Musician's Corner: Buzz Amato's Muse Café

Air Date: 7/9/2023 on 90.5 WICN 8am-12pm ET


In the olden days, when you sought inspiration, whether it be for music, for poetry, or painting, or any endeavor for that matter, you would seek guidance from the Muses. These were inspirational goddesses from Greek mythology, and there are nine of them.

Producer, composer and keyboardist Buzz Amato, who has produced or appeared on upwards of 150 CDs, has released Muse Café, a collection of songs dedicated to the Greek Muses.

Our chat covers one of his original songs on the new album, Angel in My Pocket.  Mr. Amato wrote the music, and vocalist Melissa Ellen wrote the lyrics. He provides background on the interesting life experience that sparked her to write those lyrics. 

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He also talks about how he wrote the song to suggest positivity and a sense of 'otherworldliness.' There is a lyric at the very end of the song that is super interesting, and you must listen carefully to the ending of the song. Mr. Amato explains this as well.

So Much New Music

It has become rare for me to play very much music older than a year or two. That's because there's so much very good new material. When I get something new in, I naively think I'll be playing it for many weeks, until I get a new batch to make room for. Check out all the great new jazz from beginning to end of the show. And thanks for tuning in!


HOUR ONE: Contemplative Morning

Schwager Oliver Quintet\Senza Resa 2023\005 - Tender Love
Gaea Schell\In Your Own Sweet Way 2023\Summer Sea
Javon Jackson\With Peter Bailey (Soundtrack) 2023\Peter Bradley
Jan Cronin-I Thought About You 2023-04 I Thought About You
Sienna Dahlen & Bill Coon\Balladextrous 2023\When Lights Are Low

Lauren Henderson-Conjuring 2023-09 It's Magic (Featuring Nick Tannura, John Chin, Eric Wheeler & Joe Dyson)
Michael O'Neill Quintet-Conversations with Birds 2023-05 I Remember
Mike Melito\To Swing is The Thing 2023\Ruby My Dear

Bill Cunliffe Trio\Border Widows Lament 2023\Interiors
Jenna Mammina-Under the Influence-02 Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight 1999
Peter Smith\Dollar Dreams 2023\Piece of a Dream
Joe Pass-Virtuoso-01 Night And Day 1974

HOUR TWO: New For You

Vicente Archer\Short Stories 2023\Drop of Dusk
Schwager Oliver Quintet\Senza Resa 2023 - Squagels
Thomas Fonnesbaek & Justn Kauflin\Danish Rain 2023\002 Everything I Love

Lauren Henderson-Conjuring 2023-02 That Old Black Magic (Featuring Joel Ross, Sean Mason, Eric Wheeler & Joe Dyson)
Joe Locke-Makram 2022-08 Interwoven Hues
Michael O'Neill Quintet-Conversations with Birds 2023-07 A Tadd Off

Musician's Corner: Buzz Amato\Muse Cafe 2023\04 Angel In My Pocket
Brendan Lanighan Octet\A Little Optimism 2023 - Little Garlic Knot
Lucy Wijnands & John Di Martino-Call Me Irresponsible 2022-02 Deep In A Dream

HOUR THREE: Brazil/World

Luiz Millan\Brazilian Match 2023\Sopro de Esperanca
Eliane Elias\Made in Brazil\Searching
Luiz Millan\Brazilian Match 2023\011 Que os Ventos Limpem os Tempos
Eliane Elias-Dance of Time-07 Little Paradise 2017

Fahir Atakoğlu-For Love 2020-06 Coracao Vagabundo-Gypsy Heart
Flora Purim-Perpetual Emotion-04 Saudade 2001
Gabriel Espinosa-Samba Little Samba 2014-03 A Night In Jakarta
Gregoire Maret-Gregoire Maret-10 Lembra De Mim 2012

Hendrik Meurkens\Manhattan Samba 2020\Clear of Clouds
Hubert Laws-In The Beginning-03 Gymnopedie #1 1974
Ivan Lins-I'm Not Alone-10 Camaleão 1996
Jackie Ryan-This Heart of Mine-07 Anos Dourados 2003

HOUR FOUR: Groove, Baby

Kombo - Pedley and Pondel-This is the Good One 2023-10 Let's Do This
Buselli Walarab Jazz Orchestra\The Gennett Suite 2023\Riverboat Shuffle Part I
Chloe Jean-Fairy Tale Fail 2023-05 Don't Know Why
Keiko Matsui\Euphoria V2 2023\04 - Keiko Matsui - Neo (Featuring Randy Brecker)

Brian Simpson\Soul Connection 2023\Stranger in Paradise
The 3 Keys-We 3 Keys 2023-12 That Beat [Radio]
Buzz Amato\Muse Cafe 2023\Muse Cafe
Rich Willey\Puttin on the Ritz 2022\I'll Be Seeing You

Euge Groove-Born 2 Groove-05 Born 2 Groove (2007)
Zoe Scott\Shades of Love  2021\My Cherie Amour
Richard Elliot\Authentic Life 2021\Move Ahead feat Rick Braun
The Jazz Crusaders-Happy Again-02 When You're So Far Away 1995


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