World of Jazz – 27th September 2012

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.

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1 Fontanelle Ataxia Vitamin F
2 Parliament Night of the Thumpasaurus People Mothership Connection
3 Lee Morgan Party Time The Procastinator
4 Fontanelle Watermelon Hands Vitamin F
5 Charles Mingus AdagIo Ma Non Troppo Let My Children Hear Music
6 Matana Roberts Thrills The Chicago Project
7 Fontanelle Vitamin F Vitamin F
8 Stanley Turrentine My Ship Jubilee Shout!
9 Miles Davis Jean Pierre We Want Miles

World of Jazz – 29th July 2011

A mixed bag of tunes including a couple of tracks from the first Amy Winehouse album:

  • Amy Winehouse – In My Bed – Frank
  • John Zorn Bar Kokhba Masada Ensemble – Mo’Ed – Bar Kokhba
  • David S. Ware String Ensemble – Sufic Passages – Threads
  • Matthew Shipp – Naima – Gravitational Systems
  • Jon Lloyd – Take The Coltrane – Four and Five
  • Vienna Art Orchestra – Reflections on Gnossienne No. 1 – The Minimalism of Erik Satie
  • John Surman, John Warren – We’ll Make It – Tales from the Algonquin
  • Matana Roberts – Thrills – The Chicago Project
  • Soft Works – Willie’s Knee – Abracadabra
  • Amy Winehouse – Help Yourself – Frank

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World of Jazz – 21st July 2011

A mixed bag on this show with a bit of a focus on the new Matana Roberts album……

Jimmy Woods – Look To Your Heart – Conflict : a man who made two albums and then disappeared from the world of jazz completely –  his final date as a leader is a memorable affair, with an all-star cast  , including trumpeter Carmell Jones, tenor saxophonist Harold Land, pianistAndrew Hill, bassist George Tucker, and drummer Elvin Jones.

Steve Kuhn Trio – Memory/Why Did I Lose You? – Three Walks – a 1966 date from Kuhn where he is joined by bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Pete La Roca , both of whom he had worked with under Art Farmer, as well as on La Roca’s  debut as a leader, Basra.

Art Farmer – Straight, No Chaser – Soul Eyes Live at the Blue Note – and talking of Art a reading of Monk’s classic tune.

Matana Roberts – Libation for Mr Brown/Bid Em in – Coin Coin Chapter One : Gens De Coleur Libre – my favourite new jazz record of the moment – breathtaking stuff taking the medium somewhere entirely different.

Wes Montgomery – In Your Own Sweet Way : The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery – Wes covers Brubeck and does it with his usual flair.

Joanne Brackeen – Fi-Fi’s Rock – Tring-A-Ling : her fourth recording as a leader was her first to include a horn, in this case Michael Brecker, but he is not on this track – along with alternating bassists Cecil McBee and Clint Houston, plus drummer Billy Hart.

Matana Roberts – Lulla Bye – Coin Coin Chapter One : Gens De Coleur Libre : another track from this great album. Great laminal feel to this one.

Trio of Doom – Para Oriente – Trio of Doom :  a trio (doh!) featuring guitarist John McLaughlin and drummer Tony Williams (both members of Lifetime with organist Larry Young) along with legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius.  Five days after playing at  the Havana Jam  Cuba in 1979, the band reconvened in a New York City studio and recut most of the tracks they had played at the concert. This is one the studio reworkings. Three masters at work.

Billie Holiday – God Bless The Child – Billy Holiday with the Tony Scott Orchestra : and to close lady day with a classic track.

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