World of Jazz Radio Show – 15th September 2011

A mixed bag of older stuff this week…..i’ll be prowling the record emporia of Mancunia tomorrow so maybe some new things next week…

  • Phil Ranelin – Sounds from the Village – Vibes from the Tribe (1976) : was one of the Detroit jazz scene’s unsung heroes, releasing several excellent, politicized albums that blended post-Coltrane avant-garde jazz, post-Bitches Brew psychedelia, hard bop, funk, and African rhythms. In 1971, trombonist Ranelin and saxophonist Wendell Harrison started a band,  recording company, and magazine, and called them the Tribe.   Vibes From the Tribe was the last of eight records issued by Tribe/Time Is Now Productions. The  CD release of the album is the first of the label’s recordings to be issued in full, with added bonus tracks.  John McEntire of the band Tortoise has restored the master tapes, and added some touches to the unreleased material which give the music a contemporary feel.
  • Paul Chambers – Dear Old Stockholm – Bass on Top (1957) – the great bassist from the first Miles Davis Quintet features here one of his seven albums as a leader -it is a set of straight-ahead, mainstream jazz  with a quartet made up of Chambers,  guitarist Kenny Burrell, pianist Hank Jones, and drummer Art Taylor.
  • Ramon Morris – Wijinia – Sweet Sister Funk (2004) – this lone Morris Groove Merchant date remains one of the most impressive fusion records of its time. Morris soulful tenor saxophone fits well in jazz-funk  and the album  achieves a near-perfect balance between the mainstream and the experimental leaning. The band includes trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater and percussionist Tony Waters. It is a real pity that Morris never again recorded as a leader as this album promised so much more.
  • Weather Report – A Remark You Made – 8:30 (1979) – This was a rare quartet version of Weather Report, with co-leaders in keyboardist Joe Zawinul and saxophonist Wayne Shorter are the phenomenal  bassist Jaco Pastorius, and drummer Peter Erskine. Shorter shines through on this excellent melodic track.
  • Yusef Lateef – The Plum Blossom – Eastern Sounds (1961) – one of the last recordings made by the band that Lateef shared with pianist Barry Harris after the band moved to New York from Detroit. Lateef  had long been interested in Eastern music, and  this Moodsville session contains his explorations of Eastern mode and interval, as well as tonal and polytonal improvisation.
  • Al Haig Trio – Autumn in New York – Esoteric (1954) – One of three albums that pianist Al Haig made in 1954 before leaving the scene  for the next 20 years, this long out-of-print recording was reissued on CD by the Spanish Fresh Sound label. The bop pioneer is heard with bassist Bill Crow and drummer Lee Abrams.
  • Milt Jackson – Spanish Fly – In A New Setting (1964) –  one of his best as a leader. With young pianist McCoy Tyner and tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath, Jackson delivers a great session,
  • Benny Golson – Venetian Breeze – The Modern Touch (1958) – Golson’s second album as a leader   is a solid hard bop date featuring the tenorman in a quintet with trumpeter Kenny Dorham, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Max Roach.
  • Kenny Gill – Virgo/Libra – What Was, What Is, What Will Be (1971) – a great solo piece demonstrating the freer side of Gill’s work.
  • Charlie Rouse – Pretty Strange – Takin’ Care of Business – Rouse’s debut as a leader  The distinctive tenor saxophonist, who had just started a decade-long stint as a member of the Thelonious Monk Quartet, teams up with trumpeter Blue Mitchell, pianist Walter Bishop, Jr., bassist Earl May, and drummer Art Taylor.
To listen to the show click on the link below…….