A real local flavour to this one featuring lots of talent from the Greater Manchester area……..listen here……
- Mama Roux – Fire – Demo Track (2012) : A fantastic new, and young, band from the Manchester area. I had the pleasure of seeing Tallulah (vocals) and Jackson (guitar) from the group play a set at The Verge in Hyde last saturday night where they did some amazing improvised performances. I have to say I am impressed by the quality of this young band who effortlessly merge soul, jazz and the blues in a modern context. This is their latest recording which promises a great deal.
- Optimystik Visionairies – Hawaii 950 – Optimistic Vision (2012) – from the new album which was sent through to me last week. A powerful fusion oriented sound with a modern feel. The band describe themselves as “Space Fusion Jazz Rock” – members are Greg Norman – Drums, Nick Steed – Keyboards, John Sandham – Bass and Nick Waddacar -Guitar.
- Ahmad Jamal – Bahia – The Essence Pt 1 (1995) – Mostly recorded in Paris, with two additional tracks from New York, this album is a testament to the genius of Ahmad Jamal. The rest of the band is James Cammack (bass), Idris Muhammad (drums), and Manolo Badrena (percussion).
- Forgas Band Phenomena – La Clef – L’Axe De Fou(2009) – Classic Canterbury Art Rock given an european feel – with some pretty wacky time signatures.
- Matthew Halsall – Cherry Blossom – Fletcher Moss Park (2012) : Manchester based trumpeter, composer, arranger and band-leader Matthew Halsall is described as one of the rising stars of the UK jazz scene. His new album came out on 15th October and he plays Band on the Wall, Swan Street, Manchester on 29th November with Go Go Penguin. DJ for the night is Nat Birchall – who is up next…..
- Nat Birchall – Sacred Dimension – Sacred Dimension (2011) – “Over the last few years British saxophonist and composer Nat Birchall has carved out a singular niche for himself. A deeply soulful, spiritual saxophonist whose beautiful recordings for the Gondwana label have moved people to suggest that the spirit of Coltrane was alive and well in Northern England. But Birchall is much more than a slavish imitator of Coltrane’s sound, there is a sense of tranquility and depth of feeling in Birchall’s music that recalls more than just Coltrane’s notes and a desire for honest, soulful communication which is also apparent in label mate Matthew Halsall’s albums.”
- Optimystik Visionaries – Count Me In – Optimistic Vision (2012)
- Ibrahim Mallouf – Shadows – Diasporas (2007) : A pioneering figure in the world of contemporary jazz thanks to his fusion of pop, soul, electro, hip-hop, and French chansons with the music of his Lebanese roots, Ibrahim Maalouf is widely regarded as one of the most gifted trumpeters of his generation.
- Lee Konitz – All Of Me – Inside Hi-Fi (1956) Classic Konitz from the mid 50s
- Pat Metheny – The Bat – 80/81 (1980) Metheny earned his jazz stripes on this classic double from ECM with Charlie Haden, Dewey Redman, Michael Brecker and Jack De Johnette
- Trespass Trio – Don’t Ruin Me – Brother Breda (2012) : Trespass Trio is one of several bands formed by saxophonist Martin Küchen, and consists of himself, percussionist Raymond Strid and bassist Per Zanussi. The album was recorded in Lisbon last summer.Both the album title and the content concerns the fate of Ernst Gerson, a veteran of the First World War and also the relative of Küchen, who for a time as a monk took the name Bruder Breda, but after being classified as a Jew by the Nazis were sent to Theresienstadt.
- Optimystik Visionaries – Pyramid – Optimistic Vision (2012)
- Modern Jazz Quartet – Romaine – Pyramid (1960) a highly regarded album from the classic band with a great version of Jim Hall’s “Romaine”.