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Full Moon Hacksaw

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.