So it's been a couple of years since I've written here. Funny how that happens. Anyway, for those who may care, here are the songs I played on KOPN tonight, with a bit of commentary on each.
The Loudhorns/Superbone Meets the Badman/One For Maynard
Nice high-range trumpet on a 2009 release. Great to hear this song again. Also includes a faithful rendition of Birdland. Just watch out for Bohemian Rhapsody.
Pete Malinverni/I Love Paris/Invisible Cities
Striaght-ahead piano work on a fine Cole Porter tune.
Kenny Garrett/Kurita Sensei/Standard of Language
The *real* Kenny G.
Thelonious Monk/Pannonica/Tokyo Concerts
Double album from 1963, featuring many of his best-known songs.
Carmen McRae With George Shearing/Gentleman Friend/Two For The Road
The only uptempo song on the album, Carmen swings and scats like she was born doing it.
Dave Brubeck/Three To Get Ready/Double Live From The Usa & Uk
Karrin Allyson/I Found the Turnaround/Footprints
I can't think of a bad thing to say about this woman. On this album she sings new, smart lyrics applied to jazz standards.
Charlie Hunter Trio/Swmba Redux/Copperopolis
Probably not a lot of radio-ready songs here. I actually like Cueball Bobbin' better, but it was too hard rockin' for tonight's show.
Benny Green/Battle Hymn of the Republic/Greens
Swings the hell out of this. I practically wore out the cassette in the early '90s.