World of Jazz Radio Show – 28th June 2012 – In the Jungle!

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1 Duke Ellington Echoes of the Jungle Masterpieces 1926-1949 #1 Mood Indigo
2 Acoustic Ladyland Living With A Tiger Living With A Tiger
3 Joe Lovano Moose the Mooche Bird Songs
4 Carla Bley/Paul Haines Song of the Jungle Stream Tropic Appetites
5 Cannonball Adderley Hippodelphia Mercy. Mercy, Mercy
6 Manu Dibango Monkey Beat Africadelic
7 Malatu Astakte and the Heliocentrics Phantom of the Panther Inspiration Information
8 Sly and the Family Stone Africa Talks to the Ashphalt Jungle There’s A Riot Going On
9 The Shaolin Afronauts The Quiet Lion Flight of the Ancients
10 The Bad Plus Rhinoceros is My Profession Suspicious Activity?

World of Jazz – 1st March 2012

Well chuffed that I have reached 700 followers on Mixcloud and that last weeks show hit 447 listens at the time of writing. Interesting that the more traditional end of the jazz market (1950s, 1960s Bop and Hard Bop) are the most popular programmes – although any plays of Miles or Trane tend to pull in the listeners. Anyway this week is another mixed bag mostly concentrating on later years….. click here to listen

1 Bobby Watson Last Chance To Groove Post Motown Bop
2 Enrico Rava Tears for Neda Tribe
3 Freddie Hubbard Uncle Albert-Admiral Halsey First Light
4 Joe Lovano Where Hawks Fly Landmarks
5 John Hicks Soul Eyes Naima’s Love Song
6 Matthew Halsall The End of Dukkha On The Go
7 Stanley Cowell Stella By Starlight Close to You Alone
8  Arthur Blythe Spirits in the Fields Metamorphosis/The Grip : In Concert

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 – 18th August 2011

This show is unapologetically up-tempo as I think we all need cheering up………but there are some quieter chilled bits to balance out the dance oriented stuff….

  • Dr. Tequila – Dr Tequila – Dr Tequila : From San Francisco an innovative new band Dr. Tequila. Some describe the band as Santana in Margaritaville. ….. thanks to Richie Barron for the album  And before anyone says this isn’t jazz I would point out the funky horns and say relax and chill man……
  • Simon Goulding – Galeria – Familia : the funkier side of things with some exquisite playing – thanks to Captain Malibu for bringing this to my attention…..
  • McCoy Tyner – Blue Bossa – The Latin All Stars : McCoy’s percussive piano style has always worked well within an Afro-Cuban groove, and this recording demonstrates this well. Regular bassist Avery Sharpe combines with a three-man percussion section to propel the group’s extended workouts. As well as  the leader’s instantly recognizable style, the work of fluatist Dave Valentin, saxophonist Gary Bartz, trumpeter Claudio Roditi and the trombone of Steve Turre is excellent.
  • Miles Davis – It’s About That Time – The Complete Cellar Door Sessions : Sony’s massive six-disc box set that documents six of the ten dates Davis and his band recorded during their four-day engagement at the fabled Washington club, is a stunning piece of work.  It features a new lineup, with Keith Jarrett who was the lone keyboardist after Chick Corea’s departure. Airto Moreira and Jack DeJohnette also remain from the  Tribute to Jack Johnson sessions. The new players include Gary Bartz on alto and soprano saxophone, and 19-year-old bassist Michael Henderson –from Stevie Wonder’s band –and on the last couple of sets, and this track the return of John McLaughlin.
  • Jere Laukkanen – Teen Town – Finnish Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra : Unless you read the personnel listing on this Naxos release you would not guess this band  from Helsinki.  Laukkanen’s  arrangement of Jaco Pastorius’ “Teen Town” give it a whole new feel.
  • Me’Shell NdegeOcello featuring Herbie Hancock – Nocturnal Sunshine – Stolen Moments, Red Hot and Cool : from a series of albums put together to raise awareness about AIDS.
  • Paul Motian Trio – Blue Midnight – Trio Ism : the interplay between Motian, Lovano and Frisell is both legendary and breathtaking.
  • Joe Lovano – Villa Paradisco – Trio Fascination Edition One : Lovano with two masters Dave Holland and Elvin Jones – an excellent example of what a trio can achieve without a piano.
  • The Heliocentrics – Joyride – Out There : an inspired mix of cinematic hip-hop instrumentals and Sun Ra-style jazz exotica with horns and percussion – excellent nu-jazz from this UK outfit from their debut album.
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World of Jazz – 30th June 2011 – A Mixed Bag

No specific themes this time round – a bit of continuity here and there – but general just straight ahead jazz:

  1. Eddie Higgins – Melancholy Rhapsody – Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
  2. J.J. Johnson – See See Rider – Standards Live at the Village
  3. Joey Baron – Slow Charleston – Well Soon Find Out
  4. Joe Lovano – Stella By Starlight – I’m All For You
  5. Ron Carter – First Trip – Eight Plus
  6. Ron Carter –  Stella By Starlight – Dear Miles
  7. Scott Henderson – Tenderly – Apples and Oranges
  8. Christian Scott – Remains Distant – Anthem
  9. Art Pepper – Samba Mom Mom – Living Legend

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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