Thursday, April 9: Short Movie is the fifth album from singer-songwriter Laura Marling and is notable for Marling’s heavy incorporation of electric guitar on this release. We’ll hear selections from that as well as from Jenny Wood’s Thumbsucker release.
Tonight hear soulful music from R&B legend Al Green. The 11-time Grammy Award winner turned 69 on April 13th. He has also excelled as a gospel artist. In December 2014, Green received Kennedy Center Honors. Tune in for some favorites by this influential artist in celebration of his birthday.
More of only the very best jazz for Jazz Appreciation Month. We are featuring some of the most acclaimed musicians, specializing in a wide range of instruments, tonight on Straight No Chaser. Hear from saxophonist Jim Snidero, pianist and composer Ray Bryant, guitarist Bobby Broom, and Wichita native Greg Skaff.
The theatrical release of the film The Wrecking Crew has been nearly 20 years in the making. Director Denny Tedesco began by wanting to tell the story of his father, acclaimed guitarist Tommy Tedesco, and the group of studio musicians he was surrounded by who played on a seemingly endless string of hits in the 1960s and 1970s.
Tedesco began filming in 1996 and from the beginning he heard one thing over and over: "You’re not going to get this released. It’s just not going to happen. The music’s going to cost way too much.”
The Deepest Lake is the first full-length album in four years from the Los Angeles band Dengue Fever. The group’s brand of music blends elements of Cambodian pop music—as influenced by American psychedelic music. This new album finds the group diversifying its sound—that’s in part because the group felt more open to diverse influences.
Night Train marks birthdays of cool jazz baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, pianist Andre Previn, guitarist Gene Bertoncini, and also African jazz pioneer Randy Weston, including a performance from Weston and his African Rhythms Trio at the Newport Jazz Festival in hour two of the show. Plus more music from April featured artist Billie Holiday (whose 100th birthday is tomorrow) and new music from drummer Ali Jackson and accordionist Richard Galliano.
Throughout April Global Village celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month with a wide array of world jazz artists and sounds, including a birthday salute this time to one of the pioneers of African jazz, Randy Weston. Plus new music from Cambodian rock band, Dengue Fever, the Afrosound of Colombia Vol. 2 compilation, and Indian drum and brass band Red Baraat.
Night Train will also feature music from Randy Weston tonight.
Listen for folk and Americana musician Slaid Cleaves who is a great example of the Austin, TX style. We recorded him at the Old Settlers Inn. Wonderful songwriter and storyteller with that “lonesome” sound.
Web Special: Here’s one of my Slaid Cleaves favorites "Breakfast in Hell." It’s a studio version (you all know I like live performances better) but it’s gorgeous.
Sunday on Soulsations hear L’Tanya Moore discuss recording her rendition of the popular Easter song "He Decided To Die." Plus other uplifting gospel tunes, including "The Blood Still Works" by Malcolm Williams and Great Faith.
It is now Jazz Appreciation Month, which it is every month on Straight No Chaser. We will celebrate by playing only the best all month long. Tonight we hear from Ahmad Jamal, one of the most successful small-group leaders in jazz. Also hear selections from the Grammy-nominated Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, New York pianist Bill Charlap, and the great Johnny Griffin.