World of Jazz Podcast 47

This time around cuts from the new releases from Dave Holland, and  John Abercrombie , a selection from previous recordings from the two leaders plus a nod towards close colleague Ralph Towner who has a new album out in a couple weeks. Plus an  example of all three of them working together on Kenny Wheeler’s classic “Deer Wan” album. To conclude another cut from Deer Wan and a track from drummer Joey Baron who appears on the Abercrombie tracks.

  1. Dave Holland – The Watcher
  2. John Abercrombie – LST
  3. Kenny Wheeler – 3/4 In The Afternoon
  4. Dave Holland – See Saw
  5. John Abercrombie – Out of Towner
  6. Ralph Towner & Paulo Fresu – Zephyr
  7. Kenny Wheeler – Deer Wan
  8. Joey Baron – Contact

As usual the show can be streamed from Mixcloud

  1. Prism (2013) – Holland on the bass with guitarist Kevin Eubanks, pianist/Rhodes keyboardist Craig Taborn, and drummer Eric Harland.
  2. 39 Steps (2013) – Abercrombie is the guitarist, the pianist is Marc Copland, the bassist Drew Gress, and the drummer Joey Baron

  3.  Deer Wan (1977) – Wheeler with Jan Garbarek (on tenor and soprano),John Abercrombie,Dave Holland, drummer Jack DeJohnette and on this track Ralph Towner,

  4. Conference of the Birds (1972) – Hollands debut as a leader with Anthony Braxton, Sam Rivers, and Barry Altschul on the drums.
  5. Wait Till You See Her (2009) Abercrombie with Mark Feldman, Thomas Morgan and Joey Baron.
  6. Chiaroscuro (2010) – Towner with Italian Trumpeter Fresu.
  7. as 3. this time without Towner
  8. We’ll Soon Find Out (2000) Baron with the dream team of Bill Frisell (guitar), Ron Carter (bass), and Arthur Blythe (alto sax.
John Abercrombie
John Abercrombie

World of Jazz – 16th August 2012

On this show which you can listen to here…..

1 John Abercrombie Nightlake Arcade
2 Marvin Peterson and the Soulmasters Summertime In concert : Live at the Burning Bush
3 Miles Davis Honky Tonk In Concert : Live at the Philharmonic Hall
4 Sonny Fortune In the Spirit In the spirit of John Coltrane
5 Grover Washington Jr Black Frost Mister Magic
6 Miles Davis Time After Time You’re Under Arrest
7 Nathan Davis Ruby My Dear Peace Treaty
8 Carol Saboya Bola de Mede Bola De Gude Sock Ball and Marbles Belezas
9 Miles Davis with John Coltrane Fran-Dance Konserthuset, Stockholm, March 22, 1960

World of Jazz – 26th July 2012

On this one mostly recent releases – listen here

1 Troyka Oedipus Moxxy
2 Erik Truffaz Nina’s Dream Rendez-Vouz : Paris
3 John Abercrombie Blues Connotation Within A Song
4 Aziza Mustafa Zadeh Carnival Dance of Fire
5 Erik Truffaz Al Mediodia Rendez-Vouz : Mexico
6 Andy Sheppard The Unconditional Secret Trio Libero
7 Miles Davis Jean Pierre We Want Miles
8 Erik Truffaz Yay! Rendez-Vouz : Benares
9 Trio VD Ducks Maze
10 The Bad Plus Empire Strikes Backwards Suspicious Activity?

World of Jazz Radio Show – 7th June 2012

This time around the music played was as follows …. listen here

1 8 Bold Souls Brown Town Last Option
2 Brian Blade The Undertow Brian  Blade Fellowship
3 Eero Koivistionen Hot C Wahoo!
4 Marc Copeland & John Abercrombie Left Behind Speak to Me
5 Lars Moller Group Silent Edge Circles
6 Nina Simone My Baby Just Cares For Me Little Girl Blue
7 The Vandermark 5 Full Deck Simpatico
8 UMO Jazz Orchestra What It Is Electrifying Miles
9 Webster Young Strange Fruit For Lady

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 – John Abercrombie Special

John Abercrombie’s ability to merge various jazz forms through his fluid and laid back technique has made him one of the most influential acoustic and electric guitarists of the music; his recordings for ECM  clearly demonstrate great writing in a “chamber jazz” style which draws upon a range of contemporary improvised music; his approach is   jazz-based, but he also touches on  folk, rock as well as both  Eastern and Western music. This show picks up on some of the highlights of his career:

1 Gateway – Unshielded Desire – Gateway : Abercrombie was one of the stars of ECM in its early days. His playing on this trio set with bassist Dave Holland and drummer Jack DeJohnette is both sophisticated and replete with intense rock elements. The trio have made three albums together under the Gateway name over the years all of which are required listening.

2 Enrico Rava – By The Sea –  The Pilgrim and the Stars : Enrico Rava’s debut for ECM in 1975 in great company with  Abercrombie, bassist Palle Danielsson, and drummer Jon Christensen.

3 Kenny Wheeler – 34 in the afternoon – Deer Wan : a  classic ECM release which finds Wheeler with  Jan Garbarek on tenor and soprano, plus the Gateway trio of Abercrombie,  Holland, and  DeJohnette.

4 John Abercrombie – Bright Rain – Animato : for this 1990 album with Vince Mendoza and Jon Christensen Abercrombie offered a different direction for the ECM label, with electronic and synthesizer based compositions – a huge stylistic leap for the lable.

5 John Abercrombie – Dolorosa – While We Were Young : intense and exploratory music from Abercrombie with Mark Wall and Adam Nussbaum, unique  and a landmark fusion album of the 1990s.

6 John Abercrombie – Just In Time – Open Land : the same trio as the above some five years later with trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, the tenor of  Joe Lovano, and violinist Mark Feldman.  One of his best albums in my opinion.

7 The Impossible Gentlemen – Laugh Lines – The Impossible Gentlemen : and talking of Nussbaum getting right up to date with the fantastic new album with Gwilym Simcock, Salford’s very own Mike Walker, and completing the legendary rhythm section – Steve Swallow. This album is out on Basho on June 6th and I will be playing more of this in the run up to their gig at the Bridgewater Hall on 21st June.

8 John Abercrombie – String Thing –  Cat N Mouse : from 2002 and the first of three great albums with Mark Feldman, Joey Baron and Marc Johnson.

9 John Abercrombie – Jack and Betty – Class Trip : two years later and the quartet that promised much on the Cat N Mouse album delivered again and more so with Class Trip. Virtuoso performances with stunning improvisation make this a classic album.

10 John Abercrombie – Epilogue – The Third Quartet : this reading of Bill Evans Epilogue is breathtakingly good and demonstrates the almost uncanny interplay that these four musicians developed over these three albums.

11 John Abercrombie – Wait ’til you see her – Wait ’til you see her : Thomas Morgan replaces Marc Johnson for the most recent release from Abercrombie.

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