World of Jazz – 27th October 2011

On this show a focus on the last three digital releases from Dave Douglas with various bits and pieces in between:

  • Horace Silver – Dameron’s Dance – Silver ‘n’ Brass – 1975 – The first of five LPs that feature Silver’s usual quintet  augmented by other instrumentalists, this recording includes   trumpeter Tom Harrell, tenor-saxophonist Bob Berg,  joined by five brass players and two reed specialists.
  • Dave Douglas Brass Ecstasy – Night Growl – Rare Metals – 2011 – In the early winter of 2011, trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas convened an informal recording session in Brooklyn with his group Brass Ecstasy. They were to record the first volume in a string of digital releases that Douglas dubbed the Greenleaf Portable Series (GPS). Greenleaf Portable Series Volume 1: Rare Metals finds Douglas — a prolific composer — adding five new compositions and a new arrangement of Billy Strayhorn’s, Lush Life, to an ever-expanding Brass Ecstasy music book.
  • Laika – Essence (Isle of Java) – Nebula – 2011 -“Born in Paris of an Ivory Coast father and a Moroccan-Spanish mother, Laïka was raised mainly by women (her grandmother, mother, and aunt) in a Moroccan Jewish family. She leans towards her maternal Sephardic culture, open to different styles of music in the Mediterranean.”
  • Patrice Rushen – What’s The Story – Before the Dawn – 1975 – Rushen’s second album – mostly fusion oriented jazz – features Josie James on vocals.
  • Dave Douglas – Frontier Justice – Orange Afternoons – 2011 – The second volume of the Greenleaf Portable Series (GPS), Orange Afternoons features Dave Douglas, Ravi Coltrane, Vijay Iyer, Linda Oh, and Marcus Gilmore. This informal session in Brooklyn yielded six new Douglas compositions for this special quintet.
  • George Benson – Naima – Guitar Man – 2011 – Benson revives his jazz chops for this most recent album – as exemplified by this excellent version of Coltrane’s beautiful tune.
  • Michael Urbaniak’s Fusion – Ilex – Atma – 1975 – Poland’s most promising import in the heady days of the  jazz-rock mad 1970s. Urbaniaks violin is complimented by the vocals of his wife  Urszula Dudziak.
  • Dave Douglas with So Percussion – Time Leveller – Bad Mango – 2011 – The third volume of the Greenleaf Portable Series (GPS), Bad Mango features Dave Douglas with So Percussion. This session delivers a sound palette  unlike any other in the Douglas discography. Pai†ring his   trumpet with a myriad of percussion instruments including marimba, drumset, glockenspiel, and a whole host of nontraditional percussion like musical saw, toy bells, shruti box, crotales, et al, Douglas leads this unique ensemble through new compositions and revisitations of songs from his works catalog.
  • Mario Pavone – Burnt Sweet Orange – Orange – 2003 –  released on the Playscape label during late 2003, this album features Pavone’s trio with regular collaborator, pianist Peter Madsen, and Gerald Cleaver in the drummer’s chair, augmented by trumpeter Steven Bernstein and tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby
  • Doug Hammond – Reflections  – Reflections on the sea of Nurnen – 1975 – a rare album from the M-Base drummer.
  • Luca Flores – Toy Town – Love for Sale – 1991 – One of Italian keyboard virtuoso Luca Alex Flores’ special guests on this  release is  saxophonist David Murray who performs on several tracks along with Flores’ fellow countrymen.
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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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