world of jazz #52 : piano players and other things

The show starts with a slab of Swedish jazz funk from a band called White Orange – which features trumpet maestro Tim Hagans  – who, as far as I know, only made one album. The release is from 1975.

I then play three great piano players in sequence:

A take on Miles Davis’s “So What” by the Bill Evans Trio from a Canadian Concert.

The soothing sounds of John Taylor from his 2008 album Whirlpool, and

Some hard- bop from the Wynton Kelly band from 1958 – a great line up with Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Paul Chambers and Philly “Joe” Jones.

With the passing of John Barry this week I play a couple of tunes from the excellent work he did on the soundtrack to the film “The Cotton Club”. A great composer, arranger and musician who will be sadly missed.

The mew Led Bib album is featured – their fifth. A great band who have managed to refresh the UK jazz scene with their approach to music. There are elements of Ornette Coleman, John Zorn, Sun Ra and Captain Beefheart in their impressive playing.

“Almost Like Me” is Odean Pope’s outstanding and very hard to find first release as leader. Some hard-core funky slap bass Philly modern jazz, with Cornell Rochester on drums and Gerald Veasley on bass playing some of their best work.

I close with a great reconstruction of the blues by Coltrane and then some marvellous work from Miroslav Vitous.

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