Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Playlist for Tom Ossana / Dane Brewer – The Thin Edge – April 13, 2016 MST 7:00 to 9:00p.m. ~ Use this link to access the show online.

"Make it short!" I tell my self before writing a summary. Let's see if I can do it!

Don Cheadle is Miles Davis in Sony's movie Miles Ahead. "Frelon Brun" (Brown Hornet) from the film gets the show started. The cut is notable as it marks an unique moment when Miles moves from bop/post bop/modal to the fusion that characterized his later work. Francesco Ciniglio with Aaron Parks (piano), Joe Sanders (bass) follows with the group's take on Bud Powell's "Dance of the Infidels" from his Fresh Sound Records 2016 Wood. Newcomer Adrienne Fenemor's 2016 Mo' Puddin' Featuring Peter Bernstein (2016) gives us a fascinating cover of "The Boss", penned by the legendary organist, Jimmy Smith. Closing this half-hour we go all the way back to 1948 when George Shearing finally got bop. "Consternation" is the miraculous result with Jimmy Fallon on bass and "Klook"-like bombs dropped by percussionist Norman Burns.


Gonzalo Rubalcaba returns from his 2016 5Passion CD Charlie, a dedication album celebrating the work of the late Charlie Haden with Haden's "Sandino", a reference to Augusto C. Sandino (1894-1934), the leader of a Nicaraguan guerrilla movement. 

Harmonicist Hendrik Meurkens makes his second appearance this month with a cover of Brubeck's "In Your Own Sweet Way" from his 2016 Height Advantage Harmonicus Rex. German pianist Joachim Kühn returns as well covering The Doors "The End" from his new ACT Beauty & Truth. Next, we go to Italy for one of their foremost pianists, Dado Moroni, and his cover of McCoy Tyner's "Contemplation" from his 2014 Five for John, a reference to recordings made by John Coltrane with, in this case, Tyner percussing the piano.


Danny Green Trio's Altered Narratives (Origin OA2 Records 2016) kicks off the third half-hour with his composition "Chatter from all Sides". A 2012 reissue of Germany's clarinetist Rolf Kühn 's 1965 AMIGA release, Solarius, follows with "Sie Gleicht Wohl Einem Rosenstock" ("You Probably Like a Rosebush" - a 1602 folk song) with his younger brother, pianist Joachim Kühn. Rolf, at 86, is still with us. Wayne Shorter's "Tom Thumb" is next as performed by the Ark Ovrutski Quintet - Intersection (Origin Records 2016) featuring Michael Dease's trombone, Michael Thomas' reeds and Helio Alves' piano. The Ukrainian Ark, no relation to Noah, arrived in New York a decade ago. Noah Preminger's 2016 Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground brings this segment to a close with his cover of Richard M. Jones' "Trouble in Mind".

Romance begins with a request from a Salt Lake City avid listener. "Why Don't We Run Away" - a David Zippel tune - comes to us from Nancy LaMott's 1995 Midder Music Beautiful Baby. Newcomer Gonzalo del Val and his piano trio tackle Jobim's "Inutil Paisagem" from his 2016 Koiné. What's up all this intrigue with toes? From several sources I've received requests for Michael Frank's "Popsicle Toes" - this time performed by Diana Krall from her 1999 Verve When I Look in Your Eyes. Guillaume de Chassy & Daniel Yvinec's Songs From The Last Century (Bee Jazz 2009) is next with the piano trio's take on Leo Chauliac and Albert A Beach's "I Wish You Love" sung by one of our favorite male vocalists, Mark Murphy. Quincy Jones joins forces with Amy Winhouse in a performance of "It's My Party". Michal Franks brings us closer to bedtime with his penned "Your Secret's Safe with Me" from his 1985 Skin Dive.

Let's have some fun! TOM OSSANA