World of Jazz Podcast #07 – 20th December 2012

A mixed bag this week with two further tracks from the excellent new album from Optimystic Visionaries and a couple of cuts from June Caravel amongst a dip in the collection for some things you may not have heard before…..listen here

  • Hank Mobley – Smokin’ – Workout (1961) an all-star quintet of young modernists — guitarist Grant Green, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones – together with Hank on Tenor. Great jamming and high tempo bop at its most rewarding.
  • Optimystic Visionaries – Optimistic Vision – Optimistic Vision (2012) from the new album from Stockport’s finest which I have been featuring over the last few weeks
  • June Caravel – J’te ramène à la boutique – The A Cappela Sessions (2012) recorded at her home studio in London
  • Miles Davis – Back Seat Betty – We Want Miles (1982) the second recording since ending his six-year retirement was one of his best of the 1980s.  The guitarist is  Mike Stern, Bill Evans plays soprano sax, Bass is from Marcus Miller,  Al Foster is on drums and  Mino Cinelu is the percussionist. Live!
  • Joseph Kabassele et l’African Jazz – Merengue Scoubidou – Hommage au Grand Kallé, vol. 2 (1982) Joseph Kabasele helped to spark the rise of modern Zairean music. He was the founder and leader of African Jazz, a band that introduced guitarist Dr. Nico, vocalist Tabu Ley Rocherau and saxophonist Manu DiBango, Kabassele has been called, “Le Gran Kalle” and “the father of rumba”.
  • Duke Ellington and Coleman Hawkins – Ray Charles Place – Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins (1962) This was their first, and only, meeting on record. The album features an all-star group taken out of the Ellington big band with such lumanaries as  Ray Nance (on cornet and violin), trombonist Lawrence Brown, altoist Johnny Hodges, and baritonist Harry Carney.
  • Donny McCaslin – Memphis Redux – Perpetual Motion (2010) featuring Tim Lefebvre (bass) Adam Benjamin and Uri Caine (electric and acoustic keyboards), and Mark Guiliana and Antonio Sanchéz (Drums). McCaslin shows his Trane/Rollins roots over a fusion oriented electric sound.
  • Django Bates – ….And A Golden Pear – Winter Truce (And Homes Blaze) (1995) featuring a lot of Django’s chums from Loose Tubes including Django Bates (horns, piano, keyboards) Christine Tobin (vocals); Stuart Hall (guitar, banjo, violin); Eddie Parker (flute, bass flute); Barak Schmool (piccolo, tenor saxophone); Steve Buckley (tin whistle, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Sarah Homer (clarinet, bass clarinet); Mark Lockheart (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Sid Gauld (trumpet); Dave Laurence (French horn); Roland Bates (trombone); Richard Henry (bass trombone); Sarah Waterhouse (tuba); Martin France (drums, percussion); Iain Ballamy (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Julian Argüelles (soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone); Chris Batchelor (trumpet).
  • June Caravel – Midnight City – And A Tree Will Rise Out Of Me (2011) Produced by Sylvia Massy (Prince, Skunk Anansie) and featuring  Jeff Pevar on guitar (Ray Charles, Crosby Stills & Nash), Stevie D on drums (David Gilmour, Crosby Stills & Nash), Tibo Barbillon on bass (Nouvelle Vague, 1973), and Bill Holloman on horns (Nile Rodgers, Diana Ross).
  • Optimystic Visionaries – Focus On In – Optimistic Vision (2012)
  • Arthur Blythe – Jana’s Delight – Retroflection (1994) Arthur  is joined by pianist John Hicks, bassist Cecil McBee, and drummer Bobby Battle on this superior quartet date from Enja. One of his best albums. Live at the famous Village Vanguard club.

Arthur B

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