Sting: An English (Jazz-)Man In New York - Part 2

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Although Sting is mostly known for his solo career and, before that, for fronting one of the most epic band of all times, The Police, his love for jazz has been a common thread throughout his career. His jazz sensibility became more prominent when he started his solo career with the album The Dream of the Blue Turtles and a band of young heavy weights from the New York jazz scene of the time, Branford Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland, Darryl Jones and Omar Hakim. We continue our exploration of Sting's jazz projects and renditions of his jazz compositions by the likes of Lester Bowie, Pat Metheny, Esbjorn Svensson, Michael Brecker, collaborations with producer Hal Willner and more.

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  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • The Bob Belden Ensemble "The Dream of the Blue Turtles" Straight to My Heart: The Bob Belden Ensemble Performs the Music of Sting (Blue Note) 0:16
  • Host talks 4:04
  • Christian McBride "Consider Me Gone" Conversations with Christian (Mack Avenue) 6:09
  • Host talks 10:25
  • Michela Lombardi "Seven Days" Shape of My Heart (The Music of Sting) (Saifam) 11:32
  • Pat Metheny, Esbjörn Svensson, Michael Brecker, Nils Landgren, Lars Danielsson, Wolfgang Haffner "Fragile" Live at Jazz Baltica (YouTube) 17:28
  • Host talks 32:25
  • Sting "Driven to Tears" Bring on the Night (A&M) 33:30
  • Eric Reed "Englishman in New York" Manhattan Melodies (GRP) 40:22
  • Host talks 47:05
  • Nobuyoshi Ino, Lester Bowie "Moon Over Bourbon Street" Duet (Paddle Wheel) 48:57
  • Sting "It's a Lonesome Old Town" Leaving Las Vegas [O.S.T.] (A&M) 54:34
  • Joe Henderson "Act II: It Ain't Necessarily So" Porgy and Bess (Verve) 57:11
  • Host talks 1:03:35
  • Sting "The Ballad of Mack the Knife" Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill (A&M) 1:05:04
  • Bill Frisell, David Sanborn, Sting, Fareed Haque, Don Alias, Hank Roberts "Ain't No Sunshine" Night Music #208 (Broadway Video) 1:07:52
  • Host talks 1:12:14
  • Branford Marsalis Quartet feat. Kurt Elling "Practical Arrangement" Upward Spiral (Okeh) 1:14:48

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