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Blue Dimensions B33: The Acid Jazz 25th Anniversary Box Set

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The Acid Jazz The 25th Anniversary Box Set

Bnh_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, it's Acid Jazz The 25th Anniversary Box Set , featuring recordings from Britain's Acid Jazz label. The label rose during a time when jazz, transformed for the British night club scene of the late 1980's and early 1990's, reached a new audience. The Brand New Heavies and Jamiroquai rose to stardom from the label, and we'll hear a previously unreleased track from one of them in this hour, as well as a major reworking of a classic Curtis Mayfield song. We'll hear part of an interview from the box set with Acid Jazz co-founder Eddie Piller . The other co-founder Gilles Peterson isn't heard on the set, but we'll explore a jazz collection he put together for Impulse Records with Art Blakey , and Milt Jackson with Ray Brown . Also, music from Benin-native, guitarist Lionel Loueke , and a new group called NEXT Collective re-interpretting Jay-Z and Kanye West featuring trumpeter Christian Scott , and blues singer Frank Bey live in San Francisco.

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Blue Dimensions B32: Molly Holm, Omar Sosa, and Rob Parton Big Band

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New versions of songs made famous by John Coltrane and Miles Davis.

Holm_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll hear from Molly Holm , a multi-faceted singer who sings a song made famous by many, including John Coltrane - though he didn't compose it. We'll play another piece that Coltrane made famous but didn't write, from the last sax player Byard Lancaster , who died last year at age 70. Lancaster was a leading figure in jazz in Philadelphia for many years. We'll give Trane a chance to play something he did actually compose, plus we have a song about him as well from Gil Scott-Heron , reissued on a new set called Acid Jazz: The 25th Anniversary Box Set . We'll also hear Trane playing with Miles Davis from Davis's classic Kind Of Blue album. Omar Sosa pays tribute to that album on his new one, Eggun , without actually covering any of Davis's music. He obtained a commission from the Barcelona Jazz Festival for the project. In addition to Sosa and Davis, we'll check out a re-arrangement of a piece from the Kind Of Blue album by Rob Parton's Big Band , from their new album We'll Be Together Again .

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Blue Dimensions B34: Lost Recordings of Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup

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Recordings of blues great Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, finally issued after more than four decades.

Crudupsunny_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, newly issued recordings of bluesman Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup from 1969, on an album from Delmark Records called Sunny Road . Crudup was Elvis Presley's muse. Presley's first record in 1954 was a cover of Crudup's 1946 "That's All Right," and he recorded three of the great bluesman's songs altogether. It's a thoughtful, reflective Arthur Crudup on the album "Sunny Road," slowing the pace but not dimming the passion. We'll also look at, and listen to, some of the history of Crudup's song "That's All Right," with Big Joe Turner and Blind Lemon Jefferson . Plus, new music from NEXT Collective , a totally modern cover band who may be living proof that all music is, at some level,  jazz, and the latest from jazz guitarist, and former Tonight Show band leader, Kevin Eubanks .  Also, Harry Manx , who blends blues and Indian music, sings his lyrics for A Love Supreme , and John Coltrane sings his (all three words) on the immortal original recording.

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Blue Dimensions B35: Music with native-American themes, from Otis Taylor and the late Jim Pepper

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Music with native-American themes, from Otis Taylor and the late Jim Pepper 

Pepper_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a native-American connection - - including the distinct, almost avant-garde blues of Otis Taylor. Taylor's new album "My World Is Gone" has a native-American theme and features native-American blues-rock guitarist Mato Nanji of the group Indigenous as a guest. Many blues and jazz musicians have native-American ancestry, though it isn't ofetn highlighted in their music. The late jazz composer/saxophonist/singer Jim Pepper adapted a song from his grandfather, Ralph Pepper, a full-blood Kaw Indian, called "Witchi Tia To" which became a hit for other artists, including Brewer & Shipley and Harper's Bizarre. We'll hear Pepper doing it from a 1983 album, "Comin' and Goin'" and play a few more tracks from this wonderful album as well. Also: we'll open up the CD "New Beginning" from Latin-jazz pianist Michelle Pollace, her first album as a band leader. She did a well-regarded album with Abel Zarate as The Zarate Pollace Project a few years ago. Plus, a song from a new release by bassist/vocalist/composer and band leader Jeff Denson, and a track from the album "Move" from pianist Hiromi Uehara and her Trio Project that seems to connect in a way with the native-American theme, though Hiromi is from Japan.

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Blue Dimensions B39: Cécile McLorin Salvant is a new "standard bearer."

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Cécile McLorin Salvant is impressive on her debut "WomanChild."

Mclorinsalvant_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions , singer Cécile McLorin Salvant evokes comparisons to some of the greatest jazz vocalists, like Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan, though she definitely has her own style. In 2010 she won the top prize in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, and now at the age of only 23, she is headed upward with her new album WomanChild , where she mixes standards, traditional songs, and originals and makes all of them sound original. McLorin Salvant is the daughter of a Haitian father and French mother who grew up in Florida with French as her first language. Thus she was comfortable in France in her late teens singing with a group headed up by saxophonist Jean-François Bonnel, with whom she recorded in 2010. She came home for the Monk competition and is now based in the United States. The pianist in her band, Aaron Diehl , also has a strong new album out, called The Bespoke Man's Narrative . We'll hear a few songs from it that also highlight the impressive playing of vibraphonist Warren Wolf in the band. Also in this hour, new music from two masters of the saxophone. Wayne Shorter 's new album is called Without A Net , a reference to its being a live in-concert recording, though it also suggests Shorter's general willingness to take musical risks. Joshua Redman 's new album Walking Shadows features an orchestra on many of the pieces, a new setting for Redman. We'll hear a Shorter composition from Redman - and, interstingly, both albums share something: drummer Brian Blade . We'll also hear a couple of songs from a soulful blues singer who had a great sense of humor, Artie "Blues Boy" White , who died at age 76 in April.

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Blue Dimensions B40: New Delights from Pianists Ahmad Jamal and Roberto Fonseca

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Featuring appealing new releases from pianists Ahmad Jamal and Roberto Fonseca.

Jamal_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions , new music from 83-year-old Ahmad Jamal , one of the best-loved and most influential jazz pianists on the planet. His new album Saturday Morning offers continued proof of his special place in jazz. He has a tribute piece to Horace Silver on the album, which provides an occasion - not that we need an excuse! - to play a classic Horace Silver Blue Note track as well. Also, new music from another pianist, Buena Vista Social Club alumnus Roberto Fonseca , whose band includes players from his native Cuba, and from Africa. We'll also hear from The Mack Avenue Superband , a group made up of many of the stellar players on the Mack Avenue label, including trumpeter Sean Jones , sax player Tia Fuller , and pianist Aaron Diehl recorded at the Detroit Jazz Festival in 2012, and we have a tune from the new album from vibraphonist Gary Burton and his quartet, all in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions B41: The Walter Davis Project

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The Walter Davis Project, and a Mouse that roars

Walterdavisproject_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions , The Walter Davis Project . German blues pianist Christian Rannenberg has put together a tribute album to Walter Davis , a blues pianist and singer whose very distinctive and influential work has somehow been largely forgotten. Recorded on the album are players Rannenberg recorded shortly before their deaths, including Jimmy McCracklin , and Henry Townsend who played and recorded for many years with Walter Davis, as well as active artists such as Charlie Musselwhite . We'll also hear Davis himself, transforming and re-casting some well-known blues songs and making them fully his, and playing his own highly original music. Also: The Mouse That Roared! Top-notch contemporary jazz from drummer Jack Mouse has released his debut as a band leader, an album called Range Of Motion , and there's no sophomore jinx for bassist and band leader Michael Blanco ; we'll open up his second album No Time Like The Present , all in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions B42: The Latest From Louisiana

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New music from Trombone Shorty, Cyril Neville, Tony Joe White, Allen Toussaint, and more

Tromboneshorty_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions , a lot of new music from Louisiana, including Trombone Shorty with a new album called Say That To Say This . Shorty plays more than just trombone, and on one song he manages a miracle, reuniting all five members of the The Meters on a song they did originally years ago. We also have the latest from one of the Meters now on a solo career, Cyril Neville , and new music from the guy who wrote "Polk Salad Annie" and "Rainy Night In Georgia," Tony Joe White -  his new album is called Hoodoo . Plus, Allen Toussaint in a solo concert and a tribute album to Allen Toussaint from Swingadelic , and, a greatly expanded reissue of the great James Booker 's Classified album. Booker died at age 43 in 1983, and was one of the most original and creative blues/jazz/soul pianists around at the time, though not as well-known as many feel he should have been. We have two tracks, one of them previously unreleased, from this remarkable musician.

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Blue Dimensions B43: The Orchestrion King And The Master Of The Telecaster Meet John Zorn

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Pat Metheny plays John Zorn, Zorn plays Albert Collins, Ama Deus Ensemble and Hiromi play Gershwin

Metheny_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, Pat Metheny armed with many instruments plus digital and mechanical music-making machines and an actual drummer, Antonio Sanchez , plays previously unrecorded compositions by avant-garde composer John Zorn from his Masada Book Two , works based on traditional Jewish music. Metheny's new album of these songs is called Tap: John Zorn's Book Of Angels, Volume 20 . Zorn has written hundreds of songs in this series, and Metheny corresponded with him by email to pick ones that hadn't been recorded that would work best for him. We'll also check out a John Zorn project called "Two-Lane Highway" from his 1987 album Spillane , featuring the late great bluesman Albert Collins , the most unusual recordings that the famed "Master Of The Telecaster" ever made. Also, coming up trumpeter Terence Blanchard , from his new album Magnetic , with guests Ravi Coltrane on tenor sax, and Lionel Loueke on guitar. We also have two recent interpretations of George Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm," from the Ama Deus Ensemble in concert featuring pianist Peter Donohoe and conducted by Valentin Radu , and from inspiring pianist Hiromi Uehara in a gravity-defying solo performance. Plus some "buggy" music from drummer Frank Rosaly 's debut album as a band leader called Cicada Music .

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Blue Dimensions B45: for Veterans Day, Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd Turn Veterans' Dreams Into Songs

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Dreams of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans made into poems, with music by Vijay Iyer, and poetry by Mike Ladd 

Iyer_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions , it's a new album called Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project , where poet Mike Ladd and others take memories of dreams shared by veterans of color of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and set them as poems, which are then put to music by pianist and composer Vijay Iyer . Haunting memories affect all of them, including a woman in the Air Force who flew drones over Iraq and Afghanistan from a remote control console in Nevada. Also in a military vein, pianist Todd Simon recalls boot camp with a composition he wrote while in boot camp - where he had no access to his instrument, the piano, for eight weeks.

We'll also hear three versions of the blues classic "How Long, How Long Blues," the latest one, the earliest, and the big hit version from 1928 that made it the classic that is. Plus new music from Chick Corea , and Guy Davis (joined by the Blind Boys Of Alabama on a song that dates from the 19th century), and Joseph Daley who has composed music for each of The Seven Heavenly Virtues , a follow-up to his Seven Deadly Sins album of two years ago.

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Blue Dimensions B46: Shining Trumpets and Rare Early Blues

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Shining trumpet performances on new recordings - and rare early blues sounding better than ever before 

Rodriguez_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, some great trumpeters, both leading the band and not. We'll hear from Pete Rodriguez , a tribute album to his father, the late salsa star Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez , that has been more than a decade in coming. Also it's trumpeter Ingrid Jensen ,  featured on an album by sax player Steve Treseler , and trumpeter Randy Brecker shining on a new album from guitarist Jake Hertzog . Plus, some early blues from the CD that accompanies the new Blues Images 2014 Blues Calendar , which includes songs from Henry Thomas , Furry Lewis , and Blind Lemon Jefferson (with the very first country blues hit, from 1926). Thomas's "Bull Doze Blues" was "appropriated" by Canned Heat on their song "Goin' Up The Country" - with no attribution to Henry Thomas. We also have new music from sweet and bluesy tenor sax player Houston Person , reconnecting with some of his favorite players, including vibraphonist Chuck Redd .

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Blue Dimensions B47: Topical Blues On The Death Of President Kennedy

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Topical Blues On The Death Of President Kennedy 

Cantkeepfromcrying_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions , as we note the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we have songs, written mostly in the time shortly after his death, from blues artists and others, including three songs from a collection called Can't Keep From Crying: Topical Blues On The Death Of President Kennedy , that was issued in 1964 by Testament Records. We'll play tributes to Kennedy from blues greats Son House and Big Joe Williams . We'll also hear from The Mighty Sparrow , who is known as the Calypso King Of The World, with his song about the slain President, and singer Talitha MacKenzie who sings one of Kennedy's favorite Irish songs - a song that was actually played at his funeral - flavored with parts of his inaugural address. Plus: new music from trumpeter Tom Harrell , with Esperanza Spalding ,  and from singer Gregory Porter .

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Blue Dimensions B48: Mr. Bridges and The Bridge

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New blues from frequent-flyer Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges, and jazz on solo bass from Charnett Moffett 

Brdges_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions , new blues from high-flying Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges , whose lofty voice and uplifting songs mirror a life that includes lots of time in airplanes and a career based overseas, though he does visit the US regularly. We'll hear several sides from this talented bluesman from his new album from Britain, Roots and Vines . Also new work from Chicago jazz artists, including flute player Nicole Mitchell and her band Ice Crystal , featuring drummer Frank Rosaly and vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz ; plus drummer and "arts activist" Kahil El'Zabar , recording with three of his proteges. Also, stunning solo bass work from Charnett Moffett on a new album called The Bridge , and music from bluesman Jimmy Reed and jazz piano innovator McCoy Tyner .

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Blue Dimensions B49: New Hill Country Blues, And A Bold Tribute To Mingus

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New Mississippi hill country blues from the Cedric Burnside Project, and No BS! Brass goes to town in tribute to Charles Mingus 

Burnsideproject_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions , we'll hear some new blues from the Mississippi hill country, an area north and east of the famed delta, known for a harder-edged style. We have new releases from the Cedric Burnside Project and the Homemade Jamz Blues Band . Drummer and guitarist Cedric Burnside learned from his grandfather, perhaps the best-known modern hill country blues artist, the late R. L. Burnside . Cedric Burnside's new album Hear Me When I Say also offers us another other side of his many talents, that of a soulful singer. The Homemade Jamz Blues Band is a family band consisting of three siblings from Tupelo, MS ranging from 14 to 21 years of age. We'll play a couple of songs from their new album called, of all things, Mississippi Hill Country . We will also hear from Terry "Harmonica" Bean , an energetic hill country artist, in concert.  Plus: it's a tribute to Charles Mingus from a group called No BS! Brass (yup, that's their name) - we'll check out their funky and sometimes transcendent interpretations of Mingus on the album Fight Song , and hear a couple of incomparable songs from Mingus himself, in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions B52: Good Vibes and a class struggle Board Game, Warren Wolf and Soweto Kinch

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Good Vibes (literally) from Warren Wolf, and a Board Game from Soweto Kinch, jazz hip hop artist and Oxford scholar 

Warrenwolf_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions , good vibrations from Warren Wolf . Wolf has a new album called Wolfgang , on which the Baltimore-based vibraphonist offers some solid new performances of a variety of pieces, some original and some from other composers and sources. We'll check out two new compositions by Wolf, and his take on a century-old song from the folk-blues tradition. Bassist Christian McBride and pianist Aaron Diehl appear on the album Wolfgang - and Wolf plays prominently on Diehl's recent album The Bespoke Man's Narrative . Wolf also a member of Christian McBride's band Inside Straight , and they have a new release called People Music , so we'll tap into those albums too, as we shine the spotlight on Warren Wolf. Also, new music from rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, and Oxford scholar, Soweto Kinch , who lives in England. The son of a playwright from Barbados and an English actress of Jamaican descent, the Oxford-educated Kinch has used jazz and hip hop to comment on society for over a decade, with a particular look at the experience of blacks in Britain. We'll hear a sharp, "on-the-money" commentary on the business world and a jazz piece from Soweto Kinch's new album, The Legend Of Mike Smith .

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Blue Dimensions C01: The Mack Avenue Superband at The Detroit Jazz Festival

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The Mack Avenue Superband, great jazz stars on the Mack Avenue label, join in performance at The Detroit Jazz Festival in 2012 

Mackavenuesuperband_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions , it's The Mack Avenue Superband , a group that includes some of the hottest players on the Mack Avenue label roster, such as guitarist Kevin Eubanks , vibraphonist Gary Burton , pianist Aaron Diehl , and singer Cecile McLorin Salvant , among others, recorded in concert at the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival. We'll hear several tracks from their album as well as one from the late great Detroit bluesman Johnnie Bassett , to whom the group dedicated its performance. Also we have a piece from Detroit native Kenny Garrett 's new album Pushing The World Away , and some new takes on classics from Seattle's Eugenie Jones , a singer with a fine debut album out called Black Lace Blue Tears and 8-string guitarist Fred Fried and his band Core , who interpret the music of Burt Bacharach on their new album Core Bacharach .

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Blue Dimensions C02: Remembering Yusef Lateef, and Sixty Years of Jazz and Blues from Delmark Records

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Music from Yusef Lateef who died December 23, 2013, and from two new 60th Anniversary collections from Delmark Records

Lateefblueyusef_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions , music from the "gentle giant" of jazz, multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef , who died December 23, 2013, at age 93. Lateef played tenor sax, flute, oboe, and a whole host of little-known instruments from around the world. He was one of the very first jazz players to draw heavily from the music of many different countries and make new forms of music, long before the term world music was in vogue.  Like Duke Ellington before him, he found the term "jazz" unsatisfactory, though his description of his work as "auto-physio-psychic music" wasn't picked up as a general style of music. Among the many people he influenced strongly was John Coltrane, who, like Lateef himself, switched from alto to tenor sax. Lateef also played flute, oboe, and many less familiar instruments. Born in Chattanooga as William Emmanuel Huddleston, he moved to Detroit at age 5, where his father changed the family name to Evans, so for a while he was named Bill Evans - not to be confused with the great jazz pianist Bill Evans. He converted to Islam before that became a common occurence in the jazz world, taking the name we know him by, Yusef Lateef. He worked with Charles Mingus and Cannonball Adderley , and made striking albums as a leader himself, including some later, very experiemental works with multi-percussionist Adam Rudolph . Although he lived in Massachusetts, he remained involved in his hometown Detroit and its music scene, and was known as a soft-spoken, deeply intellectual and soulful person, whose lifelong education included actual degrees obtained throughout life and musical experience, that he shared through his music. Also on this program, Delmark Records celebrates six decades with 60 Years Of Jazz and 60 Years Of Blues . We'll hear a swinging band led by trumpeter Dewey Jackson that Delmark founder Bob Koester recorded in 1952, well before he had started his label, and from a current Delmark jazz artist, extraordinary vibraphone player Jason Adasiewicz and his group - and we'll play a track from the late great bluesman Junior Wells that wasn't included on his classic Southside Blues Jam album but is available now on Sixty Years Of Blues .

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Blue Dimensions C09: Catherine Russell brings it back, while Pat Metheny joins his Kin

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Catherine Russell will "Bring It Back" with style 

Russell_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions , Catherine Russell has a new album called Bring It Back , and we'll hear several songs from it. Russell's father is Luis Russell , band leader for Louis Armstrong for many years, who also made some fine recordings as a leader himself and died in 1963, and her mother is Carline Ray , singer and bassist, who died last year at age 88. Russell has had a huge career as a backup singer with artists as diverse as David Bowie, Steely Dan, Dolly Parton, Rosanne Cash, Suzanne Vega, and Snoop Dogg, and many others, but about eight years ago, she decided to seriously move forward to the main microphone and do her own albums, and she has raised the art of recording standards to a new standard in the process. We also have another powerful singer reviving an old song, Trudy Lynn , who covers a big early 1950s Marie Adams hit that hasn't seen many covers so far. We'll also open up a Hornet's Nest - - that's the title of the new album from edgy bluesman Joe Louis Walker .  Plus, new jazz releases: pianist Mike Bardash defies easy categorization, except to say that his music is very engaging, highlighted by sax and flute player Deji Coker , on a new album Polygon . Pianist Alfredo Rodríguez draws on the music of his native Cuba for a strong new album called The Invasion Parade , and guitarist Pat Metheny and his Unity Group , featuring electronic and mechanical instruments as well as a great band that includes multi-and-then-some instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi . The album is called Kin <-> and the bilateral arrows next to the word "kin" are part of its title. 

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Blue Dimensions C10: Javon Jackson's "Expression" and Adam Smale's 7-String Guitar 

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New live album from tenor sax master Javon Jackson with Orrin Evans on piano 

Jackson_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions , new sounds from tenor sax player Javon Jackson on a live album called Expression , with a quartet that includes pianist Orrin Evans recorded at The Smoke Jazz Club in New York last July.  We'll hear a couple of songs fom it, including a George Cables piece, and a piece from the new George Cables album Icons & Influences as well. Also, Catherine Russell , with a song from the repertoire of Louis Armstrong, from her new release Bring It Back . Her dad was Armstrong's band leader. We also have a great debut from soulful blues singer singer JJ Thames (pronounced "Timms"), plus new fingerstyle jazz on a seven-string guitar from Adam Smale , who draws from the work of the late guitarist Lenny Breau . We have new music with a clavé rhythm from jazz pianist Mike Bardash and his band featuring guest percussionist Bongo Bruno , as well as some exciting new sounds from a highly energized piano-drums duo with a mashup name Mehliana — pianist Brad Mehldau and percussionist Mark Guiliana

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Blue Dimensions C11: A Musical Tribute To Poet Jayne Cortez

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Poet Jayne Cortez Remembered In Music 

Untempered_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions , a tribute to the late poet and activist Jayne Cortez from Bill Cole and his Untempered Ensemble . Cole leads his group on didgeridoo(!), and the group also features his daughter Althea SullyCole reciting poems of Jane Cortez and playing kora, as well as some shining performances from percussionist and vocalist Lisette Santiago . Cortez, a poet, activist, and jazz promoter died in 2012. Her son with ex-husband Ornette Coleman is drummer Denardo Coleman , who played behind her in a group called the Firespitter Band , and we'll hear one of their songs too. Also, new music from pianists and their bands, including Kris Bowers , a couple of pieces from his highly regarded new album Heroes + Misfits . We will check out new albums from Helen Sung (whose "Chaos Theory" is not really chaotic but is actually quite dazzling), and Mike Bardash and his quartet with a blues written by one of the band members — plus the duo of pianist Brad Mehldau and percussionist Mark Guiliana , called Mehliana . We also have a song for Django Reinhardt featuring exquisite interplay between the voice of singer Judy Philbin and the guitar-playing of Adam Levine , and we'll jump back to 1937 to hear from the magical Django himself. 

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Blue Dimensions C12: The Passion Of Natalia

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New Soul-Blues-Jazz from Natalia M. King's album "Soulblazz"

Nataliaking_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions , new music from chanteuse Natalia M. King . Her album Soulblazz is one of the year's top vocal albums to date, featuing both classics and great new original songs from Ms. King. We'll also hear from some other women with strong new releases, including Catherine Russell , who discovered an unissued song composed by her father on a demo tape for Louis Armstrong . The song "Lucille" was written by Luis Russell , a band leader for Louis Armstrong, and a demo featuring his wife (and Catherine Russell's mother) Carline Ray was in the Armstrong archive, whose directors asked Catherine to listen to it to try to identify who was playing. She was thrilled to discover it was her parents, and she has now made the first released recording of the song. We also have debut albums from singers Daunielle , and JJ Thames ("Timms"), and a new release from Johnny Drummer , whose nickname is out-of-date now - - he gave up drums in favor of a portable keyboard worn with a guitar strap and harmonica. Also: pianist Helen Sung with guest clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera takes on a piece by Chick Corea, and trumpeter Takuya Kuroda has the "Afro Blues." The title reminds us of a timeless piece from Mongo Santamaria , though it's a different song, but we'll go ahead and play the Mongo Santamaria classic "Afro Blue" as well. 

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Blue Dimensions C14: The U. S. and Iran connect - at least in song.

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

American blues singer Mighty Sam McClain duets with Iranian singer Mahsa Vahdat,

Vahdatlonging_small Relations between the United States and Iran may or may not be evolving at this time, but in this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll look at a longstanding musical connection between artists from each country. Iranian singer Mahsa Vahdat and American blues and soul singer Mighty Sam McClain have recorded two albums together, seeking common ground both in music and in human understanding. Their album A Deeper Tone Of Longing follows an album four years ago called Scent Of Reunion .  In both cases songwriter and producer Erik Hillestad brought them together. He first brought Mahsa Vahdat to the world beyond Iran with the 2004 album Lullabies From The Axis Of Evil , an album that showed how much bitter enemies have in common. We have a song from McClain's latest blues album and from an album Mahsa Vahdat made with her sister Marjan Vahdat too. Also on this show, we have the unofficial anthem of the battle against apartheid in South Africa, a piece from South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim and saxophone player Basil Coetze called "Mannenberg" that inspired followers of the late Nelson Mandela while he was in prison. The title of this very joyful work is ironic, as Mannenberg was a place where blacks were forcibly relocated by the apartheid regime.

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Blue Dimensions C15: Rollin' With The Blues Boss, Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne

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New blues from Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne and good new vibes from vibraphonist Jerry Tachoir 

Kennywayne_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions , new blues from blues and boogie woogie master Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne . Wayne's new album Rollin' With The Blues Boss is full of energy and musical diversity. We'll hear several songs from it, including one with folk bluesman Eric Bibb as a guest — and, while we're at it, we'll also hear from Eric Bibb's album Jericho Road from last year, a song featuring a very young vocalist (his infant son). We have some folksy jazz, or is it jazzy folk, from tenor sax player Ben Flocks , taking on a traditional American folk song.  Plus — good vibes from vibraphonist Jerry Tachoir ("Tash'-wah"), a fine new album called Stories , and music from the great vibe master Milt Jackson and his quintet (including two members of his famed Modern Jazz Quartet ) from 1954. 

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Blue Dimensions C16: It's Really Just Intonation

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A visit with Jon Catler and Meredith "Babe" Borden, who play and talk about microtonal music using "just intonation" pure interval tuning.

Catlerborden_small An exploration of tuning to pure, perfect intervals derived from nature's harmonic series, and the world of microtonal music, from a blues perspective, with special guests Jon Catler and Meredith "Babe" Borden of the group Willie McBlind . Catler makes his own special guitars that allow a player to play using both regular tuning (12-tone equal temperament, as is commonly used in music throughout the world these days) and "just intonation" using the pure, perfectly tuned intervals generated by the harmonic series. We'll hear music from Willie McBlind and Catler's project called The Fretless Brothers , and Catler will play examples of what he is talking about using one of his specially-made guitars. 

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Blue Dimensions C18: Smokin' Hot Bassoon Blues

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bassoonist Daniel Smith plays some "smokin' hot bassoon blues" 

Smith_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions , Smokin' Hot Bassoon Blues - - that's the title of a new album of, well . . . "smokin' hot bassoon blues" from bassoon master Daniel Smith , with organist Greg "Organ Monk" Lewis and singer Frank Senior . Also, another band with a great bassoonist, Monica Ellis — the band is the African-American wind ensemble Imani Winds , presently taking a one-year break from performing, but we're not forgetting them. We'll play their unique interpretation of a jazz classic.  Also, two drummer-led bands with new albums, Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band offers smart contemplative jazz on the album Landmarks , and Harvey Mason has some funky, simmering, soulful music on a new album called Chameleon .

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

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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 C20: Louis Prima, Junior and Senior, and a Big Phat Band

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New music from the son of Louis Prima, and the Big Phat sound of Gordon Goodwin and his 18-piece band.

Primajr_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions , Louis Prima, Jr. , singer, trumpeter, and band leader just like his late father, has a swinging new album called Blow . We'll open it up, and let the good times roll, and we'll hear from his dad as well. Plus, singer-trombonist Natalie Cressman with a new album that also highlights her great songwriting, and singer Janice Borla , who does some dazzling scat singing on her latest album. We'll also check out the 18-piece outfit known as Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band with a new release said to help battle modern-day isolation, and we'll hear from souful singers JJ Thames and Jackie Allen - - who totally reinterprets Jimi Hendrix - - all in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions C21: Soothing and engaging blues from Eric Bibb, and the latest from drummer/band leader Ralph Peterson

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acoustic blues from Eric Bibb and Corey Harris; front-line jazz from Ralph Peterson and the Unity Project

Bibbjericho_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions , we'll feature the distinctive acoustic blues of Eric Bibb . The son of blues singer and noted stage actor Leon Bibb , and godson of musician, actor, athlete, and activist Paul Robeson , Eric Bibb often offers social commentary in his songs, as well as a spiritual dimension, in a non-confrontational way, with songs that point the way to better cooperation among the people of our planet. We'll also hear from another modern acoustic bluesman given to social commentary, Corey Harris ; the title of his album Fulton Blues refers to a historically black area of Richmond with centuries of heritage that was knocked down for urban renewal a few decades ago. Plus, a classic long out-of-print recording from Reverend Robert Wilkins in 1964, his song "The Prodigal Son"  —  probably the best version of it that he ever recorded — and it has yet to be reissued digitally. Also, an inspired new album from jazz drummer Ralph Peterson and his Unity Project , recorded live in New Haven CT, and not to be missed!

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Blue Dimensions C22: At 81, a debut for bluesman Leo Welch, and a Tightrope to walk for The 3 Cohens

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Debut of 81-year-old bluesman Leo Welch, and The 3 Cohens walk the jazz Tightrope 

Welch_small n this hour of Blue Dimensions , it's the debut of yet another senior citizen bluesman.  The album is Sabougla Voices from 81-year-old Leo Welch , who went to Fat Possum Records and said he wanted to record - and they enthusiastically agreed. Also, the 3 Cohens , jazz siblings from Tel Aviv - Anat Cohen on tenor saxophone and clarinet, and her brothers, Avishai Cohen on trumpet and Yuval Cohen on soprano saxophone. They have a new album called Tightrope , which we'll feature along with a track from an album they did back in 2007. Also: left-of-center boogie woogie from The Claudettes , a duo who chose the name of the woman who books them as a band name, and we'll slip in a 1969 track from Sonny Stitt from the Delmark label's new anniversary collection Delmark 60 Years Of Jazz .  We'll open up a new album from tenor sax sensation Russ Nolan , and another new one from inventive pianist Helen Sung . Her album Anthem For A New Day is her sixth release, and her first for the ConcordJazz label.

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Blue Dimensions C23: On location with pianist Arthur Migliazza and bluesman Joe Louis Walker

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Talk with Arthur Migliazza and Joe Louis Walker, and Mayo Angelou's first recordings

Migliazza_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions , we'll go "on-location" and talk with two musicians, Joe Louis Walker who now has a couple of dozen albums to his credit, plus or minus one or two depending on what is counted, with the release of his recent album Hornet's Nest . Hornet's Nest is both soulful and fun, and we'll check out a few songs from it. I talked with him between sets recently at Warmdaddys in Philadelphia.  We'll also hear from boogie woogie sensation Arthur Migliazza .  I caught up with him recently in the Chain Theater in Long Isalnd City, where Boogie Stomp , a two-man boogie woogie production he stars in with Bob Baldori was running. We'll hear songs from Migliazza's recent album Laying It Down plus a couple of classic boogie woogie tracks that he selects for us.  Also, a few tunes from the late Maya Angelou 's 1957 album Miss Calypso , her first recording.

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

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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 C38: The Latest From Some Exceptional Singers

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New music from from stand-out singers, including Glaucia Nasser, Andy Bey, and Kavita Shah

Nasser_small Sometimes it seems there is a divide in the jazz world between vocal music and instrumental music. Some fans, some shows, some stations do seem to feature mostly one or the other. In the worlds of blues and rock, most of the music is vocal, and the relatively rare instrumental that becomes popular will be called an "instrumental" - - like Freddie King's classic hit "Hideaway."  No one calls Miles Davis's "So What" an instrumental, though it is one. Instrumentals are more typically the norm in jazz. Without it being planned this way, I think the jazz on this show tends to be more instrumental, but a recent group of albums that have come in from singers who offer stylistic signatures with uncommon arrangements got me thinking about this whole vocal-instrumental division - - and I'll feature some of these singers on this program. They include Dee Daniels, Andy Bey, Lester Lands, who is part of a band called Generation Blues Experience, Kavita Shah with Lionel Loueke, and Glaucia Nasser, who has a new album out with percussionist Sammy Figueroa. WE also have new music from a couple of pretty impressive pianists, Curus Chestnut and his trio recorded at the Smoke jazz club in New York, and Yelena Eckemoff, who started out as a child prodigy in classical music in the Soviet Union, then coming here and moving into jazz. Also on this show, music from vibraphonist Christian Tamburr and group, and the fabulous Mack Avenue Superband recorded at the Detroit Jazz Festival in 2013 doing a Django Reinhardt tune.

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Blue Dimensions C39: Jason Moran Celebrates The Music Of Fats Waller

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Jason Moran's "Joyful Elegy" for Fats Waller and Celtic-Afro-Cuban jazz from Auction Project

Moran_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, Jason Moran pays tribute to one of the greatest early jazz stars, Fats Waller on a new album called "A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller." With help from singer and producer Meshell Ndegeocello and others, Moran offers some contemporary updates of Fats Waller classics that reflect the timeless appeal of Waller's music. In fact, Moran's album is such a strong invitation to Waller's work, that we have to play some of Waller's own recordings - - and we certainly will. We also have a newly issued concert recording of Ahmad Jamal and his band in Paris in 2012, and an album from the band Auction Project, a celtic afro-cuban jazz band, one of  many such bands  - - well, actually, how many celtic-afrocuban jazz bands can you name? Remember the name Auction Project — it's all coming up, in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions C40: Juliet Green, Mo'Fone, and Javon Jackson, and friends

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Fresh new songs from Juliet Green, Javon Jackson in concert, and funky and free sounds from Mo'Fone.

Green_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions , new songs from Juliet Green, a singer and songwriter with a smart new album called "Th!nk About THAT." She's joined in composing on one of her songs by tenor sax player Anton Schwartz, and we'll hear something from his latest album too.  Also, the funky and free-range jazz of Mo'Fone with guests from The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and avant-garde band Trance Mission, from their new album "Fonology." We'll hear Javon Jackson in concert, his first live recording as a band leader, including a piece dedicated to McCoy Tyner, and from Mr. Tyner himself from his stunning 1981 Afro-Cuban album, "La Leyenda De La Hora," one of the best albums from a musician who's never done an album that wasn't superb.  Plus — Daniel Smith, a bluesy bassoon player and band leader, with a swingin' new album, "Smokin' Hot Bassoon Blues."

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Blue Dimensions C44: Album Of Previously Unissued Skip James & Bukka White Escapes!

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Previously unreleased concert recordings of Skip James and Bukka White, and Bassist Jeff Denson in two different duo settings.

Cafeaugogo_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll hear newly unearthed performance recordings from 1965 of the great bluesmen Skip James and Bukka White from 1965, from an album that may have actually escaped rather than being released, "Live At Cafe Au Go Go 1965." It appeared with many of the songs mis-labeled, but we'll give you only correct titles here. Also — bassist Jeff Denson in two very different duet settings, including his new album of jazzified old-time sacred songs "I'll Fly Away" with pianist Joshua White, and his edgy album last year, "Two," with clarinetist Claudio Puntin. We'll hear from the late bassist of Cream, Jack Bruce, in a trio that could well be called Cream with sax instead of guitar, with Cream drummer Ginger Baker and the late British saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith. We'll also hear part of a re-write of John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" by the Love Supreme Collective headed up by sax player Frank Catalano, who rewrote the four parts of the masterpiece hoping to maintain the transitions, the feeling, and the scope of the original with fully new compositions. Plus, speaking of "A Love Supreme," Dawan Muhammad and his band give us some "Resolution."

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Blue Dimensions C46: Phil Brown and Marcus Roberts, the songs and their stories

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Phil Brown, Marcus Roberts, and the stories behind their music from their own liner notes.

Roberts_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, music from new albums by bassist Phil Brown and pianist Marcus Roberts, both of whom take the relatively unusual step of revealing some of the story behind the song titles and the music in their liner notes. Phil Brown leads his New Arts Jazztet, a band that is presently in residence at Southern Illinois University where several members are on the faculty, on an album of appealing original music called "Arkadia." Marcus Roberts also offers new original compositions as he leads a 12-piece band on a double album "Romance, Swing, and The Blues," and they cover all of those aspects of life on the album. Roberts offers uncommonly detailed description and information about the pieces and what he intends them to represent.  We'll also check out the new album "Montezuma" from trumpeter Brad Goode and his "Geographically Undesireable Quartet," (they're from everywhere... though Colorado is the home base for this former Chicago-jazz stalwart). Goode is also in jazz academia, as a professor of jazz studies at The University Of Colorado. Unfortunately Mr. Goode doesn't provide the story behind the intriguing song title we have selected to play, his composition "Halo On A Stick."

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Blue Dimensions C47: Songs From A Stolen Spring

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Songs From A Stolen Spring, mashups of American and Middle Eastern songs and singers - and congas! (from "the Master" Candido, and Chano Pozo and Mongo Santamaria.

Stolenspring_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, it's "Songs From A Stolen Spring," a new album of mashups, American singers and artists from other countries mixing freedom songs and songs of hope and aspiration for better times, featuring American singers Mighty Sam McClain, Terry Evans, and the Blind Boys Of Alabama with Ramy Essam, Eskenderella, Tania Saleh, and other, mostly middle eastern performers. The album is produced by Erik Hillestad, producer of "Lullabies From The Axis Of Evil" in 2004, and we'll also hear from another album he produced featuring Mighty Sam McClain with Iranian singer Mahsa Vahdat. Also, congas! - - from a new album by Candido, who is 92 years old now, and classics featuring Chano Pozo with Dizzy Gillespie and from Mongo Santamaria — plus, bassist David Friesen and his Circle 3 Trio (another bassist-band leader! iI's been a good year for them), in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions C48: Chick Corea, with his trio, and solo - - and covered by The Mack Avenue Superband

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Two new Chick Corea albums, and the Mack Avenue Superband plays some of Corea's best music on their new album.

Coreatrilogy_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions , Chick Corea takes center stage with two new albums, "Trilogy," a 3-disc release with his trio, Christian McBride on bass and Brian Blade on drums, and "Solo Piano Portraits," a solo piano double disc. Both are live albums, and each brings out different aspects of this uniquely talented pianist. The synergy between Corea , McBride , and Blade is scintillating on "Trilogy;" on "Solo Piano Portraits," it's the stories, the influences. We'll hear part of Chick Corea 's portrait of Thelonious Monk . Also, the second Mack Avenue Superband album, featuring, among others, Gary Burton, Warren Wolf, Sean Jones, and Aaron Diehl, recorded at The Detroit Jazz Festival in 2013, as their first one was a year earlier - - and, as it turns out, we'll hear them playing a couple of Chick Corea compositions!

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Blue Dimensions C49: Powerful singer Alexis P. Suter's new album, Kevin Cline makes up his mind, and Mitch Shiner takes Miley Cyrus to Nigeria

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extraordinary singer Alexis P. Suter, Mitch Shiner reinterpreting Miley Cyrus, and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Cline

Suter_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions , we'll hear one of the most powerful blues and soul singers out there today, Alexis P. Suter , a new album, called Love The Way You Roll .  Suter sings blues, soul, and gospel with affecting power, and Love The Way You Roll may just be her breakthrough album. We also have new recordings from the Mack Avenue Superband , made up of great players on the Mack Avenue label,  recorded live at the 2013 Detroit Jazz Festival featuring super vibe player Warren Wolf , playing one of his compositions.  Trumpeter Tony Kadleck gets together with trumpeter Randy Brecker , on Kadleck's new album with a punny title, called Around The Horn . Also, Mitch Shiner and group transform the music of Miley Cyrus , taking it to Nigeria and maybe other places too, and bassist and band leader Ark Ovrutski is headed "Up" on his new album called 44'33 . We'll also hear a couple of tracks from Kevin Cline , who plays both piano and trombone, on an exccellent new offering called Make Up Your Mind . I've already done that - this is a great stuff, coming up in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions C50: Vocal Madness from the Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet, and Eddie Jefferson

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New music from the Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet, and a song from their source of inspiration, Eddie Jefferson.

Uvjq_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a new album from the Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet, called "Vocal Madness." The band has teamed up with saxophone player Richie Cole on this project.  Both trace their roots to the distinctive singer Eddie Jefferson, with whom Cole toured for years. In fact, Cole was with Jefferson's band when he was shot and killed in 1979.  We'll also hear from Jefferson himself, whose so-called "vocalese" style was an adaption of intricate horn solos into songs with lyrics, and we'll hear the original 1939 recording of one of those songs from sax player Coleman Hawkins, who, in a sense, went the other way from Jefferson, adapting the tone of the balladeer for his saxophone. Also bass players leading the band - - new and recent recordings from bassists James Leary, Jeff Denson, and Piet Verbist, and new musical portraits from avant-garde composer Joseph Daley.

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Blue Dimensions C52: A record price for a record, and a half-century of "A Love Supreme"

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A $37K blues record, and "A Love Supreme" at 50.

Bluesimages_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll play the reissue of a 78 rpm record recorded in 1929 that went for $37,100 in an auction last year. The song, "Alcohol and Jake Blues" by bluesman Tommy Johnson, is really just a quick rewrite of a song he had done a year earlier, "Canned Heat Blues," and there was one copy of it already known and used for reissues. "Alcohol and Jake Blues" is part of a CD that accompanies the Blues Images 2015 Blues Calendar, and we'll play a couple more songs from it too, both songs that have been hits when covered by folk revival and rock bands. Also, singers Otis Clay and Johnny Rawls join forces as "The Soul Brothers" and we'll play a couple of the songs on their album - - and we'll hear all four parts of John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme," from three different artists including Trane, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and saxophone player Dawan Muhammad from his new album, "Preachin To The Choir." Coltrane and his quartet recorded this immortal masterpiece fifty years ago, in December 1964.

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Blue Dimensions C53: Some Jazzy Calypso

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Music from the box set "Calypso Craze 1956-57 and Beyond" and live jazz from Smoke in New York City.

Calypsocrazebox_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll just barely scratch the surface of a sensational new box set with a few songs from "Calypso Craze 1956-57 And Beyond," from the Bear Family label in Germany, a label famous for its elaborate box sets. We'll hear music from Sonny Rollins, Lord Flea and his Calypsonians, and the great multi-talented Geoffrey Holder, who died October 5th after a long career in films, on stage, and in many artistic areas. We'll also hear a Dizzy Gillespie classic praised by Lord Flea in his song about be bop, and we have music from the three most-recent Smoke Sessions label albums, in-performance recordings at the club Smoke in NYC from three thrilling pianists and band leaders, Eric Reed, Orrin Evans, and Cyrus Chestnut.

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Blue Dimensions D01: Coffee Songs, and Vibraphonic Jasons

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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.

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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 D07: Rudresh Mahanthappa's "Bird Calls"

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Rudresh Mahanthappa honors Charlie Parker with his own compositions based on Parker's classics.

Mahanthappa_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we feature "Bird Calls," a new album from alto sax player Rudresh Mahanthappa, who says the album is a blissful devotion to Charlie "Bird" Parker but not a tribute.  The music on "Bird Calls" is all original - - there are no actual Parker compositions on the album, but Rudresh Mahanthappa composed these pieces in Parker's spirit, and on several of them he names the specific Parker pieces providing the inspiration. So, we can match 'em up, and we will.  We'll hear several selections from the album, and the original recordings from Charlie Parker in the 1940s that inspired them, recordings that included such greats as Miles Davis, Max Roach, Bud Powell, and John Lewis. We'll also hear some other Charlie Parker related music, including a remix of one of his songs by hiphop producer Dan The Automator, a classic performance of a Parker piece from Dexter Gordon and band including Parker bandmate Bud Powell recorded in Paris, and the "Lullaby Of Birdland," named for the New York City jazz club that was named for Parker, all coming up, in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions D10: Kevin Eubanks &Stanley Jordan - - and Steve Turre - - and someone they both cover, Miles Davis

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Duets from Kevin Eubanks and Stanley Jordan. Steve Turre's sea shells cry out for help.

Eubanksjordan_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, two new albums, both of which draw a little from a classic album. Guitarists Kevin Eubanks and Stanley Jordan have a new album of duets just called "Duets." Eubanks is known for his years leading the Tonight Show Band, helping Jay Leno set up his jokes, as well as making great music. He left the show in 2010 after a decade and a half in order to write and record some of his own music, and he's done just that since then. Stanley Jordan actually started on piano, switching to guitar at about age eleven. Jordan has played rock, and fusion, as well as more straight-ahead jazz, and is a pioneer of tapping on the guitar, playing notes by hitting a string hard with one finger instead of pressing the string down using one hand and playing it with the other. Both Eubanks and Jordan play keyboards as well as guitar on the album. One of the songs they do is "Blue In Green" from Miles Davis's "Kind Of Blue" album, and we'll play the original alomg with the new version. Steve Turre has also made a name as a member of a TV show band, the Saturday Night Live Band. He's an outstanding trombonist who also plays music from sea shells, inspired by time spent working with Rahsaan Roland Kirk who played unorthodox instruments, and multiple instruments simultaneously. We'll open Turre's new album "Spirit Man" which also includes a song from Miles Davis's "Kind Of Blue" album (and we'll play the original too), as well as a piece for Trayvon Martin, a teenager killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in 2012 in Florida who was later acquitted for murder in the highly controversial case. In an interview with the album's associate producer Damon Smith in the liner notes, Turre says, "at the end when I'm playing the shells, I'm calling for help."

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Blue Dimensions D11: Potent Piano Music from Tigran Hamasyan, Vijay Iyer, and Jacky Terrasson

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New music from Armenian jazz pianist Tigran Hamasyan

Hamasyan_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, some exciting new piano music from several pianists, including Tigran Hamasyan, whose new album "Mockroot" draws on the music of his native Armenia as well as the jazz of the United States where he grew up. We'll let Hamasyan take us out of familiar time signatures and into the unusual rhythms such as 13/8. Pianist Vijay Iyer explores the breaks in music in his new album "Break Stuff," and while Jacky Terrasson takes five on his album "Take This," with two takes of "Take Five." We'll hear one of them, and also take a trip back to 1959 for the original with Dave Brubeck and his Quartet, who helped launch the interest in all these wild time signatures.  We'll also hear music from new albums from guitarist Russell Malone and trombonist Steve Turre, both featuring the fine playing of bassist Gerald Cannon and drummer Willie Jones III.

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Blue Dimensions D12: Guitarists Galore, and some Jazzified Rock

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Lots of great guitarists, new and old (Kevin Eubanks, Stanley Jordan, Rez Abbasi, Charlie Christian & many more!), and jazzified versions of some classic rock songs from new albums by Allan Harris and Jacky Terrasson.

Charliechristian_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, some classic rock songs get jazzed up. Allan Harris takes on Elton John while Jacky Terrasson and Sly Johnson cover The Beatles. Also, a bunch of super-guitarists, including Kevin Eubanks and Stanley Jordan on their new album Duets, and new releases from Russell Malone, Andy Brown (a strong solo album), and Rez Abbasi with his Acoustic Quartet, and some classic guitar performances from Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian, Badi Assad, and Michael Hedges . . . and we'll note the passing of two scholar-producers in March of this year, Sam Charters and Orrin Keepnews, with some music they produced and reissued. Charters produced the series "Chicago / The Blues / Today" in 1965 and wrote the influential 1959 book "The Country Blues." Keepnews founded the famed Riverside label and discovered guitarist Wes Montgomery.

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Blue Dimensions D13: R. I. P. John Renbourn (1944-2015)

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a remembrance of the late guitarist John Renbourn, who, among any other things, is the source of our closing theme on Blue Dimensions

Johnrenbourn_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, the music of guitarist John Renbourn who died at age 70 on March 26th. Renbourn is actually heard on every Blue Dimensions program. Our closing theme is his piece called "Forty-Eight." A uniquely gifted guitarist, Renbourn co-founded the "post-folk" band Pentangle with fellow guitarist Bert Jansch in the 1960s. We'll hear Pentangle, some duets with Renbourn and Jansch, and Renbourn's own John Renbourn Group, as well as a Renbourn solo piece. Also, new music from bassist Kyle Eastwood and band - - and the latest from two of the finest jazz pianists on the scene these days, Tigran Hamasyan and Vijay Iyer - - plus the unusual drum-sax duo Jack Mouse and Scott Robinson.

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Blue Dimensions D14: Cassandra Wilson and José James Celebrate the Centennial of Billie Holiday

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Tributes To Billie Holiday, and Tom Collier Goes It Alone

Wilson_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, Cassandra Wilson and José James celebrate the centennial of Billie Holiday's birth with new interpretations of some of her classics. Working with members of Nick Cave's Bad Seeds, Wilson is adventurous in her interpretations.  José James is deeply soulful. We'll also hear from Billie herself, and some new music from singer Gregory Porter from two different recent albums. His recordings that appear on the album "Great Voices Of Harlem" were made right before his career started to take off in 2012; we'll hear him do a Bobby Timmons song from the album, and also check out his appearance on the title track of pianist Harold Mabern's new album "Afro Blue." (We always keep up with new versions of "Afro Blue" on this show!) Also - - a multi-instrumentalist who plays everything himself Tom Collier (marimba, vibes, drums, keyboards), plus new music from trombonist Steve Turre, and bluesy guitarist Ken Silverman and his trio, as well as some sizzling Latin jazz from saxophone player Russ Nolan, whose new album is entitled "Call It What You Want." We call it great!

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Blue Dimensions D15: Newly Available Performance Recordings From Ernestine Anderson and Pat Martino

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Old performances have surfaced on CDs, from Ernestine Anderson in 1962, and Pat Martino with Jim Ridl in the 1990s

Andersonph_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, two old previously unissued concert recordings have come out on HighNote Records. We'll hear Ernestine Anderson swinging the Penthouse, a club in Seattle, in 1962, and Pat Martino and Jim Ridl from a club date in their hometown Philadelphia sometime in the 1990s. We'll also hear Ernestine Anderson from her 1990 album "Boogie Down," and, we have a couple of songs from a new album "Collective Portrait" by trumpeter Eddie Henderson who has managed to maintain a musical career while working as a doctor. (One of his patients was Thelonious Monk.) Plus new music from bassist Kyle Eastwood and pianist Harold Mabern, both with wonderful bands.

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Blue Dimensions D18: The Musical Rez-o-nance of Rez Abbasi

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New music from guitarist Rez Abbasi and his Acoustic Quartet

Abbasi_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, some new music from a uniquely talented guitarist, Rez Abbasi, with his Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet, which includes vibraphonist Bill Ware and bassist Stephan Crump. The new album "Intents and Purposes" will satisfy most of us, for all intents and purposes ... and we'll also go back to 2008 and hear Abbasi playing with sax player Rudresh Mahanthappa, in a trio called the Indo-Pak Coalition; Mahantappa is of Indian descent and Abbasi was born in Pakistan, and music for both of them leads the way to understanding between the two frequently antagonistic cultures. Also, jazz with a blues tinge, and the word "blue" in the song titles, from guitarists Calvin Keys and Ken Silverman, and from singer Virginia Schenck, with a mashup of songs by Joni Mitchell and Bobby Troop.

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Blue Dimensions D19: Cuban jazz, from Xiomara Laugart and Candido Camero, recorded binaurally

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David Chesky talks about how his record company records music "binaurally" with a dummy with microphones in its ears

Ear_small As relations between the United States and Cuba appear to be warming, we have new albums from two Cuban musicians, singer Xiomara Laugart and conga master Candido Camero, both recorded "binaurally" by Chesky Records.  We'll hear songs from each album, and we'll ask David Chesky to explain what "binaural" means.  It involves using a dummy with microphones in its ears. The dummy sits in front of the band and records just what you would hear if you were sitting there, a very different approach to recording from today's typical multi-track approach, where just about every component of the sound - - every voice, instrument, or even part of an instrument - - is recorded in a separate channel, which can be manipulated after the session when all the tracks are mixed into a final recording. Multi-track recordings are typically made in acoustically "dead" spaces, rooms where there is no room echo, and nothing resonates with any frequency of sound in the room from the session. Chesky prefers real performance areas.  We'll also open up the new album "Now Is The Time" from organist Chris Foreman, an acolyte of some of the great players of jazz organ such as Jimmy McGriff and Jack McDuff. This album marks Foreman's debut as a band leader, and features some fine guitar work from guitarist Andy Brown.  Brown also has a new album of solo work out, called simply "Soloist," and we'll hear a track from it too. Plus, two songs from soulful jazz singer Allan Harris from his new album "Black Jar Jukebox" that illustrate his versatility and expressive skill.

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Blue Dimensions D20: B. B. King

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Music by and about the late B. B. King

Kingcompletely_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a remembrance of the late B. B. King, the king of the blues, who died at age 89 on May 14th, 2015. We'll hear some of his epic recordings, including his biggest hit "The Thrill Is Gone," and the song where he tells the story of the naming of his guitar Lucille. We'll also hear songs to and about him, from Curtis Salgado and Eric Bibb, plus a rare guest appearance by the King of the blues on an album by the Queen of the blues Koko Taylor, and perhaps even rarer, a track where King played guitar as a sideman. We'll also hear some insights about him from Joe Louis Walker and Murali Coryell that just popped up incidentally in an interview some years ago, that tell us a lot about what kind of person he was. It's B. B. King, in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions D23: "BrotherLEE" Love FromTerell Stafford For Lee Morgan

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Trumpeter Terell Stafford (Philadelphia transplant) celebrates trumpeter Lee Morgan (Philadelphia native) with "Brotherlee Love."

Stafford_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, "Brotherlee Love," "brotherlee" spelled with an L-E-E at the end, not an L-Y - -  a tribute from a transplant to the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, trumpeter Terell Stafford, to a native son, trumpeter  Lee Morgan. Stafford's new release "Brotherlee Love: Celebrating Lee Morgan" includes new recordings of classic Morgan compositions plus one original tune, and we'll dig into it on this show, as well as playing an original Lee Morgan track from 1964, with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Grant Green in the band. We've also got some great new blues albums on hand, from harmonica-player and singer Omar Coleman, his second album, "Born & Raised," and new releases from two wonderful singers of the blues, Jackie Payne and Sugaray Rayford.

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Blue Dimensions: D22: The Bad Plus Joshua Redman

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Like-minded, free-thinking musicians join forces - - The Bad Plus and Joshua Redman get together.

Badplusjoshuaredman_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, the incomparable trio The Bad Plus joins up with saxophone master Joshua Redman on a new project called "The Bad Plus Joshua Redman" - - sounds like there should be two "Pluses" in there but there's just one. We'll hear several pieces full of synergistic power from this collaboration of adventurous players. Also, new music from the always impeccably-dressed pianist from Columbus OH, Aaron Diehl, performing a piece commissioned by his hometown, and a classic Thelonious Monk composition revived by drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts and his trio (we'll also hear the Monk original) - -  plus, drummer Steve Johns, his first album as band leader with his solid family band on an album called "Family," all in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions D24: The Late And Great Ornette Coleman

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Music from the late jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman

Colemanshape_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, music from the late Ornette Coleman, free jazz experimenter who died at age 85 on June 11th. We'll hear music from some of his classic albums including "The Shape Of Jazz To Come" and "Science Fiction," as well as a piece with Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia. Also new and old boogie woogie, from Aaron Diehl and Victor Wainwright, as well as one of the genre's founders Meade "Lux" Lewis. Plus music from the late B. B. King and two of his major influences, T-Bone Walker and Blind Lemon Jefferson, and the jazz-and-then-some trio, The Bad Plus, team up with sax player Joshua Redman on a cool new album.

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Blue Dimensions D25: Remembering Mighty Sam McClain and Wendell Holmes

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Music from Mighty Sam McClain and Wendell Holmes, both of whom have died in June

Vahdat_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we remember two artists who died this June, soul and blues singer Mighty Sam McClain, and singer and multi-instrumentalist Wendell Holmes of The Holmes Brothers. Holmes mixed humor, social commentary, and soul in his music. McClain crossed cultural boundaries, recording with Iran's Mahsa Vahdat. We'll revisit a 2013 interview with McClain and Vahdat, and also hear McClain with Egyptian singer Ramy Essam from the 2014 album Songs From A Stolen Spring. Plus, new music from drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts with extraordinary harmonica player Gregoire Maret, and also from pianist Aaron Diehl, bass clarinetist Todd Marcus, and bassist Ben Williams.

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Blue Dimensions D26: Big Bands, From Cologne To New Orleans

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Marshall Gilkes leading Germany's famed WDR Big Band, and the latest from The Rebirth Brass Band

Gilkes_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, big bands and lots of horns, featuring trombonist Marshall Gilkes leading Germany's famed WDR Big Band on a new album named after the German city of Cologne (which in German is spelled K-ö-l-n). We'll hear several pieces from this spirited player, composer, and arranger leading one of the planet's greatest music groups. We'll also march and dance just in time for Mardi Gras with The Rebirth Brass Band on their album from last year called "Move Your Body," perhaps the ultimate party album. And we'll revisit some still-fresh 20+ year old recordings from Kamikaze Ground Crew, whose members still make great music today in other settings, all coming up in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions D28: Music from the Freeman family, and a couple of musical maybes

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New music from George and Chico Freeman (definitely), the Muddy Waters centennial (maybe), and new music from Andréa Wood (Call her, maybe)

Freeman_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, some new music that's All In The Family - that's the name of a new album from guitarist George Freeman, his nephew saxophone player Chico Freeman, and a great band they have put together. We have a song from the new album, Intercambio, from the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, and from the album it took Shaun Martin seven summers to make - so it's called 7 Summers. (He's not lazy; he's REAL busy!!) We'll mark the centennial of Muddy Waters with a song from the new album Muddy Waters 100, plus a cover of one of his less-covered songs from drummer and singer Jamison Ross, and the original recording of one of his biggest hits that many people thought he wrote and originally recorded - - though recent research supports the likelihood that Muddy was born in 1913, not 1915, which is usually given as his year of birth. Plus: Andréa Wood jazzifies a big pop hit from Carly Rae Jepsen on her second album Kaleidoscope, proving that music is a very expansive art form.

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Blue Dimensions D29: George Cables is In Good Company, and so are we

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New music from pianist George Cables and his trio, and from a group of former top blues sidemen, The Original Legends Of The Blues

Cables_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, pianist George Cables has a new album out called In Good Company - - which he indeed is, with bassist Essiet Essiet and drummer Victor Lewis. We'll hear some originals, and a very original arrangement of Duke Ellington, from Cables and his trio. Also, former sidemen and band leaders of B. B. King and other blues greats get together as The Original Legends Of The Blues, and we'll check out their album Still Carrying The Flame. Plus, new music from soul-blues singer Charles Wilson, drummer and singer Jamison Ross, drummer Christian Finger and his band, The Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, and tenor sax master JD Allen in a superb trio setting with bassist Gregg August and drummer Rudy Royston.

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Blue Dimensions D30: The ultimate Lead Belly collection, and the final album of Pops Staples

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A "folkish" show with Lead Belly, Rhiannon Giddens, and Pops Staples.

Leadbelly_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, kind of a "folkish" show - we have songs from a new box set "Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Collection," five discs and a large book full of Lead Belly music and info. Lead Belly died in 1949, right before the folk revival - - in which he would surely have been a big star - - started to blossom, but his influence to several generations of folk and rock musicians is perhaps without equal. Born Huddie Ledbetter in rural Louisiana, Lead Belly grew up in a share-cropping family, with loving, hard-working parents who were unable to keep him from getting into trouble as he grew to adulthood. Lead Belly was pardoned from sentences in two of the toughest prisons one could be in, Sugarland in Texas and Angola in Louisiana, although it is noted by Jeff Place, who produced this box set with Robert Santelli,  that he had served the minimums for each sentence with a good prison record at both. The father-son folklorist team of John and Alan Lomax played a key role in the second pardon from Louisiana Governor O. K. Allen, and they brought Lead Belly to New York in 1935. It was before the days when people could hope to acquire a jailhouse mystique, such as Johnny Cash did for very few days spent in jail, and Merle Haggard did for some years at San Quentin - and countless rappers with long rap sheets have done more recently. A sarcastic New York Herald Tribune headline read "Sweet Singer of the Swamplands Here to Do a Few Tunes Between Homicides." But there were no more homicides, and some of the songs, like "Irene Goodnight," were sweet. That song was a chart-topper for The Weavers in 1950 the year after Lead Belly died. Frank Sinatra covered it, and artists from Van Morrison to Curt Cobain recorded songs learned from Lead Belly. Lead Belly parted company with the Lomaxes because of their condescending attitudes and the enormous cut they got of his earnings, but success remained elusive. His popularity and substantial influence to a large number of popular musicians has been almost entirely posthumous.

We'll also hear from Rhiannon Giddens of The Carolina Chocolate Drops; her latest album is "Tomorrow Is My Turn." Giddens, a conservatory trained musician, has been a major link in folk music in recent years. On her new album she covers a haunting blues originally done by an obscure artist named Geeshie Wiley in 1930, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe's classic "Up Above My Head I Hear Music In The Air."

Plus, the final album of Roebuck "Pops" Staples, unfinished when he died in 2000, has been completed by his daughter Mavis Staples with producer/guitarist Jeff Tweedy. With his deep soulful voice and signature tremolo guitar, the patriarch of the Staples family does not disapppoint! And, we'll hear some dazzling scat singing from the late Clark Terry, who died at age 94 on February 21, 2015.

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

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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 D33: Giacomo Gates says "Everything Is Cool"

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New music from expressive jazz vocalist Giacomo Gates

Gates_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, new music from expressive singer Giacomo Gates, who absorbed vocalese from such singers as Eddie Jefferson while working for years in construction, and on such projects as the Alaska Pipeline. Now he's a full-time singer, and we'll check out his latest album "Everything Is Cool." Also a breakthrough album from bilingual Colombian singer Laura Otero, called "From Noche To Night," and some very varying piano jazz styles from the contemplative Clay Giberson, the electro-acoustic sounds of pianist Kait Dunton and her trio, the immeasureable energy of Hiromi Uehara with her Sonicbloom band, and the unique classically-inspired jazz of pianist and scat singer Aziza Mustafa-Zadeh, all in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions D34: Mr. Ruffins is just SO New Orleans

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New sounds from Kermit Ruffins and others from the Crescent City

Ruffins_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, some New New Orleans sounds, from trumpeter Kermit Ruffins, whose new album is called "#imsoneworleans" - the hash tag is actually in the album title - - and the latest from a band he founded years ago, The Rebirth Brass Band.  Plus, New Orleans native Terence Blanchard and his E-Collective adding a hard bop dimension to the New Orleans jazz of his youth on the new album "Breathless," and trumpeter Irvin Mayfield taking on Jelly Roll Morton on a new box set of live performances in New Orleans - - and, new music from bassist Ben Williams, his second album as band leader, as well as drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, and guitarist Dave Stryker with songs he used to play touring with Stanley Turrentine on an album called "Messin' With Mister T," all in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions D35: The Heavy Feel of Larry Coryell

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New music from guitarist Larry Coryell

Jm-larrycoryell_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a new album from Larry Coryell. Coryell's album "Heavy Feel" mixes desert melodies and blues in a way that is uniquely Larry Coryell. We'll hear several tracks, and some earlier Larry Coryell, including his first recordings as a featured artist with Chico Hamilton in 1966 on Hamilton's album "The Dealer.". Also a debut album from blues singer Sherwood Fleming a little ahead of his 80th birthday - - much better late than never - - and Ernestine Anderson, newly available performance recordings from 1962, also much better late than never! Also:  some blues about the music business from The Cash Box Kings, from their new album "Holding Court," and the latest from pianist Harold Mabern, plus a new album, "Wildflower,"  from expressive singer Joanna Pascale.

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Blue Dimensions D37: Decades-old Concert Recordings Now Available, from Abbey Lincoln and Erroll Garner

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Newly available decades-old concert recordings of Abbey Lincoln and Erroll Garner

Lincoln_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, newly available performance recordings of the late great jazz singer Abbey Lincoln from 1980, on an album called "Sophisticated Abbey," including her version of a Billie Holiday classic and one of her best original songs - - plus previously unreleased concert recordings of pianist Erroll Garner, his famous "Concert By The Sea" in 1955 in Carmel CA, available for the first time in its entirety. We'll also hear a couple of songs from a new album by bassist Lee Smith called "My Kind Of Blues," including a classic Mongo Santamaria composition. We'll also check out The West African Blues Project, Modou Touré of Senegal and Ramon Goose from England, who play captivating modern west African music.

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Blue Dimensions D38: Mr. Sipp is The Mississippi Blues Child

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New blues from Mr. Sipp, "The Mississippi Blues Child" and the latest from Larry Coryell, Ben Williams, Lisa Hilton, and more

Sipp_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, new Mississippi Blues from Mr. Sipp - - as in "Missis-SIPP-i." Mr. Sipp is a former International Blues Challenge winner (2014) with an exciting new album, "The Mississippi Blues Child." We'll hear several songs from it, as well as blues from another contemporary blues star, Jarekus Singleton. We also have a bunch of solid new releases from the world of jazz, including funky, high-energy new music from bassist Ben Williams, a new release from multi-instrumentalist Tom Collier, who plays all the instruments himself on the album, multi-dimensional pianist Lisa Hilton, spicy trumpet player Pete Rodriguez, and visionary guitarist Larry Coryell, all in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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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

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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 D42: Conversation, and song, from Joanna Pascale

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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 D43: B. B. King's Classic Singles, Two Singing Kims, and Two Band-leading Bassists

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.Classic B. B. King singles reissued!

Bbking_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a couple of B. B. King sides that you may not have heard in a few decades, from the new box set of his complete singles from 1949 to 1962. Also a song he made famous done by Kim Nalley who also offers a hard-hitting song about black community relationships with police on her album "Blues People" - - and another Kim, Kim Nazarian of the vocal group New York Voices, with her first solo album, scatting her way from Moscow to Kursk in Russia with trumpeter Sean Jones (at least in song...). Plus, we have seasonal music from pianist Orrin Evans, a new release from guitarist Gilad Hekselman, and two bassists leading their bands, Peter Paulsen, and Lee Smith - - the bassists are taking over - - in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions D44: a French connection with D-Stringz and St. Germain

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Stanley Clarke joining French guitarist Biréli Lagrène, and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, and St. Germain sampling Lightnin' Hopkins

Dstringz_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, it's a "French Connection" including a "two-thirds French" trio, American bassist Stanley Clarke joining French guitarist Biréli Lagrène, and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty as a group called D-Stringz. We'll hear several songs from the superb new album they've done together, including a fresh interpretation of a classic piece by Django Reinhardt. We'll also play a song from a new album from French dee-jay and composer Ludovic Navarre, better known as St. Germain, and the original, early-1950s Lightnin Hopkins blues recording he samples on it. The self-titled album St. Germain draws on blues and West African music. Plus a debut release from sax player Kirsten Edkins, new music from guitarist Lionel Loueke, and some Coltrane, all in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions D46: Tom Collier Shares Vibes With Frisell & Coryell, and Lionel Loueke Shines With His Old Friends

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Vibraphonist Tom Collier teams up with Bill Frisell and Larry Coryell; Lionel Loueke's records "Gaia" with his music school buds, and organist Joey DeFrancesco asks for the organ player's name on his new album.

Collierbridge_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, some new music from vibraphone and marimba master Tom Collier. Collier has two very special guitarists taking turns joining him on the album "Across The Bridge," Bill Frisell and Larry Coryell. We'll hear contributions from each of them, plus a track from Coryell's excellent recent album "Heavy Feel."  Speaking of distinctive guitarists, we have the new album "Gaïa" from Lionel Loueke, working with the trio he has maintained for over a decade, even while his career has included work with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock.  We'll hear several tracks from the album, and a couple of new pieces from a well-known organist who also plays trumpet, Joey DeFranceso, with a new album called "Trip Mode."

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BD-D47: The Pioneering Flute Blues Music Of Sam Most

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New reissue of the album "From The Attic Of My Mind" by jazz flute player Sam Most, an innovator whose breathy articulation and use of vocalizing through his instrument influenced almost every jazz flute player who followed him.

Most_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a new reissue of the album "From The Attic Of My Mind" by jazz flute player Sam Most, a pioneering artist and innovator whose breathy articulation and use of vocalizing through his instrument influenced almost everyone who followed him, including the jazz magician Rahsaan Roland Kirk - - yet he was relatively unknown when he died in 2013, at age 82. We'll hear several tracks from Sam Most, and also investigate new albums from organist and pianist Mike LeDonne and alto sax player Vincent Herring. LeDonne and Herring share drummer Joe Farnsworth and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt on their latest albums, and actually LeDonne is the pianist on Herring's album as well. The result is great music on both albums, "Awwlright!" from LeDonne, and "Night And Day" from Herring.

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Blue Dimensions D49: Sista Jean & CB revive the Folk-Blues Revival with a tribute to Odetta, and Robert Irving III post-Miles

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New tribute album to Odetta from Sista Jean & CB, and former Miles Davis music director Robert Irving III has a new release

Sistajeancb_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, new music from Robert Irving III, a keyboard player who was musical director for the Miles Davis band and now has an album with his wife alto-sax player Laurence d'Estival Irving and some of the musicians he has mentored called "Generations: Our Space In Time;" we'll hear several tracks from it, and from Miles Davis in concert with Robert Irving III in the band. Also the second album from Sista Jean and CB, singer Jean McClain and guitarist Carlyle Barriteau, a tribute album to Odetta with some fresh interpretations of favorites of the folk-blues revival years, and a song from Modou Touré and Ramon Goose, whose album "The West African Blues Project" is one of the year's most interesting blues releases.

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Blue Dimensions D51: "Sirens Of September," Shemekia Copeland & Cecile McLorin Salvant

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New music from Shemekia Copeland and Cecile McLorin Salvant released this past September

Copeland_small On this show, two new songs each from two "Sirens of September," two singers with alluring releases this past September,  Cecile McLorin Salvant ("For One To Love") and Shemekia Copeland ("Outskirts Of Love").  We'll also hear from the Mack Avenue Superband, a group of the Mack Avenue label's top players who get together every year for the Detroit Jazz Festival, with an album from the event coming out the following year. It's been happening for three years now, and the new album Live From The Detroit Jazz Festival 2014 is definitely a winner. We'll hear a couple of songs from it, and a couple of songs from a new release by pianist Orrin Evans called "The Evolution Of Oneself" including an old, old country song jazzified.

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Blue Dimensions D52: Chick & Bela On Tour, and John reinterprets Paul

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Chick Corea and Bela Fleck, live in concert; John Pizzarelli's "Midnight McCartney," and the high-energy duo known as The Claudettes

Coreafleck_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, in-concert recordings from pianist Chick Corea and banjoist Bela Fleck. Their new album called "Two" comes from recordings of their extensive tours following their 2007 album "The Enchantment," and the music is enchanting. We also have John Pizzarelli's new album "Midnight McCartney," which came to be following a suggestion from the ex-Beatle himself, and we'll also hear from The Christian McBride Trio, live at the Village Vanguard - - plus the Kendrick Scott Oracle with a new composition from drummer Kendrick Scott, and a high-energy piano-percussion duo called The Claudettes, named after a colorful bar owner who hired them as her house band.

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Blue Dimensions E01: New music from a unique songwriter, Linda Waterfall, from her album "Hometown Girl."

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New music from singer-songwriter Linda Waterfall, and a debut from Kenneth Salters, plus new music from Guy Davis, and Paul Hemmings, and a vindictive song from Cécile McLorin Salvant.

Lindawaterfall_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, the new release from singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist Linda Waterfall. Her new album is called "Hometown Girl," and on it she continues to write thought-provoking and stirring songs that offer her distinctive use of chords and harmony, as well as incisive observation of our species. We'll hear several songs from the album, including one in which the mere task of getting dressed for the day assumes cosmic and comic proportions.  We'll also play songs from a new album called "The Blues & The Abstract Uke" from Paul Hemmings, and the album's namesake from saxophonist Oliver Nelson . . . plus the debut album of drummer Kenneth Salters, a tall tale from bluesman Guy Davis on his new album "Kokomo Kidd," and a vindictive song from an old story reinterpreted by singer Cécile McLorin Salvant on her latest album "For One To Love."

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Blue Dimensions E02: Life Begins At 83, with Leo Bud Welch and Kenny Burrell

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new music from 83-year-old youngsters Kenny Burrell and Leo Bud Welch

Welch_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, life begins at 83. Some busy octogenarians have new albums. Guitarist Kenny Burrell is sounding good on his new live album "The Road To Love," recorded last May a month and a half before he turned 84.  We'll hear a blues, a Latin jazz serenade with flute, and a rollicking number with special guest vocalist Barbara Morrison. Also, Mississippi bluesman Leo Bud Welch - - his second album "I Don't Prefer No Blues" has led to a busy touring schedule for the 83-year-old bluesman, who actually does prefer the blues. (The preacher in his church apparently doesn't, and when told Welch was doing a blues album said, "I Don't Prefer No Blues," thus giving the album its title.) We'll also hear from keyboardist Manuel Valera and his band Groove Square, a piece featuring the uniquely gifted harmonica player Gregoire Maret, and a track from bassist and composer Carlos Henriquez with members of The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra; plus guitarist Lionel Loueke and his trio, who have worked together since their days in music school in the 1990s.

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Blue Dimensions E03: Brad Mehldau's decade of live performances, and the shimmering funk-jazz of Big Picture

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Selections from the Brad Mehldau box set 10 Years Solo Live, Fourplay's 25th anniversary, and the shimmering and simmering funk-jazz of Big Picture Holiday

Mehldau_small Brad Mehldau's decade of live performances, and the shimmering funk-jazz of Big Picture Holiday
In this hour of Blue Dimensions, pianist Brad Mehldau in solo performances, songs from the new box set "10 Years Solo Live," where Mehldau applies his brainy and soulful talent to works from Thelonious Monk to Kurt Cobain.  Speaking of Monk, we'll hear a song from him from the 1960s, and we'll check out the 25th anniversary celebration album of the band Fourplay, with special guest Larry Carlton adding a guitar part, and we'll hear from Fourplay band members Bob James and Nathan East from a recent side-project they did called "The New Cool" - - plus, a funky and mesmerizing band with an Afrobeat undertow, headed up by multi-horn player Avram Fefer, called Big Picture Holiday, with a simmering album called "Shimmer And Melt."

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Blue Dimensions E03: Brad Mehldau's decade of live performances, and the shimmering funk-jazz of Big Picture

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

Selections from the Brad Mehldau box set 10 Years Solo Live, Fourplay's 25th anniversary, and the shimmering and simmering funk-jazz of Big Picture Holiday

Mehldau_small Brad Mehldau's decade of live performances, and the shimmering funk-jazz of Big Picture Holiday
In this hour of Blue Dimensions, pianist Brad Mehldau in solo performances, songs from the new box set "10 Years Solo Live," where Mehldau applies his brainy and soulful talent to works from Thelonious Monk to Kurt Cobain.  Speaking of Monk, we'll hear a song from him from the 1960s, and we'll check out the 25th anniversary celebration album of the band Fourplay, with special guest Larry Carlton adding a guitar part, and we'll hear from Fourplay band members Bob James and Nathan East from a recent side-project they did called "The New Cool" - - plus, a funky and mesmerizing band with an Afrobeat undertow, headed up by multi-horn player Avram Fefer, called Big Picture Holiday, with a simmering album called "Shimmer And Melt."

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Blue Dimensions E05: Two-Fers! Two Tracks Each From Four Cool New Releases

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Two cuts each from new releases from Lisa Hilton, Renee Rosnes, Lionel Loueke, and The Interludes

Hilton_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, one of our infrequent specials called "Two-Fers For You-Fers," two songs each from several strong new releases. We'll hear a couple of blues-tinged pieces from pianist Lisa Hilton's new album "Nocturnal," with Terell Stafford on trumpet and JD Allen on tenor sax. We also have a couple of selections from the album "Written In The Rocks" from another pianist, Renee Rosnes, a musical exploration of human evolution and Darwin's experiences developing the theory, and two very different sides of guitarist Lionel Loueke on his latest album "Gaia" - plus, a couple of cuts from a funky, bluesy trio from Nashville called The Interludes; two cuts a piece from each of four striking new releases on this show.

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Blue Dimensions E09: The Evolution of Dr. Lonnie Smith

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Featuring the album "Evolution" from organist Dr, Lonnie Smith

Drlonniesmith_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, "Evolution," as experienced by Dr. Lonnie Smith. The master of the Hammond B3 organ and the label for which he recorded some of his classics more than four decades ago have both evolved, and at age seventy-three Smith is back with Blue Note Records for his latest release , featuring some distinctive originals and a couple of covers including a Thelonious Monk classic. One of the tracks we'll play features a guest appearance on soprano sax by Joe Lovano. We'll also hear from Monk himself at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1964, and we have new albums from two super saxophone players, Grace Kelly, who at age twenty-three has released her eighth album, "Trying To Figure It Out," and Ilhan Ersahin and his Istanbul Sessions Band recorded in Istanbul.

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Blue Dimensions E10: Sharpe Meets Tharpe

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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 E11: "Canto América" from Michael Spiro and Wayne Wallace

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Yoruban spirits inhabit the music on "Canto América" from Michael Spiro and Wayne Wallace

Spirowallace_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, percussionist Michael Spiro and trombonist Wayne Wallace pool their decades of experience with Afro-Cuban rhythms and Latin Jazz and lead La Orquestra Sinfonietta on a new album called "Canto América."  We'll hear a couple of tracks, including the ever-evolving Mongo Santamaria composition, and Afro-Cuban classic, "Afro Blue." The album "Canto América" highlights the rhythms of Afro-Cuban jazz and the Yoruba culture of Nigeria that travelled on slave ships to Cuba during the slave trade. "Afro Blue" perhaps best captures these spirits, and its composer Mongo Santamaria was of Yoruban descent. Plus, we'll hear the version of "Afro Blue" that made people think John Coltrane had written it.  Speaking of evolving, we'll hear something from the recent album "Evolution" from organist Dr. Lonnie Smith and a composition of his from 1968 with Lou Donaldson as band leader, both from the evolving and still very important Blue Note label. Also - - a piece for Coltrane, from sax player Christian Winther, from his latest album "Refuge In Sound."

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Blue Dimensions E12: Piano Connections, with Kenny Barron, Thelonious Monk, and Bud Powell

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Kenny Barron connects with Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell on his new album "Book Of Intuition"

Barron_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a new album from pianist Kenny Barron, called "Book Of Intuition," on which he connects with two earlier piano greats, Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell, with an original composition dedicated to Powell, and covers of two Monk songs. We'll also hear from Monk and Powell themselves, including Monk's piece for Powell. Also: bassist and band leader Avery Sharpe's new album "Sharpe Meets Tharpe" is an uplifting tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe; saxophone player and composer Melissa Aldana lives up to the promise of her breakthrough album of two years ago on her new release "Back Home," and we'll hear from two Julians, guitarist Julian Lage and his trio with an electrifying album called "Arclight," and pianist Julian Hartwell with an appealing debut album with his Julian Hartwell Project.

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Blue Dimensions E13: "Two-fers" From Four New Piano Jazz albums

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Two cuts each from four new piano-led jazz releases, from Alfredo Rodríguez, Hiromi, Kenny Barron, and Leslie Pintchik

Rodriguez_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, one of our occasional "two-fers" shows, two tracks each from four appealing new releases, and on this show all four are from pianists leading their groups, including Cuban jazz pianist Alfredo Rodríguez, who brings in the twin sister singing sensation known as Ibeyi (Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz) as guests on his new album "Tocororo." We also have new albums from two trios, each of which is made up of members who have longstanding close connections with one another; the phenomenal Hiromi Uehara and her trio project, a new album called "Spark," and Kenny Barron and his trio with their new release "Book Of Intuition" - - and we have Leslie Pintchik who graduated from a career as an English professor to one as a jazz pianist. We'll hear a couple of songs from her and her band from the new album "True North."

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Blue Dimensions E14: Yellowjaclets Mark 35 Years With Some "Cohearance"

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New album "Coherance" from Yellowjackets; the late Gato Barbieri in 1968 with Dollar Brand

Yellow-jackets_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, new music from Yellowjackets, celebrating 35 years with founding member Russell Ferrante, new member Dane Alderson, and longtime players William Kennedy and Bob Mintzer. The band reworks a Coltrane classic and honors pianist Eddie Palmieri on a new album with a punny spelling for its title, "Cohearance." Also pianist Dave Flippo and his trio look for "Life On Mars" as David Bowie did, on their new album, and we'll play new music from sax player Melissa Aldana and her trio on the new album "Back Home," a strong followup to her 2014 breakthrough album. We'll dance to the fiddle-playing of Michael Doucet and Tom Rigney on their new album "Cajun Fandango," and note the passing of saxophonist Gato Barbieri with a great, but not well-known, recording he made with pianist Dollar Brand in Italy in 1968. Plus, some haunting music on bass clarinet and vibraphone from Keefe Jackson and Jason Adasiewicz from their new project "Rows And Rows."

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Blue Dimensions E15: New Guitar Sounds From Patrick Butler & Randy Napoleon

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New Guitar Music From Patrick Butler and Randy Napoleon

Butler_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, guitarist Patrick Butler experiments with the sound of his guitar on a new album called "Symmetrical Oscillations."  We'll hear a couple of pieces from the album, as well as two very different songs from a new album from another guitarist, Randy Napoleon,  whose new album is called "Soon." One of the tracks, an interpretation of a Duke Ellington - Billy Strayhorn classic, features trumpeter Etienne Charles.  (We'll also hear Ellington's band playing the song, featuring saxophonist Johnny Hodges.)  Sax players Melissa Aldana and Logan Richardson will also be part of this show. Aldana was the star pupil of a famous saxophone teacher in her native Chile, namely her father, Marcos Aldana.  Her new album with her trio is entitled "Back Home."  We'll hear Richardson not only on his new album "Shift," but also as a featured artist on the new release "San Ygnacio" by bassist and band leader Marcos Varela.

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Blue Dimensions E16: A Man Of Many Names Plays Several Instruments

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Spirited new music from George Bernard Dudley Kenyatta, a sax-trumpet dance with Roxy Coss and Jeremy Pelt, and Ukraine, Brazil, and USA intersect with bassist Ark Ovrutski.

Kenyatta_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, George Dudley, also known as Appah Kenyatta, and George Bernard Dudley Kenyatta, has a new album of yoga-inspired jazz called "Joy And Love."  Kenyatta plays flute beautifully, as we will hear, and saxophone and piano. We'll hear several tunes from "Joy And Love," and check out a musical intersection of Ukraine, Brazil, and the United States - an album actually called "Intersection," from bassist and band leader Ark Ovrutski, a native of Kiev now in the United States in a band with two Americans and two Brazilians.  Also, sax player Roxy Coss intersects with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt on her new album "Restless Idealism," and we'll hear something from Pelt's latest release as well, an album all ready for internet comments - - it's called "#JiveCulture" (the hash tag is in the title). Somewhere along the way, we'll jump back to 1947 to hear Thelonious Monk with Art Blakey on drums, the original version of a song that George Bernard Dudley Kenyatta also does on his album, one of Monk's very distinctive classic melodies.

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Blue Dimensions E17: A trio of trios, including new music from Hiromi & The Trio Project

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"Spark" - new music from piano phenomenon Hiromi Uehara and her Trio Project

Hiromi_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a trio of trios - - new music from the phenomenal pianist Hiromi Uehara and her Trio Project, with longtime collaborators bassist Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips. The new album is called "Spark," a title that certainly suggests its flashing electric energy. We'll also hear from another trio the Matt Parker Trio, with a new album called "Present Time," and we have yet another trio, headed up by vibraphonist Christian Tamburr, with pianist Takana Miyamoto and percussionist Keita Ogawa, who take on a Beatles song on their album "People Talk."  Also: new music from drummer Ed Fast and his band Conga Bop, with a very special guest, guitarist Larry Coryell, and a track from a cool new album from saxophone player and composer Roxy Coss, who wants to be sure that we her name right. She says "Don't Cross The Coss," and celebrates her power as a woman in jazz on her album "Restless Idealism."

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Blue Dimensions E18: The 4-Tet and The Jazztet, and Jazztetter Benny Golson today

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new music from sax player Benny Golson, a classic from his 1960 band The Jazztet, and the latest from Chico Freeman's 4-Tet

Golson_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, Benny Golson at 87. The tenor saxophone master has a new album called "Horizon Ahead," and we'll join him as he heads toward it with some exciting new music. We'll also hear his breakout 1960 hit with a band called The Jazztet that he co-led with trumpeter Art Farmer and included McCoy Tyner on piano.  After the Jazztet, we have the 4-tet, a new quartet project from another great sax player, Chico Freeman. We'll also play songs from two other strong new releases, the album "Let Loose" from guitarist Peter Bernstein, and the latest from pianist Laurence Hobgood, longtime musical director for singer Kurt Elling, an album called "Honor Thy Fathers," honoring his father and his other influences.

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Blue Dimensions E19: Chico Freeman's 4-Tet "Spoken Into Existence"

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featuring music from Chico Freeman's 4-Tet from the album "Spoken Into Existence"

Freeman_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, tenor sax player Chico Freeman and his 4-tet with an exciting new album called "Spoken Into Existence." Freeman recorded this album in Europe, where he has been based for some years, though he has now returned to the States. We'll welcome him back by highlighting this wonderful album. Also, tenor sax player Frank Catalano and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and their band put their mark on a classic Miles Davis piece on their new album "Bye Bye Blackbird;" pianist Dave Flippo very creatively arranges a Bob Dylan song for his jazz trio, and Jeremy Pelt and the Power Quintet offer some powerful music on an album called "High Art."  We also have a song written by Carmen Lundy from singer Phyllis Blanford on her new album "Edgewalker."

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Blue Dimensions E21:Mack Avenue Superband at The Detroit Jazz Festival 2015

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Mack Avenue label's star players in concert at Detroit Jazz Festival in 2015

Masbplayers_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions we'll feature the new Mack Avenue Superband album "Live From The Detroit Jazz Festival 2015." For the fourth year in a row, a group of star players from the Mack Avenue jazz label has appeared at the annual Detroit Jazz Festival over Labor Day weekend, followed with a CD release of some of their songs the following year. This album features bassist Christian McBride as band leader, with Freddie Hendrix on trumpet, Tia Fuller on alto and soprano saxes, Kirk Whalum on tenor sax, Christian Sands on piano, Gary Burton on vibes and Carl Allen on drums, and we'll hear several songs composed by various band members. We'll also revisit the first year of the Mack Avenue Superband at The Detroit Jazz Festival, 2012, with Burton and Allen in the band, and Kevin Eubanks on guitar with Rodney Whitaker on bass. Also on this show, new music from saxophonist and composer Roxy Coss, who gives us more info about the music and the story behind it than we usually get on her album "Restless Idealism," and a funky and bluesy Nashville-based instrumental trio called The Interludes.

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Blue Dimensions E23: Muhammad Ali Sings And Speaks - and Calypsonians Sing About Him

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Recordings of Muhammad Ali made before he won the heavyweight championship for the first time

Cassius_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, remembering Muhammad Ali with some of his recordings from the 1950s. Prior to his championship fight with Sonny Liston in 1964, he recorded some skits for an album, and a couple of songs for a single, which were all reissued in 1999 on a CD called "I Am The Greatest!" by Columbia/Legacy Records. In addition we'll hear a couple of calypso songs about Ali - - calypso has always been a rich source of history and social commentary. Also, two new jazz versions of a traditional blues song, "Another Man Done Gone" from bassist Will Goble with singer Tabreeca Woodside and tenor saxophone player JD Allen, and new and recent music from some great players and band leaders,  trumpeter Dominick Farinacci, guitarist Peter Bernstein, pianist Laurence Hobgood, and guitarist Julian Lage.

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

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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 E25: American Tunes from Allen Toussaint

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Allen Toussaint's Final Album "American Tunes"

Toussaint_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, the final recordings of the late and great New Orleans pianist and composer Allen Toussaint, an album called American Tunes that features both solo performances and band tracks with the likes of Bill Frissell on guitar and Rhiannon Giddens of The Carolina Chocolate Drops singing. Toussaint's final project gives us a somewhat surprisingly understated interpretation of some New Orleans favorites, especially on the solo cuts, yet his personality is as present as ever. Also, new music from three guitarists and their bands, Jason "El Rubio" McGuire with a nuevo flamenco sound, bluesman Little Charlie Baty with an organ trio setup, and LA jazz veteran Dan Sistos celebrating LA jazz. Bassists Will Goble and Jeff Denson also have fine new albums for us to play, as does pianist Cyrus Chestnut, with drummer Lenny White of "Return To Forever" fame in the band.

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Blue Dimensions E26: Reinterpreting The Haunting Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson

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New interpretations of the songs of "singing preacher" Blind Willie Johnson

Goddont_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a tribute to the one-of-a-kind pre-World-War-II gospel singer and guitarist Blind Willie Johnson, whose rough-hewn voice, closely interwoven with his slide guitar-playing, gave us one of traditional music's most noteworthy signature sounds. The album "God Don't Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson" features many artists from the world of popular music performing Johnson's songs. We'll hear from The Blind Boys Of Alabama and Luther Dickinson, of the Norh Mississippi All-Stars, with a fife and drum band led by Sharde Thomas, granddaughter of the late famed Mississippi fife-and-drum band leader Othar Turner. We'll match these songs with the magically-powered original Blind Willie Johnson recordings. Also on this show, high-energy new music from New Orleans drummer Herlin Riley, who's played with most of the great musicians in that city, but does his own thing, though with a definite nod to his hometown, on his album "New Direction." We'll hear from sax player Logan Richardson, who became known following his appearance with the NEXT Collective doing inventive covers of pop songs on the 2013 album "Cover Art." On his new release "Shift," he does one such cover, and brings out some tasty original compositions. Plus, a new album for the great trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, his seventh for the HighNote jazz label, and an album with a hash tag already in its title, "#Jiveculture."

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Blue Dimensions E28: A Tribute To McCoy Tyner from the trio Three More Sounds

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A Tribute To McCoy Tyner, with music from Three More Sounds, and Mr. Tyner himself

Threemore_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a tribute to the great pianist McCoy Tyner from a band called Three More Sounds, with Bill Heid on piano, Henry Franklin on bass, and Carl Burnett on drums. We'll hear a couple of Tyner pieces from their album "High Voltage: A Tribute To McCoy Tyner" as well as the McCoy Tyner originals, and a true classic from the John Coltrane Quartet on which Tyner's piano playing really sparkles. We'll also hear from a trio called Terceto Kali, a nuevo flamenco band headed up by guitarist Jason "El Rubio" McGuire, and we'll hear jazz on the pan-flute played by Damian Draghici who recorded his album "The American Dream" in free moments between the duties of his job as a member of the Parliament of The European Union.

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Blue Dimensions E29: Grateful Dead Music Jazzified, and Musicians Reciprocate On Each Other's Latest Albums

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The Dave Wilson Quartet and OJT offer jazz interpretations of Grateful Dead songs, and Steve Slagle and Bill O'Connell help each other out on their latest releases.

Davewilson_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, "jazz meets The Grateful Dead" — we'll hear jazz versions of Grateful Dead songs from new albums from saxophone player Dave Wilson and his quartet, and from OJT, the organ jazz trio.  OJT does two Grateful Dead songs on their recent album "New Standards For The Green Lady."  Also: musicians reciprocate on their latest releases. We'll hear from The Stryker Slagle Band (Expanded) - - guitarist Dave Stryker and sax and flute player Steve Slagle and their band — with a new album called "Routes," and new music from pianist Bill O'Connell who works with the Stryker Slagle Band, and also has Steve Slagle with him on saxophone and flute on his new Latin jazz album "Heart Beat."

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

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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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Blue Dimensions E33: MORE Trombones, with Michael Davis and his Hip-Bone Big Bandd

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Trombones with Michael Davis's Hip-Bone Big Band, Steve Turre, and Reggie Watkins

Davis_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, more trombones, following up on a recent program highlighting trombonists. We'll feature a new album from trombonist Michael Davis, and his Hip-Bone Big Band, with some great originals and a twist on the classic song about trombones, and play some music from trombonists Steve Turre and Reggie Watkins, subjects of a recent Blue Dimensions feature.  Also: new music from guitarist Nels Cline of the band Wilco, an ambitious long-planned work called "Lovers," Houston Person and Ron Carter on a new duet album called "Chemistry," and pianist Harold López-Nussa emjoying better relations between his native Cuba and the United States. Plus: the trio of Jack DeJohnette, with two "sons of the Coltrane Quartet," Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison, paying tribute to John Coltrane's final drumming partner Rashied Ali, on their new album "In Movement."

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Blue Dimensions E34: Bobby Hutcherson 1941-2016

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Music from the late vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, who died August 15, 2016

Dialogue_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, music from the late Bobby Hutcherson, the great vibraphonist who died on August 15th at age 75. Hutcherson recorded dozens of albums as band leader in his great career including more than twenty for the Blue Note label, and dozens more as a valued sideman, working with many greats including McCoy Tyner, Grant Green,  Joe Henderson, Jacklie McLean, and Barney Kessel.  We'll hear some of his classics as a band leader, and some stand-out performances as a member of the band with pianist McCoy Tyner on one of his greatest albums, and guitarist Barney Kessel. We'll also hear a track from one of Hutcherson's later albums, from 2009, and a recording with the SFJazz Collective that he has worked with extensively in more recent years of his long career. The spotlight is on Bobby Hutcherson, in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Calypso Facto CFA01: Summer 2016

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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 E35: Joe Chambers Plays Two "Sgnos" Whose Titles Are Names Spelled Sdrawkcab

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Drummer Joe Chambers plays two famous jazz pieces whose titles are backwards spellings of important names.

Joechambers_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, drummer Joe Chambers has two songs whose titles are names spelled backwards on his new album "Landscapes;" we'll hear them both, and also new music from another drummer, Willie Jones III with a new album "Groundwork." We'll give the guitarists their due as well, with the latest from 8-string guitarist Fred Fried and his band Core, and guitarist Charlie Apicella's tribute to B. B. King. We'll also hear from a couple of guitar-driven bands, Nonch Harpin' featuring Andy Markham, and The Wide Hive Players, named after their record label, led by guitarist Drew Zingg. Along the way, we'll slip in a piece from 87-year-old saxophone master Benny Golson from his new album "Horizon Ahead."

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Blue Dimensions E36: Cookin' with The Cookers

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The new (fifth) album from the supergroup known as The Cookers

Cookers_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, "The Call Of The Wild And Peaceful Heart," the new album from The Cookers, a supergroup formed about nine years ago, probably with the idea of doing an album that was a meeting of minds and  generations and moving on - - but this new album is their fifth release. The band includes some great players "of old" along with a couple from more recent generations. Veterans Billy Harper on tenor saxophone, Eddie Henderson on trumpet, George Cables on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Billy Hart on drums are joined by trumpeter David Weiss and alto saxophonist Donald Harrison in a high-spirited set of tunes, three of which will spin on this show. Also, a trend of jazz artists interpreting songs from the world of pop and rock  continues with new albums from Dave Stryker and Allan Harris. Guitarist Dave Stryker's latest album "Eight Track II" is all songs whose original  versions were probably playing on eight track tapes back in the old analog days, recast by the guitarist and his four-piece band. Allan Harris,  singer and guitarist, has a new album called "Nobody's Gonna Love You Better", mixing original songs, and classics from jazz and rock. We have a new live album from organist Barbara Dennerlein from Munich, long known for her work on the Hammond B3 organ, and increasingly in more recent  years for playing all sorts of music on big pipe organs usually found in churches. Plus, we have a piece from a new album "The Second" by multi-instrumentalist  Derrick Hodge, who plays all of the instruments on many of the album's tracks, but we'll hear one where he brings out the horn section to join him on something that sounds at once both very new and somewhat traditional.

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Blue Dimensions E37: D-Erania's "Language Of The Heart" And A Psalm From John Coltrane

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New album from saxophonist D-Erania, and a classic from John Coltrane marking the 90th anniversary of his birth.

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Blue Dimensions E38: "Two-fers" double offerings from new releases from Pat Metheny, Cuong Vu (with Pat Metheny), Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, and Jimmy "Duck" Holmes

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"Two-fers" - - a set of double offerings from Pat Metheny, Cuong Vu (with Pat Metheny), Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, and Jimmy "Duck" Holmes from recent releases.

Metheny_small Two-fers from recent releases of Pat Metheny, Cuong Vu, Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, and Jimmy "Duck" Holmes
It's another "two-fers for you-fers" show in this hour, two tracks each from several new releases - - in fact, we actually have two new albums featuring guitarist Pat Metheny, one, "The Unity Sessions," with his Unity Group, and another with trumpeter Cuong Vu, who has worked with Metheny a lot over the years. So we'll have four tracks altogether featuring Pat Metheny. We also have a couple of tracks from one of the world's greatest boogie woogie players, Kenny "Blue Boss" Wayne, who has a new album out called "Jumpin' and Boppin'" and we'll hear a couple of things from Mississippi bluesman Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, actually from two albums of his released at more or less the same time, one recorded at the Briggs Farm Blues Festival in Pennsylvania, and one from Jimmy's own club in his home, Bentonia MS, a club he has run just about all of his life, all in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions E40: Harlem Is On Catherine Russell's Mind

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New music from some blues singing women, including Catherine Russell, whose new album "Harlem On My Mind" once again sets the standard for standards. Plus new music from saxophonist Eric Alexander, and pianist Orrin Evans, and Erroll Garner on the comeback trail 39 years after his death, all in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

Russell_small In this hour of the show we'll hear from some women who are singing the blues, featuring the new album "Harlem On My Mind" from Catherine Russell. Russell became one of the most successful back-up singers in the biz, working with artists as diverse as Dolly Parton, Snoop Dogg, and David Bowie before taking center stage with her album "Cat" in 2006. Russell, daughter of former Louis Armstrong band leader Luis Russell and singer and bassist Carline Ray, sets the standard for standards, reviving and re-invigorating decades-old blues and jazz songs. In addition to Russell, we'll hear songs from several other women who have released strong blues albums this year, including JJ Thames, Kat Riggins, and Vaneese Thomas, all of whom also write much of their material as well. We'll also hear a delightfully intricate two and a half minute song from singer Cyrille Aimée from her most recent release. In the second part of the show, new jazz from saxophonist Eric Alexander with the wonderful Harold Mabern in the band on piano, pianist Orrin Evans with some vocals from bassist Luques Curtis's baby daughter, and a couple of previously unreleased tracks from pianist Erroll Garner, who died thirty-nine years ago. The new album "Ready Take One" is the second album in as many years to offer previously unreleased work from the great pianist.

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Blue Dimensions E41: Ted Nash Finds The Music In Political Speeches Of World Leaders

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musical interpretations from Ted Nash and his Big band of speeches by world leaders.

Tednashbig_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, musical interpretations of speeches by national leaders on a new album "Presidential Suite" by the Ted Nash Big Band.  Ted Nash plays alto and soprano saxes, and is the arranger and conductor of the band, which draws on the rhythms and cadences of speeches by great political leaders from Winston Churchill to Franklin Roosevelt to John Kennedy to Nelson Mandela. The album includes readings of the speeches by prominent players in the world, including former Senator Joe Lieberman, actress Glenn Close, and former Atlanta Mayor, Representative in Congress, and ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young. The musical pieces are offered both with and without the readings over them. We will focus on the music without the readings, though on one piece, the inaugural speech of Nelson Mandela as President of South Africa, part of the speech is read by Chris Crenshaw, who also plays trombone in the band. We'll also feature another musical interpretation of a speech, John Coltrane's composition "Alabama," which is a saxophone reading of Martin Luther King's speech in 1963 following the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham AL that killed four girls inside the church. Jack DeJohnette has a new version of this piece on his album "In Movement," with Coltrane's son Ravi Coltrane playing the saxophone. We also have new music from Black Olive Jazz, a project headed up by singer Kay Kostopoulos, with sax player Noel Jewkes and pianist Grant Levin. On their album "Exotica," the group takes on songs from musicals and other standards that are both solidly jazz and a little bit exotic. Plus, we will hear from pianist Orrin Evans; his new album is one of those albums sporting a hash tag in its title, and we have new music from trumpeter Takuya Kuroda, whose music zigs and zags across jazz, funk, Afro-Beat, and R&B, on a new album called "Zigzagger."

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

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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

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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 E43: über-organist Barbara Dennerlein in concert on Hammond B3 and pipe organs

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organist Barbara Dennerlein in a solo concert, and young jazz musicians in Chicago commemorate victims of violence.

Dennerlein3_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, new in-concert recordings from jazz organ great Barbara Dennerlein, playing both the Hammond B3 and a pipe organ. Dennerlein is one of the world's greatest jazz organists, and we'll hear several tracks from her new live album "My Moments." Also the late Buckwheat Zydeco on Hammond B3 (which he played before learning the accordion), and The Young Masters Quartet, a group of young musicians in Chicago mentored and directed by saxophonist Ernest Dawkins, remembering young victims of violence with their music on an album called "Coming Of Age" - - plus we have new music from pianist Kait Dunton and her group trioKait, all in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions E44: Jason Hainsworth tells his "Third Ward Stories."

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saxophonist Jason Hainsworth's "Third Ward Stories" — and in-concert performances in Europe from Barbara Dennerlein, and Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau

Hainsworth_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, saxophonist and composer Jason Hainsworth has a new album out, his second as a band leader. The album is called "Third Ward Stories," and it may be the breakthrough album for this talented Houston native, who has been receiving praise for the album from all over the planet. We'll also hear from the Young Masters Quartet, teenaged jazz artists in Chicago responding to the violence that has affected some of their contemporaries wth music on their album "Coming Of Age." They are directed by Chicago jazz stalwart Ernest Dawkins. And - - jazz live in Europe: super-organist Barbara Dennerlein in concert in Sweden on her new live album "My Moments," and Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau, old friends and longtime musical partners, on stage in Norway, on their album "Nearness."
 
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Blue Dimensions E45: Two Non-alphanumeric Philadelphia Pianists

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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 E46: The Planet D Nonet salutes Billy Strayhorn

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Planet D Nonet, George Burton, and Chris Hazelton & His Boogaloo Seven all play songs whose titles are words spelled sdrawkcab.

Planetd_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, the Planet D Nonet (a group of nine with some guests) celebrate the music of Billy Strayhorn. The album offers both studio and live recordings, and features a wonderful singer, Camille Price, on some songs.  Also on this show, pianist George Burton, with saxophonist Tim Warfield on Burton's album "The Truth Of What I Am > The Narcissist" - - the mathematical "greater than" symbol is part of the album's title. Plus, organist Chris Hazelton and his Boogaloo Seven, live in Kansas City at a famed jazz spot in town - - and each of those bands will give us a song whose title is a word spelled backwards.  Also a piece from superb organist Barbara Dennerlein, from her new live album "My Moments."

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Blue Dimensions E47: In Movement - - Jack DeJohnette and two "Sons of Jazz"

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New album from Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, and Matthew Garrison - - and Carl Grubbs and his Jazz/String Ensemble celebrate Baltimore.

Dejohnette_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, the new album "In Movement" with drummer and pianist Jack DeJohnette and two sons of jazz, both of whom play the instruments that their dads played, John Coltrane's son, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, and Jimmy Garrison's son, bassist Matthew Garrison. We'll hear some original music written by the trio plus an innovative cover of an Earth Wind & Fire hit. Also "A Tribute To Baltimore" from sax player and composer Carl Grubbs, Philadelphia native and longtime Baltimorean,  who adds a string quartet to his jazz band on the new live album "Inner Harbor Suite Revisited."  Plus, some real musical "Chemistry" - - that's even the name of the album - - from sax player Houston Person & bassist Ron Carter

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Blue Dimensions E48: Aggregate Prime Defers The Dream But Not The Music

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Drummer Ralph Peterson's new band Aggregate Prime, with Vijay Iyer, Gary Thomas, and Mark Whitfield

Aggregateprime_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, Aggregate Prime, a project of drummer Ralph Peterson, with Vijay Iyer on piano, Gary Thomas on tenor sax and flute, Mark Whitfield on guitar, and Kenny Davis on bass. The album is called "Dream Deferred," a late-in-the-year release that is certainly one of 2016's best jazz albums. We'll hear several tracks from it, and go back to 2001 for a Ralph Peterson piece from his album "Subliminal Seduction." Also new music from two groups that expanded their music by expanding their size, The Afro Bop Alliance Big Band, and The Band Of Other Brothers.

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Blue Dimensions E49: Music From An Imaginarium, and an Epistrophy - - music of John Beasley's Monk'estra, and Brian Marsella

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Brian Marsella's debut as band leader, a band called Imaginarium. John Beasley's band Monk'estra specializing in the music of Thelonious Monk (not monks in a monastery!).

Monkestra_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, bands and music named with words that you won't find in the dictionary, including Brian Marsella's band Imaginarium, and Thelonious Monk's classic composition "Epistrophy." We'll visit an Imaginarium, or at least hear music from one, namely Brian Marsella's Imaginarium, from a new album called "Chapter One: The Clocks Have Gone Mad." This is a very expansive project, with lots of cool instrumentation that draws on many styles and genres. Also, the music of Thelonious Monk from Monk'estra, a band led by pianist John Beasley with fresh interpretations of Monk classics. We'll hear two them, and the originals, from Monk, and from trumpeter Cootie Williams, who recorded a Monk composition in 1942 but felt the need to re-title the unusually named piece. We'll also check out a track from saxophonist Eric Alexander's new album "Second Impression," with pianist Harold Mabern.

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Blue Dimensions E50: A Tribute To A Great Jazz Educator

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The Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra's second tribute album to jazz educator and mentor David Baker is featured ("Basically Baker, Vol. 2").

Buselli_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, it's rare when we have a tribute to an educator in the music world, though music teachers have an important role in the lives of developing artists. The late David Baker of Indiana University was a mentor to many students, as well as a fine composer, arranger, and performer. His music is showcased on an album called "Basically Baker, Volume 2," from the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, who did their first tribute to Baker nine years ago. The tribute is a reminder of the often-neglected role of teachers and mentors in the music world. We'll also hear some music from Aggregate Prime, a project of drummer Ralph Peterson featuring Gary Thomas on saxophone and Vijay Iyer on piano, and two long-time collaborators, saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau, have a new live album ("nearness") recorded on a European tour - - we'll catch up with them in Switzerland on this show.

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Blue Dimensions F05: Nate Smith's Kinfolk, and a "Retrorespective" from Throttle Elevator Music

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Nate Smith and his band send "Postcards From Everywhere" with guests including Dave Holland and Lionel Loueke; Throttle Elevator Music coins a new word, "Retrorespective."

Smith_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, an expansive album from drummer Nate Smith called "Kinfolk, Postcards from Everywhere" - the album draws ideas from everywhere, and guests include bassist Dave Holland and guitarist Lionel Loueke. Also: Throttle Elevator Music, a distinctive band coins a new word with a new album called "Retrorespective," featuring tenor sax player Kamasi Washington. Plus, we have the band leader debut of trumpeter Chris Rogers, who has worked with many of the best players in the world over the years, a track featuring the late great sax player Michael Brecker, one of his last recordings. Rogers' album is called "Voyage Home."  We'll also hear from guitarist Cameron Mizell, emphasizing the spaces between the notes, and letting the music "breathe" on his new album Negative Spaces.

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Blue Dimensions F06: Jason Palmer finds "Beauty 'N' Numbers" with his trumpet

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Trumpeter Jason Palmer does the numbers on his new album "Beauty 'N' Numbers: The Sodoku Suite."

Palmer_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we will feature a new album called "Beauty 'N' Numbers: The Sudoku Suite" from trumpeter Jason Palmer. Palmer's theme is numbers, and his song titles together form the sentence "Obsessive -  Compulsive - Disorder - Is - Now - Under - Control -Thanks - To The - Guidance - Of Fun And Games - So - If You Would - Allow Me To Be - In The Moment." We'll hear three "words" from this sentence. Organist and trumpeter Joey DeFrancesco's theme is freedom and peace on his new album "Project Freedom," and drummer Gustavo Cortiñas's theme on his album "Esse" (Latin for "to be") is philosophy. We'll play songs from both of them, and from drummer Bob Holz's new album "Visions And Friends" with special friend, guest guitarist Larry Coryell, and bassist Nathan East's album "Reverence" with Kirk Whalum on saxophone on a Stevie Wonder classic.

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Blue Dimensions F07: Jason Hainsworth's Third Ward Stories, and Mads Tolling's "merciful" look at the 1960s

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featuring Saxophonist Jason Hainsworth's second album "Third Ward Stories," and violinist/violist Mads Tolling taking on the 1960s on his new album, and, with The Turtle Island String Quartet ten years ago, taking on a classic work from that decade, "A Love Supreme."

Hainsworth_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, ordinal numbers rule. The second album from saxophonist Jason Hainsworth is called "Third Ward Stories" while singer Sidney Jacobs's second album is called "First Man." We'll hear several original compositions from Hainsworth and a soulful song-tale from Jacobs, and then go back to the 1960s, with violinist/violist Mads Tolling leading the way, from his new album "Playing The 60s." Playing the violin, Tolling celebrates the music of the 60s decade with the amazing "Mercy Medley" (including songs from Joe Zawinul, Don Covay, and Marvin Gaye), and a Temptations hit featuring guest vocalist Kalil Wilson. Tolling played viola with The Turtle Island String Quartet in 2007 when they did a tribute to John Coltrane and recorded their version of his masterpiece "A Love Supreme," and we'll revisit some of it on this show as well.

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Blue Dimensions F08: Carmen Lundy's "Code Noir" and some beautiful trumpet noise from Jeremy Pelt

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Carmen Lundy's new album "Code Noir" includes a major reinvention of a favorite campfire song. Steve Slagle's alto sax and flute are all about family, and Jeremy Pelt's "Make Noise!" album may redefine "noise."

Lundy_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, "Code Noir," a new album from singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist Carmen Lundy. Lundy explores the music of the African Diaspora in this emotional and thought-provoking collection of songs that also connects with the divisions in our country in 2017, and she completely re-invents a favorite "campfire song" of the folk revival years. We'll also hear new music from two trumpeters, Chris Rogers - - his long overdue debut as a band leader is called "Voyage Home" - - and Jeremy Pelt, whose beautiful tone on the trumpet belies his new album's title, "Make Noise!" We also have a Bill Withers song from singer Sidney Jacobs from his new album "First Man," and two family-themed pieces from Steve Slagle, one on alto saxophone and one on flute, from his recent album "Alto Manhattan."

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Blue Dimensions F09: New blues from Muddy's son, Big Bill Morganfield, and jazzified Motown from Claire Daly

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New blues from Big Bill Morganfield, son of Muddy Waters, plus another brother, and their famous dad. Plus: Claire Daly and band offer new interpretations of 60s Motown hits.

Billmorganfield_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, blues and soul. Big Bill Morganfield, one of the sons of the great bluesman Muddy Waters, is a fine blues singer himself, and has a new album called "Bloodstains On The Wall." We'll play several tracks from it, and we'll hear from his brother, who also sings blues -  he is known as Mud Morganfield and recently sang on an album by The Big Head Blues Club. And we'll hear from their famous father, a song that named a British band  more than a decade after it was recorded. Also: jazzified Motown, from baritone sax player Claire Daly. We'll hear her explorations of the music of Smoky Robinson, The Temptations, and Marvin Gaye, on her new album "2648 West Grand Boulevard." That was the address of Motown Records in Detroit in the 1960s, known as "Hitsville USA." Plus: The Heads Of State - - not Trump and Putin - - but Gary Bartz, Larry Willis, David Williams, and Al Foster, a new album called "Four In One," all in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions F10: Larry Coryell 1943-2017

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Music from the long and productive career of the late Larry Coryell, from 1966 to the present

Jm-larrycoryell_small Larry Coryell 1943-2017. The great guitarist Larry Coryell died at age 73, on February 19, 2017. Coryell became known as the "Godfather of Fusion" in the 1970s, after the music on his recordings with John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, and others that fused rock and jazz, became known as "fusion." Coryell's musical vision extended far beyond fusion, though. Starting with the blues, getting into rock, jazz, and classical, and synthesizing from these seemingly disparate ingredients some distinctive music that challenged listeners - - and, in a different sense, music promoters - - Coryell started running in the 1960s and never stopped, right up to the day of his death. Coryell was a unique entity, whose music often defied categorization, or wandered irreverently between styles and categories, in years well before such qualities were being touted by publicists as a reason to listen to someone, as they often are now.

We'll hear selections from the Chico Hamilton album "The Dealer," where Coryell debuted on record in 1966, and from his 1960s work with vibraphonist Gary Burton that began his development of fusion, which came to fruition in the 1970s when he played with fellow guitarist John McLaughlin, bassist Miroslav Vitous, and drummer Billy Cobham. We'll also listen to some of his other musical projects - - his improvisation on Maurice Ravel's "Bolero" that has remained a crowd-pleaser over the decades, acoustic blues in a guitar trio setting with John Scofield and Joe Beck, a scintillating duet with guitarist Badi Assad in 2003, music from his vibrant final release from 2015, "Heavy Feel," and his final recordings, as featured player and composer, on a new album by drummer Bob Holz issued a week before his death. Combining a wizard-like skill on the guitar with an unquenchable intellectual curiosity about music and the passion of a restless adventurer, Larry Coryell leaves a unique musical legacy. Although we'll only scratch the proverbial surface, we'll scratch it well, in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions F11: The Heads Of State rule, and the "Gravity" of tubas with Howard Johnson

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new music from the Heads Of State, tuba master Howard Johnson and his band Gravity, guitarist Doug Munro paying tribute to the first composer who wrote specifically for movies, and singer-songwriter Carmen Lundy.

Headsofstate_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we will feature the new album from the Heads Of State (Gary Bartz on saxophones, Larry Willis on piano, David Williams on bass, and Al Foster on drums). The band's name suggests that all of them are band leaders, not sidemen! They play magnificently, and we'll hear a strong original piece written by drummer Al Foster, and two covers, including the title track, Thelonious Monk's "Four In One." We'll also check out the magical Monk original, a Blue Note label track from 1951 with Milt Jackson on vibes and Art Blakely on drums. Guitarist Doug Munro pays tribute to his great-uncle on his new album "The Harry Warren Songbook." Warren was the first composer to write specifically for the movies, and his hits include "the first gold record" originally done by Glenn Miller ("Chattanooga Choo Choo"). Munro offers a Django-istic interpretation. We'll also hear from a band led by a tuba player with five other tuba-ists in the mix. Howard Johnson & Gravity have a wonderful new album "Testimony," and we'll hear a couple of pieces, an original Johnson composition and a cover of a Crusaders hit from decades ago. Plus, we have a song from the unique singer, pianist, and songwriter Carmen Lundy that mixes blues, jazz, and social commentary, from her new album "Code Noir."

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Blue Dimensions F12: Bicoastal Kevin Eubanks and Bilingual Hiromi Suda

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New music from guitarist Kevin Eubanks, recorded on both sides of the country; also Jeff "Tain" Watts with Eubanks, and Hiromi Suda sings Brazilian jazz in two languages

Eubanks_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, it's guitarist Kevin Eubanks with a new album, "East West Time Line," half recorded on the east coast and half on the west. We'll check out each location. Drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts is in the band for the east coast sessions, and his new album "Blue, Vol. 2," a continuation of his experiments with jazzified blues, includes a guest appearance by Eubanks, which we will also play on this show. We have Brazilian jazz from two devoted and talented non-Brazilians with new albums, guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel and singer Hiromi Suda, who sings both in Portuguese and Japanese. We also have a spirited piece from pianist Billy Childs, from his new album "Rebirth," and we'll hear The Chicago Jazz Orchestra take on a Clifford Brown piece from their new album "Live From Space," as well as checking out the original from Brown and Max Roach and their quintet recorded in 1954.

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Blue Dimensions F13: The late & great James Cotton — and Abdullah Ibrahim's "Ancient Africa" reissued

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Music from the great harmonica master James Cotton who died on March 16th — and an album of transcendent music, "Ancient Africa" by Abdullah Ibrahim has been reissued.

Cotton100_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, the great James Cotton. The blues harmonica master died at age 81 on March 16th. We'll hear him with the Muddy Waters Band, in which he contributed so much to their sound, and leading his own bands, including a 1965 outfit that was recorded for the classic series "Chicago/The Blues/Today." Also, Guitarist Kevin Eubanks had sessions on the east coast and the west coast with different bands for his new album "East West Time Line;" we'll visit both coasts with him. Plus: the remarkable South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim. Starting out performing as Dollar Brand in his native Capetown, he built his career outside of his homeland because of the apartheid government there at the time. Drawing on the hymns he heard in church as a boy, and mixing in some Thelonious Monk-like dissonance and other ingredients, he has a unique sound and history in jazz. Delmark Records has reissued his magical solo album "Ancient Africa" from the Sackville label; we'll hear a wonderful medley of a hymn-like composition and a blues-based jazz journey that is probably too long for many radio stations - - but certainly not so for us!

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Blue Dimensions F14: Celebrating the music of John Lewis, then and now.

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music of John Lewis celebrated by the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, and recorded back in the day by the Modern Jazz Quartet; previously unissued Bill Evans trio concert from 1976; Ernest Dawkins and Vijay Iyer "wing it" togther perfectly.

Jalco_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, it's "The Music Of John Lewis." That's actually the title of a new album by The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, featuring Wynton Marsalis and Jon Batiste, paying tribute to the great pianist and composer John Lewis, best-known as musical director of the Modern Jazz Quartet. We'll hear their interpretations of a couple of Lewis's compositions.  We'll also play a couple of things from MJQ too, including a piece that they recorded for the Beatles' Apple label (they were the only jazz band on the label), and a John Lewis composition from the new album from The Heads Of State (Gary Bartz, Larry Willis, David Williams, and Al Foster). Plus — a previously unreleased concert recording of the great pianist Bill Evans and his trio from over forty years ago now available for the first time, and new music from singer/pianist/songwriter  Eliane Elias. We also have the new album "Transient Takes" on which saxophonist Ernest Dawkins and his New Horizon Ensemble meet up with pianist Vijay Iyer, for a totally unplanned and unrehearsed session.

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

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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

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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 F17: Chick Corea "The Musician" - - concerts from his 70th birthday parties in 2011

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Music from "The Musician," Chick Corea's 70th birthday concerts in 2011 - - and Terence Blanchard's "Comedian" soundtrack, Bobby Watson's "Made In America," and Ernest Dawkins meets up with Vijay Iyer celebrating the ethos of Monk.

Corea_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, Chick Corea, "The Musician." Chick Corea turned 70 in June of 2011 and did a series of birthday concerts around that time with longtime colleagues. The new three-disc set drawing on those concerts that accompanies the new film about Corea's life and music is called "The Musician," and we'll hear Corea in concert with John McLaughlin, Kenny Garrett, John Patitucci, and Brian Blade (his "Five Peace Band") and in a piano duet with Marcus Roberts with Wynton Marsalis dropping in as well.  We'll also hear a Chick Corea composition from a trio called The ¢heap 3nsemble, and Bobby Watson's tribute to one of the Tuskegee Airmen on his new album "Made In America - - plus, Terence Blanchard's new album, which is the soundtrack for the film The Comedian, and Ernest Dawkins and his New Horizons Ensemble connecting with pianist Vijay Iyer on an unrehearsed session called "Transient Takes," channeling Thelonious Monk.

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

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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

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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 F21: The Ben Markley Big Band celebrates the music of Cedar Walton

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a tribute to Cedar Walton from The Ben Markley Big Band, and a band called Alma Matters

Markley_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a tribute to pianist Cedar Walton from pianist Ben Markley,  and the Ben Markley Big Band. Markley at first was reluctant to put together a big band, but later decided that it was exactly the right thing to do, especially with trumpeter Terrell Stafford in the band. We'll hear several songs from their album "Clockwise: The Music Of Cedar Walton," as well as music from the late Mr. Walton himself, at a Greenwich Village club in 1973. Walton died in 2013 after a long and productive career in jazz. Plus: a group from the San Francisco area, Alma Matters - - not Alma Mater - - though many of them share an alma mater, Berkeley High School. Alma Matters is a project of multi-instrumentalists Jeff Weinmann and Peter Apfelbaum along with members of the San Francisco Bay Area's very musical family, the Cressman family, and others. We've got a couple of songs from this expansive band, including a new version of an age-old spiritual, coming up in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions F23: a trip to the saxophonic "Frontiers"

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shining the spotlight on the album "Frontiers" from saxophonists Azar Lawrence and Al McLean - - and guitarist Mark Whitfield, with his family band, and as a member of Ralph Peterson's band Aggregate Prime,

Lawrencemclean_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, two tenor sax players join forces on a potent new album called "Frontiers." Al McLean, known for his work on many short films and for playing with a wide variety of jazz greats, combines with someone he revered as an early musical influence, Azar Lawrence, who filled the John Coltrane position for a while in McCoy Tyner's band and wrote for and recorded with Earth Wind & Fire. We'll hear original compositions both from Lawrence and McLean, and their take on a Coltrane piece too. Also, guitarist Mark Whitfield - his new album "Grace" features his family band with his sons, Mark Whitfield, Jr., on drums and Davis Whitfield on piano. Mark Whitfield is also part Aggregate Prime, another band we'll hear from, headed up by drummer Ralph Peterson, and including pianist Vijay Iyer and sax and flute player Gary Thomas. Their album is called "Dream Deferred."

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Blue Dimensions F26: Tigran Hamasyan's "An Ancient Observer"

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The latest from Armenian jazz pianist, and ambient vocalist, Tigran Hamasyan, from a new solo album, "An Ancient Observer.'

Hamasyan_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, some captivating music from a new solo release from Armenian jazz pianist and vocalist Tigran Hamasyan, drawing on the musical and artistic traditions of his homeland on the album "An Ancient Observer." We'll hear several songs from the album, plus new music from trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire in concert at The Village Vanguard from his new album "A Rift In Decorum." We will also play a track from a long-awaited new album from vibraphonist Steve Nelson and his quartet, and from Alex Goodman's album "Second Act," which is actually his 5th album despite the title - - and a song from "Words & Music by Jeannie Tanner" an album where songwriter, trumpeter, arranger, and band leader Jeannie Tanner backs some of her favorite singers singing her songs.

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

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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

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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 F29: Coltrane and his band mates as band leaders

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Music from John Coltrane, and from his classic quartet band-mates as band leaders themselves performing his music

Afroblue_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we mark the fiftieth anniversary of the passing of John Coltrane, July 17th, with his music, both from his classic quartet (Coltrane with pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones) and from bands led by Tyner and Jones, including a track from Tyner's album "Infinity" with Michael Brecker on tenor sax, and Elvin Jones taking on Coltrane's masterpiece "A Love Supreme: at a concert at the Village Vanguard in July of 1984.  We'll also hear the quartet on tour in Europe playing Coltrane's unique transformation of Mongo Santamaria's "Afro Blue." It's Coltrane and his closest bandmates, in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions F30: Louis Hayes' Serenade For Horace Silver

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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

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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 F32: JD Allen's "Radio Flyer," and "It's Tappening" for The RodgarBand

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Saxophonist JD Allen's new album "Radio Flyer," tap dancers set the pace for The RodgarBand, and Joris Teepe and Don Braden play great even if they can't win the card game named in the song.

Jdallen_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, new music from saxophonist JD Allen from his album "Radio Flyer" with a band who all experiment with and expand on Allen's intricate compositions. We'll also hear from drummer Louis Hayes, from his new tribute album to Horace Silver, and we'll hear him on drums with a great bluesman, not usually associated with jazz players, back in 1960. And, we've got music from Carlos Rodgarman's band The RodgarBand, including a composition led by tap dancers. We'll hear a piece named after a card game that you just can't win, from the bass-saxophone duo Joris Teepe and Don Braden, and a track from the debut album of guitarist Mark Arroyo, a rising star on the growing San Jose jazz scene, in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions F33: "To Love And Be Loved" from Harold Mabern, and a wild musical ride with Jason Kao Hwang and Sing House

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Harold Mabern's new album "To Love And Be Loved" and Jason Kao Hwang's musical twists and turns with his band Sing House.

Mabern_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll feature a new album from Harold Mabern and his band called "To Love And Be Loved" with some prominent saxophone playing from Eric Alexander. We'll hear several songs from the album, and explore some folky jazz from dobro player Jerry Douglas, who says that, from an early age as a bluegrass player, he was influenced by musicians such as Weather Report and Chick Corea. Drummer and band leader Stanton Moore has a new album paying tribute to the late, great Allen Toussaint, including a guest appearance by Cyril Neville arranging a previously unpublished poem by Toussaint. Plus, a new song from Raul Midón, and some musical torsion with violinist/violist/composer Jason Kao Hwang and his band Sing House.

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Blue Dimensions F34: "Hudson," with Jack, Larry, John, & John - and MONK'estra, Volume 2

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featuring tracks from "Hudson," an album by Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, and John Scofield - - and a second volume of souped-up Thelonious Monk music, from John Beasley's MONK'estra

Hudson_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, it's "Hudson," an album by four great players who live in New York's Hudson River Valley, drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski, and guitarist John Scofield. We'll hear several songs from the album, including a blues piece and a Joni Mitchell song. Also, the second volume of "John Beasley Presents MONK'estra," a band whose stunning transformations of Monk's music are almost as amazing as Monk's visionary originals. We've got the "Evidence." We'll hear from Mr. Monk too, from 1948. Plus: the debut album of trumpeter Jen Siukola, and saxophonist Jeff Coffin, on break again from his work with the Dave Matthews Band, takes on a dilemma on his new album "Next Time Yellow," this time, in this hour, of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions F35: Zem Audu's "Spirits," Mabern Plays Miles, Dylan Taylor with Larry Coryell

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"Spirits" from saxophonist Zem Audu, Ambrose Akinmusire in concert, Harold Mabern plays Miles, Dylan Taylor plays with Coryell.

Zemaudu_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, "Spirits," an album from saxophonist Zem Audu, a native of Nigeria whose life has taken him to London and New York, and whose music has grown with his travels. With pianist Benito Gonzales and bassist Ben Williams in the band among others, Audu takes us on a great musical journey, informed by music of his native Nigeria and of Caribbean influences encountered in London and New York. Plus: pianist Harold Mabern plays a Miles Davis classic on his new album (saxophonist Eric Alexander shines!), and bassist Dylan Taylor's new album "One In Mind" offers one of the last recordings featuring the great guitarist Larry Coryell. We'll also experience a "Rift In Decorum;" that's the title of the new album from trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, in concert at the Village Vanguard, and we have music from the new, second album release by Ensemble Novo. Are they still "novo" with a second album out? We think so, and it's all upcoming, in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions F36: Eternal Wind Unearthed, & Music From The Late John Abercrombie

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music from one of the most intriguing groups of the 1980s, Eternal Wind - - and from the late guitarist John Abercrombie, who died August 22, 2017

Terraincognita_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll hear music from the 1980s, from three albums released in that decade by the band Eternal Wind, a group that was hungrily eclectic and always in search of new connections between different musical cultures. Adam Rudolph, who played dozens of instruments (tabla, conga, wood blocks, whistles, and many more), joined with Ralph Jones, on saxophones and clarinets, bassoons, and African reed instruments, Charles Moore on trumpet, flugelhorn, French horn, and piano, and Federico Ramos, who played guitars - - six and twelve string acoustic guitars, and six-string electric guitars. Their three albums in the 1980s, the self-titled "Eternal Wind," "Terra Incognita," and "Wasalu," were some of the decade's most adventurous music. Also music from the late guitarist John Abercrombie, who died Augist 22, 2017 at age 72. We'll hear him both as a fusion guitarist with a flat-pick and a "neo-classical" acoustic fingerstyle player, playing with Ralph Towner and with another guitarist who died this year, Larry Coryell.

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

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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 F38: Cannon's Combinations and Malone's Dancers

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New musical "Combinations" from bassist Gerald Cannon, and from one of his bandmates, guitarist Russell Malone

Cannon_small Blue Dimensions F38 Has Been Published on PRX: In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a new album called "Combinations" from bassist Gerald Cannon. We'll hear several tracks from it, including two Cannon originals. Cannon shares pianist Rick Germanson and drummer Willie Jones III with someone else whom we'll be playing, guitarist Russell Malone, with a new album called "Time For The Dancers," and, actually, Malone himself also plays on some tracks on Cannon's album - - so everyone's friends on these two albums. Also on this show, a new album, "Strykin' Ahead," from guitarist Dave Stryker with vibraphonist Steve Nelson in the band, the new release "Bringin' It," from the Christian McBride Big Band, and the Hazelrigg Brothers jazzifying Hendrix, all in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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

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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 F41: New Music From Two Of The Best: Christian McBride & Cécile McLorin Salvant

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Bassist Christian McBride is back with another Big Band album, and songstress Cécile McLorin Salvant's new live double album is scintillating.

Mcbride_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, the long awaited followup to the 2011 album "The Good Feeling" from the Christian McBride Big band, an album called "Bringin' It." The busy bassist and band leader Christian McBride always has lots of bands and projects running, but this year he found time for another big band album, and we'll enjoy several tracks from it on this show. Also, new music from exquisite jazz vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant, a live album called "Dreams and Daggers," and the new album "There's A Sweet, Sweet Spirit" from pianist Cyrus Chestnut, with drummer Lenny White in the band; we'll hear Chestnut's version of a Miles Davis composition that Davis never recorded himself. Plus: a recent piece of music from the outer regions of jazz, from avant-garde saxophonist, composer, and band leader Roscoe Mitchell, on the album "Discussions Orchestra."

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

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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 F45: "Our Point Of View" Is That The Blue Note All-Stars Are Superb

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The Blue Note All-Stars offer "Our Point Of View," continuing and growing the Blue Note legacy, and a 12-inch 45 rpm white vinyl record from the basement from Terry Garthwaite.

Bnas_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, The Blue-Note All-Stars, a group of leading musicians on the Blue Note label, show us that Blue Note is more than its great history - guitarist Lionel Loueke, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, bassist Derrick Hodge, saxophonist Marcus Strickland, pianist Robert Glasper, and drummer Kendrick Scott offer living proof on the album "Our Point Of View." We'll also hear Gregory Porter celebrating Nat "King" Cole, bassist Kent Miller with saxophonist Benny Russell on the new album "Minor Step," a formidable new recording from guitarist Pat Martino (the album's called "Formidable"), and — brought up from  from the basement — a 1976 direct-to-disc 45 rpm 12-inch white vinyl record of Terry Garthwaite and band, playing a northern mambo, all in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Blue Dimensions F46: New Music From The Fellowship Band, And Remembering Muhal Richard Abrams

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

highlighting "Body And Shadow" the new album from Brian Blade & the Fellowship band, and music from the late musical innovator Muhal Richard Abrams

Blade_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, the new album "Body And Shadow" on the Blue Note label, from Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, the fifth album for this band that has a twenty-year history together, led by drummer Brian Blade. We'll hear several selections from the album, and a piece from the Blue Note All-Stars a sextet of amazing players on the Blue Note label taking turns composing for their new double album "Our Point Of View." Also a couple of things from the late avant-garde innovator Muhal Richard Abrams, who died in October, after a long career of going his own way with music, and a track from Pat Martino's "Formidable" new album, all in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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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 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 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 G04: Dr. Lonnie Smith, in concert for his 75th birthday

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New in-concert album "All In My Mind" by the great organist Dr. Lonnie Smith

Drlonniesmith_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith celebrates his 75th birthday with a concert in New York, now released on the new album "All In My Mind." We'll hear several pieces from this powerful performance by the venerable Dr. Lonnie Smith. Also, new music to help heal our divisions, Kamasi Washington's "Harmony Of Difference" and Mario Cruz's "Finding Common Ground," and, a new album from guitarist Julian Lage and his trio, called "Modern Lore" - - plus Jason Marsalis and the 21st Century Trad Band re-write the melody of a 1920 song from a seemingly unlikely source, on their album "Melody Reimagined: book 1."

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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

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

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 G26: Drummer/Composer Guillermo Nojechowicz celebrates his grandmother's bold voyage to Argentina in 1933 to escape rising Nazi power in Europe

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

Drummer/Composer Guillermo Nojechowicz celebrates his grandmother's bold voyage to Argentina in 1933 to escape rising Nazi power in Europe.

Nojechowicz_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, music from El Eco with Guillermo Nojechowicz (No-jeh-HOH-vitz), who is a drummer, vocalist, and composer. The new album from his band El Eco is called "Puerto de Buenos Aires 1933," inspired by his grandmother's bold journey with her small son, from Warsaw to Buenos Aires, where they knew no one, in 1933 to escape rising Nazism in Europe. With pianist Helio Alves, singer Kim Nazarian, saxophonist Marco Pignataro, and trumpeter Brian Lynch among others, Nojechowicz offers some moving and inspiring music. Also in this show two "utopian" songs (songs with the word "Utopia" in the title!), one from singer Kristina Koller and the other from pianist Lisa Hilton, both from fine new releases, and the Chick Corea & Steve Gadd Band reinterpret one on Corea's best-loved works on a new double album called "Chinese Butterfly."

promo included: promo-G26

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

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

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