June 12th, 2011
|Vintage Collection: Part One
Florentine - Jeff Tyzik:
Jeff Tyzik worked with Chuck Mangione from 1973 to 1980 and for many years he played with, and arranged for The Tonight Show band. In fact, in 1987 Tyzik won a Grammy for his production work on the album The Tonight Show Band with Doc Severinsen. In 1994, Tyzik was named Principal Pops Conductor for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, a position that he still holds. In addition, he recorded six albums as a lead man between 1981 and 1990. On this occasion we're returning to the '86 release Farthest Corner of My Mind, for the track Florentine!
CD: Farthest Corner of My Mind (1989)
Label: Amherst Records
|Vintage Collection: Part Two
|Every Island - Danny Heines:
Although quiet on the record front for the past few years, Danny Heines has long been known for his virtuosity as a fingerstyle guitarist. Heines grew up playing rock & roll and jazz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where his mother promoted concerts. Then starting with his 1986 solo debut, the Colorado-based Heines presented his melodic and multi-layered compositions through a series of top charting releases. From the '88 Every Island sophomore cd that reached #1 with Jazziz, we present Heines' lush work on the uptempo title track!
CD: Every Island (1988)
Label: Silver Wave
| Cool Breeze
- Sadao Watanabe:
Based in Japan through most of his career, Sadao Watanabe began on clarinet in high school but switched to the alto sax, after moving to Tokyo at the age of 18. He made his solo debut in 1961 and now in the midst of a 50+ year gig, Watanabe has been prolific with 70 releases to his credit. He made a name for himself as part of the Tokyo jazz scene; then while attending Berklee in Boston (1962-65), he enriched his style by performing with the likes of Chico Hamilton and Gary McFarland. Back in Japan, Watanabe was at the forefront of that country's bossa nova craze in the late 60s. With an international performance schedule, he frequently recorded in LA and in recognition he was awarded a Citizenship Citation. On this occasion we return to one of the albums recorded this phase of Watanabe's career, the 84 Rendezvous release. Supported by an all-star cast that included Steve Gadd, Marcus Miller, Richard Tee, Ralph MacDonald, and Eric Gale, the album ranked #2 for the year on the Billboard chart and from that effort we have a cool track entitled Cool Breeze!
CD: Rendezvous (1984)
| River Song - Dave & Don Grusin:
So what happens when two multi-talented siblings get together and have the chance to bounce their respective keyboard expertise off one another? The answer in the case of the Grusin Brothers, Dave and Don, is their 1988 collaboration entitled Sticks and Stones. An accomplished film and TV soundtrack composer, older brother Dave was also a highly successful performer, producer, and record label exec. He was the assistant music director for Andy Williams in the 60s, and recorded with everyone from Benny Goodman and Sarah Vaughn to Quincy Jones and Lee Ritenour. For his part Don, junior by about seven years, initially avoided the music business and become an economics professor. But by 1975, he was touring with the aforementioned Quincy Jones while also freelancing in LA. After some record work in the early 80s, Don was ready to tackle the pleasant task of teaming up with Dave. The result was Sticks and Stones, a project that Dave openly admitted was terrific fun! With a joie de vivre permeating the disc, we've opted for the spirited composition entitled The River Song!
CD: Sticks and Stones (1990)
Label: GRP Records
Links: Dave Grusin Don Grusin CD
|After Hours ~ Exclusive to our Site and Select Affiliates :
|Ocean: … on the next show we have a one-off feature entitled Ocean after a track by Monica Ramos. With 13 briny tunes all linked to that word, we're setting sail with Oceanna by Special EFX, Brian Simpson's Moonlit Ocean, and Ocean Breeze by Jim Adkins. So as we take to the high seas it's time to feel that salt spray in the air … on the 'ocean edition'!