Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Playlist for TOM OSSANA / DANE BREWER – The Thin Edge – March 30, 2016 MST 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. ~ Use this link to access the show online

"Watermelon Man" was Herbie Hancock's first major hit. Can you think of anyone better to cover than the Tasmanian tubist, Tim Jones? He gets help from Australia's finest: Stephen Magnusson, Frank Di Sario and Niko Schauble - guitar, bass and drums. Next we get two versions "Kattorna" by Poland's most famous jazz/movie composer, Krzysztof Komeda. The first, from the 2005 Tomasz Stanko Quartet live at JazzBaltica-Festival, featuring Stanko on trumpet and the blazing piano of Marcin Wasilewski with his usual trio mates. Then Germany's premiere jazz pianist, Joachim Kühn, and his trio perform Komeda's tune from his new ACT release, Beauty & Truth. Frequently heard pianist, Marc Copland, completes this set with his quartet's take on Duke Ellington's "Mystery Song" from his 2016 Innervoice Jazz Zenith featuring the trumpet of Ralph Alessi.

The mid-westerner drummer, Matt Kane, begins the second half with his sextet's cover of Pat Metheny's "Question and Answer" from his new Bounce-Step release Matt Kane & The Kansas City Generations Sextet ~ Acknowledgement. From Manfred Eicher's 2016 ECM we get Continuum from Nik Bartsch's Mobile improvising around Nik's penned "MODUL 4". Influential 1980/90s pianist, Anthony Davis, together with flautist James Newton and cellist Abdul Wadud give us an ethereal treatment of Charlie Mingus' "Eclipse" (We've heard the vocal version in a 50s Debut recording.) from their 1990 Gramvision release, Trio 2. Brian Haas, an American jazz pianist, composer, band leader, and producer, leads Nolatet, a quartet - piano, vibes, bass & drums - performing the Haas tune, "Dogs", a musical tribute to man's best friend. from his Royal Potato Family 2016 release of the same name.

Altoist Lee Konitz gets together with Swedish artists, notably pianist Bengt Halberg, in a performance of Lenny Tristano's oft covered "317 East 32nd St." - the address of a NYC jazz venue currently known as gallery café - from his 1951 Membran Audio recording Sax of a Kind. From their 2016 muzoic recording Defuser, The Giving Trio covers Tristano's tune featuring Konitz-sounding Alex Kerwin on alto. Brian Bromberg, sounding like a guitarist on his piccolo bass, gives us another cover of Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" from his new Mack Avenue release, Full Circle. Jack DeJohnette's 1994 Blue Note Extra Special Edition concludes the third half-hour performing DeJohnette's "Seventh D" featuring the great Gary Thomas on tenor. Little-known Michael Cain is impressive on piano. Wiki explains: Most typically, minor seventh chord refers to where the "seventh" note is a minor seventh above the root (a fifth above the third note). Aren't you glad I checked?

Sweden's Rigmore Gustafsson's ACT 2005 On My Way to You kicks off the Romantic Half-Hour with a vocal treatment of Legrand/Alan & Marilyn Bergman's "How Do You Keep the Music Playing". Trombonist Nils Landgren solos and vocalizes as well. Nina Hoss does a curious take on Kurt Weil's "Speak Low" in which she sings from weak to convincing, to help her betrayer understand that she "knows." (The opening line "Speak low when you speak, love" is a play of words on a line in William Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing (1600), in which Don Pedro says "Speak low if you speak love." ~ Wiki) After 2:38 the instrumental begins taking your breath away, especially if you had seen the German film Phoenix (A haunting portrait of identity, loss and the search for answers in post-WWII Berlin.). Mark Murphy, one of J. D.'s and my favorite male vocalists, is next with Till Bronner and Murphy's "Love Is What Stays" from Mark's 2007 Verve pressing of the same name. Till shows up on trumpet/flugelhorn. Bill Charlap Trio's Impulse 2016 Notes from New York is next with a cover of Harold Arlen and Truman Capote's "A Sleeping Bee", written for the 1954 musical House of Flowers. June Christy gets us ready for bed with her romantic spin on Duke Ellington's "Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me" from her 1959 Ballads for Night People.

A special thanks to the troops @ RoJ for their help putting our shows together: Agenor (BRA), Chris do Brasil (BRA), Domi & Victor (SPA), GAB (BEL), JR (SPA), Javi (SPA), Jazzzz61 (SPA), Lira (BRA), Luisa, Menos Que un Perro (ARG), Marcos (BRA), Melokan (VEN), Raz (ISR) and Sonia (SPA)