Here's the list of new or recent releases that the radio station where I do my show, KSFR, just got in:
- Soulfive - No Place Like Soul (2007)
- Debbie Davies - Blues Blast (2007)
- Bobby Floyd - Notes to and From My Friends (2006)
- New York Voice - A Day Like This (2007)
- Charlie Hunter - Trio (2007)
- Carl Allen and Rodney Whitaker - Get Ready (2007)
- Diana Krall - The Heart of Saturday Night (2007)
- Knoxville Jazz Orchestra - Blues Man from Memphis (2007)
- Omer Avital Group - Room to Grow (2006)
- Jeff Hackworth - How Little We Know (2007)
- Illinois Jacquet - Swingin' Live (2006)
- Nine - Bring Back Pluto (2007)
- Armand Boatman - BeBop Revolution (2007)
- South 9 Ensemble - The Llama
- Charles Gatschet - Step Lightly (2007)
- Curtis Stigers - Real Emotional (2007)
- Ali Ryerson - Jammin' at the Jazz Corner (2007)
- The Shook/Russo Trio featuring Bob Butta (2007)
- Chris Potter - Follow the Red Line (2007)
- Mike Longo Trio - Float Like A Butterfly (2007)
- The Dan St. Marseille Quartet - Swinging with the Saint (2006)
- Wendy Fopeano - Raining on the Roses (2007)
- The Wonderful Jazz Ensemble - A Wish (2005)
- Sonny Fortune - You and the Night and the Music (2007)
- Christian Scott - Anthem (2007)
- Dale Fiedler Quartet - Plays the Music of Pepper Adams (2007)
- Bob Hamilton Trio - WixWax (2007)
- The Omer Avital Group - Asking No Permission (2005)
- Ted des Plantes Washboard Wizards - Thumpin' & Bumpin' (2006)
- Allan Harris - Nat King Cole: Long Live the King
- Grant Stewart - In the Still of the Night (2007)
- Joe Locke and 4 Walls of Freedom - Dear Life (2004)
- John Vance - Dreamsville (2007)
Miles Davis, Round About Midnight, the Legacy reissue with previously unreleased live recordings with the first quintet at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, as well as bonus tracks that are among my favorite sort of hard boppish MD, including Little Melonae and Budo.
Miles Davis, Miles Smiles, which I've had on vinyl since 1976 and it basically went completely smooth.
Duke Ellington, Newport, the amazing Phil Schaap reissue with the real live recordings released for the first time in stereo.
Ornette Coleman, Free Jazz, including First Take...I got lazy with this one because I had it on cassette for years (no First Take).
Art Blakey, A Night at Birdland, Vol. 1 and 2, the great band with Brownie, Donaldson, Horace Silver, Curly Russell. This, I also had on cassette, recorded in about 1974 from the vinyl I borrowed from the Bethlehem Public Library.
Cannonball Adderly, Somethin' Else, a recording I somehow never heard before.
Someone, anyone, name one title from the above radio station list that a). you will still want to hear 33 years from now, b). will be coveted in reissue by people like me approximately 20 years after that, c). that you are likely to be able to listen to over and over again at recurring intervals for the next 50 years and hear something thrilling or new nearly every time. Oh I know, it's not fair to compare the above artists to Miles, Duke, Blakey, Cannonball, Ornette. Or maybe it's not fair to compare the radio station list with such classics as I picked up at Barnes and Noble. Okay, maybe you have a point, sort of. Except that I'd probably be excited if the radio station suddenly got the entire Blue Note catalogue, for example, from 1957. Or maybe even every Columbia Jazz release from 1967.
So why isn't it fair? And even if it's not fair, what does that in itself say about what has happened to this ugly stepchild of American musical culture that people still insist on calling "Jazz"?
Talk about leading questions. You know and I know that we all know the answer.
By the way, Sonny Fortune and Illinois Jacquet are incredible musicians, but I'm skeptical of the above releases. Chris Potter's disc might be worth a whirl. And one of the groups unknown to me, The Dale Fiedler Quartet, playing the music of Pepper Adams, sounds like it's worth a listen. But let's say I can still hear in 2057, let's say I quit smoking and take up yoga and don't get hit by a bus...what then, when I'm 96?