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Full Moon Hacksaw

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.