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Jazz Gumbo
A Fusion of Flavors for the Ear!
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March 25, 2017 11:01 PM PDT
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Artist - Tune - Album
Deodato - Also Sprach Zarathustra - Prelude
Etienne Charles - Kaiso - Kaiso
Dave Holland - The Empty Chair - Prism
Coleman Tinsley - Jordu - Friends and Family
BadBadNotGood - Hedron - III
Dianne Reeves - Sky Islands - Dianne Reeves
Sonny Rollins - The Bridge - The Bridge
Angie Stone - Soul Insurance - Mahogany Soul
Derrick Gardner & - God's Gift - A Ride To The Other Side
The Jazz Prophets
Banks, Bartz, Carter, Chary, - All Blues - Miles From India
Cobb, Mahanthappa & Vinayakram
Abdullah Ibrahim - Bra Timing From Phomolong - The Mountain
Amp Fiddler - Dreamin’ - Waltz Of A Ghetto Fly
GoGo Penguin - Smarra - Man Made Object
Bennie Maupin - Quasar - Slow Traffic To The Right

The opening theme for Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Buckshot Lefonque.
Information about previous Sets will be found at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

Kirby Obsidian

March 21, 2017 02:58 PM PDT
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Artist - Tune - Album
Peter Erskine - Okraphilia - Dr. Um
Charles Lloyd - Wilpan’s (Live In Norway) - Dreamweaver
Freddie Hubbard - Backlash - Echoes Of Blue
Nicholas Payton - Jazz Is A Four-Letter Word - Afro-Caribbean Mixtape
Janne Schaffer - Stocking Suite - Katharsis
Sonny Boy Williamson - Cross My Heart - This Is My Story
Samuel Yirga - Firma Ena Wereket - Guzo
Stacy Kent - One For My Baby - Collection II
Gregory Porter - Work Song - Be Good
Ibrahim Maalouf - Movement III–Alf Leila Wa Leila - Kalthoum
Robert Glasper - Of Dreams To Come - In My Element
Sonny Fortune - Turning It Over - Infinity Is

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

A truism that has been underscored for me from putting together Jazz Gumbo is, “The more you know, the more you realize how much you don’t know.” I’ve been listening to jazz all my life, and I’ve still only scratched the surface. It’s easy to suppose that delving into a few lists of all-time greatest artists or highest rated albums would expose one to all of the really superb, ground-breaking and unequaled offerings of any given musical genre.

It’s simply not true. For every “Greatest Hit” there are 5 others pieces that devotees of a particular artist will point to as superior, if perhaps less “popular” or “accessible”. Some artists – I’ll point to John Coltrane, Joni Mitchell and Chick Corea among many – produced so much excellent material that it’s only chance that separates the widely recognized masterwork from the overlooked masterwork. And there are the artists who never make it big, but who produce the isolated gem – or even a lifetime’s worth – that simply didn’t get heard enough by the right people at the right time to have registered.

I have long recognized that I’ll never get to all the great music, just as I’ll never get to all the great books or see all the great films. And that’s fine by me. It means I’ll never run out of new discoveries, now sounds that will stun and delight me, that will sound like nothing I’ve heard before.

This Set is very largely made up of material that is new to me, and much of it is fairly recent as well. One of the great benefits of doing this show is that old friends and new ones – made through this site – recommend amazing artists, and work by artists I already know, that I was not aware of. Here are a few of them.

Kirby Obsidian

March 12, 2017 02:18 PM PDT
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Artist - Tune - Album
Pharoah Sanders - Astral Traveling - Thembi
The Headhunters - If You’ve Got It, You’ll Get It - Survival Of The Fittest
Jimi Hendrix - Power Of Soul - Band Of Gypsys
Dexter Gordon - Devilette - Montreux Collection
dj Cheb i Sabbah - Ganga Dev - MahaMaya – Shri Durga Remixed
Clifford Brown - Night In Tunisia - The Beginning And The End
Joni Mitchell - Chair In The Sky - Mingus
Joe Bonner - The Lifesaver - The Lifesaver
War - Gypsy Man - Deliver The Word
Jay Hoggard - Blues Bags - Overview
Fats Waller - The Joint Is Jumpin’ - Giants of Jazz
Ramsey Lewis - Eternal Journey - Maiden Voyage

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

February 23, 2017 10:55 PM PST
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Artist – Tune – Album
The Mahavishnu Orchestra - Vital Transformation - The Inner Mounting Flame
Opa - Corre Niña – Goldenwings
Trombone Shorty - Do To Me - For True
featuring Jeff Beck
Charles Mingus - Jelly Roll - Better Git It In Your Soul
Cleo Laine - Tell Me Lies - I Am A Song
Ramsey Lewis - Maiden Voyage - Maiden Voyage
Robert Glasper featuring - You’re My Everything - Black Radio II
Jasmine Sullivan & Bilal
Kevin Eubanks - Who Knows – Sundance
Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) - I Never Loved A Man
The Way I Love You
Luis Gasca – Sara – Collage
David Murray - O’Leonso – Gwotet
The Jackson 5 - Who’s Lovin’ You - Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5
Errol Garner - Just One Of Those Things – Dreamstreet
Chick Corea & John McLaughlin - New Blues, Old Bruise - Five Peace Band (Live)
Charlie Haden & Quartet West - The Long Goodbye - Haunted Heart

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

Kirby Obsidian

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

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