Aug 1 - 5
Truth in Music with Terri Lyne Carrington
Born August 4, 1965, in Medford, Massachusetts, drummer and educator Terri Lyne Carrington maintains a body of recordings reflecting her own personal quest for spirituality, truth, and justice in life and music. Her deeply personal works can be found on her own records as a leader, but she's also contributed to sessions with elders Herbie Hancock, Mulgrew Miller, and Stan Getz. Carrington is the first female to win a Grammy in the category of Best Jazz Instrumental Album with 2014's Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue. We'll listen to tracks from that album and more, alongside early recordings with Miller, Wayne Shorter, and vocalist Cassandra Wilson, all this week on the Jazz Break at Noon.
Aug 8 - 12
The Enigmatic Rahsaan Roland Kirk
This week we'll feature rare recordings, hard-swingin' gems, and live, experimental excursions from the incomparable multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk, born August 7, 1935, in Columbus, Ohio. Kirk's innovations and unusual variations on the saxophone's sound, shape, and construction are unsurpassed, and we'll hear multiple examples of this phenomenon from 1960's and '70's sides on Mercury, Verve, Limelight, and Atlantic records, all this week on the Jazz Break at Noon.
Aug 15 - 19
Lyricism and Perfection from Art Farmer
Trumpet master Art Farmer has been interviewed and written about frequently since his debut recordings as a leader in 1953 with Quincy Jones and Horace Silver. One word that consistently appears in articles and conversations to describe Farmer's sound is 'lyrical.' Perhaps different than his peers, with a more mellow tone focused on sound rather than speed, Farmer switched to flugelhorn in the early 1960's to continue a substantial recording and performing legacy that lasted over 50 years, with no sacrifice for pure bebop chops and genuine playing that seemed to always speak to the song.
Aug 22 - 26
Wayne Shorter's 'Footprints' Quartet: Jazz for the Twenty-First Century
Saxophonist, jazz icon, and modern-day soothsayer Wayne Shorter established his 'Footprints' quartet in 2001 with pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade for recordings and live performances that travel through time and space to create unheralded musical streams of improvisation and invention, of which Patitucci commonly refers to as "comprovising." Hear two decades worth of progressive music from one of today's most forward thinking ensembles in jazz, all this week on the Jazz Break at Noon.
Aug 29 - Sept 2
Traveling Heavy with the Organ Trio
Early recordings from Hammond organ king Jimmy Smith set the pace for this week's electrified current of sound from organ trios in jazz. Combinations of drums and organ with guitar or saxophone can be heard on some of the most soulful and funky records made over the last 60+ years. Larry Goldings with Peter Bernstein and Bill Stewart, the Deep Blue Organ Trio, Larry Young, Joey DeFrancesco, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Soulive, and the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio are some of the outstanding organ trios we'll give an amplified listen to this week.