Full Moon Hacksaw
March 26, 2020
Radio has been the go-to in any world crisis now for one hundred years. Emergency information notwithstanding, radio becomes important for humor, entertainment, music, any diversion to keep this old world going while its shut down. Our theme this week addresses much of this, beginning with a spirited arrangement of Sonny Stitt music by of all artists the USAF. Its not always easy retaining the spirit of Fats Waller into later based styles for sure but we give pianist Benny Green his chance. Much need now is ESP, in our case by Duke Pearson. Next, up-tempo, no down-in-the-alley or crying-in-your beer blues, from Amos Milborn followed by T‑Bone Walker catch phrase: Lookin forward to a better future forget about the past. New releases as Organ quartet Guitar Elation jams Brazilian, not named for the delivery truck at your door so much lately, but rather Amazonas. Then old timey swing but new sung Callie Cardamon. Challenging big-band Afro-Cuban All Stars music is scrambled by time signature. For hour number two this week, new releases continue beginning with saxophonist Christopher Hollyday, then the stone-cold blues feature from the 1980s, Sonny Rhodes followed by Cash McCall. Vintage music comes from Cannonball Adderley with the relegated-to-home theme, then a focus on big band. First from Joe Henderson’s 1996 release, then a new release from Michael Zibler followed by the very earliest Thad Jones-Mel Lewis. Anita O’ Day joins Cal Tjader with no-truer words delaying spring, pianist Kenny Barron decries what we need most, Without Deception. Finally the next in our late pianist McCoy Tyner tribute, a duet with violinist Stephane Grappelli of all people. Constantly re-inventing the tire, Hacksaw Jazz.