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Playing tracks by

Charles Earland, Duke Robillard and Herb Ellis, Al Jarreau, Little Charlie and The Nightcats, Ray Charles and more.

This hour runs the circuit: swing, sing, big band, hard bop, cool, fusion, and hard drivin' organ combos.

The organ lead combo while perhaps not as popular as the trumpet-sax lead quintet remains a driving force in the Hard Bop idiom as well as the Soul-Jazz and later Funk styles. Jimmy Smith was probably the best known master, but there were others equally as qualified. Charles Earland had one of the most soulful sounds, whether he was swinging hard or playing a ballad.

We hear some swinging guitars, a vocal from Al Jarreau, and Ray Charles in a big band setting, Stevie Ray Vaughn's jazz recordings were few, but there were some album cuts that showed his jazz sensibilities. Sphere was an 1980s ensemble this time focusing on Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon never strayed far from Hard Bop, his classic sound. In 1978, Freddie Hubbard recorded what had become a rarity for him, a mostly jazz album.

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