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Modern Jazz Today Episode #137, this week was an interesting week, between focusing on the impending hurricane set to swing through my area,

I had to take time out to rebuild a generator that took its downward spiral and beat the timing of Florence who is still today devasting areas with a surplus amount of rain.  Saturday, in between outside noises that held up the show until they passed, we all still found the joy in creating the program and keeping our focus on the music to soothe our worried minds.

In the new discoveries’ category, we took a look at Zion80, a 10-piece band that blends Afrobeat grooves, mystical Jewish melodies and improvisational madness.  The track “V’Shamru” off the Warriors album was a perfect fit to rejuvenate the day.

In the unearthed gems category, we jumped back to 2016 to bring focus to an MJT Favorite Flashback.  The music on ABENG utilizes progressive concepts in rhythm, harmony, and melody while keeping the listener (and the musicians playing the music) connected and engaged.  Drawing upon jazz-funk and jazz-rock influences ranging from Weather Report to Roy Ayers.  We chose the track “Mahishmatish,” for these exact reasons.

MJT Episode 137 Playlist September 17 2018

Hour #1
Artist/Group NameSong TitleAlbumRecord LabelYear
Youngblood Brass BandDon't SpeakCovers 1Self-Released2018
Yazz AhmedThe Lost Pearl La SaboteuseNaim Records2018
Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop*The QueenAbundanceAnzic Records2018
Jay T. VonadaUnitedUnitedSummit Records2018
Aimee AllenNight OwlWings UncagedAzuline2018
Juan DhasReverieCatharsisSelf-Released2018
Jeff Lorber FusionSport Coat Makes GoodImpactShanachie2018
Troy RobertsProfessor Ghetto RigNu-Jive PerspectiveInner Circle2018
FreelanceYour LoveYes TodayRevive Music Group2018
Jacqueline TaborLady in the GownLady in the GownSelf-Released2018
Hour #2
Vincent Compagna*ChunksContrasteSelf-Released 2018
Miggy Augmented OrchestraColorfulColorfulSelf-Released 2018
Marshall Gilkes WDR Big BandEasy To LoveAlways ForwardAlternate Side Records2018
Zion80V'ShamruWarriorsSelf-Released 2017
Rich BrownMahishmatishAbengSelf-Released 2016
We are LeifTransitionBreatheSelf-Released 2018
Enrique HanieneLike a BroncoThe Mind's Mural Elegant Walk Records2018
Hughes Smith Quartet Chips & SlawMotionIndependent2018
The Commotions*Believe In YourselfThe Commontions Vol. IIIndependent2017
Kathleen Gorman*InfluenceI Can See Clearly NowIndependent2017
* Indicates Canadian Content
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