World of Jazz – 17th November 2011

On this show :

Clifford Adams – Darshan’s Love – The Master Power (1998) – he used to play the trombone with Kool and the Gang – but this is straight ahead jazz. The band is pianist Kenny Barron , bassist Ray Drummond,  drummer Lewis Nash and Antonio Hart on alto. One of those ridiculously cheap Naxos jazz releases.

Miles Davis – It Never Entered My Mind – Workin’ (1959) – the first great Miles quintet – but this time without Trane who sits this one out. The product of  a  productive pair of  recording sessions in May and October of 1956 which delivered four albums.

Soft Machine – Nettle Bed – Seven (1974) by this time the Softs had completely abandoned their original style and immersed themselves in a heady mix of jazz-rock fusion.

Wallace Roney – No Room For Argument – No Room For Argument (2000) – one of Roney’s better albums demonstrating that he respects the history of the music but also carries it forward into a new age.

Stacy Dillard – Pleasant – Good and Bad Memories (2011) – as the promo says “On his Criss Cross debut tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard projects the intelligence and fire that have made him a major force in New York hardcore jazz over the last decade. Playing tenor and soprano saxophone with great facility and no cliches, Dillard leads a strong quintet of young masters – Orrin Evans, piano; Craig Magnano, guitar; Ryan Berg, bass; Jeremy ‘Bean’ Clemons, drums – through a set of meaty originals, bluesy, soulful, and swinging, reinforcing his ever-growing stature as a must-hear voice.”

Sonny Rollins – St Thomas – Saxophone Colossus (1956) – Rollins recorded many memorable sessions during 1954-1958, but Saxophone Colossus is arguably his finest album of that period and often features in the top ten polls for best jazz albums. Joined by pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Doug Watkins, and drummer Max Roach, Rollins debuts and performs the definitive version of  his own piece “St. Thomas”.

Helge Lien Trio – Afrikapolka – Natukashii (2011) – Norwegian Lien leads a great trio who deliver modern jazz at its most potent.

Lou Donaldson – The Thang – Alligator Boogaloo (1967) – a perfect example of Donaldson’s successful combination of hard bop and soul-jazz.  The excellent band, consisting of Melvin Lastin, Sr. on cornet, George Benson on guitar, Lonnie Smith on organ, and Leo Morris on drums, mixes laid-back vamps beneath driving hard bop.

Jimmy Smith – Blues After All – House Party (1957) as with the previous track Smiths ability to merge soul-jazz and bop creates a memorable and funky piece of jazz history.

Kenny Dorham – Night Watch – Trumpet Toccata (1964) – this was trumpeter Kenny Dorham’s last full album as a leader – he was only 40 at the time and still in his prime.   This modern hard bop quintet set with Joe Henderson on tenor, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Richard Davis, and drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath delivered a suitable closing statement to his career as a front man –  a career which which was tragically cut short by kidney disease.

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