Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Playlist for Tom Ossana/Dane Brewer – The Thin Edge – April 6, 2016 MST 7:00 to 9:00p.m. ~ Use this link to access the show online.

Since our show began in 1995 we have featured renowned pianist Keith Jarretts's trios beginning with Somewhere Before released in 1969 on Atlantic with Charlie Haden and Paul Motian. The most enduring group, all on Manfred Eicher's ECM label, was produced with Gary Peacock on bass and Jack DeJohnette on the drums. The first of these outings was Tales of Another released by ECM more than thirty years ago in 1977. Tonight's show begins with Peacock's penned "Major Major" from that recording. Essentially a six count waltz, "Edda", follows with two iterations: the original from Lee Morgan's 1965 Blue Note Rumproller featuring the famed trumpeter with Joe Henderson/tenor, Ronnie Mathews/piano and Billy Higgins/drums. Francesco Ciniglio's trio's "Edda" is next from his 2016 Fresh Sounds New Talent Wood featuring the Seattle pianist Aaron Parks. Newly released from KARI-ON Productions, Emi Ferguson plays the flute music of Kendall Durelle Briggs concludes the first half-hour with "Sonata for Flute and Piano, 2. Presto".

Newcomer Marcos Varela kicks off the second half with his Origin Records' San Ygnacio release covering Cahn/Stordahl/Weston's "I Should Care" featuring Varela's bass, George Cables/piano, Billy Hart/drums and Logan Richardson's alto sax. Pram Trio, another newcomer, follows with pianist Jack Bodkin's "April" from the groups 2016 self-produced Saga Thirteen. From Argentina, Juan Presas Sexteto's Transgresión (KUAI MUSIC 2016) is next covering Joe Henderson's "Black Narcissus" featuring Juan's tenor. From the late fifties we'll hear alto saxophonist Art Pepper's Essential Standards with a large ensemble cover of Denzil Best's "Move" from a 2009 Concord remastering featuring Richie Kamuca's tenor, Conte Condoli's trumpet and Bob Enevoldsen's valve trombone.

New York born composer, Sinan Işık, drawing on his mixed Turkish, Egyptian, and Lebanese heritage, gives us his quintet's Patience cover of Horace Silver's "Silver's Serenade" released this year. Also new to the show, Stephanie Wagners Quinsch's Shapes & Colours (Personality Records 2016) performs "Mccoy", a nod in the direction of famed pianist, McCoy Tyner. Ralph Alessi Baida Quartet's Quiver, new from ECM, plays the Alessi penned "Scratch" featuring Ralph's trumpet together with Gary Versace, Drew Gress and Nasheet Waits - piano, bass and drums. George Coleman returns from a twenty-year hiatus recording a 2016 Smoke Sessions Records A Master Speaks. The tune is the Coleman composition, "Blues for B. B.", remembering the passing of blues singer, B. B. King.


Champian Fulton makes another appearance on the Romantic Half-Hour with her treatment of Grever and Adams' "What a Difference a Day Made" from her Gut Strings Records After Dark. From a Charlie Haden tribute album we get Gonzalo Rubalcaba's Charlie, new from 5Passion, in a moving cover of Bill Evans' "Blue in Green". Kurt Elling follows with his interpretation of Michael Frank's "Nightmoves" from his 2007 Concord recording of the same name. Bob Mintzer's tenor presides along with long-time Elling pianist/arranger, Laurence Hobgood. Paul Bley, a towering figure on jazz piano since 1953 who passed in January, is next with his first recording, Debut's Introducing covering Van Heusen and Burke's "Like Someone in Love" with Charlie Mingus on bass and Art Blakey on the drums. Sarah Vaughan joins forces with the famed Clifford Brown in a 1954 Emarcy release singing Sarah's "You're Not the Kind" featuring Paul Quinichette on tenor, Herbie Mann on flute, Roy Haynes on drums along with Clifford's trumpet. Billie Holiday gets Remixed and Reimagined (Columbia/Legacy 2007) - Swingsett & Takuya’s Mighty Fine remix - giving Billie's cover of Lane/Loesser's "I Hear Music" a facelift - which is not to say that Holiday's original needed one.

Let's have some fun!

A special thanks to KZMU's Music Director, Serah Mead and the troops @ RoJ for their help putting the show 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). Also friend, Raul Boeira, the Brazilian based in Passo Fundo and Spain's Javier Carrete.