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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World of Jazz – Serge and Chums

The emphasis of the show is improvisers working within the written form of a song demonstrating the broad church of jazz……..the music played is
Serge Chaloff – Stairway to the Stars – Blue Serge
Eric Reed – Longhairs Rumba –   Musicale
Hamid Drake and Fred Anderson – For Brother Thompson – From the River to the Ocean
Archie Shepp and the New York Contemporary 5 – Monk’s Mood – The New York Contemporary 5
Colin Stetson – All the days I missed you – New History Warfare Volume 2
Archie Shepp and the New York Contemporary 5 –   Crespescule With Nellie – The New York Contemporary 5
Soumbory Jazz – Nana  – A Beginners Guide to African Funk
Cecil Taylor –   I Love Paris –   Love for Sale
Brian Auger Trinity with Julie Driscoll –   Season of the Witch – Open
Charlie Haden, Geri Allen, Paul Motian – Dolphy’s Dance -The Montreal Tapes
Sam Rivers – Lazuli – Lazuli
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