Full Moon Hacksaw
March 12, 2020
We are fortunate to have the Jones jazz brothers. Hank and Elvin together from Detroit. Setting the tone for new blood, singer Lizzie Thomas from the tradition, rebellion at its finest at the end of the 1950s from Charles Mingus. And our Latin sounds coming from Orquesta Akokan and Yolanda Duke. A giant of a contributor but short on recognition is Sir Charles Thompson at the piano, then its the tune-out factor portion of our show. Obscure and privately recorded Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane, followed by Woody Herman meeting Igor Stravinsky. It’s a setup for another hour begun by newer names Jeff Rupert and George Garzone, in the tandem tenor tradition. We remember the late drummer John Christensen playing with pianist Keith Jarrett. Blossom Dearie is a droll doll with a penchant in this case for jazz geography, then the blues with Jerry McCain, Floyd Dixon, and world sounds from newcomer Deline Briscoe from Australia. PJ Perry plays sax from Canada, and the Dave Brubeck Quartets record of Japanese themes is artistic enough to warrant three tracks in a row for themes sake. Finally, 60 years of separation should be sufficient to exemplify where big band jazz has traveled, Jon Faddis Carnegie Hall Jazz Band performs Sing Sing Sing with the desert southwest’s Lewis Nash taking the drum solo. On vacation? In a hurry? Then you’re not on vacation, Hacksaw Jazz.