Recent Recommended Radio Recordings : A Blog Supreme New York's classical station WQXR captured vocalist Theo Bleckmann's stunning reinvention of Kate Bush music live at Le Poisson Rouge, and the BBC's Jazz on 3 recorded the Vandermark 5 in concert at The Vortex in London.
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Recent Recommended Radio Recordings

Ruh-roh. Just a few good things being done by our comrades in public radio.

Fortunately, there's no 'r' in Theo Bleckmann. Joerg Grosse Gelderman/NEXT hide caption

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Fortunately, there's no 'r' in Theo Bleckmann.

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New York's classical station WQXR has been featuring some excellent stuff online lately, ever since being acquired by resource-heavy WNYC. When jazz-trained vocalist Theo Bleckmann presented his Kate Bush project at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village last week (Nate Chinen's review here), WQXR captured it and posted the results online. Perhaps it's not "jazz," but it's done with mostly jazz players who give this stuff some serious musical depth. (John Hollenbeck!) And Bleckmann — who has a new solo album out, like actually "he's the only one making music" solo, called I Dwell In Possibility — can really sing, bracing and direct, even in falsetto or when layered through reverb effects. [WQXR: Theo Bleckmann, Live from (Le) Poisson Rouge on September 22, 2010]

The BBC has absorbed some criticism recently from British jazz fans who say that the network ought to be doing more to support the art form. This may be true, but a scan of jazz and blues radio offerings alone reveals a lot of different stuff still being broadcast — historical recordings, interviews, live concerts, studio sessions, etc. The program(me) I've personally been digging on lately is Jazz on 3, which tends to feature progressive styles of jazz both local and abroad; their latest show features a concert recording of ABS favorites the Vandermark 5, from Chicago. (Also, check out that Loose Tubes track at the start of the show — oof!) If all goes well, you'll hear more from the Jazz on 3 team here soon. But all BBC programs seem to be available for online streaming only one week after broadcast, so get to it quickly. [BBC Radio 3: Jazz On 3, The Vandermark 5, Jon Rose]