World of Jazz 8th March 2012

On this show – and listen here

1 Joe Henderson Candlelight Mirror Mirror
2 Chick Corea So in Love Live In Montreux
3 The Phil Woods Quartet Reet’s Neet At the Vanguard
4 Al Cohn & Zoot Sims Brazilian Medley Body and Soul
5 Arthur Blythe Peacemaker Retroflection
6 Fred Hersch Spring Is Here Point In Time
7 Bobby Previte Mirror, Mirror Pushing the Envelope
8 James Spaulding Serenity The Smile of the Snake
9 Duke Jordan How Deep Is The Ocean Flight to Denmark
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Music Diary #19 – 19th January 2012 & World of Jazz

A new AAAK EP on its way to us shortly – love the moody cover of Paul and Ding and looking forward to hearing the Violent Snog mix of I assume “Sweet Sweet Kiss” – difficult to see as the reflected flash is in the way…..

Those merry funsters Well Wisher  have a new EP out on 25th January 2012 called “Summer Gangs”  – you can stream it on Bandcamp at this moment in time. As usually their breathtaking post-hardcore slacker indie punky pop is a refreshing antidote to the tired playlists wombled out by the so-called “taste-makers” out there. Highly recommended.

Pleased to see 50FOOTWAVE have released a new EP which is called “With Love From The Men’s Room” and it’s free from here – as usual K Hersh is on fine form and it is to be hoped they can make it over to the UK for some gigs in the near future.

Mr MJ Leigh has made four more Kill Pretty tracks available for download  here – suffice to to say they are all rather marvellous…..really looking forward to next weeks gig at the Kings Arms. The lyrics on some of these are NSFW.

And so to this weeks World of Jazz at the hail stones thunder down outside the Half Edge Recording Studios……..

I felt in a fusion-y sort of mood this week so I opted for some Weather Report  to kick of the show. Featuring a track from the eponymous album which saw the last time Pastorius, Erskine, and Thomas Jr would play together as a rhythm section – some would argue they rather lost the plot after this album – not sure I agree there are some highlights in the later work.  I’ve recently been introduced to the work of Dag Arnesen and I was drawn to the album featured on this show through the presence of Palle Mikkelborg on trumpet. Beautiful melodies and great playing.

Always pleased to feature the great James Spaulding on the show and the bluesy cut played on this show demonstrates his ability to adapt. Australian Mike Nock has been around for a while and he always delivers great albums – never gets the attention he deserves I reckon. Marcus Millers re-invention of Miles Davis’s first Warners album “Tutu” is interesting – whilst it’s appreciate he contributed considerably to the original one wonders why he felt it necessary to put together this mammoth slab of work around it. I’m sort of conflicted on the need for it but it’s always good to hear George Duke’s wonderful “Backyard Ritual” and Christian Scott does well fitting into MDD’s shoes.

Sonny Criss working with Horace Tapscott has to be a bonus and the nonet cut from the “Sonny’s Dream” album is rather groovy. Following that with some Stan Getz from an album produced in collaboration with (Big A&M)* Herb Alpert towards the end of the great mans career. Concluding with some ECM ambience from Don Cherry and friends, a great ballad from Dexter Gordon and a mood piece from Manchester based jazzer Matthew Halsall.

(* Gratuitous Fall Fan Reference c.f.  CnC-S Mithering from Grotesque After the Gramme)

Enjoy here.…..

1 Weather Report Volcano for Hire Weather Report
2 Dag Arnesen Astrid Mi Astrid Norwegian Songs 3
3 James Spaulding Gerkin for Perkins Blues Nexus
4 Mike Nock Symbiosis Almanac
5 Marcus Miller Backyard Ritual Tutu Live
6 Sonny Criss The Golden Pearl Sonny’s Dream (The Birth of the New Cool)
7 Stan Getz Amorous Cat Apasionado
8 Don Cherry, Lennart Aberg, Bobo Stenson Prayer Dona Nostra
9 Dexter Gordon I guess I’ll hang my tears out to dry Ballads
10 Matthew Halsall The Journey Home On the go

World of Jazz – 7th April 2011 – Saxophone

Especially for my good friends Tricia and Tony….

  1. Jimmy Heath – The Voice of the Saxophone – The Time and the Place – a fine solo from “Little Bird” from his 1974 album – the album also features trombonist Curtis Fuller, guitarist Pat Martino, pianist Stanley Cowell, bassist Sam Jones, drummer Billy Higgins and percussionist Mtume.
  2. Roland Kirk – The Things I Love – The Complete Works of Roland Kirk – confusing this one as there are two Kirk albums with the same title but this is the Mercury release from 1964 with Horace Parlan, Michael Fleming and Steve Ellington and not the live album from Ronnie Scott’s. It’s included in the huge box set of Kirk Mercury recordings.
  3. Charlie Parker – Hot House – Burnin’ Bird – This Savoy compilation features various recordings made by Bird during the mid- to late- ’40s. Most bebop fanatics will have these tracks on other discs, but if you want a primer for one of (if not the) pre-eminent alto players in jazz you should find this album a good starting point.
  4. Joe Henderson – Summertime – Porgy and Bess –  Joe Henderson’s take on Porgy and Bess meets his usual high standards and it would be his last studio album before his death in 2001. The band is fantastic  including guitarist John Scofield, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Dave Holland, drummer Jack DeJohnette, trombonist Conrad Herwig and vibraphonist Stefon Harris– this samba take on the Gershwin’s “Summertime” is great fun.
  5. James Spaulding – Little Willie Leaps – Brilliant Corners -On what was surprisingly only his third recording as a leader, Spaulding is heard at the peak of his powers, leading a quartet/quintet also including pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Ron Carter, drummer Kenny Washington, and (on half of the selections) trumpeter Wallace Roney. His version of Miles’ “Little Willie Leaps” is a high point on what is probably his best album.
  6. David Binney – Traveller – South – one example of the more recent batch of great alto players Binney is a great writer and player, this album proves to be a great listen both musical clever but also full of great passion.
  7. Hank Mobley – When I Fall In Love – The Jazz Message of Hank Mobley Volume 1 – One of Hank’s earlier album’s in which he trades solos with the great Donald Byrd. Uniquely on Storyville given most of  Hank’s releases were confined to Blue Note from 1957 onwards.
  8. John Coltrane – Everytime I Say Goodbye – My Favorite Things – Trane on soprano for a stellar reading of Cole Porter’s famous tune. His soprano playing on this track has been described as definitive – few would argue.
  9. David Sanborn – First Song – Another Hand – this 1991 album was David’s first for Elektra and a definite career move away from r n b to a more considered jazz style. This reading of Charlie Haden’s tune features the composer, the master of the guitar Bill Frisell and the ever talented Joey Baron on drums.
  10. Johnny Hodges – Mood Indigo – Four Classic Albums – Owner of the most beautiful tone ever heard in jazz, altoist  Hodges formed his style early on and had little reason to change it through the decades. Although he could do the fast stuff and blow plenty of blue notes, his luscious playing on ballads has never been topped. This 1952 reading of the Ellington classic seemed a perfect way to end the show.

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