On recent programs we’ve heard several cuts - on this show it’s “Hangover” - from guitarist John Scofield’s new quartet CD, Past Present. Scofield has gathered together the early 90s lineup he led with saxophonist Joe Lovano and drummer Bill Stewart, and added bassist Larry Grenadier. Scofield recently lost a son to cancer and the experience focused his sense of how vividly the past survives in the present. Thus the title of the new work. The recording displays his predilection for the blues, country music and soul-jazz he loved in his own youth.
This episode of SNJ debuts Many a New Day (Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers and Hammerstein), the singer’s new release. Fronting an all-star duo—two dynamos of jazz, Kenny Baron on piano and John Patitucci on bass—Allyson proves herself once again as a creative force to be reckoned with. Together they take song after song, 14 in all, and infuse them with renewed energy. If you’ve heard them before, and it’s likely you have, you have never heard them like this.
We hear “Growlin’ Dan,” a selection from For One To Love, Cécile McLorin Salvant’s just released 2nd CD. It’s an authentically bold statement, filled with contrasts: of love and longing, of desire and delight.
Our show starts with “Cold Duck Time” from the new CD Prime Time, the third release from the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra. Featuring the legendary Doc Severinsen, this album swings from the first note to the last. A handful of creative rearrangements and four new originals by Alan Baylock make up the recording. Besides Doc, featured soloists include trumpeters Brian MacDonald, Tim Leahey and Alex Norris, saxophonists Tyler Kuebler and Luis Hernandez, trombonists Ben Patterson and Matt Niess, and drummerTodd Harrison.