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Desert Island Discs: Blue Note Records Edition

Desert Island Discs: Blue Note Records Edition

Our newest Desert Island Discs poll delves into one of jazz music’s signature labels, as we’re castaway to the isle of Blue Note.

Danny Green – A Thousand Ways Home (2012)

Danny Green – A Thousand Ways Home (2012)

When jazz pianist Danny Green released his 2009 debut album With You in Mind, he effectively demonstrated his unique blend of jazz, classical, and Brazilian sounds.

Tim Bedner – Of Light And Shadow (2012)

Tim Bedner – Of Light And Shadow (2012)

Some guys play the guitar extremely well and some guys who play the guitar just have great feel. Ottawa, Ontario-based plectrist Tim Bedner is in a special class of guitarists who excel at both.

Ross Hammond  – Revival Trio (2012)

Ross Hammond – Revival Trio (2012)

Earlier this year, “Sacramento’s secret weapon” (quoting myself) made a wonderful out-jazz quintet record featuring saxophonist Vinny Golia.

Elizabeth Shepherd – Rewind (2012)

Elizabeth Shepherd – Rewind (2012)

Toronto-born vocalist, pianist, producer, and arranger Elizabeth Shepherd brings a spirit of freshness to Rewind, her first full-length album of standards.

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension – Now Here This (2012)

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension – Now Here This (2012)

Twenty four albums in, and John McLaughlin is still blowing minds — both musically and, with the zen title here, conceptually. Still recording live, even in the digital age, even at the age of 70. Still kicking some serious, serious guitar ass.

Marc Riordan Quartet – Binoculars (2012)

Marc Riordan Quartet – Binoculars (2012)

It’s a recurring theme we like to discuss here, about great jazz drummers who’ve composed music and led bands from the drum stool.

The Fusion Syndicate, with Billy Cobham, Larry Coryell, Billy Sherwood – The Fusion Syndicate (2012)

The Fusion Syndicate, with Billy Cobham, Larry Coryell, Billy Sherwood – The Fusion Syndicate (2012)

Amazon.com Widgets Billy Sherwood, both with Yes and on his recent helming of the Prog Collective, has already established himself as a staunch advocate for the 1970s’ signature rock style. So why shouldn’t he do the same with 1970s jazz?

Joe Blessett – Changing Everything (2012)

Joe Blessett – Changing Everything (2012)

Amazon.com Widgets Joe Blessett offers that rarest of things – a jazz recording with as much risk as it has enterprise. Changing Everything reveals itself as by turn challenging and approachable, two things that so rarely share the same stage anymore.

Esteban Castro – In the Making (2012)

The temptation, with a child prodigy, is to cut him some slack. Lost in the wonder of miniature virtuosity, we tend to forgive the small slip up, the easy cliche. No such accommodations are needed for Esteban Castro