Time is escaping me at a rapid rate due to lots of other workloads, with no time for considered prose. So this time it’s just a series of videos and soundclouds of things that I reckon you should wrap your ears around. They are out now or due soon. Plus there’s a list of current favourite listens at the end of the post showing what’s on rotation on the I-Pod at the moment….and a bit of shameless self-publication at the bottom. Enjoy!
MESMER DISCIPLES – REAL LOUD (Leeds,UK)
CHORE – THE HITCHHIKER (Ontario, Canada)
THE FRANKLYS – CASTAWAY (London, UK)
PAPA M – BLOOM (Louisville, USA)
FLIES ON YOU – DARKENING MY DOOR (Leeds, UK)
BOWERY ELECTRIC – FEAR OF FLYING (New York City, USA)
WE ARE BANDICOOT – TEMPER (Kent, UK)
THE STRESS OF LEISURE – GIRL ON A LILO (Brisbane, Australia)
CURRENTLY ON THE I-POD
- Fistula – The Shape Of Doom To Cumm )))
- Loser Life – …And I Am Going To Live This Way , Things Will Never Change, I Want The World, My Hell, Life Number Two, Burning Fields/Hard To Please (complete back catalogue being released)
- Chore – The Coastaline Fire
- Papa M -Highway Songs
- Donny McCaslin – Beyond Now
- Chads Tree – Crossing Off The Miles
- Harry Howard and the NDE – Sleepless Girls
- The Stress of Leisure – Achievement
- Kristin Hersh – Wyatt at the Coyote Palace
- Moss Skellington- The Lump
- The Get – The Private Men EP
- Miles Davis – Freedom Jazz Dance
- The Triffids – Born Sandy Devotional
AND SOME GIGS COMING UP (which is why I have been otherwise engaged)
In this show i’m featuring the new triple CD/DVD set of the work Miles Davis’s “Lost Quintet” from 1969…..this band never managed to record in the studio, fortunately there is a selection of live recordings featuring the quintet, which comprised Miles Davis – Trumpet, Wayne Shorter – Tenor and Soprano Saxophones, Chick Corea – Electric Piano, Piano , Dave Holland – Bass, and Jack DeJohnette – Drums. In between cuts from the new album there is a track from each of the band members from their other projects.
You can listen to the show on Mixcloud here
- Miles Davis Quintet – Directions – Live In Europe 1969 – The Bootleg Series Volume 2 (25th July 1969 – Antibes Jazz Festival)
- Wayne Shorter Quartet – Plaza Real – Without A Net
- Miles Davis Quintet – Masqualero – Live In Europe 1969 – The Bootleg Series Volume 2 (26th July 1969 – Antibes Jazz Festival)
- Jack DeJohnette – Pastel Rhapsody – Tin Can Alley
- Miles Davis Quintet – Bitches Brew – Live In Europe 1969 – The Bootleg Series Volume 2 (5th November 1969 – Stockholm)
- Dave Holland – Interception – Conference of the Birds
- Miles Davis – My Ship – Miles Ahead
- Chick Corea (with Gary Burton) – My Ship – Hot House
- Miles Davis Quintet – Footprints – The Bootleg Series Volume 2 (25th July 1969 – Antibes Jazz Festival)
The first jazz podcast since my departure from Salford City Radio includes the following:
- Don Grolnick – Genie – Nightown : Don’s second and final Blue Note release from 1992, he died far too young four years later, a stunning line of Ehrlich, Holland, Lovano and Brecker make this a must listen release.
- Jan Garbarek – Gula Gula – I Took Up The Runes : a jazzy cover of Mari Persen’s tune sets the tone for a great mid-period album for Garbarek
- Bennie Maupin – The Jewel In The Lotus – The Jewel In The Lotus : from 1974 and very much in the shadow of Bitches Brew – Maupin assembled a stellar line-up for this amazing album – most of his Headhunters chums are along for the ride and the arrangements are some of the best in jazz.
- Ken Vandermark’s Joe Harriot Project – Shadows – Straight Lines – from 1999 a celebration of Harriott’s compositions. With KV you have Jeb Bishop on trombone, Kent Kessler on bass and Tim Mulvenna on drums.
- Henry Threadgill & Zooid – A Day Off – Tomorrow Sunny/The Revelry SPP : a 2012 release with Henry doing what he does best by being completely unique and uncategorisable.
- John Surman – Double Tripper – Nordic Quartet : typical ECM from 1995 – not known as Surman’s best work but highly entertaining and ambient.
- Joshua Redman – Before – Passage Of Time : see below
- Joshua Redman – Free Speech Phase 1 : Declaration – Passage Of Time : featuring Pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson – this 2001 album is a good representation of Redman’s writing abilities and the band is good on both the written and improvised sections.
- Ponga – Naugahide – Ponga – Entirely improvised from start to finish,the album is a collection of jam sessions featuring Wayne Horvitz (keyboards), Bobby Previte (drums) Skerik (sax) and Dave Palmer (keyboards). Released in 1999.
- Paul Lytton, Phillip Wachsmann – The Redefining of Methods and Means – Some Other Season : Also from 1999 a collection of improvised pieces which hang precariously between jazz and ambient.
- Miles Davis – Tatu Pt 2 Calypso Frelimo – Dark Magus : Live at Carnegie Hall in 1974 with Miles deep into his electric phase.
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 which you can listen to here…..
||Marvin Peterson and the Soulmasters
||In concert : Live at the Burning Bush
||In Concert : Live at the Philharmonic Hall
||In the Spirit
||In the spirit of John Coltrane
||Grover Washington Jr
||Time After Time
||You’re Under Arrest
||Ruby My Dear
||Bola de Mede Bola De Gude Sock Ball and Marbles
||Miles Davis with John Coltrane
||Konserthuset, Stockholm, March 22, 1960