The last show to be broadcast on Salford City Radio – the show will continue in podcast form on Mixcloud from next week…..
As a bit of a celebration a selection of my favourite jazz artists:
- John Coltrane – Alabama – Live At Birdland
- Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Dat Dere – The Complete Blue Note Recordings
- Lee Morgan – Stormy Weather – Sonic Boom
- Miles Davis – Shhh/Peaceful – In A Silent Way
- Duke Ellington – Perdido – Masterpieces 1926-1949
- Roland Kirk – The Black & Crazy Blues – The Inflated Tear
- Chet Baker – The Night We Called It A Day – Embraceable You
- John Coltrane – Like Someone In Love – Lush Life
The featured album this week is the brand new release from Fontanelle.
Portland’s FONTANELLE formed in 1998 by guitarist Rex Ritter and keyboardist Andy Brown, after the dissolution of their previous band Jessamine. After the gap of nearly 10 years since their last release, FONTANELLE return with a brand new album entitled Vitamin F which will be released on Southern Lord in the UK on 5th November.
For this brand new recording, FONTANELLE has been trying to transport themselves back in time to 1973 into Patrick Gleeson’s Different Fur Trading Company Studio. Through the studio expertise of Randall Dunn (sunn 0))), Black Mountain, Wolves in the Throne Room), it sounds like they made it!
Rex Ritter’s tour of duty with sunn 0))) during FONTANELLE’s hiatus seems to have irreparably changed his DNA, as well as the entire band’s. Adding an amazing array of horn players, many of whom were heard on the most recent sunn 0))) LP Monoliths & Dimensions, FONTANELLE have fortified their jazz vocabulary and have conjured a burly fusion approach that has been dubbed “White Magus” – a sound sure to appeal to fans of Miles Davis (circa 1969-74), Tortoise and The Mahavishnu Orchestra.
On Vitamin F – the full FONTANELLE lineup including Rex Ritter, Andy Brown, Mat Morgan, Borg Norm, Brian Foote and Paul Dickow – guest contributions from Gentry Densley (Eagle Twin), Steve Moore (Earth, sunn 0))), Hans Teuber, Eric Walton (Skerik), Jef Brown (Jackie-O MF) and Dave Carter add to the mix of influences culminating in this forty-three minute adventure. The fluidity of these enhanced and intricate arrangements as created by this dynamic force of musicians sounds absolutely effortless. Vitamin F is a masterpiece of fuzzed out funk, and a tour de force in improvisation.
You can stream the show here…..
||Night of the Thumpasaurus People
||AdagIo Ma Non Troppo
||Let My Children Hear Music
||The Chicago Project
||We Want Miles
On this show the focus is on four great Sonny’s of Jazz – Stitt, Clarke, Rollins, and Criss ……
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||Stitt Plays Bird
||Minor Meeting (Second Version)
||This is Criss
||In A Sentimental Mood
||Sonny Rollins with the MJQ
||John Zorn, George Lewis, Bill Frisell
||News for Lulu
||Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Sonny Rollins
||I Know That You Know
||Sonny Side Up
||Getting’ Into Something
||Since I Feel For You
||Ballad for Samuel
||Sonny’s Dream (The Birth of the New Cool)
||All The Things You Are
To listen to the show click on this link – the playlist is all classic Blue Note material – predominantly from the 1960s
||The Thing To Do
||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
||Further Explorations by the Horace Silver Quintet
||Somethings Happening To Me
||Like Someone In Love
||I’m All For You
On this show :
- Lee Morgan – CTA – Candy (1957) – A 19 year old Morgan demonstrating his flair and virtuosity even at such an early age. A great reading of Jimmy Heath’s bop standard.
- Dave Douglas – Unison – The Infinite (2002) – Douglas in a Miles Davis mood on this the first album by his then New Quintet. He focuses on the era marked by Miles’ departure from post-bop and entrance into fusion, around 1968 and 1969. Douglas gives us his reading of a Bjork song.
- Tonbruket – Balloons – Dig It To The End (2011) the second album from Dan Berglund post-EST. A more rock oriented feel to this one and the band coming more to the fore. Interesting textures to this very modern album.
- Charles Lloyd with Maria Farantouri – Requiem – Athens Concert (2011) – a double live disc with the legendary Greek contralto Maria Farantouri. The tune “Requiem” is a jazz number with lyrics by the famed writer/lyricist Agathi Dimitrouka.
- Mathias Eick – Skala – Skala (2011) – Norwegian trumpeter/multi-instrumentalist Eick is an ambient-leaning jazz musician. He has performed with a variety of name players and is a member of the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and the progressive jazz/electronic ensemble Jaga Jazzist.
- Enrico Rava – Count Dracula – New York Days (2009) typical ECM fayre with great support from Larry Grenadier and Paul Motian.
- Skalpel – Konfusion – Konfusion (2005) Skalpel are Marcin Cichy and Igor Pudlo DJs/producers from Wroclaw, Poland. This is their second album for Ninja Tune and it’s a darker journey into the roots of Eastern European jazz and breaks than their previous releases.
- Mulatu Astatke – The Way To Nice – Mulatu Steps Ahead (2010) this recent album is very different from his work with the Heliocentrics (some of whom do feature here), or with the Either/Orchestra — it centres around a laid-back groove that looks at music from two viewpoints — the Western and the Ethiopian.
- Lee Konitz & Warne Marsh – Donna Lee – Lee Konitz with Warne Marsh (1955/2005) On this 50th Anniversary reissue Konitz and Marsh lead a strong group that includes pianist Sal Mosca, guitarist Billy Bauer, bassist Oscar Pettiford and drummer Kenny Clarke.
- Jamaaladeen Tacuma – For the love of Ornette Fort Worth Funk Stomp Movement 3 – For the love of Ornette (2011) Though led and largely written by electric-bassist Tacuma, this is basically a new Ornette Coleman recording. It’s an octet studio session recorded last year, with Coleman playing alto alongside the UK’s Tony Kofi on tenor, and Wolfgang Puschnig on flute.
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Another selection of Blue Note Classics
- Charles Mingus – Alice’s Wonderland
- Grachan Monchur III – Monk in Wonderland
- Lee Morgan – The Sidewinder
- Joe Henderson -Serenity
- Sonny Rollins -All the things you are
- Sonny Clark – News for Lulu
- Lou Donaldson – Dewey Square
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