No Guitars In The Jazz Underground

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… but bear with us as we catch up.  This installment of Notes From The Jazz Underground features the playlist based on the January 17th show.

The theme of the show was "NO GUITARS!!" After having done 4 straight shows that were dedicated to guitar slinging genius (Zappa, Scofield, McLaughlin and Santana), host Paul Abella decided to take a break from the six stringers and cleanse the palate a little bit. The only guitar that shows up at all is some rhythm guitar on the Charles Earland tune.

While he whips up a fresh batch of tunes for this program, every one of these artists has been seen in NFTJU land before.

The circa 1972 Stan Getz Quartet has been on the show before, but the Live at Montreux disc is a relatively new addition to the WDCB collection. While Abella stopped short of his plan to play the whole thing -- the middle three songs were jazz standards (Benny Golson's "I Remember Clifford", Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" and Chick Corea's "Windows") -- and there's no sense in playing those on a show dedicated to the fringes. So, this list features the four wild and wooly tunes that bookended the concert, all written by Chick.

Also from Montreux, Bobby Hutcherson's west coast group from 1973 was killing.

Things get weird with Anthony Braxton and Dave Douglas (playing with the all percussion group aptly named So Percussion), loud with Barn favorites Benevento Russo Duo, sexy, sultry and R&B-like with Esperanza Spaulding and just flat out awesome with Donny McCaslin. The drum solo in "Tank" proves that Carl Palmer was just a severe badass.

Notes From The Jazz Underground runs Friday nights on WDCB 90.9 FM.

Complete Playlist

Track Artist Album
Night Marchers Medeski, Martin & Wood Shack Man
Captain Marvel Stan Getz Live at Montreux 1972
Day Waves Stan Getz Live at Montreux 1972
La Fiesta Stan Getz Live at Montreux 1972
Time's Lie Stan Getz Live at Montreux 1972
Leaving This Planet Charles Earland Leaving This Planet
Composition No. 69 Q Anthony Braxton Four Compositions (Quartet) 1983
One More News Dave Douglas & So Percussion GPS vol.3
THe Mad Hatter Rides Again Jeff Coffin Live!
Becky Benevento Russo Duo Best Reason to Buy The Sun
She Got To You Esperanza Spaulding Esperanza
Song of Songs Bobby Hutcherson Live at Montreux
Praia Grande Donny McCaslin Casting For Gravity
Tank Emerson Lake and Palmer Emerson Lake and Palmer

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