When I first began hosting Saturday Night Jazz almost 6 years ago, I used to say the basic theme of the show is “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” Nowadays I seldom come right out and say that, preferring instead to follow the fiction writer’s admonition to “show, don’t tell.”

Something new can be heard every week on Saturday Night Jazz. Just in the month of February alone, the following new releases were featured:

(Artist / Song Title / Album / Label)

David Bennett Cohen / We All Want Peace In Our Time / Cookin’ With Cohen / Core Records
Matt Haviland / Broom St. Blues / Beyond Good And Evil / Connotation Records
Houston Person / Brazillian Emerald / Thinking Of You / High Note
Horace Silver / Tippin’ / Live At Newport ’58 / Blue Note
Phil Woods & Carl Saunders / The Pink Panther Theme / Phil Woods & Carl Saunders Play Henry Mancini / Jazzed Media
Jim Rotondi / Blues For BC / Four Of A Kind / Posi-tone
Brent Jensen / E.J. / One More Mile / Origin

Jim Rotondi / Manteca / Four Of A Kind / Posi-tone
Brad Goode / I Remember You / Nature Boy / Delmark
David Bennett Cohen / The Ballad Of Ruby And Jasper / Cookin With Cohen / Core Records
Bob DeVos / Wes Is More / Playing For Keeps / Savant
Craig Pilo / Teen Town / Just Play / Rue de la Harpe
Reggie Houston / Iko Iko / Makin’ Groceries / Pooka Blues*
The Adam Shulman Quartet / Bounce / On Second Thought / Kabocha
Jof Lee, Mel Brown, Tom Gilson / Basin Street Blues / Live At Salty’s / Saphu

Gonzalo Rubalcaba / Hip Side / Avatar / Blue Note
Norberto Tamburrino / Oggi Macedonia / Prisoner Of The Sea / Arabesque Jazz
David Bennett Cohen / Cookin’ With Cohen / Cookin’ With Cohen / Core Records
Brent Jensen / Birk’s Works / One More Mile / Origin
The Eric Byrd Trio +4 / Let The Good Times Roll / Brother Ray / Eric Byrd
Quartet San Francisco / Boy Scout In Switzerland / Whirled Chamber Music / Violin Jazz

Last Night, 2-23-2008
Buddy Rich (with Bob Mintzer) / Party Time / Party Time / Lightyear-Lobitos Creek Ranch
Jim Rotondi / Minor Adjustment / Four Of A Kind / Posi-tone
Brad Goode / Sealed With A Kiss / Nature Boy / Delmark
Will Scruggs Jazz Fellowship / BluBari Jam / BluBari Jam / Summit
Eight To The Bar / I Like The Afternoon / Calling All Ickeroos! / Jitter Bop!
Bob Leto Trio / This Is For Albert / Cheesecake / CAP
David Bennett Cohen / Like Stars After Sunrise / Cookin’ With Cohen / Core Records
Ari Brown / Two Gun V / Live At The Green Mill / Delmark
Reggie Houston / Something You Got / Makin’ Groceries / Pooka Blues*

*NOTE: I am calling the Reggie Houston disk a new release, although truthfully it is not brand new. It is a few years old (2004, if I remember correctly). But it is new to me, and believe it or not, KMHD does not have this CD in the station music library. Which means that my show, Tom D’Antoni’s, and Deborah’s are probably the only places you’ll hear this great artist on the air.

All-in-all, Saturday Night Jazz listeners were exposed to 31 new releases during the month of February. Some were covers of established songs, such as the “Pink Panther Theme” and “Let The Good Times Roll”, and some were refreshingly new and very different, such as “Boy Scout In Switzerland”.

If you like to hear a mix of the latest jazz as well as the classics from John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Gene Harris, Gene Ammons, and many others, I hop you’ll tune your dial to 89.1 FM (or point your web browser to kmhd.fm) between 6 and 9 PM Pacific Time every Saturday night.

Who knows? New or old, you just might hear something you like! Don’t be bashful. Let me know how you feel!

From here on out, I will be posting on Sunday a list of the new releases that I played the night before. If you were listening that night, and have an opinion on one or more of those new releases (or any of the other songs I played, for that matter), I’d like to hear it.

You can either post a comment right here on the blog, or send an email to me at SaturdayNightJazz@yahoo.com. If you choose to send me an email, please be sure to include “KMHD” in the subject line, otherwise your email may be deleted unread.

I would appreciate it if you would try to express your sentiments in a G-rated manner, and please also try to be specific. Don’t just say, “That song you played last night by Sammy Whatshisname really sucked!” I’d like to know why you think it sucked.

Thanks, and my most sincere thanks to each and every one of your for listening to KMHD! 🙂

One thought on “The Latest And Greatest? You Be The Judge!

  1. I forgot to tell you that in order to make it easier to know when to listen for new releases, I always play them at about the same time each hour.KMHD’s format calls for us to stop the music at about 22, 36 and 54 minutes after the hour and take care of business.The first two songs I play (sometimes the first three) after the 22 break are always new releases. The first song or two after the 36 break are sometimes new releases also.My goal is to play an even dozen new releases during each show. Some nights I make it, some nights I don’t.Thanks for listening! :-)Al


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