Blue Note 50ths, American Pianists Association Winners & More

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A light schedule of Blue Note 50th anniversaries this month: Hank Mobley's The Flip. But we missed a Thad Jones, Mel Lewis Orchestra recording (originally on Solid State but reissued on Blue Note) last month due to an error in our working discography. So, we feature album that as well. To celebrate Blue Note's 80th anniversary, we feature BN-11 from the Pete Johnson Blues Trio.

The American Pianists Association held their jazz competition this spring, and we have two recent winners for you. And in addition, of course, 21st century music from drummers Herlin Riley and Jeff Ballard, bassists Ben Allison and Iris Ornig, and guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel. Cannonball Adderley provides the lagniappe. Enjoy the show.

Thanks to our top listeners of the week in: Loberia (Argentina), Kitamoto (Japan), Koln (Germany) & Baton Rouge (US).


  • Herlin Riley "Rush Hour" from Perpetual Optimism (Mack Avenue) 00:00
  • Ben Allison "The Detective's Wife" from Layers of the City (Sonic Camera) 06:41
  • Iris Ornig "Venus as a Boy" from No Restrictions (self-produced) 13:50
  • Jeff Ballard "Virgin Forest" from Time's Tales (Okeh) 20:15
  • Cannonball Adderley "Fun" from Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (Capitol) 28:52
  • Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra "Jive Samba" from The Complete Solid State Recordings of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra (Mosaic) 36:20
  • Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra "Big Dipper" from The Complete Solid State Recordings of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra (Mosaic) 46:45
  • Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra "Quietude" from The Complete Solid State Recordings of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra (Mosaic) 52:38
  • Hank Mobley "The Flip" from The Flip (Blue Note) 57:41
  • Hank Mobley "Snappin' Out" from The Flip (Blue Note) 1:06:44
  • Hank Mobley "Early Morning Stroll" from The Flip (Blue Note) 1:14:37
  • Pete Johnson Blues Trio "Some Day Blues" from 78rpm single (Blue Note) 1:21:40
  • Pete Johnson Blues Trio "Vine St. Bustle" from 78rpm single (Blue Note) 1:26:30
  • Sullivan Fortner "I Mean You" from Aria (Impulse) 1:30:18
  • Sullivan Fortner "Changing Keys (Wheel Of Fortune theme)" from Moments Preserved (Impulse) 1:35:58
  • Emmet Cohen "Teo" from Dirty In Detroit (self-produced) 1:40:36
  • Emmet Cohen "Hindsight" from Masters Legacy Series, Vol 2: Ron Carter (Cellar Live) 1:46:29
  • Wolfgang Muthspiel "Panorama" from Where the River Goes (ECM) 1:51:20

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