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27 December 2009

Spirit of 2009

Tonight's show begins by paying homage to the holiday weekend with Coltrane's Spiritual. From there, I will play some of my favorite releases from 2009 as a retrospective. There were many great albums released, and I found myself not being able to get to them all. I will most likely continue to play these recent CDs in my next broadcast. I try to highlight some of the recordings that were nominated for Grammy Awards, though the grammy organization truly disrespects jazz artists in favor of popular trendy music. I guess America's only original art form doesn't fit with the glitz, glamour and money of popular music. In any case, here on In The Groove, I'll feature some of today's best jazz including some lesser known artists you will probably hear only on our show. Special mention to Miguel Zenon, Robert Glasper, John Funkhauser, Rob Garcia for outstanding CD's that are represented here.
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Track * Artist * Album
Spiritual * John Coltrane * Afro Blue Impressions John Coltrane - Afro Blue Impressions
Villa Palmeras * Miguel Zenon * Esta Plena Miguel Zenón - Esta Plena
Solutions * Curtis Brothers Quartet * Blood Spirit Land Water Freedom Curtis Brothers Quartet - Blood ? Spirit ? Land ? Water ? Freedom
Downtime * Robert Glasper * Double-Booked Robert Glasper Trio - Double Booked
Emancipation * John Funkhouser Trio * Time from CD Baby
Vortex * Rob Garcia 4 * Perennial Rob Garcia 4 - Perennial
Tanktified * Stefon Harris & Blackout * Urbanus Stefon Harris & Blackout - Urbanus
In A Silent Way * Joe Zawinul * 75 JOE ZAWINUL - 75

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At 9:34 AM, Blogger Joe said...

I try to think of the grammies as being less about the quality of a particular song, artist, or album, but rather, what it meant for the recording industry. The things that get emphasized make a lot more sense that way.

At 5:00 AM, Blogger Brunovdc said...

Thanks Ken for this great show. I haven't been very "active" last year, so I take the opportunity to do it now: thanks for a great Jazz year and bringing us quality programming EVERY week. Keep it up! #jazzlives


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