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January 23, 2012

Ted Dunbar's Bebop List

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Yeah, I know I went WAY over the 10-20 song, 70 minute limit, but this is a VERY important list. These are the tunes I practiced EVERY day (in this order) for several years from a list given to me by my teacher Ted Dunbar in 1990. TrackNameTimeArtistAlbum1 Confirmation5:53Charlie ParkerThe Charlie Parker Story2 Donna Lee2:32Charlie “Bird" ParkerThe Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes3 Four7:14Miles DavisWorkin'4 Little Willie Leaps2:50Charlie “Bird" ParkerThe Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes5 Freedom Jazz Dance (Evolution Of The Groove)7:13Miles DavisMiles Smiles6 Sippin' at Bell's2:21Charlie “Bird" ParkerThe Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes7 Scrapple From ...

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December 17, 2011

Charles Gayle: Holiday Selection

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Downtown veteran, multi-instrumentalist Charles Gayle's style suits all sorts of situations. It works equally well as an irresistible morning wake-up call or an unusual choice of late night, post-coital soundtrack. Whether he is playing tenor saxophone or viola, once heard, Gayle is not quickly forgotten. With the holiday season upon us, the selection below is a great package to gift to in-laws. You may not see them often, but they are in your thoughts! TrackNameTimeArtistAlbum1Take Refuge24:58Charles GayleMore Live2Drink3:57Charles GayleDaily Bread3O Father15:16Charles GayleConsecration4Our Sins6:42Charles GayleDaily Bread5Drink3:57Charles GayleDaily Bread Photo CreditDave Kaufman ...

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December 15, 2011

Desmond After Dark (With the Dave Brubeck Quartet)

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Alto saxophonist Paul Desmond's solos kept me connected to the Dave Brubeck Quartet's music. A perfect “dry martini" mix of boundless lyricism and musical excellence. The following tunes were selected from several albums included in the The Dave Brubeck Quartet: The Complete Columbia Studio Albums Collection 1954 to 1967 box set. TrackNameTimeArtistAlbum1The Night We Called it a Day6:11Dave BrubeckAngel Eyes2Take Five5:27The Dave Brubeck QuartetTime Out3Georgia On My Mind6:42The Dave Brubeck QuartetGone With The Wind4Angel Eyes7:27Dave BrubeckAngel Eyes5Coracao Sensival (Tender Heart)4:17The Dave Brubeck QuartetBossa Nova U.S.A.6Marble Arch7:02Dave BrubeckJazz Impressions Of Eurasia7Trolley Song3:08The Dave Brubeck QuartetBossa Nova U.S.A.8Autumn In Washington ...

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December 13, 2011

McCoy Tyner: Vol. Three 1961

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Vol. One, 1959-60 | Vol. Two, 1960-61 | Vol. Three, 1961This music was recorded over a six month span but illustrates the breakneck speed with which the bleeding edge of jazz was transforming. In late May and early June 1961, McCoy Tyner was part of the John Coltrane group that recorded the ground-breaking Impulse! album Africa/Brass. By early November, the month that record was released, the core group of Coltrane, Tyner, Elvin Jones, Reggie Workman and notably, Eric Dolphy, were turning the jazz world upside down with the aggressive music they made across four nights at New ...

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December 7, 2011

My Influences

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I find it funny when reviewers assert my influences; they are never correct and I'd prefer to acknowledge my sources. So here is a list of the music that helped inspire my forthcoming album, You Are Here. The whole list makes me euphoric, but highlights for me would be Jack DeJohnette's fevered drumming on “Down San Diego Way" and Andy Sheppard's seductive soprano on “Sol." Tomasz Stanko's trumpet similarly slays me: rich, magnificent and tragic like a crumbling empire. I don't say my music sounds like this--if only--but this is what makes me want to write. TrackNameTimeArtistAlbum1Sol8:57Andy ...

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November 27, 2011

Classic Christmas

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Time-honored classics for the most wonderful time of the year. Lights and snow not included. TrackNameTimeArtistAlbum1Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town2:38Tony BennettSnowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album2A Holly Jolly Christmas2:14Burl IvesClassic Christmas3Looks Like A Cold, Cold Winter3:50Bing Crosby with Sonny Burke's OrchestraClassic Christmas4Winter Wonderland2:16Ella FitzgeraldElla Wishes You A Swinging Christmas5Baby, It's Cold Outside2:20Dinah Shore & Buddy ClarkClassic Christmas6Sleigh Ride3:20Tex Beneke & Yhe Glenn Miller OrchestraClassic Christmas7Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season2:39Andy WilliamsThe Andy Williams Christmas Album8White Christmas2:30Dean MartinMy Kind of Christmas9I'll Be Home For Christmas2:26Doris DayClassic Christmas10The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)3:12Mel TorméClassic Christmas11It's Beginning To Look ...

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November 26, 2011

Jazzy Christmas, Volume 1

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Enduring holiday classics from Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, Kenny Burrell, Bill Evans, Jimmy Smith, Vince Guaraldi and more.TrackNameTimeArtistAlbum1The Christmas Song3:30Ella FitzgeraldElla Wishes You A Swinging Christmas2Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!4:37Joe WilliamsVerve Presents: The Very Best Of Christmas Jazz3Santa Claus Is Coming To Town4:27Bill EvansThe Best Of Bill Evans On Verve4What Are You Doing New Years Eve2:24Nancy WilsonUltra-Lounge: Christmas Cocktails, Part One5Winter Wonderland2:28Chet BakerYule Struttin'6Greensleeves5:28Vince GuaraldiA Charlie Brown Christmas7Christmas Is3:12Lou RawlsStarbucks Holiday8Jingle Bells3:12Jimmy SmithVerve Presents: The Very Best Of Christmas Jazz9Santa Claus Is Coming To Town2:20Ella FitzgeraldElla Wishes You A Swinging Christmas10Merry Christmas Baby3:28Kenny BurrellVerve ...

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November 24, 2011

McCoy Tyner: Vol. Two, 1960-61

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Vol. One, 1959-60 | Vol. Two, 1960-61 The jazz world ushered in the 1960s with a fury of innovative change. A bold avant-garde stretched the form while also making accessible and engaging records. Across just nine months in one corner of that world,pianist McCoy Tyner played on a variety of sessions that together serve as a concise illustration of the ground bop was ceding to modality, melody and more. He began his tenure and apprenticeship with saxophonist John Coltrane, led his own first sessions and participated in the creation of music whose excitement and ingenuity has yet ...

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October 27, 2011

Alice Coltrane's Divine Ferocity

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Alice Coltrane's death in 2007 did not bring about the critical reassessment her work deserves. Nothing less than a trailblazer in free and spiritual jazz, the pianist and harpist was a deeply sensitive blues player and top-rate composer. Working in the shadow of her husband, saxophonist John Coltrane, through his controversial, late-period work and her erratic recording career later in her own life have not helped her legacy but Alice Coltrane's work is Important with a capital “I." If you are making CDs from this two-hour playlist, tracks 1 and 3 make up disc one with the remainder on disc ...

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October 17, 2011

McCoy Tyner: Vol. One, 1959-60

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Vol. One, 1959-60 | Vol. Two, 1960-61 Most biographers rely on one of two creation myths for pianist McCoy Tyner's career: He first emerged from his native Philadelphia as part of saxophonist Benny Golson and trumpeter Art Farmer's Jazztet, or he had been known to, and gigged around town with, saxophonist John Coltrane as early as 1955, when Tyner was all of 17. Each version is true in its own way but neither tells the whole story. Beginning with his first commercial sessions for trombonist Curtis Fuller in 1959, this playlist documents Tyner's earliest work on the ...

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October 3, 2011

The Majesty of King Tubby


King Tubby did not invent dub, but with hundreds--if not thousands--of sides standing witness to his wizardry--he elevated the form to an exalted level. Jamaican dub of the roots reggae era is the direct antecedent of modern remix culture, which today spans music, the visual arts, and even high technology. It is the immediate effect on the brain that is most impressive, though... TrackNameTimeArtistAlbum1Gorgon Version2:23Cornell Campbell & The AggravatorsKing Tubby's in Fine Style2Shooter Dub3:1King TubbyDown Santic Way: Santic's Jamaican Productions 1973-19753Corner Crew Dub3:5Augustus PabloKing Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown4King Tubby's Borderline Dub3:7King Tubby & Augustus PabloDub Chill Out5Shaolin ...

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September 11, 2011

New Jazz & World Music: 2011

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Some of the most creative jazz and world music artists on the scene right now that deserve wider recognition. TrackNameTimeArtistAlbum1Sangre Mandinga6:2Alex WilsonMali Latino2Bamako 20005:29Alex WilsonMali Latino3Choro6:16Banda Jazz Sinfonica de Diademainterpreta Noel Rosa4Galactic Panama5:4Danilo PérezProvidencia5Providencia5:8Danilo PérezProvidencia6Firi Na Gron'6:18FrafraSoundBlack,Dutch & More7Guess What?6:24FrafraSoundBlack,Dutch & More8Blen Blen Blen3:5Gerardo RosalesGerardo Rosales and his Afro Cuban Jazz Quintet “Chano Pozo's Music"9Straight, No Chaser4:26Jorge GlemLa Siembra del Cuatro10Bily3:19Jorge GlemLa Siembra del Cuatro11Serendipity6:41Leo BlancoAfrica Latina12Afro East4:43Leo BlancoAfrica Latina131 Si S-Au Iubit8:1Modern Balkan Jazz OrchestraPrimavara Master 24b143 Jove Malaj Mome7:33Modern Balkan Jazz OrchestraPrimavara Master 24b Submit one of your iTunes playlists here. ...

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August 28, 2011

Textural Jazz


Artistic and sensitive jazz. TrackNameTimeArtistAlbum1Toledo7:32Avishai CohenAt Home2Folk Song For Rosie8:41Paul Motian TrioAt The Village Vanguard3Loving Without Asking8:0Brian BladeBrian Blade Fellowship4Common Fields8:38Wolfert Brederode QuartetCurrents5Scarabee5:53Wolfert Brederode QuartetCurrents6Oddfelt7:56AlasnoaxisDogs Of Great Indifference7Harmsoft1:37AlasnoaxisDogs Of Great Indifference8Sand9:18Enrico RavaEasy Living9Continuum4:28Jaco PastoriusInvitation10New York 20072:46Marcin Wasilewski, Slawomir Kurkiewicz, Michal MiskiewiczJanuary11Believe Beleft Below4:51Esbjörn Svensson TrioSeven Days Of Falling12Merciful 21:13Nils Petter MolværSolid Ether13A-i-a9:43Barre PhillipsThree Day Moon14Cambodia4:30Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano & Paul MotianTime and Time Again15Wednesday3:57Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano & Paul MotianTime and Time Again16Bayit (Home)6:34Alon YavnaiTravel Notes17Yonatan7:46Alon YavnaiTravel Notes18Golden4:57TroykaTroyka19Starless And Bible Black3:51The Stan Tracey QuartetUnder Milk Wood20Nash Lontano4:38Christian WallumrØd EnsembleThe Zoo Is Far Submit one of your ...

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July 8, 2011



My favorite Dubstep songs! TrackNameTimeArtistAlbum1Crawling/Krwlng (Murdok Dubstep Remix)3:31Linkin ParkDubstep2Concrete (Feat Dread MC)3:28TCDubstep3Make My Day (Specimen A Remix)2:40Bashy vs NAPTDubstep4Superman (Dubstep)5:38EminemDubstep5Let's Go2:28Roksonix & StatelapseDubstep6Amadeus (Mozart dubstep remix)2:5RudebratDubstep7Gifted (Masuka Remix)4:12NASA (Feat Kanye West, Santigold & Lykke Li )Dubstep8Monster (feat Example Camo & Krooked Remix)4:18Professor GreenDubstep9Shot Yourself In The Foot Again5:5Skream & ExampleDubstep10Cruel Intentions (Joker Remix)4:11Simian Mobile DiscoDubstep11Constellation (Ion the Prize Dubstep Remix)6:29The FirmamentDubstep12Louder (Doctor P & Flux Pavilion Remix)2:27DJ FreshDubstep13Gold Dust (Flux Pavilion Remix)2:19DJ FreshDubstep14Panther (Zeds Dead Remix)3:52BarlettaDubstep15Out For Blood5:12Zeds Dead ft Omar LinxDubstep16Rude Boy2:44Zeds DeadDubstep17Hide & Seek (Murdok Dubstep Remix)3:14Imogen HeapDubstep18Concrete Jungle 3:18GlebstarDubstep19Hard (David Rodigan & Newham Generals)3:39BreakageDubstep20Bonkers (Doorly ...

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