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Jazzism 1.9
January 28, 2016 09:54 AM PST
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As anyone who follows my podcast knows, Jazz music holds a sacred place in my life. I treasure this music. Music created by African Americans as a fusion of things past & present formed into something completely new and unique to the voice of a people. Exactly how and where the origin of this music came from is debated my belief is that it conjured out of A Secret Place.

Jazz represents a precious contribution from deep within African American culture to the entire known world. Jazzism (a katzpheno mix) is my humble offering to acknowledge our legacy and continue a celebration of African American life in particular and Jazz culture in general.

So without further ado...let the celebration continue with the first installment of Jazzism (a katzpheno mix) of 2016...the best is yet to come, enjoy!

Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Kenny Garrett - "Wiggins" (2012)
Maurice Brown - "Time Tick Tock" (2010)
Orrin Evans - "A Secret Place" (2015)
Vinx & Cassandra Wilson - "I Will Always Care" (1993)
James Farm - "1981" (2012)
Steve Khan - "Blues Connotation" (2011)
The Emotions - "Spirit Of Summer" (1978)
John McLaughlin - "Off The One" (2008)
Bobby McFerrin & Chick Corea - "Invocation" (2002)

Jazzism 12.8
October 30, 2015 03:43 PM PDT
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"Spirit say don't give up, yes it's time to stop your falling - you been down long enough. Can't you hear the spirits calling, yes it's the spirit, can't you hear it calling your name?" - Gil Scott-Heron (Don't Give Up - 1994)

Might just require a bit of tenacity.

Stick with it, don't give up and in those dark moments when the stress gets to be a little too much...remember this "Keep Jazz In Your Life, Not Strife And Everything Will Be Alright!"

Dig the mix,

Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Adonis Rose - "Gingerbread Boy" (2007)
Jason Moran featuring Lisa E. Harris - "Honeysuckle Rose" (2014)
James Carter - "Dodo's Bounce" (2008)
Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band - "Earth Dance" (2001)
Yellowjackets - "Tenacity" (2011)
Andy Bey - "Midnight Blue" (1998)
Earl Klugh - "Alicia" (1978)
Geri Allen/Dave Holland/Jack DeJohnette - "The Experimental Movement" (2004)
Nicholas Payton - "Fleur De Lis" (2008)

Jazzism 11.8
October 08, 2015 01:43 PM PDT
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"Ride or Die" has become a very popular theme lately.

It is used to express the sentiment that your partner or companion will be there through "whatever". A friend is considered ride or die if they are willing to go to ride with you or die with you...whichever comes first I guess. We are talking a deep level of commitment here!

I think the saying was born out the biker culture and later adopted by hip hop culture and although it is essentially about loyalty it is also about some negativity. It seems to me to have a "thick as thieves" connotation, an acknowledgement that we are in this dirt together...so either you ride with me or you die.

I would like to offer a more positive spin on the whole ride or die thang, ride with the spiritual or die with the natural. We all have a spiritual companion we can tap into...some call it Jesus, some Buddha, some Muhammad but whatever it is named - one thing remains true, this spiritual ride or die companion is the best kind you'll ever find.

You can also ride with Jazzism (a katzpheno mix) everywhere you go..and you don't have to be willing to die over it...IMJS.


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Russell Gunn - "Eighty One" (2007)
Charlie Hunter Quartet - "Mitch Better Have My Bunny" (2001)
Regina Carter - "Don't Mess With Mr. T" (2000)
Hiromi - "Dreamer" (2014)
Roy Hargrove - "Spiritual Companion" (1990)
Robert Glasper Trio featuring Bilal - "Maiden Voyage" (2004)
Al Jarreau - "Brite and Sunny Babe" (1978)
Terri Lyne Carrington featuring Gretchen Parlato - "Michelle" (2011)
Danilo Perez - "The Oracle" (2010)

Jazzism 10.8
August 07, 2015 02:22 PM PDT
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The verb coincide means to occupy the place in space, to correspond exactly, as in nature or character, to agree or concur as in thought or opinion.

Basically to be one in the same yet different, to say hey you get me and I get you. I find it no small coincidence that like minded people all over this planet concur that Jazzism (a katzpheno mix) is highly enjoyable, so much so that they correspond on Facebook, Twitter and iTunes their enjoyment of the program and that many individuals through the technology of the internet can occupy the same exact place in space to access the link while listening to and downloading the show.

Personally I feel the show coincides with their emotion and their intellect, and helps them enjoy their day. You say you feel that way too...well it is no coincidence.

Keep Listening,

Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Stefon Harris/David Sanchez/Christian Scott - "Nengueleru" (2011)
Sambada - "Tropicale" (1998)
Michel Camilo - "Naima" (2011)
Eliane Elias - "Movin' Me On" (2004)
John Blake - "Ice Angel" (1992)
Ravi Coltrane - "Coincide" (2005)
Kurt Elling - "In The Winelight" (2003)
Marcus Miller - "Slippin' Into Darkness" (2012)
Wayne Shorter - "Night Dreamer" (1964)

Jazzism 9.8
July 15, 2015 06:45 PM PDT
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A classic Gershwin tune written for his 1934 Opera "Porgy and Bess", a staple of the American theater. Overtime the song "Summertime" has surrpassed the Opera, becoming a standard of Jazz and Pop music. On this episode of Jazzzism (a katzpheno mix) the piece is performed by Greg Osby, Nicholas Payton, Harold O'Neil, Robert Hurst and Rodney Green and it is working!!

It is also (if you hadn't noticed) summertime in the city, and it is sho' nuff hot out there people so keep it cool with plenty of fluids, shade and Jazz.

I'll have another tall glass of Jazzism...thanks!


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


John McLaughlin - "Off The One" (2008)
Incognito - "She Wears Black" (1996)
Anne Walsh - "So It May Secretly Begin" (2009)
Greg Osby - "Summertime" (2003)
Aaron Parks - "Afterglow" (2008)
Kenny Garrett - "Song For DiFang" (2002)
Kevin Mahogany - "Fix It In The Mix" (1997)
Nathan Davis - "B's Blues" (1966)
Dave Holland Sextet - "Pass It On" (2008)

Jazzism 8.8
June 28, 2015 07:12 PM PDT
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Call it the old school way to network, call it word of mouth.

The oral tradition was the original direct marketing campaign. The bible evens says something about when 2 or more are gathered in my name...get folks talking and agreeing and you can start a revolution.

I am depending on a good report, a word from the brethren and sistren about this little podcast of mine. Spread the word about what you heard...this is the best damn Jazz music podcast...I produce. No joke, I am proud of this humble offering and if you dig it too...go tell it on the mountain. You can't deny the power of Word Of Mouth. Together we can start a Jazz revolution!


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Jaco Pastorius Big Band - "Blackbird/Word of Mouth" (2006)
Roy Hargrove Big Band - "Roy Allan" (2009)
Anthony Braxton - "You Go To My Head" (2005)
Dee Dee Bridgwater - "Lost In The Stars" (2004)
Tony Williams - "Angel Street" (1988)
Cyrus Chestnut - "Pocket Full of Blues" (2014)
Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - "Beginnings" (1976)
John Scofield - "Sticks and Stones" (2005)
Yellowjackets - "Can't We Elope" (2013)

Jazzism 7.8
June 11, 2015 06:46 PM PDT
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I like the phrase "walk with me" it denotes harmony, movement in unison to a goal unseen.

You know you have a good friend when you say..."walk with me" and there is no hesitation. A good friend says "OK"...or starts walking with you at your pace, no "where we going" or "naw, I'm tired" or "Hey let's run instead".

I think that's why people are drawn to dogs...when you say "come on boy let's go for a walk"...the dog obeys (usually, if it is a good dog).

I don't have a particular reason for writing about this idea and it doesn't really relate to Jazz in any way...maybe musicians playing together...in harmony and unison on a musical journey...I guess. I just like the phrase and it is also the title of a song featured on the podcast by Marc Cary...that's all.

So...if you don't mind, walk with me and listen to this weeks episode of Jazzism ( a katzpheno mix), thanks.


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Wayne Shorter - "Angola" (2003)
Pat Metheny - "Leaving Town" (2012)
Marc Cary - "Walk With Me" (2006)
Terri Lyne Carrington featuring Nona Hendryx - "Transformation" (2011)
Miles Davis - "Portia" (1986)
Greg Howe - "Extraction" (2003)
Philip Bailey - "Red Clay" (2002)
George Benson - "Take Five" (1974)
Terence Blanchard - "Sidney" (2000)

Jazzism 6.8
May 09, 2015 06:00 AM PDT
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A variance on a theme.

Duke Ellington famously said sometime ago, whatever the music is or is not..."it don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing". As true now as it was then.

The fact that music should be more than pretty background sounds but must somehow move us is not reserved only for Jazz circles.

Countless Blues musicians for generations knew... "you can't lose, if you choose the blues". Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions let it be known that not simply the music but the woman of their choosing..."gotta have soul". The Godfather of Funk, James Brown when asked by his ace partner Bobby Byrd, "what you gonna play now?"...James paused,reflected and quipped - "Bobby I don't know but whatever I play its got to be FUNKY". Mick and The Rolling Stones exclaimed..."I Know it's only Rock n' Roll, but I like it!"

So back to this swing thing...to many swing is a musical style but to me swing represents the concept that any and all music must have as a central ingredient that something, that magic that lifts the spirit and as I say moves you. Moves you to dance, moves you to sing, moves you smile or moves you to cry...that is the swing.

Jazzism (a katzpheno mix) 6.8 has THE ABILITY TO SWING....believe dat!!


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Jason Moran - "Ain't Misbehavin" (2014)
Marcus Miller - "Lonnie's Lament" (2001)
Don Byron - "Leopold, Leopold" (2004)
Donald Harrison & Christian Scott - "The Hook Up" (2010)
Patti Austin - "The Ability To Swing" (1994)
Hiromi - "Seeker" (2014)
Kenny Burrell - "In A Sentimental Mood" (2010)
Nicholas Payton - "Let It Ride" (2008)
Bill Evans Trio - "Come Rain or Come Shine" (1960)