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Sounds of the Season and Top Ten Discs!

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Blog Author:San Diego's Jazz 88.3

Posted on:December 30, 2018

We hope you enjoyed  KSDS’s "Sounds of the Season." It was brought to you by the San Diego Union-Tribune. HERE IS THE SOUNDS OF THE SEASON PLAYLIST. Speaking of lists, here is Jazz88’s Top Ten CDs of 2018 as picked by our Music Director, Joe Kocherhans (FULL LIST). Have a great New Jazzy Year from all of us here at KSDS/Jazz 88.3! HOST / CRITICS / FAN PICKS FOR 2018, MORE...

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Music Director Joe Kocherhans Picks Jazz 88.3 Top 10 Jazz of 2018

Jazz 88.3 Music Director and host of "The Jazz Morning Drive" and "Portrait in Jazz", Monday through Friday, 6 to 10am PT, picks the Jazz 88.3 Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2018, including some of this thoughts on why. Hear them played in their entirety, countdown starts at 9am PT
  1. Joey Alexander "Eclipse": "15 year old pianist, with another outstanding release, featuring many of his originals, and spent many weeks at #1 on the Jazzweek chart."
  2. Stefon Harris & Blackout "Sonic Creed": "Session led by a vibraphonist, which ended the year with a long run at #1 on the Jazzweek chart."
  3. Don Braden "Earth, Wind and Wonder": "Saxophonist, leading a quartet with nice, jazzy versions of the songs of Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder."
  4. Christopher Hollyday "Telepathy": "Saxophonist, with San Diego's finest rounding out his quintet, with interesting takes on familiar material.  First release by Chris in many years, and a very welcome addition to our library."
  5. Kenny Barron Quintet "Concentric Circles": "Legendary pianist, performing his unique originals."
  6. Jeff Hamilton Trio "Live From San Pedro": "Live recording of a marvelous trio."
  7. "Ellis Marsalis Quintet Plays The Music of Ellis Marsalis": "Pianist, with a quintet of young lions, performing his one-of-a-kind compositions."
  8. Eddie Henderson "Be Cool": "Venerable trumpet player hits all the right notes on this straight-ahead session."
  9. Richie Cole "Cannonball": "Alto madman paying tribute to his fellow altoist, Cannonball Adderley, leading a sextet with outstanding versions of tunes written/made famous by Cannonball."
  10. Doug Webb "Fast Friends": "Outstanding sax player, leading a quintet, with a great collection of original compositions."

Jazz 88.3 Staff and Hosts Pick Their Top Jazz and Blues of 2018

Some of your favorite Jazz 88.3 On-Air Hosts and Staff have shared their favorites from the best of 2018...

Ric's Jazz Cafe Says Cecile McLorin Salvant "Nails It"

"She nails it" - Ric. "Somewhere" by Cecile McLorin Salvant from "The Window" is Ric's Top of 2018! LISTEN TO "Ric's Jazz Cafe", Saturday, 7 to 10 am PT - SHOW PAGE / PLAYLIST / LISTEN LINK

MCTony's Late Evening Jazz Tuesday Can't Pick Just One

“I couldn’t decide on just one new release.” So Tony McGee, host of “Late Evening Jazz Tuesday”, Tuesday 10 pm to Midnight PT, and @MCTony on Twitter, sent us 7 (and we added some reviews)!  

  • Corcoran Holt: The Mecca - Raven’s Wing
    • Corcoran Holt Releases “The Mecca” (, Kevin Johnson): “After honing his craft with some of the top jazz musicians in the world, bassist Corcoran Holt has released his debut solo album called The Mecca. Holt, who is a regular with sax legend Kenny Garrett’s band, dishes out a mix of original songs and standards with unshakeable bass lines.”
  • JD Allen: Love Stone - Why Was I Born
  • Renee Rosnes: Beloved of the Sky - Let the Wild Rumpus Start
    • “If you have any doubt about the creative forces bubbling out of this woman just listen to the driving opener titled “Elephant Dust,” a reference to an allergic reaction to petting a circus elephant. “ “simply a superlative session that stimulates the senses on so many levels and provokes serious and rewarding listening for those willing to take the time.” (Renee Rosnes “Beloved of the Sky”, Notes On Jazz, Ralph Miriello)
  • Keith Jarrett trio: After the Fall - Bouncin With Bud
    • Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette: After The Fall (, Karl Ackerman): “In the year between ECM releases Tokyo '96 (1997) and Whisper Not (1999), Keith Jarrett's iconic Standards Trio returned to live performances following a two-year break. Jarrett's bout with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome left him physically and emotionally drained, but with the condition in check, his expressive passion and physical enthusiasm return in full force with After The Fall. “
  • Brad Mehldau trio: Seymour Reads the Constitution - De Dah
  • Christian McBride: New Jawn - Seek the Source
  • John Scofield: Combo 66 - Combo Theme 

Jazz and Blues Writers, Critics, Artists, and Fans Pick Best Jazz and Blues of 2018

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