World of Jazz 3rd November 2011

The playlist for this show

  • Kenny Drew – Groovin’ The Blues – Undercurrent – 1960 – arguably one of the great hard-bop albums with Drew utilising the  talents of Freddie Hubbard and Hank Mobley to full effect.
  • Laika – Black Narcissus – Nebula – 2011 – as featured on last weeks show another track from this amazing new album.
  • Zara McFarlane – More Than Mine – Until Tomorrow – 2011 – another new star with a new album. Backed by a fine set of musicians that includes pianist Peter Edwards, double bassist Nick Walsh, drummer Andy Chapman and saxophonists Binker Goldings, Camilla George and Zem Adu, McFarlane is in fine form here.
  • Richie Barron & The Mob – What I Say – Live in Eureka Ca – 2011 – Dr Tequila does Brother Ray – good time music!
  • Jan Garbarek – White Noise of Forgetfulness – It’s OK to Listen to the Grey Voice – 1984 – the usual stark and chilled soundscapes of a Garbarek album are given a rougher feel through the excellent guitar of David Torn here – also watch out for Eberhard Weber’s exceptional bass playing.
  • Paulo Fresu and Uri Caine – The Dragon – Think – 2009 – a great duet album from Fresu and Caine the former bringing out the softer side of the latters playing.
  • Ravi Coltrane – Epistrophy – Blending Times – 2009 – a fascinating reworking of Monk’s classic track – a waltz in 4/4 time – Ravi shows it is still possible to play outside of what is deemed both commercial and conventional without getting too arty about it.
  • Thelonious Monk Septet – Well You Needn’t – The Complete 1957 Riverside Recording – 2006 – a classic reading of a classic track from a legendary session. Notable for the part where Monk prompts Coltrane to play his solo (he had forgotten it was his turn) and with scarcely a breath the master sax player plays his socks off.
  • Paul Carmichael – The Destination – Wax is Melting – 2011 – and a touch of up tempo fusion to close the show
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World of Jazz – 6th January 2010

The usual mix of jazz from around the world including:

The Jadid Ensemble – a “world music” band from Manchester who manage to meld flamenco with Turkish and Arabic music with a smidgen of jazz to create a relaxed and compelling sound.

Paulo Fresu – a handful of tunes featuring Paulo’s work with Ralph Towner, Carla Bley and Enrico Rava.  This italian trumpeter builds on Miles Davis’s sound from the 1950s and he has been extremely productive with over 130 albums in his discography.

Ahmad Jamal – a great player who did not achieve much commercial recognition – an innovator and minimalist who Miles Davis (him again!) counted as one his main influencers.

Horace Tapscott  – another great writer who did not make it onto the main jazz stage – highly regarded by his peers.

Johnny Dyani – a great bass player and composer whose music combines  South African folk heritage with Ornette Coleman’s free bop and elements of avant-garde jazz.

Don Grolnick – a subtle and rather underrated pianist throughout his career, but his flexibility and talents were well known to his fellow musicians.

Roland Kirk – some might argue he is the most exciting saxophone soloist in jazz history,  a post-modernist before that phrase even existed. A master at  mixing and matching elements from jazz  history, with memorable results.