Music Diary #12 : 12th January 2012 – World of Jazz

Once again the floodgates opened today with a pile (digitally speaking) of new things coming via the ethernet……

  • Excellent new track from Ding of AAAK which will be on their new album which will released in March/April. There is a new EP coming first though which will be available at their gig supporting Section 25 at Gullivers on 28th January.
  • A new artist called Heidi Little from New York who writes good songs  but has a mildly annoying voice.
  • A very odd chap called Khalil Rivers (the self styled Prince of Luv) who sounds a bit like Barry White mixed in with something Gil Scott Heron might have cooked up after a particularly long session on Joseph Holts Bitter – most captivating!
  • A handful of new singles from Johnny Wore Black, Awolnation, Band of Skulls, and Young Guns – of the four the Band of Skulls has the most merit – the rest are a bit formulaic.
  • Hellbound Rebels sent me a track called “Vulture” which is nice and loud….they are from Warrington and St Helens…sort of Seattle grunge meets Midlands Metal….lot of good metal leaning bands around at the moment which implies another new wave of British Heavy Metal…..
  • Couple of tracks from local collective Womb – needs to be listened to carefully a couple of times I think as there is a lot going on….

If that were not enough to contend there is also the World of Jazz show at 11pm tonight.

This is the first opportunity I have had to play a tribute track for Sam Rivers who sadly passed away at the end of last year. He was a great innovator and leader and never quite for the attention he deserved. The rest of the show is a sort of random dip in the collection with no particular theme or intent.

Listen here and so the playlist is:

1 Sam Rivers Fuschia Swing Song Fuschia Swing Song
2 Miles Davis Spanish Key Bitches Brew Live
3 Kilimanjaro Dark Jazz Ensemble Mists of Krakatoa Live – I Forsee the dark ahead if I stay
4 Richie Barron and the Mob Giving It Up Live in Eureka California
5 Charlie Parker Billies Bounce Complete Savoy and Dial Sessions
6 Joe Henderson Black Narcissus Power to the People
7 Duke Pearson After The Rain Sweet Honey Bee
8 David Murray I Thought About You (For Tom) Antiquated Love
9 Chico Freeman Crossing the Sudan Destiny’s Dance
10 Roots Night Train Stablemates
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World of Jazz Radio Show – 10th November 2011

Featured on this show……

  • Benny Golson – Groves Groove – New Time New ‘Tet (2009) : Benny Golson: saxophone; Eddie Henderson: trumpet; Steve Davis: trombone; Mike LeDonne: piano; Buster Williams: bassist; Carl Allen: drums.
  • Andrew Hill – Yesterday’s Tomorrow – Passing Ships (1969) – featuring performances recorded in 1969 but not released on the Blue Note label until 2003. The album features Hill with a large horn section performing seven original compositions.  Andrew Hill – piano; Dizzy Reece, Woody Shaw – trumpet ; Joe Farrell – alto flute, English horn, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone ; Howard Johnson – bass clarinet, tuba; Robert Northern – french horn; Julian Priester – trombone; Ron Carter – bass; Lenny White – drums
  • Donny McCaslin – Five Hands Down – Perpetual Motian (2010) : Donny McCaslin: tenor saxophone; Adam Benjamin: Fender Rhodes and piano ; Tim Lefebvre: electric bass; Antonio Sanchez: drums.
  • Markus Stockhausen – Madhawi – Joyosa (2004) : Markus Stockhausen (trumpet, flugelhorn), Ferenc Snetberger (guitar), Arild Andersen (bass), Patrice Heral (drums, percussion)
  • Julie La Montagne Trio featuring Donny McCaslin – Lost in the Cycle – What Now (2010) : Julie on the piano with Dave Watts on double bass and Richard Irwin on drums, with special guest: New York saxophonist Donny McCaslin. As a measure of its excellence, the album won the OPUS award 2010 (jazz creation of the year).
  • Mats Eilerson – Birds Perspective – Sky Dive (2011) : Tore Brunborg: saxophones; Thomas T. Dahl: guitar; Alexi Tuomarila: piano, Fender Rhodes; Olavi Louhivouri: drums; Mats Eilertsen: double-bass.
  • Nico Morelli – Tarante – Nico Morelli  (2003) : Nico Morelli – piano; Marc Boronforsse – bass ; Stefano di Batistta – sax; Stephane Kerecki- bass – there are four drummers on the album and its not clear which one is playing on this.
  • Donny McCaslin – Tanya – Soar (2006) – Donny McCaslin: tenor saxophone, flute, alto flute, vocals; Luciana Souza: vocals ; Ben Monder: guitar; Pernell Saturnino: percussion
  • James Farm – Bijou – James Farm (2011) : formed in 2009, James Farm is an acoustic jazz quartet consisting of saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland. These four free-thinking musicians all individually hold a stake in the future of jazz, and together form a group with a new take on song-based improvisation, a group that invites you to share in the navigation of their own musical future.
  • Richie Barron & 3 Soul Brothers – Gold Country Blues – Freeway Lover (2011) : Richie Barron & “3-Soul-Bros.” Billy Noteman & Stewart Viets on Cdbaby NOW! Apparently I am required to down a glass of tequila at this point but as I have none in I will sip on a Gordon’s Gin instead.
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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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Aural Delights Radio Show – 19th October 2011

On this show

  • Showbizheroes – Sinner
  • Bert Jansch – One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer – in tribute to the great guitarist who died earlier this month – from an FM broadcast made in 1979.
  • Richie Barron’s 3 Soul Brothers – Cruzin’ the Square – pre-release exclusive sent over from California by Dr Tequila himself.
  • Thee Ludds – Jagged Prowl – Single – from Leicester……birthplace of Walkers Crisps and Gary Lineker……
  • The Growlers – Drinking the Juice Blues – Single – from South California ….split 12inch with The Ludds was released on Fat Cat last month
  • Forest Fire – The News – Single – released on the 10th October on Fat Cat – from the new album which is out this week
  • Mazes – Farewell Summer – Single – from Manchester – track is from a new split with Eagulls which comes out on 24th October – website here…..
  • Underground Railroad – 8 millimetres – Single – latest single from a band which has been around since 2007
  • The Computers – Rhythm Revue – Single – insanely noisy garage punk – album is out now..sponsored by Strepsils….
  • The Checkered Stripes – So Come On – Single – from Mold……
  • Mike Gatto – Too Old To Club -Single – from Newcastle….
  • Lionsex – Nobody Said It Was Gonna Be Easy – Single – from Milton Keynes
  • West Coast Sick Line – West Nile Street Goes Both Ways – Demo Track ffom Dusty
  • Gang of Four – Paralysed – The Peel Sessions Album
  • Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band – Floppy Boot Stomp – Shiny Beast Bat Chain Puller
  • Can- Father Cannot Yell – Monster Movie
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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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Aural Delights Radio Show – 21st September 2011

A mixed bag of tunes on this show – pretty eclectic actually – here we go again:

  • Steamkings – L1 125 – Sleepy Music Compilation – impressive band from the excellent Sleepy Music label from Brighton
  • Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes – Hearts of Stone -Hearts of Stone – whilst there are no horns (which has horns) on this the preceding track made me think of Southside and drag out this track from the archives.
  • Richie Barron – Tahoe Boogie – Rather Have The Green Than The Blues – otherwise known as Dr Tequila,  from one of Richie’s earlier albums which he kindly shipped over some copies of from the States last week. This definately has horns!!
  • Thin White Rope – Disney Girl – Exploring the Axis – an excellent track from the first album from this great band which split in 1992. Like Steely Dan they take their name from a Bill Burroughs literary reference.
  • Blue Orchids – Disney Boys – The Flood Single – seemed somewhat sensible to follow the preceding tune with this one….
  • Half Man Half Biscuit – Arthurs Farm – ACD – having just ordered the new album, which is out on 26th September (90 Bisodol(Crimond)) , I had a compulsion to listen to this one. It’s Tommy Walsh’s Eco House by the way not Tommy Boyd as I say on the show, that’s a totally different cultural reference.
  • Sugar – If I can’t change your mind – Besides – “Copper Blue” remains to this day  one of my favourite albums – this acoustic version of a tune from the album featured on a CD Single and then turned up on the Besides compilation album.
  • Wild Swans – Chloroform – The Coldest Winter for A Hundred Years – another glorious track from one the albums of the year for me.
  • Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Cinnamon Girl – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere – a classic album, a classic band and a classic tune. Nuff said.
  • Late Night Shopping – Late Night Shopping – Sleepy Music Compilation – have been playing this band for the last few weeks – very impressed with their off kilter look at the universe.
  • Heinous Tarts – Real Life Failer – Compilation CD provided by Chris Goodhead – a five piece from York who are reforming for a one off gig at Fibbers on 30th September – all for charity – sign up with them on Facebook for lots more information.
  • Ana Ege – Driving with no hands – Bad Blood – from the stunning new Steve Earle produced album – if you have not heard Ana before do yourself a favour and grab this album.
  • The Explorers Collective – Please Please Yourself – Single – As it says on the press release “Incendiary debut single “The Factory” gained great radio support including:The British Breakfast in Richmond Virginia USA, Spark FM 6-6 playlist & interview, Salford City Radio (that would be me!) BBC Introducing Three Counties play and Interview,  BBC Introducing Cambridge Interview and Live Session. Four permanent members The Explorer, Frazer Davidson, Mookherjee and Mr P. Paganotto + special guest poets, animators, rappers and musicians, make it their mission to combine killer hooks & wry observational wit with cutting-edge animation and leftfield imagination.” Marvellous stuff!
  • Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. – Pink Lady Lemonade Part 04 – Pink Lady Lemonade You’re From Inner Space – i’ve been wanting to play something by these extremely hirsute purveyors of Japanese psychedelia for some time and what better way to start than their probably most recorded epic and this is from their most recent release as The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. – being the fourth part of a set of versions of the tune on the CD/Vinyl release.
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