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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