The Sunday Jazz Brunch Presents

The Latest

Air Date: 3/31/2024 on 90.5 WICN 8am-12pm ET

Here's a little window into what's going on, in terms of new jazz.

Lori Bell
Lori Bell

Her new CD is quintessential Lori Bell, mellifluous flute playing unlike anyone else I have heard, except maybe Eric Dolphy. It reminds me of her third release, Lori Bell Quartet (2002), the first CD we got in from Ms. Bell here at WICN. 

Her new CD is a tribute to the great tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson. She plays a number of his tunes, but check out her original tune Outer Urge in the second hour. 

That opens up a set that includes saxophonist Willie Morris playing Kenny Dorham's La Mesha, a beautiful ballad that appears on Joe Henderson's debut release, Page One

And the set concludes with a track from Joe Henderson himself.


Willie Morris

Saint-Louis-based tenor saxophonist Willie Morris has released his second album, called Attentive Listening. It's good. As mentioned, he has a fine version of La Mesha. Most of the other songs on the CD are originals, and they are all very well done. 


Hendrik Meurkens
Hendrik Meurkens

Mr. Meurkens has made a name for himself as a jazz harmonica player. 
I recall upon first hearing him play, I thought 'I didn't know you could do that on the harmonica.' 
If you are not familiar with his music, check out his new CD, The Jazz Meurkengers, during the second hour. Yes, he also has quite a sense of humor!

Enjoy the budding flowers of spring.


HOUR ONE: Contemplative Morning

Lori Bell Quartet-Recorda  Me, Remembering Joe Henderson 2024-06 Black Narcissus
Charles Lloyd, Jason Moran, Larry Grenadier & Brian Blade-The Sky Will Still Be There Tomorrow 2024-04 The Water Is Rising
Tierney Sutton and San Gabriel 7-Good People 2024-02 The In Between

Joe Locascio\Rain Window 2024\a Haunted House
Jacqui Naylor-Treasures of the Heart 2024-09 Love in Springtime
Mark Lipson\Launch Control 2024\The River Runs Sweet
Adam Palma - Second Life - 08. Do boju _ Into Battle

Brian Bromberg\LaFaro 2024\Waltz for Debby
Lizz Wright\Shadow 2024\ I Made A Lovers Prayer
Joe Locascio\Rain Window 2024\Rain Window
07 - Moonlight In Vermont - Judy Whitmore

HOUR TWO: New For You

Lori Bell Quartet-Recorda  Me, Remembering Joe Henderson 2024-07 Outer Urge
Willie Morris\Attentive Listening 2024 - La Mesha 1644
Joe Henderson-Page One-03 Homestretch 1999
Judy Whitmore\Come Fly With Me 2024\Beyond the Sea

Noah Haidu\Standards II 2024\Days of Wine and Roses
Vanessa Perea\This is the Moment 2024\The Shadow of Your Smile
Hendrik Meurkens-The Jazz Meurkengers 2024-04 Silver's Serenade

Lori Bell Quartet-Recorda  Me, Remembering Joe Henderson 2024-05 Inner Urge
Grace Kelly with Strings-At The Movies 2024-03 The Way You Look Tonight
Stacey Kent\Summer Me Winter Me 2024\Postcard Lover

HOUR THREE: Brazil/World

Diego Figueiredo\My World 2023-Railroad
Ed Johnson\For Every Living Thing 2024\Love as One
Roberto Menescal-Nosd Eo Mar 2023-09 Copacabana de Sempre

Dmitry Baevsky-Over and Out-04 Chega de Saudade 2015
Dmitri Matheny\Cascadia 2022\On a Misty Night
Frank Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim-Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim-09 Baubles, Bangles And Beads 1967
Jackie Ryan-This Heart of Mine-14 Seasons of the Heart 2003

Hendrik Meurkens-The Jazz Meurkengers 2024-01 A Slow One
Ermelina Cuellar\What a Difference a Day Made 2022\Duerme Nino
Flora Purim-Perpetual Emotion-04 Saudade 2001
Gabriel Espinosa\Bossas and Boleros 2023\Mi Jarana

HOUR FOUR: Groove, Baby

Incognito-Into You 2023-15 Back on the Beach
Ian Shaw-In a New York Minute-01 In a New York Minute 1999
Jazz Funk Soul\Forecast 2022\Keep Holding On
Incognito-In Search of Better Days-02 Just Say Nothing 2016

Jazz Holdouts-Jazz Holdouts-02 Summer Nights 2018
Jamie Cullum-Catching Tales-12 Our Day Will Come 2005
Jeff Lorber Fusion-The Drop 2023-04 On the Bus
Jack Brandfield\I'll Never Be The Same 2021\Vignette
Jenna Mammina-Under the Influence-02 Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight 1999

Joe Magnarelli-Lookin' Up-02 Third Set 2014
Jenny Davis-Rearranged-07 Saying Yes-2019
Joey DeFrancesco-In The Key Of The Universe-08 Soul Perspective 2019
Earl Klugh-HandPicked-02 Lullaby Of Birdland 2013


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