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June 14th, 2009
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...we have the band Shakatak with a three-pack of tracks from the Afterglow release. Hour two brings the Back Trax segment with favourites from back in the day. On this edition Dave Grusin & Lee Ritenour team on a tune from the 80s, we have a tribute to the great Ivan Lins by Sting as well as well as a pair of Urban Jazz projects. First there's Urban Jazz Coalition and then Urban Jazz Network while in the middle it's vintage Billy Cobham from the 70s. Later in the hour, there's a glitzy collection of current favourites, with Nils & Gregg Karukas in addition to Paula Atherton, and Joe Ercole; while featured thru-out are the likes of Cecil Ramirez, Velez Brothers, and Dave Koz! But as we ready lift-off on a radio show unlike any other, we're starting with Jay Soto!

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In This Issue:

Afterglow - Shakatak

Early A.M. Attitude - Grusin / Ritenour
She Walks This Earth - Sting
Paradise Island - Urban Jazz Coalition
Spanish Moss - Billy Cobham
You And Me - Urban Jazz Network


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Showcase CD
Afterglow - Shakatak:

One of very few groups 'still standing' since their formation in the early 80s, the band Shakatak was born as part of the London club scene. They scored a series of dance hits in their early days and then over the years, their style has gradually evolved into one more firmly rooted in jazz-funk. Prolific in the studio, there have been varieties of releases - from seasonal projects and compilations to live efforts. Additionally, these standard-bearers of the Brit-funk movement have enjoyed unprecedented success in the Land of the Rising Sun - a Japan only clause in their recording contract ensures they produce a new package a year - so that when all these factors are taken into consideration, they've issued well in excess of 50 albums! Apart from the departure of guitarist Keith Winter in the 90s due to ill health, the band personnel of drummer Roger Odell, Bill Sharpe on keys, bassist George Anderson, and Jill Saward on vocals has remained unchanged for nearly the entire period.

Shakatak - Afterglow
Shakatak are:
Roger Odell, George Anderson,
Bill Sharpe, & Jill Saward
In actuality, the partnership between Odell, Sharp, & Winter, goes back even further yet still to a band called Tracks in the mid 70s and it's this fact that most readily explains the cohesiveness with which they play. So now as they near completion of their 3rd decade on the music scene, Afterglow is the most recent from the celebrated jazzy pop-sters! Therefore, it's with pleasure that we present Shakatak and this their Nippon-pressed cd as the feature release right here as part of the showcase segment! We've selected three tasty tracks beginning with the bass heavy Domino Dance - this tune features some lush & elegant Rhodes-work courtesy of Bill Sharpe. The steady glow of First Light is gently reminiscent of those first few fleeting moments of luminescence when day cracks the nighttime still. Whilst the high ridin' Sierra Nevada named for the snowy California mountain range caps the set. Sometimes sultry, frequently funky, yet always polished, you'll be basking in the glow of this Shakatak release well after the last track fades!

CD: Afterglow (2009)
Label: Shakatak Masters
Sites: G.Anderson R.Odell J.Saward B.Sharpe

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Back Trax: Part One
Dave Grusin & Lee Ritenour - Harlequin
Early A.M. Attitude - Dave Grusin & Lee Ritenour:
There are very few things as satisfying as listening to two top players who share a unique musical chemistry as that enjoyed by Dave Grusin and Lee Ritenour. Over the years, Grusin and Ritenour worked together on several occasions with the uncanny knack that they made each other sound just a little bit better than they would their own. Such was the case with their 85 Harlequin release. Finishing as the #2 Billboard Jazz Album for the year, the project yielded the Grammy-winning Early A.M. Attitude, a track that remains a smooth jazz classic!

CD: Harlequin (1985)
Label: GRP Records
Sites: Dave Grusin Lee Ritenour
A Love Affair: The Music of Ivan Lins
She Walks This Earth - Sting:
Even after a 30-plus-year career on the world music scene, Ivan Lins remained somewhat overlooked. Nonetheless, next to Jobim he may very well be one of the most prolific and well respected to have ever come out of his native country of Brazil. In the year 2000, producer Jason Miles gathered an all-star cast to pay tribute to Lins with the cd A Love Affair: The Music of Ivan Lins. Opening the disc was a previously un-recorded tune called She Walks This Earth. With music co-written by Lins and lyrics by Brenda Russell, the track features Sting on a tune that's good as anything he's ever recorded. Together with the saxwork of the late Michael Brecker, Marcus Miller on bass, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, and Jason Miles himself on keys, this was a Grammy winning performance!

CD: A Love Affair: The Music of Ivan Lins (2000)
Label: Telarc Jazz / Concord
Sites: Sting M.Brecker J.Miles I.Lins CMG

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Back Trax: Part Two
Urban Jazz Coalition - Into The Night

Paradise Island - Urban Jazz Coalition:
Out of Columbus Ohio, Urban Jazz Coalition was formed by bassist and bandleader, Phil Raney in 1995. In the time since, UJC has been one of the hardest working bands in contemporary jazz with hundreds of live gigs. In addition, they've recorded six albums - and on this occasion, we're going back to Into The Night, their second release overall, from the year 2000 for the track Paradise Island!

CD: Into The Night (2000)
Label: Major 6th Records

Billy Cobham - Crosswinds
Spanish Moss - A Sound Portrait: Spanish Moss - Billy Cobham:
After playing with Miles Davis and The Mahavishnu Orchestra, there was a time in the 70s when Billy Cobham was without doubt the most influential drummer in fusion music. He released an incredible debut in 1973 and then followed it with a string of highly creative albums. On this occasion, we're re-visiting Crosswinds his sophomore record, which was issued the following year. From that effort, we have the opening movement in the four-part piece called Spanish Moss - A Sound Portrait. The selection features the horn-work of Brecker Brothers with George Duke on keys - and on a personal note, this was the style of jazz that yours truly was weaned on! It was great then, it's just as great now, and it's real treat to be able to share it with you!

CD: Crosswinds (1974)
Label: Atlantic
Urban Jazz Network - Urban Dreams
You And Me - Urban Jazz Network:
A former teacher and youth mentor, Ron Brown is founder of the Urban Dreams Foundation - an organization formulated to inspire and motivate urban youth and young people by teaching success principles through the arts. In addition to gospel workshops, Brown shares his ministry thru his music. He's recorded several cds on his own while his passion also fuelled the creation of Urban Jazz Network, to this point a one-off project featuring all the elements of urban music! From that effort, appropriately entitled Urban Dreams, we have the activating spark of a track called You And Me!

CD: Urban Dreams (1999)
Label: Mankind Records

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After Hours ~ Exclusive to our Site and Select Affiliates :
New Music ... on this installment we have 14 brand new selections on an all-new music edition. Today's line-up includes San Diego saxman Jason Weber, and trumpeter Larry Lagerberg, as well as there's guitarist Ron Smith and bassist Wayne Jones. Kicking off set #2 is Candy Dulfer while also appearing are Grant Geissman and Elan Trotman - there's music as well by Brian Kelly. Then in our final set, we have Richard Elliot, Craig Chaquico, and Roger Smith - while in the end there's Swing Out Sister with a remake of one of their hits from the 80s and finally Vince Mai gives us today's closing selection. But as we turn the first bit of musical sod, there's something new and this time it's by Paul Brown and Marc Antoine from French Connection. So Gramps better get Mom & Dad and all the kids cuz it's time again for the whole family to gather round old radio!

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