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 Radio Show -20th October 2011

On this show… kicking off with a bit of a Cedar Walton theme and then some sort of continuity in terms of musicians across a number of the tracks:

  • Freddie Hubbard – Body and Soul – Here to Stay – released in 1979 as part of United Artists’ Blue Note reissue series,  with previously unreleased material from an all-star quintet including  Wayne Shorter (on tenor), Cedar Walton on piano , bassist Reggie Workman, and drummer Philly Joe Jones. An excellent hard bop set including this great version of “Body and Soul.”
  • Cedar Walton – Ojos De Rojo – Eastern Rebellion 2 – from the 1977 release from this collective of which Cedar Walton is the nominal leader.
  • Clifford Jordan – Blues for Muse – The Highest Mountain – Tenor-saxophonist Clifford Jordan teams up with pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Billy Higgins for this excellent modern hard bop set
  • Billy Higgins – East Side Stomp – Mr. Billy Higgins – and to keep the continuity going here is 1984 album with Billy mostly playing a supportive role , backing saxophonist Gary Bias , pianist William Henderson, and bassist Tony Dumas. with some  modal post-bop.
  • Gregory Porter – 1960 What? -Water – released last year and the stand out track from an album where he was described as the next big thing in the jazz male vocal world – not so sure about that statement but this is a great tune.
  • Dexter Gordon – Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool – Gettin’ Around – from 1965 and Dexter teaming up with vibist Bobby Hutcherson, Barry Harris, Bob Cranshaw and Billy Higgins  to create a bautiful post-bop album with some brilliant interplay between the two lead instruments.
  • Bobby Hutcherson – Maiden Voyage – Happenings –  Bobby’s first quartet recording highlights his soloing abilities, matching him with pianist Herbie Hancock   drummer Joe Chambers, and  bassist Bob Cranshaw.
  • Red Garland Quintet – Solitude- High Pressure – a classic 1957 date with   pianist Red Garland, tenor saxophonist John Coltrane   trumpeter Donald Byrd, along with bassist George Joyner and drummer Art Taylor.
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World of Jazz – 1st September 2011

On this show…..

  • Ikebe Shakedown – Tame the Beats – Ikebe Shakedown : a  Brooklyn-based band that plays with elements of cinematic soul, Afro-funk, deep disco, and boogaloo. From the current album.
  • Kenny Drew – Lion’s Den – Undercurrent – released in 1960 this is the seventh recording with Drew as a leader and  is significant for many reasons, not the least of which that it is one of the finest Blue Note hard bop statements. Teamed with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley fresh bassist Sam Jones and drummer Louis Hayes this is a classic album.
  • Dr. Tequila and the Mission “D” Mon – Cruzin’ the Square – Dr. Tequila : another one from the Doctor….and there are more albums on the way from Sacramento!
  • Don Rendell and Ian Carr – Latin Blues – Shades of Blue : From the golden age of  British jazz in the mid 1960s.  Some exquisite playing from Ian Carr on flugelhorn and trumpet, coupled with Don Rendell’s robust tenor and soprano excursions,and some spot on writing and arranging. This is all  beautifully balanced, with the lyrical playing of pianist Michael Garrick, the searching bass of Dave Green, and the ever changing, exciting drummer Trevor Tomkins.
  • Emily Saunders – O Sonho – Cotton Skies : plays Matt and Phreds in Manchester this Friday – another track from her great album.
  • George Benson – White Rabbit – White Rabbit : George takes on Grace Slick’s classic tune and moves it somewhere else entirely.
  • Brian Auger & The Trinity featuring Julie Driscoll – This Wheel’s On Fire – Open : a great mix of r n b, psychedelia and jazz.
  • Clifford Jordan – Hot Water – Spellbound : Jordan was sponsored by Cannonball Adderley on this album  for the  Riverside lable, which was subsequently  reissued on CD under the OJC imprint. At this point in time, Jordan did not quite have the approach he developed with Charles Mingus, but he was  a powerful  hard bop stylist. Joining him on this album pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Spanky DeBrest, and drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath
  • Emily Saunders – Zachary – Cotton Skies
  • Modern Jazz Quartet – Bluesology – Fontessa : classic MJQ from 1956.
  • The Dreamers – Ezriel – Ipos: Book of Angels Volume 14 : from Masada book 2 – another eclectic reworking of Zorn tunes by Cyro Baptista: Percussion, Joey Baron: Drums, Trevor Dunn: Bass, Marc Ribot: Guitar, Jamie Saft: Keyboards and Kenny Wollesen: Vibraphone.
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World of Jazz – 19th May 2011 – The Herbie Nichols Project

The Herbie Nichols Project was created through the Jazz Composers Collective in 1994.

Co-led by Frank Kimbrough and Ben Allison, the most recently  recorded line-up of the group includes Ron Horton on trumpet, Ted Nash and Michael Blake on saxophones, Wycliffe Gordon on trombone, and Matt Wilson on drums, although roughly twenty players have played as part of the project over it’s life.

The basis of the Herbie Nichols Project is to introduce the long-neglected music of this great American composer to musicians, audiences and record collectors and to arrange, perform and record his work with horns – something Nichols was not able to do in his lifetime.  

 The Herbie Nichols Project has recorded three CDs – Love Is Proximity and Dr. Cyclops’ Dream for Soul Note; their most recent is Strange City on Palmetto.  I am featuring one track from each album as part of the show. 

 “One can create one’s own system of composing jazz. Sometimes I find it hard to distinguish where my technique ends and inspiration begins. . . Rhythms and patterns seem to be endless and I find them in boxing, architecture, literature, vaudeville, the dancing art of Primus, Hale and Dunham. All the world’s a stage for the jazz pundit.”  Herbie Nichols, Metronome Magazine,1956

Frank  Kimbrough: “I first heard Herbie Nichols’ music in January, 1985 on one of WKCR FM’s ‘Birthday Broadcasts,’  . They played three hours of his music and I taped the program. I was so struck by it I started transcribing his music the next day. I played many of the tunes at a solo piano gig on Bleecker Street, then after a while began to take the tunes to sessions with my friends. As these sessions gradually evolved into what was to become the Jazz Composers Collective, we decided it would make a great project, even though our main focus has always been our own music. We premiered the Herbie Nichols Project in 1994. The next year I got an NEA grant to produce two more concerts, and from there it took on a life of its own.”

1 The Herbie Nichols Project  – Dance Line – Love is Proximity (1997 Soul Note)

2 Jackie McLean – House is Not A Home – Dynasty – If you going to do Bacharach this is the way to do it. One of the great Jackie McLean albums. After nearly a decade away from recording, he teamed up with his son, René (who triples on tenor, soprano, and flute), pianist Hotep Idris Galeta, bassist Nat Reeves, and drummer Carl Allen for a great live set. (1988 Triloka)

3 George Adams/Don Pullen – Kahji – Melodic Excursions – The George Adams-Don Pullen group pared to the bone — just the two of them.  A great example of how two musicians who know each other well can deliver exciting improvisation. (1982 Timeless)

4 The Herbie Nichols Project – The Bebop Waltz – Dr Cyclops Dream – the date includes a wealth of Nichols’ imaginative yet infrequently heard songs, plus a number of compositions recorded for the first time (thanks to trumpeter and flügelhornist Ron Horton’s discovery of several scores in the Library of Congress).  (1999 Soul Note)

5 Dewey Redman – Joie De Vivre – Ear of the Behearer – this album contains all of Dewey’s Impulse work and is a little freer than what we are used to from him. (1973 Impulse)

6 Thomas Strønen- In Motion – Parish – not Psalm as I called it during the show….typical ECM recording with Bobo Stenson, Fredrick Ljungkvist and Mats Ebertson. (2006 ECM)

7 Tom Harrell – Autumn Picture – Visions – from a sort of compilation album of sessions when Harrell left the lable – features Joe Lovano on Soprano. (1991 Contemporary)

8 The Herbie Nichols Project – Enrapture – Strange City –  Trumpeter Ron Horton is featured in a quartet setting on “Enrapture”. (2001 Palmetto)

9 Clifford Jordan – He’s A Hero – The Adventurer- Tenor-saxophonist Clifford Jordan teams up with  Tommy Flanagan, Bill Lee, and Grady Tate for this excellent modern hard bop set. (1980 Muse)

10 Joe Lovano – I Can’t Get Started – Quartets – Live at the Village Vanguard – Named Jazz Album of the Year by readers of Downbeat Magazine, this double CD features tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano during two appearances at the Village Vanguard New York. Other than the leader, the pair of quartets are completely different and they bring out two sides of Lovano. The earlier session featured on the show has  the leader in a   piano-less quartet,   with  Tom Harrell – in a sort of reverse from the track played earlier.

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