Monday, March 26, 2007

 

Episode 8 - Jason Moran (Commentary)



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Pianist Jason Moran is one of the most prolific musicians on the scene today. Jason’s recordings, on the Blue Note label, provide a refreshing and dynamic window into new creative musical environments. His music is exciting and profoundly innovative. His latest album, Artist In Residence, is simply brilliant and a must listen.

On the first of two Traneumentary episodes, Jason walks us through the track “Monk’s Mood” taken from the historic 1958 Carnegie Hall recording and explains the musical magic between Trane and Monk.

More information: Jason Moran

Tracks used in this episode:

“Monk's Mood”

Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane:

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Monday, March 19, 2007

 

Episode 7 - Lenny Pickett



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One of the most recognizable tenor saxophonists over the last 20 years, Lenny Pickett turned heads working in the original Tower of Power horn section. In 1985, he joined the Saturday Night Live band and since 1995, he has been the band's musical director. Over the years, Lenny has became a sought after session player recording with a variety of jazz artists as well as popular artists such as David Bowie, Elton John and the Talking Heads. He also serves on the NYU Jazz Studies faculty.

On this episode, Lenny takes us back on his journey as a young musician living in Berkeley, California and shares his introduction into the music of John Coltrane.

More information: Lenny Pickett

Tracks used in this episode:

“Tunji”
“Offering”
“Big Nick”
“Too Young To Go Steady”
“Expression”
“Out of the World”

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Lenny’s photo credit: Mary Ellen Matthews

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

 

Episode 6 - Karrin Allyson



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Grammy-nominated artist Karrin Allyson has been churning out one great recording after another great recording for many years. With each album comes a new musical theme in which she performs both as a vocalist and pianist. A few years back she paid homage to John Coltrane with the release of “Ballads-Remembering John Coltrane” – a set of the repertoire from the classic “Ballads” album along with a few added “Trane” inspired pieces. The album was not only successful but critically acclaimed. On this episode, Karrin shares the story of her first experience listening to John Coltrane as well as adds her perspective on his music and artistry from the point of view of a vocalist.

More information: Karrin Allyson

Tracks used in this episode:

“Lonnie’s Lament”
“Everytime We Say Goodbye”
“Traneing in”

iMix from this episode:

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Monday, March 05, 2007

 

Episode 5 - Joel Dorn



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Producer, disc jockey, record executive and all around jazz authority Joel Dorn (aka The Masked Announcer) talks of Trane from his first hand accounts as a radio DJ in Philly and as a young producer at Atlantic Records. Joel gets right to the core of the matter with his discussion of Coltrane’s ascent with Giant Steps and My Favorite Things. Plus, he describes the Coltrane Quartet “live” experience and the saxophonist’s funeral.

In addition to producing a wide assortment of great jazz recordings, including two Coltrane reissues “Anthology” and "The Heavyweight Champion,” Joel earned Grammy Award’s for Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly” and "The First Time I Ever Saw You.”

More information: Hyena Records

Tracks used in this episode:

“My Favorite Things”
“Village Blues”
“Giant Steps”
“Central Park West”
“Ole”
“Naima”
“Equinox”

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