Full Moon Hacksaw
August 1, 2019
To look at this programs playlist overall, it contains modern jazz, tango within classical, melody and lyricism, R & B, and Latin. Quite a sum when the original inspiration was to focus on vinyl from the 1980s, most of which were digitally mastered just as CDs were being introduced. But when Prestige Records ran a contest online for our favorite of that labels releases, we picked trumpeter Miles Davis circa 1950. From that muse comes a Carnegie Hall all-star concert, then a studio session with the trumpeter co-leading with vibraphonist Milt Jackson. Guitarist Joe Pass was well-recorded in the 1980s, long before singer Nancy Harms from New York recorded Ellington. Drummer Shelly Manne shows off a couple of his men, then appearance and tone come in one package with trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth. The 1980s again are represented by pianist Abdullah Ibrahim and trombonist JJ Johnson. For act two, new names Rob Ryndak and Tom Lockwood welcome trumpeter Brian Lynch, the driest martini sound of all saxes, Paul Desmond plays Django Reinhart. Our favorite of new vocalists comes from Armenia, Ms. Lucy Yeghiazaryan. Lauren Henderson sings of nothing political, just that tougher topic of love. Then we hear the very best, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. The former normally sassy, this time more divine. The latter is in a blues bag here, organist Bill Doggett stays on for one more. Back to our 80s vinyl with saxophonist Phil Woods. A break for Latin music by Willie Colon and Chuchito Valdez, one more west coast oldie with pianist Lloyd Glenn, then Clark Terry and Red Mitchell play it out for Basie in the 80s. Regular website visitors KNOW how to push our buttons, Hacksaw was a Rolling Stone.