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Straight No Chaser: Best of 2014

Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin, Chris Heim, Carla Eckels and Bill Pearce run down the best in music for 2014 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, rockumentaries and books about music.

Join KMUW's music hosts throughout January on Global Village, Strange Currency, Night Train, Crossroads, Soulsations and Straight No Chaser for a month-long feature of the Best of 2014. See individual show pages for more information on upcoming shows and to listen to past shows through the streaming archive.

Straight No Chaser: Best of 2014

Important Note: This list is not in any particular order. 

  • Questioned Answer - Brian Lynch and Emmet Cohen (Hollistic Music Works)
  • Salutes Woody Herman - Depaul University Jazz Ensemble (Jazzed Media)
  • Afro Physicist - Theo Croker (Okeh)
  • Enjoy The View - Bobby Hutcherson, David Sanborn, Joey DeFrancesco and Billy Hart (Blue Note)
  • I Love Music - Mike LeDonne Quartet (Savant)
  • Chicago Fire - Eric Alexander (High Note)
  • Reliving The Moment - Cedar Walton (High Note)
  • The Late Show - Jaki Byard (High Note)
  • Charlie Hayden/Jim Hall - Charlie Hayden/Jim Hall (Impulse)
  • The Art Of Conversation - Kenny Barron/Dave Holland (Blue Note)
  • Singing the Blues - Freddie Cole (High Note)
  • We Won't Forget You - Dena DeRose (High Note)
  • Trip - Tom Harrell (High Note)
  • With The Wind And The Rain - Joshua Breakstone (Capri)
  • For The Love Of You - Everette DeVan (THR)
  • Young Guns - Gene Ludwig/Pat Martino (High Note)
  • The Melody Lingers On - Huston Person (High Note)
  • The Adventurous Monk - Eric Reed (Savant)
Bill Pearce was the host and producer of KMUW’s Straight No Chaser, a music program featuring mostly instrumental jazz, from early music to recent recordings. We’ll miss Bill, and his Sunday night show Straight No Chaser.