Rebecca Kilgore

Air Date: 8/1/2021

Upon first listening to and thoroughly enjoying vocalist Rebecca Kilgore's new CD, Trio Volume 1, I knew something was special about this ensemble. What could it be?

Rebecca Kilgore, Randy Porter, Tom Wakeling
Putting aside Ms. Kilgore's fine vocal work, and the obvious talent of the players - Randy Porter on piano, Tom Wakeling on bass - I have decided that the special feeling arises in part from what is missing.

First, there is no drummer. So I have to say that when I read the title with the word 'trio' in there, I reflexively assumed that the trio referred to the piano trio backing her up. But there is no piano trio; rather, it is voice that is the member of the trio, rather than skins. Most of the time I would miss a drummer, but here it does not seem necessary to have one.

Second, and I only notice this due to hearing singer friends talk about it, is the fact that this is a 'dry' recording. There is no reverb/echo as is typical with many or most vocalists, who seem to like varying degrees of the effect. Typically, it does provide enhancement, but not always.

And the result? In one word: refreshing. Combine the natural feeling that flows from this performance, due in part to the above mentioned characteristics, with a selection of delicious songs and a very capable singer with superb backup, and you have a terrific jazz release.

This week you'll hear two tracks from this CD, and in the coming weeks you'll hear more. 

Grooving to the 70s and 80s

It seems that when you hear jazz on the radio or streaming on the computer, in most cases you are either listening to recent jazz, or old jazz from the '40s and '50s, sometimes a little earlier or later. Somehow the decades of the 70s and 80s, as well as the 90s perhaps, seem to be overlooked.

At the end of groove hour I feature a few tracks from artists who exemplified the era: George Benson, Michael Franks, Basia. I get warm and fuzzy feelings when I hear this music from my early life.

Coming up next week: A tribute to Basia.

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Thanks for tuning in to the Sunday Jazz Brunch.


Top photo by Owen Carey. Trio photo by Sidney Smith. 


HOUR ONE: Contemplative Morning

Tanya Dennis-White Sails Blue Skies 2021-05 White Sails
Behn Gillece-Still Doing Our Thing 2021-04 Blue Sojourn
Art Hirahara-Balance Point-11 Path of the Gods-2020
Joe Carter-Embrace of Rio-10 Esperanca Perdida 1996
TuneTown-Entering Utopia 2021-12 Blue Gardenia
Rebecca Kilgore\Trio Volume  2021\Old Soft Shoe
Jack Brandfield - 03 Where Leaves Change
Amber Weekes\Round Midnight 2021\More Than You Know
Rossano Sportiello-That's It!-11 Nonno Bob's Delight-2021
Tim Ray-Excursions And Adventures-03 Gone, Not Forgotten-2020
Ryan Cohan-Originations-03 Heart-2020
Emmet Cohen-Future Stride-10 Little Angel-2021

HOUR TWO: New For You

Billy Test-Coming Down Roses 2021-Fate
Rebecca Kilgore\Trio Volume  2021\There's A Small Hotel
Lee Smith-Faith in the New Day 2021-03 Child's Play
Troy Roberts\Best Buddies 2021\Zeena
Kenny Shanker-Beautiful Things 2021-05 L'Impossible
Veronica Swift-This Bitter Earth-04 Getting To Know You-2021
Out To Dinner-Play On-11 Lew's Loose-2021
Wes Montgomery-Down Here on the Ground-03 The Other Man's Grass I s Always Greener 1995
Wayne Alpern\Frankenstein 2021\Cantaloupe Island
Kristen Callahan\Lost In a Dream 2021\04 Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
Reggie Quinerly-New York Nowhere 2021-05 Celso
Joanie Pallatto\My Original Plan 2021\A Simple Time

HOUR THREE: Brazil/World

Paul Colombo Group\Rio Crystal 2021\Rio Crystal
Steven Feifke Big Band-Kinetic 2021-07 Nica's Dream
Fahir Atakoğlu-For Love 2020-06 Coracao Vagabundo-Gypsy Heart
Nelson Riveros\The Latin Side of Wes Montgomery 2021\Leila
Rebecca DuMaine\Someday, Someday 2021\03 - Samba de Mon Coeur Qui Bat
Diego Figueiredo-Broken Bossa-06 Si Tu Vois Ma Mere 2015
Carol Welsman-Carol Welsman-03 Dans Cette chambre 2007
Daniel Girón-Prisma-06 My Rumba 2017
João Donato-Jazz Is Dead 7- João Donato 2021-07 Adrian, Ali and Gregory
Ricardo Silveira-Outro Rio (Another River)-04 O Sol Na Janela 2007
Tony Monaco\Strollin 2021\Happy Sergio feat H. Meurkens
Kenny Polson\Colors of Brazil - 2021\aQUARELA dO bRAZIL

HOUR FOUR: Groove, Baby

Michael Franks-Dragonfly Summer-03 Dragonfly Summer 1993
Brian Simpson-Unified-05 Last Summer 2020
Karin Plato-This Could Be the One-03 Sweet Summer 2019
Jazz Holdouts-Jazz Holdouts-02 Summer Nights 2018
Chris Standring\Real Life 2020\06-what-goes-around
Euge Groove-10 Flower feat Oleta Adams (2016) Euge Groove
Wayne Alpern\Frankenstein 2021\Gimme Some Lovin'
Patrick Lamb _Malibu Drive 2021 Single
Basia\Clear Horizon; The Best of Basia\Cruising for Bruising
Al Jarreau\Live with Metropole Orchestra\06 We're In This Love Together 2012
George Benson\Breezin'1976\Lady
Michael Franks-Tiger In The Rain-04 Hideaway 1979


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