World of Jazz – 1st November 2012

The last show to be broadcast on Salford City Radio – the show will continue in podcast form on Mixcloud from next week…..

As a bit of a celebration a selection of my favourite jazz artists:

  • John Coltrane – Alabama – Live At Birdland
  • Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Dat Dere – The Complete Blue Note Recordings
  • Lee Morgan – Stormy Weather – Sonic Boom
  • Miles Davis – Shhh/Peaceful – In A Silent Way
  • Duke Ellington – Perdido –  Masterpieces 1926-1949
  • Roland Kirk – The Black & Crazy Blues – The Inflated Tear
  • Chet Baker – The Night We Called It A Day – Embraceable You
  • John Coltrane – Like Someone In Love – Lush Life

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World of Jazz – 22nd December 2011

On this festive show :

  • Chet Baker – Silent Night Part One – Silent Nights
  • Cedar Walton – The Bouncer – The Bouncer
  • Janko Nilovic – Soul Impressions – Soul Impressions
  • Chet Baker – Oh Come All Ye Faithful – Silent Nights
  • Carla Bley – Floater – Social Studies
  • Donald Harrison – I can’t get started – This Is Jazz
  • Chet Baker – It came upon a midnight clear – Silent Nights
  • Clifford Jordan and John Gilmore – Status Quo – Blowing In From Chicago
  • Erik Truffaz – Samara – Out Of A Dream
  • Jon Balke – The Wind Caller – Say and Play
  • Chet Baker – Silent Night Part Two – Silent Nights
  • Chet Baker – Amen – Silent Nights

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World of Jazz – Trumpets Part 2 – 24th March 2011

Another look at Trumpet Players in the jazz world with a focus on three of the greats – Chet, Miles and Don

  1. Chet Baker – Solar – Chet Baker In New York – from September 1958 and the first of four albums Chet recorded for Riverside. The backing band is amazing – Al Haig (piano), Johnny Griffin (tenor sax), Paul Chambers(bass), and Philly Joe Jones (drums), the latter two of which were in Miles Davis’s band at the time and this makes the reading of Miles “Solar” all the more interesting.
  2. Miles Davis – Riot – No Blues – The second great Miles Davis Quintet only recorded new material during 1965-68 but  live performances they still played some of the   older standards Miles was famed for. Not many of the live sessions by the Quintet made it onto record but this   CD features the group in late 1967 playing older  songs  in addition to the newer material like “Masquelero” and “Riot.”
  3. Don Cherry – Bra Joe from Kilimanjaro/Terry’s Tune – Organic Music Society – Don ventures into “World Music” in this 1972 recordings with a variety of different musicians and the use of non-western instrumentation and avant jazz stylings is refreshingly different.
  4. Chet Baker – Pent Up House – In Milan – A year after the New York date above Chet was in Milan with a band of Italian musicians who coped exceptionally well with the feel of West Coast cool jazz – this is an exceptional album demonstrating Chet at his best, and with some great musicians backing him – viz Renato Sellani (piano), Franco Serri (bass), Gene Victory (drums) Glauco Masetti (alto sax) and Gianno Basso (tenor sax)
  5. Miles Davis – I thought about you – In Person Friday and Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk Complete – This short-lived version of the Miles Davis quintet featured Paul Chambers, Wynton Kelly, Jimmy Cobb, and Hank Mobley.  The unique thing about this group was its how it filled the massive void left by the  departure of Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane, with Miles taking a more vital role in directing the musicians.
  6. The Kilimanjaro Dark Jazz Ensemble – All is One – From The Stairwall – The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble (TKDE) formed in 2000 as a project to compose new music for existing silent movies. Jason Köhnen and Gideon Kiers, both graduates of the Utrecht School of Arts, combined their audio and visual skills to reinterpret classic movies by F.W. Murnau (Nosferatu) and F. Langs (Metropolis). In 2004 UK trombonist Hilary Jeffery and Swiss cellist Nina Hitz joined TKDE to record the self-titled debut album which was released on Planet Mu Records in May 2006. The ensuing tour saw Eelco Bosman and Paris based vocalist Charlotte Cegarra join, forming the Ensemble into a sextet.  London based violinist Sadie Anderson joined in 2008 to supply the group with extra power on stage. The Netherlands has been TKDE’s homebase since 2007, while members have moved closer to each other to make composing and producing easier. This is their latest album.
  7. Don Cherry – Dios & Diablo – Live at Cafe Montmatre –  In 1966 and at the beginning of a short-lived Blue Note recording contract, Cherry brought back to together his multi-national ensemble for a tour resulting in this Copenhagen concert, recorded live at the famed Jazzhaus Montmartre. The group is  Leandro “Gato Barbieri on tenor saxophone, Karl Berger on vibraphone, Aldo Romano on drums, and Danish bassist Bo Stief . The band runs through a series of medleys and themes called “Cocktail pieces”.
  8. Chet Baker – All Blues – The Last Great Concert – Despite his drug problems and chaotic life, Chet remained an excellent trumpeter to the end of his career. This concert, performed two weeks before the mysterious fall to his death out of an Amsterdam hotel window , is a great synopsis of his career.  An interesting rhythmic take on Miles classic “All Blues”.
  9. Miles Davis – Frelon Brun – The Complete In A Silent Way – Of all the studio recordings completed by Miles Davis with his various bands, the  In a Silent Way Sessions in 1968 and 1969 are important in the history of jazz. They signified the completion of his transformation from acoustic to electric sound, and  marked the conclusion of the life span of the “second” quintet of Davis, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Wayne Shorter, and Ron Carter that had begun on Filles de Kilimanjaro. The addition of Chick Corea as a second keyboard player and the replacement of Ron Carter with Dave Holland changed the sound of the band as heard through the material used to finish Filles de Kilimanjaro in “Mademoiselle Maby” and “Frelon Brun”.

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world of jazz – 3rd March 2011

Pushing that old envelope again with a blend of funk, post modernist rock, world music, and classic jazz……
  1. Maceo Parker – Inner City Blues – Funk Overload – the man who drove the Parliament brass section, and kept the Godfather of Soul on his toes, proves to be more than capable of keeping his own band tight on this 1998 album. More funk than jazz but a nice way to take over the airwaves from the masters of the dance beat Luvdup and Hughes with their Eclectic Circus.
  2. Hampton Hawes – Hip – For Real! – Although this album was his eleventh record as a leader, it was his first that included a horn player in  Harold Land.   The quartet   also includes drummer Frank Butler and bass player Scott La Faro. From 1958 the album demonstrates Hawes great style.
  3. Colin Stetson – Lord I Just Can’t Keep From Crying Sometimes – New History Warfare Vol 2 : Judges – a stunning new album from this virtuoso player who defies description with his amazing technique.
  4. Kin – This Tree – Flickering – blurring the boundaries and pushing the jazz envelope into the post rock realms of the amazing and unique Kin band. The marriage of electro glitch, jazz time signatures, and punk mores make this one of the most exciting albums of the year so far.
  5. Chet Baker – Oh You Crazy Moon – Jazz Masters – the master of cool at this most relaxed.
  6. George Russell Sextet – Nardis – Ezzthetics – a classic jazz album with a stellar line up of Don Ellis, Dave, Baker, Eric Dolphy,  Steve Swallow and Joe Hunt joining Russell to explore the avant garde end of post-bop.
  7. Charles Lloyd Quartet – Lift Every Voice and Sing – Mirror – from his latest album and new quartet the guru of modal jazz re-invents a song from a previous album and takes it off somewhere rather special.
  8. Robert Wyatt, Gilad Atzmon, Ros Stephens – Round Midnight – For the Ghosts Within – an interesting take on Monk’s classic tune is probably the best thing on this curates egg of an album.
  9. Jackie McLean – Don’t Blame Me – Capuchin Swing – from a 1960 Blue Note date, probably one of McLean’s better sets for the lable.
  10. Portico Quartet – Isla – Isla – A contemporary band who merge jazz with world music and nod towards the modern serial composers. They are characterised by the use of a hangm a metallic lap drum with clamped shells, the  sound of which resembles both a steel drum and Balinese instrumentation.
  11. Pete La Roca – Dancing Girls – Turkish Women at the Baths – the classic 1967 album from the drummer who left jazz to become an attorney and then came back again in 1979.

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