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I want to wish ALL the Jazz Con Class Radio listeners a Happy New Year from the bottom of my heart! 2018 was a very good year, the listenership increased considerably and most importantly, in a global manner. What many people don’t understand is that Jazz is appreciateted around the world. Actually, outside of the USA, it is loved and respected by a younger crowd. We’re in an age where the most “popular” so called “music” selling in America is “manufactured” by electronical sound effects. It’s shameful how the music industry has stooped so low to make a big buck. How can they even call it “music” when the ones making it are not musicians? Its incriminating and we all know whats going on (money) but with that said, we are also in the age where we have the opportunity and access to enjoy all types of high quality music that is composed and performed by musicians and with musical instruments. Jazz is all about musicianship, creativity and long, long hours of practice. Those who listen to Jazz respect this to the fullest and value these world class musicians with great passion. Unfortunately, Jazz is very intimate and not so simple to spread around to others. Although it’s not so complicated, the first time listeners need to be educated with a short historical introduction and a quick explanation on the concept of “improvisation.” Some people take longer than others to get a good grasp on it but when they do, it becomes a revelation. I’ve found that the younger crowd has a bit more trouble catching on, my guess is their lack of understanding the “Blues” in general. Jazz Con Class Radio is here for everyone, young and old, broadcasting 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Jazz represents the highest musical form of expression and once you “get it,” your life will change for the better and in all aspects. Some say and I completely agree, Jazz is life, all the ups and downs, all the emotional highs and lows, its straight from the heart. Jazz is the ultimate expression of “Freedom”, get a real doze of it, listen and live! Happy New Year and thanks for keeping Jazz ALIVE!

The importance to continue broadcasting Jazz Con Class Radio without advertising will need your kind contributions once again for the year of 2018. This campaign will run from the beginning of April and end on the last day of the year. I can as well end anytime, if the the goal is met beforehand. The broadcasting fees (Copyrights fees) have increased just a little this year and that’s a good thing, but the other components necessary for the station to continue have become more expensive to maintain. This year the fundraiser will concentrate more on the 50% increase in pricing by the cloud service I use to broadcast. This financial setback was inevitable because of the aging software they were using (5 years old) desperately needed to be upgraded. The new and improved cloud service provides me with a most reliable platform. I have all the necessary tools now to broadcast in the most professional manner. Hopefully it will not have to be replaced for another five years. The cloud service company that I’m mentioning here is Radio.co (Previously Cloud DJ) and the streaming service folks that I switched over to a couple of years ago, Yesstreaming are first rate companies and that’s hard to find in this business. It can become expensive to run a radio station in the most efficient manner and without any hitches. Jazz Con Class Radio runs 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, so it is imperative that I use the best out there in order to make sure my listeners never get cut off from the music. The stream rarely breaks down or even stops at all, they make sure of it! Almost all the great radio stations that I know of began broadcasting with the goal of playing whatever music they wanted to broadcast and whenever they wanted to, until they made the grave mistake of advertising. I think that defeats the purpose of being completely independent. Before you know it, the advertisers are telling them what to broadcast. I’m sure you all know by now, I’m not making a profit here and its not my intention either. I just need help to continue, this is why I start these fundraisers and why I probably will continue to in an annual basis. Commercials are unnecessary and very damaging to the flow of the music, we don’t need them. Let’s KEEP Jazz Con Class Radio totally INDEPENDENT and FREE of COMMERCIALISM!! Learn how you can donate to this year’s “The Struggle To REMAIN Independent Fundraiser” HERE

 

1963 was a significant year for both Herbie Hancock and Joe Henderson, as they accepted the responsibility of leading Jazz into a new decade. Their main vehicle came by way of two significant Jazz recordings that were designed to carefully bridge and blend the Hard Bop era with the desires of an up and coming generation of “New” listeners. There was a sort of uncertainty for Hard Bop and with the exact direction it was heading to.  Most urgently, there was a need breed of very gifted young Jazz musicians who wanted to make their mark with their compositions and their arrangements. Herbie Hancock was only 23 years of age and Joe Henderson was just 3 years older when these two albums, “My Point of View” and “Page One,” were released. It was Herbie Hancock’s 2nd recording as a leader and Joe Henderson’s debut album. Herbie Hancock featured seven original compositions and Joe Henderson featured four of his own. They had achieved their goal with these two recordings but they were certainly not selfish in the process, as they were just an integral part of an enormous movement that catapulted Jazz right through the 60’s and into the 70’s. In 1963 Herbie Hancock and Joe Henderson incredibly recorded an amazing 18 albums between the two of them as sidemen! Both Joe Henderson and Herbie Hancock were part of 9 recording each and performed together on two of them, Kenny Dorham’s “Una Mas” and Blue Mitchell’s “Step Lightly.” Such an incredible feat by both of them and every single one of those recordings are CLASSICS! Take a look at Herbie Hancock’s discography as a sideman here and Joe Henderson’s over here.

And as an added bonus, you will notice that both of them managed to sneak in a recording before the year ended, WOW! Herbie Hancock recorded “Inventions and Dimensions” and Joe Henderson recorded “Our Thing.” Along with Herbie Hancock and Joe Henderson there were major established Jazz musicians like Kenny Dorham, Miles Davis, Johnny Coles, Donald Byrd, Blue Mitchell and Lee Morgan, Jimmy Heath, Wayne Shorter, Jackie McLean, Roy Haynes, Paul Chambers, Barry Harris and a host of other brilliant newcomers, like McCoy Tyner, Grant Green, Butch Warren, Ron Carter, Billy Higgins, Pete LaRoca and Bobby Hutcherson. Jazz historians claim that 1959 was the most creative year ever and I agree very much, but 1963 was a much more important year, in respect to the continuation of growth for this musical art form and in a very difficult time of cultural change and turmoil, here in America and around the world as well. 1963 was a DYNAMITE YEAR!!

Happy New Year 2019

I want to wish ALL the Jazz Con Class Radio listeners a Happy New Year from the bottom of my heart! 2018 was a very good year, the listenership increased considerably and most importantly, in a global manner. What many people don’t understand is that Jazz is appreciateted around the world. Actually, outside of the…

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“The STRUGGLE TO REMAIN INDEPENDENT FUNDRAISER” Drive

The importance to continue broadcasting Jazz Con Class Radio without advertising will need your kind contributions once again for the year of 2018. This campaign will run from the beginning of April and end on the last day of the year. I can as well end anytime, if the the goal is met beforehand. The broadcasting…

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LATEST UPDATE: FORUM IS OPENED NOW!!

I want to introduce the Jazz Festival Project as a proposal to all the Jazz Con Class Radio listeners. The main goal of this project is to successfully organize the VERY FIRST Jazz Festival on Jazz Con Class Radio. It will be a lengthy process that will depend solely on the participation of all the listeners and their collaboration with me. Most of the work will be done by me, so don’t worry! The goal is to have 20 to 35 individuals involved, in order to begin the process. There will be three stages needed to be completed before any announcement of the festival date could be announced. Here are the three stages ( In order, no stage will begin until the previous one is completed):

Stage One: 20 to 35 individuals who are willing to participate and go all the way!

Stage Two: Gather up a prepared introduction and/or a final conclusion of their presentation from each of the individuals involved. Gather up at least 10 songs of their choice (In the order they choose). Very important: The music must totally reflect what broadcasts on Jazz Con Class Radio.

Stage Three: Create a weekly schedule for the festival.

As all the readers here can see, this Jazz Festival will be by and for the participants and will benefit ALL the listeners! Preparing these playlists with the participants involved will not be so difficult as long as they are totally devoted to making the Festival a success. So if you would like to be part of it, PLEASE think it over well before you deciding to accept it, be 100% sure. No need to get concerned at all, I will take the pressure off everyone involved. If anyone here is interested or have any questions concerning the Jazz Con Class Festival project, place a comment here or go to the FEEDBACK link.

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Happy New Years to all the listeners and the best for you and your family!! Jazz Con Class Radio would NEVER exist if it weren’t for all your support. I’m Sure you all have noticed that many so called “popular JAZZ” radio stations have an overwhelming amount of listeners that tune in. I personally have no issue with the success of these radio stations, more power to them! Where I do have a serious problem with is their claim that it is actual “Jazz,” that’s totally wrong! But then again, its not their fault, they are just taking advantage of a genre that was created by the music industry and named “Smooth Jazz.” This is completely false but not surprising at all! This play with words is very aggravating for all classic/traditional Jazz fans and very hard to digest. The music industry, as we all know is “business” first and their main goal is to make a profit, no matter what it takes. This is the sole reason why they created this genre and nothing else! It is very irresponsible and disrespectful to include the word “Jazz” to this genre, they should just have named it “Smooth Music,” that’s it! What a major abandonment to Jazz lovers and even more, to all the hard working Jazz musicians that perform this true original “American” art form. I’m not going to dwell on this subject because we already know this! Nobody would spend their valuable time reading this post and/or tuning into the Jazz Con Class Radio broadcast unless they were very curious to learn more about Jazz and/or are avid fans of  Jazz already.

Description of “Smooth Jazz’ (WIKI): In general a smooth jazz track is downtempo (the most widely played tracks are in the 90–105 BPM range), layering a melody played on instruments such as soprano and tenor saxophone or guitar over a backdrop that typically consists of programmed rhythms and various synth pads or samples.

“Not Just “all that Jazz”

There is a reason, in case you were not aware, why I included a very important phrase on the logo, it reads, “Not Just All That Jazz.” Its a play on the phrase “and all that jazz” which is used as a substitute to “and all that stuff that goes with it.” Unfortunately there’s a problem with this and its the context of the phrase, when it is used/the circumstances and now, the reason “why.” Its not so offensive at all because most people who use it either don’t really know the meaning behind the phrase and why the word “Jazz” is involved with it, they are just mimicking. What really annoys me more is the misconception of Jazz music and its latest association with the word “boring.” The context of the phrase has been altered even further and now it actuality means “and that same old boring stuff.” This is very inconsiderate towards Jazz music, the musicians who create it/created it and of course, the listeners themselves. It’s actually classified now as “Elevator Music,” can you believe it and can you get any further from the truth?? They aren’t even listening to Jazz and they again, associate it with any music that is dull and boring. Well, now you know why I placed that phrase on the logo and why I mention that it on my station identification soundbite. The music I play here is known as “Classic/ Traditional” Jazz and sure isn’t “Elevator Music” that’s for sure! When you click on that arrow to listen, you enter another world and your mind follows you into that journey. Jazz is the best music ever created and is played by the best musicians that ever walked this planet!

A Special Thanks To

I want to thank all the listeners who took that extra step to help successfully extend the future of Jazz Con Class Radio by donating to the “Fight For Freedom Fundraiser” drive. We reached the goal and surpassed it! Although every single listener is important to the station, the ones who donated are special and they need extra attention. We should all be very grateful for their financial support, WOW!

New Improvements Ideas

1. I have updated to a much more stable platform, with an advanced interface. I now have more control of the schedule, the playlists and most importantly, more options when I am creating/building a real-time playlist (on-the-fly), selecting songs while the broadcast is live. I have the freedom of doing this whenever I like but never do when the “Super Tuesday Jazz Presentation,” the “Wednesday Five Hour Special” and the “Saturday Jazz Show” are broadcasting.

2. The music is broadcasting much clearer now and the listeners should not be interrupted from the live stream at any time. Of course, in a perfect world a live stream like this would never stop broadcasting but it could happen since our world is full of faults. The odds that an interruption will occur sure increase with an internet radio station like this one which runs 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The servers that holds my music and stream the broadcast out to the listeners are up to date and using the latest software so everything runs smooth. 

3. I purchased plenty music last year, as you probably have heard and will continue to purchase more because it is simply never ending! I run into great recording almost every day, so you will never get bored!

4. I will go full force in the coming months with The Jazz Festival Project and with the participation of the listeners. I had left it alone because of the holidays, read all the details on the link here and let’s see what happens. Don’t worry, I will be doing most of the work, all I need is full dedication from the ones involved. I’m asking for 35 participants so the festival could go 5 days but if there are less involved, the Jazz Festival would be shortened. I can’t imagine why anyone would not like their Jazz playlist heard on the internet and around the world!

Try playing this Charles Mingus classic tune in an elevator??

HAPPY NEW YEAR AGAIN and check back on this link for the next few days in case I add something else, thanks for your attention and ENJOY!

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As you ALL know the hottest products out there at the moment are those that anyone could “speak into” with voice commands. They have become extremely popular alternative methods for listening to music and the two main opponents are Amazon’s Echo and Google’s  Home. The Apple HomePod will join the fight in January of 2018. I personally don’t feel any sort of “advantage” in listening to music with these devices but they are still in their developmental stages. I’m sure we will see some new features implemented in the near future that will shock the world! Let’s not forget that we are talking about two mega companies here with more than enough “power” to control the market in many ways. As for the world of music, Echo and Home are establishing themselves as forerunners with this, voice recognition “revolution” and are making quite a big impact with a new alternative way of picking out and listening to music. They are also luring in the least technical users by accommodating them with a much accessible route with voice command. This is an excellent recruiting agent to add more members to their music service “paying” customers. There are other immediate factors involved and video has a lot to do with it during these, early stages. Of course, when announcements are made and strongly categorized as a “new technological advancement” by very powerful companies like these two, the attention level of the consumers will significantly rise. With money, comes the power of influence and these companies have the advantage of “over-advertising” to a point where the main topic and focus of casual conversations will suddenly shift and revolve around them. These so called “historical announcements” as Apple is so famous for, will certainly stir things up. Of course, there will be some concern, criticism and speculation mixed in the speech patterns of consumer conversations. And don’t forget, Apple is coming very soon:

People are already accusing Amazon and Google of monopolizing the music and video industry, just as others are literally welcoming them into their homes with the sound of their voice. Either way you look at it, they are here to stay and we will be subject to their non-stop advertising of their products on TV and the Internet. We don’t have to accept them immediately altogether and just wait to see where they are going with all this. Eventually, we will need to adjust, again, in case this new technology could become so overwhelming enough to effect our everyday way of life. I feel it is necessary and strongly recommend everyone young and old to keep up with this new way of communicating. It is also very important to understand that these companies work in a cautious, methodical pace when improving their new gadgets, so the consumers should both, have some sort of patience and keep up with all the periodical announcements made on added features concerning “all” their products because they are all interrelated. Are these gadgets a real advancement, are they just some sort of enhancement, or are they a complete hoax that only entices the consumer to purchase a product they absolutely don’t need? I don’t think we’ll ever get any sort of big picture in the near future from Amazon, Google and Apple, they never jump to any conclusions and make it almost impossible to predict. Let’s hope their main objective will benefit us all, somehow…..

Since Jazz Con Class Radio is very much associated with listening to music, then its my duty to inform my “LOYAL” listeners with “HOW” to connect to the station via Amazon Echo and Google Home. Before I do so, I have to congratulate Tunein Radio for connecting with Amazon and Google and making it possible to listen and enjoy a “FREE” internet radio station like Jazz Con Class Radio (you will see why below with the commands). I know there are so many ways to hear the Jazz Con Class Radio broadcast but now, there’s even another one! For ALL the different ways (Including Amazon Echo and Google Home) to enjoy the Jazz Con Class Radio broadcast “YOUR WAY” JUST GO HERE.

Here are the commands used in order to escape to Jazz Con Class Radio and listen to REAL music:

Amazon Echo: “Alexa, Play Jazz Con Class Radio on Tunein Radio”

Google Home: “Hey Google or Ok Google, Play Jazz Con Class Radio on Tunein Radio”

Apple HomePod: Coming soon!!

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This week’s “Saturday Jazz Show” (Tomorrow, 9/14) will feature all “LIVE” performances. That means that you will only hear live recordings for FIVE straight hours! A barrage of the best Jazz musicians that ever walked this planet and delivered to you by the most unique Jazz station on the internet, Jazz Con Class Radio! This show will air at 2 A.M. on Saturday morning and then will repeat again in the afternoon at 1 P.M. (All Times are New York standard times). Check the Schedule link here and/or tune in on your favorite medium here. Please note, depending on how many people will be available to tune it this week, will determine if I should replay it the following Saturday. I normally do this for special presentations like this because the listeners want it that way! Folks, I don’t want to tease you here but I  just finished preparing this playlist and it is very special indeed! Tune in, don’t miss it and ENJOY IT!!

Who would have thought that Joe Henderson would produce one of his best recordings in 1985? There’s nothing “shocking” for me or any other knowledgeable Joe Henderson fan to imagine that he was so called, “Over the Hill.” The only concern would rest on how “Sharp” he would be at the age of 48, would he be able to deliver that particular signature “Message” to the listeners? Further concern would be the “Live” setting, would he be as effective where there would be no place to hide, no place to disguise any sort of wear n’ tear. Well, there’s no doubt about it, he frankly knocks all the listeners on their ass with this performance, WOW!! Joe Henderson is a true master to all Jazz musicians and fans alike. He always had a modern “rebel” type of style that particularly flourished during the 60’s, he was a true improvisational force! The great thing about the Joe Henderson “sound” is how equally it is “understood” and admired by those who were simply too young and have recently become familiar to his music. He was truly very “Cool” when he broke into the scene in 1963 and is still considered to be a Jazz “Aficionado” to the new and more modern appreciating Jazz fan. There’s a place for him in all Jazz fans’ heart, what an “inspirational” individual he was! More on Joe Henderson (Wiki) here.  Read this article about this particular performance (Bluenote.com). You can purchase it here.

Here’s Isotope from this album:

Yes indeed! This is very early LEE Morgan and a perfect example of how talented he was and where how bright his future would be in the world of Jazz. Yes indeed, this album was recorded in 1956 and that made Lee Morgan only 18 years old. It was his official FIRST recording as a leader and features the “support” of 4 other great musicians who were much older than him, Horace Silver – piano,Clarence Sharpe – alto saxophone, Wilbur Ware – bass, Philly Joe Jones – drums. A great album and a must have if you are a Jazz collector!

Here’s “Little T”:

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I have created a Fundraiser Campaign to help keep Jazz Con Class Radio broadcasting 24 Hours a Day and 7 Days a Week WITHOUT ANY commercials. NEW broadcasting fees have been added to my already high expenses to keep this unique internet Jazz station alive. As of right now, I will be paying DOUBLE to keep the broadcast playing in a 24/7 basis. Learn more on how you can help HERE

Here’s a great vintage Freddie Hubbard recording that is not praised enough because of the year it was made. 1981 wasn’t a very “popular” year for Jazz and for three legendary Jazz musicians that specifically helped modernize Jazz 20 years prior, in the mid 60’s. This LIVE recording was an excellent example of how special they were and how they didn’t lose a single beat! We’re talking about Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson and Bobby Hutcherson in their 40’s and in a non-studio atmosphere, at Keystone Korner, San Francisco, California. This album was recorded on a weekend and released in two volumes. Volume One featured Sunday’s performances and Volume Two featured Friday and Saturday. These two albums are a must-have and an ideal investment for a Jazz collector, not to mention, it is a historical weekend, time will tell!

Here’s a great example here’s “Red Clay” (from the Friday/Saturday Session):

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By Greg Lehmann

“I Called Him Morgan” is a moving tribute to the legendary musician Lee Morgan. Documentary filmmaker Kasper Collin has given us the chance to finally get some idea as to what led up to the tragic killing of Lee Morgan at the hands of his (common-law) wife Helen back in Feb. 1972 at the now defunct jazz venue Slugs, then located on 3rd St. on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. With the help of a sound recordings made by an adult education teacher / radio host and jazz enthusiast who discovered inadvertently that one of his students had been married to a jazz musician, he then asked what his name was and was told that his name was Lee to which he replied – ” Lee Morgan ? ” Helen affirmed this to be true, which led to the educator – Mr.Larry Reni Thomas of Wilmington, N.C. requesting that he conduct an interview with Helen and she replied that she would think about it. She eventually did contact Mr. Thomas and proceeded to tell him on tape in a series of interviews about how the two met and how their relationship developed up to and including that fateful final day that ended Lee Morgan’s life. There were numerous noteworthy musicians who were interviewed for this documentary, including – Wayne Shorter, Jymie Merritt, Larry Ridley, Billy Harper, and Paul West. There is extensive use of the B & W photos of legendary Blue Note Records co-owner Francis Wolff, in addition to numerous clips featuring Lee Morgan along side his fellow musicians who performed with him in the Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers ensamble. The director Kasper Collin must be credited for including extended musical excerpts in his production. The film is a must see for any true lover of Lee Morgan’s trumpet playing, in addition to which it provides compelling insight to one of the jazz world’s greatest human tragedies. The film is currently being screened in N.Y.C. at the Lincoln Center Film Society venue on 65th St. bet. Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. (south side of the street). Starting on March 31, it will be screened at the Metrograph Theater at 7 Ludlow St. on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Check their websites or call for further details. 

Here’s the trailer to the documentary “I Called Him Morgan.”:

Here’s the website for Film Society Lincoln Center and where you can learn more of the public screenings of “I Called Him Morgan.”

Here’s the homepage (Check Calendar link) for the Metrograph Theater, in case you cannot make it to Lincoln Center.

Greg Lehman- Is a multi-diciplinary artist and performer, who works as a teacher in NYC and has been an avid collector of (mostly Jazz) records for most of his adult life.

If you have any questions for Greg concerning the review, please use the comment section here.

As a promotional tool, I have created a podcast page on iTunes for the sole purpose of promoting Jazz Con Class Radio for those who are not aware of the station. I’m always trying to find a new path that would branch out the tree of Jazz music. This is not only important for this radio station but for all Jazz fans to be involved in, spreading the word about Jazz music and its importance is really our duty. Keeping it to yourself can be sort of self destructing for Classical/Traditional Jazz music in general, because it stops it from spreading out (branching out) to the upcoming generations. Here’s my official 1st podcast, I named it “A Bebop Teaser.” You can also check it out on my Jazz Con Class Radio on the  iTunes Podcast page and/or the Google Play Podcast Portal. Here’s my Podcast link on this website. ENJOY!

This is a fantastic album and one of “Seven” recordings that Lee Morgan released as a leader in a two years span 1956 and 1957, check his discography here. City Lights was another example of how the Jazz musicians of those times helped the up and coming stars. Lee Morgan at age 19 here, held his own but still needed the “support” from the established ones. As you will read in the article below, 3 of the 5 tunes on the album were written by Benny Golson and one by Gigi Gryce. The 50’s were historically a very special time for Jazz as many great composers emerged to help Jazz rejuvenate itself. Lee Morgan contributed with many great tunes of his own and passed on the torch. Great recording, get it!

More on the album (AllAboutJazz):

This album may not enjoy the same status as Charlie Chaplin’s revered movie of the same title, but it’s a session that evokes similar feelings. Like the beloved Tramp, Lee Morgan wins our respect with a performance of exceptional warmth and dignity, grace and beauty, sprinkled with moments of gentle humor. His playing on this session anticipates, more than do his immediately subsequent recordings, the composer of the sublimely poetic “Ceora” (Cornbread, 1965).

Also credit Benny Golson, who provided three of the five tunes and the arrangements for the sextet on this date. Beginning with Lee Morgan Sextet (December, 1956) to City Lights (August, 1957), Golson supplied four consecutive recordings’ worth of material for the developing session leader— compositions and textures that would showcase the young artist while lending form and focus to his creative energies……More Here

Here’s “Tempo de Waltz”:

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This is a very little spoken about album of Art Blakey which, in my mind, ranks right up there near the very top and to sort of create some controversy, could possibly be his best “Live” set ever recorded. This statement I’m making can be easily compared to piloting kamikaze plane because all of Art Blakey’s contributions to Jazz are considered to be over-the-top. I feel the reason why this recording is not mentioned enough simply lies on the unfamiliarity of the title, “Utgetsu.” So I did a quick search and found out that it was a highly acclaimed 1953  Japanese motion picture. Then I asked myself, why would Art Blakey name the album after this movie? The answer could be found in a very interesting and detailed article that I bumped into when connecting the word “Utgetsu” with this remarkable 1963 recording. It is on “Michael Doherty’s Music Log” where you can find it. To get to the exact article itself, just click here or the one below:

…………”Ugetsu

The title track opens with Art explaining that “ugetsu” is a Japanese word meaning “fantasy.” And what a fantasy. Fast-paced, upbeat, grooving – with some excellent work on horn, particularly by Freddie Hubbard on trumpet. Holy moly, some of those notes seem invented just for this song, and by his trumpet alone.

In the new liner notes written by Neil Tesser for this release, it says that “ugetsu” actually translates as “pale moon after the rain.” With that in mind, it’s easy to hear some of Cedar Walton’s piano playing as rain – or even a short burst of storm that catches folks unaware but happy. The sort of storm you want to get caught in. This track is tremendous. Cedar Walton wrote this one…….Read it all

Here’s the song “Ugetsu,” from the album (YouTube) what a beautiful song! Listen closely and listen Art Blakey introduction. Make sure you go ahead and buy this album ASAP! You will find yourself listening to it over and over, it is truly a “Fantasy,” ENJOY!:

More on the album (CDUniverse.com liner notes):

Ugetsu, a 1963 live set from the original Birdland, finds Art Blakey & His Jazz Messengers at the peak of their powers with one of their strongest lineups. The group primarily recorded sessions for Alfred Lion’s Blue Note label, but this Riverside date is as strong as any of their previous outings. Having acquired the services of trombonist Curtis Fuller in 1961, the Messengers’ front line was its most robust ever, with Wayne Shorter and Freddie Hubbard consistently turning in some of their best performances. Rounding out the rhythm section with Blakey are the equally powerful Reggie Workman and Cedar Walton. The Messengers’ set list finds the majority of tunes written by musical director Wayne Shorter, as well as a few choice numbers from Curtis Fuller and Cedar Walton’s title cut. The group is spurred on by a very receptive crowd, tempos and solos are spirited for the most part, and Blakey seems……Read More

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Jazz Con Class Radio is and has been broadcasting on iTunes in the conventional manner, in case you were puzzled why Jazz Con Class Radio would be off air. This change took me a total of 30 minutes to make but it took eternity for iTunes Internet Radio. It seems that the iTunes Internet Radio (Non)Support team takes its sweet time to make a simple change. Meanwhile, my chances of losing the listeners increases drastically everyday. This has happened before more than once, they have been true to their word ONLY once over numerous changes I had to make in the past. This latest incident (12/21/2016) took them “16 Days” to make the update, the message above was the confirmation message that I received after I initiated the update submission process on December 21, 2016! It was today, January 5th of the New Year, that the changes were made and they never sent me a confirmation email!

The great thing about Jazz is that it gives you “Freedom” of Choice” and I found “another way” to hear the broadcast on iTunes, so you don’t have to wait. (This only applies to those who tune in to Jazz Con Class Radio from their PC or MAC). Here’s how and ENJOY:

This way is a much more direct and easier way to listen in/with iTunes. Just click on this link/.pls file and open it with “iTunes.” If this way is giving you trouble, then read the simple instruction below with image support.

Read Instructions before clicking:

Click on the image BELOW and OPEN the .PLS file with iTunes when popup box opens:

Click on Image after reading INSTRUCTIONS

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I want to thank all the listeners who have been listening to Jazz Con Class Radio from the beginning and all the new loyal listeners who have joined throughout the FIVE years the station has existed. Have a Happy New Year and E N J O Y ! !

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