Stormy Mondays: An Early Spring Fling

I know it’s technically spring, but damn it’s cold and stormy in the big city, and we could use a little something to raise the spirits, so this week looks towards a jazzy groove. Opening up, we have Cannonball Adderly back in 1963 with Primitivo (and some pretty great prefacing remarks), followed by Sonny Rollins in 1980 with Blossom. If you haven’t checked out 2008’s Road Shows: Vol. 1, stop robbing yourself of a killer sonic experience.

Shifting to more recent material, Will Bernard’s new unit features John Medeski, Stanton Moore and Andy Hess, and has produced the best sounds to come from the New Groove/Acid Jazz scene in quite some time. I caught them the other night at the Highline, and it was fantastic to see Hess back playing the music he was made to play… and of course Medeski just makes everything better. From Blue Plate Special is Baby Goats.

A third album from 2008 worth hearing is Derek Trucks’ Already Free, which gives us Down Don’t Bother Me No More – the opening guitar riff here says it all. And to close things out, another member of the Col. Bruce school, Mr. Bobby Lee Rodgers has been out in the south with Jeff Sipe, Shannon Hoover and Charles Hedgepath; from just over a week ago we have a brilliant, glorious jam to take us toward some warmer weather. Enjoy!

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