Showing posts from July, 2011

The Line-Up for 7-29-2011

Putting this show together was a headache like you wouldn't believe. The radio station switched to a new user interface that's faster and sleeker than the old system but also needs a lot of accommodations to fit our non-commercial, jazz needs. I just had to put together an hour, so it's hard to picture the strife the radio staff had to go through this week and all the headaches yet to come. Still, I was able to put together a solid hour of music for you. Roy Hargrove Big Band - Roy Allen A few tracks from Hargrove's Emergence are in rotation on my iPod right now which led me to the usual question, "When's the last time I played _____?" Darcy James Argue's Secret Society - Redeye Same thing here but I know I had to have played this more recently than Hargrove because Sebastien Noelle is a beast . Terri Lyne Carrington - Unconditional Love Hands down, this is my favorite cut from The Mosaic Project . Carrington is very tight all throughout this t

The Line-Up for 7-22-2011

I hadn't a clue what I was going to talk about or play today. Not only did I have a Line-Up to put together but I was also featured on KRTU's Jazz Break at Noon to talk about Nextbop and jazz today. Oddly enough, this all worked out. I feel good about the interview and I feel really good about this playlist. Madlib - Funky Blue Note When I don't have any idea what to play, I can never go wrong with a track from Shades of Blue . Vijay Iyer with Prasanna & Nitin Mitta - Duality I haven't played anything from Tirtha in a while. It's time to plug up that gap. Jaco Pastorius - Punk Jazz Earlier this week, Gilles Peterson pontificated that Thundercat's new album may be the most anticipated bass album since Jaco Pastorius' Jaco . I didn't pick a track from that album but I still wanted to put a Pastorius track next to a Bruner track and let you decide. Thundercat - For Love I Come Every time I listen to Thundercat lately, I realize I don'

The Line-Up for 7-15-2011

I don't really have much special to say for this week's show. I had a pretty good birthday and a shoutout in the LA Times so I'm feeling pretty good. This week's show should reflect that. Peter Erskine - Pong I was just looking through the library and ran across this song. This is a good random selection. Kneebody - Teddy Ruxpin I had hopes I could get up to Austin and check out their show this week but my ride fell through. I'm a little disappointed but I can only get all Zen-like and say I am where I should be and leave things at that. Still, this is what I was missing. Ben Allison - Some Day We'll All Be Free It's my birthday so I'm playing one of my favorite songs of the year. I owe it to myself. ERIMAJ - Conflict of a Man Ever since Jamire & Co. dropped this song last week, it's been stuck in my head. Now it should be stuck in yours. Harriet Tubman - Night Master/Ascension This group really starts to grow on you the more you'

The Line-Up for 7-8-2011

Much of the music I've gotten this week were live recordings so much of the music on this week's Line-Up will reflect that. Not much to say, really. Terri Lyne Carrington - Unconditional Love I've yet to sit down and listen to this album in a sitting but generally when tracks come up randomly in shuffle, I've been impressed. Booker T. Jones - The Vamp I keep coming back to this album. The Road From Memphis really is my favorite album of the year so far. David Weiss & Point of Departure - I Have A Dream Snuck In and Snuck Out are albums recorded as the first and second sets of a night at New York City's Jazz Standard. That had to have been a hot night in NYC. Kneebody - You Have One Unheard Message This was a last minute add to the show. I had an older Kneebody track in this slot but I just got some new material from the band. This is all in anticipation of their upcoming show in Austin next week . I'm pretty psyched about it. Eric Harland - Voya

The Line-Up for 7-1-2011

I spent all week putting the playlist for this Line-Up together. I meticulously entered track by track into an Evernote, taking a whole week to cobble together a good show. I figured I was completely wrapped by Thursday only to find I had a little more time to fill and fill it I did. That's how much effort I give to all this. It takes a whole week to put a show together. Anthony Wilson - Transition Campo Belo is a pleasant album, in a good way. Usually when I say an album is "pleasant", I mean that it's nice to play but not particularly evocative. I may play a pleasant album only once and forget it soon after. Wilson's latest album does not fit this bill in the least. I've been thoroughly enjoying it ever since I got it last week. Russell Gunn - Blue In Green This is the only track that I didn't have already figured out earlier in the week. I figured I'd play Gunn after looking at some old playlists and realizing I hadn't played any of his wo