World of Jazz Radio Show – 17th May 2012

On this weeks show – which you can listen to at your leisure here:

1 Sonny Rollins Ee-Ah Tour De Force
2 McCoy Tyner It’s You Or No One 4 X 4
3 Jackie McLean I’ll Take Romance Swing, Swang, Swingin’
4 Gabor Szabo Half the Day is Night Dreams
5 Donna Mitchell Love You More Weather The Storm
6 Coleman Hawkins Pedalin’ Night Hawk
7 Bobby Timmons Dat Dere This Here Is Bobby Timmons
8 Sonny Stitt Tune Up Soul People
9 Art Farmer Rain Check Something to Live For
10 Freddie Hubbard Body and Soul Keystone Bop : Sunday Night

World of Jazz Radio Show – 26th April 2012

On this weeks show, which you can listen to via this link:


1 Jackie McLean Flickers Jackie McLean & Co
2 Lou Blackburn New Frontier The Complete Imperial Sessions
3 Cannonball Adderley with Bill Evans Waltz for Debby Know What I Mean?
4 Jack Wilson A Time For Love Easterly Winds
5 Tribe Denekas Chant Rebirth
6 Bill Evans Woody’n You On Green Dolphin Street
7 Baby Face Willette High ‘n’ Low Face to Face
8 Ray Draper Quintet House of Davis Tuba Sounds
9 The Kilimanjaro Dark Jazz Ensemble Palace of the Tiger Women TKDA vs Kava Kon Remixes
10 John Zorn’s Naked City The Sicilian Clan Naked City


World of Jazz – 5th January 2012 – Blue Note Special

To listen to the show click on this link – the playlist is all classic Blue Note material – predominantly from the 1960s


Lou Donaldson


Midnight Creeper


Midnight Creeper

Blue Mitchell Mona’s  Mood The Thing To Do
Lee Morgan Ceora Cornbread
Jackie McLean Blue Rondo One Step Beyond
Art Blakey  and the Jazz Messengers It’s Only A Paper Moon The Complete Blue Note recordings of Art Blakey’s 1960 Jazz Messengers
Horace Silver Quintet Melancholy Mood Further Explorations by the Horace Silver Quintet
Stanley Turrentine Somethings Happening To Me Hustlin’
Joe Lovano Like Someone In Love I’m All For You
Hank Mobley Speak Low Peckin’ Time


World of Jazz – 13th October 2011

On this show

  • Buster Williams – I Love You – Crystal Reflections – from a 1976 album features a number of duets a quartet featuring  Buster Williams, Roy Ayers,  Kenny Barron and Billy Hart.
  • Oliver Nelson – In Time – Taking Care of Business –  In a slightly unusual group session from 1960 (with vibraphonist Lem Winchester, organist Johnny “Hammond” Smith, bassist George Tucker and drummer Roy Haynes), Nelson better known later in life for his arranging and composing skills (he wrote the theme tune for TVs Ironside show for example)  improvises a variety of well-constructed but spontaneous solos.
  • Melvin Sparks – Charlie Brown – Sparks! – a 1970 soul jazz session from blues focused guitarist Sparks. Leon Spencer features on organ.
  • Elvin Jones – Moon Dance – Time Capsule – Elvin’s Vanguard recordings of 1975-77, of which this was the final one, generally found him playing with all-stars or augmenting his band with guests. This tune was written by altoist Bunky Green, who is the date’s top soloist – the rest of the band includes  tenor saxophonist George Coleman, the electric piano of Kenny Barron, bassist Junie Booth, guitarist Ryo Kawasaki, and percussionist Angel Allende.
  • Marion Brown – Bismillah, Rahmani Rrahim – Vista – Altoist Marion Brown, one of the potentially great high-energy saxophonists to emerge in the mid-’60s (he was on John Coltrane’s famous Ascension record). This disc has in impressive line-up including both Anthony Davis and Stanley Cowell on keyboards along with bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Ed Blackwell
  • Jackie McLean – Erdu – ‘Bout Soul –   From 1967 ‘Bout Soul is one of  McLean’s most explicit free albums, finding the alto saxophonist pushing a quintet — trumpeter Woody Shaw  , pianist Lamont Johnson, bassist Scotty Holt, and drummer Rashied Ali.
  • Renegades of Jazz – Voodoo Juju – Hip to the Jive – Raw and heavy produced music, fusing jazz with breakbeat elements, bringing the jazz back to the dancefloor. Started as an experiment in trying something new, Renegades Of Jazz were instantly signed by UK based producer Smoove to his new label Wass Records.
  • Earl Turbinton – Kingston Town – Brothers for Life – Alto saxophonist Turbinton and keyboardist Willie Tee moved into more adventurous territory than usual on this 1988 date. While each was an experienced blues and R&B stylist, they had also maintained active jazz ties since the ’50s, and it comes to the surface on this date.
  • Marcus Belgrave – Odom’s Cave – Gemini – This nonet with trumpeter Belgrave is sometimes funky, spacy, or swinging, but always potent. The band includes  Roy Brooks, Wendell Harrison, Harold McKinney and Phil Ranelin.
  • John Abercrombie – Out of Towner – Wait ‘Till You See Her – Abercrombie most recent album – his longstanding partnership with Mark Feldman has yielded several albums of great music, and this latest one is no different. The mood is restrained, and introspective. With acoustic bassist Thomas Morgan and  drummer Joey Baron.
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World of Jazz – 19th May 2011 – The Herbie Nichols Project

The Herbie Nichols Project was created through the Jazz Composers Collective in 1994.

Co-led by Frank Kimbrough and Ben Allison, the most recently  recorded line-up of the group includes Ron Horton on trumpet, Ted Nash and Michael Blake on saxophones, Wycliffe Gordon on trombone, and Matt Wilson on drums, although roughly twenty players have played as part of the project over it’s life.

The basis of the Herbie Nichols Project is to introduce the long-neglected music of this great American composer to musicians, audiences and record collectors and to arrange, perform and record his work with horns – something Nichols was not able to do in his lifetime.  

 The Herbie Nichols Project has recorded three CDs – Love Is Proximity and Dr. Cyclops’ Dream for Soul Note; their most recent is Strange City on Palmetto.  I am featuring one track from each album as part of the show. 

 “One can create one’s own system of composing jazz. Sometimes I find it hard to distinguish where my technique ends and inspiration begins. . . Rhythms and patterns seem to be endless and I find them in boxing, architecture, literature, vaudeville, the dancing art of Primus, Hale and Dunham. All the world’s a stage for the jazz pundit.”  Herbie Nichols, Metronome Magazine,1956

Frank  Kimbrough: “I first heard Herbie Nichols’ music in January, 1985 on one of WKCR FM’s ‘Birthday Broadcasts,’  . They played three hours of his music and I taped the program. I was so struck by it I started transcribing his music the next day. I played many of the tunes at a solo piano gig on Bleecker Street, then after a while began to take the tunes to sessions with my friends. As these sessions gradually evolved into what was to become the Jazz Composers Collective, we decided it would make a great project, even though our main focus has always been our own music. We premiered the Herbie Nichols Project in 1994. The next year I got an NEA grant to produce two more concerts, and from there it took on a life of its own.”

1 The Herbie Nichols Project  – Dance Line – Love is Proximity (1997 Soul Note)

2 Jackie McLean – House is Not A Home – Dynasty – If you going to do Bacharach this is the way to do it. One of the great Jackie McLean albums. After nearly a decade away from recording, he teamed up with his son, René (who triples on tenor, soprano, and flute), pianist Hotep Idris Galeta, bassist Nat Reeves, and drummer Carl Allen for a great live set. (1988 Triloka)

3 George Adams/Don Pullen – Kahji – Melodic Excursions – The George Adams-Don Pullen group pared to the bone — just the two of them.  A great example of how two musicians who know each other well can deliver exciting improvisation. (1982 Timeless)

4 The Herbie Nichols Project – The Bebop Waltz – Dr Cyclops Dream – the date includes a wealth of Nichols’ imaginative yet infrequently heard songs, plus a number of compositions recorded for the first time (thanks to trumpeter and flügelhornist Ron Horton’s discovery of several scores in the Library of Congress).  (1999 Soul Note)

5 Dewey Redman – Joie De Vivre – Ear of the Behearer – this album contains all of Dewey’s Impulse work and is a little freer than what we are used to from him. (1973 Impulse)

6 Thomas Strønen- In Motion – Parish – not Psalm as I called it during the show….typical ECM recording with Bobo Stenson, Fredrick Ljungkvist and Mats Ebertson. (2006 ECM)

7 Tom Harrell – Autumn Picture – Visions – from a sort of compilation album of sessions when Harrell left the lable – features Joe Lovano on Soprano. (1991 Contemporary)

8 The Herbie Nichols Project – Enrapture – Strange City –  Trumpeter Ron Horton is featured in a quartet setting on “Enrapture”. (2001 Palmetto)

9 Clifford Jordan – He’s A Hero – The Adventurer- Tenor-saxophonist Clifford Jordan teams up with  Tommy Flanagan, Bill Lee, and Grady Tate for this excellent modern hard bop set. (1980 Muse)

10 Joe Lovano – I Can’t Get Started – Quartets – Live at the Village Vanguard – Named Jazz Album of the Year by readers of Downbeat Magazine, this double CD features tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano during two appearances at the Village Vanguard New York. Other than the leader, the pair of quartets are completely different and they bring out two sides of Lovano. The earlier session featured on the show has  the leader in a   piano-less quartet,   with  Tom Harrell – in a sort of reverse from the track played earlier.

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world of jazz – 3rd March 2011

Pushing that old envelope again with a blend of funk, post modernist rock, world music, and classic jazz……
  1. Maceo Parker – Inner City Blues – Funk Overload – the man who drove the Parliament brass section, and kept the Godfather of Soul on his toes, proves to be more than capable of keeping his own band tight on this 1998 album. More funk than jazz but a nice way to take over the airwaves from the masters of the dance beat Luvdup and Hughes with their Eclectic Circus.
  2. Hampton Hawes – Hip – For Real! – Although this album was his eleventh record as a leader, it was his first that included a horn player in  Harold Land.   The quartet   also includes drummer Frank Butler and bass player Scott La Faro. From 1958 the album demonstrates Hawes great style.
  3. Colin Stetson – Lord I Just Can’t Keep From Crying Sometimes – New History Warfare Vol 2 : Judges – a stunning new album from this virtuoso player who defies description with his amazing technique.
  4. Kin – This Tree – Flickering – blurring the boundaries and pushing the jazz envelope into the post rock realms of the amazing and unique Kin band. The marriage of electro glitch, jazz time signatures, and punk mores make this one of the most exciting albums of the year so far.
  5. Chet Baker – Oh You Crazy Moon – Jazz Masters – the master of cool at this most relaxed.
  6. George Russell Sextet – Nardis – Ezzthetics – a classic jazz album with a stellar line up of Don Ellis, Dave, Baker, Eric Dolphy,  Steve Swallow and Joe Hunt joining Russell to explore the avant garde end of post-bop.
  7. Charles Lloyd Quartet – Lift Every Voice and Sing – Mirror – from his latest album and new quartet the guru of modal jazz re-invents a song from a previous album and takes it off somewhere rather special.
  8. Robert Wyatt, Gilad Atzmon, Ros Stephens – Round Midnight – For the Ghosts Within – an interesting take on Monk’s classic tune is probably the best thing on this curates egg of an album.
  9. Jackie McLean – Don’t Blame Me – Capuchin Swing – from a 1960 Blue Note date, probably one of McLean’s better sets for the lable.
  10. Portico Quartet – Isla – Isla – A contemporary band who merge jazz with world music and nod towards the modern serial composers. They are characterised by the use of a hangm a metallic lap drum with clamped shells, the  sound of which resembles both a steel drum and Balinese instrumentation.
  11. Pete La Roca – Dancing Girls – Turkish Women at the Baths – the classic 1967 album from the drummer who left jazz to become an attorney and then came back again in 1979.

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