world of jazz #50 – drummers as leaders

Putting together World of Jazz tends to be a bit of a hit and miss affair as I either go with one particular artist or select of mix of music which I hope is complimentary.

For this particular show I was shuffling a few things around when I chanced upon Carl Craig’s Innerzone Orchestra project which I had not heard for a while.  It’s an album that manages to meld Detroit Techno with jazz (and a few other things as well) to create something entirely unique and frankly refreshing – and unlike so many of the more obvious “sampled jazz with beats” albums out there –  is actually developing new ground.

This lead to me to a line of thinking about drummers as leaders of bands and   the most contemporary of the percussionists featured in this show – the great French drummer Manu Katche and his  2004 album on ECM “Playground” whose lyrical and complex tunes make for great listening. I then picked a couple of drummers I had seen live at the Band on the Wall around the same time in the mid 80s (for no other reason than a deep nostalgia of whisky soaked evenings listening to jazz at that fine establishment) – Joey Baron (when he was playing in a trio with Bill Frisell and Kermit Driscoll) and Ronald Shannon Jackson (fronting his own band). Two great sticksmen but also fine band leaders.

The rest of the show features  a variety of music from Kenny Garrett, Malatu Estatqe, Arild Andersen, and Pharoah Sanders highlighting the international jazz world and its variety of styles.

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