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KIOS Jazz CD of the Month: Walt Weiskopf / The Way You Say It / Posi-Tone

Walt Weiskopf, a tenor player deserving of wider recognition, has returned with "The Way You Say It", his new release on Posi-Tone Records and it's a fine display of his talents. Weiskopf plays straight ahead bop and has been a member of Steely Dan's touring band for several years. He has much to say musically with a quartet on this new record which features Brian Charette on organ, Behn Gillece on vibraphone and Steve Fidyk on drums.

There are nine originals of twelve on the new set and Weiskopf packs a punch in all of them. The tunes are somewhat short time-wise , the longest being just five and half minutes, but the musicians keep everything moving along in a nice flow that keeps the listener engaged and wanting  more.

Highlights include a Monk-like "Coffee and Scones" , the quick as lightning " Blues Combination", a lovely take on the standard "Candy", the waltz "Invisible Sun" and the adventurous "Scarlet Woman" originally done by Weather Report on their album "Mysterious Traveller". Weiskopf has released a good number of recordings under his leadership the past two decades including titles for Double Time and Criss Cross in addition to playing as a sideman with such notables as the Buddy Rich Big Band, Toshiko Akiyoshi , Frank Sinatra, Boz Scaggs and a host of others. His latest offering is proof positive that he is one of the leading tenor players on the scene today.

Mike Jacobs has been with KIOS since 1988 while attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Mike began his career at KIOS working weekends acting as local host for NPR’s Weekend Edition. He also hosted Morning Edition from 1990-1996. Mike began hosting the weekly blues program “Blues in the Afternoon” in October 1994 and took on the responsibilities of jazz programming and maintaining the music library in 1996. He has held the position of Music Director since 2002. In addition to hosting “Jazz in the Afternoon” on Wednesdays and Thursdays, Mike also helps with assembling music for “Jazz From Studio One” hosted by the advanced radio students at the Omaha Public Schools Career Center. Mike is an Omaha native and graduated from Technical High School in 1984.
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