Joe Roland “The Moon Got In My Eyes” from Vibe Players of Bethlehem, Vol 2 (Bethlehem 1987) —This is my theme song, for now.Buy it!
Christian McBride “In a Hurry” from Gettin' to It (Verve 1995) —This is the first song on his first album as session leader.Buy it!
Jane Monheit “Detour Ahead” from Never Never Land (N-Coded 2000) —I think this was her debut CD; certainly her first major label CD.Buy it!
Khan Jamal “Nubian Queen” from Don't Take No! (Stash 1989) —A mellow number from an artist known for more fiery stuff.Buy it!
Ted Nash “Sidewalk Meeting” (Arabesque Jazz 2001) —Nash on clarinet; Wycliffe Gordon, previosly in Wynton Marsalis' band, on tromboneBuy it!
Marc Ribot “Aqui Como Alla” from Y los Cubanos Postizos (Atlantic 1998) —I was so knocked out by Ribot's work on Allen Toussaint's "The Bright Mississippi," that I bought this on a whim. I'm glad I did!Buy it!
John Handy Quintet “Spanish Lady” from Live At Yoshi's Nightspot, Vol. 1 (Boulevard 1995) —A reunion concert of a band that won fame in the mid-60s. I like it so much that I decided to play one cut per hour.Buy it!
Yearning “Michael Rossi” from Beauty and the Blues (MMC 1997) —Rossi teaches at the NE Conservatory of Music and literally wrote the book on jazz improvisation. This is a gem!Buy it!
Bonnie Raitt “The Kokomo Medley” from Road Tested (Capitol 1995) —I've loved Bonnie Raitt since her first album in the early '70s. This is a live version of a tune originally on my favorite album of hers, "Taking My Time."Buy it!
Branford Marsalis “B.B.'s Blues” from I Heard You Twice the First Time (Columbia 1992) —This is from my favorite Branford Marsalis album - hands down!Buy it!
Reuben Wilson “Speakin' With the Deacon” from Down With It (Cannonball 1998) —This is a particularly soulful cut with Wilson on Hammond B-3.Buy it!
Mark Pope “The Star Spangled Banner” from The Lay of the Land (Whaling City Sound 2002) —The national anthem never sounded so hip. Pope on bass; Joe Locke on vibes.Buy it!
John Handy Quintet “Dancy, Dancy” from Live At Yoshi's Nightspot (Boulevard 1995) —I love the unusual front line of alto sax, violin, and guitar.Buy it!
Jorge Sylvester “Songajira” from In the Ear of the Beholder (Jazz Magnet 2000) —This is "out there" Afro-Cuban!Buy it!
Buena Vista Social Club “El Carretero” from Buena Vista Social Club (World Circuit / Nonesuch 1997) —Ry Cooder resecued this music - and it's players - from neglect.Buy it!
Bobby Sanabria Big Band “The Troubadors” from Live And In Clave!!! (Arabesque 2000) —Hot, big-band Afro Cuban; live at Birdland.Buy it!
Stanley Clarke “Desert Song” from Stanley Clarke Live 1976 - 1977 (Epic 1991) —Clarke on acoustic bass (rare in this period); John Mclaughlin on acoustic guitar (also rare in this period).Buy it!
John Handy Quintet “If Only I Knew” from LIfe At Yoshi's Nightspot (Boulevard 1995) —Where else can you hear long-form jazz on Fort Wayne radio but on WBOI?Buy it!
The Ernesto Cervini Quartet “Little Black Bird” from little black bird (Anzic 2010) —This tune is based on bird songs he heard on his honeymoon!Buy it!
Gregory Porter “Feeling Good” from Water (Motema 2010) —A very impressive acappella performance!Buy it!
Dollison & Marsh “Hang Gliding” from Vertical Voices: The Music of Maria Schneider (Artist Share 2010) —I think Doug Gruber and I are the only WBOI jazz hosts who've played anything from this CD. I love it, but it's not for everyone.Buy it!
Rey Vega and Thomas Marriott “It's You Or No One” from East-West Trumpet Summit (Origin 2010) —A complete reworking of a jazz standard.Buy it!
Corey Christian Quartet “Starstepper” from Outlaw Tractor (Origin 2010) —Nice guitar/sax interplay.Buy it!
Linda Ciofalo “One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)” from Dancing With Johnny (Lucky Jazz 2010) —Introduced by Fred Astaire in the same forgotten 1943 movie (The Sky's the Limit) that also gave us "My Shining Hour."Buy it!
Carl Allen and Rodney Whitaker “Relativity” from Work to Do (Mack Avenue 2010) —Two long-time sidemen shine on this CD!Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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