Blue Dimensions

Coming October 4, 2014 - Saturday nights 11:00 pm
  • Hosted by Johnny Meister

Blue Dimensions is a weekly one-hour program of blues, jazz, and other related styles of music, focusing on present-day artists and songs, though with a certain nod to the past and the great history of the music. Host/Producer Jonny Meister will feature some topic (album, artist, event, etc.) on each show, talk with artists, and offer great music not found elsewhere every week.

In this hour of Blue Dimensions, "Heaven and Earth," a new double album from saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington, free-spirited and adventurous music, employing at times an orchestra and a choir, from an artist who might fairly be called today's John Coltrane - - and in that spirit, we'll also hear from the newly discovered and recently issued album of Coltrane and his classic quartet called "Both Directions At Once," saved from back-up copies of a March 1963 session that Coltrane took home with him after the session, recently retrieved by family members of his first wife, Naima.

On this program, we're highlighting a new project from bassist and composer Ark Ovrutski, called "Journey Moments," which includes two players who have become almost "regulars" on this show, pianist Benito Gonzalez and drummer McClenty Hunter Jr.. Ark Ovrutski grew up in Ukraine. He was born in Kiev and started out on violin as a child. His father loved jazz, and pretty soon so did Ark, who switched to the bass, and cites Charles Mingus as a major inspiration.

In this hour of Blue Dimensions, new music from pianist Kenny Barron and his Quintet, an album called "Concentric Circles." Barron received the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master designation eight years ago, and numerous other honors, including, six times, the Jazz Journalist's Association Best Pianist award, so he has made for himself a large footprint to fill, but he and his band are fully up to the task on "Concentric Circles." We'll hear some original Barron pieces, and a Thelonious Monk composition from the Quintet - - and Monk will make an appearance as well, with tenor sax g

In this hour of Blue Dimensions, "Cyrille Aimée Live." We'll hear several songs from the French jazz chanteuse in spirited live performances, including two Michael Jackson songs and one by Stephen Sondheim. Cyrille Aimée is one of the jazz players today who are re-interpreting music from the rock and soul world with creative energy and zest.

In this hour of Blue Dimensions, "Passion Reverence Transcendence," a new album celebrating the music of McCoy Tyner from pianist Benito Gonzalez, percussionist Gerry Gibbs, and bassist Essiet Okon Essiet. We'll hear two Tyner compositions and one written by Tyner's most famous collaborator, John Coltrane.

Harold Mabern's new album "To Love And Be Loved" and Jason Kao Hwang's musical twists and turns with his band Sing House.

In this hour of Blue Dimensions, it's "Made In America," a new album from saxophonist Bobby Watson, who offers music honoring several African-American leaders and innovators, whose great achievements may not be well-known to the public at large, including a highly successful businesswoman and philanthropist (Madam C. J. Walker), a guitarist (Grant Green - we'll also hear from him as well), and a famed officer of the law (Bass Reeves).