Staff Picks from AccuJazz Internet Radio
(Published: May 11, 2010)
AccuJazz.com, a leader in streaming Internet jazz radio, is making things personal with the addition of its new "Staff Picks" channel. Consisting of music from program director Lucas Gillan's favorite 15 new jazz releases, the channel makes for a diverse and engaging listen. As with all AccuJazz channels, it is free to use and available 24/7 at AccuJazz.com.
In his job as program director, Gillan receives dozens of CDs every week for airplay consideration. While only some of those make it on to the AccuJazz.com playlists, even less make significant lasting impressions on the program director. The Staff Picks channel represents the new CDs that made the transition from the workplace to his car stereo for repeated listens.
The inaugural Staff Picks playlist includes new releases by big name artists like Brad Mehldau, Paul Motian, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as well as lesser-known fringe jazz by the New York-based collective Little Women and the Chicago Underground Duo. Stylistically, the music represents many corners of the modern day jazz landscape, from the mainstream modern jazz of Dave Holland's Pathways and Orrin Evans' Faith In Action to the rock-influenced post-jazz of London-based group Polar Bear, whose new album Peepers appears on the channel.
Gillan has accompanied the new channel with an in-depth blog post (found here) with reviews of all 15 albums playing on the channel. Every time a new batch of music is added to AccuJazz's database, Gillan plans on select adding to the Staff Picks channel, creating an ever-changing but tightly-controlled playlist unlike any other.
Listeners can find the Staff Picks channel at AccuJazz.com.
The 15 CDs currently included in the Staff Picks channel are listed below:
Brad Mehldau - Highway Rider (Nonesuch)
Paul Motian / Chris Potter / Jason Moran - Lost in a Dream (ECM)
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra - Portrait in Seven Shades (Jazz at Lincoln Center)
Stephan Crump with Rosetta Trio - Reclamation (Sunnyside)
Dave Holland Octet - Pathways (Dare2)
Chicago Underground Duo - Boca Negra (Thrill Jockey)
Orrin Evans - Faith in Action (Positone)
Polar Bear - Peepers (Leaf)
Lionel Loueke - Mwaliko (Blue Note)
Little Women - Throat (AUM Fidelity)
Michael Musillami - Old Tea (Playscape)
Trombone Shorty - Backatown (Verve)
Dan Weiss - Timshel (Sunnyside)
Thomson Kneeland - Mazurka for a Modern Man (Weltschmerz Records)
Dave King - Indelicate (Sunnyside)
More Information: http://AccuJazz.com