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Michael Jackson: Man in a Jazz Mirror - Part II


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The second part of this week's special edition dedicated to jazz renditions of the songs of Michael Jackson (and the Jackson 5!) showcases a wide range of approaches, ranging from the muscular, to the atmospheric, deconstructivist and straight-ahead groovy, including a compare and contrast between Vijay Iyer's and Miles Davis cover of "Human Nature." At the end of the show, Jimmy Smith's precious collaboration with the King of Pop.

[For the first part click here]

Happy listening!


  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" Mondo Jazz Theme (Self-released) 0:00
  • Erik Jekabson "Thriller" A Brand New Take (OA2) 0:16
  • Host talks 8:18
  • Tuck Andress "Man in the Mirror" Reckless Precision (Windham Hill) 9:05
  • Cyrille Aimee "Off the Wall" It's a Good Day (Mack Avenue) 12:50
  • Iris Ornig "The Way You Make Me Feel" No Restrictions (Self-released) 15:47
  • Host talks 21:39
  • Michael Blake "I Want You Back" Hellbent (Self-released) 23:48
  • Grover Washington, Jr. "I Can't Help It" Skylarkin' (Motown) 29:17
  • Noël Akchoté "Scream" One (Plays Michael) (Self-released) 35:40
  • Host talks 38:05
  • Vijay Iyer Trio "Human Nature (Trio Extension)" Accelerando (ACT) 40:01
  • Miles Davis "Human Nature" Live Around the World (Warner) 49:33
  • Jared Gold "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" JG 3+3 (Posi-Tone) 1:02:02
  • Joey DeFrancesco "Never Can Say Goodbye" Never Can Say Goodbye (The Music of Michael Jackson) (HighNote) 1:08:25
  • Host talks 1:14:08
  • Michael Jackson "Bad" Bad (Epic/Legacy) 1:17:07
Cover based on IMDB archival photo.

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