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Syndication

Lee spins new albums from George Benson and Bob James & David Sanborn, contemporary jazz artists who step away from the "smooth" to deliver homages to more traditional jazz greats of the past. Benson salutes Nat King Cole and James & Sanborn pay tribute to the legacy of Dave Brubeck & Paul Desmond. Rene and Lee riff on what makes an interview, whether for print or radio, good or bad.  This episode sponsored by Scullers Jazz in Boston

Direct download: Episode_17_final.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Lee & Rene spin new albums from vocal jazz innovators Bobby McFerrin and Cecile McLorin Salvant, two singers at very different stages of their career.  Lee admits to not liking the McFerrin at first because it didn't conform to his expecations of what gospel music should sound like. Which leads to Rene's riff on how expectations or pre-conceived notions can wreak havoc with an artist's creativity.  This episode sponsored by the Newport Jazz Festival.

Direct download: Episode_16_final_1.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am EST

Lee and Rene preview new albums from singer Barbara Morrison and drummer Ray Appleton, two underappreciated artists who have not received a lot of media or public attention in recent years.  Rene and Lee riff on "shit I'm scared to do."  NOTE: Rene is afraid of snakes, her basement and truly speaking her mind, while Lee is afraid of writing a bad book.  However, Lee is not afraid of sharks.  Rene explains the creative power of fear.

Direct download: Episode_15_final.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

New albums by Aaron Diehl and Gerald Clayton are previewed.  Rene and Lee also riff on pianist Mulgrew Miller, who died recently. This episode is sponsored by DC Jazz Festival.

Direct download: Episode_14_final.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

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