Highlights of Jazz in the Early 2000s (1999 - 2003)

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This is the 97th of 100 programs in the Jazz at 100 series. We move now into the 21st century, presenting music from less than twenty years ago. Which of these performances will have lasting value? What players will be remembered for their contributions to advancing the music? What trends will turn into dominant themes? The more recent the music, the more difficult it is to tell with any certainty.

As mentioned in the last two hours of the program, to present this recent music, we are following the lead of critic Gary Giddins who wrote an essay in 2001 where he told the story of post-war jazz through a discussion of one musical selection from each year. In these final few programs, we are exploring recent jazz through a presentation of (generally) one musical selection from each year in the 1990s and 2000s. Jazz at the turn of the century, in this hour of Jazz at 100.


  • Host Intro 0:00
  • Andrew Hill Sextet "T.C." from Dusk (Palmetto) 2:40
  • Host speaks 10:22
  • Ted Nash Quintet "Premiere Rhapsodie" from Sidewalk Meeting (Arabesque Jazz) 11:14
  • Host speaks 20:17
  • Dave Holland Quintet "Make Believe" from Extended Play—Live at Birdland (ECM) 22:17
  • Host speaks 28:46
  • The Bad Plus "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from These Are the Vistas (Columbia) 29:36
  • Host speaks 35:30
  • Dave Douglas Sextet "Just Say This" from Strange Liberation (Bluebird) 36:29
  • Host speaks 42:55
  • Wayne Shorter "Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5" from Alegria (Verve) 45:04
  • Host speaks 50:58
  • Von Freeman Quartet "Chant Time (Featuring Jelly Roll)" from The Great Divide (Premonition) 51:48
  • Host Outro 58:11

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