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Jazz Crescendos Galore!

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When creating a radio playlist one always has to make sure to sequence songs in a meaningful way. The dynamics of their interaction is critical. There should be not too many fast pieces played back to back, nor too many ballads one after the other. Fast and slow, soft and loud should be sequenced in a logical manner. Ideally, leading to a climax through one or more crescendos of songs.

This week we have decided to create a playlist in which each song contains a remarkable crescendo... A playlist featuring only compositions that start slow and then build up and build up, sometimes slowly sometimes fast, but always inexorably.

Happy listening!

  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • Ibrahim Electric "The Afribians Are Coming" Rumours from Outer Space (ILK) 0:17
  • Host talks 6:18
  • Kresten Osgood "I'm Black (dedicated to Alvin Queen)" Hammond Rens (ILK) 8:19
  • Lounge Lizards "Queen of All Ears" Queen of All Ears (Strange and Beautiful) 21:50
  • Host talks 27:08
  • Michael Blake "Elevated" Elevated (Knitting Factory Works) 28:42
  • Ben Allison "Buzz" Buzz (Palmetto) 35:03
  • Michel Portal "Take the Portal" Mineapolis We Insist! (EmArcy) 42:52
  • Host talks 50:49
  • Esbjorn Svensson Trio "Premonition: I. Earth" Leucocyte (ACT) 53:09
  • Host talks 1:09:00
  • Jaga Jazzist "Lithuania" A Livingroom Hush (Ninja Tune) 1:09:59
  • Marc Johnson's Right Brain Patrol "J.P." Magic Labyrinth (JMT) 1:18:29
  • David Binney "New York Nature" South (ACT) 1:26:31
  • Host talks 1:34:52
  • Richie Barshay "Sycamore" Sanctuary (Self-released) 1:36:55
  • Jon Irabagon "That Was Then" Outright (Innova) 1:43:51
  • Tim Berne "Not Sure" Snakeoil (ECM) 1:48:42
  • Host talks 1:57:19
  • Nik Bärtsch's Ronin "Modul 58" Awase (ECM) 2:00:50
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