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Jazz Gumbo
A Fusion of Flavors for the Ear!
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March 31, 2019 03:43 PM PDT

Artist - Tune - Album
Kevin Eubanks - Ever-Blue - Sundance
Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway - Where Is The Love - Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
Wynton Marsalis - When You Wish Upon A Star - Hot House Flowers
Wayne Shorter - Who Goes There! - Atlantis
Les McCann & Eddie Harris - Compared To What - Swiss Movement
Stanley Turrentine - Sister Sanctified - Cherry
Taj Mahal - Corinna - The Natch’l Blues
War - Where Was You At - The World Is A Ghetto
Thelonious Monk - Light Blue - Thelonious In Action
Joni Mitchell - Woodstock - Miles Of Aisles
Billy Cobham - Spanish Moss - Crosswinds
Julian Priester - Eternal Worlds - Love, Love
Michael Gregory Jackson - We’re Connected Now - Heart & Center
Jimmy Smith - Oh, No, Babe - Organ Grinder Swing
Jeff Beck - Come Dancing - Wired
Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Make Me A Pallet On The Floor - Boogie-Woogie String Along For Real
Sonny Rollins - The Stopper - Sonny Rollins with the Modern Jazz Quartet
Wayne Shorter - Crianças - Atlantis
Ramsey Lewis - Upendo Ni Pamoja - Upendo Ni Pamoja
Chet Baker - Blue Room - The Touch Of Your Lips

Playlists and featured album covers for all previous Sets of Jazz Gumbo can be found at:

My Sets from this calendar year are almost pure vinyl. And, almost purely musical, since I've cut back so much on my speaking. I didn't intend it. It was caused by a problem with my laptop that prevents me from plugging it into the studio's mixing board to access my digital files.

I must say that I'm enjoying it a lot. And I may just stick to it. But how are you liking it? I welcome your thoughts.

Enjoy the Set!

March 17, 2019 05:10 PM PDT

Artist - Tune - Album
Kamasi Washington - Leroy and Lanisha - The Epic
Woody Shaw - Stepping Stone - Stepping Stones
Oliver Jones - Close Your Eyes - Lights of Burgundy
Art Tatum - Isn’t This A Lovely Day - The Tatum Solo Masterpieces, vol.4
Mike Nock, Bennie Maupin, Cecil McBee & Eddie Marshall - Symbiosis - Almanac
Return To Forever - So Long Mickey Mouse - Musicmagic
featuring vocals by Stanley Clarke & Gayle Moran
Barre Phillips - Mountainscape IV - Mountainscapes
Miles Davis - Miles Runs The Voodoo Down - Bitches Brew
King Pleasure - Don’t Get Scared - Moody’s Mood For Love
Joanne Brackeen - Ancient Dynasties - Ancient Dynasty
Stevie Wonder - Too High - Innervisions
Amina Claudine Myers - Do You Wanna Be Saved? - The Circle Of Time
Horace Silver - Togetherness - Silver ‘n Voices
Tower of Power - Squib Cakes - Back to Oakland
Michal Urbaniak - Joy - Serenade for the City
Al Jarreau - Roof Garden - Breakin’ Away

The intro tune for this set is Wes Montgomery's "Bock to Bock"

Playlists and featured album covers for all previous Sets of Jazz Gumbo can be found at:

Wow! This is the first time in forever that I’m managing to post a Set in the same month that it was recorded! A little ridiculous, considering that once, I routinely posted Sets within days of recording them.

A more interesting and relevant fact is that this Set, and the ones that precede and follow it, are virtually all vinyl. Many of my first Sets were vinyl dominant, all the music from the early nineties or earlier. Since then, I’ve aimed to incorporate more music from the late nineties and the current century. Partly, to show the continuity in jazz, and its growth as a genre-crossing philosophy of music, rather than simply a genre itself.

It’s purely accidental that I’ve gone back to my previous show format. My laptop isn’t connecting to the mixing board. I can’t even play Buckshot LeFonque’s “Music Evolution”, the show's theme all these years. I’ve never managed to find a vinyl copy. I could mix it in, but I prefer to post the same show that streams from Radio Regent, with just a little clean-up.

I’m enjoying the vinyl only format. I have such a wealth of great vinyl, and the 50’s-80’s was such an amazing time for musical boundaries both stretching out and falling away, that I don't feel that the diversity of the Sets has suffered.

I hope the less talking is comfortable with you listeners. I haven’t received much input on the point. No complaints about not being able to figure out what’s been played. So I may just stick to it for awhile. I’m so glad to be back at this, as a regular part of my week.

I hope you enjoy the Set! Thank you for your ears!


March 05, 2019 08:50 PM PST

Artist - Tune - Album
(pre-intro) Wes Montgomery - Bock to Bock - Fingerpickin’
Art Blakey - The Sacrifice - Drum Suite
Quincy Jones - Soul Serenade - Golden Boy
James Blood Ulmer - Big Tree - No Wave
Steve Khan - Some Punk Funk - Tightrope
Helcio Milito - Aza Branca - Kilombo
Bob Moses - Exodus - The Story of Moses
John Blake - Maiden Dance - Maiden Dance
Keith Jarrett - In Front - Facing You
Gil Scott-Heron - The Prisoner - Pieces of a Man
Weather Report - The Pursuit of the Woman with the Feathered Hat - Mr. Gone
Cannonball Adderley - Hamba Nami - Accent on Africa
Judy Garland - Little Girl Blue - Alone
Courtney Pine - I’ve Known Rivers - Modern Day Jazz Stories
Chet Baker - El Morro - You Can’t Go Home Again
Mal Waldron - You’re My Thrill - Blues For Lady Day
Deanna Storey - I’m Just A Little Person - Synecdoche, New York soundtrack

Playlists and featured album cover for all previous Sets of Jazz Gumbo can be found at:

Well…it’s been awhile.
This is the first new Set recorded in some time. I thank all of you for your patience these last months. I doubt that I’ll ever manage an absolute adherence to a one-set-per-week schedule, but I hope for be fairly regular for the foreseeable future.

You should perhaps know that this Set and the next are basically all original vinyl. I’m unable to link my laptop to the studio computer for the purpose of streaming audio, so can’t access my digital library for the show. When I’ve solved the problem, I’ll be incorporating more current material in the mix, as usual.

Thank you for your ears!


February 05, 2019 08:03 PM PST

Artist - Tune - Album
Flora Purim - Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly - Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly
Milton Nascimento - One Coin–Tostao - Milton
Benny Goodman - Jumpin’ At The Woodside - The Hits of Benny Goodman
Sonny Rollins - There’s No Business Like Show Business - Worktime
Tony Williams - Juicy Fruit - Native Heart
Autorickshaw - Mercy Street - Meter
Jowee Omicil - One Note For Miles - Let’s Bash
Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus - County Seat - The Bad Plus Joshua Redman
John Coltrane - Cousin Mary - Giant Steps
Kenny Barron & Dave Holland - In Walked Bud - The Art of Conversation
Chaka Khan - I Love You Porgy - Echoes Of An Era
Baird Hersey - Night In Tunisia - The Year Of The Ear
Peter Erskine - Little Fun - Dr. Um
Marcus Miller - Jean Pierre - Marcus
Charles Mingus - Slop - Better Git It In Your Soul

The ode to musical styles past and present that introduces Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Branford Marsalis and Buckshot LeFonque.

Playlists for all past Sets of Jazz Gumbo will be found at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

Finally! The last Set from 2018. For some reason I don't clearly remember, I decided to experiment with a music only format. No chatter from me. That is, no chatter after my very long-winded intro.
Seriously though. It would be great getting input from some of you out there. Would you like less talk about the music and artists? Do you appreciate the occasional thoughts I share about artists, albums and tunes? Or would you prefer even more of the history of the featured music? Let me know what your tastes and interests are.


January 22, 2019 09:13 PM PST

Artist - Tune - Album
McCoy Tyner - Uptown - Uptown/Downtown
Jazzmeia Horn - Up Above My Head - A Social Call
Buster Williams - Where Giants Dwell - Audacity
The Crusaders - Night Faces - Street Life
Fifth Dimension - Stoned Soul Picnic - Stoned Soul Picnic
Ibrahim Maalouf - Nomade Slang - Illusions
Charles Mingus - Open Letter To Duke - Better Git It In Your Soul
Carmen McRae - My Ship - Carmen McRae
Jowee Omicil - Love & Honesty - Let’s Bash
Manhattan Transfer - Tuxedo Junction - The Manhattan Transfer
Brian Blade - Crooked Creek - Perceptual
Horace Silver - Pretty Eyes - Cape Verdean Blues
Aretha Franklin - Dr. Feelgood - 30 Greatest Hits
Eddie Gomez - Loco Motive - Power Play
Sarah Vaughan - Lullaby of Birdland - Golden Hits!!!
John Coltrane - Naima - Giant Steps

The ode to musical styles past and present that introduces Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Branford Marsalis and Buckshot Lefonque.

Playlists for all past Sets of Jazz Gumbo will be found at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

It's been such a long time. And I apologize to all my listeners for the prolonged absence. I haven't got back into the studio yet, but do still have two sets I recorded last August and September that never made it this far.

Here is the first. The second will come shortly. Then, I plan to follow that up before long with a fresh Set from 2019.

Thanks for your patience and for your ears. And Happy New Year! Let's make it a Great One!!!

Kirby Obsidian

November 13, 2018 10:38 AM PST

Artist - Tune - Album
John Coltrane - Cousin Mary - Giant Steps
Tony Williams - Going Far - The Joy of Flying
Dinah Washington - Blues in the Night - The Complete Dinah Washington
Charles Mingus - Better Git It In Your Soul - Mingus Ah Um
Charnett Moffett - For You - Net Man
Julian Priester - Rhythm Magnet - Polarization
Howard Johnson - Stolen Moments - Gravity!!!
Ornette Coleman - Lonely Woman - The Shape of Jazz to Come
The HeadHunters - Ms Yum Yum - Straight from the Gate
Linda Lewis - Lark - Lark
Mark Ronson, Erykay Badu, etal - A La Modeliste - Ronson’s Re:Generation
Return to Forever - 500 Miles High - Light as a Feather
George Duke - Crave E Canela - A Brazilian Love Affair
Opa - Montevideo - Magic Time
David Murray featuring Amiri Baraka - Evidence - Fo Deuk Revue
Wes Montgomery - Up and At It - Down Here on the Ground
Adam Makowicz - Indiana - Moonray
Charles Mingus - Cumbia & Jazz Fusion - Cumbia & Jazz Fusion

A complete record of all Jazz Gumbo Sets is available at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

Hello Jazz Lovers!

Sorry that I've been absent for so long.

I came across information that has me concerned about copyright issues related to this Podcast. So I'm not sure that I'll be able to continue.

In the meantime, here's a Set from the early days for you to enjoy.


September 12, 2018 08:39 PM PDT

Artist - Tune - Album
Harlem River Drive - Idle Hands - Harlem River Drive
Sonny Fortune - The Afro-Americans - Serengeti Minstrel
David Murray - Village Urbana - Fo Deuk Revue
Joan Armatrading - Down To Zero - Joan Armatrading
Ahmad Jamal - Rossiter Road - Live At The Montreal Jazz Festival 1985
The Bad Plus - Seven Minute Mind - Made Possible
Griot Galaxy - XY Moch - Kins
Sy Smith - Sometimes A Rose Will Grow In Concrete
- Sometimes A Rose Will Grow In Concrete
Wayne Shorter - Diana - Native Dancer
Wayne Shorter - From the Lonely Afternoon - Native Dancer
Aretha Franklin - Bridge Over Troubled Waters - Aretha’s Greatest Hits
Charlie Haden & Quartet West - Live Your Dreams - In Angel City
Robert Glasper - Consequences Of Jealousy - Black Radio
Dinah Washington - What A Diff’rence A Day Made
- What A Diff’rence A Day Makes!
Ramsey Lewis - Collage - Upendo Ni Pamoja
Michael Kaeshammer - Lands End Parade - The Pianist
Anita O’Day - The Moon Looks Down And Laughs - Travelin’ Light
Phronesis, Julian Argüelles - Herne Hill - The Behemoth
Bobby McFerrin featuring Esperanza Spalding - Glory - Spirityouall

The ode to musical styles past and present that introduces Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Branford Marsalis and Buckshot LeFonque.

Playlists for all past Sets of Jazz Gumbo will be found at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

A glorious Set of music! I can’t help myself. I feel that way about almost every Set, though I did admit to feeling that the last one was kind of a weird mishmash. This Set holds together much better. It flows better. And Aretha’s great cover of the Simon & Garfunkel classic soars right in the middle of it.

We’ve lost Aretha. And the last weeks have been full of tributes and memorials to her. My only small addition to the chorus of appreciation and love is to surround her transcendent music with more of the same. And I think this Set manages that. I’ll only draw attention to the two numbers that precede and follow Aretha, The offerings from Wayne Shorter and Charlie Haden. I won’t say any more than that. I’ll just leave it to you to enjoy.


September 03, 2018 10:18 PM PDT

Artist - Tune - Album
Steve Khan - Darlin’, Darlin Baby - Tightrope
Benny Maupin & Dr. Patrick Gleeson - The Work - Driving While Black
Lonnie Smith - Journey to Within - Gotcha
Art Tatum - Gershwin Medley - The Tatum Solo Masterpieces – Vol.4
Keith Jarrett - Diatribe - Shades
Roberta Flack - To Love Somebody - Quiet Fire
Chuck Mangione - Bellavia - Bellavia
Buster Williams - Sophisticated Lady - Something More
Joni Mitchell - Shine - Shine
Ray Charles - Diane - Essential Classics
Norman Connors - Carlos II - Love From The Sun
Autorickshaw - Save Me - Meter
John Abercrombie, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette - Sing Song - Gateway II
St. Germain - Sittin’ Here - Electronic
Johnny Griffin & Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis - Blues Up and Down - The Toughest Tenors

The ode to musical styles past and present that introduces Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Branford Marsalis and Buckshot LeFonque.

Playlists for all past Sets of Jazz Gumbo will be found at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

A very weird Set this was. I didn’t feel like I had any consistent direction or inspiration to it. Had no idea whether it would flow or not. Still don’t know, really. If you have an opinion on that, please feel free to let me know.

Regardless, some of the music really stuck in my head, both around the time I recorded the Set, and during this last week of editing it bit by bit, while on my commute to and from work. It was edited with about the same lack of focus that went into the recording.

Autorickshaw is I group I’d only experienced via fm radio until recently, and even that hasn’t been anytime recently. Frankly, I hadn’t realized they were still performing. Not until I came out of Union Station one day, at the end of my late morning commute, to find them performing as part of a Summer Lunchtime Concerts series at that location. The music stopped me in my tracks. I arrived at work half an hour late, and with a new vinyl purchase under my arm. I got to hear them play this “Save Me” live, as well as a very interesting cover of Paul Simon’s “……”.

Another surprise was to recognize Ed Hanley, the most excellent tabla player there on the stage. I’ve had a CD of his table solos for the last few years, and have even featured one or two on this show. I’d never realized that he was a founding member of this unique trio. Anyway, this tune of theirs has been on a replay loop in my mind for weeks now.

I love Lonnie Smith and what he can do. That goes for the cut “Journey to Within” featured here. I love that lazy, droopy bass line. But I’ll admit that I otherwise really dislike the album it comes from. I won’t bother to get into why. But it’s one of those not uncommon experiences of the music lover: to encounter that work by an admired artist that has little-to-none of the essence of what makes that artist so beloved. But there is this one cut!

A sentence of admiration and appreciation to Aretha Franklin. She will be missed. The outpouring of love, the way people everywhere have been playing and singing her music, in remembrance and tribute, has been heartwarming. I played favorites of mine on the shows that immediately preceded and followed her death, but I’m not likely to have them up for weeks yet. There will never be another like her!


August 15, 2018 09:25 PM PDT

Artist - Tune - Album
James Brown - Cold Sweat - 30 Golden Hits
Al Jarreau - Morning - Jarreau
JoAnne Brackeen - Beagles Boogie - Ancient Dynasties
Buckshot LeFonque - Weary With Toil - Music Evolution
Pat Metheny - Two Folk Songs – Part II - 80/81
Vital Information - Global Beats - Global Beat
Vital Information - Black Eyebrows - Global Beat
Joe Williams - Sounds Of The Night - Jump For Joy
Max Roach - St. Louis Blues - Drums Unlimited
Carla Bley - Sing Me Softly Of The Blues - Dinner Music
Dave Douglas - Orujo - Spirit Moves
Marcus Miller featuring Macy Gray - Girls and Boys - Silver Rain
Michael Gregory Jackson - Gifts - Gifts
Nguyên Lê - Evening Glory - Walking On The Tiger’s Tail
Nina Simone - Feeling Good - Compact Jazz: Nina Simone
Charlie Parker - Ornithology - Anthology
Herbie Hancock - Actual Proof - Thrust

The ode to musical styles past and present that introduces Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Branford Marsalis and Buckshot LeFonque.

Playlists for all past Sets of Jazz Gumbo will be found at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

I guess it’s inevitable that after 160+ shows, much of the music I play on Jazz Gumbo has been played here before. After all, I have my favorite artists, and from each of them, I have favorite cuts. I’m always discovering great new artists and music, but not at the rate of 15 cuts per week. So, I’m pleased that half of tonight’s selections are first time features, and that I’m featuring two artists for the first time, they being Dave Douglas and Joe Williams, the former a contemporary musician I’m just getting to know, and the latter, a great of yesteryear, whom I’ve known about but have never tried to fit here.

The opening bass line of the Williams piece is very interesting. With that arrangement, it might be taken as something pretty contemporary. My ear half expected Elizabeth Shepherd to come in for the vocal. From that angle, it strikes the ear as something ‘retro modern’, instead of just old. But Williams has a strong, clear and beautiful voice, so he pulls it off. And it fits nicely into the Set.

I want to mention one of the pieces I have featured before. Nina Simone has been around for a long time, and I’ve long been familiar with her work, but only in recent years has she become a personal favorite. Odd, isn’t it, how we grow into and out of music. This tune is so spectacular in its depth of feeling. That’s one of the things that surely set Simone apart. You hear her emotion in just about everything she does.

Okay, one more mention. Herbie Hancock’s early fusion albums, Headhunters and Thrust, in particular, just get better and better. The music is so rich and deep, in rhythm and tone and harmony. It’s so layered and complex, yet flows so hard. This fusion is to hard bop what a mango is to a peach! When I really let myself be immersed in it, it carries me places. So brilliant!

Love & Happiness, People!

August 10, 2018 05:50 PM PDT

Artist - Tune - Album
Wayne Shorter - Speak No Evil - Speak No Evil
John McLaughlin, Jaco Pastorius & Tony Williams - Dark Prince - Trio Of Doom
Osibisa - Beautiful 7 - Woyaya
Paul Horn - Reflected Moon - China
Gerry Niewood - Joy - Gerry Niewood & Timepiece
Linda Lewis - Old Smokey - Lark
Kenny Garrett - Wheatgrass Shot - Do Your Dance!
Return to Forever - Where Have I Loved You Before? - Where Have I Known You Before?
Return to Forever - The Shadow of Lo - Where Have I Known You Before?
Ryan Porter - The Psalmist - The Optimist
Santana - Waiting - Santana
Dexter Gordon - In Case You Haven’t Heard - Homecoming
Stevie Wonder - Love’s In Need Of Love Today - Songs In The Key Of Life
Joe Bonner - Love’s Dance - Angel Eyes
Bill Frisell, Melvin Gibbs, Ronald Shannon Jackson - Blame & Shame - Power Tools: Strange Meeting

The ode to musical styles past and present that introduces Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Branford Marsalis and Buckshot LeFonque.

Playlists for all past Sets of Jazz Gumbo will be found at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

There are a few pieces in this Set that are fairly new to me, and that I really love.

We can start with the opening number, Shorter’s “Speak No Evil”. This is an album I’ve wanted to explore for a while, and now having done so, I’m a little annoyed with myself for having taken so long. Shorter has covered such a range of music over the last half century that I’m not surprised that this is so different than the late 60’s and early 70’s music that introduced us. I’ll even go so far as to say that his constant evolution is a reason it’s taken so long for me to get to this one. No only Shorter, but so many leading artists of his generation, continue to be in constant flux, so one could never assume the qualities of an unfamiliar album. This is a sweet one.

Another one I really like is “Blame & Shame” by Power Tools. This is from a vinyl album I bought a few years ago, because I liked other work by both Frisell and Jackson, but didn’t much appreciate initially. My ears had to grow into it over time. And as is so often the case, I now can’t hear whatever it was about the album that put me off. This is the arc of listening I often refer to here and on the show as “stretching the ears”. When an artist has spoken to me powerfully in one style, I generally assume that they can still reach me, even if their style has changed. I first experienced this listening arc through following the likes of Trane and Miles, and I think it holds true for just about any artist who truly puts themself into their art.

A third new favorite is “The Psalmist” from Ryan Porter. Wow! Is it ever rousing! Unlike the other artists I’m mentioning here, Porter wasn’t even a name to me. I don’t remember when I first heard him, but I have that wonderful Shazam app to thank for getting him into my phone, and his name onto my list to explore. It sure paid off, and I look forward to hearing more from him.

A final mention goes to Kenny Garrett’s “Wheatgrass Shot”. Never imagined I’d hear an ode to wheatgrass, but here it is. And it’s great. I haven’t had a shot in a while, and this has me thinking to drop into one of those health juice shops!

Love & Thrive!

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