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Rick Mitchell

13 Dec 2017 9:00 AM | Rick Mitchell

Here are the top 25 tracks heard on my radio programs Jazz In the New Millennium (syndicated nationally through the African American Public Radio Consortium) and The Motif (Saturday afternoons, KBOO-FM in Portland, Oregon). As a deejay, I listen for tracks that define an inclusive modern mainstream for the 21st Century, presenting jazz as a vital and contemporary expression on the spectrum of African-American music. The tracks at the top of the list are from albums I recommend most highly.

Charles Lloyd New Quartet, "Passin' Thru"

Hudson, "Lay Lady Lay"

Tony Allen, "Cool Cats"

Rudresh Mahanthappa's Indo-Pak Coalition, "Showcase"

Blue Note All Stars, "Second Light"

Cecile McLorin Salvant, "Devil May Care"

Christian McBride Big Band, "Use 'Ta Could"

Christian Sands, "Song of the Rainbow People"

Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra feat. Myra Melford, "The Strawberry"

Vijay Iyer Sextet, "For Amari Baraka"

Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra feat. Jon Batiste, "2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West"

Kermit Ruffins and Irwin Mayfield, "Well, Alright"

Diana Krall, "Blue Skies"

John Beasley Monk'estra, "Evidence"

Harold Mabern, "My Funny Valentine"

Steve Davis, "Warrior"

Kevin Eubanks, "Cubano Chant"

Isley Bros./Santana, "What the World Needs Now Is Love"

Kamasi Washington "Desire"

Cameron Graves, "El Diablo"

Tarek Yamani, "Hala Land"

Keyon Harrold feat. Gary Clark Jr., "Circus Show"

Farnell Newton, "Crossing the Tracks"

Kellye Gray, "Don't Explain"

Trio Subtonic, "Riptide" 




 



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