Aural Delights Radio Show – 21st December 2011 – Albums of the Year Part 3

The third of four shows dedicated to my albums of the year as selected by myself, fellow Salford City Radio DJs and a group of ne’er-do-wells from a Fall forum somewhere in etherspace

Deerhunter – Wash Off  – Rhapsody Original (June) – recorded live in Austin at the annual Rhapsody Rocks SXSW party. A memorable opening track from a damn fine album.

Moon Duo – Run Around – Mazes (March) – The Wooden Shjips Ripley Johnson and organist Sanae Yamada in full psyche drone mode for their second album. Also remixed.

Magazine – Do The Meaning – No Thyself (October) – I wasn’t too sure on this one myself but the weight of opinion amongst the chums was that it was a return to form. I was a little perplexed with some of the lyrics and I thought their was an element of self parody in parts.

Dr Tequila – Dr Tequila – Dr Tequila (September) – Blues soaked latino dance craziness from Ritchie Barron and his coterie of experienced Californian musicians who create great party music.

Across Tundras – In the Name of the Rio Grande – Sage (May) – Southern Gothic metal americana with a smattering of country. Real in your face music with an attitude.

White Fence – And By Always – In Growing Faith (January) – trippy, distortion-laced, psychedelic pop from Tim Presley who seems to be making this his main project following the demise of Darker My Love, apart from occasional paternity leave cover for The Fall.

The Suzukis – Built In – The Suzukis (July) – marvellous first outing from this band from Wigan – big things are predicted and it is justified.

Van Der Graaf Generator – Highly Strung – A Grounding In Numbers (March) – the 12th studio album by my reckoning and a real return to form after the disappointment of Trisector. Also remarkably short songs for this band but still with their trademark punk-prog approach.

Peter Hammill – Central Hotel – PNO, GTR, VOX (October) – PJAH hard at work, on his own, over two discs live at various venues throughout the land – including sunny Salford (I was present at said event). Disc One is Peter with piano, Disc Two is Peter with Guitar. An amazing version of the closing track from the 1981 album Sitting Targets.

Day For Airstrikes – Get In My Car – Adam, Wez, Ian, John, Danny, Rita, Sue and Bob Too (May) – the new soundtrack to the film of the latter part of the album title which was performed only once at the Sounds from the Other City Festival in May. The lovely mop-tops from South Manchester get into an altogether more reflective mood.

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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 – 25th August 2011

Ladies and the blues feature in the most part on this show…….

  • Stanley Turrentine – Blue Riff – Blue Hour : The Complete Sessions – a 1960 Blue Note date which was re-released in 2000 with outtakes and extra material.
  • Emily Saunders – Ginga Carioca – Cotton Skills – by way of an introduction to a singer who plays Matt and Phred’s jazz club in Mancunia on September 2nd.  An assured debut with some quite magical singing and re-interpretation of the work of Hermeto Pascoal.
  • Dr. Tequila & The Mission “D” Mob – Dream World – Dr Tequila – another great track from Sacramento’s purveyor of fine music – here delivering a scorching blues soaked guitar special.
  • Nancy Wilson – I’m Always Drunk In San Francisco – Welcome to My Love – the great Oliver Nelson conducted and arranged this great 1967 album from Nancy. Excuse my geographical faux pas on the show where I say SF is up the coast from Sacramento – it is of course across to the coast and down a bit.
  • Dr. John and the Lower 911 — What’s Wit Dat – Tribal – Mack brought back his “Night Tripper” persona in 2006 and delivered a great album in the spirit of his earlier work from the ’70s. There is something rather magical about this great album with RnB running through it like a stick of rock.
  • Emily Saunders – Xibaba – Cotton Skies – Emily’s take on Latino rhythms is nothing short of excellent on this great interpretation of an Airto Moreira classic.
  • Eric Dolphy – Miss Ann – Far Cry – A December 1960 Prestige date finds Dolphy playing with the legacy of Charlie Parker but the album also contains the initial performance of Dolphy’s future jazz classic “Miss Ann”.
  • Sarah Vaughan – Embraceable You – Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown – a 1954 classic album with two of the giants of jazz. The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.
  • Stuart McCallam – Fokey Dokey – Distilled – another tune from the new album due out on October 3rd on the Naim lable.
  • Billie  Holiday – Comes Love – Body and Soul – a swinging session from 1957 with  Barney Kessel on guitar, and Ben Webster on tenor.
  • Ella Fitzgerald – Rock It For Me -That Old Black Magic – Ella  is often pigeonholed  by commentators within the narrow confines of pop music and jazz vocals when she was a queen of song at a time when blues, jazz, and R&B all merged together into one rather lovely whole.
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World of Jazz – 18th August 2011

This show is unapologetically up-tempo as I think we all need cheering up………but there are some quieter chilled bits to balance out the dance oriented stuff….

  • Dr. Tequila – Dr Tequila – Dr Tequila : From San Francisco an innovative new band Dr. Tequila. Some describe the band as Santana in Margaritaville. ….. thanks to Richie Barron for the album  And before anyone says this isn’t jazz I would point out the funky horns and say relax and chill man……
  • Simon Goulding – Galeria – Familia : the funkier side of things with some exquisite playing – thanks to Captain Malibu for bringing this to my attention…..
  • McCoy Tyner – Blue Bossa – The Latin All Stars : McCoy’s percussive piano style has always worked well within an Afro-Cuban groove, and this recording demonstrates this well. Regular bassist Avery Sharpe combines with a three-man percussion section to propel the group’s extended workouts. As well as  the leader’s instantly recognizable style, the work of fluatist Dave Valentin, saxophonist Gary Bartz, trumpeter Claudio Roditi and the trombone of Steve Turre is excellent.
  • Miles Davis – It’s About That Time – The Complete Cellar Door Sessions : Sony’s massive six-disc box set that documents six of the ten dates Davis and his band recorded during their four-day engagement at the fabled Washington club, is a stunning piece of work.  It features a new lineup, with Keith Jarrett who was the lone keyboardist after Chick Corea’s departure. Airto Moreira and Jack DeJohnette also remain from the  Tribute to Jack Johnson sessions. The new players include Gary Bartz on alto and soprano saxophone, and 19-year-old bassist Michael Henderson –from Stevie Wonder’s band –and on the last couple of sets, and this track the return of John McLaughlin.
  • Jere Laukkanen – Teen Town – Finnish Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra : Unless you read the personnel listing on this Naxos release you would not guess this band  from Helsinki.  Laukkanen’s  arrangement of Jaco Pastorius’ “Teen Town” give it a whole new feel.
  • Me’Shell NdegeOcello featuring Herbie Hancock – Nocturnal Sunshine – Stolen Moments, Red Hot and Cool : from a series of albums put together to raise awareness about AIDS.
  • Paul Motian Trio – Blue Midnight – Trio Ism : the interplay between Motian, Lovano and Frisell is both legendary and breathtaking.
  • Joe Lovano – Villa Paradisco – Trio Fascination Edition One : Lovano with two masters Dave Holland and Elvin Jones – an excellent example of what a trio can achieve without a piano.
  • The Heliocentrics – Joyride – Out There : an inspired mix of cinematic hip-hop instrumentals and Sun Ra-style jazz exotica with horns and percussion – excellent nu-jazz from this UK outfit from their debut album.
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