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
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World of Jazz – 16th February 2012

A big focus this time around on the excellent Leeds/Scarborough band “The Wonderful Sound of the Cinema Organ” read all about them here – also a track from the excellent new album on ECM by Tim Berne.

Listen again here

1 Matthew Halsall The Move On the go
2 The Wonderful Sound of the Cinema Organ La Maladie Demo CD
3 Marty Erlich’s Rites Quartet You Can’t Beat The Slanted Cards Frog Leg Logic
4 Tim Berne Spectacle Snakeoil
5 The Wonderful Sound of the Cinema Organ You’ll Never Know Demo CD
6 Robert Glasper Experiment Consequence of Jealousy Black Radio
7 David Kikoski Growth Limits
8 The Wonderful Sound of the Cinema Organ All Will Be Lost Demo CD
9 Stanley Turrentine Mattie T Joyride

Music Diary #19 – 19th January 2012 & World of Jazz

A new AAAK EP on its way to us shortly – love the moody cover of Paul and Ding and looking forward to hearing the Violent Snog mix of I assume “Sweet Sweet Kiss” – difficult to see as the reflected flash is in the way…..

Those merry funsters Well Wisher  have a new EP out on 25th January 2012 called “Summer Gangs”  – you can stream it on Bandcamp at this moment in time. As usually their breathtaking post-hardcore slacker indie punky pop is a refreshing antidote to the tired playlists wombled out by the so-called “taste-makers” out there. Highly recommended.

Pleased to see 50FOOTWAVE have released a new EP which is called “With Love From The Men’s Room” and it’s free from here – as usual K Hersh is on fine form and it is to be hoped they can make it over to the UK for some gigs in the near future.

Mr MJ Leigh has made four more Kill Pretty tracks available for download  here – suffice to to say they are all rather marvellous…..really looking forward to next weeks gig at the Kings Arms. The lyrics on some of these are NSFW.

And so to this weeks World of Jazz at the hail stones thunder down outside the Half Edge Recording Studios……..

I felt in a fusion-y sort of mood this week so I opted for some Weather Report  to kick of the show. Featuring a track from the eponymous album which saw the last time Pastorius, Erskine, and Thomas Jr would play together as a rhythm section – some would argue they rather lost the plot after this album – not sure I agree there are some highlights in the later work.  I’ve recently been introduced to the work of Dag Arnesen and I was drawn to the album featured on this show through the presence of Palle Mikkelborg on trumpet. Beautiful melodies and great playing.

Always pleased to feature the great James Spaulding on the show and the bluesy cut played on this show demonstrates his ability to adapt. Australian Mike Nock has been around for a while and he always delivers great albums – never gets the attention he deserves I reckon. Marcus Millers re-invention of Miles Davis’s first Warners album “Tutu” is interesting – whilst it’s appreciate he contributed considerably to the original one wonders why he felt it necessary to put together this mammoth slab of work around it. I’m sort of conflicted on the need for it but it’s always good to hear George Duke’s wonderful “Backyard Ritual” and Christian Scott does well fitting into MDD’s shoes.

Sonny Criss working with Horace Tapscott has to be a bonus and the nonet cut from the “Sonny’s Dream” album is rather groovy. Following that with some Stan Getz from an album produced in collaboration with (Big A&M)* Herb Alpert towards the end of the great mans career. Concluding with some ECM ambience from Don Cherry and friends, a great ballad from Dexter Gordon and a mood piece from Manchester based jazzer Matthew Halsall.

(* Gratuitous Fall Fan Reference c.f.  CnC-S Mithering from Grotesque After the Gramme)

Enjoy here.…..

1 Weather Report Volcano for Hire Weather Report
2 Dag Arnesen Astrid Mi Astrid Norwegian Songs 3
3 James Spaulding Gerkin for Perkins Blues Nexus
4 Mike Nock Symbiosis Almanac
5 Marcus Miller Backyard Ritual Tutu Live
6 Sonny Criss The Golden Pearl Sonny’s Dream (The Birth of the New Cool)
7 Stan Getz Amorous Cat Apasionado
8 Don Cherry, Lennart Aberg, Bobo Stenson Prayer Dona Nostra
9 Dexter Gordon I guess I’ll hang my tears out to dry Ballads
10 Matthew Halsall The Journey Home On the go