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Jazz Gumbo
A Fusion of Flavors for the Ear!
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February 09, 2017 09:37 PM PST
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Artist - Tune - Album
Chuck Mangione - Song Of The New Moon - Chase The Clouds Away
Donald Byrd - French Spice - Free Form
Ernest Ranglin - Haayo - In Search Of The Lost Riddim
Bessie Smith - New Orleans Hop Scop Blues - Any Woman’s Blues
Pat Martino - Joyous Lake - Joyous Lake
Buckshot LeFonque - Breakfast At Denny’s - Buckshot LeFonque
Roland Kirk - One Ton - Volunteered Slavery
Herbie Hancock
featuring Tina Turner - Edith And The Kingpin - River: The Joni Letters
Charnett Moffett - The Message - Beauty Within
Erykah Badu featuring André 3000 - Hello - But You Caint Use My Phone
Bill Evans & Eddie Gomez - Django - Montreux III
Michel Camilo - Hurry Up And Wait - Spirit Of The Moment
The Tony Williams Lifetime - Spectrum - Emergency!

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


February 04, 2017 12:27 AM PST
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Artist - Tune - Album
Bob James, et al - Montreux Summit - Montreux Summit, vol.II
Charles Mingus - Black Bats and Poles - Changes Two
Joanne Brackeen - Emily - Havin’ Fun
John Blake - For Tomorrow - Maiden Dance
Paul Desmond Quartet - Wave - Live
Charlie Haden & The Liberation - Song For The Whales - Time / Life
Music Orchestra
Diana Krall - Desperado - Wallflower
Freddie Hubbard - You’re My Everything - Hub-Tones
Trombone Shorty featuring - Backjump - For True
The Rebirth Brass Band
& 5th Ward Weebie
Chick Corea - The Slide - Tap Step
Jean-Luc Ponty - Waving Memories - Upon The Wings Of Music
Countermeasure - Train The A Take - Made to Measure
Dewey Redman - I Should Care - In London

The opening theme for Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Buckshot Lefonque.
You’ll find Set Lists for the entire run of Jazz Gumbo at: jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

I mis-spoke. Though it’s a riff on “Take the A Train”, what Countermeasure delivers here is something entirely different. And it’s almost hard to believe that it comes not only without electronics, but without any musical instruments at all – beside the human, that is.

Another feat of musical magic comes courtesy of Charlie Haden’s string bass, through which he creates sounds I could only distinguish from those of a whale if I could hear Charlie and the whale back-to-back.

These are but two of many grand musical moments in this Set. Bob James leads it off with his own composition and an incredible all-star band from the Montreux Jazz Festival of 1977. I won’t bother to rattle off the names. Google it and be in awe. Easy to understand why that audience was so enthusiastic!

There’s been a real time lag in getting these internet radio sets edited and posted to the Podcast, but I’m getting caught up – only two and a half weeks delay on this offering,

Enjoy the music, All!

And Thrive!
Kirby Obsidian

January 30, 2017 09:44 PM PST
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Artist - Tune - Album
Griot Galaxy - Androgeny - Kins
Art Blakey - The Sacrifice - Drum Suite
Ira Sullivan - Portrait of Sal Larosa - Ira Sullivan
Air - Do Tell - 80° Below ‘82
Jack DeJohnette - Where or Wayne - New Directions In Europe
David Schnitter - Caa Purange - Thundering
The Temptations - Please, Return Your Love To Me - The Temptations Wish It Would Rain
Keith Jarrett - Birth - Birth
Keith Jarrett - Mortgage On My Soul (Wah-Wah) - Birth
Charnett Moffett - One Left Over - Net Man
Wynton Marsalis - Knozz-Moe King - Think On One
The Heath Brothers - A New Blue - Passing Thru…
Billy Cobham - Crosswind - Crosswind

The opening theme for Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Buckshot Lefonque.
You’ll find Set Lists for the entire run of Jazz Gumbo at: jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

Check out the contrast between the two Jarrett quartet pieces. No piano on the latter. Jarrett takes up the soprano sax – a nice pairing with Dewey Redman’s tenor. And Charlie Haden’s bass is unbelievable! Is that just straight up acoustic? I’ve never heard a bass quite like that. Beautiful!

Griot Galaxy was a revelation. It was a local band out of Detroit, my home town. I must’ve picked it up because of that connection, and unfortunately, it’s languished on the shelf for at least a couple of years, somehow overlooked. Kins was their only album, recorded and released in 1981. The group is composed of three sax players, bass and drum. “Androgeny” has an elemental quality to it, nice rhythms and harmonies. To my hearing, this is the type of ‘free’ blowing that creates a sense of space, room in which to paint broad tone strokes, and to strike explosions of sound, which they manage to do.

Thanks to you new listeners, and you old, constant ones! I’m pleased that you are appreciating these sounds. Feel free anytime to drop a comment.

Kirby Obsidian

for more from Kirby Obsidian, please visit obsidianblooms.blogspot.com

January 16, 2017 10:21 PM PST
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Artist - Tune - Album
Weather Report - Elegant People - Black Market
Opa - Paper Butterflies - Goldenwings
Billie Holiday - God Bless The Child - The Original Recordings
Jazzpospolita - Polished Jazz - Almost Splendid
Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy - Night Time (Is The Right Time) - Twilight Dreams
Miles Davis - MD1/Something On Your Mind - You’re Under Arrest
Joshua Redman - Wish - Wish
Sonny Greenwich - Quetzacoatl - Hymn To The Earth
Go Go Penguin - Surrender To Mountain - Man Made Object
Branford Marsalis - The Wrath Of Tain - Royal Garden Blues
Keith Jarrett - Part IIb - The Koln Concert
Howard McGhee - Oo-Wee But I Do - That Bop Thing
John Coltrane - Spiral - Giant Steps
Ella Fitzgerald - Let’s Fall In Love - Essential Ella
Roberto Fonseca - Para Que No - Hables - Temperamento
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Celestial Terrestrial Commuters - Birds of Fire
Sonny Rollins - Newk’s Fadeaway - Sonny Rollins & The Modern Jazz Quartet
Tony Williams - Coming Back Home - The Joy Of Flying

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

This is mostly very old music, relatively speaking. Only the Fonseca, Jazzpospolita and
Go Go Penguin cuts are from the last few years. But it all goes together so well, doesn’t it. Music that goes beyond formula and trends, and that drills deep into its chosen form, and creates space for honest, emotive expression, is timeless. One won’t soon get tired of hearing it, even after the notes and changes are memorized, because each time it is heard it can potentially touch and activate those same chords of excitement and emotion that its creator experienced. Or nearly so.

That’s what I believe about music – that it is the ultimate art , because it can cut through language, and ideas, and goals and intentions, and like an activated batch of neurons, it can generate something of life that is transcendent. Transcendent of what, I don’t know how to say. But I do know that listening to music very often takes me out of my skin and the particular hour of the day, with all its focuses and concerns, and it lifts me to a level where I feel my own aliveness, and my connection to so much in creation that my mind does not know.

Such is the power of music.

Just about every week, as I listen back and edit the show, I experience the magnificent musicianship of certain tunes and passages, and I regret not having called attention to the musicians and to the dynamic moments. But there are too many of them not to always miss most of them.

But I know that anyone who listens to this podcast more than once, who comes back to follow or to download a Set or two, must feel this music. You enjoy it because you feel it, you let it in. And it gives me so much pleasure to have found this beautiful way to share, to uncover for you some undiscovered or forgotten musical moments, to weave them into the fabric and wonder of today.

Kirby Obsidian

January 02, 2017 08:25 PM PST
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Artist - Tune - Album
Brian Blade - Farewell Bluebird - Landmarks
Kenny Garrett - Sing a Song of Song - Songbook
Marvin Gaye - Let’s Get It On - Let’s Get It On
Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, - Benjamin - Appalachian Journey
Mark O'Connor, James Taylor
Frank Sinatra - I Get Along Without You Very Well - In The Wee Small Hours
U2 - Mothers of the Disappeared - The Joshua Tree
Abbey Lincoln - Prelude (A Wedding Song) - Talking to the Sun
Chick Corea - Crystal Silence - Return to Forever
Esperanza Spalding - Apple Blossom - Chamber Music Society
Hey Rosetta! - Seventeen - Seeds
Wayne Shorter - Criancas - Atlantis
Joni Mitchell - Bad Dreams - Shine
Clifford Brown & Max Roach - Jordu - Jordu
Billie Holiday - Gloomy Sunday - The Original Recordings
Charlie Haden - My Foolish Heart - Quartet West
Al Green - I Can’t Get Next To You - Greatest Hits
Billy Cobham - Searching For The Right Door & Spectrum - Spectrum

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

This set was substantially programmed for me by my iPod. While I had it set on shuffle, it played most of the selections from Yo-Yo Ma through Al Green, almost in this order, but for a few substitutions and additions. I found it pretty brilliant. While all of the music on my iPod was put there by me, it still sometimes feels as though the iPod is reading my mood and programming to suit it. Technology is gaining on us humans all the time.

Kirby Obsidian

December 14, 2016 07:53 PM PST
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Artist - Tune - Album
Ramsey Lewis - Les Fleur - Maiden Voyage
Marion Brown - Maimoun - Vista
Chuck Mangione with Esther Satterfield - Soft - Chase the Clouds Away
Ralph Towner & Gary Burton - Drifting Petals - Match Book
Art Ensemble of Chicago - Joro - The Paris Session
Dianne Schuur - Cry Me A River - Talkin ‘Bout You
Clarence Wheeler & The Enforcers - The Heebie Jeebie Dance - The Love I’ve Been Looking For
Charlie Haden with Keith Jarrett - Ellen David - Closeness Duets
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan - Your Smile - Rufusized
Horace Silver - Sanctimonious Sam - Sterling Silver
Stanley Jordan - ‘Round Midnight - Magic Touch
Dionne Warwick - Checkout Time - Very Dionne
McCoy Tyner - For Tomorrow - Inner Voices
Jay Hoggard - Ruby, My Dear - Overview
Alice Coltrane - Journey to Satchidananda - Journey to Satchidananda
Joe Bonner - Angel Eyes - Angel Eyes
John McLaughlin - My Foolish Heart - Electric Guitarist
Fats Waller - Sweet And Slow - Giants of Jazz - Fats Waller
Stevie Wonder - Superwoman - Music Of My Mind

For playlists from all past Sets, please visit jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

The time I spent in the studio recording and live streaming this set was a sweet and slow evening for sure. I’m grateful that I forgot the iPod at home and had to stick entirely to vinyl. It happens that I’d carried in a few more albums than usual that night, and played from almost all of them. Forgive me that some of the tracks are pretty scratchy. I’ve had some of these albums for decades, and the scratches are almost like the scratches on me – markers of a passage through life, time and perspective, and all that they’ve encompassed.

The scratchiest of these tunes, the first and last, the Ramsey Lewis and the Stevie Wonder, are from probably the first twenty or so albums I ever bought, years before I started taking care of them. I also think that these are among the best tunes in the set.

Ramsey Lewis has never gotten his due, so far as I’m concerned. He’s a masterful pianist, with a style that can be funky, churchy and bluesy. And the composition, “Les Fleur” or “The Flowers” by another over-looked artist, Charles Stepney, casts a hauntingly beautiful mood.

“Music of My Mind” was an extraordinary offering from Stevie Wonder, following closely on the heels of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” – two early 70’s albums that broke new ground as expressions of individual, musical visions. Not only did Wonder write and produce the entire album. He also – with the exception of two solos – plays all of the instruments.

Other Set standouts include McLaughlin’s take on “My Foolish Heart” and the magnificent “For Tomorrow” from McCoy Tyner. Then, there’s Dionne Warwick with the lush and orchestral Bacharach/David tune “Check Out Time”.

And if I were to pick out five more favorites, they’d be just great as these five!

Kirby Obsidian

December 09, 2016 10:36 PM PST
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Artist - Tune - Album
Wayne Shorter - Beauty & The Beast - Native Dancer
Steps Ahead featuring Dianne Reeves - Magnetic Love - Magnetic
Ray Bryant - St. Louis Blues - Solo Flight
Archie Shepp - Confirmation - Parisian Concert, volume 1
Metalwood - Mr. Mike - The Recline
Miles Davis - Right Off - Jack Johnson
Steve Eliovson & Collin Walcott - Africa - Dawn Dance
Sam Rivers - Verve - Contrasts
Nguyen Le - Guinia - Maghreb & Friends
Pat Martino - Masquerada - Starbright
Quincy Jones - Walking In Space - Walking In Space

The Opening theme for Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Buckshot Lefonque

Playlists from all past Sets are available at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

I mis-spoke in my intro to Quincy Jones’s 1969 performance of “Walking In Space”. It’s not George Benson, but Eric Gale doing the guitar work. But otherwise, I got it right. Yes to Freddie Hubbard and Hubert Laws, also to Ray Brown on bass, Bob James on keys and Roland Kirk on sax. And many others. Quincy was known for arranging great spaces for musicians to explore and was consequently always able to attract lots of talent to his recording sessions. Before this album, he’d been building a reputation writing and arranging film scores, such as for “The Pawnbroker”, “In Cold Blood” and “In the Heat of the Night”. Simultaneously, he established himself as an arranger for great jazz, and later pop, artists, including Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson. This piece – a rousing take on the number from the stage play “Hair” – is full of great solos delivered with exhuberance.

Miles Davis’s tribute to the boxer Jack Johnson stands in sharp contrast as a piece with virtually no arrangement at all, aside from the masterful, after the fact editing by Teo Macero. It came together as an impromptu jam at a recording session. The lack of prior arrangement doesn’t mean any less strategy or intent in the work. This album, like so much else in the Miles Davis discography, reflects how the man operated. He liked spontaneity, freshness, all things new. He brought together musicians whose work he admired and created spaces for them to fill, and fill them they did.

This particular cut started with the strumming of guitarist John McLaughlin, one of Davis’s new, young recruits at the time, who’d been playing with his former drummer, Tony Williams. This particular session had Billy Cobham on the drums, bassist Michael Henderson, and Steve Grossman on sax. Herbie Hancock happened to be in the building and sat himself at the organ when he came upon the scene.

Enjoy & Thrive!

December 03, 2016 08:38 PM PST
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Artist - Tune - Album
Kamasi Washington - Final Thought - The Epic
Booker T. & the M.G.’s - Melting Pot - Melting Pot
Baird Hersey & The Year of The Ear - Partings - Lookin’ For That Groove
Bill Evans - Autumn Leaves - Autumn Leaves
John Coltrane - Lush Life - Lush Life
Ted Curson - Straight Ice - Flip Top
Public Enemy - Fight The Power - Fear Of A Black Planet
James “Blood” Ulmer - Pleasure Control - Free Lancing
Tony Williams - Two Worlds - Native Heart
Marcus Miller - Bruce Lee - Silver Rain
Marcus Miller featuring Lalah Hathaway - La Villette - Silver Rain
Archie Shepp - Blues Free - Parisian Concert, volume 1
Joni Mitchell - The Reoccurring Dream - Chalk Mark In A Rain Storm
Manhattan Transfer - Birdland - Extensions

The Opening Theme for Jazz Gumbo is "Music Evolution" by Buckshot Lefonque.
Information about all past Sets is available at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

There are some funky, gotcha grooves in this set, old and new, from Booker T. to Public Enemy to Marcus Miller to Kamasi Washington. Music to get you tappin your feet or shakin your hip bone.

And then there are some burners of a different order, like the Curson, the Ulmer, the Shepp, with more bite and edge to it than the others. And on the flip side, an almost entrancing offering from Hersey & the Year of the Ear.

But the cream of this set – especially if its cream that you really like – is Trane’s “Lush Life”. I’ve probably waxed on about this one before (like maybe the last time I played it). Just can’t be helped.

First of all, the tune itself, penned by Billy Strayhorn, is about as lush as a tune can get. It’s rich, it’s voluptuous, it’s full of curves and curls, bounces and swells, and it modulates all over the damn place, never settling onto the cozy notes you might expect from your ear’s experience of lesser songs, but always reaching for that other tone that dances your pleasure one cycle higher.

And then, there’s what the soloists do with it. Breathtaking! All three solos are brilliant: by pianist Red Garland, and of course, by the master himself, full of runs and glides, and those famous “sheets of sound”. But the solo that really takes it for me is that by Donald Byrd on trumpet. He makes a simple, lilting dance of it, with flourishes that only enhance the sensuousness of the song, but with a tone that is both slightly throaty and caressing, the very sound of seduction and romance.



November 26, 2016 07:48 PM PST
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Artist - Tune - Album
Jazz Passengers - Basketball Fish - Deranges & Decomposed
Joanne Brackeen - Let Me Know - Keyed In
Emperors New Clothes - Four Corners - History of Acid Jazz
Counter Measure - I Saw Her Standing There - Made To Measure
Bennie Maupin - Night Watch - Moonscapes
Max Roach - Part One - Speak, Brother, Speak
Ramsey Lewis featuring Earth, Wind & Fire - Sun Goddess - Sun Goddess
Manteca - Meanwhile Tomorrow - The Twelfth Of Never
Betty Carter - Sounds - The Betty Carter Album
Larry Coryell - Better Git It In Your Soul - I’ll Be Over You
June Garber - Baltimore Oriole - This I Know
Art Blakey - Night In Tunisia - A Night In Tunisia
Leonard Cohen - Democracy - The Future

The opening theme for Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Buckshot Lefonque

Playlists of all past Sets are available at jazzgumbo.blogspot.com

“Let Me Know” by Joanne Brackeen is from a masterful album - “Keyed In”, and features the pianist with Jack DeJohnette and Eddie Gomez, artists I was much more familiar with than I was with the lead. It is a rich and evocative album, full of texture and feeling. Brackeen is one of those artists I wonder isn’t better known.

Betty Carter’s “Sounds” is another really extraordinary piece, from another artist who hasn’t gotten the attention she deserves. What a dynamic piece! And how does a bass generate so much drive grinding out a single note?

“Four Corners” by a 90’s group - Emperor’s New Clothes - is something new to me. I discovered it on a CD titled, “A History of Acid Jazz” that I recently came across in the studio, mailed in some years ago. I love the grove and bite of it.

There is lots and lots of music in the studio that has come in over the years, in hopes of generating some air-play and awareness for the artists. Lately, a few discs have come in addressed to this show, and I’ve begun to accept the invitation to explore. I’m loving it! And so I’ve featured a handful of these artists in this set. What a hard life it is, struggling to be heard over a sea of noise. I’ll be making more of an effort to include different voices here.

So, here we go. I hope you musicians out there continue to send in your work.

Kirby Obsidian

November 22, 2016 12:19 AM PST
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Artist - Tune - Album
Don Cherry & Gato Barbieri - First Movement - Togetherness
Michal Urbaniak - Deep Mountain - Fusion
Terumasa Hino - Speak To Loneliness - Speak To Loneliness
Woody Shaw - Stepping Stone - Stepping Stones
Jimmy Smith - (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction - Got My Mojo Workin’
The Temptations - Ball Of Confusion - Great Songs & Performances…
Charles Mingus - Cumbia & Jazz Fusion - Cumbia & Jazz Fusion
Stephane Grappelli - Ain’t Misbehavin - Satin Doll
Macy Gray - Boo - The Id
Oregon - Impending Bloom - Oregon
John Coltrane - Welcome - Kulu Sé Mama

The opening theme for Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Buckshot Lefonque

Playlists of all past Sets are available at jazzgumbo.blogspot.com

Kirby Obsidian

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