World of Jazz – 21st June 2012

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1 Mama Roux Pointless Demo (2012)
2 Dave Pike Jet Set Jazz for Jet Set (1966)
3 Grover Washington Jr Moonstreams Feels So Good (1975)
4 Antibalas War Hero Security (2007)
5 Erik Truffaz Big Wheel Salou (2005)
6 Nils Petter Molvaer Blue Fandango Baboon Moon (2011)
7 Phronesis Upside Down Walking Dark (2012)
8 Wayne Shorter She Moves Through The Fair Alegria (2003)
9 Indigo Jam Unit Resolution Independent (2011)
10 John McLaughlin Goodbye Pork Pie Hat My Goals Beyond (1970)
11 Miles Davis Sivad Live-Evil (1971)

World of Jazz – 29th September 2011

On this show….

  • Skalpel – Break In (Backini Remix) – 1958 Breaks
  • Nils Petter Molvaer – Sleep With Echoes – Baboon Moon
  • Stian Westerhus – Empty Hands Mirrored Softly – Pitch Black Star Spangled
  • Charlie Parker – Loverman – The Complete Verve Master Takes
  • Fabiano Orchestra – West Indian Meditation – Butterfly Island
  • Mathias Eick – Biemann – Skala
  • Sonny Stitt – Confirmation – Stitt Plays Bird
  • Stanley Turrentine – The Hustler – Hustlin’
  • Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Funk Underneath – Kirk’s Work
  • Nils Petter Molvaer – Prince of Calm – Baboon Moon
  • Van Morrison – Bright Side of the Road – Into the Music
  • Richie Barron – No Trouble Tonight – Rather Have The Green Than The Blues
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Of recent aural consideration…..

One or two things I aim to be featuring on the radio in future weeks which are worth considering……

Firesuite – You’re An Ocean Deep My Brother – Obtainable from Bandcamp  : nudged in my general direction by my prog nouveau neighbours Trojan Horse. They say of themselves “Fronted and formed by Chris Anderson (vox, guitar), alongside Chris Minor (bass), Sarah Griffiths (vox, guitar) & Richard Storer (drums) Firesuite are an ongoing musical endeavour, born out of the desire to create something loud & hugely affecting. Combining polar opposite dynamics, from total white noise, to moments of striking beauty, Firesuite are as complex a unit as you are likely to find.”

I say – very good indeed – and complex is the correct description given that they from light post-rockish guitar excursions through to manic near hardcore breakdowns to lyrical vocalising . As they are from Sheffield, I could be lazy and mention”65days” as having some similarities but only tangential – there is considerably more to their output and the notable track is the beautiful “Stay” which manages to be both haunting and brutal. I was also taken with the silky para improv tones of “Sci Fi Lullaby” which is a very moreish. Recommended!

Nils Petter Molvaer – Baboon Moon – he has formed a new trio after ten years with Audun Klieve and the tinnitus suffering Eivind Aarset being replaced by Erland Dahlen on drums and Stian Westerhus on guitar. Instantly more listenable than the transitional previous album “Hamada” and probably his best album since “Khmer” in terms of new sound and approaches. Breathtaking that a trio can create such orchestral complexity I am somewhat in awe of this band. The trademark Molvaer fractured breathy trumpet is here, as are the shifting soundscapes that float around behind him but this is much more ferocious than what he has produced before, more dangerous even. Dahlen is amazing creating orchestral backing at one moment and then light airy percussive motifs the next. Westerhus is a revelation thoughout, altogether more brutal than Aarset offering Molvaer a more rock oriented pallette on which to paint his tone poems. An absolutely stunning return to form. Highly recommended! (also check out Westerhuses’s solo guitar album “Pitch Black Star Spangled” as a primer on what is possible with a guitar these days)

Nowhere Again – Han Shot First – another one on Bandcamp in which Mr Lynham and his co-conspirators emerge from some sort of blues rock tinged pyschedelic shoegaze mist brandishing guitars with some malevolence…..managing to sound on the title track like somewhere between early Roy Harper, and the Edgar Broughton Band, with a touch para funk in the same song which is certainly unique and definitely interesting.  You get a studio recording of the title song, and then a live version (which fades out annoyingly early), some new live stuff and a reworking of Hardman Square from the “Now We Are Twenty” EP. “Red October” with its dive bomb bass is redolent of early 70s blues outfits, albeit with modern guitar harmonising giving it an altogether alien feel. This is perhaps even more “Black Knights” than “Black Knights” – if you see what I mean.  “Never Lose That Feeling” is perhaps a little more of what we are used to although there is something of the blues about the riffing and it is drenched in walls of fuzz which counterpoints the insistent vocal style.  The more relaxed “Home (Coda)” is an effective interlude after the preceding noise fest and the initial concluding beauty of  “Hardman Square”  with its scorching interludes and ethereal dimensions demonstrates the variety this trio is capable of delivering. Recommended.

World of Jazz – June 2nd 2011

A relaxed and ambient feel to the show tonight with a mix of new and relatively new jazz from across the board……..

  1. Sidsel Endresen – Angel – Undertow
  2. Nels Cline, Tim Berne, Jim Black – Tiny Moments Part 2 -The Veil
  3. The Impossible Gentlemen – Sure Would Baby – The Impossible Gentlemen
  4. Nils Petter Molvaer – Platonic Years – Khmer
  5. Lars Danielsson – Shimmering – Libera Me
  6. The Kilimanjaro Dark Jazz Ensemble – Les Etoiles Mutantes – From the Stairwell
  7. Yusef Lateef – Juba Juba – The Blue Yusef Lateef
  8. Bobby Hutcherson – Juba Dance – Components
  9. Oliver Lake Steel Quartet – Stolen Moments – Dat Love

world of jazz – 17th march 2011

The theme of this show is trumpet players…..and in between a very special exclusive session from jazz electronica guru Dave Stallard….

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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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