The theme of this show is trumpet players…..and in between a very special exclusive session from jazz electronica guru Dave Stallard….
- Louis Armstrong – Cornet Chop Suey – The Hot Fives and Sevens – where better to start than with the godfather of improvisation Mr Louis Armstrong. His 1920 recordings with his Hot Five and Sevens set the template for jazz soloing which continues until today. It has been pointed out to me that I have been neglecting jazz history pre 1950 and I intend to remedy that in future shows with at least one tracks each programme from the earlier days of the music. Sad but true that Louis is remembered for his later years of show-business performance rather than the cutting edge music he created in his youth. The fidelity of the recording is of course somewhat dodgy because of its age but its important to hear the roots of modern jazz in all their early glory.
- Dave Stallard – Mantrap – Synthetic Impulse – Dave has recently invested in some new equipment and has been putting together some new arrangements – he has deliberately set out on this track to capture the feel of the Miles Davis band between 1969-1973 with that earthy jazz-funk sound. The lead melody patch is quite rightly called “Miles Harmon Trumpet”. The “Synthetic Impulse” collection is Dave’s latest work collected on one CD and is not available for general release.
- Fats Navarro – Fat Boy – The Fats Navarro Story – Miles, continuing the tale, always reckoned Fats Navarro as one the great trumpeters. He had a tragically brief career, succumbing to TB at the age of 26 but his influence is still being felt. His sound combined aspects of Howard McGhee, Roy Eldridge, and Dizzy Gillespie, and became the main inspiration for another great player Clifford Brown. The Proper Box Set “The Fats Navarro Story” is a great place to start your Fats Navarro listening, this track is from the album recording session that was released as the Be Bop Boys and features the trumpeter with Sonny Stitt, Bud Powell, Tadd Dameron, Kenny Dorham, and Kenny Clarke.
- Markus Stockhausen – Legacy – Karta – The son of the famous modern classical composer, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Markus has been a fixture on ECM recordings for many years. Although often listed as a Patrice Héral release the album is quite clearly fronted by Stockhausen and Arild Andersen on brass and bass, respectively, although this is very much a quartet album allowing Héral and Terje Rypdal to add their particular styles to the composition and improvisation.
- Dave Stallard – Synthetic Impulse – Synthetic Impulse – one of a series of electronic industrial pieces Stallard is working on using the Yamaha Motif, an old Akai sampler, and an Allessis Reverb Unit. Not strictly jazz but I think the Zawinul influence on Dave’s work shines through on this one.
- Nils Petter Molvaer – Kakonita (Deathprod Remix) – An American Compilation – Avant-garde jazz trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær was born in Norway in 1960. As a member of the nu jazz group Masqualero, he became associated with the ECM label, which later released his first solo material. In 2006 Thirsty Ear releasedAn American Compilation, a record intended to introduce a United States audience to his experimental and genre-bending work.
- Miles Davis – Maids of Cadiz – Miles Ahead – This album is perhaps most significant for the start of the second phase of collaboration between Gil Evans and Miles that would also produce Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain, two of his best known albums commercially. Evans and Davis, hadn’t worked together since the Birth of the Cool recordings. Columbia allowed Evans to assemble a 19-piece band for the recordings, at a time when big bands were out of fashion. The arrangement through the album is amazing and especially on the fascinating re-working of Delibes Maids of Cadiz.
- Dave Stallard – Zebras – Synthetic Impulse – Stallard enters Drum and Bass territory here with a lengthy work out where he allows some elements of techno and dance to come in. Originally a drummer (who once backed Muddy Waters) Stallard’s love of percussion is apparent on this supercharged bass heavy piece.
- Erik Truffaz – Whispering – Ladyland/Face A Face – Frenchman was originally heavily inspired by Miles Davis but since signing with Blue Note in 2000 he has incorporated rap and drum & bass into his repertoire. This live album demonstrates his ability, like Molvaer, to incorporate jazz with modern sounds.
- Dizzy Gillespie – This is the Way – A night in Tunisia – perversely (because it’s the way my brain is wired) no trumpet on this – its a cut from a Gillespie Big Band live album of which I can find very little detail – not sure who plays the horn solo but it’s rather fine….
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