Full Moon Hacksaw
July 4, 2019
Jazz radio provides a fresh sound for relaxation, stimulation, entertainment. But if some liken jazz on the radio to an informal education of an art form, that’s okay with us. Jeb Patton plays fiery piano, Bill Banfield tap dances to his Imagine Orchestra, both released in 2018. Wild Charanga is provided by Ray Barretto, and Tito Puente provides a similar tempo on an almost Asian sound in Latin Jazz. Cootie Williams and Jimmy Lunceford provide immediate pre-war jazz, be-bop and swing dance era are the differences in categories. Bassist Alexander Claffy has turned us on to singer Veronica Swift for a brand-new release, Bill Evans adds his usual collective improvisation. For blues we call on harmonica men Charlie Musselwhite and Big Walter Horton, and the alto sax of Hank Crawford. New Orleans veteran drummer Herlin Riley fronts a group of young artists, the legendary John Hicks plays a pleasant arrangement from the piano. Doug Carn from Florida is greasy and grinding with Hammond B3, John Dokes is a refreshing voice among wanna-bes these days when it comes to real jazz singing. Trumpeter Tom Harrell digs deep, Art Pepper is lyrical and melodic on ballad. Miles Moves once again and another spin from 1962s Jazz Samba reminds us why Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd were a foil for the bossa. Herbie Mann welcomes singer Tamiko Jones and joins singer Sara Vaughan to play it out, before the Next Hacksaw Falls.