• Great Live Moments - Jim Hall

    April 2, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Guitarist Jim Hall is the embodiment of what makes jazz special. First of all, there's something so absolutely honest about his music. If you need proof that Hall is the greatest living jazz guitarist, ask Pat Metheny. Or Bill Frisell. Or John Scofield. They will tell you that Jim Hall is their guy. I suspect musicians admire Jim for many of the reasons that we do.  Chiefly, Hall's asset is his ability to listen to the other band members. Just imagine all those Jim Hall duets with Bill Evans, Ron Carter, or any number of guitarists, not to mention his ensemble playing with Sonny Rollins... "Down From Antigua" is one of Jim Hall's trademark compositions. As many times as I've heard this tune, it still sounds fresh.
    WBGO recorded the Jim Hall Trio at The Jazz Forum, February 5, 1983.
    They are:
    Jim Hall, guitar
    Harvie Swartz - bass
    Ben Riley - drums

    Listen to "Down From Antigua" from the WBGO Archives.

  • Great Live Moments - Dexter Gordon

    April 2, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Saxophonist Dexter Gordon is a favorite of many WBGO hosts. On any given day here, you will hear Dexter. WBGO recorded the Dexter Gordon Quartet at the Village Vanguard in 1983. We're featuring a song from that set, one that originally appeared on a 1962 release for Blue Note Records, A Swingin' Affair. It's called "Soy Califa." Sounds like a nutritious beverage, but the loose translation is "I am the Caliph," or "I am the King." Kinda like Louis XIV saying, "L'Etat C'est Moi," or "I am the state..."
    Dexter was definitely one of the kings, and his playing is sure to put you in a good state of mind.
    Introducing the quartet:
    Dexter Gordon, Tenor saxophone
    Kirk Lightsey, Piano
    David Eubanks, Bass
    Eddie Gladden, Drums

    Check out "Soy Califa," from the WBGO Archives.

  • Art on wbgo.org

    April 2, 2008

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    As Web Developer at WBGO, I post a lot of content given to me by the people who work here. I am always surprised by what I discover and learn at the radio station.

    I'd like to share with you the next WBGO Journal story "The Art of Sprawl" - a new art exhibit at the Jersey City Museum. I was asked to create an online photo gallery of pictures that were taken there.

    Check it out.

    This Friday, tune in to WBGO's Journal at 7:30.