Full Moon Hacksaw
June 6, 2019
Despite the man’s name, his jazz life was reportedly opposite. So listen to Lucky Thompson’s tenor sax and decide for yourself. What would sound like smooth jazz today is actually a long-ago innovative Hungarian guitarist named Gabor Szabo. From there we feature Chord Four from a new release called California Avant Garde; then take some of that, along with the pop sensibilities of electric instruments, and feature trumpeter Theo Croker. Bobby Timmons was a soulful pianist, once with Cannonball Adderley. And of course Vince Guaraldi will always be pictured as Peanuts Schroeder to most folks, Oh Good Grief! The year was 1986 & it went like this: Dexter Gordon was playing the lead in the film Round Midnight, and playing tenor sax live on the soundtrack. Hear it from the set lovingly recreating the Blue Note club, but in France. Bassist Ron Carter and Thelonious Monk are the two most-mentioned jazz names this episode, the former plays on three numbers this week, and though Monks piano is not heard today his music is interpreted by others is. The New York Jazz Quartet is followed by new music from trumpeter Brad Turner. John Dokes deserves high marks as a vocalist in today’s sea of below average singers, and for our Latin sounds we call on the Estrada Brothers and the Fania All-Stars. In blues we hear Charlie Musselwhite, Duke Robillard, Ronnie Earl, and from across the pond Slim Butler and Joakim Tinderholt. Laila Biali may understand love but we dont, and Eric Dolphy and Dizzy Gillespie scare us half to death respectively. When you’re smiling, Hacksaw smiles with you.