Music Diary #19 – 19th January 2012 & World of Jazz

A new AAAK EP on its way to us shortly – love the moody cover of Paul and Ding and looking forward to hearing the Violent Snog mix of I assume “Sweet Sweet Kiss” – difficult to see as the reflected flash is in the way…..

Those merry funsters Well Wisher  have a new EP out on 25th January 2012 called “Summer Gangs”  – you can stream it on Bandcamp at this moment in time. As usually their breathtaking post-hardcore slacker indie punky pop is a refreshing antidote to the tired playlists wombled out by the so-called “taste-makers” out there. Highly recommended.

Pleased to see 50FOOTWAVE have released a new EP which is called “With Love From The Men’s Room” and it’s free from here – as usual K Hersh is on fine form and it is to be hoped they can make it over to the UK for some gigs in the near future.

Mr MJ Leigh has made four more Kill Pretty tracks available for download  here – suffice to to say they are all rather marvellous…..really looking forward to next weeks gig at the Kings Arms. The lyrics on some of these are NSFW.

And so to this weeks World of Jazz at the hail stones thunder down outside the Half Edge Recording Studios……..

I felt in a fusion-y sort of mood this week so I opted for some Weather Report  to kick of the show. Featuring a track from the eponymous album which saw the last time Pastorius, Erskine, and Thomas Jr would play together as a rhythm section – some would argue they rather lost the plot after this album – not sure I agree there are some highlights in the later work.  I’ve recently been introduced to the work of Dag Arnesen and I was drawn to the album featured on this show through the presence of Palle Mikkelborg on trumpet. Beautiful melodies and great playing.

Always pleased to feature the great James Spaulding on the show and the bluesy cut played on this show demonstrates his ability to adapt. Australian Mike Nock has been around for a while and he always delivers great albums – never gets the attention he deserves I reckon. Marcus Millers re-invention of Miles Davis’s first Warners album “Tutu” is interesting – whilst it’s appreciate he contributed considerably to the original one wonders why he felt it necessary to put together this mammoth slab of work around it. I’m sort of conflicted on the need for it but it’s always good to hear George Duke’s wonderful “Backyard Ritual” and Christian Scott does well fitting into MDD’s shoes.

Sonny Criss working with Horace Tapscott has to be a bonus and the nonet cut from the “Sonny’s Dream” album is rather groovy. Following that with some Stan Getz from an album produced in collaboration with (Big A&M)* Herb Alpert towards the end of the great mans career. Concluding with some ECM ambience from Don Cherry and friends, a great ballad from Dexter Gordon and a mood piece from Manchester based jazzer Matthew Halsall.

(* Gratuitous Fall Fan Reference c.f.  CnC-S Mithering from Grotesque After the Gramme)

Enjoy here.…..

1 Weather Report Volcano for Hire Weather Report
2 Dag Arnesen Astrid Mi Astrid Norwegian Songs 3
3 James Spaulding Gerkin for Perkins Blues Nexus
4 Mike Nock Symbiosis Almanac
5 Marcus Miller Backyard Ritual Tutu Live
6 Sonny Criss The Golden Pearl Sonny’s Dream (The Birth of the New Cool)
7 Stan Getz Amorous Cat Apasionado
8 Don Cherry, Lennart Aberg, Bobo Stenson Prayer Dona Nostra
9 Dexter Gordon I guess I’ll hang my tears out to dry Ballads
10 Matthew Halsall The Journey Home On the go

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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