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Jazzism 2.11 - Montara
May 11, 2018 11:43 AM PDT
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In 1975 while contracted with Blue Note Records, Bobby Hutcherson recorded an album of soul drenched, groove filled Jazz, accented with Latin flavors that stand as one of his best most beloved recordings. He called it "Montara".

On this episode of Jazzism (a katzpheno mix) I feature a 2014 recording of "Montara" which features Bobby Hutcherson along with David Sanborn on tenor sax, Joey DeFrancesco on organ and Billy Hart on drums. The track was featured on Bobby Hutcherson's final album release - "Enjoy The View".

I realized while I was putting together the playlist that Montara a beach community in San Mateo County in California is the place Bobby Hutcherson called home and where he spent his final days.

Montara remains one of his most beloved compositions and the 1975 recording has been sampled extensively by hip hop heads and DJ for years. Do they know the level of Jazz Royalty they are mixing and sampling? Doubtful...but nonetheless the groove like Bobby Hutcherson's legacy...and Jazz music lives on.

Enjoy The View!

Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Stefon Harris, David Sanchez & Christian Scott - Nengueleru (2011)
Ravi Coltrane - One Wheeler Will (2007)
Kamasi Washington - Re Run Home (2015)
Next Collective - Africa (2013)
Bobby Hutcherson - Montara (2014)
Stevie Wonder - Seems So Long (1972)
Gretchen Parlato - All That I Can Say (2011)
Nicholas Payton - Faith (1999)
Pat Metheny Unity Band - Roofdogs (2012)

Jazzism 1.11 - The Hook Up
April 22, 2018 11:46 AM PDT
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Gather around all you young jazz lovers!

Come check out the deal of the century, yes - that's right I got THE HOOK UP!!

No need to keep you eye on the red card...this deal ain't that hard. Just your chance to enjoy the best damn jazz music podcast on the planet...for free!!

4G speed on an unlimited plan - I got the mic in my hand...spreading the good jazz word across the land.

Jazzism is the bomb!


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Chris Greene Quartet - The Missing Part (2014)
Bobby McFerrin featuring Chick Corea - Invocation (2002)
Wallace Roney - Inflorescent (2007)
Dianne Reeves - I've Got My Eyes On You (2005)
Kenny Garrett - Ja-Hed (1990)
Donald Harrison & Christian Scott - The Hook Up (2010)
Jon & Judith Hendricks - Stardust (1990)
Charlie Hunter Trio - Freedom Tickler (2004)
Chantale Gange - Wisdom Of The Water (2010)

Jazzism 11.10 - Joy Is Sorrow Unmasked
November 04, 2017 06:46 PM PDT
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Yet another installment of the best damn jazz podcast on the internet!

Remember All You Young Jazz Lovers that behind every cloud the sun is there waiting to burst through and shine alight on you!

Bad times don't last always. While you wait for this to pass...enjoy the mix!

- Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Steve Khan - Just Deserts (2012)
Pat Metheny Unity Band - Leaving Town (2012)
Jimmy Greene - Last Summer (2014)
Abbey Lincoln - The Music Is The Magic (1992)
Eric Harland - Mystic Voyage (2014)
The Roy Hargrove Quintet - Joy Is Sorrow Unmasked (2008)
Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - Liberation Song (1975)
Herlin Riley - New Direction (2016)
Vijay Iyer - Mystic Brew (2009)
Marc Cary - Walk With Me (2006)

Jazzism 10.10 - Lost & Found
September 25, 2017 07:44 PM PDT
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"Stranded in the dark, blindly we all seek out light.
Some never realize, that being lost is so close to finally being found."

- Shelton Brown

Enjoy The Mix,

Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Joe Lovano US Five - Powerhouse (2009)
Donald Harrison - Well You Needn't (2004)
Elijah Jamal Balbed - What Matter Most (2015)
Ahmad Jamal - Autumn Rain (1986)
Rebecca Martin - The Space In A Song To Think (2008)
Ben Williams - Lost & Found (2015)
Freddie Hubbard - Take It To The Ozone (1979)
Benny Golson - Uptown Afterburn (2009)
Herbie Hancock featuring Sting - Sister Moon (2005)

Jazzism 9.10 - That Girl
July 01, 2017 11:30 AM PDT
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On June 27th, 2017 the Jazz world said goodbye to a one of a kind musical talent.

Pianist, composer, educator and visionary this artist made the complex approachable. Her intensity was a warning to all pretenders, her generosity nurtured a new generation of Jazz warriors. She was an individual, a spirit that comes along once in a lifetime.

Geri Allen was "That Girl".



Geri Allen featuring Dwayne Dolphin & Tani Tabbal - Bed Stuy (1992)
Geri Allen featuring Dave Holland & Jack DeJohnette - Black Bottom (2004)
Geri Allen featuring David McMurray & Lloyd Storey - The Dancer (1987)
Geri Allen featuring Marcus Belgrave, Kenny Garrett, Robert Hurst & Jeff Watts- Number 3 (1991)
Geri Allen featuring Dave Holland & Jack DeJohnette - Unconditional Love (2004)
Betty Carter featuring Geri Allen, Dave Holland & Jack DeJohnette - Feed The Fire (1993)
Murray, Allen & Carrington Power Trio - For Father Peter O'Brien (2016)
Geri Allen featuring Dave Holland & Jack DeJohnette - LWB's In The House (2004)
Geri Allen - That Girl (2013)

Jazzism 8.10 - The Nurturer
June 15, 2017 08:15 AM PDT
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Some people have a gift, the gift of caring.

They empathize with others, they sense and feel their pain, their needs. These wonderful individuals are always ready to be there with a shoulder to lean or to cry on. A friendly hug, a hot meal, good advice or just to listen. Whatever is called for...somehow they know and are willing to do.

Thankfully I am not one of those...but I know and have known a few in my lifetime. If you are like me not a natural nurturer, be grateful because if the world were full of only the nurturers...who would they help?

I hope the mix nurtures THE NURTURER. This one is for you.


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Terence Blanchard - "Wandering Wonder (2005)
Murray, Allen & Carrington - "The Nurturer" (2016)
Christian Scott - "Jenacide" (2010)
Ravi Coltrane - "One Wheeler Will" (2007)
Nneena Freelon - "I Won't Dance" (1998)
Stefon Harris, Ravi Coltrane & Christian Scott - "Congo" (2011)
Norman Connors featuring Eddie Henderson - "I Have A Dream" (1979)
Tia Fuller - "Decisive Steps" (2010)
Terence Blanchard featuring Bilal - "When Will You Call" (2009)

Jazzism 7.10 - Heaven Knows
May 26, 2017 07:45 PM PDT
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The secret to living a happy life.

Peace that surpasses understanding.

Joy beyond measure.

Heaven knows the answer to all these things and more.

Enjoy the mix,

Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Jason Moran featuring Lisa E. Harris - "Honeysuckle Rose" (2014)
Dave Holland Sextet - "Fast Track" (2008)
Yellowjackets - "An Informed Decision" (2013)
Kurt Rosenwinkel - "Homage A'Mitch" (2012)
Charles Lloyd - "Lady Day" (2000)
Cassandra Wilson - "Heaven Knows" (2002)
Johnny Mathis - "Love Is Here To Stay" (2005)
Ben Williams - "Half Stepping" (2015)
Kenny Garrett - "Laviso, I Bon?" (2012)

Jazzism 6.10
May 06, 2017 02:55 PM PDT
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“You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”

― Eleanor Roosevelt

"Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength.”

― A.J. Cronin

“More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.”

― Roy T. Bennett

Nuff Said,

Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


John McLaughlin - "Off The One" (2008)
Bob Belden featuring Tim Hagans - "Ballad Of Dorothy Parker" (2005)
Harvey Mason featuring Kamasi Washington - "Black Frost" (2014)
Nancy Wilson & Ramsey Lewis - "Moondance" (2002)
Robert Glasper Trio - "No Worries" (2009)
Eric Harland - "Raghavan" (2014)
Al Jarreau - "Something You Said" (2000)
Al DiMeola - "Hypnose" (2006)
Weather Report - "The Man In The Green Shirt" (1975)

Jazzism 5.10
April 08, 2017 10:06 AM PDT
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Duke Ellington was quoted as saying late in his career he was concerned that the term Jazz, was no longer adequate to describe all the manifestations of the music.

Too many elements were being added and fused into what was being called Jazz, so much so, to the extent that the term was becoming too small to define what in reality we were hearing. Miles Davis also expressed a similar sentiment saying on many occasions that there was in fact, no such thing as Jazz anymore.

Jazz as a category of music is very broad and very flexible. Jazz music has the unique adaptability to be what it needs to be for the person creating it and for the masses enjoying it. Jazz is art in its highest form.

I call it a gumbo or a MYSTIC BREW of good sounds and styles. This week I am serving up yet another heaping helping of this brew just for you!


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Patti Austin [featuring: The WDR Big Band] - "Lady Be Good" (2006)
Hiromi - "Life Goes On" (2014)
Christian Scott - "Kiel" (2005)
Christian McBride - "Mode For Joe" (2006)
Vijay Iyer Trio - "Mystic Brew" (2009)
Courtney Pine - "Invisible" (1997)
Stanley Clarke - "Jerusalem" (2007)
Urban Knights - "Onnikah" (2005)
Andy Bey - "Dedicated To Miles" (2013)
Cannonball Adderley & John Coltrane - "Grand Central" (1959)

Jazzism 4.10
March 16, 2017 03:32 PM PDT
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Jazz music has had its share of fads and trends.

Louis Armstrong and his "New Orleans meets Chicago" brand of virtuosity and showmanship drove the music fans wild when he hit the high C on his trumpet.

Duke Ellington had his sophisticated flare and blues based compositional excellence. The swing era had the battle of the Big Bands, Bebop made the most of Diz and his beret, glasses and goatee not to mention Monk and Bird were once the rage.

Miles, Gil Evans & Gerry Mulligan gave us the "birth of the cool", Chet Baker took it over and it became a West Coast drool. The seriousness and intensity of the 60's brought straight laced men in crisp suits playing hard bop - non stop.

It always seems jazz is in search of next, the new direction. Starting in 1968 Miles Davis, capitalizing on the genius of marketing, while at Columbia Records had his labels read "Directions In Music by Miles Davis" printed above the titles of Files de Kilimanjaro, In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew.

So, what is the new direction in Jazz 2017? I don't know... but like James Brown said to Bobby Byrd "...whatever it is it's got to be funky"! Yeah!!


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Branford Marsalis - "I'm Slappin' Seventh Avenue" (2003)
Roberta Gambarini - "From This Moment On" (2009)
Geri Allen - "Life Is A Song" (2004)
Greg Osby - "Milton On Ebony" (2003)
Vinx - "Somehow Did You Know" (1991)
Dave Douglas - "Orujo" (2009)
Wayne Shorter - "Infant Eyes" (1965)
Herlin Riley - "New Direction" (2016)
Yellowjackets - "Tenacity" (2011)
Ahmad Jamal - "Autumn Rain" (2012)

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