Tuesday, February 17, 2009
AccuJazz News: The grand roll-out has begun, with "Straight Ahead"
Well, we've been talking about it for a while now, and the roll-out has finally begun (I can't help but think of Ludacris when I use that term - anyone else have that problem?) We promised to introduce a new jazz channel every week for an indefinite amount of time, and we're going to stick to our word. The roll-out begins today with "Straight Ahead," a mix of swinging, grooving jazz from throughout jazz history, from Basie and Ellington to Clifford, Blakey, Wynton, Joey D, and many more. There's no free jazz, fusion, or ballads here; everything is coming right out of the swing tradition. A recent listen gave me this play list: Oscar Peterson, Wes Montgomery, Buddy Rich, Sonny Rollins, Benny Green, Milt Jackson. Pretty good programming, if you ask me.
Stay tuned every week for more new channels. Next up we travel to the opposite side of the stylistic spectrum for "Avant-Garde Jazz." Please listen to "Straight Ahead" channel and let us know what you think, by commenting here, or via Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, or the ShoutBox on the AccuJazz.com home page.