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Do you get intimidated by jazz? I do.
I started going to New York jazz clubs while I was in college, which was shortly after the close of the American Civil War. And I still don't feel as though I really know what's going on.
Once, when the Hartford Courant jazz critic Owen McNally was sick, I got pressed into service reviewing a Chick Corea concert. I have never felt, in my life, more like an imposter.
But maybe there is no right or wrong way to dig jazz. And there's a good chance in the next month or so you might be buying jazz recordings for someone on your list or for yourself.
So we're doing a user-friendly jazz show today, with Gene Seymour of Newsday and bassist Nat Reeves, a recording aritst on the University of Hartford faculty. We'll discuss some of the best recordings of 2009. And in the one area I do know anything about, jazz vocals, Gene and I will talk about Nellie McKie and Doris Day.
Playlist for today's show:
BIG BROTHER - Vijay Iyer Trio
HUTCHHIKER'S GUIDE - Joshua Redman
THE VIEW FROM BLUE MOUNTAIN - Dave Douglas
SHAW 'NUFF - Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock
DIG IT - Nellie McKay
DIG IT - Doris Day
I CAN'T BE BOTHERED NOW - Nicole Henry
TAKE LOVE EASY - Sophie Milman
DEDICATED TO YOU (Live) - Kurt Elling
PERDIDO (Live at the Crescendo) - Ella Fitzgerald
ERIC ALEXANDER, HAROLD MABERN, NAT REEVES, JOE FARNSWORTH:
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