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Yvonnick Prené’s album “Listen!” featured on WBGO’s New Day, New Play January 2-6

Yvonnick Prene
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Yvonnick Prene

The chromatic harmonica is an instrument still finding its footing in modern jazz recordings. Parisian-born harmonicat Yvonnick Prené makes a convincing case for it on his new recording, Listen!. Along with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, who also produced the recording, Prené is joined by saxophonist Dayna Stephens, pianist Kevin Hays, bassist Clovis Nicolas and drummer Bill Stewart in a collection of originals alongside evergreens from Miles Davis, and other standards, and in the hands of Prene, as Jeremy Pelt says, "when I close my eyes, I hear Yvonnick Prené singing."

From Monday, Jan. 2 through Friday, Jan. 6, one cut from Prené’s Listen! album will be featured each morning on the New Day, New Play spotlight on my Daybreak show.

Listen to “Seven Steps to Heaven” from Listen!, above.

In jazz radio, great announcers are distinguished by their ability to convey the spontaneity and passion of the music. Gary Walker is such an announcer, and his enthusiasm for this music greets WBGO listeners every morning. This winner of the 1996 Gavin Magazine Jazz Radio Personality of the Year award has hosted the morning show each weekday from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. And, by his own admission, he's truly having a great time.