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04/30/2021 07:59 AM
DJ: John Richards
Freeze Tag
by Dinner Party featuring Cord...
(2 plays) | (0 fans)

"Certain music, jazz in particular, has the ability to make you a better citizen of the world. It helps you expand your world view and gives you more confidence in your cultural achievements. Improvisational jazz teaches you about yourself while the swing in jazz teaches you how to work with others." - Wynton Marsalis --- See the powerful video for "Freeze Tag": https://n.pr/3ucs0mY
04/30/2021 07:55 AM
DJ: John Richards
by Madhouse
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Madhouse was a jazz-funk project from Prince and his horn player Eric Leeds. -- Prince composed and performed the bedrock of every track. Eric Leeds added lead melodies on woodwinds, and a few other associates like Sheila E. made occasional contributions, but this was a Prince project with Prince’s name purposefully left off. Leeds, a part of Prince’s entourage since the Purple Rain tour, recalls that his collaborator “wanted the music to be related to on its own merits, and perhaps was concerned that if it was released as a ‘Prince jazz album,’ it would draw more attention to the idea that Prince would play jazz than to the value of the music itself.”: https://jazztimes.com/features/profiles/the-story-of-prince-and-madhouse-8/
04/30/2021 07:49 AM
DJ: John Richards
by Weather Report
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"No matter what kind of day, week, month or year you’ve been having, it’s impossible to stay in a bad mood when you get an earful of the opening track from Weather Report’s 1977 album 'Heavy Weather.'" -- "From Jaco Pastorius’ opening bass figure, “Birdland” bursts with the rare brand of effervescent joy known only to the likes of Stevie Wonder. I don’t care if you “don’t like jazz.” The infectious groove of this music percolates with undeniable happiness as Wayne Shorter’s saxophone yearns for the sky. No matter what challenges you face, this music is guaranteed to help keep your soul aloft.": https://bit.ly/3eNDR4B
04/30/2021 07:43 AM
DJ: John Richards
Jazz Thing (Video Mix)
by Gang Starr
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The main sample in this song is provided by pianist Thelonious Monk, who even has his say himself via vocal sample at the beginning of the song. The cut-out piano snippet is from his piece "Light Blue." --- “Jazz Thing” was released as a single for the soundtrack of Spike Lee’s 1990 jazz film "Mo' Better Blues." Spike advised the group to adapt a poem regarding the history of jazz written by Lolis Eric Elie, and Guru wrote around the poem while Premier helped provide the jazzy backdrop. Here are the lyrics: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/gangstarr/jazzthingvideomix.html
04/30/2021 07:41 AM
DJ: John Richards
Take The A Train
by Duke Ellington
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This song was written by Billy Strayhorn, who played piano and wrote arrangements for Duke Ellington's band. Strayhorn recalled that the song that became the signature opening piece for Duke Ellington and his Orchestra came to him with very little effort. In fact, he said that the music and lyrics for "Take the A Train," originally recorded on February 15, 1941 by Ellington for Victor Records, came more quickly than the subject of the song itself – the New York subway line to the Sugar Hill District of Harlem. It was so easy for him, he said it was "like writing a letter to a friend."
04/30/2021 07:36 AM
DJ: John Richards
Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)
by Us3
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The spoken opening lines "Ladies and gentlemen, as you know, we have something special down here at Birdland this evening: a recording for Blue Note Records" are a reference to the famous Birdland Jazz Club in New York City. This line is actually Pee Wee Marquette's opening announcement from Art Blakey's first Birdland album "A Night at Birdland Vol. 1" in 1954. --- This song covers Herbie Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island."
04/30/2021 07:31 AM
DJ: John Richards
Take Five
by The Dave Brubeck Quartet
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Unlike most of the great jazz music of 1959, including the previous Miles Davis song, "So What," which were played mostly in four-four time, this extraordinary work was in five-four time. "It's time that the jazz musicians take up their original role of leading the public into a more adventurous rhythm," Dave Brubeck said.: https://www.npr.org/2000/11/19/1114201/take-five
04/30/2021 07:25 AM
DJ: John Richards

"Jazz is indefinable. To understand jazz, you need to merge yourself with its pulse and lose yourself to its sounds and let it flood your soul. It is the most democratic form of music: it has taken the sounds, movements and cadences of whatever form of music from whichever countries it travelled to." - Shankar Mahadevan --- KEXP presents Digable Planets performing live at Kex Hostel in Reykjavik during Iceland Airwaves, 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTOkwV_iNEE
04/30/2021 07:17 AM
DJ: John Richards
So What
by Miles Davis
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Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue" was recorded in 1959 and has gone on to sell more copies than any other jazz album in history. It is still on the list of the 100 top-selling albums almost every year, and has even been recognized by the U.S. Congress as a national treasure. -- This song, called “So What,” is one of the most recognizable jazz songs around the world. It features Miles Davis on trumpet, John Coltrane on tenor sax, Cannonball Adderley on alto sax, Bill Evans on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums.
04/30/2021 07:14 AM
DJ: John Richards
Georgia On My Mind
by Ray Charles
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Ray Charles was born in Albany, Georgia and moved to Florida as a child. At the age of 5, he began losing his sight gradually; by age , he was completely blind. In Florida, he studied at the St. Augustine school for the deaf and blind, where he first learned to play the piano. He then moved to Seattle, where he began to be published as a musician.: https://www.biography.com/musician/ray-charles
04/30/2021 07:08 AM
DJ: John Richards
God Bless The Child
by Billie Holiday
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"Considered by many to be the greatest jazz vocalist of all time, Billie Holiday lived a tempestuous and difficult life. Her singing expressed an incredible depth of emotion that spoke of hard times and injustice as well as triumph. Though her career was relatively short and often erratic, she left behind a body of work as great as any vocalist before or since." Enjoy a PBS tribute to this American master: https://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/billie-holiday-about-the-singer/68/
04/30/2021 07:05 AM
DJ: John Richards

Good morning and happy Friday. You're listening to The Morning Show with John Richards on International Jazz Day. -- "Everybody longs for meaning. Everybody needs to love and be loved. Everybody needs to clap hands and be happy. Everybody longs for faith. In music, especially this broad category called Jazz, there is a stepping stone towards all of these." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- Here'es the complete text of Amanda Gorman's "The Hill We Climb": https://bit.ly/32Zwph4