20 January 2007

2006 Favorites - Up to Date edition

I thought I would repost my 2006 list from the Jazz Update on KCUR's Up to Date on December 18. It wasn't so much a Best of 2006 edition, but more of a favorites from the year.

Picking a Best of list seems like a hopeless task and I've since come across even more great stuff that was released last year. We'll be gettting to on future shows.

You can listen to the show if you like; the jazz segment starts 28 minutes in. We didn't get to everything but Steigy tells me next year we may take the whole hour.

Image: "Saxophone" uploaded by Flickr user lowlighter, aka Curtis Morton.

The List

Artist: Skafish
CD: Tidings of Comfort and Joy (La Befana)
Track: Jingle Bells
(This cut served a seasonal "bumper" to get us into the segment, but the CD features some very peppy treatments of holiday standards. It could be just the spike your eggnog needs next December and pairs amiably with your weathered copy of "Ella Wishes you a Swinging Christmas.")

Artist: Mulgrew Miller
CD: Live at the Kennedy Center, Vol. 1 (MaxJazz)
Track: When I Get There

Artist: Hiromi
CD: Spiral (Telarc)
Track: Edge

Artist: Stefon Harris
CD: African Tarantella: Dances With Duke (Bluenote)
Track: Sunset and the Mockingbird

Artist: Ximo Tebar & Fourlights
CD: Eclipse (Omix/Sunnyside)
Track: Inner Urge

Artist: Romero Lubambo
CD: Softly (MaxJazz)
Track: Just the Two of Us

Others guitarists to mention: Russell Malone, Pat Martino

Artist: Regina Carter
CD: I'll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey (Verve)
Track: A-Tisket, A-Tasket

Artist: Gregory Hickman-Williams
CD: Passages (Shoal Creek)
Track: You Don't Know What Love Is

Artist: Erin Bode
CD: Over and Over (MaxJazz)
Track: Holiday

Artist: Sean Jones
CD: Roots (Mack Avenue Records)
Track: Roots

Artist: The Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Project
CD: Simpatico (ArtistShare)
Track: Jazzucar

Artist: Roy Hargrove
CD: Nothing Serious (Verve)
Track: Invitation
With Slide Hampton, trombone

Artist: Gary Sivils
CD: Forever Took too Long
Track: Save That Time

Artist: Scott Hamilton
CD: Nocturnes and Serenades (ConcordJazz)
Track: Chelsea Bridge

Artist: Ornette Coleman
CD: Sound Grammer (Phrase Text)
Track: Jordan

Artist: Kenny Garrett
CD: Beyond the Wall (Nonesuch Records)
Track: Gwoka

Artist: Dafnis Prieto
CD: Absolute Quintet (ECM)
Track: The Coolest

Artist: Millish
CD: Millish
Track: Hungry Man No. 1

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