Checking In w/ Jennifer Hartswick


Seth and Rob excitedly call Jennifer Hartswick to discuss the heavily anticipated release of a record the recording of which theses three had already discussed in Episode 32 of this podcast. The record is called “Nexus,” will be release September 7 and she recorded it with guitarist Nick Cassarino (Nth Power) and Christian McBride (has worked with everybody, listen to episode for specifics) – and the track “Numb” from it is debuted at the end of the episode. Jennifer talks about how Nick evidenced brilliance so early on that she immediately started hiring him for work when he was in his mid-teens, and how he was a key part of this recording. Each of the three people in this conversation has his/her own ocean of respect for Christian McBride, so his brilliance is most certainly discussed. Jennifer even offers her response to a McBride quote about jazz record producers. She talks about how the record is a mix of very tight arrangements and ones which benefited from a bit of looseness. Jennifer also elaborates on the variety of rooms she plays and how they work differently for different types of performances. Seth offers his hope that this record will expose more people to jazz and Jennifer explains how she is already gaining new fans from the Jazz and Blues worlds even thought the record is still mostly just a buzz (not released yet). Jennifer also talks about Mobile, Nigel Hall, when Trey Anastasio met Tom Petty and she assures us that Trey is back in a happy place after the sorrow related with his band’s festival being cancelled well past the, “11th hour.” Perhaps best of all, Jennifer pokes fun at each host which is an example of just one of the reasons why she is one of this podcast’s favorite guests.


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