Archive for January, 2011

January 31st 2011
The Jazz Session #236: Ray Anderson

Posted under Podcast & Trombonists

Trombonist Ray Anderson teams up with longtime friend Marty Ehrlich for the new live record, Hear You Say (Challenge Records, 2010). In this interview, Anderson talks about his friendship with Ehrlich, which goes back to their days with Anthony Braxton; how he came to have such an open musical mind; and some breaking news regarding another new CD coming out this spring. Learn more at

Tunes in this episode: Portrait of Leroy Jenkins; Hot Crab Pot; My Wish; The Lion’s Tanz; Alligatory Rhumba.

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January 30th 2011
The Jazz Session hits 900,000 downloads!

Posted under Podcast & Site Updates

The Jazz Session just passed 900,000 downloads! Thank you all very much for listening to — and supporting — the show.

And oh, by the way, if you haven’t become a member yet, please consider giving your financial support to The Jazz Session to ensure that it will keep going for 900,000 more downloads!

Again, thank you all very much!


January 27th 2011
The Jazz Session #235: David Binney

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists

Saxophonist David Binney is one of the most prolific composers on the jazz scene today. His most recent album is Graylen Epicenter (Mythology, 2011). In this interview, Binney talks about the origin of the band on this record; the interesting story behind the CD’s unusual title; and his opinion on the grant process for jazz composers. Learn more at

Tracks used in this episode: All Of Time; Graylen Epicenter; Home; Equality At Low Levels; Everglow; Waking To Waves.


January 24th 2011
The Jazz Session #234: Robert Hurst

Posted under Bassists & Podcast

Bassist Robert Hurst has been a first-call musician since his early days with Wynton and Branford Marsalis. He’s just released two new albums, Bob Ya Head (Bebob Records, 2011) and Unrehurst, Vol. 2 (Bebob Records, 2011). In this interview, recorded at Jazz Standard in New York, Hurst talks about the politics and rhythms underlying Bob Ya Head; how his Detroit upbringing impacted his musical life; and why school is great but it’s no substitute for putting in time on the bandstand. Learn more at

Tracks used in this episode: (from Bob Ya Head) Optimism; Unintelectual Property; Comes You Comes Love; (from Unrehurst Vol. 2) I Love You; Bob’s 5/4 Tune; Monk’s Dream.

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January 20th 2011
The Jazz Session #233: Lynne Arriale

Posted under Pianists & Podcast

Pianist Lynne Arriale’s new CD, Convergence (Motema, 2011), is her second album to feature a horn player, this time saxophonist Bill McHenry. In this interview, Arriale talks about her decision to expand her band; how she searches within herself as part of her compositional process; and why she enjoys teaching as a means of human connection. Learn more at NOTE: Convergence will be available on Feb. 8, 2011.

Tracks used in this episode: Elements; Here and Now; Paint It Black; The Simple Things; Dance of the Rain.

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January 18th 2011
A jazz poem

Posted under Jazz Writing & Podcast & Poetry

Here’s a poem inspired by tonight’s show at Jazz Standard featuring Jeff “Tain” Watts, Robert Hurst and Steve Coleman:

in which we cross east 27th street at high tide

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January 17th 2011
The Jazz Session #232: Gerald Cleaver

Posted under Drummers & Podcast

Gerald Cleaver’s new album, Be It As I See It (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2011), is a musical exploration of the Great Migration and its relation to his own family’s history. In this interview, Cleaver discusses the musical and historical mission behind the formation of his band Uncle June; his use of spoken word and sound collages as additional layers in his compositions; and how he made careful decisions to arrive at his current place as a musician. Learn more at

Tracks used in this interview: To Love; Charles Street Sunrise; Fence & Post: Alluvia; Fence & Post: Ruby Ritchie/Well; He Said; Grammy; From A Life Of The Same Name.

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January 13th 2011
The Jazz Session #231: Jane Ira Bloom

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists

Soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom delivers yet another excellent record with Wingwalker (Outline, 2011). In this interview, Bloom talks about her use of movement in performance; why she doesn’t feel the need to “script” much of the recording process; and how some solos can only be played amidst great silence. Learn more at

Tracks used in this interview: Her Exacting Light; Life on Cloud 8; Ending Red Songs; I Could Have Danced All Night; Freud’s Convertible.


January 10th 2011
The Jazz Session #230: Jason Stein

Posted under Clarinetists & Podcast

Bass clarinetist Jason Stein and his trio Locksmith Isadore have just released their third album, Three Kinds Of Happiness (NotTwo, 2010). In this interview, Stein talks about why he started playing bass clarinet; how this album marks a new beginning for the trio; and how he approaches solo performances on the bass clarinet. Learn more at

Tracks used on this program: Crayons for Sammy; Cash, Couch and Camper; Little Bird; Ground Floor South.

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January 6th 2011
The Jazz Session #229: Mina Cho

Posted under Pianists & Podcast

Mina Cho grew up in Korea playing classical music and American gospel. A chance meeting with a Berklee grad sent her to Boston where she studied South American folk music. Her new album, Originality (Mina Cho Music, 2010), combines all those influences and more. In this interview, Cho discusses her uncommon background; her studies with composer Leo Blanco; and why gospel music is so important to her. Learn more at

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January 3rd 2011
The Jazz Session #228: Mark Miller on Herbie Nichols

Posted under Authors & Bloggers & Pianists & Podcast

Herbie Nichols would have been 92 years old today. The pianist is the subject of a new biography — Herbie Nichols: A Jazzist’s Life by Mark Miller. In this interview, Miller talks about why Nichols failed to become known during his lifetime; why Nichols is often labeled an acolyte of Thelonious Monk; and how Miller came to write the book in the first place. Learn more at the Web site of The Mercury Press.

ADDITIONAL LISTENING: Check out the “Herbie Nichols’ Third World” episode of David Brent Johnson’s excellent Night Lights program.

UPDATE: At the end of this episode, I said that Herbie Nichols died at the age of 34. He actually died at the age of 44. Thanks to listener Robert Klein for the correction.