Full Moon Hacksaw
January 23, 2020
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.