The most consistent source of inspiration for this site is XM Satellite Radio channel 72 – Beyond Jazz. Russ Davis has put together the best radio station for any fan of modern jazz. It’s the only station I know where you can hear fusion classics from Jean-Luc Ponty and Return To Forever and the latest plugged-in jazz from Joe Zawinul and Liquid Soul. I’ve even heard cuts from one of my desert island discs – the discontinued Jazz in the Present Tense by the Solsonics. Even though you get 100 channels on XM with your $10/month subscription, this station is about all I listen to. I had one of my best drives home from work this week when Davis was playing this set: Groove Collective, James Taylor Quartet, Jamiroquai, George Duke, and Al Di Meola.
It’s getting cheaper and cheaper to get XM. The new Delphi SkyFi Radio is out and you can purchase a home or car kit for it. A boombox for the SkyFi is coming by the end of the year, making XM mobile outside of your vehicle or house. Although this sounds like a commercial, I’m not paid by XM. I just love it and I know modern jazz fans have difficulty hearing this music today (especially with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) trying to rub out Internet radio with outrageous fees).