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Vinyl Side of Midnight Playlist 12/14/2008

This is the playlist for this week’s Vinyl Side of Midnight, which can be heard on 89.7 FM WLNZ in the Greater Lansing area, or you can tune in internationally on the web on – hosted by Mike Stratton, Sunday nights, 9pm – midnight, Eastern Standard Time


2008 Part One:

Honorable Mention / Strong Contention for 2008 Favorites

As I previewed CDs this year I gave them ratings from one to five stars. There were eleven discs that I rated five, and I’ll play those the week between Christmas and New Years. Next week, I’ll play the runners up, the best of the four stars. Tonight is a batch of very strong recordings from 2008.

John McLaughlin – Floating Point; Mediastarz
I purchased this based on a rare 5 star review by Downbeat. This is quite good, though the guitar synthesizer is an acquired taste. Raju is our opener.

Corey Wilkes – Drop It – Delmark
Corey plays some good improv with a mean beat. We’ll play Touch, which is Yo Diggity smooth.

Greg Chako – EVERYBODY’S GOT A NAME; Greg Chako
Very strong jazz guitar and a swinging little band. Boppin’ At Berlitz.

The Tierney Sutton Band – ON THE OTHER SIDE; Telarc
She never makes the obvious choice, with this CD devoted to music about happiness. Ray Brinker holds things tight with his drumming. Happy Days Are Here Again.

Ben Allison & Man Size Safe – LITTLE THINGS RUN THE WORLD; Palmetto Records
Great dynamics, solos, textures. We play the title track.

The Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Project – SIMPATICO; Artist Share
Steamy Latin jazz. Guajira Dobois is tonight’s selection.

Sophie Millman – MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY; Linus
Okay, she’s gorgeous. She also has a beautiful voice and makes smart choices in the music. I think she’s destined for stardom. Make Someone Happy.

James Carter – PRESENT TENSE; Emercy
One of the best reed players around mixing it up with a crowd of ringers. Sussa Nita.

Al Green – LAY IT DOWN; Blue Note;
Al Green finds a little of the old magic on the title track and a few others.
?uestlove, Anthony Hamilton and Corinne Bailey Rae help with the highlights. We’ll play the title track.

This is a cool set of vocals by lemony voiced Kent, with hip choices ranging from French romance to sexy Samba. A charmer of a disc. Ces Petit Reins & Samba Saravah are what we’ll hear tonight.

Kate Reid – Sentimental Mood – (label?)
A pleasing voice and good production. I Thought About You. This is one I’d throw on for a dinner party – nice stuff.

Joe Baione – OH YEAH! Joe Baione
Vibes in a mainstream context. What more do you want? Title track.

Bob Mintzer Big Band – Swing Out; MCG
I really like Swangalang which swings like crazy. Interesting timbres.

Ron Blake – SHAYARI
Ron Blake gets a great tone from the sax – and with guests like Christian McBride and Jack DeJohnette, there is a lot of heat. Atonement.

Lionel Loueke – KARIBU; Blue Note
His skittering approach to the strings make his guitar work quite unique. And his humming and mouth clicks make him a triple threat. Skylark is the tune tonight.

Alan Pasqua – THE ANTI-SOCIAL CLUB; Crypto-Gramophone
This set rings of the late 1970s, echoing the sounds of Miles and the whole generation of players who created fusion. We’ll play George Russell.

Drew Gress – THE IRRATIONAL NUMBERS; Premonition Records
Ten tracks of interesting textures and colors. There is groove, there is serious harmony, there is musical intensity. Real good stuff. Chevelle.

Nik Bartsch’s Ronin – HOLON; ECM
I’m not sure you can even call this jazz. It seems to be serial chamber music that shows a heavy Steven Reich/Phillip Glass influence, with flourishes of Klezmer. But I got back to it again and again. Modul 39_8.

William Parker – Double Sunrise Over Neptune (Aum Fidelity)
This is the kind of thick avant stew that I’m a sucker for. Long tracks that feature complexity layered on top of simplicity, Eastern vocals and a huge chorus of horns, drizzled over a drone of a bass line. Strings and percussion add complication. Morning Mantra, at 15 minutes, is one of the shorter pieces on the album.

William Parker Quartet – Petit Oiseau; Aum Fidelity
Another wild and wooly foray into the woods. Ornette & Mingus had a love baby, and he is it. Groove Sweet.

Uros Markovic Gospel Jazz Trio – Jesus Saves; CTA
Where Hank Jones and Charlie Haden took these tunes with reverence, Eric Lewis, Reginald Veal and Markovic tend to swing. We’ll hear Holy, Holy, Holy for some sanctified tinkling.

In between we’ll hear snippets of More Christmas Songs For Jazz Lovers by The Paul Keller Ensemble on PKO records.

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