• New Jazz at WBGO: Week of March 22

    March 24, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

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    If you've tuned into WBGO between 6 and 10 a.m. over the past 22 years, you've probably heard Gary Walker telling it like it is -- a gig he still enjoys getting up early for every weekday morning.

    But did you know that, in addition to his role as the host of Morning Jazz, Gary also manages the WBGO music library? Watch this space, as the WBGO Blog will post Gary's list of new additions to the music shelf, along with a few of his favorite new CDs from the bunch.

    Come back for more about the freshest new music that we are featuring on the air. Click the links to purchase the album -- when you do, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to WBGO.

    First, Gary's best of the week:

    Marcia Ball, “Roadside Attractions” (pictured)

    If you want a Tuesday or Wednesday night to feel like SATURDAY NIGHT (think Texas or Louisiana,)  get next to the roadside attractions of Marcia Ball.  Playful, good time blues …and that piano –Mercy! Buy the album here.

    Monty Alexander, “Uplift"

    Some of you remember those great Monty trios with Ray Brown. The feeling is still here as Alexander's no drag time band moves through ”One Mint Julep”, “Come Fly With Me”, “Body And Soul” “Sweet Georgia Brown” and other favorites along with some Monty moments of his own. Buy the album here.

    Vijay Iyer, Prasana & Nitin Mitta, “Tirtha

    The combination of piano, guitar & voice and tabla gives mobility here to to  jazz and Indian music, exploring  the feelings which embody these two creative forces. The crossing will keep the listener engaged, with the end result being the urge to see this music performed live. Buy the album here.

    Click here for the complete list of new jazz releases:

    New Releases (click links to purchase):

    Monty Alexander, "Uplift"

    Marcia Ball, "Roadside Attractions"

    Jerry Bergonzi, "Convergence"

    Chris Byars, "Lucky Strikes Again"

    Chris Cain, "So Many Miles"

    Charito, "Heal The World"

    Marc Copland, "Crosstalk"

    Mac Gollehon, "Mac Straight Ahead"

    Scott Hamilton & Rossano Sportiello, "Midnight At Nola’s Penthouse"

    Vijay Iyer –Prasana-Nitin Mitta, "Tirtha"

    Johnny Mandel, "The Man And His Music"

    Willie Nelson  & Wynton Marsalis, "Here We Go Again"

    The Nightcrawlers, "Down In The Bottom"

    Ken Peplowski, "In Search Of…."

    Sean Smith Quartet, "Trust"

    New additions and reissues:

    Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, "The Sesjun Radio Shows"

    Roy Gaines & His Orchestra, "Tuxedo Blues"

    Django Reinhardt, "The Essential Django Reinhardt"

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