World of Jazz Podcast 59 – A to Z of Jazz – “J”

Number 10 in a run of podcasts featuring the A-Z of the less well known members of the wonderful world of jazz…..reaching the letter “J”

  1. Clifford Jordan – Quasimodo
  2. Sam Jones – All Members
  3. Elvin Jones – Moon Dance
  4. Hank Jones – Dear Mister Santa Claus
  5. Ahmad Jamal – Catalina
  6. Thad Jones – Thedia
  7. Leo Janssen – Greenhouse
  8. James Farm – Unravel
  9. Duke Jordan – No Problem
  10. Philly Joe Jones – Julia

You can stream the show from Mixcloud

….and the music comes from the following albums….

  1. Highest Mountain
  2. The Soul Society
  3. Time Capsule
  4. Here’s Love
  5. The Essence Part One
  6. The Magnificent Thad Jones
  7. Shadow and Light
  8. James Farm
  9. Flight to Denmark
  10. Showcase


World of Jazz Podcast 58 – A to Z of Jazz “I”

We’ve reached number 9 in my series of shows about the less well known members of the world of jazz……

  1. Abdullah Ibrahim – Whoza Mtwana
  2. Indigo Jam Unit featuring Alicia Saldenha – Never Did I Stop Loving You
  3. Isotope 217 – Beneath The Undertow
  4. Vijay Iver Trio – Optimism
  5. Isotope – Rangoon Creeper
  6. Ikebe Shakedown – The Hold Up
  7. Ethan Iverson – Have You Met Miss Jones?
  8. Indigo Jam Unit – Rising
  9. Abdullah Ibrahim – Water from an Ancient Well

You can stream the show from Mixcloud

Sources of the music

  1. African Marketplace
  2. Rose
  3. The Unstable Molecule
  4. Accelerando
  5. Illusion
  6. Ikebe Shakedown
  7. Deconstruction Zone
  8. Independent
  9. Water from an Ancient Well


World of Jazz Podcast 57 – A to Z of Jazz – “H”

And so we reach the letter “H” in my amble through the less well known members of the jazz community:

  1. Matthew Halsall – Freedom Song
  2. Charlie Haden & Quartet West – Sunday at the Hillcrest
  3. Hampton Hawes – Hip
  4. Al Haig – Maoco
  5. Clark Hutchinson – Textures in 3/4
  6. Billy Higgins – Plexus
  7. Chico Hamilton – This Dream
  8. Andrew Hill – Mudflower
  9. Billy Hart – Igdaf Suite
  10. Tom Harrell – Obsession

You can stream the show from Mixcloud


  1. Sending My Love (2008) Manc trumpeters with Double Bass from Gavin Barras and Jon Thorne, Drums from  Gaz Hughes, Flute and Saxophone from Roger Wickham and Piano duties covered by Adam Fairhall
  2. In Angel City (1988) – the second outing for this band with Haden, tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts, pianist Alan Broadbent, and drummer Larance Marable
  3. For Real (1958) – HHs first album with a horn player – which is tenor man Harold Land – together with Scott La Faro on bass and Frank Butler.
  4. Chelsea Bridge (1975)
  5. A=MH2 (1969) – Andy Clark (vocals, keyboards, percussion, flute, saxophone, rhythm guitar) and Mick Hutchinson (lead guitar, percussion, piano, bass) first worked together in Vamp, a short-lived UK-based quartet founded by ex-Pretty Things drummer Viv Prince in the late 60s. The group split up after completing one single, but Clark and Hutchinson remained together to record the remarkable A=MH2.
  6. Bridgework (1986) – From a rare leaders date from Billy with a Cedar Walton tune and featuring Harold Land, Walton, and Buster Williams.
  7. El Chico (1965) – Gabor Szabo’s last outing with Hamilton also features Sadao Watanabe, Al Stinson, Jimmy Cheatham, Willie Bobo, and Victor Pantoja.
  8. Nefertiti (1976) – Hill in a Trio setting with Richard Davis and Roger Blank Hill.
  9. Oshumare (1985) – one foot in fusion and the other in straight-ahead post-bop. Hart leads a blend of acoustic and electric instruments; Dave Holland is on upright bass, while the electric contributions come from Kenny Kirkland or Mark Gray on keyboards and Bill Frisell or Kevin Eubanks on electric guitar. Add Branford Marsalis on tenor sax, Steve Coleman on alto sax, Didier Lockwood on violin, and Manolo Badrena on percussion and you have an all star affair.
  10. Roman Nights (2010) – his third album following his time away from recording features  tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, pianist Danny Grissett, bassist Ugonna Okegwo, and drummer Johnathan Blake.

In ANgel City

World of Jazz Podcast 56 – A to Z of Jazz – “G”

Week 7 of my A-Z of the less well known members of the jazz world has reached the letter “G”……………..


  1. Don Grolnick – Nothing Personal
  2. Jimmy Giuffre 3 – Sweet Song
  3. Kenny Garrett – The House That Nat Built
  4. Joe Gordon – A Song For Richard
  5. Dennis Gonzalez – Anthem For The Moment
  6. Grant Green – Stream Of Dreams
  7. Benny Golson – Modern Touch
  8. Bennie Green – Green Street
  9. Johnny Griffin – Rhythm-a-ning

The podcast can be streamed from here


  1. Weaver of Dreams (1990) – The first of his two CDs for Blue Note, featuring an all-star septet including the Brecker Brothers, Bob Mintzer, Dave Holland, Peter Erskine, and Barry Rogers.
  2. 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 bassist Steve Swallow.
  3. Songbook (1997) – Featuring his touring quartet — pianist Kenny Kirkland, drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts and bassist Nat Reeves
  4. Lookin’ Good (1961) Gordon with altoist Jimmy Woods, pianist Dick Whittington, bassist Jimmy Bond, and drummer Milt Turner.
  5. A Matter Of Blood (2009) with Curtis Clarke, the legendary Reggie Workman, and Michael T.A. Thompson.
  6. Street of Dreams  (1964) – Grant Green’s second session with organist Larry Young, the album also includes drummer Elvin Jones and Bobby Hutcherson on vibes.
  7. Modern Touch (1958) – Golson’s second album as a leader with trumpeter Kenny Dorham, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Max Roach.
  8. Mosaic Select (2003)  – taken from the original 1958 release Back On The Scene and featuring Charlie Rouse.
  9. You Leave Me Breathless (1967) – Griffin in Copenhagen in 1967 with Kenny Drew, Nils Henning Osted Pedersen and Albert Heath

Bennie Green Back On The Scene

World of Jazz Podcast 55 – A to Z of Jazz “F”

So it’s time for letter F in the A-Z of the less well known jazz artists out there….


  1. Joe Farrell – Outback
  2. Paulo Fresu & Uri Caine – Blood Money
  3. Henry Franklin – For Penny
  4. Art Farmer – Alone Together
  5. FME – Heavy Light (for Christian Wolff)
  6. David Friedmann – Four In One
  7. Bill Frisell – Lookout for Hope
  8. Yosie Fruchter – Shikora
  9. Curtis Fuller – Slide’s Ride

You can stream the show from here….

Sources of the music

  1. Outback (1971) The second and best of Joe Farrell’s dates for Creed Taylor’s CTI label. Recorded in a quartet setting in 1970, with Elvin Jones – drums , Chick Corea – pisno, and percussionist Airto Moreira,
  2. Think (2009) Fresu and Caine with the Alborada String Quartet.
  3. Tribal Dance (1977) Henry Franklinon bass, Dwight Dickerson on piano, Sonship on percussion, Jerry Rush on trumpet and flugelhorn and Charles Owens on flute, tenor and soprano.
  4. Yesterday’s Thoughts (1976) 1975 studio sessions recorded in New York for release in Japan by Eastwind. Art is joined by frequent collaborator Cedar Walton on piano, as well as bassist Sam Jones and drummer Billy Higgins.
  5. Cuts (2005) Free jazz from Ken Vandermark, Nate McBride and Paal Nilsen- Love
  6. Of The Wind’s Eye (1981) Vibraphonist and marimba player David Friedman has recorded and played extensively since the early ’70s.
  7. Gone, Just Like A Train (1998) Frisell in Chet Atkins meets jazz mode with drummer Jim Keltner and bassist Viktor Krauss.
  8. Pitorn (2008) Guitarist Yoshie Fruchter leads a quartet of violin, bass, and drums. Released on John Zorn’s Tzadik label as part of his Radical Jewish Culture series.
  9. Complete Blue Note UA Sessions (1996) A major post-bop stylist on trombone with remarkable techniques, including wide-octave leaps and whiplash phrases delivered in a relaxed manner.


World of Jazz Podcast 53

This week we have reached the letter “D” featuring the less well known members of the jazz fraternity:

  1. Lou Donaldson – Snake Bone
  2. Nathan Davies Sextet – Ruby, My Dear
  3. Ben Dietschi  Andrew Oliver Quartet – Invisible Beats
  4. Stacy Dillard – Stizzozo
  5. Lars Danielsson – Judas Bolero
  6. Eric Dolphy – Ode To C.P.
  7. Johnny Dyani Quartet – Blues for Moyake
  8. Manu Dibango – Wa-Wa

You can stream the show from here.

The album sources of the music for this show are:

  1. Say It Loud!
  2. Peace Treaty
  3. Parallaz
  4. Good and Bad Memories
  5. Melange Bleu
  6. Iron Man
  7. Angolian Cry
  8. Africadelic


World of Jazz Podcast 52 – The A-Z of Jazz Part 3 “C”

We have reached the “C”‘s in my alphabetical run through of the less well known, and less played , members of the jazz community:

  1. Sonny Clark – Junka
  2. Ron Carter – Someday My Prince Will Come
  3. Uri Caine – Humphrey Pass My Way
  4. Paul Chambers – Blessed
  5. Don Cherry – Dedication to Thomas Mapfumo
  6. Andrew Cyrille, Jeanne Lee, Jimmy Lyons – Sorry
  7. Avishai Cohen – Two Roses
  8. Marc Copland, John Abercrombie – Witchcraft
  9. Ravi Coltrane – Fantasm

you can stream the show here

and the albums the tracks are from are

  1. My Conception
  2. Dear Miles
  3. Bedrock
  4. First Bassman
  5. Multikulti
  6. Nuba
  7. Seven Seas
  8. Speak To Me
  9. Spirit Fiction


World of Jazz Podcast 51 – The A-Z of Jazz – Part 2 “B”

Part 2 of a new series introducing the less known jazz artists ….in alphabetical order………….


  1. Arthur Blythe – Jana’s Delight
  2. Chet Baker & Art Pepper – Minor Yours
  3. Jon Balke Batagraf – Riddle #1
  4. Billy Bang – Theme for Masters
  5. Joey Baron – Wisely
  6. Kenny Barron – Jacob’s Ladder
  7. Sidney Bechet – My Woman Blues
  8. Nat Birchall – Radiant Will
  9. Carla Bley – Old McDonald Had A Farm
  10. Donald Byrd – Hello Bright Sunflower

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And the tracks come from

  1. Retroflection (1994)
  2. Playboys (1956)
  3. Say and Play (2009)
  4. Distinction Without Difference (1979)
  5. We’ll Soon Find Out (2000)
  6. Scratch (1985)
  7. Mosaic Select (2006)
  8. Sacred Dimension (2011)
  9. Looking for America (2003)
  10. The Cat Walk (1961)

The Cat Walk

World Of Jazz Podcast 49

A mix of classic jazz from some of the pre-eminent players in the genre…….you can listen to the show on Mixcloud

  1. Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw – Lotus Blossom
  2. Woody Shaw – Sun Bath
  3. Freddie Hubbard – Byrdlike
  4. Donald Byrd and Kenny Burrell – Body and Soul
  5. Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane – Freight Trane
  6. Lou Donaldson – Funky Mamma
  7. Tubby Hayes – Stitt’s Tune


  1. Double Take (1985)
  2. Love Dance (1975)
  3. Rollin’ (1981)
  4. All Night Long (1956)
  5. Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane (1963)
  6. The Natural Soul (1962)
  7. Return Visit! (1962)

Woody Shaw

World of Jazz Podcast 48

This week the main focus is the brand new album from Tim Berne’s Snakeoil band which is just released on ECM…..also new material from Magnus Ostrom and Kenny Wheeler plus a couple of cuts from the archives.

  1. Tim Berne’ Snakeoil – Son Of Not So Sure
  2. Magnus Ostrom – The Moon (And The Air It Moves)
  3. John Handy – Spanish Lady
  4. Tim Berne’s Snakeoil- Psalm
  5. Kenny Wheeler – Four, Five, Six
  6. Tim Berne’s Snakeoil – Socket
  7. Birdsongs of the Mesozoic – Tyronglaea II

As usual the podcast can be streamed at


  1. Shadow Man (2013) – The second release from this line up with Berne on alto saxophone, Oscar Noriega on clarinets, Matt Mitchell on piano, and Ches Smith on assorted drums, gongs etc
  2. Searching for Jupiter (2013) – the second album for the former EST drummer.
  3. Live at Monterey (1996) – John Handy’s performance at the 1965 Monterey Jazz Festival was a sensation and arguably the high point of his career. The altoist, using a quintet that included violinist Michael White, guitarist Jerry Hahn, bassist Don Thompson, and drummer Terry Clarke, is in fine form.
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  5. Six for Six (2013) – a who’s who of UK jazz on this one with contributions from Stan Sulzmann, Bobby Wellins, John Taylor, Chris Laurence and Martin France all joining  Kenny for a great set of tunes.
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  7. Pyroclastics (1991) – the bands fifth album saw them returning to the jazz rock end of their earlier work.
Tim Berne
Tim Berne