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Jazz Gumbo
A Fusion of Flavors for the Ear!
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August 03, 2017 09:40 PM PDT
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Artists - Tune - Album
Arthur Blythe - Down San Diego Way - Lennox Avenue Breakdown
Vital Information - Mr. T.C. - Live From Mars
Pharoah Sanders - Think About The One - Journey To The One
Erykah Badu - What’s Yo Phone Number /Telephone - But You Caint Use My Phone
Medeski, Martin & Wood - House Mop - Friday Afternoon in the Universe
John Surman - On The Wing Again - Such Winters of Memory
Laurie Anderson - O Superman - Big Science
Joe Bonner - Celebration - Angel Eyes
Pocketwatch - Intimacy - It’s About Time
Joshua Redman - Soul Dance - Wish
David Murray - Djolla Feeling - Gwotet
Andy Narrell - Another Drum For Oskar - Slow Motion
Ibrahim Maalouf - Illusions - Illusions
Ibrahim Maalouf - Conspiracy Generation - Illusions
Taj Mahal - Johnny Too Bad - The Best Of Taj Mahal

The amazing tune that opens Jazz Gumbo week after week is “Music Evolution” by Branford Marsalis and Buckshot LeFonque.

You will find a complete playlist of all Jazz Gumbo Sets at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

Please give a good listen to Joe Bonner’s “Celebration”.
This set is full of the human voice, and Linda Sharrock’s is one of them, dancing in among the wood and ivory, brass and skins and gut. It’s a tune I know will lose listeners in its middle, where it gets sharp and raucous, but if you allow your ears to bend with the sounds, they won’t be offended. It’s a beautifully moving piece.

I also love my friend Gerry Bryant’s song “Intimacy”. Great to hear him with such a strong piece of music, and a strong group of musicians.

And you know, otherwise, I spoke enough about the music though the Set. And I think it contains some interesting contrasts. I hope you will all enjoy!


July 29, 2017 11:27 PM PDT
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Artist - Tune - Album
Buckshot Lefonque - Music Evolution - Music Evolution
John Coltrane - Lush Life - Lush Life
Esperanza Spalding - Can’t Help It - Radio Music Society
Roberta Flack - Gone Away - Chapter Two
Pat Metheny - 5-5-7 - Letter From Home
Joanne Brackeen - C-SRI - Snooze
Billy Cobham - To The Women in My Life - Spectrum
Billy Cobham - Le Lis - Spectrum
Pharoah Sanders - Farah - Rejoice
Billie Holiday - Yesterdays - Giants of Jazz – Billie Holiday
Wes Montgomery - Four On Six - Willow Weep For Me
Freddie Hubbard - Sweet Return - Sweet Return
Roberto Fonseca - Yeyeo - Temperamento
Norman Connors - Dreams - Slewfoot
Aretha Franklin - Wholy Holy - Amazing Grace
Sekoya - Bill - Dalawa
George Benson - Moody’s Mood - The George Benson Collection

While I continue to work on editing the latest Set, I thought it would be good to re-post a really fine old one. I played Roberta Flack's "Gone Away" just a few weeks ago, but otherwise I haven't played any of these tunes in a long time. And I believe I combined them quite well back then.

Enjoy! And I'll have the 17 July 2017 Set up soon.


July 20, 2017 09:48 PM PDT
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Artists - Tune - Album
Chick Corea - Return To Forever - Return To Forever
Russell Gunn - Neo – So - Krunk Jazz
Sekoya - Heavenly City - Sekoya
Charles Mingus - Devil Woman - Me, Myself An Eye
Bill Frisell - Cadillac 1959 - Good Dog, Happy Man
Headhunters - Ms. Yum Yum - Straight From The Gate
Brian Blade - He Died Fighting - Landmarks
Blood, Sweat & Tears - Smiling Phases - Blood, Sweat & Tears
Al Di Meola - Race With Devil On Spanish Highway - Elegant Gypsy
Jack DeJohnette - Steppin’ Thru - Directions
The Ink Spots - If I Didn’t Care - The Best Of The Ink Spots
Billy Cobham - Dippin’ The Biscuits In the Soup - The Traveller
Baaba Maal - Koni - Nomad Soul
Lou Donaldson - South Of The Border - Gravy Train
Art Farmer - So Beats My Heart For You - Art

The song used very appreciatively as the Theme for Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Branford Marsalis and Buckshot LeFonque.

You will find a complete playlist of all Jazz Gumbo Sets at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

Sometimes, I don’t have a thing to say about the Set. It is what it is; words can seem superfluous. Kinda like the naming of tracks. But so many of the tracks in this Set bear names that fit.

My favorite is “Dippin’ the Biscuits in the Soup”. Though what the track signifies to me corresponds more closely to the title of the album: “the Traveller”. For me, it’s a road tune, for sure. As a matter of fact, I first listened to it extensively during a road trip from Toronto to Atlanta, to deliver my elderly father into my brother’s care, then back again, solo. Listening to this music while the highway unwound beneath me and the day shifted through its phases was perfectly fitting. Music for the occasion.

Interestingly, the compositions by the other two master drummers in this set – Brian Blade and Jack DeJohnette – might each be better matched to the title of the other. Does “Steppin’ Thru” refer to death? That tune certainly has more of the feel of struggle than Blade’s, which to my ear suggests a more self-determined transition.

Other titles here that I appreciate are “Cadillac 1959” and “Race with Devil on Spanish Highway”. I guess these are all somewhat literary titles. And it’s also fair to say that I can only really love a title if I love the music. “Devil Woman”. It that one politically incorrect? That may depend on how you interpret Devil. The music suggests sensuality and seduction more than outright evil. Yes, maybe there’s an element of ‘Beware’ there. How about “Ms Yum Yum”? The ‘Ms’ puts forward one attitude – a somewhat respectful one, while the ‘Yum Yum’ goes in an entirely different direction, doesn’t it? I love the easy flow of the rhythm, the lilt in the slight melody.

‘Jazz’ and ‘Gumbo’ are both words I really like. It occurs to me that putting them together is almost redundant. They both speak to an intuitive randomness of combination, aiming for maximum flavor. Like starting with a general idea and riffing on it, never knowing exactly what you’ll come up with.

Yeah…I like that. Jazz Gumbo – creating flavors for your ears.

Thrive, Good People!

July 13, 2017 10:20 PM PDT
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Artists - Tune - Album
Kamasi Washington - The Magnificent 7 - The Epic
George Duke - Uncle Remus - The Aura Will Prevail
Hugh Masekela - Night In Tunisia - I Am Not Afraid
Cannonball Adderley & Nancy Wilson - The Old Country - Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley
Bill Frisell - The Godfather - When You Wish Upon A Star
Thelonious “Sphere” Monk - Light Blue - Thelonious In Action
Linda Lewis - What Are You Asking Me For - Lark
Tony Williams - The Slump - Civilization
Joni Mitchell - Help Me - Court and Spark
The Bad Plus Joshua Redman - As This Moment Slips Away - Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus
Wynton Marsalis - Twilight - Wynton Marsalis
Horace Silver - All In Time - Silver ‘N Voices
Clifford Brown & Max Roach - Joy Spring - Jordu
Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets - Just A Touch - A Ride To The Other Side
Carolina Chocolate Drops - Trampled Rose - Genuine Negro Jig
Kenny Garrett - November 15 - Songbook

The song used very appreciatively as the Theme for Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Branford Marsalis and Buckshot LeFonque.
You will find a complete playlist of all Jazz Gumbo Sets at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

Nancy Wilson’s voice is stunning.

Monk has a style like no other. It’s like he lives in another world, and translates what we know as music into the music of his world…for our enlightenment.

Sometimes, it’s a single song that makes me an artist’s fan for life. “Help Me” is what did it to me for Joni, though, in truth, it was “The Hissing of Summer Lawns” that pulled me in deeper, and the “Mingus” album, deeper still. But this is where the love affair started.

Wynton is not my favorite Marsalis. That would be brother Branford. But his skill and talent are so dazzling that they transcend whatever he happens to be playing. Here, what he’s playing is pretty stellar, too.

Horace Silver album “Silver ‘n Voices” struck me as pretty gimmicky at first – like “Silver ‘n Brass”, “Silver ‘n Percussion”, etc. The thing is, when you’re really good, even the gimmicks work. And I’m so in love with this album. The chorus of voices just sets of that sweet, melodic style of his. What a mood. What a feel. It just hums along.


…and just where are those requests and recommendations? Hmmm?

July 03, 2017 10:55 PM PDT
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Artist - Tune - Album
Airto Moreira - O Galho Da Roseira - Seeds On The Ground
Charlie Parker - Scrapple From The Apple - Charlie Parker Anthology
Al Green - I Can’t Get Next To You - Greatest Hits
Dave Liebman - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Quest
Jowee Omicil - Morais Spirit - Let’s Bash!
Cleo Laine - What You Want Wid Bess? - Porgy & Bess
Keith Jarrett - Great Bird - Death And The Flower
Ray Charles - What’d I Say - The Greatest
Janne Schaffer - Dimbaa Jullow - Katharsis
Hermeto Pascoal - Hermeto - Hermeto
The Isleys - Brother, Brother - Brother, Brother, Brother
Robert Glasper featuring Mos Def - Black Radio - Black Radio
Joanne Brackeen - Beagle’s Boogie - Ancient Dynasty
Ramsey Lewis - Party Time - Up Pops Ramsey Lewis
Mahalia Jackson - Move On Up A Little Higher - Great Songs Of Love And Faith
Aretha Franklin - I Say A Little Prayer - 30 Greatest Hits
Sly & Robbie & Amp Fiddler - Serious - Inspiration Information
Dave Holland - Breathe - Prism

The song used very appreciatively as the Theme for Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Branford Marsalis and Buckshot LeFonque.

You will find a complete playlist of all Jazz Gumbo Sets at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

There are so many kinds of fusion. All music is fusion in the sense that it’s all a coming together of traditions and influences. I don’t think any of the music in this set, nor most of what we listen to anywhere these days, resembles music of a hundred years ago, let alone a thousand. Which is why it makes sense to go along with music’s constant morphing into new and different music.

What is some of my favorite fusion from this Set? No doubt that Airto’s opening number is one of them. Such a traditional sound and feel to it. It owed a lot to the instrumentation, which includes an accordion, Japanese Sapho, Cellocoustic guitar, cello, bass, violao, and lots of Airto’s percussion. Omicil, Sly & Robbie and Amp Fiddler, and Jarrett also include “folk” sounds in their offerings.

Glasper presents a fusion of jazz and Hip Hop that is in some instances funky, and elegant in others. Listen to his glistening piano work toward the end, layered over a back rhythm. Holland and Schaffer have some very different musical blends. But even the most “conservative” work here, you might think Cleo’s bit of Gershwin, or Mahalia Jackson, or Charlie Parker… what? Charlie “Bird” Parker conservative? Well it depends on the vantage point we see it from, right. It all certainly exists within the turbulent flow of music through time.

Be Well and enjoy the Summer!

June 28, 2017 09:51 PM PDT
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Artist - Tune - Album
Kenny Wheeler - W.W. - Double, Double You
Joe Sealy - All Blues - Clear Vision
Anita Baker - You Bring Me Joy - Rapture
Melvin Sparks - Whip! Whop! - Live At Nectar’s
The Cinematic Orchestra - To Build A Home - To Build A Home
Bill Evans - Blue In Green - Autumn Leaves
Medeski, Martin & Wood - New Planet - End Of The World Party
War - That’s What Love Will Do - All Day Music
War - There Must Be A Reason - All Day Music
Eddie Henderson - Dolphin Dance - Phantoms
Jay Clayton - Lament For John Coltrane - Brooklyn 2000
Wes Montgomery - Stompin’ At The Savoy - Easy Groove
Bill Frissell - To Kill A Mockingbird - When You Wish Upon A Star
Dionne Warwick - The Wine Is Young - I’ll Never Fall In Love Again
The Crusaders - Full Moon - 1
Flora Purim - Search For Peace - Stories To Tell
Sweet Emma & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band - Clarinet Marmalade - New Orlean’s Sweet Emma
Ronald Shannon Jackson - Iola - Man Dance
Paul Simon - Still Crazy After All These Years - Still Crazy After All These Years

The opening theme for Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Buckshot Lefonque.
Complete Playlists of all past Sets are available at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

The Following is a piece I posted several years ago on my blog, Obsidian Blooms. I came across it and feel that it fits nicely here.

Spinning Vinyl

It’s just soooo good. It’s an activity that reminds me every time of the difference between doing what genuinely makes me happy, and everything else. It’s just that clear, that enjoyable.

I get a chance to spin vinyl again this weekend. I’ll be doing a late night gig at the Dominion on Queen, Saturday and Sunday, from about Midnight to 3. It’s a side venue to the Toronto Jazz Festival. There’ll be live music throughout the evening, and I come on with the vinyl dessert, for an “after hours” set especially sanctioned for the festival.

I’m at the bottom of the roster, which is just right. Not only am I not a musician, I don’t even do anything fancy with the turntables. There’ll be no scratching and no mixing during my set. All I do is put the records on, and play them. If the music isn’t good, then I can’t be. Nothing fancy about it.

And yet, I delight in bringing an added dimension. That dimension is FLOW. It matters in what order tracks are played. A tune can have its beauties highlighted or dulled, depending on what tune precedes it. And a mediocre tune, with one or two strong qualities, can become a gem in the context of a flowing set. It comes down to reading and feeding the energy of the room, matching accents and instrumentation and rhythm.

It’s analogous to how language works. A letter is merely a letter. But depending on how it’s combined with other letters, it can form an infinite variety of words. The letters , individually, have little or no meaning. But combined into words, they ascend to a different level. And again, those words can remain pedestrian, or they can soar, depending on how they are combined with other words. And the best sentences are made up of mostly ordinary words, with perhaps one – rarely two – exceptional words to set them off. A great sentence doesn’t require great words.

And so it is with music. Great performances often lack any single performer who is great. And most songs contain no notes that are exceptional in their own right. But a note can be made exceptional by its placement among others. And it’s very much the same with a deejay and his milk crate of tunes. Depending on how they are combined and played, the tunes may make for a very ordinary set, or for an extraordinary one, which not only elevates every tune in it, but also creates an experience that can touch an audience to the marrow.

This type of transcendent set doesn’t always come about, but it’s what I’m so excited about attempting on Friday and Saturday night. My advantage over the live artists of course, is that I have the world’s greatest artists and greatest recorded performances to work with. And as I put together a set, I don’t aim to stay between any set of lines. I don’t plan the set at all, except that I often have a tune that invades my thoughts in the preceeding days, and that becomes my opener. After that, it all depends on which 5-10% of my collection I’ve opted to bring along. And that choice will depend a lot on impulse and intuition. But this selection will be diverse. It will have jazz as its foundation, but will also contain rock and R&B, blues and soul, some funk, lots of fusion, a dash of poppy disco, a country tune or three, and even something classical. I’ll spin Miles Davis alongside Joni Mitchell, and King Crimson with Keith Jarrett. I’ll sample Taj Mahal, Duke Ellington, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Dianne Reeves and Ornette Coleman; the Supremes, Weather Report, George Benson, Milton Nascimento and Cleo Laine. I’ll throw in some Sweet Honey in the Rock, right on top of some Mahavishnu Orchestra, then flavour it with Earth, Wind & Fire and The Manhattan Transfer. And Anita O’Day will lead into Herbie Hancock, while Otis Redding meets Steely Dan, Masekela and Horace Silver.

It will flow. Guests will make requests and spin us off into other directions. I’ll end up never getting to cuts I thought I’d play for sure, while tunes I’ve not listened to in a decade will find their way into the airstream. It will be magic woven of music. And I’ll be having so much Fun!


(And if you'd like to check out more of Obsidian Blooms, please visit obsidianblooms.blogspot.com)

June 20, 2017 08:39 PM PDT
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Artist - Tune - Album
Ramsey Lewis - Serene Funk - Funky Serenity
Nina Simone - I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free - The Best Of Nina Simone
Krystall Klear & the Buells - Modern Gizz - Ready For The 90’s
Mandrill - Fat City Strut - Just Outside Of Town
Jeff Beck - Head For Backstage Pass - Wired
James Brown - (Call Me) Superbad - Solid Gold – 30 Golden Hits
Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheny, - Vampira - Pastorius / Metheny / Ditmas / Bley
Bruce Ditmas & Paul Bley
Miles Davis - Directions II - Directions
Michael Gregory Jackson - Theme For In Eyes - Gifts
Julian Priester - Eternal Worlds - Love, Love
Charnett Moffett - For You - Net Man
La’Porsha Renae - How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore - 1 Mic 1 Take
Isaac Hayes - I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself - The Isaac Hayes Movement
Roberta Flack - Gone Away - Chapter Two
Gil Scott-Heron - Pieces Of A Man - Nothing New
King Crimson - Cat Food - In The Wake Of Poseidon
The Swan Silvertones - Jesus, My Rock - My Rock

The opening theme for Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Buckshot Lefonque.
Complete Playlists of all past Sets are available at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

Lots of variety in this Set!

There's some great finger-poppin' and boody-shakin' magic, by the likes of James Brown, Mandrill, and Jeff Beck.

There's a whole mini-set of "my lover done left me" soul blues, featuring the amazing new talent La'Porsha Renae.

And in the middle of the Set, there's a run of magnificent, adventurous, exploratory jazz, beginning with the Pastorius/Metheny collaboration, right through to Moffett's amazing "For You".

Nothing to do but to leave it with you! Welcome to my new followers from California and Wisconsin. And Thanks to whoever it is that's spread the word on Jazz Gumbo thoughout Japan! I LOVE it!

Much Love!
Kirby Obsidian

June 06, 2017 08:39 PM PDT
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Artist - Tune - Album
Michael Brecker - Chime This - Don’t Try This At Home
Nancy Wilson - Since I Fell For You - Nancy - Naturally
Howard Johnson & Gravity - Stolen Moments - Gravity!!!
Prince - Sign ‘O’ The Times - Sign ‘O’ The Times
Dewey Redman - Unknown Tongue - Musics
Jamaaladeen Tacuma - There He Stood - Renaissance Man
Michal Urbaniak featuring Urszula Dudziak - Butterfly - Atma
Quincy Jones - Killer Joe - Walking In Space
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - Things Ain’t What They Used To Be - Sing Ellington
Johnny Griffin & Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis - Tickle Toe - The Toughest Tenors
Peter Erskine - Sprite - Dr. Um
Sao Paolo Underground &
Pharoah Sanders - Spiral Mercury - Pharoah & The Underground

The opening theme for Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Buckshot Lefonque.
Complete Playlists of all past Sets are available at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

Okay, I admit it – One of the main incentives to add the last two cuts was so that the ‘newest’ music in the Set wouldn’t be from the late eighties. This issue (or, more likely, non-issue) of vintage has been a small, niggling background concern of mine from the start of Jazz Gumbo.

You see, I never set out to do an ‘oldies’ show. I did set out with a focus on vinyl, that being the heart of my personal collection, and my lifelong portal into the world of music. I was so attached to vinyl in the early nineties that as it was phased out, in favor of the cd, I essentially stopped buying new music. For some years, I wasn’t going out much to hear live jazz, nor listening to jazz on the radio (this was before Jazz FM was born in Toronto), nor consuming jazz via the internet (having survived computer-free until ’98).

I spent those years listening to my albums at home, and continuing to grow my collection by patronizing the many great used record stores – in Toronto and elsewhere – as well as through the generosity of many friends over the years, who thought of me when they gave up their vinyl collections.

My guess is that I have about two thousand albums by now. It’s not huge by the standards of collectors, but it’s a lot of music! Enough to last me the rest of my life, if it came to that. Because I’m always discovering and re-discovering magic within the scope, depth and variety of what I already have.

But of course, new artists continue to come along, and to redefine the music. One of the first cd’s I bought, when my resistance to the form finally gave way, was “Songbook” by Kenny Garrett. Another was Erykah Badu’s “Baduism”. A short while later, I came across Brian Blade’s first “Fellowship” album in a remainder bin. These and other works tied in to some of the last music I bought in vinyl form years earlier, such as Charnett Moffett’s “Net Man” and Jack DeJohnette’s “Parallel Realities”.

With Jazz Gumbo, I aim to share and glory in the amazing wealth within - and heir to - the Jazz traditions. I’ve stretched back as far as the thirties, and veered as wide as to include classical and country music. But I don’t want it to be all history. I want to keep up, and show how the roots of Jazz extend into the most dynamic sounds of today, as well as those of yesterday. So one thing this work of love has done for me is driven me to explore more of the music of the last two decades that had slipped by me. I try to include some of it in each show. But sometimes, I get so caught up in the satchel of vinyl I bring into the studio with me that including anything from this century becomes an afterthought.

It’s sometimes occurred to me that maybe I ought to just stick entirely to the vinyl, and forego the newer music…leave it to others. But then again, I never intended for this show to be about oldies. I play what I play here because of how very alive it is, how fresh and original, whenever it was recorded. Ultimately, I believe I want to keep it that way.

Much Love!
Kirby Obsidian

May 18, 2017 10:41 PM PDT
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Artist - Tune - Album
Moe Koffman - Saturn - Solar Explorations
McCoy Tyner - Genesis - Uptown/Downtown
Ella Fitzgerald - How High The Moon - The Best of Ella Fitzgerald
Chuck Mangione - Listen To The Wind - Bellavia
Norman Connors - Laughter - Dark Of Light
Herbie Hancock - Goodbye To Childhood - Speak Like A Child
Otis Redding - Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa (Sad Song) - History of Otis Redding
Jimmy Page & Robert Plant - Since I’ve Been Loving You - No Quarter
Bob Marley - Night Shift - Rastaman Vibration
Carla Bley - Dreams So Real - Dinner Music
Duke Ellington - Harlem Air Shaft - Giants Of Jazz
Ibrahim Maalouf - Overture I - Kalthoum
Kenny Garrett - She Waits For The New Sun - Songbook
Esther Satterfield - If You Know Me Any Longer Than Tomorrow - The Need To Be
Pharoah Sanders - Moment’s Notice - Rejoice
Kevin Eubanks - Resolution - The Messenger

The opening theme for Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Buckshot Lefonque.
Playlists from all past Sets are at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

As promised last week, this Set has an example of Ella Fitzgerald at her scat-singing best. Part of the lore surrounding Ella is that she often forgot her lyrics, and this may be a factor that got her started in scatting. But on this cut, it sounds as though bypassing the words was intentional. She just dives in and goes for it. And what a job. Who knows the name of the tune bop classic she quotes?

Norman Connors was a jazz drummer who ultimately gained his greatest fame as a producer and arranger of smooth, pop and funk jazz pieces. But to me, his greatest work came with three albums he produced in the early seventies: “Dance of Magic”, “Dark of Light” and “Love From the Sun”. They are wonderful, edgy, fluid works of progressive jazz magic, which I’ve played from often during the run of Jazz Gumbo. They feature great work from casts of great musicians, including Herbie Hancock, Gary Bartz, Carlos Garnett, Buster Williams and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Forgive the poor sound quality of the Pharoah Sanders piece. I’ll be looking to replace it with a clearer, crisper version soon.

Kirby Obsidian

May 11, 2017 11:19 PM PDT
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Artist - Tune - Album
Freddie Hubbard - Super Blue - Super Blue
St Germain - Sittin’ Here - St Germain
Mal Waldron featuring Eric Dolphy - Status Seeking - The Quest
Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto - So Danco Samba - Getz / Gilberto
Adam Makowicz - Summer In Central Park - Moonray
Ella Fitzgerald - Stairway To The Stars - The Best of Ella Fitzgerald
Dianne Reeves - Softly As In A Morning Sunrise - I Remember
Steve Khan - The Big Ones - Tightrope
Defunkt - Change - Defunkt in America
Chick Corea - Excerpt from the First Movement of Heavy Metal - No Mystery
Griot Galaxy - Zykron - Kins
Dewey Redman - Meditation, Submission, Purification - Coincide
Ornette Coleman - Lonely Woman - The Shape of Jazz to Come
Horace Silver - The Sophisticated Hippie - Silver ‘n Brass
Abdullah Ibrahim - Duke 88 - African River
Elizabeth Shepherd - High - Heavy Falls the Night

The opening theme for Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Buckshot Lefonque.
Playlists of all previous Sets of Jazz Gumbo can be found at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

Ella Fitzgerald would have had her one hundredth birthday in late April, but she missed that landmark by a few years, having died at age 89. Her road to becoming the First Lady of Jazz began when, at age seventeen, an orphaned, struggling drop-out, she won the Amateur Night contest in front of the mercilessly judgmental crowd at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre.

What I have always loved most about Ella’s voice is its brightness and clarity. It rings like a bell. “Stairway” doesn’t show off one of her other distinguishing characteristics – her scat singing. I’ll present a great example of that next week.

Adam Makowicz is a musician I’ve had the privilege of hearing up close and personal. He performed a spontaneous tribute to his wife Joanna, at a small gathering in Toronto’s Polish consulate one evening. What the man does with 88 keys is amazing. I believe he rivals the Tatums and the Petersons for dexterity and brilliance.

Tonight’s is a great Set. I hope you’ll take it all in and enjoy it.

Kirby Obsidian

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