Formed in 1975 Brand X combined elements of progressive rock with jazz fusion across a series of under-appreciated albums. The group featured Phil Collins on drums playing in a manner that was distinctly different from his work in Genesis or on his solo recordings, demonstrating that he was one of the best percussionists of his generation. We’ll hear from the debut Brand X recording, Unorthodox Behaviour as well as from Billy Cobham’s 1974 release Crosswinds.
It’s “New Month/New Music” time as Crossroads teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency at the beginning of every month to highlight the best in new releases.
Among the new blues titles featured this time at the Crossroads are the latest from Shaun Murphy, Robben Ford, Anthony Gomes, Brad Hatfield, Brandon Santini, and a new compilation of the complete Chuck Berry Chess singles. Plus music from blues artists with regional concerts in the coming week.
Night Train marks birthdays of two talented guitarists – Dave Stryker (who has a new album out in tribute to Stanley Turrentine) and Spain’s Ximo Tebar. Plus music from acclaimed saxophonist Steve Wilson (who has a regional performance coming up this week) and from March featured artists Clark Terry and Charles Lloyd – including a special in hour two of the show exploring the music of Lloyd’s ‘60s quartets.
Global Village continues the March Women in World Music Feature with music from Spain’s Carmen Cuesta, Somalia’s Maryam Mursal, this year’s Juno Award winners for Best Jazz Album – Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, and birthday artists Astrud Gilberto and Norah Jones (with Anoushka Shankar from the Grammy-nominated Traces of You album).
On tonight's Straight No Chaser we hear a compilation of old and new. New selections from swing & bebop jazz guitarist, Russell Malone, and international jazz saxophonist Greg Abate. Some old features from "the King," Benny Carter, and legendary Oliver Nelson. Plus hear some slightly old pieces from four time Grammy award nominee Karrin Allyson.
Hear uplifting gospel music from singer/songwriter arranger and choir director, Thomas Whitfield. Known as the Maestro by colleagues and supporters, the Detroit native is credited with helping to shape contemporary gospel music with other musical styles from jazz to classical. He’s worked with artists including Yolanda Adams, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Quincy Jones, and Aretha Franklin.
Crossroads wraps up the March Sister Rosetta Tharpe/Gospel Blues feature with a classic from Tharpe with Marie Knight and an early recording she did with the Lucky Millinder Orchestra, along with music from Sister Wynona Carr, Otis Clay, the Golden Gate Quartet, and in hour two of the show, a special performance from the acclaimed sacred steel group, the Campbell Brothers.
Plus music from artists with concerts in the coming week and from Steve Hill, the winner of this year’s blues Juno Award.