram Wilson, who brought blues and experimental jazz together in a unique way. We'll hear from another adventurous trumpeter Nabaté Isles, his debut album "Eclectic Excursions" is indeed that, and, also on the way, a track from saxophonist Roxy Coss, her recent feminist-themed album "The Future Is Female."

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Blue Dimensions H10: Eloquent Sadness from Dory Previn; Good Vibes (and Marimbas) from Stefon Harris

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Moving songs from the late singer-songwriter Dory Previn, and new music from Javon Jackson, Stefon Harris, and Christian McBride.

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Four songs by the late and great songwriter Dory Previn, who explored sadness and desperation with a unique eloquence, including a song from her unfortunately overlooked debut album in 1958, when she was known as Dory Langdon. Her best-known work was her songwriting for the film "Valley Of The Dolls," but some of her later work explored emotional pain and desperation with unmatched artistry. We also have the latest album from vibraphonist and marimba player Stefon Harris and the group Blackout, an album called "Sonic Creed,"and new music from busy bassist Christian McBride, a group called Christian McBride's New Jawn (a good Philadelphia word!) Also on this show guitarist Bobby Broom reworking a classic bluesy country hit on his new album Soul Fingers, and a couple of songs from tenor sax player Javon Jackson, from his excellent new album "For You."

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Blue Dimensions H11: Allison Miller drumming up two new albums

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two recent projects of drummer Allison Miller, "Glitter Wolf" and an all-female band called "Lioness" - plus organist Barbara Dennerlein plays the blues

Lioness_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll hear a lot from a great drummer, Allison Miller. We'll check out her latest album from her sextet, Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom, an album called "Glitter Wolf," that is at once both tightly conceived and a bit chaotic and almost off the rails. Plus, we'll hear music from an even newer Allison Miller project, an all-female band called Lioness with an album called "Pride & Joy." We also have a couple of blues tracks on the Hammond B3 organ from one of the world's best players of that instrument, Barbara Dennerlein, from a new compilation of her best blues recordings over the many years of her fruitful career.

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Blue Dimensions H13: The Iron Man "smokes" at Smoke - Harold Mabern in concert

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New music from pianist Harold Mabern who shines, in concert at Smoke; Xavier Davis's almost neo-classical "Rise Up Detroit," and saxophonist Godwin Louis's debut as band leader "Global."

Mabern_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, pianist Harold Mabern in concert at Smoke in NYC, a double live album, "The Iron Man: Live At Smoke" full of wonderful music from the 83-year-old pianist, including originals and distinctive interpretations of compositions by some of the greats, including John Coltrane.  Also, music from another superb pianist Xavier Davis; his album "Rise Up Detroit" has an almost neo-classical feel at times - - and the debut as band leader for saxophonist Godwin Louis, an album called "Global" which employs some great vocal textures with the instrumentation. Plus: Bloodest Saxophone takes on a Rufus Thomas classic with singer Jai Malano, and Jaye Hammer sings of the blues artists who have gone to "Blues Heaven" on his latest album "Double Trouble."

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Blue Dimensions H14: Two Cool Recent Albums From Drummer Ralph Peterson

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two recent album projects headed up by drummer Ralph Peterson, from his bands Aggregate Prime and The Gen-Next Big Band.

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Two new albums from Ralph Peterson - - Ralph Peterson is a busy and talented guy. He was the second drummer in drummer Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, an unusual two-drummer outfit. Peterson is prolific, and his projects have covered a lot of musical territory. He is an avid teacher, and a faculty member at Berklee College Of Music. He has recorded several albums with his students. Peterson released two new projects in the fall of 2018. One with his students in a band called The Gen-Next Big Band, "I Remember Bu," is a tribute to Blakey. The other is the second album by his cutting-edge band Aggregate Prime; it's called "Inward Venture" and it features saxophonist Gary Thomas and guitarist Mark Whitfield. We'll highlight both albums in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions H18: Dave Stryker's band plays favorites from his 8-track tapes

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Guitarist Dave Stryker plays favorites from his 8-track tapes with Stefon Harris on vibes and McClenty Hunter on drums. Chicago's AACM Great Black Music Ensemble takes the South Side to the musical fringes.

Stryker_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll open guitarist Dave Stryker's third album playing favorites from his old 8-track tapes. "Eight Track III" has Stryker's renditions of songs from the Temptations, Curtis Mayfield, and more, with a band that includes Stefon Harris on vibes, Jared Gold on organ, McClenty Hunter on drums, and Mayra Casales on congas. We'll also play songs from George Benson's new tribute to Chuck Berry and Fats Domino (one of each) and some blues from multi-instrumentalist Dan Bierman, who has worked as a sideman in blues bands with a new album "Some Takes On The Blues." Also new music from pianist Dan Costa, a captivating piece with flutist Teco Cardoso, and the latest from trumpeter Josh Lawrence, and some edgy music from Chicago's AACM Great Black Music Ensemble in concert on the city's south side, headed up by saxophonist Ernest Dawkins.

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Blue Dimensions H20: "400: An African American Musical Portrait" - 400 years of African-American experience in music from Avery Sharpe

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bassist, composer, band leader Avery Sharpe's new album "400: An African American Musical Portrait" traces the African-American experience from the arrival of slaves in 1619 to the present.

Sharpe_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions,  bassist and composer Avery Sharpe's new album "400: An African American Musical Portrait" uses compelling music to track African-American history from the arrival of the first slaves in Virginia, now 400 years ago, to modern times, and we'll hear several selections from the album. We'll also hear from another bassist leading a band, Rodney Whitaker, who highlights the music of composer Gregg Hill who has juggled music with the need to make a living throughout his life. Also, a track from the "Bolden" soundtrack album from Wynton Marsalis, a song made famous by Abbey Lincoln from Ulysses Owens Jr. and band on the new album "Songs Of Freedom," and Eric Garner's last words "I Can't Breathe" living on in songs, from Vivian Sessoms, and from Bill Cole playing a didgeridoo.

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Blue Dimensions H21: Song Like A Roar: The Songs And Spirit Of The Late Linda Waterfall

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special songs from the late singer and songwriter Linda Waterfall

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In this hour of Blue Dimensions, music from Linda Waterfall, a uniquely gifted singer and songwriter, who died on January 8th. We'll hear songs from her 1977 debut album on the Windham Hill label, her 2015 exhortation to musicians, and songs from the decades in between, that reflect her transcendent spirit, set aloft in song. We also have new music from drummer Jack Mouse and his group, along with some wordplay in the song titles on the album "Intimate Adversary," and from bassist Iris Ornig on her album "Storyteller" - - plus a newly available recording of saxophonist Frank Morgan and pianist George Cables from the 1989 Montreal Jazz Festival, all in this hour of Blue Dimensions.


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Blue Dimensions H22: The Distinctive Voice Of Alicia Olatuja, From Two Recent Albums

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songs from singer Alicia Olatuja, from her album "Intuition: Songs From The Minds Of Women," and from Ulysses Owens, Jr.'s album "Songs Of Freedom."

Olatuja_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, the voice of Alicia Olatuja, both from her album "Intuition: Songs From The Minds Of Women," a collection of songs written by women from Joni Mitchell and Tracy Chapman to Olatuja herself, and as a featured vocalist on drummer Ulysses Owens,  Jr.'s album "Songs Of Freedom." Alicia Olatuja is certainly a distinctive singer in jazz today. Also, some steaming swamp blues from Pack Rat's Smoke House in concert at a Florida beach, a song from the soundtrack for the film "Bolden" from Wynton Marsalis with Reno Wilson, who plays Louis Armstrong in the film, singing - - and drummer Herlin Riley honors Wynton's father Ellis Marsalis with an appreciative, praise-offering performance of one of Ellis Marsalis's songs.

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Blue Dimensions H23: Ralph Peterson's Messenger Legacy Band pays tribute to Art Blakey in concert

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drummer Ralph Peterson's "Legacy: Alive Vol. 6 at the Side Door" honors his mentor Art Blakey with a smokin' concert at a club in Connecticut, marking the 100th anniversary of Blakey's birth.

Peterson_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, drummer Ralph Peterson and a band of fellow alumni of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers celebrate the 100th anniversary of their mentor's birth on a live album "Legacy: Alive Vol. 6 at the Side Door." with a couple of compositions from alto sax player Bobby Watson, and a piece that was one of Art Blakey's signature offerings from this wonderful group, led by Ralph Peterson. Also, new music from superb vibraphonist Tyler Blanton, from his album "Sense Of Place," and the future-looking, final song on bassist and composer Avery Sharpe's album "400: An African American Musical Portrait," an ambitious musical expression about the four-century experience of African-Americans in this country since the arrival of the first slaves in Virginia in 1619.

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Blue Dimensions H24: The Late Dr. John with Art Blakey, and Ralph Peterson Pays Tribute To Blakey

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The late Dr. John with Art Blakey in 1990, and Ralph Peterson celebrates the music of Art Blakey, his mentor, on a new live album with alumni of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers.

Bluesiana_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a special recording from 1990, a band called Bluesiana Triangle featuring the late Dr. John on piano, with Art Blakey on drums, and David "Fathead" Newman on alto saxophone, recorded a half year before Blakey's death. We'll also play some music from a band made up of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers alumni, Ralph Peterson & the Messenger Legacy Band, in concert in October 2018. Their album "Legacy: Alive Vol. 6 At The Side Door" was released in May to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Blakey's birth - - and we'll hear a classic from Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers themselves, as well, from 1958, in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions H25: "Triple Helix" from Anat Cohen, and "Arvoles" her non-brother, bassist Avishai Cohen

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"Triple Helix," the latest from clarinetist Anat Cohen, and from "the other Avishai Cohen" (not her brother the trumpter), a bassist with a new album "Arvoles." Plus George Cables, Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, Alexa Tarantino.

Anat_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll get our jazz Cohens straight. Clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen and her Tentet have a new album called "Triple Helix" that we'll check out. Her brother, trumpeter Avishai Cohen has played with her in the past, but the Avishai Cohen we'll hear on this show is a different guy, the bassist Avishai Cohen - - like Anat, a native of Israel. His new album "Arvoles" draws on Sephardic Jewish traditions and the Spanish-based Jewish language Ladino. Also on this show, salsa-infused new music from the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, and a sparkling new album from veteran pianist George Cables - - plus, "Winds Of Change," the debut album as band leader of a rising star, saxophonist Alexa Tarantino.

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Blue Dimensions H27: a "Duologue" between Alfredo Rodríguez and Pedrito Martinez, and more music from Cuban artists

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"Duologues" between Alfredo Rodríguez and Pedrito Martinez, and Frank Morgan and George Cables , new music from Chucho Valdés, and Cyrille Aimée honors Stephen Sondheim.

Duologue_small A "Duologue" between Alfredo Rodríguez and Pedrito Martinez, a new music from Chucho Valdés
In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a new album called "Duologue," a musical dialogue between pianist Alfredo Rodríguez and percussionist Pedrito Martinez; we'll hear several pieces including the theme for a popular video game, and we'll hear from another duo, Frank Morgan and George Cables, from a 1989 concert at the Montreal Jazz Festival, issued for the first time last year. We have several Cuban artists on this show; in addition to Alfredo Rodríguez and Pedrito Martinez, a debut album from flutist and composer Magela Herrera, and the latest from the great pianist Chucho Valdés, "Jazz Batá 2" - - plus, adventurous music from violinist and composer Jason Kao Hwang and his band Burning Bridge, and French singer Cyrille Aimée focuses on the songs of Stephen Sondheim on her new album "Move On."

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Blue Dimensions H28: Young blues artists, Jontavious Willis & Christone "Kingfish" Ingram

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new young blues artists (Jontavious Willis and Christone "Kingfish" Ingram) and previously unreleased blues concerts from 1973 (Johnny Shines, Roosevelt Sykes, and Henry & Vernell Townsend)

Willis_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll focus on the blues, with some young, new artists, including Jontavious Willis, a 23-year-old blues singer from Georgia whose music sometimes sounds traditional though his lyrics are very much present-day, and Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, 20 years old, who comes from a location famous in blues history, Clarksdale MS.  Keb' Mo' produced Willis's album "Spectacular Class" and plays on both that and Ingram's albums - - and he's got his own new album "Oklahoma" out, that we'll hear too.  Plus: we have songs from Southern Avenue, a young Memphis blues band, from their recent album "Keep On" (their second album), and The Cash Box Kings with a hard-hitting song about race from their latest album. Also: newly issued recordings of blues concerts in 1973 at Washington University in St. Louis featuring blues greats Johnny Shines, Roosevelt Sykes, and Henry Townsend (who sings with his wife about how much they love each other, to the total delight of the audience) - - all blues on this show, both from two generations back, and from the next generation of blues players.

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Blue Dimensions H29: Catherine Russell's "Alone Together," and a hard look at slavery and racism from the album "Songs Of Our Native Daughters."

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Catherine Russell's spirited new album, and a hard look at slavery and racism from the album "Songs Of Our Native Daughters."

Crussell_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, some spirited singing from three new albums - - a new album from the wonderful singer Catherine Russell called "Alone Together." Also, Gaye Adegbalola offers great singing and telling social commentary, as well a humor on her new album "The Griot," and, song and social commentary also come our way from Rhiannon Giddens with Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell, and Amythyst Kiah, who have recorded an album called "Songs Of Our Native Daughters." We'll also hear the latest from saxophonists Joshua Redman and Javon Jackson, all in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

Cat Russell had a long and successful career as a backing vocalist recording and performing with singers of all sorts, including Snoop Dogg, Dolly Parton, and Paul Simon, and she was a very prominent part of David Bowie's show for a while, both singing and playing percussion. She's the daughter of Luis Russell, Louis Armstrong's New York band leader, and Carline Ray who also was a singer and guitarist and bassist. Carline and daughter Catherine did an album together shortly before Carline's death in 2013. Catherine started her solo career with her album Cat in 2006, and Alone Together is her seventh album as a leader. She "sets the standard" for singing standards. Gaye Adegbalola's musical career began with a remarkable trio of women known as Saffire The Uppity Blueswomen, who provided some humor and thought-provoking ideas in the 1990s. Adegbalola has developed a unique solo act, with some very hard-hitting social commentary, spirited singing, and a dose of humor too. Rhiannon Giddens, who became known as a member of The Carolina Chocolate Drops and received a MacArthur Foundation fellowship for her work, has put together a powerful new album with Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell, and Amythyst Kiah that explores the horrors slavery and life for African-Americans after slavery.

We also have a couple of instrumental things coming up, a new piece from saxophonist Joshua Redman and his quartet, from an album coming out in March called "Come What May," and a tribute to Pharaoh Sanders from saxophonist Javon Jackson from his wonderful 2018 album "For You."

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Blue Dimensions H30: Visiting a Musical "Oasis" with pianist Lisa Hilton

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the latest from pianist Lisa Hilton, offering us a musical "Oasis"

Hilton_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, new music from California jazz pianist Lisa Hilton. Her album "Oasis" offers us a place to stop and recharge our hearts and minds in divisive times. Also, new music from bassist and composer Iris Ornig, her third album, which is called "Storyteller." Ornig came to the US from Germany to play jazz. Yelena Eckemoff came from Russia, and we'll check out her 28th album, "Colors," where she joins with percussionist Manu Katché, and all of the song titles are the names of colors. Plus - - singer Cyrille Aimée celebrates Stephen Sondheim; we'll hear a song from her recent tribute album to him, and a stirring song from 1979 from the late singer and songwriter Linda Waterfall, who died this past January.

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Blue Dimensions H31: Blues From The Late David Kimbrough III

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The vatrious blues styles and several names of the late David Kimbrough III

Kimbroughiii_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, music from the late bluesman David Kimbrough III, who died at age 54 on July 4th. Kimbrough was a musician of various styles, using a dulcimer on his last album, and a man of several names, known as David Kimbrough III, David Kimbrough Jr. - - which caused some confusion with his father David Kimbrough Jr., a well-known Mississippi hill country blues artists known as Junior Kimbrough - - and David Malone, the name he grew up with. We'll also hear from his father Junior Kimbrough with a classic song of Mississippi hill country blues, recorded in his own juke joint in Mississippi, and another hill country stalwart, Cedric Burnside,  plus a dance with the moon from Dream Shanti, a band that draws on Indian music and instrumentation, including tabla and sitar, on their album Music In Our Dreams.

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Blue Dimensions H32: Saxophonist JD Allen reflects on the four-century African-American experience in his new album "Barracoon"

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saxophonist JD Allen's music is informed by the African-American experience on his new album "Barracoon," and Chick Corea's "Spanish heart" overflows on his new album "Antidote."

Allen_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, the new album "Barracoon" from saxophonist JD Allen. The title refers to slave barracks, and the years "1619-2019" are printed on the album's cover, marking the 400 years since the first African slaves arrived in Virginia in 1619. Allen says the African-American experience informs his music, and we'll hear three songs from the album on this show. Also, the new album "Antidote" from Chick Corea, in which he draws on his latin music influences (his "Spanish heart"), ranging from flamenco to salsa, and a song that explores the history of Latin music complete with both rap and narration, from the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, from their new album "The Rhythm Of Invention."

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Blue Dimensions H33: Recent Releases from ECM: Vijay Iyer & Craig Taborn (piano duet), and Larry Grenadier (solo bass)

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new music from the adventurous ECM label, piano duets from Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn, from "The Transitory Poems," and solo bass from Larry Grenadier, his album "The Gleaners."

Iyertaborn_small Blue Dimensions H33: Recent ECM Releases: Vijay Iyer & Craig Taborn (piano duet), and Larry Grenadier (solo bass). In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll open two new albums from the boundary-breaking ECM label, a duet album from pianists Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn called "The Transitory Poems" honoring prime avant-garde influences, including Muhal Richard Abrams, Geri Allen, and Cecil Taylor, recorded live in Budpest in 2018, and a solo bass album from bassist Larry Grenadier. We'll also hear a couple of pieces from The Joshua Redman Quartet from their new album "Come What May," a quartet  from the early years of this century that Redman has reassembled. Plus: a new song from John Dokes, his one original song on a new album of standards, and pianist Harold Mabern in concert, heading up a great quartet on the album "The Iron Man: Live At Smoke."

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Blue Dimensions H34: "Partners In Time," Mike LeDonne, Christian McBride, and Lewis Nash

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New piano trio music with pianist Mike LeDonne, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Lewis Nash.

Ledonne_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, Mike LeDonne, known for his work on the organ, leads a piano trio with outstanding partners, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Lewis Nash, the album "Partners In Time." We'll hear several tracks. Also trombonist Michael Dease plays in saxophonist Markus Howell's band and in a band called Out To Dinner, on two appealing new releases. We'll hear music from both of them, as well as the new album "Barracoon" from saxophonist JD Allen, evoking the desperation of slavery with his horn on this album. Also, new blues from 20-year old Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, his debut album "Kingfish," and a hilarious song from 80-something Bobby Rush from his latest album "Sitting On Top Of The Blues."

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Blue Dimensions H35: Recent Releases Featuring Women of Jazz and Blues

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five "Texas Queens" sing the blues with the band Bloodest Saxophone - - and, songs from Catherine Russell's "Alone Together" album, plus jazz with a pop connection from Jenna & The Charmers.

Bloodestsaxophone_small There's plenty of great recent music highlighting women in this hour, including the latest from the uniquely-named band Bloodest Saxophone. Their album "Texas Queens 5" features five wonderful blues-singing women from Texas. We also have several songs from Catherine Russell, who "sets the standard for singing standards" on this show, from her latest album "Alone Together." We'll hear a couple of songs from the debut album of Cuban singer and flutist Magela Herrera as well, who writes and arranges all of her music on the album "Explicaciones." Plus, a jazz singer with a pop connection, Jenna Mammina and her band Jenna and The Charmers, and the debut album of saxophonist Jordan Pettay, which is appropriately entitled "First Fruit."

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Blue Dimensions H36: Rock-Steady Monk Tunes from Pianist Monty Alexander

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Pianist Monty Alexander offers reggae-fied versions of Thelonious Monk classics on his new album "Wareika Hill"

Alexander_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander takes on the music of Thelonious Monk and gives it a rock-steady, reggae spin - - we'll play several tracks from Alexander's new album "Wareika Hill." Also: Markus Howell, some appealing new music on both alto sax and flute on his debut album "Get Right!" Pianist Victor Gould leads a band with a string quartet and lots of horn players plus an outstanding flutist on his new album "Thought Become Things;" we'll hear one of those "things," and we have music from the group Out To Dinner (they're not out to lunch!) with trombonist Michael Dease and vibraphonist Behn Gillece, plus drummer Mike Clark leads a band called Indigo Blue, recorded live at The Iridium, with yet another Thelonious Monk piece.

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Blue Dimensions H37: Roxy Coss's "Quintet" and Miles Davis's "Rubberband"

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featuring the album "Quintet" from saxophonist and composer Roxy Coss, and previously unissued music from Miles Davis on the album "Rubberband"

Coss_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a couple of women who are leading saxophone players these days - - we'll hear from Roxy Coss, whose new album called "Quintet," is a kind of "greatest hits so far" album for the saxophonist and composer, leading a quintet, and we have a piece from Alexa Tarantino. Her album entitled "Winds Of Change" is a play on words with some great music too, We'll also hear a couple of tracks from the album "Rubberband," previously unissued Miles Davis music that reflects what a great innovator he was at a time of change in his career in the mid 1980s, and we have a song from New York Voices, a super vocal quartet taking on one of Dave Brubeck's most famous pieces with lyrics from Al Jarreau, on their new album "Reminiscing In Tempo."

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Blue Dimensions H38: James Carter Organ Trio Plays Django At Newport

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The James Carter Organ Trio plays Django at the Newport Jazz Festival; blind 18-year-old pianist Matthew Whitaker releases his second album "Now Hear This." (We will!)

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In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll join The James Carter Organ Trio with organist Gerard Gibbs and drummer Alex White, August 5, 2018, at the Newport Jazz Festival. The new album "Live From Newport Jazz" features mostly Django Reinhardt pieces; we'll play a couple of them and then Django's own version of one of them from a 1947 radio transcription. Also: a track from "Rubberband," the Miles Davis album left unfinished in 1986 and out now, and new music from guitarist Junior Watson with Jim Pugh on organ - - plus a selection from saxophonist Markus Howell, from his debut album "Get Right!" and from pianist Matthew Whitaker, blind from birth and just 18 years old, from his second album, which is entitled "Now Hear This."

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Blue Dimensions H39: new songs from Toronzo Cannon, Chicago's Blues-Singing Bus Driver

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the new album "The Preacher, The Politician Or The Pimp" from Toronzo Cannon, and soulful songs from Vaneese Thomas from her album "Down Yonder."

Cannon_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, some Chicago blues: new blues from Chicago's exciting blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist Toronzo Cannon, who is actually a bus driver in Chicago as well. His new album is called "The Preacher, The Politician Or The Pimp." Also: a few songs from a fabulous box set highlighting the Chicago-based Bea And Baby record label, run by a producer known as Cadillac Baby from the late 1950s through the late 80s. We will also hear the soulful voice of Vaneese Thomas, daughter of the late great Rufus Thomas, singing some powerful songs on her new album "Down Yonder," and trombonist Wayne Wallace - - with his Latin Jazz Quintet, and with singer Moy Eng. Plus: pianist Dave Miller and his trio celebrating the 100th birth anniversary of British jazz pianist George Shearing on the new album "Just Imagine."

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Blue Dimensions H40: John Coltrane's "Blue World"

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previously unissued John Coltrane music from the album "Blue World" and musical tributes to Coltrane old and new.

Coltrane_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, Blue World, John Coltrane recordings made for a Canadian film ("Le chat dans le sac") in 1964, finally issued as an album in 2019. We'll hear several tracks from this album featuring Trane and his classic quartet, McCoy Tyner piano, Jimmy Garrison bass, and Elvin Jones drums. These tracks were cut after Coltrane's "Crescent" album and before "A Love Supreme" in 1964. Plus: some tribute albums to Coltrane - - from decades past, an album from trombonist Conrad Herwig and one from some great guitarists (a track featuring Larry Coryell), and Coltrane tribute albums from 2019 from saxophonist Teodross Avery, and conguero Poncho Sanchez.

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Blue Dimensions H41: Hiromi Uehara is on the (Jazz) Spectrum

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new music from pianist Hiromi Uehara on her album "Spectrum"

Hiromi_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, pianist Hiromi stretches out across a wide musical spectrum, on an album called "Spectrum." Hiromi's music has often been called "fusion," but she clearly has many sides to her talent, and the album "Spectrum," if hard to categorize, is easy to enjoy, and we'll do it on this show. Also: John Coltrane, a previously unissued 1964 recording, made for a Canadian film, on the new album called "Blue World," and a classic from his "Giant Steps" album. Plus: new music from pianist Bill O'Connell and his Afro-Caribbean Ensemble, and from trumpeter Wallace Roney, rooted in blues and wrapped in multiple rhythms.

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Blue Dimensions H43: The "Travelin' Woman" Mary Lane, and Kendrick Scott Oracle makes a wall become a bridge

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music from Chicago blues singer Mary Lane's first album since 1994, "Travelin' Woman," and Kendrick Scott Oracle's "A Wall Becomes A Bridge."

Travelinwoman_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, some blues - - Chicago blues singer Mary Lane has released her first album since 1994, at age 83, on a new label, Women Of The Blues Records. Mary's still got the magic of the blues, and we'll hear songs from both her new album "Travelin' Woman," and her previous release "Appointment With The Blues" from 1994.  Also: two takes on a much-loved and frequently-covered song from Brother Joe May in 1969, from a new live album by a family band, The Lee Boys, and the recent, posthumously-issued, final album of Mississippi blues singer Leo Bud Welch - - and, new music from two drummer-led groups, drummer Kendrick Scott's Kendrick Scott Oracle, and the all-female band Lioness, headed up by drummer Allison Miller.

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Blue Dimensions H44: "Modern Ancestors" from the magical Carmen Lundy

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new album "Modern Ancestors" from Carmen Lundy, "Trilogy 2" from Corea, McBride, and Blade, and Bill Cole's music for Yoruba proverbs

Lundy_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, some moving songs from singer and multi-instrumentalist Carmen Lundy. Her new album "Modern Ancestors" will be featured - - some of these songs have rolled around in her head for a long time, and all seem to touch on the quality of our life experiences, albeit each in very different ways. We also have a track from the Chuck Corea Trio with Christian McBride on bass and Brian Blade on drums. "Trilogy 2" is the followup to their acclaimed 2014 album "Trilogy." We also have two songs with very long titles - - I'm allowing extra time in planning this show for the titles! - - one from pianist Leslie Pintchik and her trio, from the new live album "Same Day Delivery," and another from the Bill Cole & Untempered Ensemble recorded in 1986 in concert, from the newly issued release "Music For Yoruba Proverbs" featuring the late, great saxophonist Julius Hemphill.

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Blue Dimensions H45: The Debut Of Vibraphonist Lolly Allen - - and Chick, Christian, & Brian Back Together On Trilogy 2

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the debut album of Los Angeles vibraphonist Lolly Allen - - and the Chick Corea Trio with Christian McBride on bass and Brian Blade on drums, with Trilogy 2, a sequel to 2014's great album from them called Trilogy.

Lolly_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll feature two new albums, one the debut of vibraphonist Lolly Allen, a musician from the Los Angeles area who gathers players from the region to celebrate the musical styles and pieces popular in the area. We don't hear enough from women on the vibraphone these days, but Lolly Allen may change that. Also, the Chick Corea Trio with Christian McBride on bass, and Brian Blade on drums, a sequel to their highly acclaimed 2014 album Trilogy, called Trilogy 2, recorded on a world tour. We'll travel with them, in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions H48: The Soundtrack For The Film "Bolden" Featuring Wynton Marsalis

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music from the soundtrack for the film "Bolden" from Wynton Marsalis with Catherine Russell and others.

Bolden_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, music from the soundtrack for the movie "Bolden," the film about the famously influential, and very elusive historical figure in jazz in the early twentieth century in New Orleans, Buddy Bolden, with Wynton Marsalis leading the band. We'll also hear Jelly Roll Morton playing Bolden's music and telling stories about him from 1938 Library Of Congress recordings. Plus, we have two new albums from great tenor sax players, Joshua Redman re-grouping his quartet from the early years of this century on a new album "Come What May," and Galician saxophonist Xose Miguélez riffing on a song his great aunt sang in a field recording in 1981 on his album "Ontology" - - plus the latest from drummers Kendrick Scott and Herlin Riley leading their bands on recent albums.

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Blue Dimensions H49: New Music From Pianists George Cables and David Kikoski

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The latest from venerable pianist George Cables - - and from another sparkling pianist, David Kikoski.

Cables_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, new music from venerable pianist George Cables. His new album "I'm All Smiles" will certainly elicit some smiles from new listeners and longstanding fans alike. Also, another fine pianist, David Kikoski - - we'll open his new album "Phoenix Rising" and hear a couple of tunes. Plus bassist Avery Sharpe and band with his family choir, a song from his recent album charting in song the four-century African-American experience in America. We'll also hear from Detroit Tenors, saxophonists Steve Wood and Carl Cafagna, and the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet finding a way to make the unusual time signature of a jazz classic work with their Afro-Cuban rhythms, on their new album, "The Rhythm Of Invention."

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In The Good Old Days When Times Were Bad: Good Old Songs From Dolly Parton

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one hour of classic Dolly Parton songs that you don't hear much these days

Inthegoodold_small a Special Presentation from Bluesnet Radio:
It seems like Dolly Parton is everywhere these days, but the songs on which she built her career - - many of which appeared on the country charts for years - - don't get played on country radio these days, and she doesn't sing them when she's on TV now. This special presentation from Bluesnet Radio is an hour of some of those songs, songs that offered country humor, rural wisdom, social commentary, a little melodrama, and a dose of good old-fashioned doom and gloom. Included are touching autobiographical songs like "In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)," songs that conjure thoughts of the lives of others, like "Daddy's Moonshine Still," a wild duet with her singing partner Porter Wagoner,  and tragi-comic songs like "I Don't Want To Throw Rice." What does she want to throw instead?? Find out, in this one-hour program "In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) - Good Old Songs From Dolly Parton," classic recordings by a truly unique artist, including her very first record at age 13, offered with informative, but light and brief, commentary.

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Blue Dimensions H50: New "Colors" from Sugar Blue, and New Life for old Erroll Garner Records

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New blues from harmonica sensation Sugar Blue on his album "Colors" and music from two of the several Erroll Garner albums reissued in 2019, including a previously unissued Garner piece.

Sugarblue_small A new album "Colors" from blues harmonica master, singer and songwriter Sugar Blue. Blue tells the story of a great lawman in song, Bass Reeves, who was born a slave and grew up to become a respected and feared U. S. marshall. Blue also sets the record straight on how "good" the "good old days" were, and covers the Beatles. We'll also open two recently reissued albums from the late, great pianist Erroll Garner, from his own Octave Records label, now offered by Mack Avenue Records, including an original piece not previously issued - - and we have a new piece from a wonderful contemporary pianist, Victor Gould from his album "Thoughts Become Things." Plus: a selection from the debut release of vibraphonist Lolly Allen, and a touching song written and sung by Michelle Lordi, from her new album "Break Up With The Sound."

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Blue Dimensions H51: Music For The Holiday Season 2019, with songs old and new

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Holiday season music from Dave Stryker, Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, Keb' Mo', and more

Stryker_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, music for the holiday season, from guitarist Dave Stryker. His album "Eight Track Christmas" is the latest in a series of albums where he plays songs that he used to hear on 8-track tapes. Also, the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra in concert, featuring the wonderful singer Catherine Russell with a couple of seasonal songs from the album "Big Band Holidays II," and Keb' Mo, two songs from his album Moonlight, Mistletoe, and You. Plus: holiday songs from blues singer Nellie "Tiger" Travis and the late great Earl King, and one from Brynn Stanley that is definitely a 21st century song for the season, even though her album is called "Classic Christmas."

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Blue Dimensions H52: The Audacity of Bassist Buster Williams

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The latest from bassist Buster Williams, saxophonist Marcus Strickland, and percussionist Kobie Watkins

Williams_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, the latest releases from two band leaders with distinct sounds. Bassist Buster Williams and his band Something More offer energetic and audacious music on a new album called "Audacity," and we have the audacity to play several tracks from it on this show. The latest album from saxophonist Marcus Strickland and his band Marcus Strickland Twi-Life is "People Of The Sun," which we'll also explore. Strickland sometimes plays the smallest member of the saxophone family, the sopranino sax, but he gets a big sound from it, and draws rhythms from R&B and hip hop. We'll also hear from drummer Kobie Watkins and his Grouptet, a piece with a little bluesy undertow, from latest album "Movement."

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Blue Dimensions I01: Herlin Riley's Optimisim Is Perpetual

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New Orleans jazz today, from drummer Herlin Riley's "Perpetual Optimism" album - and Ron Brendle's tribute to bassists, the AACM's Great Black Music Ensemble, and Bill Cole's didgeridoo, telling the story of Eric Garner.

Herlinriley_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, New Orleans drummer and band leader Herlin Riley, 21st century New Orleans jazz from his new album "Perpetual Optimism," his statement of spirit and love of family following the deaths of his parents since his last album came out two years ago. We'll hear several tracks from the album, and a couple of pieces from bassist Ron Brendle's new album "A Tribute To The Bassists Of Jazz, Volume 1," including compositions by Charles Mingus and Sam Jones. (We do like our bassists here on this show.) Also the AACM Great Black Music Ensemble in concert, a wild harmonic and rhythmic ride on the album "Live At The Currency Exchange Cafe, Volume 1." Chicago's AACM, the Association For The Advancement Of Creative Musicians, continues to challenge us 54 years after its founding by the late jazz musician Muhal Richard Abrams. Plus: Bill Cole offers social commentary on the didgeridoo using the words of Eric Garner, on "Still Breathing 2."

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Blue Dimensions I03: "The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait Of Four Icons" from Christian McBride

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Music from "The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait Of Four Icons" by Christian McBride. The work has been issued by Mack Avenue Records. Also, John Coltrane's piece based on a Martin Luther King speech, and Teodross Avery's interpretation of a Coltrane piece about his African roots.

Mcbride_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, Christian McBride's work "The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait Of Four Icons." We'll hear several pieces from this mix of music and spoken word celebrating the civil rights movement, and Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, Muhammad Ali, and Malcolm X, from an album issued this year. The work goes back to 1998, with a major revision/addition in 2010, which added a movement noting the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States in 2008. Also: John Coltrane's music written to the words of Martin Luther King Jr., based on the cadences of King's speech after the bombing of a black church in Birmingham AL in 1963 that killed four girls in the church. Plus: saxophonist Teodross Avery's interpretation of a Coltrane piece about his African roots.

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Blues Dimensions I06: Houston Person Is Just A Lucky So-And-So

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The album "I’m Just A Lucky So And So" from venerable saxophonist Houston Person, and music from Wallace Roney, Poncho Sanchez, and the late Larry Willis

Person_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, the new album "I’m Just A Lucky So And So" from venerable saxophonist Houston Person. Now in his mid-80s, Person really owns the jazz and blues standards he performs, and, with a great band with him, offers them to us . We'll hear several of them. Also music from the late pianist and composer Larry Willis, who died at the end of September at the age of 76; he was a former member of Blood Sweat & Tears. Plus, new music from trumpeter Wallace Roney, and from percussionist Poncho Sanchez, whose first album in seven years is a tribute to John Coltrane.

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Blue Dimensions I07: Pascal Bokar's "Afro Blue Grazz" music on "American Trails"

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"Afro Blue Grazz" from singer-scholar Pascal Bokar

Bokar_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, blues singer-scholar Pascal Bokar has a new album "American Trails." Bokar, author of a book about the role of West-African music in the development of blues and bluegrass, calls his music "Afro Blue Grazz." Also: a song about civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks from Christian McBride's masterwork "The Movement Revisited" with Sonia Sanchez speaking the words of Rosa Parks - - and 21 Blue, a 21st century blues band headed up by a professor of trumpet and composition doing a Howlin' Wolf hit. Plus, another "wolf" — vibraphonist Warren Wolf takes us in a new direction on his album "Reincarnation,"  and we have a couple of classically-tinged jazz pieces from pianist/composer Aaron Diehl from his latest album "The Vagabond."

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Blue Dimensions I08: Tammi Brown offers us "The Taxonomy Of Pleasure"

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The Lost American JazzBook's "Taxonomy Of Pleasure" featuring singer Tammi Brown, and a guest appearance from Stanley Jordan - - plus saxophonist Teodross Avery in concert & the debut album of vibraphonist Lolly Allen.

Lost_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, Taxonomy Of Pleasure - - that's the title of a new album from The Lost American JazzBook featuring singer Tammi Brown - -  or perhaps now "Lost American JazzBook II" as it says on the album   - -  with contributions from guitarist Stanley Jordan and violinist Mads Tolling.  Lost American JazzBook is the brainchild of writer & director Albert Greenberg and jazz pianist Dan Zemelman. We'll hear several songs, including a Bob Dylan classic, quite transformed, from them. Also: saxophonist Joshua Redman and his trio with the progressive chamber ensemble Brooklyn Rider, extending our notion of chamber music for sure, and Todd Marcus leading his band on a new album playing the rarely heard bass clarinet. We also have Teodross Avery in concert paying tribute to John Coltrane with a song Trane didn't write but famously performed, and a piece from the debut album of vibraphonist Lolly Allen.

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Blue Dimensions I09: Michelle & Michele

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New Music From Two Michelles: singer Michelle Lordi, now writing songs too, and Michele Rosewoman, pianist and composer invoking West African spirits and rhythms

Lordi_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, new music from two Micheles. Pianist and composer Michele Rosewoman invokes West African Yoruba spirits and rhythms on her album "Hallowed" with a large and captivating band called Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba, drawing on the talents of folklorist and percussionist Román Díaz. Also Michelle Lordi, a singer trying her hand at writing her own songs now, following a devastating house fire two years ago that destroyed everything she owned. We have songs from her album "Break Up With The Sound." Plus: a couple of songs from the CD that accompanies the Blues Images 2020 Blues Calendar, including one side of B. B. King's second record, cut in 1949, reflecting a style King would not use much later in his career.


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Blue Dimensions I11: McCoy Tyner 1938-2020

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Music of the late, great pianist and composer McCoy Tyner, who died at age 81 on March 6, 2020

Enlightenmentsuite_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, music of McCoy Tyner, who died at age 81 on March 6th. Tyner is perhaps best-known as the pianist in John Coltrane's "classic quartet" playing on such albums as "A Love Supreme," considered Coltrane's signature work, though Tyner left the Coltrane group at the end of 1965, and made plenty of ground-breaking music in the decades following. We'll hear Tyner with Coltrane on "A Love Supreme," and visit several of his best works, though in just one hour, we can only scratch the surface. It's the music of a singularly gifted contributor to the world of music, an artist who found sounds in the piano not previously known, from the late, great McCoy Tyner.

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Blue Dimensions I13: Connie Han, The Iron Starlet of the piano

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Piano Fever! With pianist Connie Han's new album "Iron Starlet," plus music from pianists Lisa Hilton, Miki Hayama, and the late McCoy Tyner

Han_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we have piano fever, with some great pianists, mostly women. We'll feature the new album from pianist Connie Han called "Iron Starlet," with a band that includes trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, and hear several pieces from it. Han is the daughter of two classical musicians. We also have a bluesy piece from pianist Lisa Hilton's new album "Chalkboard Destiny," and a couple of things from pianist Miki Hayama, who relocated to New York from her native Kyoto in Japan in the early years of this century. One of her pieces is a tribute, in 2004, to a great pianist we lost this year, McCoy Tyner, and we'll hear from him too.

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Blue Dimensions I14: Three Songs from the trio Gilfema's album "Three"

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Gilfema's album "Three" (featuring Lionel Loueke, Massimo Biolcati, and Ferenc Nemeth), plus new music from Jimmy Greene, and from ex-Doors guitarist Robby Krieger

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In this hour of Blue Dimensions, colorful and melodic new music from the album "Three" from the trio Gilfema, guitarist Lionel Loueke, bassist Massimo Biolcati, and drummer Ferenc Nemeth. These three players have worked together for much of this century, since meeting each other at Berklee College Of Music. They have worked as  the Lionel Loueke Trio and as Gilfema; the last album release as Gilfema was in 2008.  Also: saxophonist/flutist/clarinetist Jimmy Greene has a new album called "While Looking Up" - - and we'll look up with him. Robby Krieger, who was the guitarist of the Doors and is a co-writer of "Light My Fire", has a new album called "The Ritual Begins At Sundown," and we'll share a couple of great tunes from it. Plus, music from saxophonist Benjamin Boone recorded in Ghana where he was studying music on a Fulbright scholarship, with a group now called The Ghana Jazz Collective.

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Blue Dimensions I15: Jazz Is Dead — or is it?

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"Jazz Is Dead" - an appealing project of multi-instrumentalist producers Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad and guests. Charlie Parker with some of the best in 1945 (Miles, Dizzy, & Max); and Alex Dixon's blues.

Jazzisdead_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, new and old music — we'll dig into a new album called "Jazz Is Dead 1" (that is , the first volume of it), which is the work of two multi-instrumentalists and producers, Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, with several cool collaborators including the Brazilian band Azymuth, and saxophonist Gary Bartz.  Also: new blues from Alex Dixon, the grandson of blues great Willie Dixon. We also have reissues of Charlie Parker, from 1945 with Miles Davis, Dizze Gilespie, and Max Roach from a set compiling Parker's 10-inch LPs on the Savoy label, and music from pianist Erroll Garner from the ninth album in the reissue series of his own Octave label  - - plus, a piece from the late great pianist McCoy Tyner.

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Blue Dimensions I16: Trilogy 2 from the Chick Corea Trio, and Afro Blue x 2

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Music from the Chick Corea Trio's "Trilogy 2" album, and two wild versions of a Mongo Santamaria classic.

Corea_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we dig into the album "Trilogy 2," the long-awaited followup to the 2014 album "Trilogy" from the Chick Corea Trio, with Chick Corea on piano, Christian McBride on bass, and Brian Blade on drums. We'll play several selections from this wonderful live album, including much-loved compositions of Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. Also, two very different and highly creative versions of a classic Mongo Santamaria piece, one from saxophonist Sam Gendel, influenced by everything from ambient music to hip hop, and another from the post-modern chamber music ensemble Imani Winds -- and a betting strategy inspiring music, from pianist Denman Maroney.

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Blue Dimensions I19: Kent Miller & The TNEK Jazz Quintet Celebrate Sam Jones

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a tribute to bassist Sam Jones from bassist Kent Miller & The TNEK Jazz Quintet, and Jones on the bass with Cannonball Adderley, Dexter Gordon, Lou Donaldson, and Grant Green

Tnek_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll be thinking about the great bassist Sam Jones. Bassist Kent Miller leads his band on an album called The TNEK Jazz Quintet Plays The Music Of Sam Jones. We'll hear several selections. Also, music from the band where Sam Jones made his name, the Cannonball Adderley Quintet, both a studio classic and a live on the radio concert recording - - and Sam Jones on bass with some of the greats he played with, saxophonists Dexter Gordon and Lou Donaldson, and guitarist Grant Green.

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Blue Dimensions I20: COVID-19 songs, and The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra's "Rock Chalk Suite" celebrates basketball stars of the University Of Kansas

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

songs about the COVID-19 pandemic, from blues singer Adrena and calypso singer Heather Mac Intosh, and music celebrating basketball stars of the University of Kansas from The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra,

Adrena_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a couple of songs about the COVID-19 pandemic, from blues singer Adrena, and calypsonian Heather Mac Intosh. Also —  basketball.  The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra has done an album called "Rock Chalk Suite," music composed for former basketball stars of KU, the University of Kansas, who went on to great careers in the sport; we'll hear music honoring three of them. Plus: some less well-known songs of the late, great Little Richard, and a piece from The Chick Corea Trio's "Trilogy 2" album with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade. We'll also hear part of Roscoe Mitchell's "asymmetrical" composition for pianist Joseph Kubera.

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Blue Dimensions I22: Azar Lawrence's "Summer Solstice" and classic music of Erroll Garner

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Music from the reissue of saxophonist Azar Lawrence's 1975 album "Summer Solstice" and more reissues of pianist Erroll Garner in a continuing series

Lawrence_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, magical music from Azar Lawrence's stunning 1975 album "Summer Solstice," reissued on audiophile LP in the United States a few weeks before the winter solstice last year.  We also have the first two albums to come out in 2020 of the continuing album reissue series on pianist Erroll Garner from Mack Avenue Records, "Up In Erroll's Room" and "That's My Kick." These are the seventh and eight albums in the planned 12-disc series. Also: a band called Works For Me featuring rising star saxophonist Alexa Tarantino with their album "Reach Within."  Plus: a song from the new album from 91-year-old Chicago bluesman Jimmy Johnson, "Every Day Of Your Life."

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Blue Dimensions I23: Frank Bey's Dues Are All Paid Up

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Comeback singer Frank Bey's album "All My Dues Are Paid"

Bey_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, Frank Bey continues his comeback, begun in 2018, with a new release in 2020 "All My Dues Are Paid." Bey is a soulful blues singer originally from Georgia long based in the Philadelphia area, whose career was derailed years ago by some sort of still unclear turn of events regarding a recording with James Brown. After seventeen years of not performing, he returned to it with passion, and you'll hear some of that in this show with three very different selections from "All My Dues Are Paid." Also: pianist Alex Levin pays tribute to the great Wynton Kelly with a tribute piece on his album "A Sunday Kind Of Love." We'll also hear from Mr. Kelly himself from 1960, and from the other Wynton, named after Wynton Kelly, Wynton Marsalis, leading the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra in a tribute to Wayne Shorter, with Shorter himself joining the band too.

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Blue Dimensions I24: Ambrose Akinmusire's Calloused Moments

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

new music from trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, pianist Christian Sands, bassist Christian McBride, and bluesmen Joe Louis Walker and Boo Boo Davis, plus a track from the second "Jazz I Dead" album, featuring Roy Ayers

Akinmusire_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, powerful and poetic music from trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire in a quartet setting from his new album "On The Tender Spot Of Every Calloused Moment." We'll hear several tracks fom this poetic and challenging new album. Also, some new blues, from Boo Boo Davis, a Mississippi bluesman working in Europe from a new electronica-influenced album with The ElectroBluesSociety, and from Joe Louis Walker from his new album Blues Comin' On. We have a selection from the new album from pianist Christian Sands, a song from the rock band Blind Faith, and a new single from the Christian McBride Big Band to mark the killing of civil rights leader Medgar Evers in June 1963; and a song from the second Jazz Is Dead album, featuring vibraphonist and funk-jazz poet Roy Ayers.

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Blue Dimensions I27: "American Standard" the new album from James Taylor, and covers of his classic songs

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

James Taylor's "American Standard" features standards and show tunes, but is named after a plumbing supply company. Also, covers of Taylor's classic songs, and Amber Weekes offers some hard-hitting songs on her album "Pure Imagination."

Jamestaylor_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, the new album American Standard from James Taylor, on which the veteran singer-songwriter offers his distinctive interpretations on some old standards and show tunes, songs he grew up with, and that he played when he was learning guitar. We'll also go back to 1972 for another Taylor song, one less well-known these days than his hits. Speaking of which, we'll hear Australian soul diva Marcia Hines, the vocal group New York Voices, and blues artists Albert King and Big Twist & The Mellow Fellows taking on some of those. Plus, Amber Weekes sings some hard-hitting songs written by the late, great Oscar Brown, Jr., on her album "Pure Imagination," and we have a new song from Kat Edmondson from her album "Dreamers Do."

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Blue Dimensions I28: Maceo! James Brown's former right-hand man's latest album "Soul Food - Cookin With Maceo"

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the new album from saxophonist Maceo Parker, and songs from singer/pianist Dena DeRose

Parker_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, new music from the great saxophonist, and singer, Maceo Parker, who was James Brown's right-hand man on stage, and worked with Parliament Funkadelic and many others. "Soul Food Cookin With Maceo" is Parker's first new album in eight years. We'll play several tracks from it. Also: singer Dena DeRose, a new album that includes some stunning duets with Sheila Jordan — we'll hear one of those — and we have new music from two pianists, Christian Sands, his captivating album "Be Water," and Canada's Zen Zadravec, plus the latest from powerful singer Ruthie Foster and her Big Band live in Austin, Texas, singing an anthem of the civil rights movement.

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Blue Dimensions I30: Steve Slagle Alive In Harlem, and Dave Stryker's Cologne

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new music from saxophonst and flutist Steve Slagle, and from guitarist Dave Stryker with the WDR Big Band in Cologne - - and also from blues pianist Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne and vibraphonist Jason Marsalis.

Slagle_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, it's the Steve Slagle Trio, "Alive In Harlem" — that's the title of their new album, and we'll hear Slagle both on alto sax and flute. Also: guitarist Steve Stryker connects with the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany, brought together by the band's conductor Bob Mintzer, who has worked with Stryker before and wanted to bring the guitarist together with the Big Band. We'll hear them transform some soul hits from Marvin Gaye and Prince on their new album "Blue Soul." We'll also play a piece from the youngest sibling of the amazing Marsalis family of New Orleans, vibraphonist Jason Marsalis, from a new album "Jason Marsalis Live," recorded at a storied New Orleans venue three years ago, and we've got some new blues from a great pianist, singer, and songwriter, Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, who's been playing the music for more than half a century, from his latest album "Go, Just Do It!"

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Blue Dimensions I31: Jason Marsalis Live — and Previously Unissued Art Blakey from 1959

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Vibraphonist Jason Marsalis in concert in New Orleans, and a previously unissued album from Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, recorded in 1959.

Marsalis_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, the youngest sibling in the magically talented Marsalis family of New Orleans is vibraphonist and composer Jason Marsalis, and we'll feature his new album "Jason Marsalis Live," recorded in 2017 at a New Orleans club and issued in 2020.  Also: new music from multi-instrumentalist and composer Derrick Hodge, his third album, entitled "Color Of Noize," with two great drummers at work, Michael Mitchell and Justin Tyson. We'll play two cuts from a previously unissued album of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers from 1959 called "Just Coolin'" with Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, Bobby Timmons, and Jymie Merritt in the band — plus, a piece from the great pianist Erroll Garner in the continuing reissue series of his Octave Label recordings.

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Blue Dimensions I32: A Noteworthy Debut From Saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

the debut album of saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, "Omega" and music from two of his mentors, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and pianist Jason Moran (who also produced "Omega").

Wilkins_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, music from a strong debut album from alto saxophonist and composer Immanuel Wilkins. On his debut album "Omega," the 22-year-old saxophonist translates the African-American experience into telling and provocative compositions, We'll also hear Wilkins playing with vibraphonist Joel Ross from his 2019 album "Kingmaker," and tracks from two of Wilkins's mentors, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, and pianist Jason Moran, who also is the producer of the album "Omega." Plus: a selection from someone Wilkins has performed with, pianist Gerald Clayton, recorded in concert at The Village Vanguard.

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Blue Dimensions I33: The Vibraphonic Reincarnation of Warren Wolf

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Good vibes! Vibraphonist Warren Wolf's album "Reincarnation," and vibraphonist Steve Yeager's "Vibraharp."

Wolf_small New music from vibraphonist Warren Wolf from his album "Reincarnation." Inspired both by family tragedies, and happy events, a new marriage and kids, Wolf expands his musical horizons on the album. Also, new recordings from another vibraphonist Steve Yeager with a large group on the album "Vibraharp," and from saxophonist Christopher Hollyday continuing his comeback started a couple of years ago after teaching, but not recording, for many years. We'll also play a track from an impressive new album from trumpeter Erik Jekabson, and one from a brainy new release from pianist Aaron Diehl — and a new album of pianist and composer Yelena Eckemoff's musical portraits of fourteen nocturnal animals. We'll select one of them, for this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions I34: Redman Quartet Reunion, and the Ascension of The Black Art Jazz Collective

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

new music from saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Brian Blade, a musical reunion on an album called "RoundAgain." Plus two selections from a new album by The Black Art Jazz Alliance, and posthumous releases on Jimmy Heath and Ray Mantilla.

Redman_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a new album called "RoundAgain" from saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Brian Blade, with great new music from this quartet who first performed and recorded together in the 1990s. Also The Black Art Jazz Collective — two strong selections from this unparalleled quintet, from an album called "Ascension" (not the John Coltrane piece). We'll also hear from saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins who evokes the history of a double lynching over a century ago with a piece from his debut album "Omega." Plus: posthumous releases from Jimmy Heath (a track featuring singer Cécile McLorin Salvant), and Ray Mantilla, who performs a song that was a huge hit for Ray Charles. We'll also hear the original, a capella demo recording of that one, from the writer of the song himself, Percy Mayfield.

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Blue Dimensions I35: MONK'estra, Black Art Jazz Collective, Jazz Is Dead 3, and a Jubilant baritone

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

MONK'estra plays music of its leader John Beasley, as well as its namesake Thelonious Monk. Also new music from Black Art Jazz Collective, Jazz Is Dead 3 featuring Marcos Valle, and baritone Jubilant Sykes.

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In this hour of Blue Dimensions, "MONK'estra Plays John Beasley." After two albums of Thelonious Monk compositions John Beasley leads his band MONK'estra playing his music as well as that of their namesake Thelonious Monk, and we'll also hear a song from them written by Duke Ellington and sung by a wonderful baritone singer, Jubilant Sykes. We'll play a couple more songs from him too, from albums he did in the earlier years of this century, including his stunning cover of a Jefferson Airplane song. Plus: new music from The Black Art Jazz Collective, a super sextet with a hard-hitting new album called "Ascension," and "Jazz Is Dead 3," the third album in the Jazz Is Dead Series from producers Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge, this time teaming up with Brazilian bossa nova star Marcos Valle, who's had a long career but hasn't recorded in the US in over forty years until now.

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Blue Dimensions I36: Chalkboard Destiny with pianist Lisa Hilton

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new music from pianist Lisa Hilton, singers Aubrey Johnson and Amber Weekes, and flutist Andrea Brachfeld

Hilton_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, the latest album from pianist Lisa Hilton, with a band she's been working with for some years. The album is called Chalkboard Destiny, and we'll explore its energy and stylistic mobility with a few selections from it. Also, Amber Weekes sings an Oscar Brown Jr. song that has been at a point of controversy between Brown's family and the President, and two classic R&B songs that spell it out about being a woman, W-O- M- A-N, a cover of an Etta James classic from Sister Lucille (a band with no one named "Lucille" in it) and a great tune from Christine Kittrell from 1962. Plus: two songs in three languages from agile singer Aubrey Johnson, from her new album Unraveled, and flutist Andrea Brachfeld with a new album of Brazilian music, Brazilian Whispers.

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Blue Dimensions I38: Chick Corea and The Harp Chick

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

music of Chick Corea, from his new solo, in-concert album "Chick Corea Plays" and from harpist Tasha Smith Godinez's album of Corea's music "Harp Chick" — and Somi in concert with The Frankfurt Radio Big Band.

Corea_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, "Chick Corea Plays" — that's the title of a new double live solo album from pianist and composer Chick Corea, who plays music from Mozart to Monk, to, well, Chick Corea, and more, on the album. We'll also play several of his pieces from harpist Tasha Smith Godinez. Her new album is called "Harp Chick," an album of pieces composed by Chick Corea.  We'll hear both her take, and Corea's own rendition, of one of his Children's Songs. Also: soulful jazz singer Somi connects with The Frankfurt Radio Big Band for an uplifting concert with conductor John Beasley, of Monk'estra fame, all in in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions I39: Thelonious Monk In Palo Alto 1968 — After 52 Years, We Can Hear The Concert

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After fifty-two years, a recording of Thelonious Monk in concert in 1968 at Palo Alto High School in California is available for us to hear

Paloalto_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, much of our time will go to the album "Palo Alto" — Thelonious Monk and band in concert at Palo Alto High School in Palo Alto CA in 1968 — finally available for us to hear fifty-two years later in 2020. We'll hear Monk play stretched out versions of several of his classics. The show was booked by Danny Scher, then a high school student, and recorded by a janitor at the school, whose name seems forgotten now. We also have a Monk piece from his 1963 album "Monk's Dream," and two Monk tunes from Chick Corea in concert on his new live, solo album, "Chick Corea Plays." It's the music of Thelonious Monk in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions I41: Saxophonist Teodross Avery Plays The Music Of Thelonious Monk

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saxophonist Teodross Avery takes on the music of Thelonious Monk on his album "Harlem Stories: The Music Of Thelonious Monk"

Avery_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, it's saxophonist Teodross Avery's album "Harlem Stories: The Music Of Thelonious Monk." We'll hear several Monk compositions from the highly talented Teodross Avery, and — following his thoughts on how Monk influenced his idol, John Coltrane — we'll hear classic pieces from Monk and Coltrane that Avery says are connected. We'll also hear the big band MONK'estra playing a Monk composition in their own unique way, and we'll play something from the album "Palo Alto," a recording of a 1968 Thelonious Monk concert at a high school in California that we didn't know about until 2020.

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Blue Dimensions I42: Eldar Djangirov Rhapsodizes On The Piano,and Singer-Trumpeter Ginetta Has A Vendetta

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

new music from pianist Eldar Djangirov and singer/trumpeter Ginetta Minichiello

Djangirov_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, new music from pianist Eldar Djangirov and his trio on the album "Rhapsodize." Although his name sounds like the English word "elder," Eldar started as a child prodigy, and is now only in his early 30s. Also: some bluesy sounds from the band Ginetta's Vendetta, led by trumpeter and singer Ginetta Minichiello on a new album "Pocketful Of Cool" (she plays a pocket trumpet), and, Gerry Gibbs plays all the instruments on "Emotional Pandemic," an album he wrote and recorded after the COVID-19 virus closed the concert venues and clubs. Plus: trumpeter Avishai Cohen and his band Big Vicious, taking on Beethoven.


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Blue Dimensions I43: New music from pianist Christian Sands from his album "Be Water"

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Selections from pianist Christian Sands' new album "Be Water."

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In this hour of Blue Dimensions, new music from pianist Christian Sands. The title of his new album, "Be Water," comes from a quote from the late  marshall arts master Bruce Lee. We'll hear several tracks from the album. Also on this program a piece from the latest album from trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, an album called "On The Tender Spot Of Every Calloused Moment," and new music from avant-gard violinist and composer Jason Kao Hwang; both he and Akinmusire are working with longtime musical collaborators on their new albums. We have a moving song from Kat Pearson for her mother, and Catherine Russell's newly issued single, a reinterpretation an old Alberta Hunter song, plus Wayne Alpern's version of a Zombies hit from his album of standards called "Standard Deviation."

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Blue Dimensions I44: South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini's Modes of Communication

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featuring South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini's album "Modes Of Communication: Letters From The Underworlds."

Makhathini_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, some music that offers just the right mix of spirit, soul, and brain for these unsettling times of a global pandemic. We'll hear from South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini (N-DooDooZOh  MAHK-A-TINI) and his band with some soul-touching music on their album "Modes Of Communication: Letters From The Underworlds." Makhathini was strongly influenced by McCoy Tyner, who died on March 6th, and we'll play a couple of things featuring him as well, in the band he was most well-known for, the John Coltrane "classic quartet," from their poignant 1964 album "Crescent."

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Blue Dimensions I44: South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini's Modes of Communication

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featuring South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini's album "Modes Of Communication: Letters From The Underworlds."

Makhathini_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, some music that offers just the right mix of spirit, soul, and brain for these unsettling times of a global pandemic. We'll hear from South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini (N-DooDooZOh  MAHK-A-TINI) and his band with some soul-touching music on their album "Modes Of Communication: Letters From The Underworlds." Makhathini was strongly influenced by McCoy Tyner, who died on March 6th, and we'll play a couple of things featuring him as well, in the band he was most well-known for, the John Coltrane "classic quartet," from their poignant 1964 album "Crescent."

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Blue Dimensions I44: South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini's Modes of Communication

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

featuring South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini's album "Modes Of Communication: Letters From The Underworlds."

Makhathini_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, some music that offers just the right mix of spirit, soul, and brain for these unsettling times of a global pandemic. We'll hear from South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini (N-DooDooZOh  MAHK-A-TINI) and his band with some soul-touching music on their album "Modes Of Communication: Letters From The Underworlds." Makhathini was strongly influenced by McCoy Tyner, who died on March 6th, and we'll play a couple of things featuring him as well, in the band he was most well-known for, the John Coltrane "classic quartet," from their poignant 1964 album "Crescent."

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Blue Dimensions I45: Some Big New Sounds From The Christian McBride Big Band

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new music from The Christian McBride Big Band, and Lizz Wright in a tribute concert to Ella Fitzgerald at the Apollo Theater.

Mcbride_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a new album from The Christian McBride Big Band. "For Jimmy, Wes, and Oliver" is a tribute to Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery, & Oliver Nelson. We'll hear some blues-rooted music from this powerful ensemble that includes Joey DeFrancesco on the organ, Mark Whitfield on guitar, and Quincy Phillips on drums. We'll also hear McBride on bass in a group with Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, and Brian Blade, from their album "RoundAgain" — plus Monkestra playing the music of its leader and conductor John Beasley (a tribute piece to free jazz luminary Sam Rivers), a couple of songs from Lizz Wright in a tribute concert to Ella Fitzgerald recorded in 2017, and a band of six super jazzwomen hailing from five different countries, Artemis with a strong self-titled release.

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Blue Dimensions I46: Three new albums (all different!) from oud player Gordon Grdina

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Oud player Gordon Grdina's three new albums in 2020, with three different band configurations

Grdinaresist_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, three new albums from the world's busiest oud player, Gordon Grdina, each with a different band configuration, and each combining elements of Middle Eastern music and jazz in Grdina's unique way. The albums include "Safar-E-Daroon," "Nomad," and "Resist," all issued in 2020, and each offering Grdina a different band configuration - - a trio, a septet, and a quintet. We also have a newly issued single from the late blues singer Wee Willie Walker, recorded a few days before he died in November 2019, joined by a great vocal group, The Sons of The Soul Revivers. We'll open up the album "You Can't Lose With The Blues" from pianist Lafayette Harris Jr., and play a couple of tracks, including his version of a remarkable and much-loved Percy Mayfield song - - and we'll play Mayfield's original 1950 recording of the song too. Plus: the latest from pianist Christian Sands, from his album "Be Water."

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Blue Dimensions I47: New Music From Vibraphonist Joel Ross, Cornetist Ron Miles, and Guitarist-Singer George Benson

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music from Joel Ross's new album "Who Are You?" with saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins

Ross_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, new music from vibraphonist Joel Ross, from his second album, Who Are You?, which also features saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins. Wilkins first became known to the jazz world on Ross's previous album. We'll also hear from another vibraphonist, Simon Moullier, who plays the balafon as well, with a transcendent solo balafon piece. We have a couple of selections from cornetist Ron Miles from his new album Rainbow Sign, with a super band including pianist Jason Moran, guitarist Bill Frisell, and drummer Brian Blade, and a couple of distinctive covers, of Fats Domino and James Taylor, from guitarist and singer George Benson, from his new album Weekend in London, all in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions I48: New music from Jeremy Pelt & Jim Snidero, and from their album together two years ago

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Jeremy Pelt and Jim Snidero - - new albums, and their album together in 2018

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In this hour of Blue Dimensions, it's Jeremy and Jim — new music from trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and alto saxophonist Jim Snidero. The music is mostly soft on Pelt's new album of ballads, "The Art of Intimacy, Volume 1," with pianist George Cables and bassist Peter Washington. The sound is louder and more provocative on Snidero's new album "Project-K," an album of jazzed-up Korean musical themes, including the use of a traditional Korean instrument, the gayageum ("guy-goom"), which resembles a zither. The band includes Dave Douglas on trumpet, Orrin Evans on piano, Linda May Han Oh on bass, Rudy Royston on drums, and DoYeon Kim on gayageum. We'll also play a couple of pieces from 2018, from "Jubilation," the album Jim Snidero & Jeremy Pelt did together that year, which was a tribute album to Cannonball Adderly.

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Blue Dimensions I49: Contagious music from Dayna Stephens in concert, and Unidentifiable (but great!) sounds from Matthew Shipp

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new music from saxophonist Dayna Stephens and pianist Matthew Shipp

Matthewshipp_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll dig into two new albums of note, including "Right Now, Live At the Village Vanguard" from saxophonist Dayna Stephens and his Quartet, recorded in February 2019 at the celebrated venue in New York, performing some of his best compositions of the past thirteen years and some "Contagious" music (he wrote that piece long before COVID-19). We also have the new album "The Unidentifiable" from progressive pianist and composer Matthew Shipp and his trio, and a couple of selections from the fifth album in the series "Jazz Is Dead," with multi-instrumentalists and producers Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad and their special guest for this album, organist Doug Carn.

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Blue Dimensions I50: Kat Riggins Cries Out The Blues

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a new album "Cry Out" — strong new blues songs from singer and songwriter Kat Riggins —and several selections from a great debut album, "Omega," from saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins.

Riggins_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a new album "Cry Out" — strong new blues songs from singer and songwriter Kat Riggins — whose songs take us from the crossroads in the delta to the streets of the city. We'll hear a classic Robert Johnson blues song and Kat Riggins's sequel. We'll also play several selections from a great debut album, "Omega," from saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, and we have a track from the final album of the wonderful percussionist Ray Mantilla, called "Rebirth," issued posthumously this Spring — plus new music from guitarist Bill Frisell and his trio.

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Blue Dimensions I51: Holiday Vibes from Vibraphonist Warren Wolf

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the new album "Christmas Vibes" from Warren Wolf, some new soul and blues songs including a new song from Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, and Coltrane's take on a seasonal classic

Wolf_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, some songs for the season, including selections from the new album "Christmas Vibes," from vibraphonist Warren Wolf, who, in addition to the vibraphone, plays piano, chimes, and some electronic instruments on the album. We'll also hear holiday songs from soul singers Larry Dodson and Leslie Odom Jr,, and the young rising star blues singer Christone "Kingfish" Ingram with a new holiday single, plus holiday blues from John Blues Boyd and former Bo Diddley protege Hamilton Loomis — and, a timeless seasonal piece from John Coltrane in a rare brass band setting from 1961.

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Blue Dimensions I52: Gerald Clayton in concert at The Village Vanguard, and Dr. Michael White in concert at The Little Gem Saloon

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Gerald Clayton and Dr. Michael White- - in-concert recordings from the pre-COVID days from two great players at two classic venues in two great cities

Clayton_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, live music from the pre-COVID days - - including strong new music from pianist Gerald Clayton - - his fifth album as band leader, and first for the Blue Note label, a live recording at a storied venue, The Village Vanguard.  Also, clarinetist Dr. Michael White, a key figure in the New Orleans music scene, has an exciting new live album, including a performance of a piece written by King Oliver 97 years ago. We'll also hear a song from singer Vivian Sessoms that she wrote about the death of Eric Garner in 2014, who uttered the haunting words "I Can't Breathe" before his death, dedicated to his daughter, Erica Garner, who died only three years later at age 27.

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Blue Dimensions J01: Artemis, Goddess Of The Hunt, And A Band Of Jazz Goddesses

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Artemis, named after the goddess of the hunt, features six jazz goddesses (and a seventh as a guest) on their self-titled album

Artemis_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions — they are named after the goddess Artemis, a super six-woman band offering a strong self-titled album. Artemis consists of Renee Rosnes on piano, Anat Cohen on clarinet and bass clarinet, Melissa Aldana on tenor saxophone, Ingrid Jensen on trumpet, Noriko Ueda on bass, and Allison Miler on drums, We'll hear several pieces from it, including a song with guest vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant. We'll also play a couple of tunes from the album "Emergency Exit" from Throttle Elevator Music, the band from which saxophonist Kamasi Washington became well-known, with Erik Jekabson on trumpet as well. Cindy Blackman Santana's new release is called "Give The Drummer Some," and we'll do just that. Plus: music from trombonist Conrad Herwig's album "The Latin Side Of Horace Silver," and the album "Palo Alto," a previously unreleased concert recording of Thelonious Monk and band from a show at a high school in 1968.

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Blue Dimensions J03: songs for the MLK Day holiday from Mavis Staples, J. B. Lenoir, and more

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songs that connect with the Martin Luther King Day holiday and the hopes for racial equality, featuring Mavis Staples and her father Pops Staples, J. B. Lenoir, Jack Dupree, Brother Will Hairston, and James Taylor

Staplesmavis_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, songs that connect with the Martin Luther King Day holiday and the aspiration for equality and civil rights for all. We'll hear from one of the strongest voices for civil rights in the world  of blues in the 1960s, J. B. Lenoir, who wrote some powerful songs and made some stunning acoustic recordings of them in 1965 and 1966.  We'll also play some inventive covers of some of those songs from the late Mickey Baker, and from Mavis Staples, whose family was involved  with Dr. King's work. We'll hear a favorite civil rights movement spiritual from Staple Singers patriarch Pops Staples,  and one of King's favorites from daughter Mavis.  Plus songs for Dr. King from diverse  sources, including Champion Jack Dupree, gospel singer Brother Will Hairston, and James Taylor.

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Blue Dimensions J07: Quincy Davis's Q Vision, in a septet, quintet, and trio

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Music from "Q Vision" the latest album from drummer Quincy Davis in which he plays in a septet, quintet, and trio; also music of Thelonious Monk from saxophonist Teodross Avery, and from Monk himself playing solo.

Davis_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, drummer Quincy Davis in his second appearance as a band leader, in septet, quintet, and trio configurations on his recent album "Q Vision." We'll hear a piece from each setting he plays in, with some great bandmates including vibraphonist Warren Wolf, saxophonists Dayna Stephens, Myron Walden, and JD Allen, and pianist Xavier Davis. We'll also hear selections from saxophonist Teodross Avery's album "Harlem Stories: The Music Of Thelonious Monk," several Monk pieces beautifully interpretted and arranged by Avery, and we'll play two solo pieces from Monk himself as well. Plus: music from bassist Derrick Hodge, something from his album "Color Of Noize," some very colorful music for sure.

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Blue Dimensions J08: Force Majeure from Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger

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Music from harpist Brandee Younger and bassist Dezron Douglas from their album "Force Majeure," taken from live-streaming performances from their home in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic

Gouglasyounger_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, the duo of bassist Dezron Douglas and harpist Brandee Younger. We'll play music from their album "Force Majeure," drawn from online concerts they did from their home last year after COVID-19 knocked out their concert schedules. We'll also hear several pieces from someone who was a major influence to Brandee Younger, Alice Coltrane. We'll hear her on harp, and also organ, and piano, from three of her albums. Plus: we have a signature piece from the late Chick Corea, from a 2017 album with drummer Steve Gadd.

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Blue Dimensions J09: "Thank You Mr. Mabern" a tribute to the late pianist Harold Mabern from Leon Lee Dorsey - - with Mabern in the band.

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Leon Lee Dorsey's album "Thank You Mr. Mabern" is a tribute to the late pianist Harold Mabern, featuring recordings Dorsey made with Mabern and drummer Mike Clark.

Dorsey_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a tribute to the late pianist Harold Mabern, who died at age 83 in 2019, including a recently-issued posthumous album with Mabern in the band, headed up by bassist Leon Lee Dorsey and including Mike Clark on the drums. The album "Thank You Mr. Mabern" is a great gift to fans of the blues-rooted pianist from Memphis, who remained busy in his later years with a number of fine albums on the Smoke Sessions label, including a live performance at Smoke in New York City. We'll hear music from that album and two others from Harold Mabern, including a song featuring singer Gregory Porter.

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Blue Dimensions J10: Women Singing The Blues In 2020 and 2021

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some great recent blues recordings featuring women, and pieces from the late Chick Corea, solo, and in duet with banjoist Béla Fleck

Copeland_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll hear from some blues-singing women, including Shemekia Copeland, a couple of songs from her most recent album "Uncivil War." We'll also play songs from Rebecca DuMaine, recording with her father Dave Miller's trio, and Misty Blues featuring singer Gina Coleman, as well as Bette Smith, Nora Jean Wallace, and Joyann Parker. We also have a new single from Amythyst Kiah, a new recording of a song she originally did on the "Songs Of Our Native Daughters" album, a celebrated album of 2019. Also: the late Chick Corea in two configurations that really showcase his talent - - solo, and in a duet with banjoist Béla Fleck,

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Blue Dimensions J12: Pianist Edward Simon's 25 Years

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"25 Years" a career-retrospective album from pianist Edward Simon, and pianist David Kikoski's "Sure Thing"

Simon_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, three super pianists. The album "25 Years" is a career-retrospective album from Venezuelan pianist Edward Simon, including some of his work with the SF Jazz Collective, and with his own Afinidad quartet. We also have several pieces from a sparkling new album, "Sure Thing," from pianist David Kikoski, on which he works with just one band member, bassist Boris Kozlov, in a close and intimate duo project. Also, a track from pianist Lisa Hilton's latest album "More Than Another Day," with her longtime bandmates, Luques Curtis on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums.

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Blue Dimensions J13: "If Time Could Stand Still" from Gregory Tardy, and a haunting 90-year-old blues song by Skip James song lives on

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the latest from saxophonist Gregory Tardy, and a 1931 Skip James blues song finds new interpretation from Bobby Rush and Tomas Doncker

Tardy_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll explore saxophonist and composer Gregory Tardy's album "If Time Could Stand Still." Tardy has a great band with trumpeter Alex Norris, pianist Keith Brown, and bassist Alex Claffy, and offers some strong compositions on the album, which was produced by the drummer in the band, Willie Jones III. We'll also play three versions of a haunting 1931 blues song by Skip James, including two versions from last year from Bobby Rush and Tomás Doncker. Rush's album won the Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album this year. We'll also hear some intriguing music from the band Chord Four from their album "Bigger Smaller Nows," and something from cornetist Ron Miles's recent album "Rainbow Sign."

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Blue Dimensions J14: Dr. Lonnie Smith's "Breathe"

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new recordings from Dr. Lonnie Smith (including his collaboration with Iggy Pop), and from trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, and saxophonist/flutist Charles Lloyd

Smith_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, the new album from organist Dr. Lonnie Smith includes some great live recordings from 2017, but also an interesting connection in the studio with singer Iggy Pop, doing a classic song by Donovan. We'll play several tracks from this album, which is called "Breathe," including one about tracks - - railroad tracks, we think. Also: saxophonist and flutist Charles Lloyd and the Marvels offer uplifting music on their new album "Tone Poem," and we'll check out trumpeter Jeremy Pelt's new album "Griot: This Is Important!" too.

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Blue Dimensions J15: Larry Coryell's Last Swing With Ireland

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the final studio recordings of the late guitarist Larry Coryell, recorded less than a year before his death in Ireland.

Coryell_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, "Larry Coryell's Last Swing With Ireland," an album of recordings that the late guitarist Larry Coryell cut in Dublin in 2016, less than a year before he died. We'll hear several cuts from this album and speculate about some of the titles of these pieces. Also, the funky band Dumpstaphunk updates a hard-hitting song they originally did in 2017, on their new album "Where Do We Go From Here," and we'll play the latest music from organist Dr Lonnie Smith, a live recording from his album "Breathe," as well as live music from drummer Steve Gadd and his band recorded at the Blue Note in Tokyo, plus Gary Bartz's contribution to the continuing Jazz Is Dead series of albums.

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Blue Dimensions J18: Bluesman Mr. Sipp is "Sippnotized" and Gary Bartz Is Featured On "Jazz Is Dead" #6

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new blues from bluesman "Mr. Sipp" on the album "Sippnotized" and jazz isn't dead on the album "Jazz Is Dead 6" where Gary Bartz joins the series producers Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge

Sipp_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll feature two albums, the album "Jazz Is Dead 6," where the Jazz Is Dead producers Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge join up with venrable saxophonist Gary Bartz. We'll also hear songs from Castro Coleman better known as "Mr Sipp, The Mississippi Blues Child" from the new album "Sippnotized." Plus: a track from the wonderful album "Mosaic" from saxophonist Rahsaan Barber, and one from guitarist Larry Newcomb with his son Jake Newcomb on bass, an album called "Love, Dad" - - and, something from Charles Lloyd on alto flute, from the album "Tone Poem," the third album from Charles Lloyd & his band The Marvels.

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Blue Dimensions J19: Benito Gonzalez Sings To The World On His Piano

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music from pianist Benito Gonzalez from his new album "Sing To The World" and some older tracks including his appearance on an Azar Lawrence album issued in 2010

Gonzalessing_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, the spotlight shines on pianist Benito Gonzalez. We'll hear several tracks from his new album "Sing To The World" featuring among others bassist Christian McBride and trumpeter Nicholas Payton as well as drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts and a Russian drummer not known to many in the US, Sasha Mashin. We'll also hear Benito Gonzalez on a 2018 album with bassist Essiet Essiet and drummer Gerry Gibbs  that was a tribute to McCoy Tyner, and Gonzalez on the piano with one of Tyner's best bandmates, saxophonist Azar Lawrence, doing a Tyner classic from Lawrence's album "Mystic Journey." Plus new music from trombonist Michael Dease, and from saxophonist Gary Bartz with his contribution to the ongoing "Jazz Is Dead" album series.

Blue Dimensions J20: "The Q Sessions" from Christian McBride

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Music from "The Q Sessions" — a new, digital-only release featuring bassist Christian McBride in a quartet setting.

Mcbride_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, "The Q Sessions" - - a new release from the great bassist Christian McBride in a quartet setting made for QoBuz, a company that focuses on audiophile quality sound recordings. We'll hear two very special selections from the album, with saxophonist Marcus Strickland, guitarist Mike Stern, and drummer Eric Harland on board. We'll also hear McBride on bass with sparkling pianist Benito Gonzalez, from Gonzalez's new album "Sing To The World" - - and,  after more than two and a half decades, an Afrobeat-influenced band, the Lunar Octet, has released a new album following a reunion a few years earlier. We'll hear a piece from it. Plus: a new single from the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, and John Pizzarelli's solo guitar take on the music of Pat Metheny, on the album "Better Days Ahead."

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Blue Dimensions J21: Good Vibes from Vibraphonist/Multi-Percussionist Joe Chambers

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featuring the album "Samba de Maracatu" from vibraphonist/multi-percussionist Joe Chambers

Chambers_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll feature music from the album "Samba de Maracatu," from vibraphonist and percussionist Joe Chambers. We'll also hear from saxophonist Alexa Tarantino, leading her band on the album "Firefly," and playing in Steven Feifke's Big Band, on their new album "Kinetic." We have a compelling song from organist Dr Lonnie Smith in concert, a song he wrote, sung by Alicia Olatuja, and, from powerful pianist Benito Gonzalez, a selection from his album "Sing To The World." Plus the reunion after several decades of the Lunar Octet, an octet with nine members in it, but who's counting?

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Blue Dimensions J22: Updated stride piano from Emmet Cohen

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"Future Stride" piano from Emmet Cohen and "Classic Guitar" from Charlie Apicella

Cohen_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll highlight two new albums, one from guitarist Charlie Apicella working with a trio and also doing some solo performances, an album called "Classic Guitar," featuring inventive new renditions of some old classics of jazz and R & B. We'll hear several selections from the album, and several from the album "Future Stride" by pianist Emmet Cohen, who does both classics and originals, and is joined on some pieces by saxophonist Melissa Aldana and trumpeter Marquis Hill. Plus: new music from trumpeter Dave Douglas, from his album "Marching Music," and from and guitarist Jorge Garcia, who grew up in Cuba listening to rock music from the US on the radio, taking on a rock hit from 1971 in his own special way, all in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions J23: James Francies Plays Music In Its Purest Form

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music from pianist James Francies's album "Purest Form" and Rodney Whitaker's "Outrospection: The Music Of Gregg Hill"

Francies_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll highlight the album "Purest Form," the second release from pianist James Francies, an artist whose music draws on multiple styles. We'll hear his interpretation of a classic song that John Coltrane made into a jazz standard - - and hear from Trane himself too. Also new music from bassist Rodney Whitaker, including some singing from his daughter Rockelle Whitaker, John Pizzarelli playing the music of Pat Metheny solo on his 7-string guitar, and a professor of saxophone in Florida, Carlos Vega, practicing his profession on a new album "Art Of The Messenger."

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Blue Dimensions J24: You Gotta Have It! Hard-hitting songs from Tia Carroll, and Adrian Younge

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hard-hitting songs from Tia Carroll's album You Gotta Have It! and, a song from Adrian Younge's anti-racist album "The American Negro."

Carroll_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll feature a new album called "You Gotta Have It" from singer Tia Carroll, with songs that certainly pack some social commentary, as does a song we'll play from musician-producer Adrian Younge from his album "The American Negro." Younge is also a co-producer of a song we'll play from pianist João Donato from one of the "Jazz Is Dead" series albums, that Younge co-produces with Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Also new music from two super pianists, James Francies and Benito Gonzalez and from that unique guitar duo who started out playing "flamencoized" heavy metal, Rodrigo y Gabriela, from their "Jazz EP."

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Blue Dimensions J25: Charnett Moffett's "New Love" the fretless bass — and his old love, the upright bass

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new music from Charnett Moffett on fretless electric bass, and intriguing new songs from Kaylé Brecher

Moffett_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, new music from bassist Charnett Moffett, playing his fretless electric bass, and at times sounding like it's a guitar, on his new album "New Love." Also a bass solo on upright bass of a classic McCoy Tyner composition from Moffett recorded in 2013. We have songs from an intriguing and unusual singer-songwriter, Kaylé Brecher, and new music from new albums from saxophonist Alexa Tarantino from her album "Firefly" and guitarist Julian Lage from his album "Squint" - - plus an edgy piece from 2002, from flutist Nicole Mitchell and her Black Earth Ensemble.

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Blue Dimensions J27: TimeOut-Takes from Dave Brubeck and new piano jazz from Emmet Cohen, Lisa Hilton, and Matthew Shipp

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previously unissued tracks from Dave Brubeck's classic 1959 album "Time Out" and more piano music from contemporary jazz pianists

Brubeck_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, pianists old and new, including the album "TimeOutTakes," previously unissued music from the Dave Brubeck Quartet, from the 1959 sessions that produced the great jazz classic album "Time Out." We'll hear an alternate take of one of the famous pieces on that album and two pieces recorded for that album that weren't on it originally. We also have new music from pianist Lisa Hilton's album "More Than Another Day," and from Emmet Cohen's album "Future Stride," both pianists leading trios. Also leading a trio, free-jazz pianist Matthew Shipp, who says, "The piano trio is such a basic configuration in jazz, and it is an honor to take a well-explored area and apply my imagination to it to see where we can go—it helps that my trio mates are great." Bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Newman Taylor Baker are great. We'll play two selections from the album "The Unidentifiable" from the Matthew Shipp Trio on this show.

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Blue Dimensions J28: "Merci! Miles" — and also Wilburt, Bobby, Luke, and Mavis

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

music from a previously unreleased Miles Davis concert, less than three months before his death, and previously unreleased blues from a Mississippi blues harmonica player, Wilburt Lee Reliford

Davis_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, music from the album "Merci Miles! Live At Vienne," previously unreleased concert recordings of Miles Davis and his innovative band in France, less than three months before he died. The band includes the "lead bassist" known as Foley, and they play music that was new at the time from musicians such as Prince. Also previously unreleased, the blues of singer and harmonica player Wilburt Lee Reliford, solo performances recorded in 1989. He died in 1993. The music is now available on an album called "Seems Like A Dream" on which a band is added on some tracks. In addition, we will play some solo blues from Bobby Rush from his album Rawer Than Raw that won both a Grammy and a Blues Music Award for Best Traditional Blues Album this year, and a song from Mavis Staples now included on the collection Alligator Records 50 Years Of Genuine Houserockin' Music, celebrating the Alligator label's half-century of bringing us great blues. Plus: two selections from pianist Luke Carlos O'Reilly from his powerful album "I Too Sing America: A Black Man's Diary."

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Blue Dimensions J30: Grateful Deadication with Dave McMurray

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

"Grateful Deadication" from Dave McMurray, jazzing up songs of The Grateful Dead, plus GD songs from Catherine Russell and Dave Wilson

Mcmurray_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll feature the album "Grateful Deadication," a new interpretation of some Grateful Dead songs from saxophonist Dave McMurray, including some singing from Bettye LaVette and an appearance of one actual former member of the Grateful Dead. We'll also hear some Grateful Dead songs from Catherine Russell and from the Dave Wilson Quartet. We've got new music from drummer Mike Clark and saxophonist Michael Zilber, an album called "Mike Drop," and from marimba player Jenny Klukken's enticing debut album, called "Color In Motion" — and we'll hear from the late saxophonist Sam Reed, a big part of the musical backbone of the city of Philadelphia in R&B, soul, and jazz, who died on July 7th, with tracks from a hard-to-find album of his.

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Blue Dimensions J31: New Blues from Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, and the latest from harpist Brandee Younger

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

new blues from 22-year-old Mississippi bluesman Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, and a new album from harpist Brandee Younger

Ingram_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, new blues from 22-year-old Mississippi bluesman Christone "Kingfish" Ingram from his second album, called "662" - - which is his area code in Mississippi. Also, previously unreleased songs from earthy Bahamaian folk singer Joseph Spence from the 1960s, and a related song from contemporary folk artist Rhiannon Giddens. We'll hear Dave McMurray take on a song from a band Joseph Spence influenced, the Grateful Dead, on his album "Grateful Deadication." Also: pianist Alan Broadbent plays Brubeck (with The London Metropolitan Strings), percussionist Gerry Gibbs highlights the music of his father Terry Gibbs, recorded at what proved to be the final recording session of pianist Chick Corea, and we have new music from singer Amber Weekes and harpist Brandee Younger.

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Blue Dimensions J32: Gerry Gibbs' Tribute To His Father Includes The Final Recordings Of Chick Corea

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Gerry Gibbs' tribute album to his father, including the final recordings of Chick Corea, and the latest from pianist Art Hirahara.

Gibbs_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, percussionist Gerry Gibbs pays tribute to his father, nonagenarian vibraphonist Terry Gibbs, on the album "Songs From My Father" that features the final recordings of the late pianist Chick Corea, who also composed the one piece on the album not written by Terry Gibbs. We also have a new blues single from Boo Boo Davis & The ElectroBlues Society, recorded across an ocean and half of a continent, and a strong new album from bassist Leon Lee Dorsey with his drum partner Mike Clark and pianist Manuel Valera. Plus: Brian Jackson's contribution to the ongoing "Jazz Is Dead" series produced by Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge (the 8th "Jazz Is Dead" release), a poignant new album from pianist Art Hirahara "Open Sky," and music from the band Kassav, the founders of the style known as Zouk music in French Caribbean nations, as we remember their guiding force, the late Jacob Desvarieux, who died of COVID-19 on July 30th.

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Blue Dimensions J33: Jazz is Dead and well — Brian Jackson's "Jazz Is Dead " album and also those from Gary Bartz and Roy Ayers

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

music from three albums in the series "Jazz Is Dead" from player-producers Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge, including the latest release featuring pianist and flutist Brian Jackson

Jackson_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, Jazz Is Dead — and doing quite well, we think. We'll play music from the album "Jazz Is Dead 8," the 8th album in the continuing "Jazz Is Dead" series from player-producers Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge. "Jazz Is Dead 8" features pianist and flutist Brian Jackson at his best. We'll also hear music from two other "Jazz Is Dead" albums, one featuring vibraphonist Roy Ayers, and another saxophonist Gary Bartz. Also: new music from marimba player Jenny Klukken, from her radiant debut album "Color In Motion," and from pianist Art Hirahara, his album "Open Sky," and drummer Tom Cohen with an album called "My Take" — we'll hear an energetic piece from him with organist Dave Posmontier and guitarist Steve Giordano.

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Blue Dimensions J34: "Sounds From The Ancestors" from Kenny Garrett

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

enticing melodies and textures from saxophonist Kenny Garrett on his album "Sounds From The Ancestors"

Garrett_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, some wonderful and enticing melodies and textures from saxophonist Kenny Garrett on his album "Sounds From The Ancestors." We'll hear several tracks from this fine album from one of the jazz world's greatest sax players and composers. Also, new music from drummer Tom Cohen; we'll hear him with organist Joey DeFrancesco taking on a Wayne Shorter piece. We have a 2005 concert recording just coming to light now from multi-horn player Scott Reeves and his Quintet, and new music from two pianists and their bands, Sean Michael Giddings, and Dan Siegel, whose album "Faraway Place" was recorded in a lot of far-away places —  the band members each recorded their parts at home alone, and Siegel put it all together.

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Blue Dimensions J35: "Freedom Jazz Dance" — very varied versions, including the new one from Leon Lee Dorsey

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Several renditions of "Freedom Jazz Dance" including the newest one, which is the title track of the latest album from bassist/band leader Leon Lee Dorsey, plus more music from that album.

Dorsey_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, it's "Freedom Jazz Dance." The classic Eddie Harris composition is the title track of a new album from bassist Leon Lee Dorsey, and we'll hear that, and two more very varied versions of "Freedom Jazz Dance," each of them quite unlike the others. Also, we'll play a couple more tracks from the Leon Lee Dorsey album "Freedom Jazz Dance," pieces composed by the late Hilton Ruiz, to whom Dorsey dedicates the album. We'll also hear from Ruiz himself, a track that appeared as a bonus cut on the CD reissue of his 1975 debut album - - and it's a true bonus for sure. Plus: three great new blues songs. One is from Tito Jackson, and is a new song from the venerable songwriting team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. We also have songs from young blues phenom Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, and Cedric Burnside.

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Blue Dimensions J36: "Know Say Or See" from Benny Rubin Jr., and McCoy Tyner's "Search For Peace" Re-imagined

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

featuring axophonist and composer Benny Rubin Jr.'s album "Know Say Or See" and re-imagining McCoy Tyner's "Search For Peace"

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In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll highlight the album "Know Say Or See," from saxophonist and composer Benny Rubin Jr. We'll hear a couple of originals, and an original take on a Horace Silver composition. Also some Louis Armstrongish inspiration from John Redmon with The Thomas J Dawson Jr Orchestra from the album "Honoring Louis Armstrong," and new music from trombonist and band leader Clifton Anderson, his album "Been Down This Road Before" - - we definitely don't mind going down the road again. Plus a classic McCoy Tyner piece, the original, and the new version from Ishmael Ensemble from the album "Blue Note Re-imagined," where UK bands cover classic pieces from the Blue Note catalog.

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Blue Dimensions J37: "Wild Is The Wind," singer Kari Kirkland's debut; new music from Veronica Swift, and selections from the late drummer Ralph Peterson

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

singer Kari Kirkland's debut album, new music from Veronica Swift, and remembering drummer Ralph Peterson

Karikirkland_small Kari Kirkland's Debut; new music from Veronica Swift, and selections from the late drummer Ralph Peterson
In this hour of Blue Dimensions, songs from new albums from two great singers, including the debut album of Kari Kirkland, a former Ironman triathlete and trapeze artist, who reinterprets some classic pop music of the 60s and 70s but also does some from this century, on an appealing album called "Wild Is The Wind." We'll also hear from Veronica Swift, from her new album "This Bitter Earth," which includes a great song from the musical "South Pacific" as well as the Dinah Washington classic that is the album's title. We'll hear from Ms. Washington herself too.  Plus, some music from the late drummer and band leader Ralph Peterson, who died March 1st at the age of 58, including a drum solo piece.

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Blue Dimensions J38: Taking The Throttle Elevator To The Final Floor

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

music from the album "Final Floor" from Throttle Elevator Music, featuring saxophonist Kamasi Washington

Throttle_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll feature the album "Final Floor" from Throttle Elevator Music, with tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington and trumpeter Erik Jekabson. We'll take the elevator to several floors on this album, a progressive space-age set of compositions from this innovative group. We'll also hear the latest from two alto saxophonists, Steve Slagle from his album "Nascentia," and Jim Snidero, in concert with a band that includes pianist Orrin Evans on the album "Live At The Deer Head Inn." Plus: one of the final recordings of the great blues and soul singer Wee Willie Walker, recorded just a few days before his death in 2019, and new blues from Mississippi bluesman Dexter Allen, from his album "Keep Moving On."

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Blue Dimensions J39: New and newly-reissued music by great pianists, including Erroll Garner, Victor Gould, Helen Sung, and Lisa Hilton

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Pianists — from a classic concert by Erroll Garner to the latest from Victor Gould, Helen Sung, and Lisa Hilton

Garner_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, new and newly reissued music from pianists, including the great Erroll Garner recorded in concert at Symphony Hall in Boston in 1959. The album "Symphony Hall Concert" is the latest in a series of albums from Garner's own Octave Music label, reissued by Mack Avenue Records. We also have new work from a number of the best pianists out there these days, including Helen Sung with a new album Quartet+ ("Quartet Plus"), and the latest albums from Victor Gould and Lisa Hilton, both in trio settings featuring some wonderful new compositions by each of them. Plus an album from chemist-by-day and pianist-by-night Roland Tempelaar, a self-produced debut album from this pianist from the Netherlands transplanted to New York City.

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Blue Dimensions J40: Chick Corea's Akoustic Band live, and his intimate duets with Eliane Elias

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Music from The Chick Corea Akoustic Band with John Patitucci & Dave Weckl Live, and Chick's duets with Eliane Elias from her album "Mirror Mirror."

Corea_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll dig into the album "The Chick Corea Akoustic Band with John Patitucci & Dave Weckl Live," a double-CD of in-concert recordings from a concert in Florida in 2018, and another chance to enjoy the musical wonders of pianist Chick Corea, who died in February 2021 at age 79. We'll hear several tracks from this album, and also a couple of duets with Chick Corea and pianist Eliane Elias from her recent release Mirror Mirror, the two of them working their magic in an informal, unrehearsed session. Also: music from The Count Basie Orchestra, "Live At Birdland," recorded at that storied venue just a couple of months before COVID hit.

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Blue Dimensions J40: Chick Corea's Akoustic Band live, and his intimate duets with Eliane Elias

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Music from The Chick Corea Akoustic Band with John Patitucci & Dave Weckl Live, and Chick's duets with Eliane Elias from her album "Mirror Mirror."

Corea_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll dig into the album "The Chick Corea Akoustic Band with John Patitucci & Dave Weckl Live," a double-CD of in-concert recordings from a concert in Florida in 2018, and another chance to enjoy the musical wonders of pianist Chick Corea, who died in February 2021 at age 79. We'll hear several tracks from this album, and also a couple of duets with Chick Corea and pianist Eliane Elias from her recent release Mirror Mirror, the two of them working their magic in an informal, unrehearsed session. Also: music from The Count Basie Orchestra, "Live At Birdland," recorded at that storied venue just a couple of months before COVID hit.

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Blue Dimensions J40: Chick Corea's Akoustic Band live, and his intimate duets with Eliane Elias

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Music from The Chick Corea Akoustic Band with John Patitucci & Dave Weckl Live, and Chick's duets with Eliane Elias from her album "Mirror Mirror."

Corea_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll dig into the album "The Chick Corea Akoustic Band with John Patitucci & Dave Weckl Live," a double-CD of in-concert recordings from a concert in Florida in 2018, and another chance to enjoy the musical wonders of pianist Chick Corea, who died in February 2021 at age 79. We'll hear several tracks from this album, and also a couple of duets with Chick Corea and pianist Eliane Elias from her recent release Mirror Mirror, the two of them working their magic in an informal, unrehearsed session. Also: music from The Count Basie Orchestra, "Live At Birdland," recorded at that storied venue just a couple of months before COVID hit.

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Blue Dimensions J41: Nicole Glover's "Strange Lands" plus Joey DeFrancesco plays "More Music,", and Eliane Elias duets with Chucho Valdés

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

The music of saxophonist Nicole Glover, from her album "Strange Lands"

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In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll highlight the new album "Strange Lands" from saxophonist Nicole Glover and her trio, which features guest appearances from the great pianist George Cables on several tracks. We'll also hear two magical piano duets from Eliane Elias and Chucho Valdés from Elias's album "Mirror Mirror," and we have music from multi-instrumentalist Joey DeFrancesco from his new album More Music, an organ trio track, and one highlighting DeFrancesco on tenor sax. Plus: guitarist Charlie Ballantine takes on the music of Thelonious Monk on his latest release, "Reflections/Introspection: The Music Of Thelonious Monk."

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Blue Dimensions J42: Rahsaan's "Mosaic" & Behn's "Still Doing Our Thing"

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

new music from Rahsaan Barber and Behn Gillece, and Larry Coryell's last swing with Ireland

Barber_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll dig into two new releases by exciting contemporary players and composers, and a posthumous release of the last studio session af a great figure in jazz. We have Rahsaan Barber's album "Mosaic," a double-CD from this well-traveled saxophonist, which includes some guest appearances by his twin brother Roland Barber on trombone, and we'll also hear from the twin brothers' namesake, Rahsaan Roland Kirk. We'll also explore the latest album from vibrant vibraphonist Behn Gillece, which is called "Still Doing Our Thing," his fifth album as band leader, Plus: a track from guitarist Larry Coryell from the new posthumous release "Larry Coryell's Last Swing With Ireland," recorded in Dublin in 2016 less than a year before his death.

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Blue Dimensions J43: Hiromi takes A new turn with her "Silver Lining Suite"

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

new music and new directions from pianist Hiromi with a string quartet on her "Silver Lining Suite"

Hiromi_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, new music from sensational pianist and composer Hiromi. Her new album "Silver Lining Suite" includes music she composed after COVID-19 blocked a planned tour in 2020. The music she composed, and performs with a string quartet, is very different from the high-energy fusion type of music for which she is known, though it retains a transcendent energy and spirit, while showing another side of her inspiring talent. Also, new music from pianist Alex Brown, from his second album as a band leader, "The Dark Fire Sessions," and the latest from bassist, composer and trio leader Leon Lee Dorsey, including a fresh, new take on a popular standard.

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Blue Dimensions J44: A Love Supreme, Live In Seattle, and new music from Hiromi

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

The first two parts of John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle" and new music from Hiromi, including her take on a Beethoven sonata, issued only in Japan

Coltrane_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, the first of a two-part program — we'll hear the first two parts of John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle," with the next two parts on the next show. Recorded at a club in Seattle in 1965, "A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle" is only the second live performance by Coltrane of this masterpiece that has been issued, and it features Coltrane with his classic quartet and three additional players at a time when Coltrane was in a fast-moving state of experimentation. Also: new music from pianist Hiromi, with a string quartet, from her album Silver Lining Suite, and solo, from a bonus disc for this album only issued in Japan, on which Hiromi takes on Beethoven.

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Blue Dimensions J45: "Pursuance" and "Psalm" from Coltrane's "A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle" and the debut of DeAndre Lettsome

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

The last two parts of John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle," new music from pianist Hiromi, and the debut of saxophonist DeAndre Lettsome