World of Jazz – 29th March 2012

This weeks show features two bands that played at Manchester’s Band on the Wall on the evening of the broadcast…..

Before he reached eighteen, Ambrose Akinmusire had already performed with a string of acclaimed musicians including Joe Henderson, Joshua Redman and Steve Coleman. He’s since gone on to play in the bands of Herbie Hancock, Jason Moran and Wayne Shorter and has won acclaim from the likes of Quincy Jones and Hugh Masekela for his playing. London’s Ronnie Scott’s was bursting at the seams for the blazing premiere of his Blue Note debut When The Heart Emerges Glistening, which offers a powerful exercise in intelligent interplay and subtle melodic development, and the exhilarating performance garnered five star reviews in both the Guardian and Financial Times.   Heralded as “a major creative figure in the making” (Jazzwise) and comparable “with some of the biggest names in African-American  jazz, Miles Davis included” (Guardian), Akinmusire is quickly becoming one of the most exciting, fresh and striking figures on today’s jazz  scene.

Robert Mitchell who, since his recording debut a decade ago, has become one of the most creative pianists on the British jazz scene. He features here  his trio, 3io, with  Mitchell on piano with bassist Tom Mason and drummer Richard Spaven. The band deliver unlikely covers alongside powerful new material as they find inspiration from all great music regardless of genre and generate a wonderful tension, and excitement from pulling the music into trio clothing!

In between there is new music from Bill King and Roy Assaf with a couple of classics from Miles Davis and Donald Byrd.

Listen here

1 Ambrose Akinmusire Confessions to my unborn daughter When the heart emerges glistening
2 Robert Mitchell 3io Third Stream The Embrace
3 Bill King The Gambler and the Riverboat Queen Gloryland
4 Ambrose Akinmusire Regret (No More) When the heart emerges glistening
5 Robert Mitchell 3io A Tear (For Now) The Embrace
6 Donald Byrd Gate City Byrd in Flight
7 Ambrose Akinmusire Tear Stained Suicide Manifesto When the heart emerges glistening
8 Robert Mitchell 3io Rockers Round Window The Embrace
9 Roy Assaf Hymn to Freedom Respect
10 Miles Davis Round Midnight Round About Midnight