Thursday, August 10, 2006


Oasis in the City

I've apparently arrived in Denver just in time for the only severe heat wave of the year. But the city offers much to compensate for the heat, most of all KUVO, 89.3 FM, the "Jazz Oasis in the City." If you've read even a couple of my paeans to jazz on this blog, you'll understand why I'm thrilled to be able to listen to the station Jazz Times magazine recently named the Major Market Jazz Station of the year. It's rare these days to find a 24/7 jazz radio station on the FM dial, and even rarer to find one that will play A Love Supreme during the afternoon rush hour. Don't expect my radio dial to budge anytime soon.

Speaking of jazz geekery, Doug Ramsey recently linked to a page of rare jazz videos, including a clip of the only known collaboration between Stan Getz and John Coltrane, recorded in 1960. That one's well worth checking out, as is the video of Coltrane's Classic Quartet performing "Vigil" in Belgium in 1965. View those videos in succession and you'll have a ready grasp of how rapidly Coltrane's sound changed in the early 1960s. And as an added bonus, you'll get to see Oscar Peterson bouncin', Stan Getz swingin', McCoy Tyner swayin', and Elvin Jones sweatin'.

Collective Improvisation:
Jazz isn't jazz with sweat, heat, smoke and skin.
Sounds like you've hit the environment at the perfect time...

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