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PLAYLIST FOR “SEASON FINALE 2017 – SUMMER LISTENING ASSIGNMENTS” (7.1.17)

3 Jul

I’ll be gone for the next 8 weeks while WMNR broadcasts live concerts from Tanglewood by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. So on the season finale, I assigned music and singers who should be on everyone’s summer listening list. I also threw in a few requests and some music I’ve been wanting to play this season but couldn’t find the right theme.

Although I won’t be doing live shows for a while, I’ll be uploading new podcasts on PRX, the Public Radio Exchange, all summer, here: 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME  /  Mark Winkler  /  “The Company I Keep”
  • HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON  /  Kellye Gray  /  Rendering”
  • LIVING IN A GREAT BIG WAY  /  Lucy Dixon  /  “Lulu’s Back in Town”
  • LET’S GET LOADED  /  Carey West  /  “Made Of Clay”
  • LOVEWISE  /  Bobby Scott  /  “For Sentimental Reasons”
  • WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES  /  Irene Kral  /  “Where Is Love?”
  • COCKTAILS FOR TWO  /  Spike Jones  /  “Spike Jones Goes Crazy”
  • DANCING ON THE CEILING  /  Jenna Mammina & Rolf Sturm  /  “Begin to Dance”
  • I WON’T SCAT  /  Ron Boustead  /  “Unlikely Valentine”
  • TROUBLED WATERS  /  Nancy Harms  /  “Ellington At Night”
  • LITTLE GIRL BLUE  /  Keith Jarrett  /  “Tribute”
  • I’VE GOT A RIGHT TO CRY  /  Melissa Morgan  /  “Days Like This”
  • WHEN I FALL IN LOVE  /  The Real Group  /  “Live In Stockholm”
  • I WANNA TURN OUT MY LIGHT  /  April Barrows  /  “My Dream Is You”
  • TIME TO SMILE  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Art Of Romance”
  • AIN’T NO REST FOR THE WICKED  /  Postmodern Jukebox w/ Joey Cook  /  “33 Resolutions Per Minutes”
  • I WANNA GO PLACES AND DO THINGS  /  Wendy Moten  /  “Wendy Moten Sings Richard Whiting”
  • TIME TO GO  /  Sinne Eeg  /  “Don’t Be So Blue”
  • FOR ALL WE KNOW  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “Once In Every Life”
  • WAITER, THE CHECK  /  Cousin Alice  /  “Pour Me”
  • GOODBYE FOR NOW  /  Rigmor Gustafsson  /  “Rigmor Gustafsson With Radio String Quartet Vienna”
  • EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE  /  Ray Charles & Betty Carter  /  “Ray Charles & Betty Carter”
  • SOME OTHER TIME  /  Monica Zetterlund & Bill Evans  /  “The Complete Bill Evans On Verve”
  • SIGNING OFF  /  Helen Merrill  /  “You’ve Got A Date With The Blues
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

PLAYLIST FOR “NO ANSWERS, ONLY QUESTIONS” (AN ARCHIVE SHOW FROM 3.16) (4.8.17)

10 Apr

Here’s to those halcyon, innocent days gone by…in other words, I played a repeat show from last year…though it’s still true that I have more questions than answers. How about you?

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or album Title

  • WHY DO PEOPLE FALL IN LOVE?  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Art Of Excellence”
  • HOW AM I TO KNOW?  /  Diane Marino  /  “Loads Of Love”
  • GEE BABY, AIN’T I GOOD TO YOU?  /  King Powell  /  “King Powell”
  • HOW’D YOU LIKE TO LOVE ME?  /  Hetty Kate  /  “Gordon Webster Meets Hetty Kate”
  • WHO KNOWS ALL THE ANSWERS?  /  Blossom Dearie  / “My New Celebrity Is You”
  • CAN’T WE BE FRIENDS?  /  Jamie Cullum  /  “Twentysomething”
  • AREN’T YOU GLAD YOU’RE YOU?  /  Meredith d’Ambrosio  /  “Another Time”
  • WHAT’CHA GONNA DO WHEN THERE AIN’T NO SWING?  /  Catherine Russell  /  “Strictly Romancin”
  • HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN?  /  Chet Baker  /  “The Legacy”
  • SMOKE RINGS  /  Sarah King  /  “Sarah King & The Smoke Rings”
  • WHERE DO YOU START?  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Alan Bergman  /  “Lyrically, Alan Bergman”
  • MY IDEAL  /  Wendy Moten  /  “Timeless”
  • WHO CAN I TURN TO?  /  Van Morrison  / “How Long Has This Been Going On?”
  • MEAN TO ME  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson”
  • DAT DERE  /  Kevin Mahogany  /  “Double Rainbow”
  • WHERE ARE YOU GOING?  /  Shirley Horn  /  “Where Are You Going?”
  • ALL OF ME  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Concepts”
  • WAS IT SOMETHING I SAID?  /  Lily Frost  /  “Too Hot For Words”
  • ALFIE  /  Buddy Rich  /  “Mercy, Mercy”
  • ALFIE  /  Nancy Wilson  /  “Hollywood-My Way”
  • WILL YOU STILL BE MINE?  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “Once In Every Life”
  • WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Gwyneth Paltrow  /  “Infamous” (Soundtrack)
  • SHALL WE DANCE?  /  Norma Winstone  /  “Manhattan In The Rain”
  • HOW ARE THINGS IN GLOCCA MORRA?  /  Bobby Scott   /  “I Love Jazz”
  • DO YOU MISS NEW YORK?  /  Rosemary Clooney  /  “Do You Miss New York?”
  • WHY WAS I BORN?  /  Karrin Allyson  /  “Ballads”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  / Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO UNCERTAINTY” (1.11.17)

29 Jan

We live in uncertain times, though, honestly, I’m not even certain about that anymore. If you were betting that I’d try to put you at ease and make things better, you totally lost that bet, bud. Two hours of songs about uncertainty of one kind or another. The only thing certain is every singer is a winner.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Record Title

  • WHERE OR WHEN  /  Kristin Berardi  /  “Where Or When”
  • AT LONG LAST LOVE  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “A Swingin’ Affair”        
  • MAYBE  /  Nancy Valentine  /  “Lovesome”
  • I KEEP GOING BACK TO JOE’S  /  Tom Rust  /  “Are We There Yet?”
  • UNDECIDED  /  Natalie Cole  /  “Take A Look”
  • TICK TOCK  /  Chaise Lounge  /  Gin Fizz Fandango”
  • HOW AM I TO KNOW?  /  Shirley Horn  /  “Here’s To Life”
  • ARE YOU THERE WITH ANOTHER BOY  /  Mark Jennett  /  “Everybody Says Don’t”
  • HOW CAN I BE SURE?  /  Anne Farnsworth  /  “Sealed With A Kiss”
  • WHERE DO YOU START?  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Art Of Romance”
  • I WALK A LITTLE FASTER  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Fiona Apple  /  “The Best Is Yet To Come”
  • WAIT AND SEE  /  The Real Group  /  “Unreal”
  • WHERE WOULD YOU BE WITHOUT ME  /  Duchess  /  “Laughing At Life”
  • FOR ALL WE KNOW  / Johnny Hartman  /  “Once In Every Life”
  • WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW  /  Emilie-Claire Barlow  /  “The Beat Goes On”
  • DID WE HAVE ANY FUN?  /  Shepley Metcalf  /  “Something Irresistible”
  • SO MANY STARS  /  Mark Murphy  /  “The Dream”
  • HE LOVES ME I THINK  /  Melissa Morgan  /  “Until I Met You”
  • IS YOU IS OR IS YOU AIN’T  /  Melissa Morgan  /  “Until I Met You”
  • TULIP OR TURNIP  /  Bill Henderson  /  “Live At The Vic”
  • MY IDEAL  /  Wendy Moten  /  “Wendy Moten Sings Richard Whiting”
  • WILL YOU STILL BE MINE  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “Once In Every Life”
  • WILL I FIND MY LOVE TODAY?  /  Nina Simone  /  “Nina Simone At Carnegie Hall”
  • HOW DO YOU KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING  /  Ian Shaw  /  “The Theory Of Joy”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “NO ANSWERS, ONLY QUESTIONS!” (3.5.16) #jazz #jazzradio #jazzsingers

6 Mar

I thought we could all use a two-hour break from the endless diarrhetic diatribes of easy answers and dichotomous thinking. Not all questions can be answered in a beat-the-buzzer 90-seconds. In fact, some of the swinging questions I played took more than five minutes just to ask. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or album Title

  • WHY DO PEOPLE FALL IN LOVE?  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Art Of Excellence”
  • HOW AM I TO KNOW?  /  Diane Marino  /  “Loads Of Love”
  • GEE BABY, AIN’T I GOOD TO YOU?  /  King Powell  /  “King Powell”
  • HOW’D YOU LIKE TO LOVE ME?  /  Hetty Kate  /  “Gordon Webster Meets Hetty Kate”
  • WHO KNOWS ALL THE ANSWERS?  /  Blossom Dearie  / “My New Celebrity Is You”
  • CAN’T WE BE FRIENDS?  /  Jamie Cullum  /  “Twentysomething”
  • AREN’T YOU GLAD YOU’RE YOU?  /  Meredith d’Ambrosio  /  “Another Time”
  • WHAT’CHA GONNA DO WHEN THERE AIN’T NO SWING?  /  Catherine Russell  /  “Strictly Romancin”
  • HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN?  /  Chet Baker  /  “The Legacy”
  • SMOKE RINGS  /  Sarah King  /  “Sarah King & The Smoke Rings”
  • WHERE DO YOU START?  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Alan Bergman  /  “Lyrically, Alan Bergman”
  • MY IDEAL  /  Wendy Moten  /  “Timeless”
  • WHO CAN I TURN TO?  /  Van Morrison  / “How Long Has This Been Going On?”
  • MEAN TO ME  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson”
  • DAT DERE  /  Kevin Mahogany  /  “Double Rainbow”
  • WHERE ARE YOU GOING?  /  Shirley Horn  /  “Where Are You Going?”
  • ALL OF ME  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Concepts”
  • WAS IT SOMETHING I SAID?  /  Lily Frost  /  “Too Hot For Words”
  • ALFIE  /  Buddy Rich  /  “Mercy, Mercy”
  • ALFIE  /  Nancy Wilson  /  “Hollywood-My Way”
  • WILL YOU STILL BE MINE?  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “Once In Every Life”
  • WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Gwyneth Paltrow  /  “Infamous” (Soundtrack)
  • SHALL WE DANCE?  /  Norma Winstone  /  “Manhattan In The Rain”
  • HOW ARE THINGS IN GLOCCA MORRA?  /  Bobby Scott   /  “I Love Jazz”
  • DO YOU MISS NEW YORK?  /  Rosemary Clooney  /  “Do You Miss New York?”
  • WHY WAS I BORN?  /  Karrin Allyson  /  “Ballads”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  / Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “PAYING TRIBUTE” 10.18.14)

20 Oct

This week I paid tribute to some of my favorite singers and musicians with their tributes to some of their favorite singers and musicians…tip o’ the hat to M. C. Escher.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

 

  • IT’S WONDERFUL  /  Diane Schuur  /  “I Remember You – With Love To Stan & Frank”
  • I’M AN ERRAND GIRL FOR RHYTHM  /  Diana Krall  /  “All For You”
  • I WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR YOU  /  Nat King Cole  /  “Tell Me All About Yourself”
  • YOU’RE NEARER  /  Dena DeRose  /  “We Won’t Forget You”
  • IT DON’T MEAN A THING IF IT AIN’T GOT THAT SWING  /  Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga  /  “Cheek To Cheek”
  • TONY BENNETT  /  Kevin Mahogany  /  “Old, New, Borrowed, & The Blues”
  • LULU’S BACK IN TOWN  /  Jason Moran  /  “All Rise – A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller”
  • SISTERS  /  (Mystery Vocalists)  /  Bette Midler & Linda Ronstadt  /  “Bette Midler Sings The Rosemary Clooney Songbook”
  • I WANNA GO PLACES AND DO THINGS  /  Wendy Moten  /  “Timeless: The Music Of Richard Whiting”
  • I REMEMBER CLIFFORD/  Keith Jarrett  /  “Still Live”
  • EMBRACEABLE YOU  /  Laura Nyro  /  “Angel In The Dark”
  • CALIFORNIA SHOESHINE BOYS  /  Mark Winkler  /  “The Laura Nyro Project”
  • TO A CHILD  /  Dianne Reeves  /  “Map To The Treasure –Re-imagining Laura Nyro”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)

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WHAT I’M LISTENING TO WHILE ON HIATUS

15 Jul

I noticed that I have a number of new “Tribute” CDs on my desk and I finally started listening to them instead of using them to build very unstable and loud houses of cards. I’ll tell you what I think, but you should listen to them and decide for yourselves. Let me know what you’re listening to these days, ok?

  • Diane Schuur – I Remember You – This is a tribute CD to Sinatra and Stan Getz with songs associated with one or the other or both. Diane may not be the lyric interpreter that Sinatra was, but she is every bit the inventive and indefatigable musician Getz was. She blends perfectly as another instrument with the band and it’s a very solid band, too. Best surprise for me: Diane’s unadorned, unembellished title track – just singing from her heart.
  •  Wendy Moten – Timeless: Wendy Moten Sings Richard Whiting – Most of these songs were written in the 1920s and 1930s, but you couldn’t guess that from listening to this CD. It swings, it’s tender, it’s sexy, it’s bluesy. Wendy Moten has been a back-up singer here and there; she has a few CDs under her own name, some in Contemporary R&B mode. But she’s very comfortable with jazz and ballads. There are lots of Whiting chestnuts – My Ideal, Miss Brown To You, He’s Funny That Way.  Best surprise for me: a couple of cute songs I didn’t know – It’s A Long Time Between Kisses and I Wanna Go Places And Do Things. I’ll be interested to see if she does.
  •  Janet Planet – Janet Planet Sings The Bob Dylan Songbook, Vol. 1 – Okay, I admit I cracked the cellophane on this CD with trepidation. However, this story has a (mostly) happy ending. In many of Dylan’s most powerful songs, the drone of the repeated melody forces you to pay attention to the lyrics. I find those songs proved to be too limited and confining for this jazz setting. But in songs with a stronger melody line, Janet Planet adeptly, intelligently goes to work, weaving interesting designs with her lovely voice and considerable talent for embellishing. She has moxie and takes chances and I’ll be playing her a lot when Turntable For One returns in the Fall…maybe not so often from this interesting CD.
  • Mark Winkler – The Laura Nyro Project  — Anyone paying tribute to Laura Nyro gets points from me from the start. And when the tribute CD is sincere, affectionate, and swinging — as this one is — bonus points galore! The songs, all favorites for any Laura Nyro fan, range from the slight and ethereal to the raucous and rowdy. And just about all of them really do work with a solid jazz combo  and this West Coast hipster singer. Okay, his straight-ahead jazz version of Save The Country obscures the point of this anthem which, it seems to me, has even more meaning now than when Laura Nyro wrote it about 50 years ago. But, boy, does Mark Winkler understand ballads and heartbreak! His version of Billy’s Blues haunts me every time I listen to it.  Best surprise for me: an incredibly clever mash-up of the song Time And Love and Ahmad Jamal’s classic instrumental version of Moonlight In Vermont. 

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