Notes From The Jazz Underground Defined

This week's Notes from the Jazz Underground is based on the playlist from the July 29th broadcast.

It started off as host Paul Abella's yearly "back to basics" show, but soon morphed into this whole other idea: the jazz that made him who he is and makes Notes what it is.  

So, the first set of Benny Goodman (with Charlie Christian, who had his centennial birthday on Friday), Nat King Cole and Don Byas makes sense. 

As planned, there was supposed to be two hours of that sort of thing... but then the show took over. 

Enter Gary Burton's Duster and Miles Davis' Bitches Brew -- two of the first shots fired in the fusion revolution.  Those led to two tunes written by Wayne Shorter for Miles' 60's group: "Prince of Darkness" and "Delores" (with lyrics, it becomes "Delores' Dream"), and the rabbit hole continued from there. 

Everything from the Dirty Dozen onward were all hugely influential to Paul, as a musician, as a bandleader and as a radio guy.

It plays like a tour of the very thing that defines Notes From The Jazz Underground.  Jazz, funk, fusion, rock.  Pushing boundaries but with an agreeable nod to form and song structure.

NFTJU airs Friday nights at 10pm on WDCB 90.0 FM in the Chicago area.

Dave Holland - Prime Directive

Complete Playlist

Track Artist Album
Seven Come Eleven Charlie Christian The Original Guitar Hero
On the Alamo Benny Goodman Sextet Charlie Christian: Genius of the Electric Guitar
This Way Out Nat King Cole The Best of the Nat King Cole Trio
Blues for Panassie Don Byas Jazz en ca temps-la
Portsmouth Figurations Gary Burton Duster
John McLaughlin Miles Davis Bitches Brew
Prince of Darkness Miles Davis Sorcerer
Dolores' Dream Kurt Elling Close Your Eyes
Prime Directive Dave Holland Prime Directive
Use Your Brain Dirty Dozen Brass Band Open Up (Whatcha Gonna Do with the Rest of Your Life?)
It's Your Thing Grant Green Alive!
Congeniality Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come
Hat and Beard Eric Dolphy Out to Lunch
The Dancing Sea Kevin Eubanks Zen Food
Sangria For Three Tony Williams Lifetime Emergency!
After the Cosmic Rain Return to Forever Hymn to the 7th Galaxy
Chinosserie Medeski, Martin and Wood Friday Afternoon in the Universe
Worell's Yorkies Charlie Hunter Bing, Bing, Bing 

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