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Full Moon Hacksaw

Latin and Brazil­ian jazz rhythms begin our recital but we soon make a stop at the Vil­lage Van­guard for the Mel Lewis Jazz Orches­tra. With reluc­tance we report the death of piano great Harold Mabern, where­as eccen­tric sax man James Carter and the organ trio is fea­tured from a recent album. Anoth­er artist we lost recent­ly was Frank Fos­ter, heard this week on clar­inet with Elvin Jones. Pat Metheny’s plays from his first album to get to inter­mis­sion. In act two the next jazz death to report is trumpeter/​singer/​funny man Jack Shel­don, then we hit Chica­go. First with Eddie Har­ris, then with Howl­in’ Wolf. For mod­ern jazz of the mid-20th Cen­tu­ry we sam­ple Miles Davis, then Thelo­nious Monk. More new releas­es fol­low, first trumpeter/​vocalist Ben­ny Benack III has the won­der­ful Veron­i­ca Swift also singing. Not many play bass clar­inet exclu­sive­ly, but Todd Mar­cus does on his new release. Pianist Kei­th Jar­rett is delight­ful, Mil­ton Nasci­men­to is one of the bet­ter-known Brazil­ian com­posers and per­form­ers, and El Gran Com­bo rep­re­sents Puer­to Rican sal­sa. We wrap this episode with Oscar Peter­son and Milt Jack­son for piano and great vibes. Jazz & Blues rhythms a lit­tle or a lot at a time, a side of shuf­fle and a shot of swing, Hack­saw Jazz.