Notes From The Jazz Underground Works Overtime

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For the week of September 13th, the broadcast of Notes From The Jazz Underground burst from its normal 2 hour confines and turned into  a 3 hour affair.  Highlights from this overstuffed show included:

  • An interview with Chicagoan Ben Scholz about his band's (the Elec Tet) new disc, Shiny Metal Objects,  Three tracks from the album, which also features the amazing guitarist Oz Noy, are included in this playlist.  This is some good stuff so we won't be offended if you decide to dig into the whole thing.
  • Other Chicago stuff includes pianist Ryan Cohan, the very hip Ian Torres big band, the jazz-rock band Hood Smoke and the very weird (and percussion heavy) Joliet based band Callaloo, who did a caribbean take on Free Bird
  • Paul busted out some Masada (aka the most Jewish band in the history of jazz) in honor of Yom Kippur, unfortunately they're not Spotify friendly, so to get a feel for what John Zorn and company do, feel free to check out the YouTube embeded below
  • And of course the NFTJU bread-and-butter: fusion.
  • Old fusion from Billy Cobham, Gary Bartz, Miles Davis and Matt Haimowitz (with special guest John McLaughlin on an old Mahavishnu Orchestra tune)
  • New fusion from Donny McCaslin and Jeremy Pelt
  • Acoustic fusion from Oregon, who played that route before Paul and his band tried their hand at it 30 years later.
  • You'll also find brand new music from Dave Holland's new disc, Prism and Gregory Porter (who killed it at Jazz Fest a couple of weeks back).  Also, check out the Oregon track.

Notes From The Jazz Underground runs Friday nights on WDCB 90.9 FM.

Complete Playlist:

Song Artist Album
Open Country Joy Matt Haimovitz & UCCello Meeting of the Spirits
Liquid Spirit Gregory Porter Liquid Spirit
Kedusha Masada Live in Middelheim 1999
Yo 11 Ian Torres Big Band January
Dancing Days Will Bernard Just Like Downtown
King Joshua The Elec Tet Shiny Metal Objects
Flow The Elec Tet Shiny Metal Objects
Fly The Elec Tet Shiny Metal Objects
Shima Bukuru Celestin & Snarky Puppy Amkeni
Last Night At The Mannenberg Ryan Cohan The River
Pounce Oregon Live at Yoshi's
Milk & Mascara Hood Smoke Laid Up In Ordinary
Moon Germs Billy Cobham Total Eclipse
Stadium Jazz Donny McCaslin Casting For Gravity
Lucretia the Cat Ray Barretto The Other Road
Violet Revolutionary Throttle Elevator Music Throttle Elevator Music
Nasty Little Hairs Dave Robbins Electric Band Zap!
Scorpio Jeremy Pelt Shock Value
Hat and Beard Eric Dolphy Out to Lunch
Free Bird Callaloo Global Impressions
It's About That Time Miles Davis In A Silent Way
Brown Sneakers George Duke Dreamweaver
Choir Dave Holland Prism
Carnival D'espirit Gary Bartz Music Is My Sanctuary

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