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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.

Jan 21, 2012

I don't pretend to have the critical abilities to give you a "best of" list for any year in jazz, and there are always musical  releases I fail to catch up with that likely would make a list. Instead, I've created a number of categories to give you some idea of my favorite recordings of 2011, and Podcast 251 features a selection or two from them. This year's Favorite Things include:


Notable Releases

Vince Mendoza - Nights on Earth

Rez Abbisi’s Invocation – Suno Suno

Marcus Strickland – Triumph of the Heavy

Christian McBride Big Band – The Good Feeling

Sonny Rollins – Road Shows, Vol. 2


Great New Things from Old Friends

Rene Marie - Black Freudian Slip

Monty Alexander – Harlem-Kingston Express

Sammy Figueroa & His Latin Explosion – Urban Nature

New Gary Burton Quartet - Common Ground.

Karrin Allyson – ‘Round Midnight


New Artists and Those Hitting Their Stride

Ambrose Akinmusire - When the Heart Emerges Glistening   

Ben Williams – State of Art

Julian Lage - Gladwell

Warren Wolf – Warren Wolf

Gretchen Parlato - The Lost and Found


Memorable Reissues, Compilations, and Posthumous or Archival Albums

Miles Davis - Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1

Dee Dee Bridgewater – Midnight Sun

Sir Roland Hanna – Colors from a Giant’s Kit

Norah Jones - ….Featuring

Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers - Ugetsu


Tribute Albums of Note

Joe Lovano Us 5 – Bird Songs

Pablo Aslan Quintet – Piazzolla in Brooklyn

Bobby Sansbria & the Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra - Tito Puente – Masterworks Live!

Giacamo Gates - The Revolution Will Be Jazz

Yotam – Brasil


Reunions and Collaborations of Note

Lee Konitz/Brad Mehldau/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian – Live at Birdland

Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton – Play the Blues

Chick Corea and Stephano Bollani – Orvietto

Stefon Harris/David Sanchez/Christian Scott – Ninety Miles

Bob James & Keiko Matsui - Altair & Vega


Click here to listen to the Podcast, which features tracks  from these releases, including:


Marcus Strickland –  "Bolt Bus Jitter" from Triumph of the Heavy 

Sammy Figueroa & His Latin Explosion –"Cha Cha Pa' Ti" from Urban Nature

Gretchen Parlato - "Juju" from The Lost and Found

Sir Roland Hanna – "20th Century Rag" from  Colors from a Giant’s Kit

Yotam – "Antigua" from Brasil

Lee Konitz/Brad Mehldau/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian – "Solar" from Live at Birdland