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The Major Scale is the title, the motto and the mission are, Jazz- past, present, future, and everything in between. A lot of focus will be on new and fresh sounds, deep cuts, closer looks at underrated artists, taking a different look at some of the titans of the genre, and getting the two cents worth from a number of surprise guests and sources. Guests include legends like Herbie Hancock, Tom Scott, and Ahmad Jamal, the up and coming and the underrated-Kamasi Washington, Mia Doi Todd, Michael Blake, and more! Produced in Central Florida, this program seeks to become one of the defining voices of this American art form. For the curious, and lovers of music who like the details in between.

The Major Scale is the title, the motto and the mission are, Jazz- past, present, future, and everything in between. A lot of focus will be on new and fresh sounds, deep cuts, closer looks at underrated artists, taking a different look at some of the titans of the genre, and getting the two cents worth from a number of surprise guests and sources. Guests include legends like Herbie Hancock, Tom Scott, and Ahmad Jamal, the up and coming and the underrated-Kamasi Washington, Mia Doi Todd, Michael Blake, and more! Produced in Central Florida, this program seeks to become one of the defining voices of this American art form. For the curious, and lovers of music who like the details in between.
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The Major Scale is the title, the motto and the mission are, Jazz- past, present, future, and everything in between. A lot of focus will be on new and fresh sounds, deep cuts, closer looks at underrated artists, taking a different look at some of the titans of the genre, and getting the two cents worth from a number of surprise guests and sources. Guests include legends like Herbie Hancock, Tom Scott, and Ahmad Jamal, the up and coming and the underrated-Kamasi Washington, Mia Doi Todd, Michael Blake, and more! Produced in Central Florida, this program seeks to become one of the defining voices of this American art form. For the curious, and lovers of music who like the details in between.

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Episodes

In A Sentimental Mood Over Chet Baker, Grady Tate, and Bob Dourough

5/22/2019
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The Major Scale gets into a sentimental mood as we weave together the melodic with a sense of the melancholic, looking back at the legacies of a trio of musical greats. The wild and dark life of Chet Baker gets some reflection as we ponder his music and his mysterious demise that happened one fateful night over 30 years ago in Amsterdam. Next is Grady Tate, prolific drummer and an elegant soul singer. Countless are his sessions, eternal is his talent, and immortal the music he left us....

Duration:00:57:53

Dos Santos & Milford Graves

5/15/2019
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From the first few blasts of the horn and guitar strums, Dos Santos' album "Logos" will intrigue and possess you with its lovely dark edges–a reverie of reverb bolstered by an ethereal tempo. Their brand of Latin post-rock and psychedelic jazzy textures can both haunt and rock you. Milford Graves may very well be the ultimate Renaissance Man. As a percussionist, professor, scientist, jazz musician, botanist, and martial artist, there's more than a passing resemblance to the cult sci-fi...

Duration:00:57:54

Karl Denson & Allison Miller

5/8/2019
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When one wants to find out where the "mainstream" gets its lifeblood, simply look outside and underground–there you'll find all the hidden gems and roads less taken. Karl Denson is an artist who has operated in both of these worlds since the 1980s. His saxophone is the first choice of Lenny Kravitz and the Rolling Stones, to name a few, and on the flip side he cuts with Andy Bey and the Greyboy All-Stars. Then there's his own stunning discography... Funk, blues, rock steady, and loads of...

Duration:00:57:54

Mark De Clive-Lowe & Idris Ackamoor

5/1/2019
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Two artists, from different decades and veterans in their own right, presented to a new generation that's taking on bold new territories. Mark De Clive-Lowe's musical calling began when he discovered his father's jazz records around the dawn of acid house. From earnestly composing electronic music in his native New Zealand, to making a name for himself in the clubs of London and around the world, De Clive-Lowe has racked up points working with the likes of 4-Hero, Shirley Horn, and Lauren...

Duration:00:57:54

Twin Talk & Grachan Moncur III

4/24/2019
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As a prefix, "post" tends to signify both the offspring of something major and a place where you can lay multiple creative ideas on the table–like "post-punk" or "post-rock." The last term is synonymous with both the trio Twin Talk and their hometown city of Chicago. Twin Talk's music is jazz, but it's produced like an indie-rock record, not too unlike the music of some of their illustrious fans such as Bon Iver or Jason Moran. With a brooding, elegant, cinematic, and dreamlike sound, Twin...

Duration:00:57:54

Roy Hargrove & Ghost-Note

4/17/2019
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Perhaps Generation X's first jazz star, Roy Hargrove came through at a time where the 'new' was pushed along by the rising tide of hip-hop. Hargrove gave both the genre and the trumpet a newfound energy, one that could stand up to the changes happening as the 20th century gave way to the 21st. With two Grammys and a career that's spanned 30 years, his talent has held its own with such titans as Joe Henderson, Shirley Horn, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, and Joshua Redman. He sadly left us...

Duration:00:57:54

Weldon Irvine

4/10/2019
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To Be Young, Gifted, And Weldon Irvine What do Nina Simone, A Tribe Called Quest, Freddie Hubbard, Mos Def, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Boogie Down Productions, Horace Silver, 4-Hero, Aretha Franklin, Talib Kweli, Stanley Turrentine, and Jay-Z all have in common?! If you answered Weldon Irvine, you are correct. If you didn't, then let us turn you on to this amazing artist. His work crosses the decades from hip-hop, to musical theatre, to having created what may very well be the greatest...

Duration:00:57:54

St. Paul and The Broken Bones & Gilles Peterson w/ Hillary Donnell

4/3/2019
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The Major Scale hosted by Kyle Eagle featuring Gillies Peterson w/ Hillary Donnell & Paul and The Broken Bones. St. Paul and the Broken Bones revive an energy that is desperate to break free in the 21st century. Their sound brings to mind the soul innovations of the Muscle Shoals rhythm section and Booker T. And the MG's, but with the live energy of an Elvis or James Brown Revue. On their records they fire all cylinders, live they become a near religious experience with Paul Janeway's...

Duration:00:57:54

Delvon LaMarr Organ Trio & Brother Jack McDuff

3/27/2019
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The Hammond B-3 organ gets some big love in this episode. First up is the Delvon LaMarr Organ Trio and their debut album Close But No Cigar, a Billboard #1 in the jazz charts. The band takes the well honed sound and constructs an incredibly funky outing that comes off like a live mixtape. It harkens the spirit and quotes from the titans of B-3 like Booker T. and the MG's, the Incredible Jimmy Smith, and Brother Jack McDuff. Speaking of which, The Major Scale has been waxing on for a long...

Duration:00:57:54

Cat Toren & Kyle Eastwood

3/20/2019
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Cat Toren hails from Vancouver, a positive wellspring of musical talent. She's a distinctive voice in modern music, most well known as a lead performer of the Juno award winning band Pugs And Crows. Human Kind is her album, her band, her inspiration, and her greatest work to date. The music is a suite of deep feelings, pensive melody, hypnotic groove, and a sensitive yearning for hope. In this time of numerous contemporary musical landmarks, she is certainly staking her claim. The music...

Duration:00:57:54

Tommy Guerrero

3/13/2019
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The Major Scale raises a glass to Tommy Guerrero, a multi-disiplined, multikulti cultural icon. Guerrero's first blip on the radar was as a pro-skater with Powell Peralta's legendary Bones Brigade. Yet music was always a constant in his life, and as time went on it quickly rose to the forefront. Through the trajectory of skate culture he traveled the worlds of Hip-Hop, D.I.Y. punk, electronica, world beat, and the vibrant visual arts, all culminating in an impressive body of work that he...

Duration:00:57:47

Ashley Kahn on John Coltrane & Nels Cline

3/6/2019
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The Major Scale returns with another season of championing the past, present, future and everything in-between of the great American art form - Jazz! Out of the gate we speak to celebrated author Ashley Kahn (The House That Train Built, The Universal Tone) about John Coltrane's lost album Both Directions At Once, which he helped produce. This is a landmark time for music, and 'Trane is still present–he's maybe even more understood now than when he was alive. We discuss this and more with...

Duration:00:57:54

Thundercat & Erik Deutsch

11/28/2018
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In this episode we're featuring Thundercat and Erik Deutsch! SONG CREDITS FOR THIS EPISODE: THEME: Jazz Phantom by Chomsk' (from the album "Different Beats" on Magnetic Records). FIRST HALF: Uh Uh and A Fan's Mail (Tron Song Suite III) by Thundercat (from the album "Drunk" on Brainfeeder). Lone Wolf and Cub, Inferno, The Turn Down, Show You The Way, Friend Zone, and Day and Night by Thundercat (from the album "The Beyond/Where The Giants Roam" on Brainfeeder). Curly Martin by Terrace...

Duration:00:57:54

Kaia Kater & a Cannonball Adderley Tribute

11/21/2018
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In this episode we're featuring Kaia Kater and a nod to the Brothers Adderley. First up, the new roots and blues of Kaia Kater. She's Canadian born, yet embodies all the musical treasures the Americas have to offer. From bluegrass, folk, and jazz, to MC's like Rakim and Kendrick Lamar, it all comes together in this burgeoning artist's style of songwriting. Along with Ms. Kater, music columnist Bao Le-Huu (This Little Underground/The Orlando Weekly) joins in the conversation. Speaking...

Duration:00:57:54

Tom Scott Tribute

11/14/2018
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The Major Scale gives a wink and a nod to Tom Scott and some of his early work. Before Scott was topping the charts with music for Tom Cat, L.A. Express with Joni Mitchell, along with scoring for film and TV- Starsky And Hutch, Let's Do It Again, and Family Ties, he was a teenage prodigy who was signed to Impulse Records – the home of his hero John Coltrane among other legends. Although these first albums weren't as popular as his later releases, over the past couple of decades they've...

Duration:00:57:47

Della Reese Tribute & Al Kooper

11/7/2018
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The Major Scale is testifying the word of the gospel this episode. First, we pay tribute to the dearly departed Della Reese. She began he career as a singer of immense force and beauty, commanding a range that spanned from Puccini, the deep roots of the blues, Tin Pan Ally, and Gospel. Ms. Reese could deliver it all with spine tingling and soul stirring results. Lynda Blensky, Reese's rep, said it best: "We lost a magnificent woman who was a trailblazer in many ways." The term legend gets...

Duration:00:57:18

Karl Berger & The Da Capo Trio

10/31/2018
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It was a proud moment for the Major Scale to have the chance to speak with Karl Berger. Active since the 1960s, Berger has forged a career as a composer and vibist with an ear for talent, arranging, and bringing a sense of melody and groove to the avant-garde. Taking a cue from his first encounter with Don Cherry, jazz's legendary gypsy traveller and inventor of World Beat. Berger has recorded under his own leadership with luminaries like Carla Bley, Ornette Coleman, and Lee Konitz – as well...

Duration:00:57:54

Cecil Taylor & Sam Friend

10/24/2018
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The Major Scale pays homage to the one of the most innovative artists America has ever produced, Cecil Taylor. As a bedrock of the avant-garde, Taylor's output never looked back, progressing ever forward with originality and tenacity. Educator Matt Gorney joins us to discuss this idiosyncratic composer and share memories of the time his group, Civic Minded 5, booked Mr. Taylor for an unforgettable concert that is still talked about today. According to Vanity Fair a new wave of jazz is in...

Duration:00:57:57

Sly5thAve & Adam Rudolph

10/17/2018
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The Major Scale welcomes one of the finest artists in the nu-skool of Jazz and the latest in a long tradition of Texas tenors, Sly 5th Ave. The Austin native has taken the work of Dr. Dre and re-imagined it as an orchestral tribute. Sound heavy and stuffy? It's not, it's a treasure trove of joyful noise. The new renaissance continues and comes full circle with The Invisible Man. Sly creates a dreamy masterpiece to nod your head by re-arranging the beat maker's classics. The arranger meets...

Duration:00:57:54

The Chuck Stewart Songbook

10/10/2018
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We have the Chuck Stewart Songbook – a collection of standards from an artist whose instrument was his camera. If you've ever scanned through iTunes, dug through the crates at a record store, or watched a documentary or movie, chances are you know Chuck Stewart's work. His creative eye and sense for the "defining" moment yielded a bounty of iconic images with the likes of John Coltrane, James Brown, Billie Holiday, Quincy Jones, Led Zeppelin that graced the covers of Impulse, Verve,...

Duration:00:57:46