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Jazz on the Moon

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On 20 July 1969, while Herbie Mann was over the figurative moon, because his Memphis Underground was the best selling jazz album in the country, the man was landing on the actual moon (apologies for the gender insensitivity here but otherwise the pun won't work...). What a day!

50 years later we celebrate the latter milestone with two hours of jazz inspired by the moon and the desire to break big divides.

Happy listening!

  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • Herbie Mann "Hold On, I'm Comin'" Memphis Underground (Rhino Atlantic) 0:17
  • Host talks 9:11
  • Maria Ahn "Space Oddity" Je T'aime Bowie (Self-released) 11:29
  • Nguyen Le with NDR Bigband & Michael Gibbs "Great Gig in the Sky" Celebrating the Dark Side of the Moon (ACT) 17:11
  • John Zorn "Mao's Moon" The Gift (Tzadik) 19:29
  • Host talks 24:42
  • Stephane Furic "Moon Breatheed Twice" The Twitter-Machine (Soul Note) 28:20
  • Michel Benita "Back from the Moon" River Silver (ECM) 33:59
  • Daniel Yvinec "Moon and Sand" The Lost Crooners (Bee) 39:34
  • Host talks 43:53
  • Gato Barbieri "Yo Le Canto a la Luna" Under Fire (Flying Dutchman) 45:28
  • Massimiliano Milesi, Giacomo Papetti "Old Devil Moon" Dimidiam (Ur) 50:11
  • Cassandra Wilson "Beneath a Silver Moon" Silver Pony (Blue Note) 54:50
  • Host talks 1:01:20
  • William Parker Quartet "Moon" O'Neal's Porch (AUM Fidelity) 1:02:48
  • Lester Bowie "When the Doom (Moon) Comes Over the Mountain" The Great Pretender (ECM) 1:07:55
  • Theo Bleckmann, Fumio Yasuda "Moon of Alabama" Berlin (Songs of Love and War, Peace and Exile) (Winter & Winter) 1:11:28
  • Host talks 1:15:01
  • Charlie Haden, Pat Metheny "The Moon Song" Beyond the Missouri Sky (Short Stories) (Verve) 1:16:49
  • Geoff Keezer Trio "It's Only a Paper Moon" World Music (DIW) 1:23:34
  • Ron Horton "Lua Cheia Sobre Lisboa (Full Moon Over Lisbon)" Everything In a Dream (Fresh Sound/New Talent) 1:31:26
  • Host talks 1:37:15
  • Michael Bates-Samuel Blaser Quintet "Rising Moon" One from None (Fresh Sound/New Talent) 1:38:54
  • Cristina Zavalloni "Tintarella di luna" Special Moon (Encore Jazz) 1:45:00
  • Sun Ra "Rocket Number Nine" Space Is the Place (Impulse!) 1:49:39
  • Ornette Coleman "Moon Inhabitants" Beauty Is a Rare Thing: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (Rhino Atlantic) 1:52:29
  • Host talks 1:57:29
  • Zoot Sims "Reaching for the Moon" New Beat Bossa Nova, Vol. 1 -2 (American Jazz Classics) 1:59:19
  • Rob Wasserman "The Moon Is Made of Gold" Duets (MCA) 2:01:52
  • Host talks 2:05:29
  • The Mancini Project "Moon River/Dreamsville" Views of Mancini (FMR) 2:08:34
  • Photo credit: Barbara Rigon.
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