Here's the list of tracks covered on my most recent stop-by on KCUR's Up to Date. For the first time since we started this almost-monthly feature, we got through everything.
Hear the segment (streaming) - The jazz starts about 40 minutes in. The rest of the show is pretty hot, too.
Artist: Kerry Strayer Quartet with Gary Foster
Album: Play It Where It Lays (Rhombus Records)
Track: Blues O'Mighty
Artist: Steve Kuhn Trio (Ron Carter, Al Foster)
Album: Live at Birdland (Blue Note/EMI)
Artist: Tia Fuller
CD: Healing Space (Mack Avenue)
Track: Fertile Ground
Artist: Frank LoCrasto
CD: When You're There (MaxJazz)
Track: Troubling Differences
23-year-old LoCrasto is one to watch. This is his debut album, but rather than stepping up with flash and blast, he gets attention with an intelligent and thematically unified offering. You might even say theme and variations.
Artist: Dan Balmer, Gary Versace, Matt Wilson
CD: Thanksgiving (Alt rnativ Ja z)
Artist: Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson
CD: What's Up: The Very Tall Band - (Telarc)
Track: Squatty Roo
This CD captures the magic on display at a club date at the Blue Note in 1998. OP had only been back to performing again after a stroke in the early 90s left him paralyzed on his left side. A close listen reveals that he was not quite back to full strength. But that close listen also reveals the amazing chemistry these three giants had. Sadly, Ray Brown and Milt Jackson have passed on and Peterson only manages a few performances a year.