A mixed bag this week and just a mix – no nattering from me – so a little more info on the blog…..listen here
- Omar Sosa – Alejet – The Afri-Lectric Experience (2013) – the music on this album began as an Omar Sosa commission from the Barcelona Jazz Festival in 2009. The assignment: to compose and produce a tribute performance toMiles Davis’ classic recording, Kind Of Blue, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. Inspired by various musical elements and motifs from Kind Of Blue, Omar wrote a suite of music honouring the spirit of freedom in Davis’ seminal work. Featuring trumpet and two saxophones, Eggun provides a medium for musical elements from Africa to shape and develop the music. The featured horn players are Joo Kraus on trumpet ,Leandro Saint-Hill on alto saxophone and flute , and Peter Apfelbaum on tenor saxophone. Omar’s longtime rhythm section of Marque Gilmore on drums and Childo Tomas on electric bass create the foundation.
- Chico Freeman – Bemsha Swing – Focus (1994) – a hard bop date which is somewhat out of step with Freeman’s other more adventurous work. A good cover of the Monk classic. The band is Freeman, alto man Arthur Blythe, pianist George Cables, bassist Santi Debriano and drummer Yoron Israel.
- Flat Earth Society – Sneak Attack of the Sponges – 13 (2013) The Flat Earth Society (FES) is a Belgian big band ensemble founded and led by Peter Vermeersch. They mix the rich Belgian brass band (HaFaBra) tradition with characteristic avant garde creativity.
- Charles Lloyd & Jason Moran – Bess You Is My Woman Now -Hagar (2013) a stunning duo set from Lloyd and his long standing piano player Moran. The well established working relationship comes across strongly on this album and at 75 Charles still blows a mean tenor.
- Don Sugarcane Harris – Where’s My Sunshine? – Sugar Cane’s Got the Blues (1973 ) From a performance at the 1971 Berlin Jazz Festival this album stands out as his best overall recording. Probably more Psychedelic Rock than Jazz. Featured soloists, other than Don, are by keyboardist Wolfgang Dauner and guitarist Volker Kriegel.
- Henry Franklin – The Magic Boy – Skipper At Home (1974) rereleased on CD in 2005 this album finds bassist Franklin on fine form. The line up is Bass – Henry Franklin,Drums – Ndugu, Guitar – Kenny Climas, Saxophone [Soprano] – Kemang Sunduza , Saxophone [Tenor] – Charles Owens Trombone – Al Hall, Jr. and Trumpet – Oscar Brashear.
- Jimmy Giuffre – Where Were We? – The Life of A Trio – Sunday (1989) The second night of the 1989 reunion in New York of the 1961-1962 Jimmy Giuffre 3 with pianist Paul Bley and (now electric) bassist Steve Swallow. A Carla Bley tune. Regarded as one of the trios best albums.
- Goran Kajfes – Sarasvati – X/Y (2011) Kajfes’ third album of “crossover electro-jazz” since 2001. An ambitious work for the Croatian born Swedish artist, who is a relative unknown outside his own country. Echoes of Miles Davis Bitches Brew and Don Cherry’s multikulti project come through this rich mix of material.
- Tigran Hamasyan – Leaving Paris – New Era (2008) Hamasyan’s second release as a leader is stunning. Hamasyan delivers ethnic based jazz reflecting his Armenian roots. Twin brothers bassist François Moutin and drummer Louis Moutin provide excellent support alongside Vardan Gregoryan who plays a variety of unique instruments.