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by Marc Cohn
The number of the week is five (as in Show 435)! So, it's time for listener favorites from recent shows (421-430). WHYR, Mixcloud, Pacifica and All About Jazz messages, emails, and one-on-one (masked!) feedback in the grocery store are all considered. That would generate some five to six hours of material. So, we have to exercise a certain degree of editorial judgement. See if your favs made the cut. Want to weigh in for Shows 431-440? Shoot me an email! ...read more
by Ludovico Granvassu
Do you sympathize with the plight of the turkeys? Do family reunions bring you anxiety? Then forget about Thanksgiving! Mondo Jazz is here to help you switch to Hanksgiving, with two hours of Jazz tributes to the great Hank Williams, the only singer who is more American than pumpkin pie! This week we have concocted a delicious playlist for you which is all stuffing and no tryptophan, two hours to show how jazz musicians can make even Country ...read more
by Francis Lo Kee
Jack Walrath not only displays tremendous trumpet playing, a rich and varied approach to composition and wonderful band, he also puts something into this fantastic CD that's missing from too much new jazz: a sense of fun and humor. That's not to say that it isn't sensitive and touching at times--"An Hour Blessed" is arguably as gorgeous as anything ever recorded. However, what is a listener to make of a version of Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel"? Just ...read more
by J Hunter
Trumpeter Jack Walrath went back to Montana in January of 1980 to accomplish three things: visit his parents, burn down his old high school, and do a recording with a local quartet called--interestingly enough--Montana. Walrath never got around to torching his alma mater, but he did develop a working relationship with four talented musicians who were just as dedicated to stretching the envelope as he was. The result was In Montana, just re-released by Labor Records.
Montana wasn't your average ...read more
by Glenn Astarita
Besides the obvious technicalities, i.e. superior musicianship and crafty arrangements, trumpeter Jack Walrath aims his aspirations towards an elevated entertainment factor with this fine release. And for the uninformed, Walrath’s resume includes high profile stints with Charles Mingus, Ray Charles, Gary Peacock and many others.
The CD cover art reminds this writer of the late Frank Zappa’s Weasel’s Ripped My Flesh LP, although the theme presented here is perhaps a tad less biting! Walrath finds a near ...read more