A mixture of old and newer material on this one:
- Blue Mitchell – Samba De Stacy – Down With It – from 1965 with a quintet that features a young Chick Corea on piano, tenor saxophonist Junior Cook, bassist Gene Taylor, and drummer Al Foster, Mitchell creates a laid-back atmosphere typified by the bossa nova sounds of “Samba De Stacy”.
- Chris Cundy & Dominic Lash – Ginko’s Corner – Two Plump Sisters – I saw Chris playing in St Annes Church as part of the Manchester Jazz Festival and was very impressed with his playing – so I contacted him and he sent me some tracks. Thanks Chris!
- Art Blakey – Soul Finger – Soul Finger – released on Limelight in 1965 marks Lee Morgan’s and Freddie Hubbard’s final studio appearances as members of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Morgan had been an on-again-off-again member since the 1950s, but his tenure with Blakey through the early 1960s remained fairly constant. The set also includes a young John Hicks on piano, bassist Victor Sproles, and veteran saxophonist Lucky Thompson.
- Stuart McCallam – Inflight – Distilled – from the new album as featured on last weeks show.
- Sam Jones – Some Kinda Mean – The Soul Society – Bassist Sam Jones’ debut as a leader resulted in one of his finest recordings and features cornetist Nat Adderley, trumpeter Blue Mitchell, Jimmy Heath on tenor, baritonist Charles Davis, and pianist Bobby Timmons.
- Gannets – Walking the Gannet – featuring Chris Cundy again with Alex Ward, Fyfe Dangerfield, Dominic Lash, and Steve Noble – from an album which will be released some time next year.
- Horace Parlan – Rastus – Speakin’ My Piece – one of the first albums where Parlan was able to shine with his own subtle playing working well with an excellent backing band of Stanley Turrentine, bassist George Tucker, drummer Al Harewood
- Rise – Dusk on the Sudan – Messages – Rise is a twenty-something beat technician / crate-digger / musician from Manchester. Currently recording for the Futuristica Music label, Rise has worked with and produced for artists such as Deborah Jordan, Replife, Jazz Chronicles, Low Budget Soul, Beit Nun, Truth and Spinnerty to name but a few. Under aliases such as Meccca:83 and REdefinition, he continues to explore new genres and spaces: expanding the ever growing list of pseudonyms that make up the Solar Sound System. 2011 sees the release of the debut Rise album “Messages” on Futuristica Music which is a deep, spiritual jazz record with splashes of hip hop and heavily influenced by Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, Madlib, Strata East and Black Jazz. For lovers of the Jazzman label, Nostalgia 77, Cinematic Orchestra and JDilla!
- Peter Evans Quintet – Ghost – Ghosts – Evans’ latest release on his own More is More imprint is made unique by the lap-top live processing of Sam Pluta. At times, this Evans quintet operates as a classic jazz group , with Pluta’s laptop vying on equal terms with the acoustic instrumentation, but at others the core jazz quartet are in part manipulated through Pluta’s laptop to create an entirely unique listening experience.
- Peter Evans Quintet – Chorales – Ghost
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