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Straight No Chaser - A Jazz Show

Welcome to Straight No Chaser, the Award-winning Podcast hosted by Jeffrey Siegel

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