New Jazz Podcast

Time for another special edition of the PB Podcast. I called this one “I understand there’s something called rock ‘n’ roll music” podcast because most of these songs have a large rock influence. I first got into jazz music via fusion – I was strictly a rock guy growing up, but as a freshman I heard Herbie Hancock’s Head Hunters album with Chameleon, and I was hooked. From there I got into Miles Davis: first his fusion records, then his previous stuff. I also started playing jazz in high school with our high school jazz band, and started getting into big band jazz as well. My love for jazz has never waned.

So this podcast does have Herbie Hancock, albeit a cut from the Fat Albert Rotunda album. Herbie Mann, Jack McDuff and Gary Burton also show up. The oddest cut might be the Buddy Rich selection, but it just shows that he stayed in touch with all sorts of music. The guitarist on Big Mac is great.

The final set has the Hot Club of Detroit, Jan Garbarek (a stretch of the rock influence) and Bobby Sanabria, who does the Grand Wazoo – I heard him on NPR when this came out, and he talked about the influence Frank Zappa had on his music.

So enjoy this special edition of the podcast – I’m sure that there’ll be more to come this fall.

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Back from Savannah

And boy, was it hot and humid there. Annual conference time, and I was in Savannah for most of the week. High 80’s (both temperature and humidity). I like the cold of the Northeast. Glad to be back.

Today’s podcast starts with a 2014 release by Robyn Hitchcock, jumps back to a tune by Nazz, and keeps rocking back and forth between the 1960’s and today. Thanks for dropping by the podcast – remember that I like comments and suggestions. Enjoy.

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Solar Flares Podcast

Solar Flare activity was supposed to result in an Aurora Borealis that could be seen all over. Saturday night was cloudy, but Friday was clear, and I did not see it then. The last time I saw it really well was back in 1978. When I was much younger I’d see it more often (I lived in far Northern Maine).

We start today’s podcast “Stuck” with some soul, the a Blues-y set, After getting a little history of World Party we end with a set lamenting the wage problem in the U.S. and in Britain. Enjoy.

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Links for today


I have a couple of new links for y’all.

First up is something I found on Esquire (I read Charlie Pierce’s blog, and saw this on the side). 10 Albums every record collector should have on vinyl. I have 6 of 10 on vinyl, and the rest on CD or MP3.

The second is a website called Bop and Beyond, which is a jazz blog that is highlighting BLue Note’s 75th anniversary with great jams from Blue Note records. He highlights a lot of great music that you should think about getting.

Finally, an article from a sie called The Reformed Broker: How Corporate Share Buybacks Are Destroying America, which highlights an article in the Harvard Business Review, which you can start to read, but I believe the entire article is behind their paywall.

September Podcast

Hello and welcome to the newest edition of the PB Podcast. Although our summer, overall, was nice, early September has been hot. There was a break last night that will hopefully continue, improving our September. The podcast this week is typically all over the place. We start with solo Frank Black, then we move to Sun Volt, Nick Cave and the Housemartins. Then we have a Nirvana-ish set before going way back to the 60’s and 70’s to finish the pod this week (that’s 40+ years ago – time flies…).

Please remember to comment, leave suggestions and tell others about the podcast. Thank you and enjoy.

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End of Summer Podcast

I never had a problem with going back to school – it was a place that I could see my friends on a regular basis. Living in the country I was cut off from many of my friends in the summer – parents weren’t interested in dropping us off at a friend’s house (none of the houses were on the way to anywhere). Until I didn’t like school. I graduated from college a semester early because I was done with going to school. The thought of continuing on to get a law degree was put on hold – I actually had lined up a graduate assistant gig, but backed out when I decided that I was done for school and decided to work part-time for a year (well, decision was made for me).

Anyway, here’s the new podcast. We start with Buffalo Tom, then new band Kan Wakan that slides into the Monkees and Nilsson. Later we listen to the Black Keys, John Foxx, Kate Bush (oh, to see her in London right now)and others, leading to An Aretha ending. Remember to leave comments and tel others about the podcast. Enjoy!

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Post-Vacation Podcast

Hello and welcome to the newest PB Podcast. I’m just back from vacation – it was very nice. We spent 3 days in Bar Harbor, Maine with my son and his girlfriend. The weather was great and we had a great time.

On today’s podcast, we start off by going to Cool Places with Sparks, and spend time with books, getting dirty with Lulu, Crazy Horse and others, and then clean with Bruce Wooley and more.

Please comment on the podcast and be sure to tell others to tune in. Enjoy!

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Podcast for August 17

Hello and welcome to another edition of the PB Podcast. On today’s show we travel back to the late 1940’s and also feature songs from 2011 and years in-between. Garland Jeffreys talks about John Lee Hooker, so naturally we have to hear John Lee, then follow up with Dr. John. We’ll also have some jazz and a folk set before heading back to 1980 for a couple of tunes and end in 2011 with My Morning Jacket.


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August 10 Podcast

Sunday already? Where did the week go? This has been the quickest week I can remember, as it’s time for the newest PB Podcast. Today’s show has more fantastic songs as I raided the original podcasts (since deleted) for some of their tunes.

We start with Graham Parker and slide into Gil Scott-Heron to start the show, then add songs by Lloyd Cole, Wanda Jackson, Ray Charles and more. Hope you enjoy the latest edition of the PB Podcast.

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Jazzcast 3: Vocals

Hello and welcome to a special edition of the PB Podcast – the Jazzcast. On this edition of the jazzcast I focus on jazz vocalists. The main focus of this jazzcast is classic jazz vocalists – you’ll recognize many of the names from Lena to Ella to Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. The last set has more contemporary vocalists, but the style is generally classic.

I wasn’t a big fan of jazz vocalists when I first started listening to jazz, but through the years I started appreciating what vocalists could do in the jazz idiom, and I started listening more closely to singers. I have stayed away (Mostly) from the lush instrumentalism that I find in much of the vocalist oeuvre – I’ve never been a huge fan of strings to accompany singers (or other jazz players – Charlie Parker with strings? – pass). Most of the songs here are done with stripped down bands – the trio of songs with Clifford Brown are amazing.

So, sit back and enjoy this podcast of great singing. Thank you.

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