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Soul Jazz Spectrum | Chuck Ingersoll
Sunday nights at 9 pm (ET) on Jazz 90.1 in Rochester, NY &
Jimmy Smith. Grant Green. Greyboy. Soulive. New Cool Collective. Radio Citizen. Liquid Soul. Stanton Moore. It's the soul jazz sound from back in the day to the present, every Friday night. Drawing on an extensive CD and vinyl collection, I program one in-the-pocket, movin', groovin' hour of funk and soul jazz from 9 'til 10 pm (ET; 0200-0300 GMT), every Sunday night, on and Jazz 90.1 in Rochester, NY. It's where the groove survives and thrives.

With Soul Jazz legend Fred Wesley,
of James Brown and J.B.'s fame.

If you enjoy organ trios and jazz that you can dance to, check out the Soul Jazz Spectrum. You can listen online via our streaming audio feed. Please join me this Sunday night at

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Great Soul Jazz CDs

A grooving bag of wonderful soul jazz CDs released over the past few years.

Alive & Kickin’ – Organissimo (Big O)
A live organ trio recording that burns, shouts and screams, with the occasional pause for the cause (Zappa’s catchy “Blessed Relief”). A New Orleans current runs through it, and the 18:40 jam of “Pumpkin Pie” harkens back to the glory days of Grant Green’s extended live jams.

Never Can Say Goodbye: The Music of Michael Jackson Joey DeFrancesco (HighNote)
Aided by Paul Bollenback on guitar, Joey D mixes pop and jazz with a rock feeling and very often creates something new from a sampling of the King of Pop’s greatest hits.

Live at Voce – Steve Gadd (Varese Fontana)
More Joey D and Bollenback with Rochester’s lead drummer, plus the bari of Ronnie Cuber. Nice live club ambiance, excellent and diverse tune selection, grooves that are constantly in there like swimwear.

The Groover – Mike LeDonne (Savant)
If Charles Earland was the Mighty Burner, LeDonne proves he’s the Mighty Groover here. LeDonne’s working band with the incredible Peter Bernstein, guitar, and Eric Alexander on tenor in a most soulful mood.

California Concert: The Hollywood Palladium, 40th Anniversary Edition (Sony Masterworks)
Hubbard, Turrentine, Hank Crawford, Johnny “Hammond” Smith and many more. Beautifully remastered. “Red Clay,” “Sugar,” previously unreleased versions of “So What” and “Straight Life.” Over 150 minutes of the CTI heyday, live. ‘Nuff said!

Spiral Dr. Lonnie Smith (Palmetto
A classic organ trio outing from the Turbanator, ranging from ballads to bad-ass post bop, with a few dollops of funk.

Groove Alchemy – Stanton Moore (Telarc)
Call it a history of groove from a drummer who lives “in the pocket.” The usual totally gellin’ chemistry between Moore, Robert Walter, and Will Bernard.

Song for the Soul – Radam Schwartz & Conspiracy for Positivity (Arabesque)
Schwartz’ quartet teams up with vocalist Miles Griffith, who conjures up that Andy Bey with Gary Bartz-type of spiritual soul, for a diverse set with a good mix of groove and inspiration.

I’m New Here – Gil Scott-Heron (XL)
And he’s still here, thankfully. Like some of Sly Stone’s vocals, Scott-Heron’s life and times are clearly displayed in his voice. It’s a bleak, very real record with a very contemporary vibe.

Rubber Soul – Soulive (Royal Family)
Soulive meets the Beatles. Lennon and McCartney wrote harmonically rich material and memorable melodies, which aids the groovers’ efforts with these 11 tunes. 

Backatown– Trombone Shorty (Verve Forecast)
The first thing that hits you is the energy and spirit. It’s New Orleans brass band that harkens back at times to the horn rock of 10 Wheel Drive and Chase. Jazz, funk, rock remixed that’s like a past-due utility bill: it’ll put your lights out! 

Back Home Pat Bianchi (Doodlin’)
Organist with Rochester roots goes on a Larry Young-esque excursion. Especially inspired ideas and blowing from Wayne Escoffery on tenor.

III – Budos Band (Daptone)
Tighter horns, better Afrobeats, relentless funk. The Budos Band's finest effort to date.

The Godfathers of Groove – Reuben Wilson, Bernard Purdie & Grant Green, Jr. (18th & Vine)
Traditional soul jazz merges with harder funk – with titles like “The Okiedoke” and “The Flipity Flop” how can you miss?!?!

Party Hats – Will Bernard (Palmetto)
There’s no pandering to the groove here: musical integrity + giving up the funk = Will Bernard.

Live: The Authorized Bootleg – Joey Defrancesco (Concord)
Not since Terry Gibbs’ Dream Band have elderly standards been reimagined with such spirit and swing.

Magic Tales
– Radam Schwartz (Arabesque)
The N.J. educator and organist returns to create a sweet, soulful sound paying homage to the Mighty Burner.

Don’t Mess with Mister T: James Taylor Quarter Plays Motown
– James Taylor (Dome)
A dozen covers from Stevie to Marvin, inventively delivered in the pocket by the other James Taylor, the one from across the pond.

– Antibalas (Anti)
Taking Fela further, Antibalas finds its own voice with longer jams.

Mr. Patterson’s Hat – Papa Grows Funk (Funky Krewe)
N’awlins blues, soul, funk and jazz, with just a touch of shredded guitar on top.

Folk Music – Deep Blue Organ Trio (Origin)
Bluesy Windy City jazz with mellow, simmering solos from guitarist Bobby Broom and Chris Foreman on the B3.

Battery Milk – Mike Dillon’s Go-Go Jungle (Hyena)
The first track sees Dillon’s vibes go go-go, and then it just gyrates wonderfully out of control from there.

What Happened to Television? – Greyboy All Stars (SciFidelity)
Funk that’s more diverse than relentless, and that’s a good thing – at least in this case.

And One Fabulous Reissue...
Black Talk / Black Drops – Charles Earland (BGP/import)
Back-in-the-day, old-school goodness from Earland, Virgil Jones, Idris Muhammed, Houston Person and others – two true soul-jazz classics on one disc.
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