Desert Island Jazz
Tim Armacost (2004)

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Tim Armacost has led a life of constant motion. He has gathered knowledge and
experience around the globe, which forms the foundation of his passionate brand of jazz.
After landing in New York in 1993, Armacost quickly established his presence as a leader,
releasing his first two albums, “Fire” (Concord) and “Live at Smalls” (Double Time) to critical
acclaim. His hard hitting third release, “The Wishing Well,” (Double Time) announced the
arrival of Armacost’s working unit, featuring Bruce Barth, Ray Drummond, and Billy Hart. The
group has completed six successful tours in Europe and Asia, working with sponsors
Northwest Airlines, Marriott Hotels and Volkswagen, and followed up with an inspired second
recording, “Brightly Dark.” (Satchmo Records). Armacost’s current release, “Rhythm and
Transformation,” (ArtistShare 0064) features the quartet augmented by Ray Spiegel playing
Tabla, and the great Eddie Henderson on trumpet. Working with his quartet, the cooperative
group Hornz in the Hood with fellow saxophonists Craig Handy and Ravi Coltrane, Ray
Drummond’s “Excursion Band,” and co-leading the Brooklyn Big Band with Craig Bailey,
Armacost is now seriously in the mix.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Herbie Hancock Takin' Off The Maze (Blue Note)
# 2 Sonny Rollins The Bridge The Bridge (RCA)
# 3 Hank Mobley A Slice of the Top Hank's Other Bag (Blue Note)
# 4 John Coltrane Crescent Wise One (Impulse)
# 5 Pete Christlieb and Warne Marsh Apogee Donna Lee (Warner Bros)
# 6 Joe Henderson The Kicker Mamacita (OJC)
# 7 Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come Lonely Woman (Atlantic)
Book Mark Helprin, "Refiner's Fire"; or Michael Chabon, "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay"
Luxury Item An Apple G4 PowerBook
Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
Alt 1 Abbey Lincoln Talking to the Sun N/A (ENJA)
Alt 2 Charlie Shoemake Cross Roads N/A (Discovery)
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Paul Anastasio
25 Sep
Macy Blackman
19 Jun
George Cole
21 Aug
Alex Condé
06 Mar
Kit Eakle
04 Sep
Phillip Greenlief
13 Feb
Noah Griffin
06 Nov
Tammy Hall
27 Feb
Alan Hall
22 May
Christian Howes
27 Mar
Kymberly Jackson
03 Apr
Julie Kelly
20 Feb
Maya Kronfeld and Valerie Troutt
29 May
Jennifer Lee
17 Apr
Steven Lugerner
24 Jul
Steve McQuarry
05 Jun
Jacqui Naylor
13 Nov
Dave Newhouse
14 Aug
Zack Rogow
24 Apr
Holli Ross
17 Jul
Ellen Seeling
02 Oct
Richard Seidel
09 Oct
Edward Simon
31 Jul
Tessa Souter
23 Oct
Steve Turré
07 Aug
Donna Viscuso
20 Nov
Patrick Wolff
16 Jan