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Episode 417: Bruce Hornsby's 'Absolute Zero'

Episode 417: Bruce Hornsby's 'Absolute Zero'

Over the course of his over 25-year career, Bruce Hornsby has been a pop star, avant-garde provocateur and jazz titan, folk hero, member of the Grateful Dead and more.

On his new album Absolute Zero, Hornsby is tapping into all of these facets of his talent and more and  result is a complex, dense, and immensely satisfying collection of songs that speak to the state of our world, and where we are going to go from here. Joining us to talk about Absolute Zero is Brokedown Pod host and Bruce Hornsby enthusiast Jonathan Hart. So kick back and open up your mind as we press play on a brand new episode of Discologist.


Episode 409: The Comet Is Coming's 'Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery'

Episode 409: The Comet Is Coming's 'Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery'

The end is nigh, and The Comet Is Coming’s latest effort, Trust in the Lifeforce of The Deep Mystery, may be the perfect soundtrack for the end of the world. Since 2015 this jazz/dance/sci-fi trio featuring saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings (“King Shabaka”) on saxophone, Dan Leavers (“Danalogue”) on keys, and Max Hallett (“Betamax”) on drums has mounted a sonic assault on the apocalypse and the forces of evil, and Lifeforce is their strongest salvo in the war of darkness versus light yet.

Special guest Wes Covey joins us to as we explore a new universe of sound and experience from a band whose inevitable ascension to legend is just getting started. It’s the end of the world as we know it and there’s nowhere to run because The Comet is Coming for us all.


Julian Lage Trio @ Union Stage - 11/28/18

Julian Lage Trio @ Union Stage - 11/28/18

A Fender Telecaster isn’t the first instrument that comes to mind when one thinks of jazz guitar. Jazz, after all, is a woman, better suited to the elegant lines of a Gibson ES or an Ibanez AF95 than the brutal “squareness” of a Tele. Indeed, Julian Lage’s arsenal includes several varieties of archtops and hollow bodies, but the Telecaster is his axe of choice, and with it, he is creating one hell of a legacy.


Marcus Strickland @ City Winery DC - 10/26/2018

Marcus Strickland @ City Winery DC - 10/26/2018

Jazz saxophonist Marcus Strickland and his ensemble Twi-Life brought a powerful groove and thoughtful exploration of the linkages between African and American music forms to the City Winery on November 20th, in a celebration of his new record, People of the Sun. Strickland’s musical vision accentuates the connectivity between black musicianship on both sides of the Atlantic, from Mali to the American South, including the intersection of jazz with soul and hip-hop and blues textures.


Episode 313: Harmony Of Difference - Kamasi Washington

Episode 313: Harmony Of Difference - Kamasi Washington

Bolstered by the success of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly and his own, uh, epic 2015 release, The Epic, saxophonist Kamasi Washington, along with the rest of The West Coast Get Down have spent the past few years popularizing jazz to a whole new generation of fans. On Harmony Of Difference, Washington is digging deep and exploring smaller themes like the meaning of life and our place in the universe. Kevin and Marcus K. Dowling (Decades, Capitol Wrestling) sit down to discuss Kamasi's latest masterpiece and consider a few universal truths of their own.

PLUS! Aaron "Ab" Abernathy's new album Dialogue, is a potent statement about the state of America today as seen through Abernathy's unique perspective, and is one of the best, and most important albums of 2017. We've got a listen to one of its highlights, "Generation," which is sure to be a rallying cry for the struggles in this "new" America for years to come.


Episode 288: Miles Mosley

Episode 288: Miles Mosley

Besides being one of the founding members of the mighty West Coast Get Down, bassist Miles Mosley's resume (Kamasi Washington, Kendrick Lamar, Lauryn Hill...) reads like a who's who of the biggest names in music. Earlier this year we reviewed his stellar debut solo LP, Uprising, and recently we had the chance to sit down with the master innovator before his ground shaking show at Songbyrd Music House right here in Washington, DC. Join us and get delivered some TRUTH about music, life, and existential excellence from one of modern music's most electric voices.

PLUS!  Cameron Graves (also a founding member of the West Coast Get Down) is one of the most innovative keyboard players on the modern jazz (or any) scene. On his new album Planetary Prince, he's pulling out all the stops and taking the listener on an intensely cosmic jazz odyssey...that also happens to be one of the best albums of 2017. Tune in, and drop out with the lead off track from this funk and soul infused triumph, "Satania In Our Solar System."


Episode 263: Mount Royal - Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge

Episode 263: Mount Royal - Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge

PledgeMusic is a crowdfuning platform that aims to help artists of every genre and creed achieve their dreams. Every artist except Wheeler Walker, Jr. it would seem. In an unprecedented move, the artist friendly org recently cancelled the country star/comedian's campaign to raise funds for his upcoming sophomore album, and we've got some questions.

On their second album as a duo, guitarists Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers) are travelling down well worn musical paths, but still manage to kick up some dust along the way. We journey deep into Mount Royal and find out where the music they're making is taking bluegrass and folk, and contemplate a new dawn of acoustic music in a super-untz age.

PLUS! Son Volt is BACK. Crank up "Back Against The Wall" off of their new LP, Notes Of Blue, and be ROCKED.


"Blackened Cities" - Mélanie De Biasio

"Blackened Cities" - Mélanie De Biasio

Sounds Like

The undercurrent of dread that permeates your every waking moment; late period Talk Talk; a jazz-ambient cover of the “It Follows” soundtrack.

Why You Should Care

At this point in 2017, do you have much choice? The answer, of course, is no, because free will is an illusion, joy is but a fleeting gif, and the only way out of the pain is through it. Which is why Mélanie De Biasio’s Blackened Cities, released last May, is such a revelation.


Episode 207: Nels Cline - Lovers

Episode 207: Nels Cline - Lovers

Rumor has it that despite the constant cries of “foul”, 98% of all videos (over ONE BILLION) on YouTube are 100% kosher from a licensing perspective. Say what?

Twenty-five years in the making, Nels Cline’s Lovers captures the passion and history of an artist who has spent a lifetime pursuing his musical truth. On his Blue Note debut, Cline mashes together original compositions with interpretations of the music that has informed his career to craft a delicate statement about relationships, the worth of self-indulgence and jazz’s place in the modern music space.

And speaking of modern jazz….

Guitarist Julian Lage - a frequent collaborator of Cline’s - put out a slightly phenomenal album in 2015. We’ve got a taste aof World’s Fair to jog your memory


Episode 89: Nels Cline

Episode 89: Nels Cline

You may know him as the shred-tastic lead guitar player for Wilco, but with his trio the Nels Cline Singers, and more recently an upcoming collaboration with jazz guitar virtuoso Julian Lage, Nels Cline has proven to be a major player in the jazz/avante garde world for over 30 years now. We sit down with the man who Rolling Stone listed as “the 82nd greatest guitarist of all time” to discuss his beginnings as a musician and music fan, his ability to effortlessly hop styles/genres, his work with the Nels Cline Singers and their latest record Macroscope, and much, much more. Tune in and catch a fascinating discussion with one of the greats on our latest episode of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!


Interview: Joshua Redman

Interview: Joshua Redman

Joshua Redman arrived on the modern jazz scene seemingly out of nowhere. Although his father is respected saxophonist Dewey Redman, and although he had played in his Berkeley, California high school Jazz Ensemble, Redman had entertained no real visions of a musical career. He graduated from Harvard with a degree in Social Studies in 1991, and was preparing to start his first semester at Yale Law School. Taking what was supposed to be a temporary detour to Brooklyn after his Harvard graduation, Redman began playing in New York’s thriving and competitive jazz scene. After gigging regularly for only five months, he took First Place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. He then signed to Warner Brothers, and earned a Grammy nomination for his first album.

Redman is a world-renowned musician. He is widely regarded as a powerful and versatile saxophonist who is  comfortable leading a jazz trio or quartet, working with rock-based electric jam bands (Umphrey’s McGee) or performing and recording with some of the most prestigious musicians in Jazz (Chick Corea, Elvin Jones, Pat Metheny, Joe Lovano.)

Redman released Trios Live in June of this year. It’s a collection of songs recorded at the Jazz Standard in New York and Blues Alley in Washington, D.C. We caught up with him during his recent run at Blues Alley, where he performed with Greg Hutchinson on drums and Reuben Rogers on bass.


Thelonius Monk - Paris 1969

Thelonius Monk - Paris 1969

Well, of course Thelonious Monk was crazy. Of course he was. Until very recently, there was an aggravating tendency among historians and critics to write off his mental illness as run-of-the-mill eccentricity. “Ha! What a charmingly odd fellow! See how he dances around in a circle! See his strange hats! See how he doesn’t leave his apartment for years at a time!”

What ailed Monk seems completely obvious to us now, but it was mostly ignored while he was alive and playing. I’m not sure if it was because writing about such things was considered rude, or if the press of the time didn’t have the vocabulary to describe what most of us can now recognize as severe mental illness...


TONIGHT!!! Diana Krall @ Wolf Trap!!!

Crazy from the heat DC? Well never fear because tonight one of the coolest acts around is heading to your neck of the woods. Best selling jazz pianist/vocalist Diana Krall will hit the stage at Wolf Trap tonight as her "Summer Nights" tour continues its trek across the country.

A musician since the age of four (COOL!) Krall has had a stellar career in which she's sold over 15 million records world wide (COOL!), won three Grammys (COOL!), eight Juno Awards (COOL, EH!), and was even named the second best jazz artist of the past ten years (TOTALLY COOL!). And somewhere in all of that she found time to get married to Elvis Costello, which is...do we have to say it?

Whether you are a longtime fan, total newbie, or simply an enjoyer of all things cool, it's going to be a great night to kick back, sink your toes in the green grass and enjoy an evening out under the stars with some friends and the immeasurable talents of Diana Krall.

Tickets are still available online and at the gates. We'll see you on the lawn at 8!