Full Moon Hacksaw
February 27, 2020
Swing is the thing, hear Johnathan Ng play that fiddle and you’ll feel it, for vintage jazz radio hear DJ Symphony Sid’s theme played by Dizzy Gillespie, Sid talk to Tito Puente live on the air from Birdland, and the beloved Latin music that the broadcaster played on his show. Fania Records to the rescue for our salsa category, namely Ray Barretto and Louie Ramirez. Jackie McLean is an important sax player from the post-bop period of our music, and Vince Guaraldi is the pianist behind all the Peanuts cartoons, playing Brazilian hits this time. Jazz the teacher, funk the preacher, we bring in the James Brown horns instrumentally. The real blues brothers, the Vaughan’s, recorded one album and we hear from that, wondering how much they sensed how prophetic their lyrics would become. Sir Charles Thompson swings piano comfortably but very solid to wrap hour number one. From meditative to mesmerizing is hour number two, solo piano from the same era come both Bill Evans and Alice Coltrane. Young Tamuz Nissim continues the doctrine singing vocalese of the Coltrane family, we break for the blues with JD McPherson and Willie Dixon then wrap this episode with more John Coltrane music. An extended live version of his biggest hit has the saxophonist playing soprano, and the legendary flutist Eric Dolphy joining. Then its the pianist held over from that group, McCoy Tyner. On a good day our job is to watch the clock and listen to the radio, Hacksaw Jazz.