The Costello Jazz Show, Part 1

Ludovico Granvassu BY

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Certain musicians like to stick to a formula. Others, like Elvis Costello (featured today), continually reinvent themselves. Looking back at Costello's career, it seems like his sense of adventurous restlessness has been both the cause and the effect of his many high-profile collaborations, including those in the jazz world—from Michael Leonhart to Roy Nathanson, from the Mingus legacy project to the New Orleans connections, and more.

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  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • Michael Leonhart Orchestra with Elvis Costello & JSWISS "Shut Him Down" Shut Him Down -Single (Sunnyside) 0:16
  • Host talks 4:18
  • Elvis Costello "Newspaper Pane" Hey Clockface (Concord) 5:02
  • Host talks 9:09
  • Johan Lindstrom Septett "What What" On the Asylum (Moserobie) 11:04
  • Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello "Wonder Woman" The River in Reverse (Verve) 12:37
  • Host talks 15:43
  • The Dirty Dozen Brass Band "That's How You Got Killed Before" The New Orleans Album (Columbia) 17:04
  • Elvis Costello "Hidden Charms" Kojak Variety (Rhino/Warner Records) 20:14
  • Petra Magoni, Ferruccio Spinetti (feat. Stefano Bollani) "I Almost Had a Weakness" Musica Nuda 2 (Bonsaï) 23:42
  • Host talks 28:48
  • The Jazz Passengers "Aubergine" Individually Twisted (32) 30:03
  • Roy Nathanson "Fire Suite 1" Fire at Keaton's Bar & Grill (Six Degrees) 34:19
  • Various Artists "My Flame Burns Blue (Blood Count)" Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life (Blue Note) 39:47
  • Host talks 44:30
  • Andy Sheppard Quartet "I Want to Vanish" Surrounded by Sea (ECM) 45:30
  • Marian McPartland, Elvis Costello "My Funny Valentine" Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz Radio Broadcast with Elvis Costello (The Jazz Alliance) 50:17
  • Host talks 54:01
  • Mingus Big Band "E's Flat Ah's Flat Too (AKA Hora Decubitus)" Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard (Jazz Workshop, Inc./Jazz Standard) 56:10
Photo credit: James Omara

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