The first jazz podcast since my departure from Salford City Radio includes the following:
- Don Grolnick – Genie – Nightown : Don’s second and final Blue Note release from 1992, he died far too young four years later, a stunning line of Ehrlich, Holland, Lovano and Brecker make this a must listen release.
- Jan Garbarek – Gula Gula – I Took Up The Runes : a jazzy cover of Mari Persen’s tune sets the tone for a great mid-period album for Garbarek
- Bennie Maupin – The Jewel In The Lotus – The Jewel In The Lotus : from 1974 and very much in the shadow of Bitches Brew – Maupin assembled a stellar line-up for this amazing album – most of his Headhunters chums are along for the ride and the arrangements are some of the best in jazz.
- Ken Vandermark’s Joe Harriot Project – Shadows – Straight Lines – from 1999 a celebration of Harriott’s compositions. With KV you have Jeb Bishop on trombone, Kent Kessler on bass and Tim Mulvenna on drums.
- Henry Threadgill & Zooid – A Day Off – Tomorrow Sunny/The Revelry SPP : a 2012 release with Henry doing what he does best by being completely unique and uncategorisable.
- John Surman – Double Tripper – Nordic Quartet : typical ECM from 1995 – not known as Surman’s best work but highly entertaining and ambient.
- Joshua Redman – Before – Passage Of Time : see below
- Joshua Redman – Free Speech Phase 1 : Declaration – Passage Of Time : featuring Pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson – this 2001 album is a good representation of Redman’s writing abilities and the band is good on both the written and improvised sections.
- Ponga – Naugahide – Ponga – Entirely improvised from start to finish,the album is a collection of jam sessions featuring Wayne Horvitz (keyboards), Bobby Previte (drums) Skerik (sax) and Dave Palmer (keyboards). Released in 1999.
- Paul Lytton, Phillip Wachsmann – The Redefining of Methods and Means – Some Other Season : Also from 1999 a collection of improvised pieces which hang precariously between jazz and ambient.
- Miles Davis – Tatu Pt 2 Calypso Frelimo – Dark Magus : Live at Carnegie Hall in 1974 with Miles deep into his electric phase.
On this show……and listen here
||The Unity Sextet
||The Unity Sextet
||Jazz My Romance
||Decent in the Maelstrom
||The Modern Jazz Quartet
||You Gotta Hit It
||Thinking of Home
The playlist for this show
- Kenny Drew – Groovin’ The Blues – Undercurrent – 1960 – arguably one of the great hard-bop albums with Drew utilising the talents of Freddie Hubbard and Hank Mobley to full effect.
- Laika – Black Narcissus – Nebula – 2011 – as featured on last weeks show another track from this amazing new album.
- Zara McFarlane – More Than Mine – Until Tomorrow – 2011 – another new star with a new album. Backed by a fine set of musicians that includes pianist Peter Edwards, double bassist Nick Walsh, drummer Andy Chapman and saxophonists Binker Goldings, Camilla George and Zem Adu, McFarlane is in fine form here.
- Richie Barron & The Mob – What I Say – Live in Eureka Ca – 2011 – Dr Tequila does Brother Ray – good time music!
- Jan Garbarek – White Noise of Forgetfulness – It’s OK to Listen to the Grey Voice – 1984 – the usual stark and chilled soundscapes of a Garbarek album are given a rougher feel through the excellent guitar of David Torn here – also watch out for Eberhard Weber’s exceptional bass playing.
- Paulo Fresu and Uri Caine – The Dragon – Think – 2009 – a great duet album from Fresu and Caine the former bringing out the softer side of the latters playing.
- Ravi Coltrane – Epistrophy – Blending Times – 2009 – a fascinating reworking of Monk’s classic track – a waltz in 4/4 time – Ravi shows it is still possible to play outside of what is deemed both commercial and conventional without getting too arty about it.
- Thelonious Monk Septet – Well You Needn’t – The Complete 1957 Riverside Recording – 2006 – a classic reading of a classic track from a legendary session. Notable for the part where Monk prompts Coltrane to play his solo (he had forgotten it was his turn) and with scarcely a breath the master sax player plays his socks off.
- Paul Carmichael – The Destination – Wax is Melting – 2011 – and a touch of up tempo fusion to close the show
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