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Radio & Podcasts

A tribute to Eddie Gale plus a mix of old and new releases

Read "A tribute to Eddie Gale plus a mix of old and new releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show a tribute to trumpeter, Sun Ra alum, and musical educator Eddie Gale who recently passed away. Also featured, the second album in the Catalytic Artist Album fundraising series from the Erotic Winds trio Joe McPhee with Joe Giardullo and John Howard. As well as some other new releases and archive cuts there is further exploration of the recordings of Italian Saxophonist Felice Clemente. Playlist Steve Cardenas “Lost and Found" from Blue Has a Range (Sunnyside) ...

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Radio & Podcasts

50th Anniversary Blue Notes for May & More

Read "50th Anniversary Blue Notes for May & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn


May 1969 saw Blue Note recording some 'Brazilian' jazz, soulful tunes and two 'spiritual' jazz sessions--a very broad palette. Some are fantastic and some mundane. Listen and see what you think. Also a few other 50th anniversary bits, Blue Note #9 and a tad more. Enjoy the show.

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Live Review

First Northern California Jazz Musicians Healthcare Benefit Concert

Read "First Northern California Jazz Musicians Healthcare Benefit Concert" reviewed by Bill Leikam


First Northern California Healthcare Benefit ConcertVelma's Jazz and Blues ClubSaf Francisco, CaliforniaApril 23, 2009

On April 23rd, 2009 at Velma's Jazz and Blues Club, in San Francisco, California jazz trumpeter Eddie Gale launched the First Northern California charity concert to support healthcare for jazz musicians through the California Jazz Foundation. The Foundation's mission statement reads, “The California Jazz Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization formed to provide assistance to musicians and to others in need ...

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Album Review

Mushroom with Eddie Gale: Joint Happening

Read "Joint Happening" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


I'll resist any pun that might connect the words “mushroom and “joint but more than a little psychedelia wafts like incense and patchouli through this collaboration between progressive rock and jazz veterans.

Mushroom is a more-or-less underground ensemble led by drummer Pat Thomas that has explored modern instrumental rock and jazz from its San Francisco base, including serving as support band for like-minded progressives Kevin Ayers (of Soft Machine) and Daevid Allen (of Gong), for the past decade. ...

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Album Review

Mushroom with Eddie Gale: Joint Happening

Read "Joint Happening" reviewed by Robert Iannapollo


Mushroom was formed in the late 1990s by drummer Pat Thomas as a loose performing collective and has developed a small but quite rabid following. Lumped in with the jamband genre, they've never garnered quite the same amount of attention as other exemplars. Perhaps part of the reason is that they are not exclusively a jamband and not easily classifiable. One can never be quite sure what one is going to get when one purchases a Mushroom recording. They frequently ...

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Album Review

Mushroom with Eddie Gale: Joint Happening

Read "Joint Happening" reviewed by Troy Collins


The Oakland, California based instrumental band Mushroom has been blending psychedelia, fusion, post-rock, free jazz, Krautrock and grooving funk into a heady stew for ten years. Tying together their disparate influences through example, Mushroom has played with members of Krautrock pioneers Faust, Daevid Allen of Gong, Bundy K. Brown of Tortoise, and Kevin Ayers of Soft Machine.

Shades of 1970s Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi sextet and Soft Machine all make appearances, but Mushroom invokes contemporaries Sun City ...

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Mushroom with Eddie Gale: Joint Happening

Read "Joint Happening" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The convergence of San Francisco psychedelic post-jazz collective Mushroom and trumpeter Eddie Gale seems preordained. For the past ten years the collective has been performing music in the spirit of Can, Gong, Soft Machine, and the Allman Brothers. Finding that Eddie Gale lives on the west coast certainly caused the convergence of his horn with this band.

Known for his work with Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, and Larry Young, Gale carried forward the lessons of John Coltrane (post-Ascension, ...


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