Jazz Flavours playlist for January 14, 2008

January 16th, 2008

For the first show of the year I thought I’d revisit some of the releases and re-issues from 2007, many of which I reckon are stellar! You can find out if you think so to by listening again any time til February 26, 2008 or so.

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Pancakes

January 3rd, 2008

Ali asked for this a while ago, so here it is — my Grandpa Mel Gibson’s Neverfail Pancakes recipe:

  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sugar [optional]
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ¼ cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp oil

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Jazz Flavours playlist for December 3, 2007

December 17th, 2007

A Christmas edition of Jazz Flavours with some slightly different takes on the usual Yuletide fare. You can listen again any time in the holiday season — in fact any time til January 14, 2008!

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Jazz Flavours playlist for November 26, 2007

December 16th, 2007

You can still listen again any time til January 7, 2008. I featured one of my favourite bands, the Yellowjackets, so the music was good, but the show production was rather a comedy of errors… always room to improve!

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Jazz Flavours playlist for November 19, 2007

November 25th, 2007

You can listen again to the show any time til December 31, 2007. The featured artist was pianist Lyle Mays.

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On warbling

November 18th, 2007

I was up a bit earlier than usual this morning so ended up listening to part of Sunday Worship on Radio 4 while in the shower. All was going fine — there was a decent enough sermon from Richard Chartres and one HTB Nicky or another was on continuity duties — until the choir started singing Samuel Sebastian Wesley’s fantastic anthem Blessed Be the God and Father.

I say singing but butchering would be more accurate.

What is it with people (normally sopranos, but occasionally an overenthusiastic tenor) who think they can improve things by singing not only the note requested by the composer but also the notes above it and below it? Soloists can get away with a bit of vibrato, but in a choir it sounds like a back alley full of cats on heat. If you can’t hit the note that’s written and stay on it then please just sit down.

For some reason the choir only sang half the piece — perhaps the choirmaster heard me shouting with disgust at the radio — but frankly it was a mercy that they stopped.

Jazz Flavours playlist for November 12, 2007

November 18th, 2007

This week I played music by a selection of artists performing in the London Jazz Festival, pus several tracks from my featured artist, singer-songwriter Michael Franks. You can still listen again to the show any time until December 24, 2007.

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Jazz Flavours playlist for November 5, 2007

November 6th, 2007

Missed the show because you were out at the fireworks? You can listen again to the show any time til December 15, 2007. The featured artist was bassist Charlie Haden and the theme of the show was the jazz of dissent, protest, and call for change.

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Jazz Flavours playlist for October 29, 2007

October 30th, 2007

Don’t forget you can listen again to the show (available til December 8, 2007). The featured artist was drummer Roy Haynes.

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Jazz Flavours playlist for October 22, 2007

October 23rd, 2007

Don’t forget you can listen again to the show (available til December 1, 2007). The featured artist was guitarist John Scofield.

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