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Straight No Chaser - A Jazz Show

Straight No Chaser is the place for jazz lovers (and those who will soon be jazz lovers) to enjoy podcasts with their favorite music and artists. Winner of the 2017 JazzTimes Readers' Poll for Best Podcast, your host Jeffrey Siegel will take you inside the world of jazz, from the new releases to the best festiva;s to remembrances of jazz legends.

Feb 6, 2011

Had he not been taken from us too soon by cancer, Bob Marley would have been 65 years old today. In a world where we bandy about the words "iconic" and "seminal" all too often, Bob Marley and his music were both.

The son of a racially mixed marriage, he became not only the embodiment of reggae music for much of the world, but also a symbol for religious and political freedom. And his songs? They have become rallying cries for the impoverished ("Them Belly Full"), the persecuted ("Get Up, Stand Up"), and lovers of life ("One Love", which I feel is the closest thing to a world-wide anthem. joined only by John Lennon's "Imagine").

Let's celebrate the birthday with a track from saxophonist Donald Harrison's 1997 release on Impulse! Nouveau Swing, appropriately enough entitled "Bob Marley". There's a feel of Marley's "Exodus" in the beat, courtesy of bass player Reuben Roger's Carribean feel. Enjoy!