World Of Jazz Podcast #01

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The first jazz podcast since my departure from Salford City Radio includes the following:

  • Don Grolnick – Genie – Nightown : Don’s second and final Blue Note release from 1992, he died far too young four years later, a stunning line of Ehrlich, Holland, Lovano and Brecker make this a must listen release.
  • Jan Garbarek – Gula Gula – I Took Up The Runes : a jazzy cover of Mari Persen’s tune sets the tone for a great mid-period album for Garbarek
  • Bennie Maupin – The Jewel In The Lotus – The Jewel In The Lotus : from 1974 and very much in the shadow of Bitches Brew – Maupin assembled a stellar line-up for this amazing album – most of his Headhunters chums are along for the ride and the arrangements are some of the best in jazz.
  • Ken Vandermark’s Joe Harriot Project – Shadows – Straight Lines – from 1999 a  celebration of Harriott’s compositions. With KV you have  Jeb Bishop on trombone, Kent Kessler on bass and Tim Mulvenna on drums.
  • Henry Threadgill & Zooid – A Day Off – Tomorrow Sunny/The Revelry SPP : a 2012 release with Henry doing what he does best by being completely unique and uncategorisable.
  • John Surman – Double Tripper – Nordic Quartet : typical ECM from 1995 – not known as Surman’s best work but highly entertaining and ambient.
  • Joshua Redman – Before – Passage Of Time : see below
  • Joshua Redman – Free Speech Phase 1 : Declaration – Passage Of Time : featuring Pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson – this 2001 album is a good representation of Redman’s writing abilities and the band is good on both the written and improvised sections.
  • Ponga – Naugahide – Ponga – Entirely improvised from start to finish,the album is a collection of   jam sessions  featuring  Wayne Horvitz (keyboards),  Bobby Previte (drums)  Skerik (sax) and Dave Palmer (keyboards). Released in 1999.
  • Paul Lytton, Phillip Wachsmann – The Redefining of Methods and Means – Some Other Season : Also from 1999 a collection of improvised pieces which hang precariously between jazz and ambient.
  • Miles Davis – Tatu Pt 2 Calypso Frelimo – Dark Magus : Live at Carnegie Hall in 1974 with Miles deep into his electric phase.

World of Jazz – 14th July 2011 – Focus on the ECM record lable

ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music) record label was founded in Munich,  in 1969 by Manfred Eicher. Best known for jazz music, ECM has released a wide variety of recordings, and the artists on the labels roster demonstrates with ease the capacity to blur the boundaries between genres.

ECM’s motto is “the Most Beautiful Sound Next to Silence,” as evidenced by the selection of recordings released by the label.

  1. Dave Holland Quintet – Serenade – Points of View
  2. Edward Vesala Sound and Fury – Caccaroo Boohoo – Invisible Storm
  3. Misha Alperin – Etude – North Story
  4. Michael Formanek – Jack’s Last Call – The Rub and Spare Change
  5. Andy Sheppard – Bing – Movements in Colour
  6. Colin Wallcott – Cloud Dance – Cloud Dance
  7. Gary Peacock, Paul Motian, Paul Bley – Set Up Set – Not Two, Not One
  8. Bennie Maupin – The Jewel in the Lotus – The Jewel in the Lotus
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