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Bird Dogs and Licorice Sticks

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Sam Sadigursky is a special guest for this go-round, and the talk ranges from his pledge of fidelity to the clarinet, to his experiences in Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, to his lengthy tour of duty in a big time Broadway production, to his thoughts about bass-clarinet specialist Jason Stein. After he escapes the bastards' clutches, ...

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Vibe Time

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There aren't as many famous vibraphonists in jazz as, say, piano or saxophone players, but the best of the breed are as influential as almost any of the horn blower or key tickler. In this episode, the boys talk about two mallet-masters from the pages of history, and two sponsored by Blue Note in more recent ...

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Zappity-Doo-Dah

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To be perfectly Frank, the boys don't know all that much about rock and roll's prickliest, most demanding composer/conceptualist/guitarist/ideologue, so they look at a couple of recordings by the maestro himself and a couple by other musicians paying homage to the man with a mustache. Burt Bacharach meets Hal Wilner's tribute to Thelonious Monk in a ...

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Blue Note's 80th Anniversary Vinyl Initiative

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Blue Note moves in mysterious ways. It seems like only a few months ago that the storied jazz label announced its Tone Poet vinyl series, because, well, it was only a few months ago, and here they are with yet another entry in the vinyl reissue game: the Blue Note 80th Anniversary Series. Like the Tone ...

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Welcome to the Deep End

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The boys contemplate the profundity of the abyss--or, at least, of some fairly serious third-streamy jazz releases, on this very “whoa, man" episode. A three-disc extravaganza from a feted musician on Blue Note, a challenging big-group project on the always challenging Intakt label, and a ballet score by jazz's favorite theoretician from the sixties make up ...

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Mating Dance of the Cosmic Pandas

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It's all things twangin' and screaming this time, as the boys look at four albums by guitarists. Some settle for six strings, some demand four, but all are one shade of awesome or another... and some make pretty impressive O-faces. The boys then each pick their three favorite guitarists, and the results may surprise you. Once ...

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What's the Concept?

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Can jazz have “concept albums?" Probably not, but some records do work harder at sustaining a mood--or a sense of narrative--than others. The boys look at five test cases--one brand new, two from that prime year 1969, and two from the transition from the eighties to the nineties. Madge gets a look in during pop matters, ...

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Brand New Bangers

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Mike settles into the sidecar as the boys discuss four brand new releases spanning everything from experimental, to post-Michael Brecker (with a guest appearance by Brad Mehldau no less) to uncategorizable South African trip-music. Pop matters gets ever stranger with look-ins at Frank Zappa and Oingo Boingo.

Playlist Discussion of Jon Crompton's album ...

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Pop Goes the Jazz-Cast

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The boys' interview about the origins of the podcast got them thinking that it'd been a while since they went off the rails and did a “pop" jazz-cast. So, just like Casey Jones, off the rails they went, and talked up, out, and about two “jazz-adjacent" classics of the past and two brand-new releases adding dollops ...

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Discoveries... and Re-Discoveries

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Two major reissues and one highly publicized discovery from the 1960s provide the core of this round's podcast, as the boys discuss the latest album from the John Coltrane Quartet (despite the insistence of one internet denizen that “Coltrane's creativity really dropped off in the seventies") and then look at lavishly repacked work from Sonny Clark ...