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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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Dan Tepfer & Kirk Knuffke: Generous Versatility

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Dan Tepfer and Kirk Knuffke are two musicians that, despite being being only in their thirties, have already become reference players on their respective instruments. Known for their versatility, which allows them to be equally at home with the repertoires of Johann Sebastian Bach or Erik Satie as well as with all-out improvisation, they have a ...

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Listeners' Favorites

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The number of the day is 5 (as in Show 385), which means it's time for listeners' favorites—the tunes that moved you from Gifts & Messages (Shows 371-380). Some old, some more recent. Enjoy the ride (it's granulated), and thanks for your comments and your ears.

Thanks to our most active listeners of the week ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Nichols, Newk with Kenny/Elmo, Prez & More

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We're rotating through our 2019 centenarians--this week Herbie Nichols with tracks from his first Blue Note LP. Our artist log tells me it's time for another deep dive into the vault, including another piano faceoff (because you loved the last one): this time Fats Waller versus Teddy Wilson & Art Tatum. There's more Newk too, recordings ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Charlie Hunter & Lucy Woodward: Music! Music! Music!

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Music! Music! Music! will cement the revelatory impression guitarist Charlie Hunter and vocalist Lucy Woodward leave upon attendees of their concerts. Having repaired to the studio in November 2018, the duo maximized the spontaneity of those proceedings through the enlistment of drummer Derrek Phillips. adding a spark that further ignited the keen chemistry the pair had ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Charlie Hunter with Lucy Woodward at the Jazz Kitchen

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Charlie Hunter / Lucy Woodward
Jazz Kitchen
Indianapolis, Indiana
April 24, 2019

Eight-string guitarist Charlie Hunter's latest partnership is with vocalist Lucy Woodward, a firecracker with a strong sonic resemblance to Joan Osborne and an outgoing stage presence. For their performance at the Jazz Kitchen, the duo was joined by an ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rob Dixon: Coast to Crossroads

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"The album is called Coast to Crossroads because I'm based in Indiana, the Crossroads state, but I also work a lot on the West Coast and East Coast," explains saxophonist Rob Dixon, who leads this trio session with drummer Mike Clark and seven-string funk guitar maven Charlie Hunter (who also served as producer), plus occasional guest ...

One Day in Brazil, 50 Years in Germany

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Tony Adamo
Was Out Jazz Zone Mad
Ropeadope
2018

Some African cultures preserved their history not by the written but by the spoken word, kept by oral cultural historians known as griots. On Was Out Jazz Zone Mad, vocalist Tony Adamo aspires to serve in this same role, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Christmas Gifts and Messages, Some From the Grinch

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If you haven't had your fill of Christmas, click the play button for last Saturday's holiday show. One of our rotating traditions is to program the Duke Ellington version of “The Nutcracker Suite." Our first segment tracks mostly old favorites that we play almost every year. The rest are offered for the first time on the ...

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Hanksgiving: Jazz Tributes to Hank Williams

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Do you sympathize with the plight of the turkeys? Do family reunions bring you anxiety? Then forget about Thanksgiving! Mondo Jazz is here to help you switch to Hanksgiving, with two hours of Jazz tributes to the great Hank Williams, the only singer who is more American than pumpkin pie!

This week we have ...