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Playlist for April 16, 2009 from 4:00PM - 7:00PM

Current New Orleans Time: Thu, 2:50am

Playlist Date & Time: 4/16/2009 4:00PM - 7:00PM

Program: Jazz from the French Market with Jelly Roll Justice or Suzanne Corley

Special Show Blog Post: Marcus Roberts Visits the Studio

There are few shows during the year when time stands still: that happened today with the great jazz pianist Marcus Roberts in the studio.  

 

His clear and brilliant mind, his creative genius, and his kindness as an educator and musician all came together as he spoke of his new album ("New Orleans Meets Harlem, Volume 1") with the Marcus Roberts Trio (including Roland Guerin on bass and Jason Marsalis on drums), his teaching at Florida State University, and his views about jazz.       

Black Mold once told me that we as programmers have "the best ring side seats" in America.  He is right.

As for the rest of the show, the rather lax theme was about coming to New Orleans for festivals, be it by "Caravan" or whatever "Street" or "Road" suits you.  

Playlist Tracks

McCoy Tyner
Poinciana
McCoy Tyner and the Latin All-Stars
Telarc
1998

This version and that of the Marcus Roberts Trio are a joy to put beside Ahmad Jamal (and Vernell Fornier's) version.
Branford Marsalis Quartet
Concorde
Footseteps of Our Fathers
Marsalis Music
2002

Joey Calderazzo on piano shines along side Branford Marsalis on sax.
Wynton Marsalis
Caravan
Standard Time, Volume 1
Sony
1986

A very young Marcus Roberts on piano as the Quartet (Robert Hurst on bass, Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums) does one of the best renditions of this Ellington classic.
Jesse Boyd Trio
Phillip Street
True Stories
IND
2009

Boyd wrote all the music on this to-be released album; Michael Pellera on piano, Joe Dyson on drums.
Les McCann and Eddie Harris
Cold Duck Time
Swiss Movement [Live] from the Montreux Jazz Fest
Atlantic
1969

Les and Eddie at their best.
Steve Turre
Da Blues
Keep Searchin'
Highnote
2006

Written by Turre, this tune is like the rest of the album -- creative, challenging and beautiful.
Jutta Hipp
These Foolish Things
Jutta Hipp and Zoot Sims
Blue Note
1956

Some of the last music before she retired from the music world to pursue her love of art.
Bridge Quartet
Milestones
Day
Origin Records
2008

Darrell Grant on piano, Phil Dwyer on sax, Tom Wakeling on bass and Alan Jone on Drums create the "bridge".
Wessell Anderson
Blues for the Road
Warmdaddy in the Garden of Swing
Atlantic/Wea
2004

Warmdaddy literally takes you on one of the smoothest yet sophisticated rides possible.
Rebecca Cline and Hilary Noble
Crossroads
Enclave Diaspora
IND
2006

Neither this or any other song in the album is formulaic.
Dr. John
Hit the Road to Dreamland
Mercernary
Blue Note
2006

Kind of tune that gets stuck in your brain and just keeps spinning in your skull.
Joe Henderson
Back Road
Our Thing
Blue Note
1963

Under-appreciated Kenny Dorham tune done brilliantly.
Chick Corea and Bela Fleck
Sunset Road
The Enchantment
Corcord
2007

This is a Bela Fleck tune.
Pat Martino
Road Song
Remember: A Tribute to Wes Montgomery
Blue Note
2006
Marcus Roberts Trio
The Entertainer
New Orleans Meets Harlem, Vol. 1
J-Master Records/Roberts
2009
Marcus Roberts Trio
Honeysuckle Rose
New Orleans Meets Harlem, Vol. 1
J-Master Records/Roberts
2009
Marcus Roberts Trio
Pie Eye Blues
New Orleans Meets Harlem, Vol. 1
J-Master Records/Roberts
2009
Sonny Stitt
Lonesome Road
How High the Moon
GRP

Had to switch to excellent sax player after such mindbending piano for the last three songs and the interview with Roberts.
Chick Corea
Night Streets
My Spanish Heart
Polygram
1976

This rendition is so different than the earlier Bela Fleck duet, Chick Corea just seemed to be calling for me to play it.
Bennie Green
On the Street Where You Live
Masaic Select 3 (Disc 2)
1958

This is the great trombonist Bennie Green's birthday!
Gregg Kallor
On Green Dolphin Street
There's A Rhythm
IND
2002

One of the better versions of this classic.
Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen
Port Street Blues
Mo Hippa
MRI Associate
2008

My favorite tune on this album and the one that takes me to New Orleans.
Troy Andrews Quintet
On the Sunny Side of the Street
The End of the Beginning
Treme Records
2005

No better way to end with Trombone Shorty leading the way.
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