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As the great Sigmund Freud said, sometimes an EP is just an EP. In this case, actually, it's six EP's, as the boys look at that chimera of the early LP era, the ten-inch long-playing record, focusing on releases from the early to mid-nineteen fifties on Blue Note and Fantasy, along with a Resonance Records' Record Store Day release of archival guitar music recorded in mid-fifties Indianapolis but not released until the twenty-first century. Much musing about the special flavor of that period of jazz ensues, and things wrap up with brief discussions of the Cranberries and, once again, the Pink Floyd.
Discussion of Cal Tjader's album Cal Tjader (Fantasy) 7:20
Discussion of Gil Melle's album Five Impressions of Color (Blue Note) 19:50
Discussion of Wes Montgomery's album Live at the Turf Club (Resonance) 32:30
Discussion of Kenny Drew's album Kenny Drew Trio (Blue Note) 45:00
Discussion of J.J. Johnson's album J.J. Johnson (Blue Note) 57:40
Discussion of Howard McGhee's album Howard McGhee Vol. 2 (Blue Note) 1:04:15
As a songwriter and vocalist, I love jazz for the experience of being in the center of intense creativity. It is the most potent form of music for keeping the artist and the audience in the 'now. Being in the moment is essential for humans, and we need help in learning how to do that. As a songwriter, I need the depth of musicality that jazz voicings can give my stories. My songs seem light and whimsical, but the message is not.
I met my main collaborator, Mark Fitzgibbon, at one of his gigs. I needed to do my first original album, and his playing was masterful, robust, and beautiful. At the time, I didn't realize how suited we were as a team. We're onto our 4rth album together.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to a really clear and simple version of a song so you can then hear what the musicians are doing and enjoy their creativity and musicality. Also, you have to see jazz live to appreciate it fully. You'll never feel it the same way listening to a CD or online. You need the vibration to go through your body to really get it!
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