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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.

Dec 15, 2019

As I do every year, this Podcast is "A Few of My Favorite Things" form 2019. It is not intended on being a Top Ten list - I do that for the Jazz Journalist Association - but rather a grouping of recordings that got repeat play in my house, making me take notice over the many recordings I receive.  This year, I had the pleasure of hearing the following stellar albums:

NEW THINGS FROM OLD FRIENDS

Branford Marsalis Quartet - "The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul"

Al Foster - "Inspirations and Dedications"

Ethan Iverson Quartet with Tom Harrell - "Common Practices"

Joey DeFrancesco - "In the Key of the Universe"

Ralph Alessi - "Imaginary Friends"

PLAYERS COMING INTO THEIR OWN OR HITTING THEIR STRIDE

Melissa Aldana - "Visions"

Veronica Swift - "Confessions"

Yotam Silberstein - "Future Memories"

Johnathan Blake - "Trion"

Joel Ross - "KingMaker"

COLLABORATIONS

Alfredo Rodriguez & Pedrito Martinez - "Duologue"

Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan - "Epistrophy"

Avishai Cohen & Yonathan Avishai - "Playing the Room"

Chick Corea, Christian McBride, Brian Blade - "Trilogy 2"

Dave Holland/Zakir Hussain/Chris Potter  - "Good Hope"

ARCHIVAL OR REISSUE RECORDINGS

John Coltrane - "Coltrane '58: The Prestige Recordings"

John Coltrane - "Blue World"

Stan Getz - "Getz at the Gate:The Stan Getz Quartet Live at the Village Gate"

Nat King Cole - "Hittin’ The Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943) "

Alice Coltrane - "Live at the Berkley Community Theater 1972"

TRIBUTE RECORDINGS

Cyrille Aimee - "MOVE ON - A Sondheim Adventure"

Miguel Zenon - "Sonero: The Music of Ismael Rivera"

Monty Alexander - "Wareika Hill - Rastamonk Vibrations"

George Benson - "Walking To New Orleans: Remembering Chuck Berry And Fats Domino"

Poncho Sanchez - "Trane's Delight"

As always, there were other things well worth noting. This year would include the documentary "Miles Davis: The Birth of the Cool"; books by Sammy Stein "Women in Jazz" and Ted Giola "Music - A Subversive History"; Quincy Jones' Qwest TV; and the return of David Sanborn to video with his streaming "Sanborn Sessions."

Musical selections in Podcast 718 include:

Branford Marsalis Quartet - "The Windup"

Joel Ross - "With Whom Do You Learn Trust"

Chick Corea, Christian McBride, Brian Blade - "Pastime Paradise"

John Coltrane - "Blue World"

Poncho Sanchez - "Blue Trane"