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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.

Mar 25, 2018

The start of Holy Week for the Christian faith is my cue to put together a podcast of Spiritual Jazz. Whether it has specific religious overtones, as songs in this year's podcast do when referencing the Muslim or Jewish faith; or are built on Spirituals from the African-American lexicon, this is some of the most thrilling and moving music around,

It can also be among the most challenging, as traditional melody or harmony can go out the window as the jazz musician searches for meaning or expression in different ways. In any event, I hope you give this Podcast 617 a good listen, and perhaps find some things that you want to explore further.

Podcast 617 features:

Don Sebesky - "Psalm 150"

Alice Coltrane - "Oh Allah"

Doug Cairn - "G-d is One"

GoGo Penguin - "Prayer"

Brad Mehldau - "Prayer for Healing"

Don Byron & the New Gospel Quartet - "Take My Hand, Precious Lord"

Afro-Semitic Experience - "Hinei Mah ToV"

Shelly Manne - "Infinity"

Banquet of the Spirits - "Tahareil"

John McLaughlin & Shakti - "Kriti"

James Weidman - "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel"