World Of Jazz Podcast #01

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The first jazz podcast since my departure from Salford City Radio includes the following:

  • Don Grolnick – Genie – Nightown : Don’s second and final Blue Note release from 1992, he died far too young four years later, a stunning line of Ehrlich, Holland, Lovano and Brecker make this a must listen release.
  • Jan Garbarek – Gula Gula – I Took Up The Runes : a jazzy cover of Mari Persen’s tune sets the tone for a great mid-period album for Garbarek
  • Bennie Maupin – The Jewel In The Lotus – The Jewel In The Lotus : from 1974 and very much in the shadow of Bitches Brew – Maupin assembled a stellar line-up for this amazing album – most of his Headhunters chums are along for the ride and the arrangements are some of the best in jazz.
  • Ken Vandermark’s Joe Harriot Project – Shadows – Straight Lines – from 1999 a  celebration of Harriott’s compositions. With KV you have  Jeb Bishop on trombone, Kent Kessler on bass and Tim Mulvenna on drums.
  • Henry Threadgill & Zooid – A Day Off – Tomorrow Sunny/The Revelry SPP : a 2012 release with Henry doing what he does best by being completely unique and uncategorisable.
  • John Surman – Double Tripper – Nordic Quartet : typical ECM from 1995 – not known as Surman’s best work but highly entertaining and ambient.
  • Joshua Redman – Before – Passage Of Time : see below
  • Joshua Redman – Free Speech Phase 1 : Declaration – Passage Of Time : featuring Pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson – this 2001 album is a good representation of Redman’s writing abilities and the band is good on both the written and improvised sections.
  • Ponga – Naugahide – Ponga – Entirely improvised from start to finish,the album is a collection of   jam sessions  featuring  Wayne Horvitz (keyboards),  Bobby Previte (drums)  Skerik (sax) and Dave Palmer (keyboards). Released in 1999.
  • Paul Lytton, Phillip Wachsmann – The Redefining of Methods and Means – Some Other Season : Also from 1999 a collection of improvised pieces which hang precariously between jazz and ambient.
  • Miles Davis – Tatu Pt 2 Calypso Frelimo – Dark Magus : Live at Carnegie Hall in 1974 with Miles deep into his electric phase.
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World of Jazz – 6th January 2010

The usual mix of jazz from around the world including:

The Jadid Ensemble – a “world music” band from Manchester who manage to meld flamenco with Turkish and Arabic music with a smidgen of jazz to create a relaxed and compelling sound.

Paulo Fresu – a handful of tunes featuring Paulo’s work with Ralph Towner, Carla Bley and Enrico Rava.  This italian trumpeter builds on Miles Davis’s sound from the 1950s and he has been extremely productive with over 130 albums in his discography.

Ahmad Jamal – a great player who did not achieve much commercial recognition – an innovator and minimalist who Miles Davis (him again!) counted as one his main influencers.

Horace Tapscott  – another great writer who did not make it onto the main jazz stage – highly regarded by his peers.

Johnny Dyani – a great bass player and composer whose music combines  South African folk heritage with Ornette Coleman’s free bop and elements of avant-garde jazz.

Don Grolnick – a subtle and rather underrated pianist throughout his career, but his flexibility and talents were well known to his fellow musicians.

Roland Kirk – some might argue he is the most exciting saxophone soloist in jazz history,  a post-modernist before that phrase even existed. A master at  mixing and matching elements from jazz  history, with memorable results.