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.
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.