Jazz Spectrum 91

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Saturdays 8 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Hosted by Fritz Byers, Jazz Spectrum 91 is designed as an anthology, a loose and flowing tour through the history of the music, showcasing the wondrous diversity of jazz and the virtuosity of the musicians who play it.

Playlist: February 9, 2019

Set 1
John Coltrane, Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album, “Untitled Original 11383"
Greg Murphy, Bright Idea, “Untitled Original 11383"
Irene Kral, The Gentle Rain, “If You Could See Me Now”
Set 2
Keith Oxman, Glimpses, “Shai”
Dexter Gordon, Take the “A” Train, “For All We Know”
Set 3
Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis Big Band, Trane Whistle, “Trane Whistle”
Jack Wilson, The Jack Wilson Quartet, Featuring Roy Ayers, “Nirvana & Dana”
Set 4
Art Ensemble of Chicago, Coming Home Jamaica, “Odwalla Theme”
Dee Dee Bridgewater, Live at Yoshi’s, “What a Little Moonlight Can Do”
Matthew Shipp, Good and Evil Sessions, “Brainwash”
Set 5
String Trio of New York, Gut Reaction, “Upstart”
Shirley Horn, Main Ingredient, “Come In From the Rain”
Roy Eldridge, Complete Verve Studio Sessions, “Ballad Medley: I Remember You/Chelsea Bridge/I’ve Got the World on a String”
Set 6
Gary Meek, Originals, “Stella on the Stairs”
Bev Kelly, Bev Kelly in Person, “This is Always”
Gordon Grdina, Inroads, “P.B.S.”
Set 7
Mel Torme, The Ultimate Jazz Archive, “Born to Be Blue”
Wynton Kelly, Piano Interpretations, “Born to Be Blue”
Beverly Kenney, Born to Be Blue, “Born to Be Blue”
Art Farmer, Live at Stanford Jazz Workshop, “Born to be Blue”
Set 8
Helen Merrill, Helen Merrill, “Born to Be Blue”
Wes Montgomery, Full House, “Born to be Blue”
Paul Motian Trio 2000 + One, On Broadway, Vol. 4, “Born to be Blue”
Set 9
Sonny Rollins, Complete RCA Victor Recordings, “All the Things You Are”
Kenny Drew Trio, If You Could See Me Now, “Run Away”
Eric Dolphy with Mal Waldron, Far Cry, “Left Alone”
Set 10
Air, Air Lore, “Buddy Bolden’s Blues”
Stan Getz, Chronological Stan Getz, 1951-52, “‘Tis Autumn”
Chet Baker, Philip Catherine, & Jean Louis Passinfosse, Crystal Bells, “Crystal Bells”
Set 11
Lucky Thompson, Complete Vogue Recordings, “Tenderly”
Anita O’Day, Complete Verve/Clef Sessions, “As Long As I Live”
Dizzy Gillespie, Verve Phillips Small Grop Sessions, “I Found a Million Dollar Baby”
Nat King Cole, After Midnight, “Sweet Lorraine”
Set 12
Houston Person & Bill Charlap, You Taught My Heart to Sing, “Don’t Forget the Blues”
Hampton Hawes, The Green Leaves of Summer, “The Green Leaves of Summer”
Mildred Bailey, Sentimental Journey, “Georgia on My Mind”
Jimmy Knepper, 1st Place, “Fallen Crest”
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Best of 2018

When you’re going through hell, keep going.”
Often (mis)attributed to Winston Churchill
Whether plumbing the inexhaustible depths of Monk’s compositions like Frank Kimbrough and Miles Okazaki, bringing the accumulated insights of sixty years of composing brilliance to a lush orchestral setting like Wayne Shorter, displaying a striking freshness in an improvisational form he invented nearly fifty years ago like Keith Jarrett, demonstrating the wavery nature of the lines between composition and improvisation, standards and originals like Thumbscrew or importing an alt-country vocal sensibility into a fluid, uncategorizable musical virtuosity like Charles Lloyd; the artists who made the 58 recordings below helped all of us to keep going by being inventive, respectful, rebellious, jarring, earnest, playful, collaborative, fractious, incandescent  -  in short, by being faithful to all we love in jazz.
* denotes a special favorite
Ambrose Akinmusire, Origami Harvest
JD Allen, Love Stone
The Bad Plus, Never Stop II 
Jonas Cambien Trio, We Must Mustn't We
Steve Coleman, Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1
John Coltrane, Both Directions at Once
Sylvie Courvoisier, D'Agala, 
Andrew Cyrille, Wadada Leo Smith, Bill Frisell, Lebroba*
Miles Davis and John Coltrane, The Final Tour, 
Dave Douglas, Brazen Heart Live at the Jazz Standard
Maria Faust, Machina
Errol Garner, Nightconcert
Camilla George, The People Could Fly, 
Devin Gray, Dirigo Rataplan
Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau, Long Ago and Far Away*
Stefon Harris & Blackout, Sonic Creed
Eddie Henderson, Be Cool
Fred Hersch Trio, Live in Europe*
Fred Hersch Trio, 97@ The Village Vanguard
Fred Hersch & Anat Cohen, Live in Healdsburg
Marquis Hill, Modern Flows
Jon Irabagon Quartet, Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics
Keith Jarrett, La Fenice
Frank Kimbrough, Monk's Dreams*
Lee Konitz & Dan Tepfer, Decade, 
Azar Lawrence, Elementals
James Brandon Lewis & Chad Taylor, Radiant Imprints
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels + Lucinda Williams, Vanished Gardens
Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints, Scandal*
Makaya McCraven, Universal Beings, 
Mark Masters, Our Metier*
Brad Mehldau, Seymour Reads the Constitution, 
Myra Melford's Snowy Egret, The Other Side of Air*
Allison Miller & Carmen Staaf, Science Fair
Francois Moutin & Kavita Shah Duo, Interplay
Wolfgang Muthspiel, Where the River Goes
Miles Okazaki, Work
Hanna Paulsberg Concept, Daughter of the Sun
Mikkel Ploug & Mark Turner, Faroe
Noah Preminger, Genuinity
Noah Preminger & Frank Carlberg, Whispers and Cries, 
Joshua Redman, Still Dreaming
Cecile McLorin Salvant, The Window
John Scofield, Combo 66
Trygve Seim, Helsinki Songs
Wayne Shorter, Emanon*
Martial Solal, My One and Only Love
Gunther Baby Sommer, Baby's Party, 
Luciana Souza, The Book of Longing
Bobo Stenson Trio, Contra la Indecision
Kevin Sun, Trio
Henry Threadgill, Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus*
Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra, Dirt . . . and More Dirt
Thumbscrew, Ours
Thumbscrew, Theirs*
Mark Turner & Ethan Iverson, Temporary Kings
Cuong Vu 4Tet, Change in the Air
Denny Zeitlin, Wishing on the Moon