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Out With Jazz, In With Modern Rubbish

Monday, April 27: Released in 1968 Larry Coryell’s debut album Lady Coryell gave great indications of a career that was to span into the following century. With the then 25-year-old guitarist joined by drumming legends Bob Moses and Elvin Jones, the album is a classic example of Coryell’s imaginative playing and writing. Listen for selections from that recording as well as from the 1970 self-titled release by violinist Don “Sugarcane” Harris, featuring appearances from Johnny Otis and Shuggie Otis.

Tuesday, April 28: Released in 1969 Emergency! is the debut album from the Tony Williams Lifetime. Led by drumming legend Tony Williams, the trio broke new ground with this record which crossed boundaries of rock, jazz, funk and more. We’ll hear selections from that as well as from Blues For Tony an album recorded as a tribute to Williams by guitarist Allan Holdsworth with Alan Pasqua, Jimmy Haslip and Chad Wackerman.

Wednesday, April 29: Released in 1974 Like Children is a collaborative effort between violinist Jerry Goodman and keyboardist Jan Hammer. Both had recently left the seminal jazz fusion band Mahavishnu Orchestra and the influence of that group is heard on this record, especially key songs such as “Country and Eastern Music” and “Stepping Tones.” We’ll hear selections from that on this episode of the show as well as music from the William Flynn Group.

Thursday, April 30: Music of My Mind is the 1972 album from Stevie Wonder. His fourteenth album, it is considered by many fans and critics as the first in his “classic” period. We’ll hear selections from it as well as from The Magic Whip, the brand new release from British band Blur.

Friday, May 1: It’s our New Month, New Music show with selections from new releases by Blur, Alabama Shakes and others.

Saturday, May 2: Released in 1976 801 Live is evidence of the short-lived project from Roxy Music Phil Manzanera. Recorded while the legendary British band was temporarily broken up this release features appearances from Brian Eno and acclaimed British drummer Simon Phillips. Listen for selections from this release as from Think Tank, the 2003 album from Blur.

  Monday, May 4: After a highly-acclaimed 1991 debut album the British band Blur found itself falling out of popularity with the once-adoring British press. Having been met with only a lukewarm response by American audiences the group was facing a fast demise. Never ones to be put off by adversity the members of Blur rebounded with 1993’s Modern Life Is Rubbish, a recording influenced by The Kinks, Faces, and The Jam. We’ll hear selections from that as well as from The Jam’s 1978 groundbreaking LP All Mod Cons.